40 Best Christmas gifts for kids and babies UK 2022 | The Sun

Finding the best Christmas gifts for kids and babies come December 25 can be a challenge.

Whether you’re shopping for your own kids, or a friend’s child, it can be tricky to get right – but luckily there are plenty of Christmas gifts for kids and babies to shop in advance of 25 December.

The easiest way to ensure your Christmas gift hits the mark this year is to tap into the interests of the child or baby you are buying for.

It is also paramount to buy something for their Christmas gift suitable for their age.

Educational gifts are often a winning formula for all ages from babies to older children too, and favourite books, TV shows or hobbies are a strong place to start.

When buying in advance of Christmas it is also important to keep in mind children grow, so if you are buying clothes, it is best to size up.

Sometimes even the simplest of gifts, such as colourful books to read are the best option, and ideal for those whose parents want their kid off of technology.

It's also worth checking in with their parents to see what toys they already have, or need, so you know, come Christmas day, you have done them justice.

But before you start shopping it is worth thinking about signing up to TopCashback, which is a cashback site that allows you to earn money back when shopping online.

Often cashback sites like TopCashback offer handy additional savings at top retailers that you can take advantage of when doing your Christmas shopping.

Kick off your Christmas shopping with our top picks for the best Christmas gifts for kids and babies below.

Best last-minute Christmas gifts for kids and babies

Need a great gift fast?

No need to panic: there are plenty of great e-gift cards, experiences and memberships for the kids in your life.

Check out our faves below, and don't forget: if you become a Prime member, Amazon offers next-day delivery on a huge range of products.

1. Junior Sports Car Driving Experience

  • Junior Sports Car Driving Experience, £19 from Virgin Experience Days – buy here

If the child you are buying for loves cars, this chance to get behind the wheel is the perfect fun day out.

A day on the track will include going for a spin in a Subaru Impreza, Porsche Boxster or Mitsubishi Eclipse on a professional circuit.

The experience day is available for children aged between 10 and 17 years old, and you can get the e-voucher sent instantly.

2. Spotify Gift Card (via email)

  • Spotify Gift Card (via email), from £10 from Amazon – buy here

If you have a serious music fan on your hands then a Spotify gift card is a great instant present for Christmas.

The streaming platform offers access to millions of songs and podcasts as well as popular curated playlists across hundreds of genres.

You can pick up Spotify gift cards via email for a variety of denominations, allowing the recipient to redeem a full priced subscription, so it's something that will suit all budgets too.

3. Little Cooks gift plan

  • Little Cooks gift plan, £38.99 for three months from Little Cooks Co – buy here

Do you know a child that loves cooking? Get their culinary skills up to scratch with this fun baking or cooking subscription gift.

The monthly Little Cooks Co boxes contain simple recipes to follow and no processed ingredients and are designed for children aged three to 10 years old.

It's ideal for getting little ones interested in food and nutrition as well as inspiring them to help out in the kitchen.

4. Disney On Ice

Disney On Ice is one event kids dream of going to, and why not treat them to that and make all their dreams come true.

Not sure what show they'd like to see, or simply left gift giving to the last minute, this solves every problem.

  • Disney on Ice gift card from £20- buy here

5. Toy Swap subscription

This innovative subscription is a step in the sustainable direction, as all you have to do is sign up, and with tokens select pre-loved toys from their vast range, play and send back, to then receive new ones.

This genius subscription can even involve children and let them pick their toys, but also provides more and more toys to their door.

You can select Whirli for your child, or gift to a family.

  • Toy swap subscription, from £13.49, Whirli – buy here

6. Baby Gift Book Subscription

Books are a popular purchase, especially for kids.

But why not treat that little bundle of joy to a bundle of books every month or so, thanks to this subscription.

  • Baby Gift Book Subscription, £34.99, from The Willoughby Book Club – buy here

Best electronic toys

Gadget gifts are always top of the wish list for kids of all ages.

From e-readers to cameras and wireless headphones, here are some presents that are guaranteed to be a massive hit this year.

1. Kindle Kids Edition, £99.99

If you are buying for a bookworm the Kindle Kids edition is the ideal gift.

The bundle includes Amazon's 10th gen Kindle in a kid-friendly cover, plus a year of Amazon Kids+ (Fire for Kids Unlimited) which gives access to over a thousand books.

For extra peace of mind, Amazon also provide a two-year worry-free guarantee.

  • Kindle Kids Edition, £99.99 from Amazon – buy here

2. Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera, £79.99

Budding photogs can hone their skills on this fun instant camera from Fujifilm Instax.

The stylish and compact design is perfect for kids and teens, and features a handy Selfie mode for clear close up shots and high performance flash for brighter, clearer images.

  • Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera, £79.99 from Boots- buy here

3. Nintendo Switch OLED, £309.99

There will be plenty of young gamers with this Nintendo Switch OLED console on their Christmas wishlist this year.

The latest version features a larger 7-inch OLED screen that will give your smart TV visuals a run for their money and 64GB of storage (double its predecessor).

  • Nintendo Switch OLED, £309.99 from Argos – buy here

4. VTech Pre-School My Laptop, £22.99

A great option for younger kids, this VTech Pre-School My Laptop will keep them busy for hours.

It features 30 different educational activities to help develop spelling, counting and phonics.

The design also child-friendly four-way directional mouse and mini keyboard – it's ideal for building early computer skills.

  • VTech Pre-School My Laptop, £22.99 from Amazon – buy here

5. Fitbit Ace 3 FB419BKBU Fitness Tracker, £69.99

Make fitness fun with this nifty Fitbit Ace 3 activity tracker.

The simple design features a customisable watch face to track movement and see virtual badges earned, with all the data recorded on the app for parents. It's also waterproof so ideal for swimming sessions too.

  • Fitbit Ace 3 FB419BKBU Fitness Tracker, £69.99 from Amazon – buy here

6. Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Ultimate Learning Bot, £38.67

This electronic activity robot is perfect for toddlers and younger kids.

The interactive Bot will help develop skills through music, sounds and phrases, with plenty to keep them entertained.

  • Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Ultimate Learning Bot, £38.67, Argos – buy here

Best sports and outdoor toys

From scooters to balance bikes, we've got the must-have gifts for active children who love the great outdoors.

1. TP Toys Junior Chef Wooden Mud Kitchen, £85.30

This fun wooden mud kitchen is ideal for outdoor play.

Let the kids feed their imagination with this spacious play kitchen which features both wet and dry areas to keep your little ones busy.

The design also includes a painted hob, splash tub, shelving and storage under the counter to stow away play pans and dishes too.

  • TP Toys Junior Chef Wooden Mud Kitchen, £85.30, from Amazon – buy here

2. Birdie kids non electrical scooter, £110

This three-wheel scooter from Bird is undoubtedly the most stylish and will ensure you kid is the coolest on the block.

It features a wheel-mounted steering system making it easy for your little one to navigate and control.

The ergonomic handle bars and foot brake also also great additions to make it fun and easy for kids to use too.

  • Birdie kids non electrical aluminium scooter, £110 from Selfridges – buy here

3. Trunki Folding Balance Bike, £65

The Trunki balance bike is great for getting young kids comfortable on two wheels.

The foldable, lightweight aluminium frame makes it easy for kids to control and riding easy, while making it easier for adults to transport around or store away when not in use.

The quick release seat is also fully adjustable as your child grows.

  • Trunki 10-inch Wheel Folding Balance Bike, £65 from Halfords – buy here

4. Sportspower 8ft Outdoor Kids Trampoline with Enclosure, £128

This 8ft trampoline is a great gift if you're buying for more than one child in the same family.

The impressive and durable outdoor trampoline features a Quad Lok frame, which makes it easier to assemble, and it has super strong springs for amazing bounce.

It's suitable for kids aged three years-old upwards, and we're sure you won't be able to tear your little ones away from it once it is set up (no matter the weather).

  • Sportspower 8ft Outdoor Kids Trampoline with Enclosure, £128 from Argos – buy here

5. Kids Quad Skates Skates, £23.99

Get your kids active with these fun skates, which are ideal for beginners.

The simple roller skate design features a secure clasp fastening and inner liner sock to keep feet extra comfortable and supported as you skate, as well as breaks at the front for their safety.

  • Xootz Kids Quad Skates, from £23.99 from Amazon – buy here

6. Out and About Mini Football Goal Set, £11.25

The perfect outdoor football set up for smaller gardens and outdoor spaces.

This fun set has a mini sized goal that can easily be assembled and disassembled, along with pegs to keep it in place and a football.

Ideal for budding footballers to practice their penalties.

  • Out and About Mini Football Goal Set, £11.25 (Was £15), The Entertainer – buy here

8. Scoot and Ride Highway Kick

The Scoot and Ride Highway Kick is a 2-in-1 bike and scotter, perfect for playtime.

They are selling out fast online and in stores, which speaks volumes if you ask us.

  • Scoot and Ride Highway Kick, £109.99, Jojo Maman Bebe – buy here

9. Baby Foam Ball Pit

Children love soft play, so why not bring it to your home this Christmas?

For under £70 you simply can't go wrong, plus it comes in plenty of colours.

  • Baby Foam Ball Pit, £69.99, Amazon – buy here

10. LED Hover Football

Have you ever seen anything like it? We haven't either.

We know kids love sports, and it's mostly football, so why not upgrade their football to this high tech hover design?

  • LED Hover Football, £10.19, Amazon – buy here

11. 3-in-1 Kids Sports Activity Center Ball Games

Whether you are trying to introduce your little one to new sports, or keep them active, whatever the weather, this set is a no brainer.

It comes complete with a football net, basketball stand, as well as a hoop to play ring toss, so you can keep them active for hours on end.

  • 3-in-1 Kids Basketball Stand Sports Activity Center Ball Games, £49.99, Amazon – buy here

Best Christmas gifts for girls

If you're looking for specific gifts for little girls there are plenty of options out there, and not necessarily cliche or expected gifts like Barbie dolls.

Take a look at our selection of fun options below to give you some inspiration.

1. Magic Mixies, £70

If you have a creative child or one that loves magic, then this might just be the perfect gift.

This wonderful toy comes with a cauldron and all the magic ingredients for your child to create their own adorable fluffy Mixie. Simply add the ingredients, stir the potion with the magic wand and watch as the Magic Mixie appears out of the mist.

The sorcery doesn't stop there as the Mixie will continue to perform spells and respond to the magic wand.

It comes with a spellbook, instructions manual, batteries, and a one-year guarantee. It's recommended for children aged 5 and over.

  • Magic Mixie Magic Cauldron, £70 from Argos – buy here

2. L.O.L. Surprise! Amazing Surprise, £199.99

A bumper collection of 14 L.O.L. Surprise! dolls and over 70 surprises that will definitely put a smile on any little ones face this Christmas.

Pitched as the ultimate unboxing experience, there's plenty to get their imagination fired up with two playsets featured inside along with a maze of additional surprises.

  • L.O.L. Surprise! Amazing Surprise, £199.99, Amazon – buy here

3. RockJam 61 Key Keyboard Piano, £139.99

Inspire a budding musician with this well price electronic keyboard.

This design has all the bells and whistles on to turn your youngster into an artist.

This set comes complete Keyboard Stand, Piano Bench, Headphones, Keynotes Stickers.It also has 61 keys, 50 demos, 100 sounds and 100 rhythms, and can be powered by batteries or main supply.The Keyboard also includes a headphone input for when you are looking to practice in private

  • RockJam 61 Key Keyboard Piano Superkit, £139.99 from Very – buy here

4. Desire Deluxe Tie Dye Kit, £7.99

Get your little one's creative juices flowing this Christmas with a fun tie Dye project.

This little non-toxic kit comes with nine vibrant colours and everything you need to transform clothing or accessories (under adult supervision of course).

A great gift for adults who want to do a fun activity with the child they are buying for – with the added bonus of some fun (and on trend) items to reuse when it is all done.

  • Desire Deluxe Tie Dye Kit, £7.99 from Amazon – buy here

5. Frozen Pyjamas, from £16

Frozen fans will love these cosy PJs to lounge around in over the festive season.

The velour material will keep them warm over the colder months. The regular fit with additional stretch is perfect for little ones, and the soft aqua blue top comes decorated with design of the iconic movie and a snowflake print.

Sizes range from age two to ten years-old.

  • Frozen Pyjamas, from £16 from M&S – buy here

6. Letsgocoo Bluetooth Wireless Microphone, £14.99

Mini performers can show off their talents with this fun karaoke wireless microphone to sing along to their favourite tracks.

The portable mic has been designed to be suitable for children and features high quality audio to keep everyone entertained.

The Bluetooth function makes it easy to sync up with other devices. It's even micro SD card compatible.

  • Letsgocoo Bluetooth Wireless Microphone for Kids, £14.99 (Was £21.99) from Amazon – buy here

7. Barbie Day to Night DreamHouse playset

If your daughter, niece, granddaughter, goddaughter, or friend is a fan of Barbie, and you want to splash out this Christmas, this playset will hands down go down a treat.

The set features a three-floor house, with a slide and pool, and is quite possibly the best gift they will remember for years to come.

  • Barbie Day to Night DreamHouse playset, £330 from Selfridges – buy here

Best Christmas gifts for boys

Find the perfect gift for the little boys in your life, whatever they're into.

Browse our top picks of presents, ranging from fun board games to trendy trainers.

1. Vans Navy Old Skool Trainers, £40

Let your kid put their best foot forward in these stylish and comfortable Vans trainers.

The classic low top style comes in navy, blue and white colourway, with the Vans distinctive thick white sole. They'll look adorable on little feet.

  • Vans navy old skool trainers, £40 from Schuh – buy here

2. LEGO 75319 Star Wars The Armourer’s Mandalorian Forge Set, £24.99

Get any Star Wars fan's imagination fired up with this brilliant LEGO set.

The set features three new minifigure: The Mandalorian, Paz Vizsla and The Armorer that come with weapons and accessories.

The 258-piece buildable playset will keep them busy as they recreate the forge using the illustrated, step-by-step instructions.

  • LEGO 75319 Star Wars The Armourer’s Mandalorian Forge Set, £24.99 from LEGO – buy here

3. Beats Flex Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones, £49.99

Kids who love music, gaming or listening to audio books can put these wireless headphones from Beats to good use.

The headphones offer 12 hours playback and seamless integration with Apple products so they switch between devices synced to iCloud.

The lightweight, discreet design offers top quality, rich audio and sleek design. You can pick them up in four different colourways: white, black, a bold yellow and bright blue.

  • Beats Flex Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones, £49.99 from John Lewis – buy here

4. Kids Against Maturity: Card Game for Kids and Families, £19.99

Give a gift the whole family can enjoy – and one that's currently on sale for £10 less.

This twist on the popular card game gets a child-friendly makeover, with over 600 fun question and answer cards to keep you on your toes.

Expect plenty of toilet humour and funny jokes and innuendos to get the whole family cracking up through the festive period and beyond.

  • Kids Against Maturity: Card Game for Kids and Families, £19.99 (save £10) from Amazon – buy here

5. LEGO® The Infinity Saga 76191 Infinity Gauntlet set

If your child loves Lego – who doesn't? – and is also a fan of Marvel, this Infinity Gauntlet will score you mega brownie points.

  • LEGO® The Infinity Saga 76191 Infinity Gauntlet set, £80, from Selfridges – buy here

Best Christmas gifts for babies

Buying a Christmas gift for a baby is the best, as there is plenty of options to choose from.

It can range from practical gifts for mum and baby, or just the little one, to toys, adorable outfits, to keepsakes.

My 1st Years, John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, Boots, Mamas and Papers, as well as Jojo Maman Bebe, are some of the go-to shopping destinations when buying for babies, whether they are newborns, a few months old, one year, or slightly older.

1. My First Playmat & Gym

A playmat is essential for babies, and at every stage in their life too.

This stunning design features soft heightened padding around the edges for your child's safety, as well as a dial to keep them occupied.

  • My First Playmat & Gym, £89 from Mamas and Papas – buy here

2. Fleece Romper Baby Gift Set

The White Company has a wide range of baby gifts to buy, from individual fleece rompers and dressing gowns, to towels, toys and adorable outfits.

It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the options, which is why The White Company's gift sets are often a great investment and makes the decision easier for you.

  • Fleece Romper Baby Gift Set, £50 from The White Company – buy here

3. Joie Sansa Bouncer and Rocker

A bouncer or rocker are popular purchases for babies, but Joie have created a two in one that does all the hard work for you.

This creation has various settings to soothe your baby to sleep, or keep them entertained for a little while.

  • Joie Sansa Bouncer and Rocker, £180, from Boots – buy here

4. Personalised White Bunny Soft Toy

Children, and babies, can never have too many cuddly toys, which can double up as comforters to help them sleep.

Buying a baby their very first toy is a big deal, and one they will treasure forever.

  • Personalised White Bunny Soft Toy, £23 from My 1st Years – buy here

5. Wish Upon a Cloud Playmat Bundle with Tummy Time Roll, Sit & Play

Not sure what to get a newborn? Why not this bundle of all three toys and essentials to help them as they grow.

This bundle includes a playmat, tummy time roll to help them sit up and move, as well as a sit and play, which supports them as they sit up.

  • Wish Upon a Cloud Playmat Bundle with Tummy Time Roll, Sit & Play, £110 from Mamas and Papas – buy here

What do kids really want for Christmas 2022?

Kids are generally good at telling you what specific toys or experiences they like or want for Christmas, and that's useful for when you're ready to hit the shops to make a start on your Christmas shopping.

But you can also try opting for a gift that taps into their hobbies or interests to guarantee success come Christmas morning if you want it to be a surprise.

If you are really stuck for ideas a voucher for their favourite shop is always a safe bet, and offers them the flexibility to get exactly what they want.

What do you give a grown child for Christmas?

Grown children know their own minds, so finding out what they want is key.

Looking for items related to music, sports, science or design is always a good place to start looking for inspiration.

Alternatively, treat an older child to an experience gift instead of a toy or item.

Or if they enjoy sports or music, getting tickets to their first music concert, theatre show or live sporting event can be a great gift option instead.

What can I give instead of gifts for Christmas 2022?

If you still want to get a gift but you're not sure what, a voucher might be a good option.

Lots of retailers, covering fashion, toys, tech and more offer gift vouchers, and they provide the freedom and flexibility for whoever you are buying for.

Lessons are another great option if the child wants to learn a skill.

What do you get the kid who has everything for Christmas 2022?

An adventure or fun activity day based around something they love will always go down well as a memorable Christmas gift.

If toys and activity days aren't suitable, then you can always look at arts and craft gifts to unleash their creativity.

Or look into STEM toys that can help develop learning and develop as they play.

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