Toys, craft projects, stationery or letters to Father Christmas? How to keep advent magical without chocolate? Well, here are the Christmas gifts idea for kids.
1. Lego Friends
A must for Lego Friends fans. Twenty-four mini buildable surprises, with two of the characters included. Then, of course, you end up with a Lego set to play with all year round.
2. Elf on the Shelf accessories
A different sort of advent surprise. Each day the elf moves to a different spot around the house, keeping an eye on whether the kids are good or bad. The accessories kit is full of cunning ideas of where to put it, and accessories to set up surprises for the kids.
3. Lego Star Wars
Eight minifigures, including a certain droid in Christmas clobber. Look, you just can’t have too much Lego, OK?
4. Playmobil 1-2-3
Sweet forest-themed Christmas play set to open day by day for younger children and toddlers – includes Father Christmas himself. playmobil.co.uk
5. Personalised advent calendar
Upload the photo of your choice and build a very special family advent calendar, complete with Kinder chocolate behind each door.
6. Hama beads
Fantastic set for keen crafters – each door contains beads (there are about 5,000 in total) and there are also five pegboards, plus a design sheet with 24 different Christmas-themed creations.
7. Farm set
Playmobil has six different sets this year – a Christmas room, a fire station set, a pirate treasure island, a dress-up party and this farm-themed set. It comes with a sturdy cardboard ‘set’ on which the animals can be set up.
8. An elf for Christmas
A sweet, cuddly elf to sit on the shelf and keep an eye on good or bad behaviour. Each kit includes a letter to be written to Father Christmas and a host of stickers and other stationery. They are also designed to be shared among siblings, with two letters and ‘nice list’ certificates.
9. Hide and Seek and Handmade Christmas co
Another way of stoking the pre-Christmas excitement is to create a personalised present sack. They just have to hope you then have some presents to fill it with …
10. Kikki K
For older children, or indeed adults, this more sophisticated calendar is perfect. Consisting of 25 little houses, each of which contains a novelty eraser.
11. Good deeds jar and Letter-writing kit
Sweet game for the whole family to earn some credit with the red-and-white man. It also includes a code for the much-loved PNP website, to create a personalised message for the child. johnlewis.