The Best Books and Toys Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids and Teens by Age


November 13, 2023

Christmas gift ideas for kids and teens

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With Christmas fast approaching and wish lists being compiled, we want to bring you some top picks for books, games and toys with inspiring Christmas gift ideas for kids and teens.

We have compiled them by age to make finding the ideal gift simple. The majority can be ordered online from popular bookstore and gifting websites.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids and Teens

Hot Toys for Christmas 2023

Gift Ideas for Kids aged 0 to 2 years

Trains by James Gulliver Hancock suitable for ages 0 to 2 years

Christmas gift ideas for kids and teens

Full steam ahead! From underground trains, luxury safari trains and speedy Japanese Shinkansen trains, explore EVERY different type of train available in this colourful book for very young children (aged 0-2), as well as railway stations, the history of trains and much more. With eye-catching illustrations and easy-to-read text, this is an engaging introduction for little train-lovers.

Superworm by Julia Donaldson suitable for ages 0 to 4 years

Christmas gift ideas for kids and teens

“Superworm is super-long. Superworm is super-strong. Watch him wiggle! See him squirm! Hip, hip, hooray for SUPERWORM!” Super-long and super-strong, Superworm is always on hand to help animals and insects in need. From rescuing Baby Toad from a busy road or fishing Beetle out of a well – do not fear, Superworm is here!

Sleepy Eyes Bedtime Soothing Owl Soft Toy from Baby GUND suitable for ages 0 to 2+ years

Christmas gift ideas for kids and teens

The Sleepy Eyes Bedtime Owl is perfect for bedtime and play. Press the head & watch the eyes slowly close and hear soothing sounds as his belly gently glows.

Tonies fun audio system for kids suitable for ages 0 to 2+ years

Christmas gift ideas for kids and teens

Toniebox – the new audio system for children. Turn it on, pop a Tonie on and simply let the audio adventure begin. It’s all in one box with room for 90 minutes, so you can upload your MP3s, audiobooks or even narrate your own stories.

LEGO DUPLO Town Barn, Tractor & Farm Animal Care Playset suitable for ages 18 months+

Christmas gift ideas for kids and teens

This play-and-learn farm is an ideal developmental toy for toddlers who love animals or tractors. There are farm buildings and a tractor to build, plus farm accessories and a pig, sheep, horse, dog, hen, rooster and 2 cows to care for. As toddlers role-play the different farm activities, they build fine motor skills and develop social and emotional awareness.

Gift Ideas for Kids Aged 3 to 5 years

Christmas gift ideas for kids and teens

The Baddies by Julia Donaldson suitable for 3+ years

The brand-new picture book from superstar author and illustrator Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is a riot of slapstick fun and silliness. The Baddies are the meanest, nastiest ghost, witch and troll in the land. They just adore being bad, and fight over who is the worst. When a little girl moves into a nearby cottage, the Baddies can’t wait to scare her out of her wits. But the little girl quickly shows them that you don’t have to be big to be brave, and baddies don’t always win. Perfect read-aloud rhyming text and stunning pictures on every page with lots of details to spot Julia and Axel are the team that have created picture book favourites such as The Gruffalo, Stick Man, Zog and Highway Rat

Sir Adam The Brave & The Moody Monsters by David King suitable for ages 0 to 4 years

A brand new picture book adventure from the author-illustrator dream team behind the No.1 bestseller, A Hug For You, starring schoolboy Adam King in the guise of a medieval knight

When a trio of moody monsters jeopardise the Wompie Wonder Fair and throw the kingdom into chaos, something has to be done. And fast! Enter Sir Adam the Brave! Join him on his quest to save the day and find out what’s making those monsters so very moody!

David Walliams Memory Game suitable for ages 5+

Christmas gift ideas for kids and teens

A brilliantly entertaining Memory Game inspired by the stories from The World of David Walliams. Classic game of pairs featuring characters from books including Gangsta Granny, Billionaire Boy, and Grandpa’s Great Escape encourages concentration, turn taking and helps to develop memory skills.

Washimals Ocean Pets Playset suitable for ages 3+ years

Christmas gift ideas for kids and teens

Colour, clean and colour again with Crayola Washimals! Use the included Washimals markers to colour and create beautiful patterns and designs on your pets, before cleaning them off to play again! This fantastic Ocean Seashell Playset allows kids to play with new ocean themed pets at home or on the go! Features brand new pastel coloured pets in a fun beach theme that doubles as a storage solution. Contents include 2 pastel pets, 3 markers, 1 brush, 1 beach playset.

Squishmallow suitable for ages 3+ years

Christmas gift ideas for kids and teens

With a supersoft marshmallow-like texture each Squishmallow has its own fun personality shown on the hangtag. Each Squishmallow has its own unique style and design and there are loads to choose from with everything from an armadillo to a shrimp!

Gifts Ideas for Kids Aged 6 to 8 Years

Cat Kid Comic Club – Collaborations by Dav Pilkey suitable for ages 6+ years

The Cat Kid Comic Club learns to collaborate in this creative, funny, and insightful graphic novel by Dav Pilkey. Excitement and imagination run wild as Naomi, Melvin, Poppy, Gilbert, Curly, and their siblings get back to making comics with originality and laughter. But wait – have they cleaned their rooms yet?! After their chores, the rambunctious group presents even more amazing mini-comics: a thrilling ride in “Chubbs McSpiderbutt”, an action-packed romp in “Frogzilla”, reflective haikus in “In the Autumn Pond”, a candy-coated mystery in “Mallo Cop”, and much, much, more.

By working together, the baby frogs discover that small things can have a huge impact. Readers of all ages will be inspired to dream up their own stories and unleash their own creativity as they dive into this pioneering graphic novel adventure from Dav Pilkey Heartfelt and humorous with an amazing cast of characters, this is the perfect present for Dog Man fans. Full colour pages throughout make it a fun and bright read!

The Friendship Fairies Go To Sea by Lucy Kennedy suitable for 6+ years

Meet the Friendship Fairies – sisters Emme, Holly and Jess. They’re just like regular girls, always messing and having fun, but they’re also fairies. Their mum works as a spy and she has a new case to crack – and this time she’s taking the Friendship Fairies along with her, to a little island off Connemara! All the girls know is that they’re going out to sea and that they need to take their swimsuits . Can Emme, Holly and Jess help their mum solve the mystery? This is the fourth book in the bestselling Friendship Fairies series by much-loved TV presenter Lucy Kennedy – magic, friendship and fun for readers aged 6+, with illustrations throughout by Phillip Cullen.

Pokémon The Collection suitable for ages 5 to 8 years

Christmas gift ideas for kids and teens

Join Pikachu for the ultimate Pokémon adventure in this creative collection! With 3 awesome activity books, a poster, a bookmark and stickers, this a perfect gift for fans of all ages. Jam-packed with Pokémon fun, this gift box contains a colouring book, search and find and a how-to-draw book.

Ravensburger Children’s World Globe, 180 piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzle suitable for ages 6 to 99 years!

Christmas gift ideas for kids and teens

This world globe is a great way to introduce your child to world geography. The design also shows different animals in the continents where they live. This puzzle uses unique plastic pieces, which slot together to build a sturdy and strong model. No glue required! Either assemble by eye or using the numbers on the reverse side.

Catan Junior suitable for ages 6+ years

Christmas gift ideas for kids and teens

Catan Junior takes place on a ring of tropical isles – including the mysterious Spooky Island, home of the Ghost Captain. Each island generates a specific resource: wood, goats, molasses, or cutlasses. You can also find gold. You start with two pirate lairs, and then build ships in order to expand your network. The more lairs you build, the more resources you may receive. Use your resources to build ships, lairs, or to get help from wise Coco the parrot.

This family game offers a world of adventure waiting to be discovered.

Gift Ideas for Tweens Aged 9 to 12 Years

Christmas gift ideas for kids and teens

Spaceboy by David Walliams suitable for ages 9+ years

Ruth loves climbing trees, making a mess and throwing stones. But the thing she loves most is SPACE.

The girl is OBSESSED. She spends her days reading comics about alien invasions, doodling UFOs, watching B-movies about Earth being invaded by creatures from Mars… and gazing at the stars through her old, battered telescope.

Until one night, Ruth creeps out of bed in the attic room of her rickety old farmhouse to watch the stars – and is just dozing off when she spots something blazing across the sky. Something that looks like a flying saucer! Is she dreaming? No! And the flying saucer is on fire…

But when the UFO crash-lands in the cornfield, and Ruth rushes to help, she finds a mystery – and an adventure – beyond her wildest dreams…

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Diper Overlode by Jeff Kinney suitable for 9+  years

In Diper Överlöde, book 17 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, Greg Heffley is finding out that the road to fame and glory comes with some hard knocks.

When he decides to tag along with his brother Rodrick’s band, Löded Diper, Greg doesn’t realize what he’s getting into. But he soon learns that late nights, unpaid gigs, fighting between band members, and money troubles are all part of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle.

Can Greg help Löded Diper become the legends they think they are? Or will too much time with Rodrick’s band be a diper överlöde?

Keeper of The Lost Cities Series by Shannon Messenger Suitable for ages 9+years

The Keeper of the Lost Cities series is perfect for fans of Harry Potter, Rick Riordan and Amari and the Night Brothers. It tells the story of Sophie Foster and her unique telepathic abilities, something she has never spoken of, even to her family until the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who also reads minds.

In the first book, Keeper of the Lost Cities, Sophie is forced to leave behind everything and start a new life in a magical world! There are currently 9 books in the series, although the 9th book, Keeper of The Lost Cities Unlocked, is known as book 8.5!

Where’s Wally Find It Fast Game suitable for ages 5+

Christmas gift ideas for kids and teens

How quickly can you spot Wally? The Where’s Wally Find It Fast game is a brilliant, fun, quick paced matching game! Pick a card that contains a multiple images of Where’s Wally and other general objects then roll the picture dice – find an image on the dice that matches one on the card to win the round. The player who finds the most matches wins. For 2-4 players it makes a perfect stocking filler that all the family can enjoy.

Robotime 3D Puzzles suitable for ages 9+

Christmas gift ideas for kids and teens

Robotime 3D puzzles are the perfect gift for any budding building and engineering enthusiasts. Offering everything from Sam’s Study to Orpheus the working Robot, you can build sturdy 3D models with moving parts that offers hours of enjoyment.

LEGO-Creator: Caravan Family Holiday Playset suitable for ages 9+ years

Christmas gift ideas for kids and teens

Creative camping adventures and fun are awaiting outdoor fans in the LEGO Creator 3in1 Caravan Family Holiday Playset. At least 3 different build-and-play experiences are possible. Kids can build a caravan with a retro car model, then rebuild it into a camper van or a detailed lighthouse. Or they can free their creativity, tap into different passions and build something totally new. Packed with accessories and features, the set also includes 3 minifigures to jump-start play.

Gifts for Teens Aged 13+ Years

Christmas gift ideas for kids and teens

Failosophy for Teens by Elizabeth Day suitable for ages 13+

A game-changing guide to being happier, healthier and succeeding better, from Sunday Time bestselling author Elizabeth Day! This is a handbook for when things to wrong!

The book is full of creative and inspiring advice on how to talk openly about failure and turn failure into success, build resilience for when life sends you curveballs and reframe negative thoughts about yourself and much more.

The First To Die At The End by Adam Silvera suitable for ages 15+

It’s the night before Death-Cast goes live, and there’s one question on everyone’s mind: Can Death-Cast actually predict death, or is it an elaborate hoax? Orion Pagan has waited years for someone to tell him that he’s going to die, given his serious heart condition. Valentino Prince has a long and promising future ahead of him and only registered for Death-Cast after his twin sister nearly died in a car accident. Orion and Valentino cross paths in Times Square and immediately feel a deep connection. But when the first End Day calls go out, their lives are changed for ever – one of them receives a call . . . the other doesn’t.

Told with acclaimed author Adam Silvera’s signature bittersweet touch, this story celebrates the lasting impact that people have on each other and proves that life is always worth living to the fullest.

LEGO Star Wars Luke Skywalker (Red Five) Helmet suitable for ages 16+ years

Christmas gift ideas for kids and teens

Feel the power of your creative Force as you build the Star Wars collectible Luke Skywalker (Red Five) Helmet. The buildable model of Luke’s iconic pilot headgear is the first-ever hero helmet or open helmet in the LEGO Star Wars Helmet Collection. Channel your inner Jedi to recreate authentic details, including a brick-built microphone and interior padding, plus translucent red visor elements.

Ravensburger Eiffel Tower 3D Puzzle with lights suitable for ages 12+ years

Christmas gift ideas for kids and teens

Recreate the iconic Eiffel Tower with this 216 piece 3D jigsaw which includes real working LED colour changing lights! A perfect addition to any teenagers room as it glows from red to white to blue.

Quirky Water Bottles and Travel Mugs 

Christmas gift ideas for kids and teens

From the Eoin O’Connor ‘Mutz’ collection to the Orla Kiely Metal water bottle collection and the Bioloco collection of travel mugs and water bottles, you are sure to find a suitable stocking filler for the savvy eco conscious teens in your life.

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