From stocking fillers to pocket money treats, there’s often a need for a little gift, so we have a hand-picked stash of presents under £15 right here, for when you need them
Little gifts for babies
If you're buying for a newborn or baby, it can be tricky territory, knowing there’s probably piles of unused products stacked up in their nurseries already. Fear not, however, as we have scouted out some beautiful on-budget items that are sure to be loved and adored.
Soft toys are the ideal first gifts, as babies learn to grasp for the first time. The Jellycat range is always expanding, making the Medium Malto Bear a perfect one-off gift or the start of a very special collection. The stylish Nattou Piu Piu The Octopus is another cuddly option, designed to look cute, while also mimicking the feel of the cord, which babes will have tugged on in the womb.
Other ideas for older babies who are out and about often and in need of some stimulation are the graphic Stroller Cards by Wee Gallery. Tactile Stroller Baby Toys pram toys, like the Skip Hop Silver Lining Cloud Jitter, provide entertainment while travelling around and look cool on the stroller too.
We know from experience that no baby can have too many muslins. They just have so many uses, from comforter to burp cloth. Packaged up beautifully, they become a sweet and useful little gift. We love these stylish Nanami Muslin Squares, which are soft and bright, making them different to the normal white ones. We just can’t decide which colour we prefer - the mustard or the mint?
Little gifts for toddlers
Toddlers accumulate a lot of stuff in their short lives. Have you ever seen a toddlers toy box?! 😲 So for any token gifts you do buy, you’ll want to make sure they aren’t going to end up unused and forgotten in the bottom of it.
When it comes to these sorts of gifts, vehicles are a sure winner. My First Play Tape by Donkey is one of our all-time favourites, with a choice of vehicle and tape to create a track to vroom vroom on.
Alternatively, the simple Kid O Go Cars are a fab first vehicle gift for younger toddlers as they get to grips playing with cars. The glow in the dark design is sure to get little ones excited, the large handle helps encourage those grasping skills.
Next up, bath toys! Tots seem to love the water so now’s an ideal time to encourage creative play, while getting them clean. Win, win! Our bestselling Boon Pipes Bath Toy makes an ideal gift for 12 months plus. Alternatively the Playful Bath Squirters Set are another perfect option, teaching them how to squeeze and squirt and all about cause and effect.
We’re suckers for wooden toys at KIDLY and they make ideal, timeless gifts too. For toddlers, why not pick up the Classic World Fox Block Set, which looks cool and helps with their puzzling skills. Another great idea is The Bigjigs Wooden Box of biscuits which look good enough to eat and help perfect those pretend play skills.
Gifts for Preschoolers
Preschoolers are pros at playing and will have developed an epic imagination by this stage too. So consider little gifts that will expand their skill set as they reach school age.
Inquisitive little minds are getting to grips with role playing and we have some perfect small accessories to encourage this skill. The Meri Meri Wearable Lion Mane is a dressing up box favourite, while the Battat Light & Sound Phone is a perfect prop for imaginative play
Arting and crafting is a favourite pastime for preschoolers, so whether you are buying for them or they are looking to pick up a little something with their pocket money, the Olli Ella Playpa paper roll is a great option.
The Eat Sleep Doodle Artist Set of 20 Wash-out Pens are a great, washable addition to craft boxes, or they can be given individually in party bags for this age too.
Books are an ideal gift idea for this age and can be enjoyed for years to come as reading and language skills further develop. We have a range of titles to perfect for entertaining and engaging inquisitive preschoolers. A couple of great books which make perfect gifts for preschoolers are So many feet and Neon Leon. Brightly illustrated, they’ll keep them engaged and learning about the world around them, as well as the importance of friends.
Your pre-schooler is probably quite good at displaying their emotions by now. Help them learn more about the way they feel with the A Bit Lost Book.
Want a book to encourage learning? In The Woods by Thames and Hudson is quite simply magic. Get your pre-schooler to take a look through the coloured glasses to see what they discover hiding in the woods.
And there it is. A gift guide to give you a helping hand. Article hit the spot? Good news. There’s more. We’ve put together gift finders for newborns, babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and those big gifts too. Enjoy...