Christmas gift guide for 3-5 year olds 2018

Christmas gift guide for 3-5 year olds 2018

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? If not and you have a preschool or primary school age child to buy for, you might find this gift guide useful. This post includes some of the things my 5 year old currently loves and some things she will be receiving for Christmas this year. A few of the items were sent to us to include in this guide, however, I do think they are fantastic items or they wouldn’t be included in this guide.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy through them I may make a small commission. This does not affect the price you pay. Some items in this post were sent to me in exchange for inclusion in this gift guide. Items are marked with a *


Learning resources STEM toys *

I have full reviews of both these stem toys coming up. The microscope is really fun and perfect for exploring nature items like leaves and pine cones. Beaker creatures is a really fun STEM kit that is perfect for early years science. It can be used to do some fun and basic science experiments as well as to find aliens from reactor pods (you get two with the kit but you can also buy them individually and they’d make great stocking fillers.


Geomag Confetti *

My 5 year old has enjoyed construction toys for some time (which is why there are 3 in this gift guide). This one is a 50 piece magnetic kit which is a mixture of colourful magnetic rods, steel balls and colourful panels in a few different shapes (triangles, squares and hexagons). This allows your child to build a variety of structures. This is a great STEM toy. Available from Amazon.


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Giraffes in scarves *

We love Orchard toys and this game is no exception. This fun game is for children aged 4-7 and is a game of colour matching and counting. Board games are great for children to learn whilst having fun, learn to take turns and patience. Orchard toys have never let us down for developing all these skills whilst being enjoyable for kids. Find this one and more here.


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Okido magazine subscription *

Do your kids love magazines? Art and science? Okido magazine is the only magazine I like buying for my 5 year old. It’s aimed at children 3-7 years old and is really fun and educational. There’s a mixture of stories, activities, games and recipes. It’s packed full of colourful and cute illustrations that my daughter loves. She also loves the stories and poems as well as the activities and puzzles. Find out more about subscriptions here.


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Dobble Kids *

This is another great game for children aged 4 and up. It’s also really portable so great for travel loving families. I can see us taking this one camping next summer. It comes in a handy travel tin containing 30 cards that can be used to play 5 different mini games. All 5 games are simple to set up and fun for all the family. Available to buy here.


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Playmags magnetic tiles

We bought a set of Playmags magnetic tiles for our eldest when she was 3. She loved them from day one. They are definitely the best gift we got her that Christmas. Almost 2 years on she still plays with them regularly. How many toys can you say that about? We love these colourful magnetic tiles for building and so much more. If you want to find out more about them, I shared why we love Playmags magnetic tiles.


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Dressing up costume


I couldn’t resist this gorgeous superhero dress and mask last Christmas. It’s still available to buy this year. My girls both love it as they love superheroes. We’ve also got lots of other costumes like pirates & princess dress. I think this year my 5 year old would love this unicorn one. Children love dressing up and there are so many options out there, you are bound to find one to match your child’s interests.




Lego is a great gift for this age group. My 5 year olds loves it but doesn’t play with it much because we have a toddler around who would try and eat it. When she does play with lego though she loves it. I bought this set because she loves the Lego Batman film. She also got the Lego juniors Disney Frozen set which is easier for her to build and she loves Frozen.


Elves behavin’ badly

I’ve been doing elf on the shelf for a few years with my kids and they love it. Elves behavin’ badly is a range of elves and accessories to make elf on the shelf easy and fun. I can’t wait to use these elves, jumpers, sleigh and car with my kids. They will love them all. Available now from a range of shops such as Tesco, poundstretcher and Amazon.


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Finally, I have two girls who both adore their dolls so I love the look of Learn to swim with baby Annabell.


Disclosure – Items marked with * were sent to us for review. All the other gifts we’ve purchased ourselves for our daughters over the years. All photos, thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links, if you buy through them I get a small commission, this does not affect the price you pay.

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  1. November 30, 2017 / 8:03 am

    I love the Monkey game! I’ve seen a lot of people talking about it and it looks like it’s travel size and perfect for our upcoming adventures. The craft box is such a lovely idea. I like being able to do things with the boys on Christmas day.

  2. November 30, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    some really useful ideas! I’ve stolen some thank you!

  3. November 30, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    Orchard Toys and Lego are always on our Christmas list, too! Great suggestions. #bloggerpinparty

  4. December 1, 2017 / 8:23 am

    Fab ideas – we love Hopster! I’ve heard lots of good things about the monkey game too – will have to get it for Soph I think! x

  5. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs
    December 1, 2017 / 9:56 am

    What lovely gift ideas. Orchard Toys have some lovely games, we have quite a few. I love the idea of the magnetic Playmags. They are something that my youngest would love 🙂 x

    • Claire
      December 2, 2017 / 10:40 am

      Orchard toys games are some of the best educational games I’ve come across.

  6. December 1, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    I love the superhero costume my daughter would love that as she is obsessed with super heroes (aren’t they all!). We recently checked out those magnetic tiles and they are pretty cool and great for exploring their imaginations.

    • Claire
      December 2, 2017 / 10:40 am

      Super heroes are always a hit at this age.

  7. December 1, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    Fab gift ideas here. I am done with my shopping thankfully. Just need to get them wrapped now.

    • Claire
      December 2, 2017 / 10:31 am

      Yes, I still have all the wrapping to do too.

  8. December 1, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    I’ve seen the monkey game, the dressing up outfit and the Lego but never heard of some of these but then I have teenagers so I feel a bit old! #bloggerpinparty

    • Claire
      December 2, 2017 / 10:31 am

      Ha ha. Yes, I think your kids might be too old for these!

  9. December 2, 2017 / 9:34 am

    These are all fantastic suggestions! We love Cheeky Monkeys too. Would love some of those magnatiles.

    • Claire
      December 2, 2017 / 10:29 am

      Cheeky Monkeys is great and the magnetic tiles are amazing.

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