Ultimate Kids Christmas Gift Guide!
It’s that time of year again – Christmas is just around the corner and we’re all trying to find something perfect to give our loved ones. It can be a stressful time, but we’re here to help you with a series of gift guides – for mums, dads, and kids – all from other New Zealand business that we love. The truth is New Zealand is full of super creative, hardworking, talented people and we love to shop small and support local!
By now we hope you’re sorted for mum and dad, so it’s time for the kids! We know that kids’ interests and needs change so frequently and it’s hard to keep up sometimes, so we’ve broken this one down into a few age brackets to help take some of the guessing away!
First Christmas (Infants – newborn to 1 year)
This can be the hardest age to buy for. It’s hard to find something the baby doesn’t already have, and it’s tempting to leave them out because they won’t remember. But there are so many options for new bundles of joy!
Bebe & I
These photobooks are the perfect first Christmas present! Looking at photos of loved ones is so beneficial for wee babes, especially if you have family far away. Designed to stand alone, these are great for encouraging tummy time and neck control, and are all uniquely handmade. Take you pick from three different designs, and pre fill the photo slots beforehand so it can be used straight away on Christmas Day!
Silicone Bath Toys
Little and Loved
Ever had to throw out bath toys because of mould? Well, these cute little bath toys are easy to clean with a detachable design so you can rest easy. Available in a range of cute little animals and colours, these are a great first Christmas present for the baby in your life.
Set of Rattles
We know how much little babies love to have something to look at, and these under the sea themed rattles are the absolute cutest! They have an easy snap fastener so can be easily moved from the capsule to buggy to play gym. Ethically made from 100% organic cotton in beautiful complimenting colours, this wee set is too cute to pass up.
Toddlers (1 – 3 years)
The age when kids are just starting to get into the idea of Christmas, and starting to have their own interests. They may even start writing wish lists or letters to Santa, but are notorious for changing their minds as often as their underwear!
Wooden Name Puzzle
Little Monkey NZ
These handcrafted, completely personalised wooden name puzzles are perfect for little hands and minds. Made locally in the Bay of Plenty, these are made with your choice of name, colour, and pattern to completely suit your little one’s style. A lovely learning tool for now, and a beautiful piece of décor for later.
For fun, colourful, and practical toddler dinnerware, look no further than Hungry Cubs. They stock a range of brightly coloured silicone feeding solutions that help make mealtimes easier for kids and parents alike! Locally designed, all their products are made with the highest quality toxin-free silicone so you can rest assured you’re buying something great for your child and for the environment.
Little Grippers Store
If your little ones room is in need of a “big kid” upgrade, Little Grippers Store stock some beautiful wall prints. Whether they are right into construction and transport, or animals of the jungle or ocean, there is something here for them. Pick the size that works for your space, and add a frame of your choice for a more personalised gift.
Pre Schoolers (3 – 5 years)
Arguably the most fun age to have around the house at Christmas time!
Little Hummingbird NZ
Nobody can be sad in pyjamas, and you can never have too many sets! Fairly new to the scene, Little Hummingbird have the most gorgeous range of kids’ pyjamas. Owner and Mum Mallorie prides herself on stocking good quality products at affordable prices so you really can’t go wrong!
If you’ve got a wee creative wizard then this could be the gift for you! Dough Queens have created a range of non-toxic, allergy friendly playdoh for your little ones creative minds to go crazy with. The playdoh is freshly made to order in a range of bright colours using food grade ingredients only. Also available are cute little accessories such as rolling pins and shape cutters, so you could easily put together a little package for your little one.
Busy Books are a perfect little gift for those busy toddlers who struggle to sit still. Designed by a mum of toddlers herself, these are a super creative present with unlimited learning potential. Filled with bright colours and beautifully crafted fabric activities, these busy books will keep your little ones occupied (and quiet) for hours, all while keeping their minds busy and stimulated. Perfect for travel too, so if you have a long drive or flight coming up, this is a winner gift!
Schoolies (5 and up)
B & Co.
How good is quality clothing with a quality message? These cute wee jumpers (also available in tees and onesies!) tick both of these boxes! These ethically made, NZ designed pieces have such a great message, in a world where we can all do with a little more positivity. Have a look through and pick your favourite conscious slogan. These are available in all family sizes, so if matching is your thing, there is no better option!
Toy Storage Bag
How many times have you stepped on a piece of lego that was left lying around by one of your kids? These Play & Go Toy Storage Bags are here for you! A super cute way for kids to keep all their little bits and pieces together and clutter out of sight, what’s not to love? They double as a play mat too – perfect for the beach or park as well as home!
Phew! There we have it – your ultimate local gift guide for kids, right in time for Christmas. We truly hope this inspires you to shop local and support small businesses this season!