Christmas Gift Guide 2015 – perfect presents for preschoolers

Christmas Guide - Preschoolers

Simplicity and high quality are the keys to a good preschooler gift and we have gathered up some beauties. From the handmade heirloom to the quirky fun find, these are sure to light up small faces this festive season. Come take a look.

We have some real treats this year for all those tiny tots who love to play and learn and (let’s face it) wreak a bit of havoc around the house. There are gifts here that may be passed down to the next generation one day and some innovative toys that will turn that toddler destruction into construction. If you want some inspiration under the tree this December then read on.

Moover - Danish by Design

This adorable doll’s pram from Moover is a gift of heirloom quality. Made from birch veneer with solid timber wheels lined with rubber, this precious pusher will last the ages. I just adore the charming curve in the handle and with a heart carved into the pram canopy, it is hard not to fall in love with this darling piece. You can grab one for your little darling at Danish by Design for $149.95, available in red or natural wood colours.

Djeco

They may not be school aged yet, but preschoolers just love to learn. These stylish wooden 3D puzzle sets will help your little loved one develop their problem solving and motor skills. Such lovely colours and engaging designs mean these Djeco wooden puzzles are sure to become favourites. They are available at local stockist Shop of Toys for $29.95 each.

Taronga Zoo

A great experience is a gift that lasts a lifetime. If fond memories are what you want to give this Christmas, get your wee one a zoo membership. A whole year of animal experiences for them, and for parents the relaxation that comes from knowing you don’t have to pack everything into one day because you can return any time.

At Melbourne Zoo children under 15 are free, so we recommend buying an annual pass for a parent at $90 and registering the lucky kid on the adult pass. At Taronga Zoo children under four enter for free and it’s $57.50 for older kids. There are heaps of added bonuses to being a zoo member, not least of which is that you are contributing to the conservation of our furry friends.

Red Blossom

When I was young I especially loved getting dress ups for Christmas, something you can put on straight away that enhances the celebrations and makes you feel super. These wings from Red Blossom Boutique are just the ticket. They have a range of designs from butterflies and fairies to bats and dragons. They are wire-free so you don’t have to take them off in the car and matching masks are also available. What a uniquely fun present for your precious one!

Gotz Anna the Rider

For a truly special present that is sure to become an heirloom, try the exquisite Anna the Rider doll from Götz. Anna is 50cm tall and expertly crafted with many moveable joints and lush hair made for styling, brushing, and restyling. Her hair can even be washed and dried! This lifelike sweetheart of a doll is not just a present, but a playmate to inspire the imagination. You can find Anna at Good to Play for $153 with free shipping across Australia.

Here is something that will really wow this Christmas. This DIY Electro Dough Kit takes creative construction play to the next level. Have your preschooler create what they like, then bring it to life with small electric lights! This is also a wonderful gift if you have older kids around as they can learn how electrical circuits work and help in the building process. The electric currents run off small batteries so they are safe and just heaps of fun. This one is sure to light up their faces this festive season, and is available from Technology Will Save Us for £15.

Play Forever

Nothing beats the charm of a wooden car and these retro designs of vintage cars from Playforever are really something special. A perfect gift for car enthusiasts or any kid who loves to yell “Vrroooooom!”. They’re available through Send a Toy with prices starting at $69.95.

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Bathtime is a blast with these amazing BathBlocks that let you build amongst the bubbles. Made from a baby-friendly foam, these building blocks float on water and stick to walls when wet. They come in themed packs such as an airport set, a kitchen set, and fairytale castle set. You are sure to make a splash with this wonderful gift. You can get them at Danish by Design, where prices start at $19.95.

Pottery Barn Kids

Check out this darling retro kitchen set from Pottery Barn Kids that is ideal for wee ones who love to play house. My own preschooler spends long days mimicking everything I do, and a set like this would be a joy. At just under a metre tall it is ideal for even the tiniest of chefs-in-the-making. It’s $544 and can be shipped across Australia.

Hot Wheels Monster Jam

My preschooler loves two things: things on wheels and destruction. Monster Jam trucks are easy to handle and a fun introduction to the (seemingly endless) world of Hot Wheels cars. Try the Monster Jam Brick Wall Breakdown track for extra smashing fun. You can pick this one up from K-Mart for $19.

That’s a wrap on our gift guide for preschoolers! Make sure you don’t miss our other Christmas Gift Guides for more festive fun ideas.

Kate Murray

Kate Murray

Kate was a regular of Melbourne’s music and film scenes, but these days she is on the mum scene. Mother to one adorable little hipster, Kate loves seeking out the latest trends in technology, vintage-style kids clothing, and offbeat kids products. She is often found riding her bike by the Yarra river with baby on back, heading for a good soy latte at the latest kid-friendly cafe. She wants to get there before it becomes cool. So Melbourne.

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