Choosing a toy for a child’s Christmas is a big decision, but fortunately we have compiled a list of the best Christmas toys for children for all ages. The toys below vary in price and suit ages from around 4 years old up to teenagers. There are a variety of types of toys in the selection, such as electronics, games, educational toys and many more.
There are many factors to consider when choosing a Christmas toy for a child. The age and ability of the child are the most important consideration, as getting a toy that’s too simple for them will mean they soon get bored and you’ll have wasted money. Getting a toy that they can’t use because it’s too advanced will cause frustration and could be dangerous if the child can’t operate it properly.
It’s also important to consider the cost of the toy in relation to your budget, as Christmas can be an expensive time of year for everyone. Finally, consider how parent-friendly a toy is too. The festive season can be stressful for parents so they’re sure to be thrilled if a toy their child receives is simple to set up and maintain.
Genius Kit by Osmo
This is a fantastic educational toy for kids aged around 5 to 10 years old, but it is only suitable for use in conjunction with an iPad. It teaches kids about drawing, numbers, solving puzzles and many more skills, in a fun way. Kids will be learning without realizing because they’ll be having so much fun! There are varying levels of difficulty on the program, which means children will get years of use out of this product, providing excellent value for money.
There are excellent expansion packs available for purchase separately which provide even more fun learning opportunities. For kids who are really interested in technology, there is even one pack which introduces coding, allowing children to program their own iPad. The availability of these expansion packs makes the Osmo Genius Kit a perfect gift, as parents or other relatives can add to it for future birthdays or Christmases.
Disney’s Moana LEGO
Disney fans of all ages are sure to love this fun LEGO play-set. The set features a boat and an island as well as figures and accessories, making this perfect for Christmas as it can easily be shared with other children. Fans of the movie will love re-enacting their favorite scenes as well as making their own scenarios.
LEGO makes a great Christmas gift as it is loved by children (and even adults!) of all ages. Like the Osmo Genius above, LEGO sets can be added to at later dates and used in conjunction with other kits the child may already have. With over 200 pieces, this set is sure to keep kids amused for hours – they’ll love being able to take goodies on their voyage using the storage compartment under the boat!
Spectacular Magic Show Suitcase with 100 Tricks
A magic show performed by the kids is the perfect end to a Christmas dinner, and with this fun kit they’ll be experts in no time! An instruction DVD featuring a real magician is included, which makes this perfect for kids who may be unable to read and follow written instructions by themselves. The suitcase which holds the equipment also doubles as a table to perform the tricks on.
This product is also perfect for dads and granddads who want to find a fun activity to do with the kids – younger children will be amazed at the show you can put on for them! The magic kit provides excellent value for money, for 100 tricks. The set is recommended for kids aged 7-8 and above, and will be sure to provide many hours of entertainment. Magic sets are perfect for both boys and girls, and are an ideal way to give quieter kids confidence as they will be desperate to show off their new-found skills.
Crazy Forts Glow in the Dark Box Set
This is a fascinating and unique product that makes a perfect Christmas gift for boys and girls of all ages. It features a range of sticks and balls which can be joined together in several different combinations to form the foundations of a fort. Simply add some sheets and your child will have their very own secret hangout!
This is perfect for Christmas because kids can easily build the fort together and make up fun imaginative games to play inside it once it’s ready. Disassembled, it takes up very little space making it an ideal gift for parents who may worry about where they’re going to store all their kids’ new toys. There are different sets available which can interlink with this one to make even bigger and better forts, meaning it can be added to as the kids get bigger. Parents will be delighted to get their furniture back as the kids will no longer need to use it to make their forts with this great set.
This game is perfect for families with children who never talk at the dinner table – it’s also ideal for slightly older kids who are addicted to their gadgets. It’s also great to take in the car thanks to its compact size, making it perfect for long journeys at Christmas to visit family or friends.
Kids will love asking and answering questions with their friends too – it’s the perfect product for helping people of all ages know one another better. After using the cards for some time, parents and children will become better at having their own conversations without the use of cards as prompts, or why not cut up some paper and get the kids to write their own questions?
This set can be used every day as there are over 130 questions, meaning plenty of new conversations to be had. You can use the set as your child grows older and see how their answers may change. Parents and children are sure to discover some new facts about one another after playing with these thought-provoking cards.
The Zoomer Kitty is an interactive robotic cat which acts just like a real cat! It can follow it’s toy, which is included, and it loves to be petted, responding with life-like purring sounds and motions. There are different colors and styles available meaning there’s something to suit everyone. There are even different animals so those who don’t like cats are catered for too. It’s recommended for kids aged 5 and above, but kids much older than 5 will be sure to love the kitty too.
This is the perfect gift for a boy or girl who can’t have a real cat due to allergies or location for example. It’s sure to delight cat-lovers of all ages, perhaps even the parents! The toy has to be charged up via a USB charger, but unfortunately it only lasts around 30 minutes on a full charge. However, the charge time is also around 30 minutes meaning you don’t have to wait long for the fun to begin!
Sphero Robot SPRK+
The Sphero is perfect for any age of child, as there are varying levels of difficulty. Older kids who are really interested in learning about programming can do so through this fascinating educational toy. This programmable robot has a decent battery life, providing an hour of play time on a single charge.
Parents will love this toy too, as it is waterproof and scratch-resistant, and there is the option to purchase protective covers for the ball. Also, parents can ‘assign’ tasks to their children, enabling them to learn new programming commands by themselves. It’s compatible with both Apple and Android systems, making it suitable for the majority of households.
There are endless possibilities with the Sphero SPRK+, making it the perfect Christmas gift to grow with your child and provide years of entertainment and education.
Laser X Gaming Set for 2 Players
Laser tag is a fun game for kids of all ages and adults will love to join in too! This is perfect for Christmas, as multiple sets can be used together meaning there can be an unlimited number of players. The target vest fits all sizes, and there is a long range of up to 200 feet, providing lots of opportunities for team games.
This set is the perfect gift for those who have never played laser tag before, as it has the option to connect headphones and receive tips and feedback throughout game-play. There are also sound effects played through the headphones making the experience even more fun and realistic.
The Laser X set is a great choice for kids who are looking for something a bit different this Christmas, and their friends are sure to be impressed when they next come round to play!
Sequence – Jumbo Edition
The giant version of this popular game makes the perfect Christmas gift for families. Its large size means that lots of people can gather round the table to play without struggling to see. The game is easy enough for kids to learn but also tricky enough that adults won’t get bored playing it. The playing mat is high quality, meaning it can be used over and over again without the fear of it getting torn or damaged, as many board games often do.
This game is perfect for Christmas because it is very quick to set up and learning the rules is equally fast. Sequence can be played with up to 12 players, so it’s ideal for when there are lots of guests at Christmas, but can be enjoyed just as much with as little as two people.
Best Overall Pick
For those looking to spend a little more on a fun, educational gift this Christmas, the Osmo Genius Kit is the perfect choice. It grows with kids as they learn more about the different elements, meaning they will be able to enjoy their present for years to come.
The availability of expansion packs makes it a great gift, enabling parents to choose other products for their child in the future. It also means the child will never tire of playing with this game. The only downside of the Osmo Genius is that it requires an iPad to play, but it makes the perfect gift for any family who already own one.
Best Budget Pick
If you’re on a limited budget, you can’t go wrong with the Crazy Forts set. Perfect for kids of all ages, it’s sure to provide hours of entertainment, both at Christmas and throughout the year. This product also has expansions available, allowing children to create different shapes and sizes of fort.
The Crazy Fort set is a unique product which allows children to practice their construction skills, as well as encouraging imaginative play. It also allows kids to create a space just for themselves, where they can escape from the business of the festive season! The toy can be used outside, or could be used to create a cozy reading den, meaning it’s flexible to your child’s interests.