The ultimate Gift Guide for kids – that aren’t video games!
I think kids are the second hardest category to buy for (after men!) in terms of presents!
Recently, more and more of my relatives have been having kids. So buying gifts for everyone means I often run out of ideas and struggle with unique gifts!
It can be particularly difficult because other people might buy the same or similar things as you. Often parents have already bought necessities, learning tools and toys for their kids. I hope that this list brings something a little different, and inspire you for your holiday shopping!
I’ve been doing a lot of teaching recently and been a tutor for a long time, a lot of my ideas may be biased towards educational toys which I apologize for in advance! As a female physicist, I also think it’s so important to encourage curiosity from an early age, which is why I made a gift guide specifically with no video games! For instance, I think kids can enjoy playing with educational kits disguised as toys as much as they do games!
Let me know what you’ve been getting for others, I would love to know and get more ideas. Also, be sure to leave any suggestions in the comments down below. Alternatively, let me know on Twitter or Instagram! I’d love to connect with you all.
Here we go!
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Made from recycled plastic bottles and perfect for rainy weather, this waterproof Puddle Buster jacket from Frugi will help to keep your little one warm and dry during a downpour. Featuring handy details, such as slip through sleeves, reflective patches, a name patch and a hang up hook, it comes fully lined and has a dinosaur print throughout. Pair with the coordinating Puddle Buster trousers for the ultimate wet weather armour.
Available from John Lewis for £39.
Everyone loves the classic game of Charades and now it’s the kids’ turn with this Charades For Kids The Board Game. It’s been specially designed for children to play and enjoy. This is a great board game to have around for family holidays and rainy afternoons. It’s best played with at least 3 players and children aged 4 and above.
- Ideal for children aged 9 and upwards
- Fully assembled, the X-wing fighter building toy measures over 8cm high, 37cm long and 32cm wide
- Contains 761 pieces and includes 3 minifigures: Poe Dameron, Knight of Ren, Jannah – with weapons, plus R2-D2 to inspire Resistance vs. First Order role-play
- Poe’s fighter features an opening minifigure cockpit, space for R2-D2, adjustable wings, stud and spring-loaded shooters plus retractable landing gear
Does your young Jedi have a headstrong nature? Adventurous and still willing to risk danger and their life for the sake of the Galaxy? Did they also start flying ships at just six? Well, whether they’ve got a hero to look up to or not, they’ll have one now in Poe Dameron!
Modelled after his X-wing in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, this LEGO set is really only for those ready to commit themselves to the Resistance. It’s packed with loads of play-inspiring features – adjustable wings for cruise and attack modes, shooting functions, retractable landing gear and more! We reckon it’s the perfect machine to take down unsuspecting TIE fighters that siblings might have been gifted…
Available from John Lewis for £74.99
What kid (or adult) doesn’t love Disney?! This one is the kid version of the Philips lamp I put on my Gift Guide for Him, and I got my brother that! I particularly like the feature of having the little moon or sunlight come upon Mickey’s buttons, to let kids know if they should be up or if it’s time to be in bed. The light is, of course, safe for kids, and uses LED which means that it will never get hot. It’s durable and drop-proof, which is a must for anything in a child’s room, and the energy-saving LED means that it has a lifetime of around 20,000 hours!
Get it here on Amazon!
This is another night light, which is in the shape of this super cute cat! The soft lighting is easy on the eyes and the materials are washable soft silicone, and turns seven different colors! It even comes with a USB charging port! I love the idea of having a little night light, it doesn’t even have to be for kids. Who doesn’t need a little (totally adorable) light by their bedside!
Check it out for yourself here!
I bought these shoes for myself last winter, and they have been an absolute lifesaver! Having a really nice, decent pair of waterproof shoes has made such a big improvement in my quality of life! The Timberland brand is well trusted, and it’s so easy to pair with anything. This shoe would be in any gift guide for me, and I think it’s a nice gift to give kids as it’s something which is a useful addition for the parents as well, as it’s a very nice pair of shoes that are practical as well.
Another shoe gift, and another one I’ve bought for myself and loved! I think the idea of giving nice shoes is a good gift for parents, as its one less thing they have to buy for their kids, but at the same time might be something nicer than they might’ve bought. I’ve been obsessed with the Adidas Gazelle and Superstar trainers, and I think they’re great for everyday wear for anyone.
They’re available here on Amazon!
As a scientist, I’m probably a bit of a nerd. And I love it and I love this potato clock kit from the Science Museum! I may be a bit biased but I think science and academically based gifts are great for both the kids and the parents! This one not only demonstrates the basic principles of electricity but also would hopefully encourage and ignite children’s interest in the environment and green energy. They are the future of our planet and looking after it, and having experiments that hopefully will inspire them to make a change would be a great gift in my eyes!
Get it here on Amazon while stocks last!
More science-inspired gifts! This microscope kit allows kids to carry out their own experiments and record the observations they make. This kind of toy doubles as something that might inspire kids to get into science and our world certainly needs more researchers in the future. It also comes with things ready to be investigated so they can be used right away!
Check it out for yourself here!
Kids always seem to want what adults have! My cousins and I always wanted watches when they were kids, and I wish we had one this classy! These Lacoste kids’ watches are super affordable, and comes in a range of colors! It would be a great gift for a kid who wants to be a little more grown-up!
You can buy it on Amazon here!
The classic board game for the whole family – but updated! In this version of monopoly, Mr. Monopoly himself is the banker, meaning no one can be sneaky! It’s a fantastic digital version of the old game. More in line with the current cashless life we’re used to!
Go and check it out for yourself here! I just want this for myself now!
I apologize for the repeating theme here, but this one is for perhaps older kids, but still a great gift in my opinion! It’s a great educational science toy, and a perfect way to introduce youngsters to astronomy. I think letting kids discover and investigating things for their own is a great way to inspire them to learn and do something in the future which might be related to it.
It’s available here on Amazon.
One for younger kids, and maybe a household with multiple kids! This task sheet hopefully will be a great help for parents too! The colors are super fun, and each section can be filled in to encourage kids to help out around the house and do tasks and chores set out for them, or to get into routines and habits.
Get it here on Amazon!
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I really hope these items give you some inspiration or are what you are looking for, and that you enjoyed reading my gift guide for kids! As always, please let me know what you think and what you would’ve added to this list! I’d love to know if you do use any of these and what your thoughts are.
If you have kids yourself, what kind of gifts do you want for them? Are there any big no-no’s that we should definitely be avoiding? Let me know, please!
Remember to be safe, protect others, and promote kindness. Look after yourself during this particularly busy and stressful time. It can be a difficult time any year, but especially this one. Text a friend you haven’t contacted in a while. Reach out to a relative that lives alone. Share compassion this season.
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Stay safe and see you in the next one,
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