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2015 Christmas gift guide: ideas for children

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No one finds Christmas more magical than children.

From decorating the tree to leaving out a festive mince pie for Santa on Christmas eve, it's a wonderful time of year that culminates in what is undoubtedly their favourite part - unwrapping a mound of gifts.

We've handpicked 50 brilliant, beautiful and original Christmas gift ideas to sneak into their stockings or hide under the tree and bring them delight come the 25 December.

  • Lego deluxe train set

    They won't believe their eyes when they unwrap this mega Lego set, featuring an ultra modern train and over 64 inches of track to build.

    £99.99, shop.lego.com

  • Illuminated globe

    This 30-cm globe comes complete with a magnifying glass for a super-close exploration of the world.

    £44.75, amazon.co.uk

  • Peter Rabbit piece set

    Make mealtimes magical with this beautiful set of Peter Rabbit-themed crockery.

    £33, wedgwood.co.uk

  • Nesting dolls

    A gift that will last for many years to come, these nesting dolls are handmade with Chinese wood and beautifully painted by artist Helen Dardik.

    £19.50, thedandykid.com

  • Alice In Wonderland lampshade

    Add a touch of charming curiosity to a child's room with this Alice in Wonderland print lampshade.

    £35, shop.bl.uk

  • Tea set

    Ensure their tea parties are the talk of the town with this pretty set.

    £27, liberty.co.uk

  • Bunny hand-knitted hat

    This sweet hat will keep little ones cosy all winter long. Plus, £3 from the sale goes toward the innocent ‘Big Knit Campaign’ for Age UK.

    £12, oliverbonas.com

  • The Twits – Hairy Beard Edition by Roald Dahl

    Complete with a hairy beard and brilliant illustrations, this edition of one of Roald Dahl's most beloved stories will be a sure-fire hit.

    £9.99, penguin.co.uk

  • Name A Star Gift Box

    Give a gift that lasts forever and let them name their very own star with this special pack.

    £19.99, selfridges.com

  • Dress up crown

    The jewel of any dressing up box, this soft liberty print crown will complete any outfit.

    £20, liberty.co.uk

  • Colouring in pack

    These vibrant sticks are a wax crayon, watercolour and pencil all in one.

    £11.95, stabilo-uk.shptron.com

  • Frozen Aquabeads set

    Fans of Frozen will delight with this special aqua beads set that lets them create all their favourite characters. 

    £12, tesco.com

  • Jammin' skateboard

    The future's bright, the future's neon green, yellow and red... Make sure they get noticed on their skating adventures with this 22-inch board made using the highest quality plastic.

    £109.99, selfridges.com

  • Sophie's doll house

    This dream doll house comes complete with three storeys, a glittery roof, a front porch and opening shutters and windows.

    £110, selfridges.com

  • Jewellery box

    Let budding designers personalise their own jewellery box with this kit including fabric paint, glitter pens and sparkly rhinestones.

    £40, liberty.co.uk

  • Model building kit

    They can design and create their own mini building with these incredibly realistic 3D model building kits.

    From £49.99, arckit.com

  • Wellington boots

    Make splashing in puddles even more fun with these adorable, brightly coloured wellies from the iconic British brand.

    £45 - £60, hunterboots.com

  • Astronaut bed set

    Kids will be dreaming of the stars as they snuggle down in this exclusive astronaut duvet and pillow.

    £55, sciencemuseumshop.com

  • Merry Christmas Snoopy

    Let them join Snoopy and the Peanuts gang on their festive adventure in this heart-warming illustrated children's book.

    £6.99, penguin.co.uk

  • Knitted jumper

    This adorable knitted jumper featuring the guards of London is the perfect piece to wear while unwrapping gifts under the Christmas tree.

    £32, cathkidston.com

  • Bashful bunny

    Irresistibly soft and cuddly, this furry friend will be a favoured companion.

    £47, liberty.co.uk

  • Mint scooter

    They'll be scooting in style with this metallic mint design featuring special coloured T-bars, handles and brakes. 

    £99.95, micro-scooters.co.uk
     

  • Mamas & Papas Babyplay Drum

    Prep for an even noisier Christmas than usual with this colourful, wooden drum kit - guaranteed to delight.

    £15, mamasandpapas.com

  • Unicorn toy

    The pet that every child will fall in love with, Starlily is a fully interactive magical unicorn who moves, makes noises and even dances to music. Watch her horn flash different colours depending on her mood and braid her beautiful tail.

    £129.99, selfridges.com

  • Tipi play tent

    This tipi play tent is the perfect place for hideaway adventures. Accessorise with pillow forts and blankets and nestle down with a board game.

    £140, notonthehighstreet.com

  • Kidizoom digital camera

    Let budding photographers explore their talent with this digital camera, equipped with a 2.4 inch colour screen, photo effects, games and a silly face detector.

    £49.99, johnlewis.com

  • Wind up dinosaur

    Jurassic fans will have hours of fun making their own moving model.

    £8.50, notonthehighstreet.com

  • Fossil Hunter Lottie doll

    Forget Barbie - Lottie the Fossil Hunter is the kickass doll every child will love this Christmas.

    £20, nhmshop.co.uk

  • Height chart

    This height chart will last as a sweet keepsake for many years to come.

    £16, thedandykid.com

  • Planting kit

    Help green fingered kids learn more about growing their own produce with this personalised crate planting kit.

    £29, notonthehighstreet.com

  • Scootersaurus helmet

    Featuring dinos from a Diplodocus to a T. Rex, this is the ultimate kid's helmet.

    £40, nhmshop.co.uk

  • Lost Ocean Colouring Book

    Go on a magical journey beneath the waves with this intricately illustrated colouring book.

    £10.99, waterstones.com

  • Secret safe diary

    This secret diary with a voice activated locking system and colour screen will keep secrets safe in style.

    £39.99, johnlewis.com

  • Star Wars model kit

    With 55 pieces to assemble, this epic Star Wars model is sure to keep them busy.

    £24.99, johnlewis.com

  • Paddington Bear backpack

    Brighten up the dreaded return to school with this adorable Paddington backpack.

    £10, johnlewis.com

  • Lego Ariel’s undersea palace

    Bring The Little Mermaid to life with this awesome undersea palace, featuring a secret grotto, trap door, dressing room and many more miniature delights.

    £49.99, shop.lego.com

  • Polar Bear onesie

    What could be better for snuggling up in front of the TV on Christmas day than this ultra soft onesie. Forget the kids, we want one too.

    £17 - £21, marksandspencer.com

  • Crystal laboratory set

    Kids can create their own geodes with this fully equipped Crystal Laboratory, featuring plaster and plastic moulds, measuring beakers and paints.

    £25.99, sciencemuseumshop.com

  • Personal planetarium

    This personal planetarium gives eager stargazers the rare chance to glimpse constellations, planets and galaxies that are light years away.

    £69.80, universe2go.com

  • Children's bike

    The perfect starter mountain bike for young explorers, this cool ride has nature-inspired graphic prints and extra-reliable front and back brakes.

    £99.99, halfords.com

  • Scratch map

    Young explorers can keep track of their travels by scratching off each country they visit.

    £19.95, ohhdeer.com

  • Rocking horse

    A dashing addition to any nursery, this beautiful rocking horse will encourage toddlers to develop their motor and sensory skills while providing hours of fun.

    £95, mamasandpapas.com

  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

    This beautifully illustrated version of one of the most treasured children's tales is the perfect gift for any book-lover, young or old.

    £29.95, foliosociety.com

  • Happy teddy bear

    This cuddly bear is bound to bring endless joy and comfort to his owner.

    £37.90, steiff.com

  • Rainbow bookends

    Brighten up bookshelves everywhere with these colourful bookends.

    £19.50, marksandspencer.com

  • Strap watch

    This easy-to-read, three hand dial watch with a waterproof strap will make the perfect first watch for those learning to tell the time.

    £15.99, johnlewis.com

  • Sylvanian families gift set

    The ultimate treat for any Sylvanian fan, this bumper gift set includes the grand Beechwood Hall, two residents (Walnut Squirrel and her baby) plus a whole host of accessories. The hall even has lights that can be switched on and off.

    £69.99, toysrus.co.uk 

  • Play-Doh activity table

    The ultimate play-doh making station, a table that promises hours of creative fun.

    £26.40, debenhams.com

  • Christmas TV box

    There are hours of guaranteed fun to be had with this limited edition Now TV Christmas box. Simply plug it in and stream all their favourite shows, films and sports straight to the TV.

    £15, nowtv.com

  • Robot money bank

    Make saving the ultimate fun game with a cool robot money bank to store up pennies for a rainy day.

    £14, hiplittlepeople.com

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