Kids have a natural affinity with the great outdoors. Whether they're the type to climb trees or find pleasure in collecting petals for an Eau de Garden perfume, we want to encourage our children to be outside and to enjoy all that can be seen and done. We’ve picked out some of favourite gift ideas for any small explorer.
1. ADVENTURE WEAR
First things first, outside adventures can be messy so some good quality apparel and accessories are wise gift. For little ones who love jumping up and down in muddy puddles (thanks to that pig beginning with P) a pair of wellies are a must-have. Too boring for a present we hear you say? No way. These Grass & Air boots change colour when they get wet and are fast becoming 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 like this one from Blafre that they can fill with their bounty. It’s also perfect for storing drinking bottles, snacks and anything else a little one may want to take out and about with them...that's everything but the kitchen sink then. 😂
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? For this generation of thrill-seekers, there are many quality and stylish ride-ons for them to get around on - no need for those beads on wheel spokes anymore... Kids typically scoot more than they walk these days so this Globber is a fail-safe gift. The glowing wheels, while looking ace, provide an element of safety in low light and the adjustable handlebar means it grows as kids do. We really rate this TRYBIKE as well. With a wood finish, it looks really unique and the fact it can convert between being a trike and a bike, it's a gift that will last a long time.
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. They may not need their wellies and waterproof all in ones, but instead there’s plenty of great travel-focused products to help them live their best lives while away. There is often lots of waiting and some long, uncomfortable journeys to get to the final destination, so games designed for playing on the go make a great little gift idea. This On The Go Magnetic Tin by Petit Collage is just the right size for whiling away a few hours sat in the car or on the plane. 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 Rug by OYOY is a fun mat that inspires imaginative play, allowing kids to bring animal figures and vehicles with them on exciting trips around the globe. If kids have spent time on a plane, or maybe they are just fascinated by them, we love this Seaplane by sustainable brand Green Toys. Perfect for use in bath tubs or on dry land, it'll inspire hours of imaginative play.
We've put together other gift guides to help you nail that perfect present, whether that's a Big Gift for a special day, an earth-friendly Go Green item or something special for a Mini Creative. We’ve also put together gift finders for newborns, first birthdays, 2 year olds, 3 year olds, 4 year olds and 5 year olds too.
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