Did you know that Santa's in town on his very own bus and Jesse owner of Wigwam Toys is officially one of Santa's helpers this year! The Santa Bus visits more than 200 streets in Brighton & Hove over 20 nights in the run-up to Christmas, spreading festive cheer while fundraising for 11 charities.
Have you been looking at the latest Christmas Toy gift guides? Thinking where's the good quality, design-led and distinctive toys that appeal to girls, boys and their parents? So have we! If you are still pondering what to get the kids for Christmas call off the search, as the alternative list of this year’s must-have toys has just arrived.
Best kids toys for Christmas 2019
1. Smart Labs Tiny Baking Set - Age 8+
On your marks, get set… BAKE! Help your kids know a soggy bottom from a showstopper with this itsy bitsy baking lab. Your Tiny Baking set comes with teeny tools to bake miniature versions of your favorite recipes.
You'll make cute cupcakes, minuscule muffins, pint-size pies, and much more. As you bake, you'll learn things like what turns gooey batter into melt-in-your-mouth cake. It's science, just deliciously tiny!
2. Tonie Box and Tonies - Age 3-8
Already a smash hit in Europe, and now coming to the UK and Ireland. Be one of the first to try it out! Combining a stylish audio player and collectable figurines, tonies® make listening to stories and songs intuitive, interactive and fun! A Tonie is a recordable device with little Tonie characters that have stories or songs pre-recorded or you can record your own.
The interactive nature of Tonies brings excitement to children and immerses the family in their favourite stories and songs as a wonderful alternative to screen time.
3. Plan Toys Doctor, Vet or Dentist Playsets - Age 3+
Oh my, how we love these mini pretend playsets. The lovely wooden doctors set from Plan Toys teaches children at a young age to be sympathetic and empathetic. The set includes 5 basic medical equipment and a doctors carry case. If playing doctors is not your childs thing how about a dentist playset? So much more environmentally friendly than plastic counterparts. Check out the Vet's playset too it's sooo cute!
4. Crazy Aaron's Stardust Thinking Putty
It glimmers with rainbow holographic glitter in daylight and glows with mysterious, multicolored sparkles in the dark. Each tin includes 90g of Star Dust Thinking Putty and a Glow Charger™ with which to charge up the putty. Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty can stretch like rubber, bounce like a ball and because it's silicone based it will NEVER dry out or crumble.
5. Haynes Build Your Own Retro Speaker - Age 10+
This unique build your own loudspeaker kit from Haynes makes the perfect gift for any music lover with their own MP3 player or smartphone.
6. Retro Haynes radio - Age 14+
This retro kit from Haynes contains all the components to build your very own piece of retro cool - a 1970's style working FM radio!
7. SmartLab Tiny Robots Kit - Age 8-10+
The tiniest Robot Set from Smart Lab Toys! Explore engineering concepts. Mix and match parts. Experiment with gears, axels, movement and balance. Fifteen ingenious motorized builds. Big science, tiny tools!
8. Big Navy Jellycat Bunny - All Ages
Snuffly, snuggly Bashful Navy Bunny is here to say hello! Bluey bounces and navy nuzzles. Gorgeously soft in divine dark blue fur, this lopsy bun is up for an adventure.
9. My Fairy Library: Make a Magical World of Miniature Books
Open the box to go on an adventure into Fairyland and create a library of magical miniature books that you can really read! Just cut, fold and stick to make 20 tiny fairy books, from guides to Fairyland and its inhabitants to illustrated stories and books to complete yourself. The kit comes with tiny shelves to store your books and the box becomes a magical fairy playset!
10. LEGO Harry Potter Beauxbatons' Carriage: Arrival at Hogwarts
Imaginations will take flight with the LEGO Harry Potter 75958 Beauxbatons' Carriage: Arrival at Hogwarts building kit. Young witches and wizards will relive the thrilling scene from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire where the magnificent flying carriage makes its hair-raising journey to Hogwarts, with Hagrid waiting to guide it safely in to land.
11. Prudence and her Amazing Adventure by Charlote Gastaut
Beautiful illustrations, a lovely joyful journey through a little girls day dream. Prudence's parents are calling her to hurry up: it s time to go! But she also must tidy up her room before going out. Prudence would much prefer to dream about other worlds... A surprise book full of cut-outs and transparent papers to play with, dream in and escape from one world to another over the pages.
12. Imagine Eating Lemons: A Children's Introduction to Mindfulness
Tis the season to by jolly (so they say) but the festive period can be quite stressful for kids as well as the adults. You see kids pick up on the stress of the adults around them (parents and teachers). By giving this gift this Christmas you can make some young children happy throughout the year and help them learn mindfulness too!
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Looking for a different gift or unusual toy for a newborn or what about a brilliant childrens book? Read on as Miss Clair divulges the top toys in store this month. Guaranteed to keep your kids occupied during the summer holidays...
#1 Sheldon the Shrimp from Jellycat
In at number one is Jellycat's Sheldon Shrimp, just come in store yesterday, gorgeous colours, they just make me smile. This is the perfect unusual & appealing gift for newborn, fab colours and textures. So soft to the touch and washable too!
The full range of Jellycat is soft toy silliness! Explore our collection of quirky cuteness from the creators of the softest toys you have ever hugged and adored. Established in London in 1999 Jellycat launch many new soft toy designs every January and July.
#2 Jellycat Crispin Crab
It would be a crime not to fall for the loveable crustaceous Crispin Crab, with his snapping pincers and big beautiful eyes. Perfect for a cuddle, but mind your fingers! Irresistibly cuddly, hilariously humorous, a perfect gift for all ages!
#3 Creature feature children's book
My favourite children's book is Creature Feature because it’s so beautifully and colourfully illustrated, pages & pages of joy!
#4 The Book of Bees
The book of bees is a factual book, beautifully illustrated and full of really fascinating facts. Globally there are more honey bees than other types of bee and pollinating insects, so it is the world's most important pollinator of food crops. It is estimated that one third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees.
#5 Best designer toy for all ages (including adults)
Finally, oogi caterpillar (oogipillar)? Tilly & I have been sticking them together & pulling them apart, so satisfying!
Driven by a passion for great design, MOLUK create innovative, sustainable products that don't just entertain kids on a superficial level, but invite real interaction. In a time where everything is getting more virtual, MOLUK offers toys that are totally manual, toys that get children to move and explore, toys that stimulate their senses and minds. Say no more....