So Christmas is almost upon us. The decorations are up (erm, it is never too early), the baking has started, some gifts have been bought, wrapped and rewrapped (because some of us are obsessive like that) and the countdown is on.
For those of you still looking for gifts well look no further. I have put together a guide to Christmas gifts that kids ages 5-11 would love. This include activity kits, techy treats, augmented reality books, colour in clothing and much, much more. This is not a definitive list. It is just a start.
Please do scroll down for the chance to win a set of Magnetips worth £60 .
Science Geeks And Nature Lovers (like the kiddoes and I)
iExplore augmented reality books, £7.99, Carlton Books
These books are beyond awesome. First, you get a well-illustrated hardcover book full of fun facts of various topics – egs predators, micro beast, extinct animals, dragons etc. Then you bring these items to life in front of your very eyes, thanks to the Digital Magic of Augmented Reality.
Using this book, the free app and a smartphone or tablet, you can see a woolly mammoth grow to full size, fly a dragon around your bedroom, and much more! Then share your pics with your friends and family. Even the grown-up kids love it too.
Marvel Fidget Cubes, £9.99 The Fowndry
These fidget cubes, are one of the best presents for both kids and adults. These unputdownable cubes have the added advantage of coming in Marvel patterns. They help kid, with focus, memory and and tell us that “Fidgeting is a response to anxiety or boredom. But now instead of jigging about like you have St Vitus Dance, you can channel all that pent-up tension into fiddling with The Original MARVEL Fidget Cube, essentially a one-stop ‘fidget toolbox’.” Perfect for all little fidgeters over Christmas and the New Year.
Magic Aquarium, £3.95, rexlondon.com
I can’t wait to give the kiddoes this fun old school magic Aquarium from the Dotcomgiftshop. You get all the fun without the hassle because these are lower maintenance than your usual fish tank. Just give it 72 hours for this mini aquarium to come to life. I think I will be even more excited than the kiddoes for these.
Secret Agent Codebreaker Set, £3.95, rexlondon.com
Everyone loves playing spy. I may have had a week or two where I answered only to the names “Bond” or ‘007’. So enter the fun spy kits form the Dotcomgiftshop. Bonds in the making can send and receive secret messages using the code wheel to decipher secrets and decode information. The spy range is impressive and included other kits such as secret agent fingerprint kits and secret agent spy pens. They are very affordable and making them an ideal present for budding spies
Wannabees Roll Play Packs, £14.99, Wannabees
I think I love these packs just as much as the kiddoes do. Role play is huge amongst my twp and their friends – so that is where these roll play packs come in. We love the fun role play ideas that you find in the Doctors pack, the teacher pack and the café owners pack too.
Each bumper imaginative role play pack contains approximately 50 pages of forms, stickers and certificates and will allow children to act out fun tasks such as filling out appointment cards for their teddies, giving eye tests to their friends, taking the morning register with their action figures or even writing out school reports for Mummy and Daddy!. Role play has never been so much fun
Magnetips – magnetic pens from £39.99, Magnetips
We love, love, love Magnetips in this house. These fine-liner refillable colour pens are for more than just colouring. They come with fun magnets and additional chrome balls which mean that they can be converted into even more fun stuff. Build a house, a pyramid a slide and much much more. Bonus is that they are refillable you can just keep using them again and again. This is one of those presents that I was rather tempted to keep for myself.
Selfie Colour-In Unicorn Cape, £25, Selfie Clothing
You guys – have you heard about Selfie Clothing. If not then you have been missing out. These guys combine art with fabulous clothing. The cape which has lovely unicorn illustrations (my unicorn mad girl is super happy) comes with fabric pens that she can decorate her very own special cape. Other colour in options include pyjamas, shirts and themes include superheroes, mermaids, cowboys and robots.
Fairy Tale Drawing Projector, £6.99, prezzybox.com
Create your own fairy tales with this fairy tale drawing projector. Who hasn’t dreamed of having their very own fairy tale come true? From unicorns to magicians, from Prince Charming to beautiful castles with huge fire-breathing dragons; your fairy tale would have the happiest ending of all!
Simply use the six included easy-to-change caps to project a different image onto your chosen background, then trace over and colour in. Simply detach the projector from its stand to project onto walls and ceilings for an even more fun experience! Make your fairy tale come true and get your creative juices flowing when you trace and colour in your very own wizard, fairy castle, fairy, angel, dragon and unicorn!
Cheerz magnets and picture frames, from £10, Cheerz
Cheerz is an online photo printing service who ‘print your photos in just a few clicks – then hold them in your hands’. Basically, they let you easily print photos from your computer, social media channels and sites like dropbox. They also had a phone app which makes it pretty easy to print off your images directly from your phone. The offer a wide range of products to print your images on to such as polaroid style images, magnets, photo strips, photo albums and stunning invitations. My personal favourite is the elegant little square box in which you can display one or four of your most cherished photos. The images are printed and come set up in an 8×8″ wooden frame. The kids adore the magnets and the personalised calendar.
If you want to try this out to your self then use this code: RSNFBF to get a great £5 off all of Cheerz products both online or via our Cheerz app with a min spend of £20.
Bogs Wellies, from £35, Bogs
All that outdoors fun to be had over the winter. So the kids need something to keep their feet warm: and the kids loooooooooooooove living in their Bogs wellies. Perfect for puddle jumping and mud kicking and dancing around the bonfire. Their range is sturdy and super colorful and the kids version comes with two handles so that they can be easily pulled up by young hands.
Reima Clothing, from, Reima
The new to us Reima (how did I not know they existed) is high of the kids wish list this Christmas. The aim is simple – Reima for the is for an active childhood that matters. For discovering joy of movement that will stick for the rest of life. For every day, every weather, every experience, wherever adventure awaits Reima inspired kids to grow up with that joy that eventually changes their lives. Their fleeces, trainers and jackets would certainly make a welcome addition under any tree.
Fun Happy Socks, from £6, Happy Socks
My kiddoes love their Happy Socks. So much so that I have had to wash their socks every 3 days to make sure these are always on hand. Happy Socks started with two friends and their vision – to spread happiness by turning an everyday essential into a colourful design piece with a rigid standard of ultimate quality, craftsmanship and creativity. The fun, colourful and bold patterns certainly make their wearers very, very happy.
Best Friends Style Lab, £20, prezzybox.com
This kit is what it is all about. The Best friends style lab is all about glitter tattoes, hairlighs an dnail arts. Everything that fashion conscious 8 year olds need. The kit contains numerous comes with 50 sheets 0f stencils, a ton of glitter, colourful hairlights and and numerous nail varnishes with manicure and pedicure essentials. The perfect treat for a sleep over.
BubbleLick edible bubbles , £11.99, The Fowndry
BubbleLicks are edible water bubbles you can eat (or lick). The kiddoes love mixing in their favourite fruit juice into the specially-developed bubble mix, and blow. Then they spend hours (yes hours) great plumes of bubbles for party guests to lap out of the air. Pure magic. These also make a fun addition to bath time and are great as they are made with a safe and non-toxic formula and contain no preservatives or artificial flavourings.
Festive musical tin, £13.50, Walkers Shortbread
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees pleaeeeeeeeeeeese to a fun present that is edible too. My kids have demanded that they each get the New Musical tin from Walkers Shortbread under the tree. Each tin contains 56 mini showbread rounds in a musical tin, which will play a tune once the base has been twisted – the perfect way to spread the Christmas Cheer. The only question is, how can I avoid eating the shortbread myself before Christmas day? I might just have to get myself the Wobbly Rockn Robin tin, filled with min shortbread stars……
Brilliant Baker Set, £35, Joseph Joseph
Get the kiddoes making their own christmas food with this Brilliant Baker 12 Piece set. These come with two products from their best-selling Nest™ range; Nest™ Mix a set of three mixing bowls and an egg yolk separator and Nest™ Measure a set of eight nesting measuring cups ranging from ¼ tsp (1.25 ml) up to 1 cup (250 ml). Perfect for making cookies, cakes and much much more.
The guys from Magnetips are giving one of you the chance to win a set worth £60.
To be in with a chance of winning this, all you have to do is enter via the rafflecopter form below. You can even win extra entries by tweeting and sharing some of my recipes each day. This giveaway is open to UK entrants only and runs until Monday December 18th 2017. Good luck.
With thanks to the PR’s for all the samples and images as well as thanks to Shutterstock for the header image.
Winner A smith