Whether it’s mine or somebody else’s, I usually find children difficult to buy presents for – especially at Christmas! If you’re the same and still looking for ideas, you’ve come to the right place. There’s quite a variety of gifts below for children of primary school age, so hopefully you’ll be able to find something suitable. Happy shopping!
Personalised dinosaur watch – RRP £23.99, available from Giftpup.com
Jacob has recently taken more of an interest in telling the time on a clock, so this analogue watch will be great for him. This watch comes in two designs – dinosaur & unicorn. The clock face has easy to read numbers with the words “to” & “past” to help children distinguish between the two. The rubber strap has a number of colourful dinosaurs on it, and the back of the clock face can be engraved with a personal message.
Personalised space chocolate bar – RRP £4.99, available from Born Gifted
As well as the wrapper being personalised to the recipient, these chocolate bars would make a great stocking filler for a space enthusiast – just make sure you don’t light the fire if they’re hung on the fireplace! The front of the bar can be personalised with any name up to 15 characters, and the back can be personalised with a message over two lines. The bar also comes in a unicorn design.
Quentin Blake x Science Museum gifts – RRP from 80p, available from Science Museum online and instore
If you have a science enthusiast in your midst who is also an avid reader, some of these goodies from the Quentin Blake x Science Museum might be just the gift. The illustrations by Quentin Blake, of famous scientists featured on all of the products have been commissioned exclusively for the Science Museum, so you won’t find these anywhere else. Rulers, magnets, pencils & postcards are available from the physical shop, but you can purchase items such as tote bags, mugs and colouring books from the online shop.
Paint sticks & chalk sticks – RRP from £4.95 , available from Amazon and various other retailers
We recently reviewed the paint and chalk sticks from Little Brian, and I can safely say that I think they would go down like a storm as a Christmas gift! These would make great filler gifts for friends children as well your own, and I’m sure the parents would thank you too!
Toucan Box subscription – RRP from £7.95 , available from Toucan Box
Recommended age 3+
My boys have had a Toucan Box subscription for quite a while now and get very excited when a new one arrives through the letterbox with their name on! The boxes are inspired by Montessori learning and each one is built by educational experts to help develop key skills. So you know they’re learning, but they think they’re just having fun creating! Each box comes with at least one craft activity, a magazine with STEAM inspired activities, and a sticker. Use referral code STACEY-A37K for the first box free!
Games & Toys
Top Quarkz – RRP £9.95, available from The Remarkablz
Recommended age 6+
Top Quarkz is a modern take on Top Trumps, designed to encourage girls in STEM – though of course, boys can play it too! The cards showcase some of the best male and female STEM role models to inspire children to explore and aspire to their own dreams, regardless of gender, ethnicity or disability. (This is available at a special price of £7.99 until 31 December 2018. Just enter promo code INSPIRE at the point of purchase).
Grabolo – RRP £11, available from Amazon
Recommended age 6+
Grabolo is a fun game that requires the best eyes and fastest hands in order to win! With a roll of the dice you can determine the combination of shape and colour playing pieces that need to be grabbed, so fast reactions are needed; the first one to grab it gets to keep it! There are 36 pieces to the game, with six different items in six different colours. A quick game for 2+ players, it’s perfect for family playing after Christmas dinner!
Caveman – RRP £9.99, available from Amazon
Recommended age 8+
Caveman is another fast paced game for the whole family, but using cards instead. If you don’t speak caveman already, you can learn to do so with this – simply shout out one of the caveman words on your card so everyone knows what to look for next! Match and play all your cards before your Megalithic mates, and win the game!
Wildlife Detective Kit – RRP £15.95, available from Wicked Uncle
Recommended age 5+
This is a great little kit to encourage children to get out and explore the great outdoors. It contains equipment to learn which animals live in the garden, what they do, and you can even identify animals by taking a plaster cast of their footprint! The 12 piece kit comes with animal info cards, tweezers, specimen bags and much more! A perfect gift for the little adventurer.
Ferrari Formula 1 vehicle – RRP £39.99, available from Amazon and various other retailers
Recommended age 10+
This Meccano Ferrari Formula 1 kit is perfect for the F1 fan and will keep them busy for hours! Set at an intermediate level, it’s a great set for the experienced model builder who likes a new challenge. Building this set with the tools provided will apply STEAM concepts, and can be finished with the lifelike decals and poseable wheels.
Books & Comics
12 month magazine subscription – RRP £36, available from Scoop
Recommended age 7-12 years
Scoop is an independently published magazine aimed at 7-12 year olds who are passionate about reading, want to know what’s going on in the world, and have a sense of humour! With features including short stories, non-fiction, quizzes, and reviews from world renowned authors and illustrators including Raymond Briggs, Jacqueline Wilson, and Neil Gaiman. Each issue is addressed directly to the recipient and arrives bi-monthly.
A Home For Emy / Emy Gets A Sister – RRP £7.99, available from Amazon
Recommended age 5+
This heart warming, beautifully illustrated duet of books about a dog named Emy is inspired by true events. In A Home For Emy, one cold October morning, a young Border Collie and her litter of puppies are abandoned outside an animal shelter. One by one they’re found a new home apart from Emy, who is just wishing for a home in time for Christmas. Emy Gets A Sister follows on with Emy getting, well, a sister! Also showing that dogs are not just in fact for Christmas, but that there are lots of dogs out there wishing for a forever home.
Smashers Smash Ball – RRP from £1.99, available from various retailers
These Smashers are a collectible stocking filler, each containing a smashball and a collectible figure. The smashball even fits back together for hours of repeated fun! With over 100 figurines to collect they’re great for trading with friends, and there’s also an app to track their collection!
Stikbot Dino Egg – RRP £4.99, available from various retailers
Another collectible stocking filler, the Stikbot Dino collection is a great choice for the dinosaur enthusiast. Stikbots bring the imagination to life with the ability to collect them all and make up their own scenarios for each collectible figure. They also come in ranges such as monsters and pets.
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