If, like me, you are seriously behind on your Christmas shopping this year, here are 10 ideas of fab stocking fillers for kids to help you out!
N.B. I have received free press samples of some of the products in this gift guide.
Chocolate Emoji Maker
The Chocolate Emoji Maker combines two of my favourite things: creativity and chocolate! You melt the chocolate sachets provided (made from finest Belgian chocolate) in a bowl of warm tap water, and then get arty with the moulds and stencils to create your favourite emoji…and then eat it! Brilliant! Currently on Amazon for £9.99.
Personalised Book from Orangutan Books
My children both love personalised books. Reading a book about themselves brings so much excitement! The personalised books from Orangutan Books are really lovely. We have a couple of the smaller books already, but they have recently launched their website and are offering large hardback books, personalised with any child’s name, for £19.99. And what’s more, their launch offer is “Buy One, Get One Free” with free P&P! They have a selection of Christmas books available which would make a perfect gift this festive season. Head over to the Orangutan Books website to order yours!
6 in 1 Whistle
We recently did a “Gifts for Adventurous Kids” blog post and the product from that which my kids enjoyed the most was the 6 in 1 Whistle, which would make a great stocking filler! Made by Bresser in Germany for National Geographic, it has 6 different functions for all types of outdoor adventures. It’s a whistle, a compass, a mini torch, a thermometer, a mirror and a magnifier. It’s really well-made and at only £6.95 from Wicked Uncle it definitely won’t break the bank!
My daughter has had a lot of fun with her Blume Doll which we were sent earlier in the year. It’s an unboxing toy which “blumes” out of a flowerpot before your eyes and comes with various accessories. They retail at £9.99 from most toy shops and you can find out more here.
Gelli Baff, Slime Baff, and Crackle Baff
For a unique bathtime experience look no further than Zimpli Kids and their “Baff” range. Gelli Baff turns your bathwater into a thick colourful goo (which can be dissolved easily to go down the plughole) Slime Baff turns the water into gooey slime (which again can be dissolved easily) and Crackle Baff is a magical popping powder which makes your bathwater crackle and pop and has my kids squealing with delight! All products are 100% safe on skin, stain free, non toxic and fab for sensory play. Great fun!
Play in a Box
As a Drama teacher, I love the idea of this Play in a Box kit which can be bought from the National Theatre website for £12.99. The kit contains everything children will need to put on a show; including ideas and inspiration for the characters, settings and plot; as well as expert top tips for staging, costume, make-up, props, sound and lighting, with a 32-page Stagecraft Handbook and a programme and tickets to colour in.
We have become slightly obsessed with penguins after going to see Mr Popper’s Penguins at the Waterside Arts Centre in Sale recently, so this Penguin Snowglobe from the Natural History Museum website (£12.99) is perfect for us!
Natural Playdough Set
I included this set in my “Plastic-Free Living for Families” post recently and it’s a perfect stocking filler for kids. The playdough comes in a metal tin and made from totally natural ingredients. You can get yours from Wearth London at £11.99 for a pack of 4.
David Gibb CD
We often have the David Gibb albums on repeat in this house. With toe-tapping tunes and witty lyrics, his music is wonderfully family-friendly and perfect for both kids and adults. You can read my review of his latest album, Rolling Down the Road, here.
My son has had lots of fun with this since I included it in my “Gifts for Adventurous Kids” post a couple of months ago. It’s a catapult at one end and a pencil at the other and is a perfect stocking filler. £5.95 from Wicked Uncle.
Hopefully this guide will have given you some inspiration. Let me know if you’ll be buying any of these products for gifts this year!