The best Christmas gifts for kids

02 November 2023

There’s always a bit of pressure around finding the perfect gifts for kids at Christmas, keeping tabs on the popular toys, and knowing which toys will be discarded after five minutes and which will be cherished for a bit longer. Luckily, we’ve done all the hard work for you and collated the best children’s gifts for Christmas, for all ages and interests, all available to buy on Oxford Street now. 

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Best gifts for art lovers

There’s no better time than Christmas, when the whole family is off, to get stuck into some arts and crafts projects. Go retro with Flying Tiger’s knitting doll set, or mix tech and art with their bedazzle-your-own lamp, which involves sticking rhinestones on it for hours of fun. For budding painters, try Boots’ finger paint set, which is suitable for children aged 3 years and over.

Shop: Knitting doll set (£2), Flying TigerBedazzle-your-own-effect lamp (£10), Flying TigerFinger paint 12 colour set (£15.99), Boots


Best gifts for readers

Whether you’re still reading your kids a story for bed, or they are able to read on their own, there’s a book to suit all ages. Jellycat’s Tale of Two Friends is perfect for toddlers, and Tonie’s audiobooks are high on every kid’s list at the moment: you place the figurine on the book and it starts reading to you, sings songs and gives you messages from loved ones. For something unique, try the various story books that you can get personalised with your child’s name at Next.

Shop: Jellycat Tale of Two friends (£14), SelfridgesTONIES Paw Patrol audiobook (£15), SelfridgesPersonalised Zoo story (£10), Next


Best gifts for techies

You will score major points with video game lovers if you buy them an XBox this Christmas, and if you aren’t sure which one to go for, you can try them out at the Microsoft Experience Centre. It’s a bigger expense, but it’ll keep them busy for ages. Likewise, a new phone is always a hit. As well as the usual phone features, Samsung’s new Galaxy flip phone takes some incredible pictures and comes with some fun arty cases. Looking for something fun for your next holiday? The GOXTREME Reef 20150 Tough Compact Camera lets you take selfies under water.

Shop: XBox Series S (from £249.99), MicrosoftSamsung Galaxy Z Flip5 (from £28.71 a month), SamsungGOXTREME Reef 20150 Tough Compact Camera (£73), Currys


Best gifts for foodies

Whether the kids like making food or eating it (or both), there’s a gift for that. You can quickly and easily make your own rolled ice cream with this Boots kit. You can’t watch a movie without popcorn, so the Giles & Posner popcorn machine, complete with its retro design, is a must. Or we love these cute chocolate-covered marshmallows from Selfridges, they come in a tin box you can keep to stash treasures.

Shop: Rolled Ice Cream maker (£30), BootsGiles & Posner popcorn machine (£22.99), CurrysLe Chocolate des Francais tin (£18.99), Selfridges


Best gifts for board game lovers

Love it or hate it, Elf on the Shelf is a must every Christmas. This year, why not count down the days with the boardgame? Whoever collects the most candy canes wins. For a fun take on a classic, how about the 3D Dinosaur Snakes & Ladders game? Or you simply can’t go wrong with a game of Monopoly Junior.

Shop: Elf on the Shelf game (£20), next3D Dinosaur Snakes & Ladders (£7.50), MatalanMonopoly Junior board game (£19.99), John Lewis


Best gifts for film buffs

There’s nothing like settling down on a rainy (or hopefully snowy) Sunday afternoon to watch a movie together, and a Disney+ subscription will allow you to do just that. Not only are there plenty of cartoons on there, but there are movies and shows for the grown-ups too. Take the magic off the screen with Disney’s Avengers figurines, allowing your kids to make up their own storylines. Fans of the Barbie movie can recreate the title character’s Dreamhouse with their very own building set.

Shop: Disney+ subscription (£7.99 per month) –  Avengers figurines (£25.95), DisneyBarbie The Movie Dreamhouse set (£169.99), John Lewis


Best gifts for fashion lovers

You’re never too young to start expressing yourself through fashion, and there are so many kids’ fashion stores on Oxford Street, catering for all ages, from babies to teens. H&M has some great fancy dress options, including this The Lion King onesie. Zara has a range of sweatsuits in several colours, for ages 6 to 14, which you can personalise with your child’s name. United Colours of Benetton has some adorable knitwear that will keep babies and kids stylish and cosy all winter.

Shop: The Lion King onesie (£19.99), H&MPersonalised joggers (£11.99), ZaraCloud jumper (£32.95), United Colours of Benetton


Best gifts for sports enthusiasts

There are plenty of sports shops on Oxford Street, so it doesn’t matter what sports your kids are into, you’ll be able to find a gift for them there. For outdoor activities, keep them warm and trendy with Nike’s padded jacket (they do the same for grown-ups, so you can match). If you don’t have outdoor space, Wilson’s mini hoop set is a great way to practise shoots indoors. Finally, adidas have some great football boots in an array of colours for both boys and girls.

Shop: Nike Sportswear Heavyweight Synthetic Fill EasyOn (£109.95)Wilson NBA Chicago Bulls mini hoop set (£20), JD SportsXCrazyfast.1 football boots (£85), adidas