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Christmas gift guide: kids

Beautiful kids’ presents from some of the best independent shops and coolest big name brands

By Hayley Spencer |
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Liberty X Banwood bike
Photograph: Andy Parsons

Got a budding musician, artist or scientist in your family? From cute kicks to balance bikes, we’ve found the coolest presents for kids.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our full Christmas gift guide.

Gifts for kids

Wooden kids coffee machine
Photograph: courtesy Le Toy Van

Le Toy Van Coffee Machine

Isn’t it time your kid started earning their keep? Learning to be a budding barista is a pretty good start, and Le Toy Van’s handpainted wooden coffee machine has all the mod cons, from a milk frother to a removable filter.

£29.95, scandiborn.co.uk 

Leaping Lizards umbrella dress
Photograph: courtesy Leaping Lizards

Blue umbrella pinafore dress

London-based brand Leaping Lizards use unique fabrics to make limited edition kids clothes in classic shapes, like this umbrella pinafore dress. 

£30, leaping-lizards.co.uk

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Dragon dress up
Photograph: courtesy Meri Meri

Dragon cape dress-up

Sometimes your kid just wants to be someone else, like a dragon. So let them embrace their fiery side with this cute metallic dress-up.

£45, merimeri.co.uk

Bauhaus Ballet book
Photograph courtesy: Laurence King

‘Bauhaus Ballet’ by Gabby Dawnay

This beautifully illustrated and playfully written pop-up book is inspired by the innovative Bauhaus Triadic Ballet. A special gift for kids of any age.

£19.99, laurenceking.com

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Kendall the Kale teether
Photograph: courtesy Oli & Carol

Oli & Carol Kendall the Kale teether

Parents are always trying to get their kids to eat their greens, so help them start young with this kale-shaped teether from Oli & Carol.

£14, kidly.co.uk

Liberty London X Banwood bike
Photograph: courtesy Liberty London

Queue for the Zoo First Go Balance Bicycle by Liberty x Banwood

Liberty London has teamed up with balance bike-makers Banwood to create what is probably the cutest two-wheeler we’ve ever clapped eyes on. With its vintage floral print, and bell and wicker basket, it’s got everything your little one needs to be the coolest kid on the block.

£175, libertylondon.com

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SD kid sneakers
Photograph: courtesy Novesta

S.D Kid velcro sneakers

These Novesta sneakers are vegan, and cute to boot.

£57, gonovesta.co.uk

Hippychick wheelybug
Photograph: courtesy John Lewis

Hippychick Ladybird Wheely Bug ride-on

Ride-on toys don't come much cuter than this ladybird from Wheely Bug. Hours of fun for the toddler in your brood.

£67.59, johnlewis.com

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Djeco kids guitar
Photograph: courtesy Djeco

Djeco guitar

Let your little one provide the post-dinner entertainment with this mini guitar by Djeco. It has six steel strings, just like a real acoustic guitar, so it's perfect for budding musicians. 

£33.39, tickety-boo.co.uk

Nailmatic kids set
Photograph: courtesy Conran Shop

City kids nail polish set of 3

Nailmatics polish washes off easily with warm water and is made with no nasty ingredients. So even the littlest of kids can play at getting their glam on.

£25, conranshop.co.uk

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Rosie Girls Ziggy doll
Photograph: courtesy Word Store

Rosie Girls dolls

Handmade in London, these unique dolls will make the perfect companion for the kid in your life. Inspired by Bowie, the Ziggy version has his signature lightning bolt makeup and gold leotard.

£35, wordstoreldn.com

Klippan baby blanket
Photograph: courtesy Arket

Klippan baby blanket

If you know anyone who's had a baby in time for Christmas, a super soft Klippan wool blanket with adorable turtle print will go down a treat.

£35, arket.com

 

 

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Lola kit
Photograph: courtesy Lots of Lovely Art

LoLA boxes

Every LoLA kit is stuffed with quality art supplies and project ideas around a new theme. Plus, it features profiles on three relevant artists to inspire your mini Matisse. Buy a one-off box, or choose a subscription

From £27, lotsoflovelyart.org

Rockahuala Kids unicorn bag
Photograph: courtesy Rockahuala Kids

Unicorn bag

A winner for little ones who love playing dress-up.

£14, rockahulakids.com

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Erica, Stranger Things Pop Vinyl
Photograph: courtesy Pop! Vinyl

Stranger Things Erica Pop! Vinyl Figure

Erica became the youngest feminist icon of the summer after outwitting the other kids of ‘Stranger Things’, so a figurine in her image is a must for your kid’s toy collection.

£6.49, popinabox.co.uk

Polar fleece mittens
Photograph: courtesy Mini Rodini

Mini Rodini polar fleece mittens

These cosy leopard print mittens were made for the mini fashionista in your life.

£23, smallable.com

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Plui cloud bath toy
Photograph: courtesy Word Store

Plui rain cloud

Kids can literally make it rain with this bathtime learning toy. Ideal for any budding physicists.

£10, wordstoreldn.com

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