The 20 best Christmas gifts for children

Treat your little ones this festive season with a marvellous present from our selection

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1. Crocodile pencil case

Send them back to school in the new year with this sweet little pencil case that has a zip fastening at the croc's mouth.

£8, Cath Kidston

2. Hexbug robots

These little robots respond to touch and sound, watch them as they scuttle around. They come in five shapes and colours, including black, green and orange.

£14.97 each, John Lewis

3. Skoot ride-on suitcase

Make travelling fun with this creatively-designed suitcase. Your little one can pull it along or ride on it. It is even small enough to put in an overhead locker.

£54.95, Harrods

4. Felt animal wall head

Now they can have a safari in their own room with this cute felt animal head which can be put on their wall. They are also ethically produced.

£69, Gift Library

5. Five magic tricks

If you have a budding magician then this is the present for you. This set contains a thumb tip, magic rope, multi playing balls, secret taper cards and miracle dice tricks. 

£9, The Great Gift Company

6. Motorised solar system

Ignite their interest in the universe with this motorised model which lets you position and rotate the planets. Or simply turn off the light and switch this on for a beautiful display.

£30, Science Museum Shop

7. Jr astronaut suit

Let their imagination run wild with this suit that will transform them into a space explorer and is great for fancy dress parties. For ages 4-6.

£45, Science Museum Shop

8. Spy kit

Featuring a magnifying glass, mirror glasses, moustaches, a notebook and invisible ink and paper, this is just the thing for any little secret agent.

£21, Liberty

9. Lego Mindstorms robot

Whilst this is on the pricey side, your child can create and command their own robot. It has touch and colour sensors, as well as infrared.

£329, Harrods

10.  IR Cyber Flyer

For your aspiring little aviator this little flying gadget is great. It has flexibility so it bounces off walls, so even if your remote control skills are not there yet, it will not get damaged easily.

£15, Science Museum Shop

11. Happyland Kettle Cottage

Bright and colourful, this kettle house will help them develop their imagination. It comes with Mr and Mrs Mouse and their baby. Suitable from 18 months.

£24, John Lewis

12. Frog skipping rope

We love this cute skipping rope that will keep them active and entertained. From ages 5+.

£3.99, The Travelling Souk

13. Roller wheel

This inflatable wheel is a great gift for keep them moving, they can climb and roll around inside it and is suitable both indoors and outside.

£45, Science Museum Shop

14. Favourite Place cushion

This lovely little cushion is a nice gift for mothers-to-be or babies. It is made from 100% baby alpaca and has a polypropyl filling. 

£42, Olive Loves Alfie

15. Melissa & Doug Make-a-Face sticker pad

Get creative with this set that lets your child create 20 different faces with lots of accessories. Suitable for ages from 4+.

£6, Liberty

16. Flamingo nanoblocks

Your little one can create their own 3D animal art with these fun nanoblocks. They are mini blocks which include more detail. Suitable for ages from 8+.

£9, Gift Library

17. Food face plate

For the fussy eater, make meals fun with this plate. It lets your kids use their food to decorate the cartoon face.

£13, Southbank Centre Shop

18. Tootsa MacGinty cloud knit jumper

Keep them wrapped up and warm with this adorable cloud jumper.

£36.99, Kidsen

19. Mesdames & Messieurs checkers game

Play checkers with this unique and soft set. It is eco-friendly and made from organic cotton.

£16, Unique and Unity

20. Jellycat Roger Rooster

Your little one can spend hours grooming Kenny Cockrel to help him look presentable.

£12, Gift Library

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