16 great Christmas gift ideas for kids of all ages
Finding the right Christmas gifts for kids can be a tough job. Hours and hours can be spent hopping from one shop to the next in the local shopping mall and still you might go home empty handed. Because it can be an incredibly frustrating time of year, we here at Lantern Club want to help you save time, money and sanity. We’ve scoured the Internet to find 16 great gift ideas for children of all ages so you can spend more time with your loved ones and less time pounding the pavement in search of the perfect Christmas presents.
Gifts for toddlers (1-2 years)
Talking Holiday Peppa – There aren’t too many toddlers who don’t love Peppa Pig and now they can own their very own Holiday Peppa. She’s soft and cuddly and comes programmed with six holiday phrases so she can tell your toddler how much fun she’s having when her tummy is pressed. Peppa is dressed for the beach in her red swimsuit, floaties and sun hat. Your toddler’s imagination will run wild with their very own Peppa.
Available at www.oo.com.au – $34.95 (plus $9.95 delivery) (http://www.oo.com.au/Talking-Holiday-Peppa-Approx_P398106.cfm)
Hungry Caterpillar pack – Here’s an oldie but a goodie! Every toddler loves to be read a great book and children’s books don’t come much better than this. Not only will you get a hardcover copy of the Eric Carle classic but your little one will also get a fluffy hungry caterpillar toy.
Available at Urban Attitude – $29.95 (http://www.urbanattitude.com.au/kids/toys/very-hungry-caterpillar-book-and-toy-pack)
Marching drum – Okay, the idea of a toddler bashing away on a drum all day might not seem like a good idea – but look at how beautiful this marching drum is! It’s a great way to introduce your child to music from a really young age and there aren’t many better gifts than the gift of music.
Available at Little Me Little You – $39.95 (http://www.littlemelittleyou.com.au/)
Wheelie Bug – These cute ride-on toys are soft enough for a comfortable ride, while also being durable enough to withstand the most robust passengers! Your toddler is going to have hours of fun on this omni-directional ride-on toy and there is a range of bugs for you to choose from.
Available from Urban Baby – $119 (http://www.urbanbaby.com.au/Wheely-Bug-Large-Bee)
Gifts for preschoolers (3-5 years)
Modern Outdoor Cubby House – Not only will your child have a place to play, discover and let their imaginations run wild but – because they’ll be in their cubby house so much – you’ll get a much needed breather! It’s made from reinforced wood with water-resistant roof panels, so it will withstand the wild outdoor weather. It features a black board, workbench with sink, bar-b-que and even a dining table so they can entertain guests.
Available at Zanui – $350.55 (http://www.zanui.com.au/Modern-Outdoor-Cubby-House-107265.html)
Gardening Kit – Teach your child how things grow and the importance of the environment from a young age with these fabulous gardening kits. They can grow flowers, vegetables, herbs and tea, and share the rewards when they are ready to pick.
Available at Planet Eco – $19.95 – $24.95 (http://planet-eco.com.au/gardening-kits)
Magnetic toys – A great way to combine fun and play with education and learning. Matching cards with picture magnets before spelling out the word with letter magnets will keep your child amused for hours. All of the cards and magnets are beautifully presented and stored in a portable carry case, so you can take them anywhere.
Available at Lime Tree Kids – $34.95 (http://www.limetreekids.com.au/product-tiger-tribe-magnetic-toys-magnificent-world-of-abc-animals-5588.aspx)
Kids Pop-Up Play Tents – These pop-up play tents are a great alternative if the Modern Outdoor Cubby House is a little out of your price range. They come in three fantastic designs – fire station, sweet home and teepee – so there’s an option for every child. Made from durable ripstop nylon, they’ll handle the tough workload, which is lucky because your child is going to spend a lot of time making up their own little imaginary world in one of these.
Available at Latest Buy – $36.95 (https://www.latestbuy.com.au/up-play-tents)
Gifts for school children (6-12 years)
Volcano making kit – Teach your child the wonders of science while having plenty of fun at the same time with this volcano making kit. Using mould and plaster, your child will build, paint and decorate their volcano before releasing the ‘lava flow’ using baking soda and vinegar. How much fun is that!
Available at Mighty Ape – $19.99 (https://www.mightyape.com.au/product/4M-Kidz-Labs-Volcano-Making-Kit/2524221)
Little Passports subscription – Explore the world one country at a time with this amazing educational pack. The first package your child will receive will contain a suitcase, passport, world map, stickers, photos and activity sheet. Every month after that your child will receive a new package in the mail showcasing a new country, complete with souvenirs, activity sheets, stickers, photos and much more. It really is a wonderful way to teach your child about the world around them.
Available at Little Passports – $US11.95 per month for 12 months (plus a one off $45 shipping fee) (http://www.littlepassports.com/little-passports-world-edition)
Discovery Kids FM Walkie-Talkies – Kids love staying in touch and what better way than with a set of walkie-talkies. Whether chatting to each other in separate bedrooms or while playing on the playground, your kids are going to love being able to talk to each other from a distance of up to 500m. They’re lightweight, come with a belt clip and have ringing alerts so they know when they’re being called.
Available at No I Deer Gifts – $59.95 (https://www.noideergifts.com.au/)
Three Pack Choc Chip Lover Cookie Mix – Teach your kids about cooking in the kitchen by making something they will find absolutely delicious: choc chip cookies! Guaranteed to be the most nutritious range of gourmet cookies in Australia or your money back. You’ll receive white choc, dark choc and milk choc chip cookie mix packs…enough to make around 90 cookies.
Available at Homegrown and Handmade – $49.99 (https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/172435832/choc-chip-lover-3-pack-bake-at-home)
Gifts for teenagers (13-18 years)
Guitar Hero – Your teenager will channel their inner rock star live on stage playing to a crowd of thousands of people or simply play along to new music in real time on GHTV, the built-in music video network. Either way your teenager is going to love playing Guitar Hero and you never know – it could lead them to becoming a world-class musician!
Available at Target – $119 (http://www.target.com.au/p/guitar-hero-live-bundle-ps4/58349144)
Pushbike – The guys at Reid Cycles have an awesome range of pushbikes at very reasonable prices. Go for the traditional mountain bike variety or the very trendy old-school classic style. Not only are they great bikes but they come with a free light set, cable lock and mini pump. They’ll even deliver it for free to most metropolitan and some regional areas and you get 12-months of free servicing as well!
Available at Reid Cycles – $149+ (http://www.reidcycles.com.au/bikes/kids-bikes.html)
Street By 50 Cent Headphones – If you want to be the coolest parent on the street, get a set of these headphones for your teenager. Comes with detachable cord, enhanced studio quality sound, modern styling and ultra plush memory foam ear pads so they mould to the owner’s shape.
Available at Hard To Find – $249.95 (https://www.hardtofind.com.au/26859_street-by-50-cent-wired-over-ear-headphones-sms-audio)
Mini Electronic DJ Music Mixing Deck – Teens love their music and the DJ scene is huge right now. So why not let them be their own DJ anywhere they like? This mini mixing deck allows teens to plug in two MP3 players (iPhone, iPod, etc.) and flip between songs using the awesome fader control. They’ll feel like a real DJ as they transition from song to song seamlessly, just like the pros!
Available at Yellow Octopus – $49.99 (https://www.yellowoctopus.com.au/mini-music-mixing-deck)
So there you have it, 16 great Christmas gift ideas for children of all ages. We’ve tried to make sure the gifts we recommend span across all price brackets and will be a hit with both boys and girls. If you don’t like the Christmas presents suggested, that’s ok – the websites where you can find them have plenty of other Christmas ideas as well, so we’re sure you’ll find something perfect without leaving the comfort of your home.
Merry Christmas from the team here at Lantern Club. We hope you get to spend plenty of quality time with those closest to you.
*Please note: Lantern Club is not affiliated in any way with the companies and products we’ve suggested. They don’t know we have recommended their products and we don’t receive anything in return. We just like what they have to offer and we hope you do too.
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