Looking for some Christmas present shopping inspo? Our holiday gift guide for kids (of all ages from babies to big kids) is just the thing!
Santa may be checking his lists but what about you mamas and dads? If your kids have been (mostly) good (be sure they fill out this handy FREE downloadable Dear Santa letter template here!) then you will want to get them something extra nice this Christmas! Whether you are shopping for a friend’s baby, or an older child who is ready for STEAM toys or a family game that everyone will enjoy, check out our guide here!
Check out our Christmas gift guide with kids and babies in mind…
playhao is a gorgeous local toy company where the ethos focuses on “good play”. Their curated collection of toys are stylish, smart, and safe and promote development and bonding. Our pick for older kids (8yrs + and adults young at heart) is the Modarri Delux 3 pack ($99). Modarri is a new kind of miniature car line that’s driven with the fingers using realistic steering and suspension. Each modular car includes a chassis, hood/windshield, seat pan, seat, fenders and frame, hex tool, four wheels, front suspension and rear suspension. Kids can design their own unique cars for the best performance and looks by swapping parts from one vehicle to another using the included Hex Tool. Take a look around the playhao store (in Forum Mall) for lots of STEAM style toys that get little brains thinking.
Lovingly Signed brings together the most beautiful baby products from across the world, personalises them with your chosen name, lovingly gift wraps them in their signature gift boxes and delivers them direct to your door. It takes all the hassle out of Christmas shopping and the result is a memorable personal gift that your kids will cherish for years! This year our little ones are getting a Personalised Santa Sack ($45)and Personalised Reindeer Sack ($45) — a lovely gift that we will reuse yearly and will become part of our Christmas tradition. Pssst! These personalised gifts also make fab baby shower presents, and ideas for baby announcement, new arrivals or to celebrate baby’s first birthday or first Christmas (like the Personalised First Christmas set with Bashful bunny and blanket). What’s more, delivery within Singapore is free!
LEGO is pretty much every parent’s go-to toy at some stage of parenting! The LEGO® Friends Mia’s Camper Van ($79.90) brings the fun of camping to life for kids. Lift off the roof of this cool toy and access the kitchen and bathroom inside, flip open the lid of the upstairs sleeping area, put up the canopy and get to work on the tent with 2 beds inside. There’s also a picnic table, an inflatable dinghy and a friendly horse for endless outdoor adventures! Includes 2 mini-dolls and a horse figure. LEGO DUPLO Farm Adventures is a great choice for smaller kids as the pieces are bigger and easier to fit together and young tots will love the animal figures that are part of the set.
LEGO Creator 3-in-1 sets make the best bargains as there are 3 different models to make in each set (by reusing the pieces) so it’s triple the fun. Check out the LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Pirate Roller Coaster where kids can make a moving ride for figurines to play on! This amazing set features a functional roller coaster with pirate-themed props, including a sunken galleon, skull archway, palm tree and an octopus and makes an impressive gift for older kids.
Looking for a baby gift that’ll stand out and delight parents as well? Canvas Avenue, a unique gifts and lifestyle brand, puts together gorgeous baby gift hampers. Gifts are handcrafted in their studio, or curated from well-made products from local businesses. These beautiful hampers start from $59 and range from baby essentials to pretty bundles like the pictured Unicorn Lavender Baby Hamper ($59.50), which features a Personalised Unicorn Baby Onesie (select size), mint baby socks (fits 0-3m) and a stunning lavender tutu skirt (adjustable, fits newborn to 2 years) plus a pink wooden teething ring. Hampers are gorgeously wrapped with free eco-friendly packaging for every order and there’s free 2-day delivery for all hamper orders within Singapore (also ships worldwide by DHL). If you have your eye on something you better order quick as there are limited quantities available for each hamper.
Fashionistas, this one is for you! Trending across Asia, Mangojay’s KoreaChic range is a modern take on Korean traditional dresses, made for children. Mangojay clothes are soft, natural and made from 100% cotton. This Mangojay KoreaChic Baby Dress ($29.40) at Upmrkt comes in a range of bright designs. Dressing up your kids for New Year just got a lot cuter! Looking for more gifting inspo? Upmrkt have a ton of different gift ideas at their Christmas Pop up section for dad, mama and kids alike.
Our kids can never have enough books in our view (plus reading aloud to kids reinforces their emerging literacy and language development, improves vocab and is great for those sweet kid bonding moments). So this Christmas why not head to your nearest bookstore and invest in some great reads? We could write pages on all the best books. Actually, we have (see here for the best books for all ages, best books for nurturing sensitive boys, books for empowering girls, books on embracing diversity, and kid-friendly local books about Singapore.
By now you’ll be pretty familiar with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) or STEAM (adding in Art). These toys sneak learning into play and focus on logic, problem-solving, creativity and experimentation. We love that they are often gender neutral, too. Magnatiles is one of our all-time fave toys for our kids, or there’s the EMIDO 150 Piece Building Blocks (pictured), both for younger kids. Find STEM Toys at playhao, Amazon, and major department stores.
Looking for more STEM toys? Read our guide to best STEM gifts for kids of all ages here.
Every family should have some classic board games and card games on hand for a family time, plus they are often great for helping with maths and language development. Many games have a junior version to initiate younger kids who can’t read yet (like Charades in the picture version). If you haven’t started your collection yet there’s UNO, Monopoly (and Monopoly Deal the amazing card game), Junior Scrabble, plus some more novel games like Pie Face (yes it involves pie – or rather cream – in your face!).
Find board games at Toys R Us, Takashimaya and online at Amazon.
Danish brand FLEXA has high-quality kids’ furniture that’s safe, playful and sustainable. We are majorly hearting the pretty blue wooden FLEXA Workbench made of high quality birch wood, plywood and MDF. The Workbench includes a vice, saw, shelves and a cupboard and looks good enough to keep in your living room not hidden away in the kids area! The super news is that Flexa is offering 20% storewide off Toy sets, Classic House and New Room Collection (the new cushions and linen sets) from now until 25 December. Get shopping pronto!
If your condo or pad has a pool, water toys (floats, water guns, swimming aids, diving toys) are a safe bet for a great family Christmas present. We popped into Toys ‘R’ Us and saw some affordable manta ray and shark pool floats (on sale $19.99), but there are ginormous options for huge pools too (pink flamingo anyone or novelty French Fries at $49.99, anyone?) and some that even shoot water!
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Perhaps the greatest gift we can give our kiddos is our TIME, particularly in this crazy busy world of work commitments, after-school activities, and all around hecticness.
Your kiddos are guaranteed to love these coupons for a trip to the ice cream shop, a family movie night, a one-on-one daddy date, and much more. (Yes, we’ve also included 30 minutes of extra screen time — we really do know what kids love!). Click here to download, mama!
Deer Industries offers a wide range of kids toys designed with European flair. We love the Instaworthy sweet pastel pink Ride On Twister ($169.90). This multi-directional ride-on toy is made from durable heavy plastic (so it’s easy to wipe down and keep clean). Looking for an uber-trendy toy that can be kept out in the living room and will pass as acceptable decor? Their stunning 1920’s era retro race car speedster ($219.90) in classic silver with a brown saddle will fit the bill. Made with a solid steel frame, and rubber tires on steel wheels, it looks super smart – your little kids will be delighted if this was under the Christmas tree!
The all-new JBL®JR POP speakers ($59) offer kid-friendly audio devices
that don’t compromise on safety and sound quality. They are IPX7 waterproof, have a built-in rechargeable Li-ion Battery to keeps kids entertained for up to 5 hours on a single charge, and are wireless (plus you can Bluetooth connect two devices at the same time). And who can resist the wildly colourful designs? Kids will enjoy the light effects and eye-catching customizable design — this is one for those young cool cats to earn them some major street cred. Plus if you are heading on holidays, these will come in for when the kids want their own music in your rented accom!
Smiggle has a rainbow of exciting knick knacks, arts and crafts gear, stationary and school supplies for kids. If you are looking for stocking stuffers there are some affordable keyrings, art materials and waterbottles plus the sales are on right now! Their lunch boxes in different colours and themes are pretty eye-catching and pop-out pencil case boxes are no end of fun (their backpacks are cute, too!).
SLIME. Every parent’s worst nightmare. But oh how kids love this gooey slimy stuff! If you are on a budget you and your kids (if you are brave) can make up batches of these (hello family bonding time!) and package them up prettily for other kids, cousins etc. Read all about how to make big batches of the stuff with readily available ingredients in Singapore for under $20! (That will make enough for a small crew of kids!). Add in colour or glitter and you have one big slime party of fun on your hands! See our SLIME recipe and video here!
Slime too messy for you? Check out an easy Playdough recipe here.
On a budget? Christmas gifts can get expensive that’s for sure! Hop on down to Daiso (our beloved $2 store) for a bunch of cheap (often high on plastic) gifts from skipping ropes to ball games and some neat little magic trick games that are great $2 stocking fillers!
IKEA is another spot worth checking out for affordable plush toys, books and toys that veer away from plastic and into less heart palpitating wooden ground. We particularly like their wooden LUSTIGT lacing beads ($16.90) great for stimulating creativity, the LUSTIGT 7-piece weaving loom set ($29.90) for those arts & crafty kids, plus the wooden train set ($24.90), colouring easle ($24.90) and wooden kitchen ($159) which looks smart in a kids playroom or bedroom. They’ve got amazing arts and crafts supplies and lots of books and soft toys all at reasonable prices…oh dear we feel a visit coming on (just make a list mama!).
IKEA, various locations and online, www.ikea.com