In the market for a big gift for a baby or older kid? We know getting a showstopper present just right can be a bit of a head spinner, so we’ve done the hard work for you 😉. Here’s our pick: all you need to do is provide the wrapping paper.
BIG GIFTS FOR BABIES (0-12 months)
A Play Gym
A great gift idea for babies as they can be used from day one, right through to when they are on the move. We love contemporary wooden or portable play arches, which you can pick to suit your modern space, or for moving babies playtime around the house, plus you can take it with you for trips away.
A walker or entertainer will always be gratefully received. We stock so many inventive and fun designs that'll keep those inquisitive little minds whirring and fingers fiddling: toy that growing babies will keep coming back to.
Other ideas for those special first Christmases and birthdays are stylish, non-essentials, which you don’t necessarily need, but you need; know what we mean? A beautiful light would be a stand-out item in a baby’s room and it’s bound to get some love as those babies become toddlers. House of Disaster has loads of awewome roarsome dino lights to choose from and we're also head-over-heels in love with our Miffies.
BIG GIFTS FOR TODDLERS (1-2 years)
Toddlers are busy bodies, with enviable energy and inquisitive personalities. They have the hang of playing down to a T and enjoy role playing too. Although they'll still find enjoyment from a cardboard box and dry pasta in a bottle, there are big gifts aplenty to nurture their growing minds.
An Activity Cube
For a gift that is playful but encourages learning too, we love the busy board that you can configure yourself by MURO. It's perfect in the playroom or fixed on the wall in a kiddies nook. In fact, there's so much to keep them occupied that parents may even get that cup of tea while it's still hot.
A garage is a reliable pick for a splashy present and you might find yourself drawn to play with it too. Moulin Roty's nostalgic Car Park With Elevator has cool, vintage styling and they'll love driving their little vehicles into the car park, with an elevator that moves up or down when you twist the wheel on the top.
It's never too soon to introduce toddlers to making music, and this cute Electronic Piano by Janod is a super gift. With easy to follow sheet music, it’s a toy that they will be able to enjoy for years to come - that initial thrashing of the keys may even start sounding pretty sweet in a few years time. If you are buying for someone else's toddler, you may want to get the go-ahead from the parents first for this noisy prezzie… or you may not. 😂
BIG GIFTS FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS (3-4 years)
With school on the horizon, pre-schoolers are proper little people now and will have mastered a whole range of essential life skills like getting dressed and feeding themselves.
A Construction Set
If it’s building your pre-schooler likes, we recommend Kapla as a great big present idea. These sustainably produced planks, made from pine from the Landes forest in France, are ideal for open-ended play, allowing little ones to construct different towers, roads or whatever else they feel inspired to make. Inside the box is an instruction manual with construction models, so they can push their building boundaries as they develop their skills.
Similarly, Magformers say you can play with their educational magnetised tiles and triangles to making epic structures from age 3 until you think you're too old to play. There's a challenge!
A Dolls House
Watch imaginations flourish with a dolls house, which offer endless open-ended play opportunities. We love the Le Toy Van Cherry Street Dolls House. Standing at just under a metre tall, the four storey townhouse is big enough for siblings to play together and it holds loads of dolls and furniture too.
Not really your style? There’s are also minimalist, open-fronted designs, like the Holdie House by Olli Ella which also doubles up nicely as a storage solution for peg dolls or wooden animals once play time is over.
We've put together gift guides to help you nail that perfect present, whether that's something for a newborn in Hello Baby, A Big Gift for a special day, an earth-friendly Go Green item or a special goodie for a Mini Creative or Adventurer.
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