From parents who long to give their kids gifts that keep them entertained for longer than a month, or a family friend who doesn't want to buy something ill-suited, trying to pick the perfect present can often feel like an impossible task.
In order to save you time and effort, we've created a list of all the presents we'd love to give the children in our lives this Christmas (opens in new tab) - presents that will let their imaginations run wild and will last them for years.
We've split our picks up into two lists - one for our US readers and another for those in the UK - simply click on the links below to jump to the list that's relevant to you or scroll down to take a look at everything on offer.
But hurry - if you want to guarantee you get something before it sells out, we're recommend buying now to avoid disappointment.
Best gifts for kids US
Check out our pick of the very best gifts for kids of all ages, for those based in the US
1. Get moving
Banwood navy classic bike | $398 at Anthropologie (opens in new tab)
Recommended for kids between four and seven years of age, this gorgeous bicycle is decorated with a celestial mix of stars, moons and comets. An exclusive collaboration between Anthropologie and Banwood, it features a lightweight alloy frame, faux leather saddle, height-adjustable seat, rosewood pedals and an all-important bell.
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2. Add some color
Cloud trinket tray |
$98 $73.50 (save $24.50 with code CYBER) (opens in new tab) at Jonathan Adler
Every young lady needs a place to store all her most loved and most used jewellery. This fun, graphic trinket tray provides the perfect solution and will brighten up their bedroom with its bold pop of many colors. Don't forget to use the code CYBER to get 25% off.
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3. Build it up
- Want more? Take a look at our edit of the best gifts for homebodies (opens in new tab)
4. Treat yourself
Tender Leaf Toys Birthday Cake Play Set| $22.99 at World Market (opens in new tab)
Birthdays just once a year are totally for grown-ups. Let your little ones celebrate every day with this fun wooden cake set. Made from rubberwood and decorated with non-toxic paint, each slice of this colorful cake joined together with Velcro-style fastenings and the candles are removable too. For ages 3+.
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- Need more inspiration? Take a look at these great gardening gifts (opens in new tab)
5. Super sweet
Twee Handmade Sidewalk Chalk Deluxe Macaron Set | $48 (opens in new tab) at Bloomingdale's
If the French did sidewalk chalk, this is how they'd do it. This set of 12 delightful macaron-shaped chalks are almost good enough to eat (and are completely non-toxic in case they do).
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6. Start 'em young
Melissa & Doug Good Clean Fun Play Set |
$29.99 $26.99 (opens in new tab) at Macy's
Teach them good habits from an early age with this super cute cleaning set. Containing six pieces made mainly from wood, they're both colorful and useful.
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7. Tidy up
Pehr Pom-Pom Hamper in Beige/Multi | $80 at One Kings Lane (opens in new tab)
Measuring 20" x Dia 18", this fun hamper is perfect for girls of all ages. It's just the spot to corral their toys when they're younger and later, it'll be the place where they store their favorite cosmetics, accessories and bestie keepsakes.
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Best gifts for kids UK
Live in the UK? We've hunted down the best gifts that every child will love (and you'll love to give)
1. Cook up a storm
Kidkraft Terrace Garden Play Kitchen |
£139.99 £89.99 (save £50) (opens in new tab)at Very
Has your child asked Santa for a play kitchen? Look no further. This beauty features choppable fruits and veggies, a dispensing ice maker, a hob with lights and sounds, and a herb garden, complete with faux dirt cubes, seed packets and stems.
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2. Picture this
Polaroid Hi-Print pocket printer | £89.99 at Argos (opens in new tab)
A must for the Insta-generation, tweens and teens will LOVE this instant hand-held wireless printer. Simply select the pics you want via the smartphone app, and print instantly onto high quality palm-sized photo prints.
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3. Seat yourself
4. Reach for the stars
3D Rocket Children's Backpack | £18 at John Lewis & Partners (opens in new tab)
With a front zip pocket, water bottle holder, adjustable, padded straps and super-charged 3D rocket ship wings, mini space explorers will adore this fun bag.
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5. Take it with you
- Buying a present for your favourite pet? Take a look at our pick of the best pet gifts (opens in new tab)
Unicorn carry caddy | £27 at Great Little Trading Company (opens in new tab)
This handy carry caddy will give them a place to keep all of their craft kit, colouring pens, or anything they choose. Not keen on unicorns? It's also available in fox, rabbit, bear, star and polka dot designs.
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6. Make it magic
Marvin's Treasured Magic Tricks set | £28.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
With props and instructions for over 20 magic tricks, this set is a must for any budding magicians. Made from wood instead of plastic, it'll last for years and age beautifully.
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7. Take center stage
Theatre Stage & Book Shelf |
£225 £180 (save £45 with code EM1120) (opens in new tab) at Cox & Cox
Feeding into kids' imaginations beautifully, one side of this wooden freestanding piece features a stage with pom pom tasseled curtains, while the reverse is a handy bookshelf. Don't forget to add the code EM1120 at checkout for 20 per cent off.
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