Looking for some present shopping inspo to find the perfect toy? Check out our 2021 Christmas gift guide for kids of all ages, from babies to toddlers to big kids!
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’re shopping for babies or kids, check out our Christmas gift guide below!
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Skip Hop Toddler Toys
Inspire your toddler’s creativity with pretend play. The Skip Hop toddler toys are known for being great quality and are designed to encourage fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. We love the Skip Hop Zoo Bark-ista Set ($89.10) – little ones will love to make mama coffee like a real barista with this 19-piece set. Pair it with The Skip Hop Monkey Waffle Set ($26.91) and your little one can make you waffles for brekkie in bed! The 9 piece set includes a waffle iron, serving plate and fruit slice toppings. The magic waffle has a surprise in store for kids – just fill the syrup bottle with ice-cold water, squeeze onto the waffle and a monkey face appears! Most of the Skip Hop toys (see more here) teach cause and effect – plus they look super cute in your child’s nursery or playroom.
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Craft-tastic I Love Llamas from Papermarket
Get the kids engaged with a fun crafting activity this Christmas with the Craft-tastic I Love Llamas Craft Kit ($32.95) from Papermarket. This super cute activity kit will fire up little imaginations – there are six different projects to make from bracelets, to a llama stuffie, headband, garland, charm, and banners. The kit contains everything you need for each mini project (acrylic felt, glitter foam, beads and more). When it comes to DIY craft kits and craft projects, you’ll find pretty much everything you’re looking for at Papermarket from weaving kits to fantastic craft kits, – it’s the perfect place to go shopping for craft-loving kids and adults!
Papermarket, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, #01-120 Great World www.papermarket.com.sg
Tinkerer STEAM Box
The Tinkerer STEAM Box is a fun hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) kit that you can order as a one-off or as a monthly subscription. Each Tinkerer STEAM box is made with high-quality materials and designed by educators and child psychologists to be fun and educational with tools and materials to help kids express their creativity, get hands-on with building, and then playing! If you’re looking for a gift for young kids, there’s the Wonder STEAM Box (ages 3 to 5), the Odyssey STEAM Box is great for 6 to 8-year-olds while kids 9 to 12 years+ will love the Explore STEAM Box. Plus these kits make a rewarding bonding experience for parents and kids to do together. You can purchase a single box at $39 or a 3-month subscription at $89. You can even pre-select the boxes you want (subject to stock availability) for the subscriptions! Free within Singapore!
Use the promo code SM6OFF for a $6 discount on retail boxes.
PlayStation or Nintendo Switch
If you have an older kid, chances are that a PlayStation (PS5 if you can get your hands on one, otherwise the trusty Ps4) or Nintendo Switch (Switch OLED and Nintendo Switch Lite) is on their Christmas wish list! This is a pricey one so start saving up now! Some of our favourite Nintendo Switch games include Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World and Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and Luigi’s Mansion 3 while for PlayStation it’s Just Dance 2021, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Minecraft Starter Collection, and Sonic Mania Plus.
Teifoc Real Bricks Building Set Starter House: LittleShop
Looking for a toy that encourages hands-on STEM learning? This Teifoc Real Bricks Building Set – Starter House $74.90) from LittleShop, is a unique build and play system that uses real reusable bricks to create fun and elaborate structures and creations. Kids will find this building experience thoroughly therapeutic. The Starter House set can even be decorated and transformed into a special gingerbread house. Find this kit at the LittleShop online or at Marina Square #02-25 (Next to the atrium).
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Bisou Bake Shop Christmas Decorating Kits
If you are looking for an experience gift where kids and parents can bond together at home, check out the cute Christmas Baking & Decorating Kits by Bisou Bake Shop! We just love how these kits come in brown recyclable packaging with everything you need to get decorating cookies with the kids, fuss-free! There are Christmas Baking Kits from $25 with four Christmas themed cookies (choose gingerbread people, vanilla snap Christmas trees or even snowflakes) or get the bumper pack at $55 with 12 gingerbread or vanilla snap biscuits (people, snowflake, Christmas tree, snowmen shapes). Each kit comes with a royal icing mix and assorted festive sprinkles. There’s even a tutorial video to watch with the kids and you can scan a code for their special Christmas playlist while you are decorating cookies for all the festive feels! Free delivery for orders of $60 or more.
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STEAM Toys like Magnatiles
“I bought my kids Magnatiles when my firstborn was 2 years old and it has been the best investment – he played with them every day for about 6 years (so did his little sister when she came along). These colourful translucent magnetic tiles develop math, science, building and spatial skills. Younger kids will enjoy building with them on a flat surface while older kids can build in 3D. They’re great for solo or multi-child play. I recommend getting a 100 piece set, maybe even two sets – you won’t regret it!” Beate, Senior Editor.
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A to Z of Singapore Culture PlayBook by indigrow
The Singapore Culture Play Book ($17) from multicultural play company indigrow, sparks imagination and creativity in kids. The book is designed to help your little ones explore and celebrate Singapore. 100 play sessions await (complete the story on a page, use playdough or crayons to recreate the dishes shown, talk about diversity by asking questions about different characters and the festivals) – a truly open-ended book based on learning through play. Buy the 3 book Christmas Bundle ($46) for great value!
Experience Gifts: Indoor Playground Entry Gifts Cards
What do you get the child who has so much ‘stuff’? How about an experience gift? There’s a DreamUs indoor playground to suit your child no matter their age. From Tayo Station, Pororo Park Singapore and Petite Tayo KidsClub for the younger ones. To SuperPark which is great for all ages, spanning two levels of unlimited activities including popular ball games, a flying fox, tube slide, indoor skate boarding, trampolining and more! Read more here. Grab a playground e-gift card in denominations of $25, $50, or $100, to gift hours of play and adventure – plus a chance to make incredible memories – at the nation’s biggest indoor activity play park and indoor toddler playgrounds. Click for SuperPark Singapore e-Gift Card, Pororo Park Singapore, Tayo Station and Petite Tayo KidsClub.
The great thing about gifting kids board games, is that most of the time the whole family can enjoy playing them together. We love some screen-free bonding time and some of our fave family board games at Sassy Mama include Catan, Monopoly, Cranium, Ticket to Ride, and Scrabble – find these at Amazon.sg or your fave local toy shop. Looking for more ideas? Head over to our family board game roundup – handily broken down into age-appropriate board games.
Ripstik, Bike or Ezyroller
Getting kids active is something we really believe in over here so we are all for kids toys that get them to be outdoors and playing while getting some exercise. Some of our faves are Ripstiks, bikes and Ezyrollers. RipStiks are similar to skateboards, but they have two wheels not four – you twist your body to get them to move. You can’t wrap a new bike and have it under the Christmas tree but you can hide a bike bell and have the bike hidden in a room to find! Find a bike that suits your child here. For younger kids why not invest in an Ezyroller – an award-winning riding machine that is said to move like a snake low down to the ground for pure riding joy!
Experience Gifts: Jewel Membership
If your kids are enamoured with Jewel and all the amazing activities on offer, how about getting the PlayAtJewel Family Membership! This gift is one that the whole family (including grandparents) can enjoy together as it offers big savings and tons of privileges, including unlimited admission to Canopy Park, Canopy Bridge, Hedge Maze, Mirror Maze, and Manulife Sky Nets, plus exclusive shopping and dining discounts all year round! PlayAtJewel Family Pass is $188 for 1-year membership for 2 Adults + 1 Child. Additional child/senior citizen $30 (up to max 4).
Other experience ideas: plump for a Friends of the Zoo membership so kids can go to the zoo to see their favourite animals whenever they want or how about passes for rock climbing or any other experience? Check out our 101 Things to Do in SG for inspiration here.
“See you in 5 minutes, over and out!” Whether your kid loves playing spy games with a friend or has a neighbour who lives close by, they will love communicating with each other with walkie talkies. There are lots of different brands at different price points on the market – some last longer than others so check online reviews. We’ve had good luck with Topsung M880 walkie talkies.
Rollerskates or rollerblades
Get the kids some retro rollerskates or modern rollerblades. Decathlon does some really affordable inline skates (from $30) with adjustable boots and straps that will grow with your child – bargain! Don’t forget the knee pads, ankle guards and elbow pads plus a helmet too!
Looking for a doll that reflects your family’s ethnicity? The most common dolls at the toy store are caucasian so we round up some great toys –from action figures to games to multiracial, and anatomically correct dolls (like the cute doll pictured above from Amazon.sg), that will help diversify your child’s playroom and make inclusion the norm. Read more here.
SG-themed Card Games
Looking for a stocking stuffer-style gift? We love Singapore-themed card games like The Singaporean Dream, Hawker wars and Chope! The Card Game — all the perfect size to stuff into that Christmas stocking.
This is always an excellent present as it’s generally the one that’s still being used long after the Christmas tree is packed away. Buy books in stores like Woods in the Books, Books Ahoy in Forum the Shopping Mall, Kinokinuya, Popular and My Greatest Child, or order online from Amazon.sg or bookdepository.com. Our top picks for babies and toddlers are classic board books like Where is the Green Sheep? and It’s Time For Bed. For picture books we love Beatrice Alemagna’s books, The Marvellous Fluffy, Squishy Itty Bitty and On a Magical Do-Nothing Day. If your kiddo is starting on chapter books, the Rabbit and Bear series is lovely, or try Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar. For more confident readers, check out the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series plus anything by Roald Dahl and David Walliams.
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