Children have a natural affinity with the great outdoors. Whether yours are the type to climb trees or like collecting petals for an Eau de Garden perfume, gifts that encourage kids to be outside tick all our boxes. So we’ve picked out some of our favourite gift ideas for any small explorer. Because, to quote Charles Muntz in Pixar's masterpiece Up: “Adventure is out there”!
1. ADVENTURE WEAR
First things first. Outside adventures can be messy, so some good quality apparel and accessories are always wise pressies. For little ones who love jumping up and down in muddy puddles (thanks to a certain pig whose name begins with P) a pair of wellies are a must-have. Too boring a present, we hear you say? No way! Grass & Air boots change colour when they get wet and are a KIDLY best seller.
Sticking with accessories, if your pockets are constantly weighed down by scavenged pine cones, pebbles and feathers, think about gifting a hard-wearing backpack that they can fill with their bounty. The also perfect for storing drinking bottles, snacks and anything else a small explorer needs to take out and about with them.
2. A SET OF WHEELS
The first set of wheels a child owns is a big deal. Who doesn't remember their first bicycle with stabilisers? Kids typically scoot more than they walk these days so a scooter is a fail-safe gift. TRYBIKE makes trikes that can be converted into two-wheelers, to get them ready for riding and we love Little Dutch's balance bikes for their signature lovely shades, the comfy height-adjustable seat, the inflatable rubber tyres and the easy-grip chunky handlebars. Ride on!
3. FIELD TRIP PROPS
Whether little ones are going on a bear hunt or in search of minibeasts, field trip props can really bring their adventures to life. We love cameras which can add a role playing element to any trip out. For those who like to get up, close and personal with nature, a flashlight, notebook and magnifying glass all make fabulous gifts, or Tender Leaf Toys Forest Trail Kit is a great compendium of wilderness accessories. Anything from The Den Kit Co always hits the spot too.
4. TRAVEL ACCESSORIES
Holidays and trips away are a huge adventure for kids and there are plenty of great travel-focused products to help them live their best lives while away. There's also often lots of waiting around, though, so games designed for playing on the go make a great little gift idea.
In need of a big gift for a seasoned traveller? We love the Olli Ella See-Ya Suitcases. These sturdy and retro style totes are a superb gift for any pint-sized globe trotter. Once home, they can be used as quirky storage too.
5. BRINGING THE ADVENTURE HOME
Once holidays are done, that doesn’t need to be the end of the sight-seeing and adventure. An element of outside exploration can be brought into the home with some stylish decor that will keep the travel bug alive. The World Jute Carept by Ferm Living is a fun mat that inspires imaginative play, allowing kids to bring animal figures and vehicles with them on exciting trips around the globe.
Like this? We've put together other collections to help you nail that perfect Christmas present, whether you’re after a Stocking Filler, Big Gift for the Big Day, an Eco-Friendly gift or something For Creatives.We’ve also written gift finders for newborns, 2 year olds, 3 year olds, 4 year olds and 5 year olds too.
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