Best gifts for kids this Christmas: fun buys for the little 'uns
Keep them happy (and distracted) this Christmas with these great gifts
Buying for pretty much anyone nowadays is notoriously difficult. But what about buying for kids?
One minute they're into Paw Patrol, the next they're into Peppa Pig – and you're left dumbfounded and unsure what on earth to put under the Christmas tree.
So if you've got a child in your life who you need to buy for, strap in – we have everything you're going to need.
And don't worry too much if they don't like their gift – they'll probably have more fun with the box, anyway.
If you want some more present ideas, then head over to our ultimate Christmas gift guide - where we have all sorts of interesting things to buy, watch and do. You might also want to look at our best LEGO set round up and our best toys guide.
Best Christmas gifts for kids
1. Amazon Kindle for Kids
If there's a little bookworm in your life, they'll absolutely love this new Kindle, specially designed for kids. With bright, fun colour options and an included year of Fire for Kids, this gift will ensure they're kept busy with the thousands of books and series available for free. If they're really into it, you can keep the subscription up after the year's finished for just £1.99 a month. Bargain.
2. Natural History Museum Pocket Microscope
For the one who's always asking "why?". This pocket microscope from the Natural History Museum is the perfect gift to satiate their curiosity – and despite its tiny size, it still comes with an impressive lens, slides, cover slips and lens cloth.
3. ETAOLINE Rechargeable Digital Camera
If they're interested in taking pictures but you don't quite trust them with your digital SLR – well, firstly, we don't blame you. But if you want to encourage their creative streak, this ETAOLINE digital camera is a great way to do so. With a 400mAh rechargeable battery, it's a simple point and shoot and also comes wit a 2.0" LCD Screen for them to examine their handiwork.
4. Harry Potter Lego Castle
This would make just as good a present for many parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents, too. Depicting the Hogwarts clock tower, this also comes with eight minifigures from the films and can be incorporated into other Harry Potter LEGO sets.
5. Galt First Pottery Set
Pottery is all the rage right now – so why not set your kids off on it, too? With three basic techniques letting them make their own pots, and colourful air drying clay provided, they'll be brightening up the place in no time.
6. Heinz Baked Beanz Secret Stash
One for the teens out there, this may look exactly like a can of beans but is actually a secret stash for them to hide – well, probably best not to ask, really. A cool aunt or uncle gift if ever we saw one
7. Cards Against Humanity Red Box
They may not want to play it in front of Mum and Dad, but they'll thank you for this Cards Against Humanity expansion pack, with 300 extra cards to add to the original deck.
8. Darice Professional Art Set
If they're a bit older, this 80 piece set is the perfect gift. With 24 oil pastels, 24 colour pencils, 24 watercolour paints, 2 paintbrushes, 2 pencils, an eraser, a sharpener and a sanding block, there's everything they need to make amazing art.