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Christmas presents your kids will love this year

We won't blame you if you wanted some of these too

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Time Out Hong Kong
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Santa might not be able to deliver presents this year due to travel restrictions, but considering how it’s already been a difficult year for kids in Hong Kong with all the social distancing, virtual classes, and being stuck at home, perhaps we should take the chance to reward them this Christmas. Whether you’re looking to spoil your little ones, or wanting to surprise your adorable baby cousin, here are 10 of the coolest Christmas gifts any child could wish for. Who knows, you might even find something for yourself! By Elaine Wong

RECOMMENDED: Expressing your love and care for the kids doesn’t always mean you have to break the bank. For those who prefer to spend quality time with your loved ones, have a go at these exciting board games together, or check out these family-friendly hiking trails in Hong Kong.

The best Christmas gifts for kids in Hong Kong this year

Lego advent calendar
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Lego advent calendar

Counting down to Christmas is always that much better with an advent calendar as it gives you a little surprise each day. If you’d rather your children stay away from chocolate, this Lego advent calendar would be a perfect alternative. Some extra good news for young Potterheads and aspiring Jedi masters is that the spotlight is on the Harry Potter and Star Wars sets this year, so expect mini figures of your favourite wizards and witches, parts to build your own Hogwarts or Darth Vader Castle scenes, and even a Christmas jumper-clad Darth Vader.

Where to buy: Toys R Us has the most extensive range for Lego, including the new Harry Potter and Star Wars advent calendars for just under $280 and $300 respectively. The former is also available for $279 at Log On, and $360 at Bookazine.

Shiba Inu sweatshirt, book, and backpack set
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Shiba Inu sweatshirt, book, and backpack set

2020 has been a ruff year for sure, so why not treat your little hoomans with an adorable Shiba Inu sweatshirt from Naomi Wear? One of the latest most popular kids’ clothing brands known for their simple, adorable, and functional designs, Naomi Wear has just released the Xmas Puppy Set, consisting of their best-selling sweatshirt, a backpack embroidered with a Shiba Inu, and an interactive fabric book about pets.

Where to buy: Originally priced at $698, this set is now exclusively available for $580 at Naomi Wear. If you’re an eco-conscious shopper, browse Naomi Wear’s range on Retykle, a luxury resale platform for clothes that have been outgrown by kids and mums.

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Cantonese-inspired tees and bodysuits
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Cantonese-inspired tees and bodysuits

Get your kids into the Christmas spirit by dressing them up with the Ho! Ho! Ho! Christmas set from Ganas Kids, which includes a Santa-themed bodysuit printed with Chinese characters that say ‘ho ho ho!’, and a pair of red bottoms with embroidered patchwork to match. Another festive and adorable design would be the Hou Duckie tee, which is printed with Chinese characters and a rubber duck as a play on words for the phrase ‘so cute’ in Cantonese. If you’re a fan of local culture and Cantonese slangs, these items are not to be missed!

Where to buy: Shop the Christmas set online at Ganas Kids’ official website for $248, or find some of their other products on Baby Central.

Miffy plush dolls
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Miffy plush dolls

The cutest things are often timeless, and this is certainly the case for the classic Dutch cartoon bunny Miffy. In celebration of her 65th birthday this year, a series of limited-edition soft toys have been released. Their corduroy and new mousseline collections are also especially popular for their simple and cuddly appearance. The plush dolls come in various sizes and colours, so they will fit right in at home.

Where to buy: While some of the newest designs may only be available to be shipped from the official shop in the UK, Bon Ton Toys at Homeless and the Miffy collection at Petit Bazaar cover most of the soft toy products. Each is priced from around $120 to $450.

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Nintendo Switch games
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Nintendo Switch games

Hear us out – video games aren’t always that bad, especially if they can entertain a group of friends or even somewhat good for your health, right? If you have yet to buy a Nintendo Switch for your family, seize the season to finally get the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game which has taken the world by storm this year. Not only is there matching hardware in pastel green, blue, and white, but you can also experience their new Christmas update. Or, while you and the kids await the PS5, try working out at home with the new Just Dance 2021 and Fitness Boxing 2 (to be released on Dec 3).

Where to buy: Nintendo’s online shop has a full range of products, while HKTVmall offers most games and bundles. For physical shops, Fortress has certain games from $228 and an eshop-exclusive bundle for $2,678, whereas Log On also has several bundles for $2,680 and up.

Hong Kong-inspired puzzles and games
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Hong Kong-inspired puzzles and games

Inspired by our city and its vibrant culture, The Lion Rock Press has an abundance of Hong Kong-style puzzles and games that would make great gifts. Apart from their Yum Cha Tea Set wooden toys, which have been hugely popular since its release in 2018, The Lion Rock Press has recently launched a new product Hong Kong Quest: Heist in Central. This quest will take you outdoors with a family-friendly trail map, guiding you through Central while completing some thrilling challenges on the way. You’ll be deciphering riddles and clues, solving puzzles, and cracking codes together as you explore the city and its iconic landmarks at your own pace. The routes have been designed to include mainly flat routes for easy travel, as well as accommodating snack breaks, pit-stops for coffee, and even some retail therapy.

Where to buy: Head to The Lion Rock Press’s online shop for their full range of products, including the quest ($350), charming hanging decorations (from $100 each), puzzles (from $120), and more.

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Christmas Wishes by Enid Blyton
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Christmas Wishes by Enid Blyton

Tuck your children into bed with Christmas tales written by the beloved British writer Enid Blyton. A paperback book published in October this year, Christmas Wishes contains 30 short, heartwarming stories recommended for children aged five and up. This book will inspire their imagination and creativity while allowing you to experience the festive magic together. Or, for more advanced readers, introduce them to these books which are set in Hong Kong.

Where to buy: Christmas Wishes is available for around $63 from Book Depository, and $100 from Bookazine’s online shop.

Loog electric guitar with built-in amp
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Loog electric guitar with built-in amp

Calling all mini rockstars! Loog’s guitars are ideal for young beginners, with some having only three strings instead of six, allowing for simpler chords and easier learning. To help the kids learn more effectively, the guitar also comes with flashcards, as well as an app containing video lessons, a digital songbook, and even an augmented reality feature. With these in hand, your children will start strumming in no time.

Where to buy: MoMA Design Store has the six-string Loog Pro VI Electric Black (for ages 12 and up) and the three-string Loog Pro Electric Red (for ages 8 and up) to choose from, costing $2,198 and $1,798 respectively. For other Loog guitars, a range is available at Petit Bazaar, and are occasionally in stock at Selfridges.

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Oxelo scooters and skateboards
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Oxelo scooters and skateboards

This one is for the cool kids (and parents) on the block. Go on an adventure with your youngsters as they surf the roads on the scooters, longboards, skateboards, or roller skates made by Oxelo, Decathlon’s specialist brand in urban boardsports. Not only are their goods stylish, practical, and comfy, but they cater to users across all age groups and abilities too.

Where to buy: You can purchase Oxelo’s range on Decathlon’s website, or visit Decathlon’s five physical stores in Hong Kong.

Nobodinoz cotton teepees
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Nobodinoz cotton teepees

Enjoy a cosy ‘camping’ experience in the comfort of your own home and set up a Nobodinoz teepee! Made in Spain using 100 percent cotton twill and pinewood sticks, Nobodinoz’s iconic teepees use eco-friendly fabrics and materials that are certified safe for baby’s skin. Aside from the midnight blue with gold stella design, there are other various colours and prints for you to choose from, so that they can complement your interiors perfectly.

Where to buy: Nobodinoz’s midnight blue with gold stella design teepee and other products from the brand are available on Petit Bazaar, as well as on Smallable. For more inspiration, you’ll be sure to find something you fancy among the thousands of kids’ teepees on Etsy.

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