Whether you shop for your own tiny tots this year, or you've got nieces and nephews to buy for, in 2015 it's all about Star Wars and Disney.
In our tech-themed gift guide, we included a toy that's suitable for all ages. So popular will the Star Wars BB-8 Droid?(?169.99) be this Christmas, it's worth repeating here.?Hours of entertainment.
Taking things back to tradition, the Elf on the Shelf?(?35) is more than a gift to enjoy on Christmas day, it's a keepsake that they'll treasure for years to come. Included in this original gift set, you'll find a magical scout elf from the North Pole and a beautiful children's story book in a traditional Christmas box. As for what's so special about this elf? It's the message behind it: when you adopt this special scout elf and name him, he receives his Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole?but only when all girls and boys are sound asleep! At the start of each festive season, the scout elf returns to his family's house to be Santa's eyes and ears, and every night he travels back to the North Pole to report in. Families can register their scout elf online to receive an official adoption certificate and a special letter from Santa! A gift that the kids will adore, and a nifty way to trick your kids into behaving their best all year around. It's a win-win!
Sticking with our traditional theme once more, the enjoyment from something as simple as a wooden jigsaw should never be underestimated with this fantastic Alphabet Jigsaw Digger (?30). What's more, it's one of the most creative ways your kids can learn something new. With this gorgeous, hand-crafted, wooden toy, the letters join together to form the alphabet, so your child gets familiar with their ABCs while simultaneously having fun. Perfect for the nippers in the family €30
When it comes to shopping for babies, there's no point in spending too much money on something that won't make much sense to them. Stick to soft toys and instagrammable outfits such as this super cute Christmas onesie, by Hatley, (?41) dotted with festive penguins! It's tight fitting with a zipper closure to create that extra snug feeling, and it comes with no-slip soles to make taking those early steps even easier. Altogether now, 'awwww'.
You can never go wrong with fun pyjama sets for the little ones; we adore these snuggly Lego Yoda PJs (?29.95)?and to be frank, we're jealous they don't come in adult sizes. Kids get all of the fun, right?
Another surefire hit with those in nappies (and us too, we must admit), there's nothing quite as fun as hand puppets, is there? These ones are Christmas themed and the gang's all here. You've got Santa, Rudolph, a penguin, a teddy bear and a snowman. As for their adventures? Well, we'll leave that up to you. €20, from The Puppet Company.
And if it's a puppet that will still be relevant once Christmas has come and gone, these little fellows caught our attention.
Elsewhere in a galaxy far, far away, if your budget finds you at the other end of the spectrum, the Star Wars Kylo Ren Extendable Lightsaber?(?18) will go down a treat on Christmas morning, but prepare to have this kid-friendly weapon thrust in your face right through your turkey dinner.
For the kids that have already caught the travel bug, they ought to see the world in style. Make finding their suitcase on a conveyor belt less of a headache with this stand-out Disney travel companion. The only difficulty you'll have is choosing from their range. Will you opt for the Mickey Mouse or the Bambi theme? Either way, Palm Valley's nature-inspired wave design will definitely get your young'uns in the holiday mood!
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