Playing favourites: children’s gift guide

Christmas is all about children and watching their little faces light up in wonder and delight—as you knock back the bubbly, trying not to remember how much that large pile of enormous toys and very small garments set you back, and willing the doll’s house you assembled at midnight not to collapse.


White Company embroidered pyjamas, £22

Lovely snuggly jimjams in soft embroidered cotton, perfect for the lovely, snuggly little girl in your life. For that freshly-washed-hair, butter-wouldn’t melt bedtime vibe (only you know the difference).


Hape retro kitchen, £55.99

Encourage budding Hestons and Nigellas with this beautifully made retro kitchen, complete with an imaginative selection of wooden accessories. Hours of fun for your little chef, hours of peace for you.


Quadrilla Space City Toy, £110.72

‘Experience the stellar power of a Quadrilla deep space marble run! Launch your marbles through cosmic boosts and glow-in-the-dark loops to see which is the speediest space traveller. Draw how you want to build your marble run and then build it according to your plans.’

I mean, what’s not to love? We’re betting the grown ups will be getting in on some of this action.


Hape doll’s stroller, £33.62

Utterly adorable and shamelessly girly. Not one for parents offended by gender stereotypes.


Lego Star Wars Rebel Alliance Pack, £11.94



Mini Rodini blossom onesie, 499 SEK (£43.50)

Cute onesie from cult Swedish brand. The folded-up cuffs at sleeve and leg endings are made extra long to be folded down as the child grows, increasing the garment’s lifespan. A practical approach that other children’s clothes designers could do well to emulate.


Personalised Ladybird books, £12.99

Make bedtime reading even more of a pleasure with these delightful classic Ladybird fairy tales, with personalised dedication to further enchant your little bookworm.


Volume Limited On-Ear Headphones for Kids, £9.99

Let them feel like groovy mini DJs, confident in the knowledge that these volume-limited headphones are absolutely safe for their ears. Also means you won’t be subjected to interminable iPad repeats of Peppa Pig. Win-win.

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