Buying gifts for kids is tough, very tough. Every year it seems like a thousand different companies try to sell us a million different new toys!
It just gets harder and harder to know what’s good and what isn’t, let alone keeping up with the current "craze".
Fear not, we've done the research and dug up a few gems that are sure to be winners on the big day (and most at a great price point too!)
Okay. So if you are of a certain age, there’s a pretty good chance that you remember Hot Wheels cars pretty vividly. In fact, you’ve probably already shot one of them up a ramp and into something expensive. That’s essentially what they were designed for, right?
Well, amazingly, not much has changed since then. Hot Wheels are still cool! Except, now they’re even cooler than they were before. With this kit, you can set your inner artist (or your child’s – if you must) free. You get to design each panel of the car, then it just neatly slots together – without glue! Then, all that’s left is to pull it back and watch it go! You can get yours here for just $29.99!
When it comes to entertaining the toddlers, it’s all about simplicity. Sure, the toy itself has to do something pretty baffling and hilarious, but it should be relatively easy to make that happen. With this duck bath toy, all you need to do is dunk it, pump it, and then watch the duck regurgitate water.
Sounds pretty mediocre for us, right? But trust us, the little ones go crazy for that kind of stuff. Better yet, you can even tweak the flow so it stays fresh and fun for longer. Though advertised as a bath toy, we see no reason this toy wouldn’t be just as fun at the beach. You can get yours here for $14.99.
For the kids who are extra curious about space, how things work, or both, how about a toy that’s a challenge but also still a lot of fun? For us, the most impressive part of this build-your-own kit is the fact that it’s officially licensed by NASA themselves!
Once you have used the tools provided to put together all 400+ parts, this space shuttle design will measure in at 30x16x10cms. So, what better way is there to kick on an interest/career than a literal monument to your accomplishments? The NASA space shuttle is far less expensive than the real thing too, snag yours for $59.99.
We get what you’re saying. “What’s new and exciting about a kite?” Well, this kite isn’t your regular kite that we had when we were young. This is a STUNT kite! Basically, how these work is that they are larger and more agile than traditional kites.
Because they pull a lot more, these do need to be operated with both hands. But, once you get the hang of it, you can pull off some great acrobatics. Essentially, this is the sort of Christmas gift that is fun for kids of all ages (3-60+). Get flying and grab yours today for $31.99.
Kids tend to try and replicate a lot of what they see us doing. So, if you are getting nervous about how your child is eyeing up your power tools, it may be time to consider getting them their own. Naturally, with a few of the more dangerous features removed, of course!
Sets like these are great for children 3 and up as they refine motor skills and fine-tune them. Not only that, they are great for the imagination too. It’s a 28 piece set too and rather large, so it’ll definitely give them a taste of life on the sites! This wood-built workbench can be picked up right here.
If you are not familiar with the Jellycat brand, they are pretty much the go-to toy when it comes to buying for newborns and toddlers. There’s just something about the way they make their adorable toys that make them a hit – every single time!
We’re totally unsurprised that this adorable little sushi (there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write) is also taking the world by storm. Of course, there isn’t much to this little guy. He’s just a guaranteed friend for your baby, toddler, or full-grown adult that appreciates the aesthetic value of a smiley sushi. A cute gift for all ages, these are selling fast here.
There’s quite a lot more to this puzzle than meets the eye. For starters, it’s actually quite difficult to figure out how it all goes back together again! But the coolest part is that each individual piece resembles a cunning or classic creature from the Safari. Although not obvious at first, you may need to fire up your imagination!
The design and build quality on each pice is absolutely immaculate, and seeing as they’re fabricated from beech wood, they are especially nice to touch, hold, and play with. This ensures that your little one can have hours of extra fun on safari whilst developing their dexterity simultaneously. Grab one here to begin their own Jungle Safari adventure.
Every now and then, it’s just gotta be about the cheap laughs. It can’t all be educational, right? If you agree, this is probably the toy you’ve been looking for. And, if you are familiar with the game of curling, you’ll also know exactly how this works.
Basically, all you need to do is curl the poo into the loo! The one who gets it closest wins! The mat is about 1.2 metres in length and allows you plenty of space to miss the loo entirely! It’s fun, it’s simple, and it’s cheap at $16.99.
This is essentially the perfect toy for the kind of kid who’s imaginative and wants to make something themselves. And, it works in the same way as a regular adult robot grabber. After it has been put together, you just pull the lever and the tentacles will close in around whatever the target is.
As a build, it’s quite easy and only has 9 parts and some screws to assemble before it starts working. As such, it would definitely make the perfect present for Christmas lunch or dinner as you'll be playing straight away. After all, octopuses and robots are pretty cool, right? If your kid thinks so too, you can grab one of these claws here!
Dinosaurs; they’ve never ceased to be a huge part of the imagination of the average child. But what if we could see them come to life before our very eyes? Well, now you can make that happen! With this build-your-own kit, you can choose between 5 different dinosaurs and make them move.
This clever piece of kit comes with a battery-powered motor and even has lots of fun quizzes, facts, and theories on the dinosaurs they’re building. Finished with one? There are 4 more to choose from. We can’t see them getting bored with this Christmas gift for quite some time! You can grab yours here for $79.99
That about wraps it up for the HOTTEST new gifts for kids this year. We hope that you found the kind of gift that you were looking for on this shortlist.