One of the main highlights of Christmas must be gift-shopping for the kids. In fact, for parents—it’s top priority. When you have kids writing up their wish lists earnestly; jumping onto your lap to ply you with their lists attached with pleading puppy-dog eyes; and eyeing the base of the Christmas tree like a hawk to see which new gift placed there has their name on it, the pressure is on to make their Christmas memorable.
Indeed, it’s no easy job being papa or mama Santa! With less than two weeks to go before Christmas, and just on the heels of publishing our first Christmas gift guide for expats (read Christmas Gifts For Expats You’ll Want All For Yourself), Team Expat knows what parents all over the world are going through in this season of giving and has compiled another set of creative gift ideas targeted for your special little ones.
For the British at heart
Do-it-yourself tea set
Price: Depends on the type of tea set and materials purchased
Take your kid’s make-believe tea parties to another level by giving them one-of-a-kind, customised tea set. All you need is a plain white tea set, colouring crafting tissue paper, porcelain markers, a bottle of Mod Podge, scissors, foam brush and small paintbrush. Then follow the tutorial here and feel free to go wild with your creativity!
For the little one who needs coaxing to sleep
How cute is this sleeping bag inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro? Whether your kid if a fan of the critically acclaimed animated movie or not, it’s bound to make your kid more inclined to go to bed early. Also, if your kid has not watched the movie yet, you should definitely rectify that as soon as possible!
For the one who is on the light side of the Force
With the recent release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on 17 December, everyone and their grandmothers will be flocking to the cinemas to watch it, so show your kids that you have secret Jedi mind-reading powers by buying them a Millennium Falcon LEGO set for Christmas! This set has 1,329 pieces, so while your kids are pretty much set for endless hours of entertainment, you might be in for pain when you end up stepping on these bricks for days.
For the one who is a science fiction geek
Price: Depends on the costume
For those with kids who are less patient but are still fans of Star Wars, skip the Millennium Falcon LEGO and buy them an official costume instead! With over a hundred different character costumes to choose from, the only thing that could go wrong with this gift choice is buying the wrong costume. May the Force be with you!
For the one with a competitive streak
“What time is it? Monopoly time!” What better way to settle a score between siblings or, if you want to put it mildly, spend some quality time with your family than with a game of Monopoly—Adventure Time-style! Not only will your kids get to play as their favourite characters with all-new Adventure Time-themed tokens, all the properties have been changed to places in the Land of Ooo, which can be purchased in-game using Ooo-Dollars, making this a unique gift that kids and adults alike can enjoy!
For the one who loves to get lost in new worlds
The reason we listed this as Christmas-themed books rather than just the title of one book is because why give your kids one book when you can give them 5, 7 or 10 books, especially when books are much cheaper compared to gifts like a Kindle or Apple iPad? Rest assured that we’ve done our research, and our recommended reading list for you would be Bear Stays Up for Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Polar Express, A Christmas Memory, The Nutcracker, and A Christmas Carol—these classics are bound to delight any young bookworm. Note that you don’t necessarily have to buy them from Amazon; you can just as easily look for them in Kinokuniya or at Book Depository.
For the one who loves to use their hands
Another alternative for kids with big imaginations is Habitadule Architecte Cache Cache (yes, it’s a mouthful for us to say as well) from Mon Petit Art. Think Lego, but larger in scale: One set contains 16 large panels and 64 connectors made from thick, sturdy, durable cards, which will allow your kids to construct arches, boxes, screens, and tunnels, whether for temporary role-play or permanent fixtures in the bedroom—the sky’s the limit! All 80 pieces come in a storage case with a handle, so your kids can easily bring this over for play dates to make them even more fun!
For the one who loves the outdoors
At this point in time, ordering a custom-made tent from Etsy may be too late, but you could use this idea as a springboard—basically, get your kid a play tent. It will definitely increase your kid’s cool factor by 100 points, and gives them the perfect excuse to make a day of it with a picnic at a nearby park over the weekend. It also makes for a great alternative plaything indoors aside from board games, and allows your kids to exercise their imagination—like adding a blanket fort around it.
We hope this list proves to be helpful for you in your pursuit of the perfect gift for your kid. If you have more unique and useful gift ideas to add to the list, feel free to share them with us in the comment box below! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!