Christmas 2020: Best Christmas Gifts for Older Kids

Christmas shopping for a child four and up? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve got our top picks for Christmas gifts for school-aged kids, from little preppies to hard-to-shop-for tweens and teens!

We’ve got outdoor toys, collectables, craft kits, STEM products, and plenty more great gifts. They’re all just waiting to be delivered to your door and placed under the Christmas tree!

What’s even better is you don’t have to go anywhere to secure these gifts. Simply scroll and if you like what you see, click the link and buy it. Easy peasy. We’ve even got some great reader deals too.

If only everything about Christmas could be this easy!

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Lifespan HyperJump3 Trampoline

PERFECT FOR: Energetic kids of all ages
PRICE: Starting at $339 for 8ft 
AGES: 5+ 

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Lifespan is one of the leading names in outdoor toys and their trampolines are always popular, especially at Christmas. Find the perfect size to suit your backyard and your bouncing needs, from 8ft to 16ft, with both spring or springless options available.

These trampolines are durable and safe with a reinforced safety net for energetic little jumpers, smart zipless entry for easy access, super soft safety padding to protect against impact, and smart feet design for extra stability on uneven surfaces. Give them the gift that keeps on bouncing for years and years to come.

WHERE TO BUY: Don’t miss out on one of Lifespan’s best sellers. Order now for Christmas at Lifespan Kids.

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Re-Cycle-Me Boxed Art

PERFECT FOR: Crafty and creative kids 
PRICE: $19.95
AGES: 5+ 

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Little ones will have hours of creative fun with these crafty Re-Cycle-Me kits! Turn your garbage into art, science, toys and more! Each Re-Cycle-Me kit includes all the art supplies you need to create wonderful projects, you only need to bring your own recyclables! Choose from various themed kits including Robots, Jungle, Ice-Cream Parlour and more.

Each kit allows you to create a minimum of five art projects. Re-Cycle-Me combines creativity and education and also raises awareness in a fun way! Re-Cycle-Me believes in a world in which children and their parents become more aware of the amount of trash we are all producing. It’s cool to turn your garbage into awesome creations! Less trash, more fun!

WHERE TO BUY: You can pick up the Re-Cycle-Me Boxed Art set at Big W and other leading toy retailers.

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Moodwings, Baby Dragon from FurReal

PERFECT FOR: Animal lovers in search of a magical new BFF
PRICE: $89.99

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FurReal Friends has a new friend on the shelves and isn’t she a fiery thing! Moodwings, Baby Dragon is full of surprises – and emotions! She’s a colour-changing dragon that needs plenty of attention and love.

She comes with 50+ sounds and reactions, soft shimmery wings that open and close, a bottle and dummy and, best of all, several different moods to discover. Kids will love taking care of this adorable baby dragon and discovering what makes her happy, sad and angry.

WHERE TO BUY: You can find Moodwings, Baby Dragon at Target, Big W and independent retailers.

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STEM Punks

PERFECT FOR: Kids who love science, technology, engineering, robotics and coding
PRICE: Kits start at $27.95
AGES: 8+

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Don’t just buy a toy – buy a learning experience with these cool kits from STEM Punks. Ideal for STEM-minded older kids, our top picks include the OzoBot Starter Kit ($89.95) for robot-lovers or the BBC Micro: Bit Bundle ($44.95) for kids who love to code. The Merge Holographic Cube ($27.95) is also incredibly popular as a Christmas gift this year.

All gifts come with everything you need to entertain, teach, and inspire STEM learning in kids. In addition to robotics and coding, STEM Punks have heaps of other cool STEM gifts – drones, VR and AR, architecture, and design kits.

WHERE TO BUY: Check out the entire range at STEM Punks.

READER OFFER: Mum Central readers can SAVE 10% OFF using code MUMCENTRAL at checkout.

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Laser X Revolution 

PERFECT FOR: Kids who love Laser Tag, Nerf guns or any sort of adrenaline rush game
PRICE: Starting at $49.99
AGES: 6+

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Join The Laser X Revolution – the # 1 Home Laser Tag System on the planet. Always a popular gift for older kids, Laser X Revolution provides them with everything they need to play Laser Tag at home.

The newest edition got a whole lot more colourful too! Choose from Team Red, Team Blue or Team Whatever Colour You Want! The blasters work up to 90 metres range and the voice coach-mode helps kids improve their skills. Kids can play indoors, outdoor, day or night (with no wifi needed).  And, best of all, the new system is compatible with all existing Laser X blasters.

There are a few different gaming options to choose from:

  • Laser X Revolution Double Blaster (2 players with blaster & chest receiver)
  • Laser X Evolution Double Blaster (2 players with blaster to blaster action), and
  • Laser X Evolution Sport Double Blaster (2 players with blaster & arm receiver).

WHERE TO BUY: Shop Laser X at Kmart, Big W and Target. 

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MEL Science Subscription

PERFECT FOR: Budding scientists and STEM learning
PRICE: Starting at $54.60 per month
AGES: 5+ 

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Science experiments for kids delivered to your door every month – now this is one Christmas gift that will last for months and months to come! MEL Science is a subscription service delivering up to three different science experiments every month, delivered to your door! How cool, right?!

Choose from various subscription packages such as MEL Chemistry (suitable for 10-16+) and MEL Kids (suitable for 5-9+). Along with the first set, kids also receive a Starter Kit, including reusable lab equipment and VR headset. Kids will also get access to the MEL Kids mobile app with augmented reality lessons.

WHERE TO BUY: Get your subscription through MEL Science and learn more about how it all works.

READER OFFER Bring science home! Use promo code MUMCENTRAL25 and TAKE 25% OFF on your first month of MEL Chemistry or MEL Kids subscription.

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Elf on the Shelf Tradition 

PERFECT FOR: Every kid at Christmas
PRICE: $59.95 for Elf on the Shelf, Accessories start at $7.95
AGES: 5+

Little Advent Boxes Christmas gifts for kids

Whether you’re on the hunt for an Elf on the Shelf or looking to doll up your current Elf with the latest accessories, Little Advent Boxes is the place to shop! This lovely Aussie shop stocks the latest props, accessories, outfits, and activities to help with creating the best Elf scenes each day in December.

New to 2020 is the Elf on the Shelf quilt cover sets, the huge plushee Elf dolls, the Elf Merry Mini Collectables and loads of new props, accessories and outfits. Sure, Elf has to return to the North Pole at the end of December, but you can keep the spirit going with any of these fun new accessories.

WHERE TO BUY: Head to Little Advent Boxes to shop the range. Afterpay & Paypal available and free shipping for orders over $150.

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4G Moochies Watch

PERFECT FOR: Kids looking for freedom and giving parents peace of mind
PRICE: $249
AGES: 5+ 

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Is your child ready to explore the world – but you’re not sure where to start when it comes to being safe? Moochies have a Smartwatch Phone for Kids, designed to keep your little person safe and give parents peace of mind.

Moochies smartwatch phones have GPS tracking so parents can see their child’s location and make sure their little adventurers stay safe. Phones can make and receive video and voice calls between the watch and the MyMoochies app and kids can call friends from a contact list monitored by you. The smartwatch is also waterproof, comes with a “Class Mode” for silencing activity at school, and most importantly, does not have access to the internet or social media. 

WHERE TO BUY: The new 4G Moochies watch will be available to purchase instore from JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Target and Big W.

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Squeakee the Balloon Dog

PERFECT FOR : Animal lovers 
PRICE:  $100
AGES: 5+

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Who doesn’t love a balloon animal? Well, Squeakee is a balloon dog but he’s soo00o much more! Not only will he stay inflated for life, but he comes with a whole kennel of tricks!

Inflated with personality, he’ll WOW you as he comes to life just like a real pup.  Squeakee is interactive, playful and comes with 60 functions. He responds to your voice, is full of sound and movement and looks just like a real Balloon Dog. He’ll bring your kids hours of fun and no poop to clean up either. What a unique Christmas gift for kids!

WHERE TO BUY: Pick up Squeakee at Myer, Big W, Target and all good toy retailers. Find out more about him through Moose.

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PERFECT FOR: Kids who love collections
PRICE: $29.95
AGES: 6+ 

mum centralWOW! PODS are unlike any other collectable in the toy market. Not only do they feature popular characters (Marvel & Harry Potter, for example) but they also light up! Each character is nestled in a hex-shaped pod and when you swipe your hand across the pod, the UV light reveals a mystery image. Connect the pods together in seconds to create your own awesome display.

A great gift for those who love collectables and pop culture – tweens, we’re looking at you! Each pack contains one character which is secured inside the Pod.

WHERE TO BUY: You can find WOW! PODS at Big W and Mr Toys. Look out for the Disney collection arriving in December 2020.

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#FailFix – Squad Dolls

PERFECT FOR: Fashionistas and mini stylists 
PRICE: $35.00
AGES: 6+

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HELP! the FailFix Squad need a #STYLESAVIOR!

#FailFix dolls empower kids to take on the makeover with a total head-to-toe transformation. Fix their hair, makeup, outfit, and more – these gals are in need of some serious style help!

There are five dolls in the series (RRP $35 each), all come with the accessories for an epic makeover plus surprise fashion outfits and makeup. This unique gift is perfect for older girls and promises to deliver the glam.

WHERE TO BUY: Find the #FailFix Squad at Target, Kmart, Big W and learn more about them through Moose Toys.

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So Sand DIY Kit

PERFECT FOR: Crafty gals 
PRICE: $29.00 
AGES: 6+

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There’s something so satisfying about So Sand DIY making it a great gift option for the hard-to-shop-for older girls (especially those that enjoy craft!) Bringing kinetic sand to new heights, So Sand DIY allows kids to create their own Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) by cutting, crushing and moulding the sand.

Combine colours and textures, add a bit of sparkle, and let the sand crafting begin! This set includes all the tools needed to make up to 30 different sensory experiences.

WHERE TO BUY: You can get the So Sand DIY kits at Kmart and Big W.

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So there you have it, 11 great gifts for older kids! How did we go? Which ones belong under your Christmas tree?

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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