If you’re looking for some Christmas gift ideas for kids, you’ve come to the right place! I have a whole host of kids in my life for whom I have to find the perfect Christmas gift, I’m always on the lookout for new ideas! All the toys featured in this post are under £30.00, so they’re perfect for whoever you’re buying for – niece, nephew, neighbour or even your own children. All the toys featured have been tried and tested by my own daughter, Aurelia who is 6 years old.
Aurelia loves to play with all sorts of toys, those marketed at both girls, and those pitched to boys as well!
1. Thomas Train Track
Trains and train tracks were not something that appealed to my eldest daughter, Kerri. However, Aurelia has fully embraced her love of trains and tracks. This interest began with a simple wooden train set from Ikea for her 2nd birthday. This is a great toy set for toddlers. Indeed, Aurelia still plays with this set frequently. What an investment!
More recently we’ve moved on to some more sophisticated train sets. For her birthday, Aurelia chose this Thomas Train Set. Over the past few weeks, I’ve watched Aurelia build and play with the train set for hours on end. This particular set came with a Thomas train and cargo.
The track glows in the dark. By switching off the lights you can watch Thomas seemingly light up the track.
What I love about this brand is that you can buy more sets which you can combine together. Aurelia has added a number of these sets to her Christmas list so ultimately she’ll be able to create a huge train track!
2. Remote Control Car
We’ve been through a number of remote control cars over the years, but this one is our favourite.
This car is quick, easy to handle and is absolutely unstoppable! If the car hits an obstacle, it flips over and carries on. This is Aurelia’s favourite thing about this toy. One of her remote-controlled cars broke when it collided with a stone wall, but this toy is seemingly indestructible!
We took it to the park and put it through its paces. On our adventure, we drove through leaves, mud and drove it into the occasional wall!
We had hours of fun in the park. Not only that but it gave us the perfect opportunity to get some fresh autumn/winter air. And I added 8,000 steps to my daily count too!
3. Ryan’s World Toy Figures
Aurelia is the world’s biggest fan of Ryan, the YouTube sensation! Ryan has become a star by reviewing toys online. As his celebrity status increased, Ryan and his family started to film their family adventures and now they have their own TV show on Nickelodeon. Ryan also stars alongside some cartoon characters of his company’s creation.
In the past year or so, Ryan has brought his own toy brand to the market. He also advertises these on his YouTube channel. Naturally, Aurelia wants them all!!!
With her birthday money, Aurelia chose some Ryan toys to add to her growing collection. Aurelia enjoys the “surprise” element in many of Ryan’s toys – the notion of opening something blind without knowing the contents which are all the rage at the moment. So she bought “Ryan’s World Build a Ryan Egg-stravaganza”.
The notion is to open the eggs inside of which is either a head, body or accessory of Ryan or one of his cartoon sidekicks. The heads, bodies and accessories are interchangeable so the kids can have fun making a whole range of different individuals.
4. Roblox Figures
We introduced Aurelia to Roblox around a year ago. If you’re not familiar with the game, Roblox is an app which you can download on to your phone/tablet or computer. The graphics of the game are extremely basic but this is part of its appeal. The app includes a seemingly unlimited amount of games (we’re talking millions) which players can join. Games range from the building variety to superhero quests.
Roblox now has its own toy brand which features the characters from the electronic game.
One of Aurelia’s favourite Roblox games is “Fashion Famous”. The premise of the game is to dress your character based upon a particular given theme, e.g. party wear, winter wonderland or casual. Gamers are given a time limit in which they can dress their character in wigs, clothing and accessories. The players then judge each other and the person with the highest score wins the game.
Well when Aurelia saw “Fashion Famous” on the shelves, she simply had to have it.
The figures are interchangeable – you can remove the heads, arms, legs and torsos of the figures. The set comes with loads of accessories so you really feel as though you’re playing the electronic game. Aurelia created tons of different looks. The figures then strutted down the catwalk and we judged them via the judges.
Lego is one of those amazing products that can be enjoyed by all genders and ages. My daughters have both spent many hundreds of hours building and creating some remarkable structures with the power of their own imaginations. And this is an activity I’ve been able to enjoy with them!
Aurelia has a huge selection of Lego bricks. This collection has been accumulated over the years through the purchase of packs of bricks and through packs of Lego models.
Whenever we’re struggling for Lego ideas, we visit one of our favourite sites, Mrs Mactivity. There are lots of Lego building ideas on the site. Mrs Mactivity has a series of Lego challenges (we love a good challenge). Here’s one we tried this week on the Great Fire of London.
We tried to replicate a Monument originally designed by Sir Christopher Wren. This was, in essence, a simple tower, however, it gave Aurelia a focus for her lego building activity. (And she added her Lego figurines to act out the chaos of the event).
Look out for our forthcoming Youtube video in which Aurelia reviews these wonderful toys.
Hopefully, you’ve found some Christmas gift ideas for kids in this post which will enable you to avoid a last-minute Christmas shopping dash!
To read more of our toy reviews, see our other posts in our ‘Parenting’ category.