Christmas gifts for kids in 2020 was always going to be a tough one. We have been busy hunting the cream of the crop to make life less stressful at this busy time. Over two packed guides, a guaranteed smile factor can be found amongst these carefully sourced and reviewed quality gifts for those special young peeps.
From 0 to 3 years
A modern day Jackanory. Changing the way children listen to stories and music. The Toniebox brings the magic of listening and playing together without the glare of bright screens. Simply pop a Tonie character onto the box and the magical adventure begins. Tonie downloads stories or songs for endless interactive listening. Counting songs, spelling assistance are amongst the many educational tools along with a huge array of stories including the classics. Once downloaded no wi-fi is required, this portable toy has 7 hours chargeable battery life and is robust to withstand child knocks to boot making it an ideal travelling companion. Creative Tonie’s can download from your own audio files to send personal audio messages, guaranteed to revolutionise bedtime stories when parents just can’t be there.
Price | £69.95 for Starter Kit
Adored by Royals and the glitterati alike this simply scrumptious Snowman smocking dress by Rachel Riley is just perfect for celebration festive wear and the long winter days. Long sleeved soft red babycord featuring hand-smocked snowmen with the sweetest frill trimmed Peter Pan ivory collar and adorable tie back sash -butter simply won’t melt in their mouths!
Price | £119
Critically Endangered Socks
Create your own puppet show and help save critically endangered baby animals with this super cute and super soft dual-purpose organic sock set. Cleverly presented in a bespoke recyclable cardboard box which doubles up as the backdrop for your very own hand puppet production. Each set features a Giant Panda cub, a Tiger cub, Rhino calf and baby Orangutan. Ultimate comfort for the tiniest of nature lovers protecting precious tootsies and supporting the Word Wildlife Fund.
Price | £15 for a box of 4
Need cuddles at bedtime? Ho Ho Ho, it’s Santa Molang full of festive cheer dressed up in his Father Christmas outfit. The perfect cuddly Christmas bunny, Molang is super soft and incredibly squishy, squeeze and stretch him as he returns to his original shape. This rabbit is a very cute plush toy and a Christmas gifts for kids in 2020 that’s not just for Christmas.
Available on amazon.co.uk
Price | £18.99
Poco Nido Printed Mini Shoes
Award winning British children’s footwear brand, Poco Nido’s printed mini shoes are ideal for keeping tootsies toasty warm on Christmas morning. Choose from a variety of designs featuring Rabbits and Pigs to Police Yoga and Sunflowers amongst many other whimsical designs. Supportive, colourful, comfortable and lightweight the unique design is easy to pull on and they stay on too!
“Og” by Joanne Hutchinson
Keep your little people enthralled and promote a love of reading with this stunningly colourful illustrated picture book story which will capture the hearts of children and parents alike. A go-to book at story time that brings the life of “Og “an adorable friendly ogre to life in an enchanting rhyming tale. Referencing twenty classic favourites throughout, Og’s passion for books takes him on an adventure where he becomes a hero in a most unexpected way.
Price | £6.99
According to the LA Times, a velour tracksuit is once again the coolest kid on the block. On a cold winter’s day playing out in the snow keep your little one warm and toasty with Mori’s comfortable clothing, perfect for up to 6 years old. This playful penguin designed velour sweatshirt and coordinating joggers are made from super soft organic cotton, easy to put on and take off for those lazy family moments.
Price | £48
Melissa & Doug Doorbell House
Ding dong is anyone at home? Ring the doorbell, open the locks on the doors and pretend house play with Melissa & Doug’s Wooden Doorbell Dollhouse. Complete with four play people this portable house is a maze of activity with durable hinges, locks and keys perfect for problem solving and fine-tuning motor skills.
Price | £21.99
From 4 – 7 years
Planet Buddies Headphones
Instant cool abounds in these Planet Buddies’ headphones with the added bonus of educating children about endangered and vulnerable animals around the world. Suitable for age 3 upwards and designed to withstand handling, drops and knocks by little people up they are volume limited to a maximum of 85 decibels making them safe to enjoy up to 8 hours of audio per day. Adjustable with maximum comfort catered for via the animal print headbands and a print of your chosen animal on the soft padded earcups. Two 3.5mm jackports allow connection to a second pair so you can share what you’re listening to. Whichever of the six designs you choose from, they are sure to be a big hit.
Price | £19.99
Play in Choc
Rediscover the excitement of play and chocolate at Christmas with these gorgeously illustrated Advent calendars with a difference. Count down Santa’s arrival by opening daily pull-out drawers each filled with a 3D puzzle to build, a fun facts card, 3 creative stencils and a chocolate bar. The anticipation grows as each day your child reinserts the drawer to reveal a new grand design on Christmas Eve. The outer sleeve transforms into a play mat adorned with a delightful festive scene for your child’s puzzles to play on. Sustainably made the buildable puzzles are made from recyclable board and the sublime Peruvian chocolate is 100% organic, dairy, nut, gluten and soy free. Sleeps to go have never been such fun!
Price| £27.50 or £55 for either a 12 drawer or 24 drawer advent calendars.
Super Mario Blow Up! Shaky Tower
It’s a-me, Mario! “Thank you so much for playing my game” and have fun with the Super Mario Blow Up! Shaky Tower. Balancing skills are put to the test in this exciting game where seven Super Mario characters are balanced on the tower, place the ball on the top and “Here we go” make sure it doesn’t drop!
Hippychick Wooden Rocket
Hippychick toys are made to last and be passed on for generations. Young imaginations can run wild with this newly launched multifaceted wooden rocket ship offering an astronomical number of imaginative play opportunities that will take children to infinity and beyond. Combining construction and role play into one the rocket has 51 pieces and 12 different stations inside including bedrooms, operation room, laboratories. Dexterity is challenged by opening and shutting using wooden screws and a screwdriver which doubles up as the rocket ship’s nose. Suitable from 3 years upward this is one toy we see lifting off the shelves rather quickly.
Price | £99.95
Le Van Toy Hollywood Film Camera
Designed in Great Britain with a touch of French je ne sais quoi this wooden vintage style film camera toy from the renowned Le Van Toy will inspire little ones to create, star and share their very own stories. Developing coordination with spinning cogs and a kaleidoscope lens, this unique design features detailed artwork flourishes of gold for star quality productions. Ethically made from sustainable wood and designed with smooth edges decorated with non-toxic paints ensuring the show must go on.
Price | £19.95
Frugi National Trust Range
Be quick to order these beautiful, sustainable essentials for children from Frugi inspired by the National Trust’s “50 things to do before you’re 11¾” A limited edition collection for little explorers who love the outdoors. Made using Pet recycled plastic and GOTS certified organic cotton the collection includes a Splish-Splash steel water-bottle, Adventurers unisex back pack, Snack Attack lunch bag, Crafty pencil case, Puddle Buster coat, Buster wellington boots, Rory reversible pullups and a Snuggle Fleece. Bright and colourful in a woodland design all eventualities are covered when out about building dens, welly wandering and going on scavenger hunts.
Ink and Drop Art Prints
For all ages, make your child’s world a brighter place with these distinctive art prints from the talented design team at Ink and Drop. Fresh, bold and inspired by the latest interior design trends each with their own unique spin, practical gifts don’t have to be boring… Mix up your own private gallery with bold typography, quotes, vintage style educational charts, animal hero prints, neon names and even animal noises prints. Bespoke sizing is offered should you have a specific frame or if you’re looking for something a little different, commission your own custom creation. Tasteful and trendy, these high-quality prints stand out from the crowd to create the coolest space and reflect your child’s personality. A gift to treasure.
Childs Farm Unicorn washbag is the perfect stocking filler gift featuring Buster the horse playing dress up as a beautiful UNICORN! A luxury Wash Bag containing Childs Farm award winning 250ml bubble bath fragranced with organic tangerine oil, designed to create the most bubbly bubble baths to clean and moisturise all skin types and a 250ml bottle of hair and body wash with a wonderful fruity aroma of blackberry and organic apple extract to leave hair shiny and tangle free.
Price | £10
Age 8 – 11 years
Probably the most challenging Christmas gifts for kids in 2020, the older kids!
This Singapore kids tech company has released two new child tech devices; the 4G LTE Music Smart Watchphone, myFirst Fone R1, and the world’s first Bone Conduction Wireless Headphones that’s specially designed for kids, myFirst Headphones BC Wireless. The combination of these two devices allows parents to stay connected and kids can enjoy music safely with the open-ear designed headphones. Parents are able to get notifications if your child crosses the designated safety zone through the Geo Fencing Area Alert and one touch SOS is just a button away for your kids to send a distress signal to the parents.
The watch includes features like music, digital camera, fitness tracker and 4G connectivity. The Headphones BC Wireless comes with open-ear design to ensure safety and it’s made of titanium covered with soft rubber. It is extremely lightweight at only 26 grams and it is great for outdoor use. They also come with built-in microphone that is great to pair up with laptop for home-based learning.
The myFirst Fone R1 is £159.90 and myFirst Headphones BC Wireless are £79.90
Polarn O. Pyret Matching Pyjamas
For the family that likes everything the same at Christmas … Matching PJs are essential for Christmas morning. Scandi born and ethical brand, Polarn O. Pyret have a new limited edition festive green striped range with golden cuffs available in sizes for the whole family.
The Good Life Board Game
Awarded the ‘Family and Education Awards Seal of Approval’ and ‘The Good Toy Guide recommended’ this beautiful, easy to play board game will provide hours of Christmas fun. Teaching sustainability to a new generation in a race to fill your garden and allotment players travel around the board by wheelbarrow collecting fruit, vegetables, pigs and chickens. Green finger cards promote green thinking as unexpected twists turn up. Protect your chickens from foxes, sell your crops and livestock at the village fair and avoid drought, bird flu, and your animals escaping.
A thoroughly enjoyable way for kids to learn about self-sufficiency and puts green thinking on the map.
Price | £29.95. Enjoy a 10% discount by quoting the voucher code “Luxuriate Lifestyle”
Small & Wild Tea & Mug Giftset
Limited edition and perfectly designed for little hands, each set includes a Staffordshire silk printed mug featuring the animal which represents your choice of tea. Blended especially for little taste buds, these happy herbals are not only healthy but crafted to brew cold or warm so there’s no waiting for the tea to cool down.
Price | Gift Set £17.95 – Individual Mugs £12.50
These ‘Lowryesque’ figures of your chosen family, pets or friends will never fail to raise a smile in the festive season, especially when you can’t be with them. A reminder of a rule more than six, personalise your choice of figures with their charming characteristics. A gift surely worth a place on your wall.
Unframed prints cost from £20, posters from £40 and professionally framed prints from £60.
Ride like the original legend the ‘bird man’ Tony Hawk on his skateboard specifically designed with first timers in mind. Every cool ‘wannabee’ teenager will be sure to appreciate this maple wood skateboard delivers the best possible pop when riding and jumping. A variety of cool skull, hawk and bird designs synonymous with the world’s most influential skateboarder. This entry level skateboard is the coolest board on the block.
From | £29.95
Finally, to clear up after these small people, we tried the Lupe Pure Cordless, created by an aeronautical engineer and industrial designer who met on their first day at Dyson. Capturing 99.99% of ALL microscopic dust particles, this little beauty has twice the suction and four times the battery life of the market leading competitor. It is also lightweight, manoeuvrable, long-lasting and rather powerful thanks to their patented suction intensifier technology. From £499.
All imagery courtesy of the individual brands. Featured image courtesy of Hippychick Toys.