Christmas gift guide: for kids
Time to get cracking on the Crimbo presents! Nail your shopping for nippers with this curated guide of the sweetest gifts from indie brands and businesses.
Why camp out when you can camp in. Great for role play games, a quiet space to escape the family, reading nook or an emergency hiding place for toys. This stunning teepee is from The Oak Clothing Company based in Bucklebury, Berkshire. They are organic, eco-friendly and absolutely brilliant.
Budding artists will love this watercolour set from Whistlefish in Cornwall which comes with a handy frame ready to hang on their wall – the travel set of paints can be used to add colour to the design printed on the watercolour card (easel not included). For added extra sparkle, choose to send direct with a personalised card, with your message handwritten in stunning calligraphy for you.
Cute alert! Perfect for frill-fearing tots, Beach Baby Clothing scooped Best Children’s Business in this year’s Devon Muddy Awards for its unisex kids’ gear, and it’s easy to see why when it’s handmade with unique patterns, from no-nasties fabric and customised to order. The seasidey patterns are perfect for beach babes.
Kids will love watching the raindrops on these Grass & Air wellies change colour when they’re jumping in puddles. The 100% rubber boots from The Blue Zebra in Sherborne in Dorset, are fully waterproof and come in sizes starting from infant UK 5 up to UK 13.
Looking for a nostalgic wooden toy to gift to little ones this Christmas? You can’t beat Charlie the Sausage Dog from Other Kids in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. Crafted from durable wood and fabric, this sustainable, playful puppy is perfect for tots over 12 months old – and won’t demand treats, long walks or keep everyone up at night!
Two words: SO CUTE. Keep little hands and ears toasty with this double layered fleece-lined Zoocchini Findley Fox matching balaclava and mittens from a range (take you pick from giraffes, lions, sharks, dinos and more) at Buckinghamshire’s Style My Kid. Available in sizes 6 – 12 months and 12 – 24 months.
Hat £17.95, Mittens £11.95
The coolest set of wheels for your bambino. The Primo Classic Italian ride-on scooter is a three-wheeler made from sheets of hand-welded solid metal, with an aluminium trim and comfy, faux leather seat. Suitable for 1 to 5 years. Available in mint and pink from Bath’s award-winning My Small World.
Who said dinner time with little ones can’t be stylish? Chippenham boutique Noonie Earth, sell the most sublime collection of sustainable baby clothes, ultra-chic teething rings (yes, that’s a thing) and super-minimalist crockery for babies, made from soft silicone that feels comfortable to hold and wouldn’t’ look out of place in an Insta-worthy cafe.
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The Muddy Award-winning Treasure Map Trails are awesome maps, hand-illustrated (by founder, Bedfordshire based dad, Dan) to encourage little ones to explore their local area (and new ones) in an exciting new way. Aimed at ages 5-12 there are now 30 locations to choose from, including four Beds towns and six Herts ones. .
Kids who always have their nose in fantasy books like Lord of the Rings are going to be appreciate Jack Joliffe Goes Forth, the latest offering from Suffolk-based author Henry Chancellor. A great pressie choice for children aged 10+, it follows Jack’s exciting adventures through a fantasy world of dragons, fairies, princes and princesses. Available from Aldeburgh Bookshop.
Any mini gardeners will enjoy tending this cute Blossom Flowerpot Set from Cambridgeshire-based online emporium Schildren, with removable petals and leaves and a sweet set of secateurs to trim the stem. And the major bonus? This flower isn’t going to die when they forget to water it!
Stylish and cosy, wherever they adventure to, these gorgeous Island Babe sweaters from Isle of Wight-based makers Mint & White range in size from ages 2 – 12. Pick from soft pastel pink, baby blue, navy, grey or white. Cute.
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Dreamy chocolate box store Toybox Kettering in Northants is all about traditional craftsmanship and developmental learning selling the sort of gorgeous wooden toys you keep forever (no plastic tat here, thank you!). We are loving this rather Christmassy sit on and ride deer for tots aged 1-2.
In need of made-for-playing, fun and original clothes? No impractical synthetic nonsense here! Introducing Pickle – a fashion brand for your little pickles – think cute-as-they-come leggings, tops, rompers and PJ sets. We love this Petrol Sweatshirt (unisex, size 6-12 months to 12 years).
Made from layer upon layer of fantastic chiffon frill, these Vintage tutus from Oakham-based Baba of Mine will see plenty of wear long after the festive season has passed.
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Made from solid beech this super cute hot dog truck is a minimalist, design-focused toy based on the New York icon. From a selection at Sussex based Kids brand Cocobanana.
Bang! Crash! Pow! Nothing like a bit of superhero action to make telling the time more fun. One of a selection from Watchitude, this brilliant slap-on Comics watch comes with a removeable watch face and is waterproof up to 1m. Find it at Stockbridge boutique The Owl & The Pussycat.
Founder of Whistlebrook, Laura (based in Tring, Herts) creates her gorgeous handmade kids’ clothing and sewing kits from ethically sourced, sustainable materials (tick!) and they are just tooo cute. We’re big fans of this Winter Florals Pinafore Dress which feels just a little bit festive, but will still be easily wearable year-round). Available for newborns up to age 6.
Whisper it. Embroidery is cool again! We’re loving this cute, contemporary and colourful unicorn design from Hawthorn Handmade – it’s the perfect gift for a little one who likes crafting. The pattern is pre-printed on the fabric, so it’s ideal for beginners and the kit includes everything they’ll need to create their very own piece of hoop art. And when it’s finished, it’ll look fab in a frame on the wall. Get it from Two Ducks in St John’s, Woking.
Know a budding baker worthy of a Paul Hollywood handshake? Muddy Award-winning Mrs Bun the Baker runs cooking classes for kids from her Oxfordshire kitchen, as well as stocking a selection of recipe cards and bakeware like this sweet wooden spoon. Ideal for a stocking filler.
What’s better than a rocking horse? A rocking elephant of course. This super-soft, padded nursery staple from The Baby Barn in Marton, Warks, even includes hidden interactive features to keep little one entertained. We don’t condone riding on Dumbo, but we’ll make an exception in this case.
Give your junior eco-warrier hours of fun with this mini wooden greenhouse and gardening set. Encourage those green fingers with this set which includes a frame for nurturing seeds, raised bed with nine cute vegetables, compost bin, lawnmower, watering can, topiary tree, wheelbarrow and a deck chair. This Tenderleaf plywood playset from Cotswold Trading for ages 3+ is perfect practice for the Spring.
Spacious and stylish, the Dovetail House has 6 rooms ready to be filled with little dolls and furniture sets. Beautiful printed plywood floors and soft, gender neutral colours will put this at the top of your kids must-have list this year.
Practical, pretty and plastic-free – the three P’s that make for a perfect Christmas pressie. Designed for three to eight-year-olds, this Fairy & Woodland Bracelet Making Kit from Norfolk store Marshes & Flint contains enough wooden beads for ten bracelets – which means ample time to keep them entertained on Christmas afternoon while you take a kip on the sofa.
Need a sous chef this Christmas Day? This Sass & Belle toy cooking set from Domestic Science in Nailsworth is spot on for budding chefs. The kit includes miniature pots, pans and utensils, all with a matching retro flower print. They’re packaged in a gorgeous suitcase which when turned upside down acts as a pretend hob – nifty. Crafted from Stainless steel and birch wood it’s made to last too.