Preschooler Christmas gifts are hard. Luckily, we have a handy Christmas guide to buying for kids under five. You’re welcome.
We know a cardboard box will keep them happily playing for hours, but how about something a little more meaningful? Maybe something that will entertain them, educate them, and engage them in creative, independent and constructive play?
You got it!
We’ve done our research and collated a cheat sheet filled with the best Christmas gifts for kids under five.
Whether you’re shopping for your own child or looking to tick a few relatives off the list, you’ll find toys to ignite their imagination, scooters to inspire outdoor adventures, clothes to keep up with their crazy antics and books to bring bedtime bliss to your home.
So avoid the stress of the shops and get your gifts sorted ASAP. This is our Mum Central guide for shopping for preschooler Christmas gifts.
PICK #1: Wild Ones Balance Scooters from Razor
PERFECT FOR: First-time scooter riders, outdoor fun, balancing and strength development
AGES: 30 months +
Razor is one of the best names in scooters for kids of all ages, including first-time riders. Expect your little one to go wild for these junior kick scooters. They’re designed to help new riders learn to balance and build the skills to ride a two-wheel scooter.
The Wild Ones range has extra-wide, slow-rolling wheels and the low deck has grip tape graphics so kids know where to stand. You can choose shark graphics, unicorns, dinosaurs and more. Suitable for kiddies 30 months+, outdoors and indoors (hello long hallways) these awesome scooters are a top Christmas gift for preschoolers.
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PICK #2: Kindi Kids Shop Set
PERFECT FOR: Little shoppers, independent and imaginative play
PRICE: $25 for Shopping Trolley, $55 for Supermarket Playset, $40 for Kindi Kids Doll Set
Say hello to your new best friends – Kindi Kids. Thes four of the bright and bubbly friends are ready to share your child’s journey through Kindergarten. The lovable characters have big glittery eyes, bobbling heads, brushable hair and removable clothes and shoes. Each Kindi Kid comes with their own magical interactive “Snack Time” accessories to help bring them to life.
We also love the Supermarket Playset which comes with everything a toddler needs to set up shop at home. The fold-out play mat has a place for the magical moving Bunny Trolley, and Fun Fridge. This is a lovely way to introduce your toddler or preschooler to pretend play and a daycare/kindergarten setting. Kindi Kids are great for independent/quiet play too.
Find your Kindi Kids: You can pick up the new range of Kindi Kids, plus check out the different sets at Big W.
PICK #3: Oobi Ethical Girls’ clothing
PERFECT FOR: Little girls who LOVE all things pretty
AGES: Babies and beyond
Oobi is an all-Aussie clothing brand that’s too cute for words. Twirly skirts, frilly frocks, colourful cardigans, beautiful bedding, even swimmers. Oobi clothing is machine washable and made of 100% cotton for comfort and designed in Australia with unique prints.
What’s even better is that Oobi prides itself on being sustainable and ethical and they 100% deliver on this promise. Oobi uses ethical production methods and have a 5-Star Good on You Rating. This brand rating system gives you the power to make better choices as an informed shopper. The higher the rating, the more ethical the brand. Oobi also donates one garment to an Aussie child in need for EVERY garment sold and have done since 2012. Kids love Oobi and so will you.
25% off all full-priced items: Just use OOBIMUM at the checkout.
PICK #4: Little Bubba Doll + Bath Set
GREAT FOR: Cuddles, expecting big brothers or big sisters, nurturing play
PRICE: $69.99 for Little Bubba, $39.99 for Bathtub with Accessories
Give your little one something to cuddle and care for with Little Bubba, the interactive baby that is adorable and ready for action. Little Bubba giggles and speaks, she makes sleeping sounds, she drinks a bottle, heck, she even pees.
Nurturing play is all the rage right now and Little Bubba will definitely be a hit in your household, especially if you happen to be expecting your own baby in the future. She comes with an outfit and hat, a dummy, bottle, birth certificate, name tag, and a potty. You can also pick up additional playsets to go with Little Bubba such as the Little Bubba Bathtub With Accessories. It includes the tub, rubber dock, towel and sticker sheet to decorate the tub.
Preschooler Christmas Gift Idea: Little Bubba can be found at Big W, Target, Toymate, Toyworld, Mr Toys, Catch, Coles and www.little-bubba.com.
PICK #5: LeapFrog Smart Sizzling BBQ
GREAT FOR: Budding BBQ enthusiasts and pretend play
AGES: Two to five
Ready, set, cook! This sizzling toy barbecue will ignite your child’s imagination thanks to our friends at LeapFrog, always creating fun and educational toys for our kids.
The LeapFrog Smart Sizzling BBQ comes with all the tools kids need to make delicious burgers and veggies, including sauce and cooking utensils. Plus, it includes different interactive buttons, sounds, and music so your little one can boogie while she BBQs. It can be used indoors or outdoors. And the coolest thing about it? It comes with an Aussie accent!
NEW PRODUCT ALERT: This is new to stores so look for it at Big W, good toy stores and online retailers in the coming weeks.
PICK #6: Bluey Books
PERFECT FOR: Storytime, Bluey fans
PRICE: $5.99 to $14.99
AGES: 12 months and up
Books are always a good gift idea. Dymocks is your one-stop-shop for all things books, including books for the littlest learners.
So what books should you get kids under five? ANYTHING Bluey.
These books complement the incredibly popular kids’ program most parents have on repeat at home. Dymocks have a great selection of Bluey books, including their Time to Play Sticker Activity Book, $5.99, their Bluey: Fruit Bat, $14.99 and Bluey: The Beach Lift the Flap Book. These colourful and engaging books are sure to bring a doghouse full of fun to storytime.
Head to Dymocks: Get your Bluey books and check out the range of great gifts for readers of all ages.
PICK #7: EverEarth Wooden Push Along Wagon Walker
PERFECT FOR: Early walkers, constructive play, early literacy
AGES: 12 months and above
For younger toddlers, you really can’t go past a walker. The EverEarth Wooden Push Along Wagon Walker from Baby Vegas is a beautiful choice to is ideal to help toddlers learn to master the fine art of walking. It’s made from FSC hardwood and coloured with non-toxic water-based paint. Because we all know teething kids are going to bite it at some point.
The walker doubles as a wagon to carry 30 colourful alphabet blocks, which come with the walker. Toddlers will love stacking them up (and pushing them down) and it’s also great for early letter recognition. Blocks are one of the most-played with toys for toddlers and this elegant and educational set is sure to make a great addition to the toy room.
Order now for Christmas! Don’t miss out – head to family-owned and operated Baby Vegas.
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PICK #8: Early StART Stamp and Colour Barnyard Set
PERFECT FOR: Budding artists, creative cherubs and animal enthusiasts
AGES: Two years +
Get ready to stamp! This clever little art project from Micador is perfect for busy little hands and a great Christmas gift for preschoolers. Stamping encourages motor planning and activates creativity and visual reasoning. Plus, it’s heaps of fun.
The educational pack comes with everything they need to stamp and play including 6 Barnyard themed stamps, ink pad with washable ink, 20 educational activity sheets and 6 Softies Tri-Grip Crayons. This is a great busy-book for quiet time or a fun activity to bring on the road or plane if you’re travelling during the holidays.
NEW PRODUCT ALERT: Visit micador.com.au to see the pre-sale offer.
PICK #9: The Wiggles – Emma Ballet Doll
PERFECT FOR: Wiggles fans and tiny dancers
Ready, Set, Wiggle! Aussie preschool band The Wiggles are a saviour for many parents of toddlers and preschoolers. If your little guy or gal is a fan of the yellow Wiggle Emma (and who isn’t), they’ll love this all-new Emma Ballet Doll and Barre.
This is such a unique little gift. The Emma doll is fun to play with and pose, and kids can also learn ballet with Ballet Barre and the easy-to-follow instruction guide. Follow Emma doll’s lead to master classic ballet positions such as Demi Plie, Curtsy and Pointe and Flex. What a fun little present for any pirouetting prince or princess.
NEW PRODUCT ALERT: Wiggly fans will LOVE the new Emma Wiggle Ballet Doll with Barre. You can pick one up at Big W, Target, Toyworld, Toymate, Catch, David Jones and Mr Toys.
PICK #10: ZoomiZooz Animal Train Set + Animal Pack
PERFECT FOR: Imaginative play, transportation-loving toddlers
AGES: One to five years
All aboard the cutest little train toy for toddlers – it’s the ZoomiZooz Animal Train Set from Vtech. As you probably guessed by the name, it’s a train full of animal fun. The train twists and swings as it shuttles different animals to and fro. It also comes with sound effects and two different animal passengers.
Great for imaginative play, language development and motor skills, toddlers will love pushing or pulling the train around the house. You can also pick up additional characters to load onto the train. Each ZoomiZooz Animal Pack retails for $10 and comes with three animals.
Christmas gifts for toddlers: You can find ZoomiZooz toys at Target.
They are part of the VTech family and there are a few different sets to collect.
PICK #11: Tickle and Roll Elmo
PERFECT FOR: Sesame Street fans, cuddles and giggles, interactive play
AGES: 3-5 years
Can you believe Sesame Street has been around for 50 YEARS? Crazy right? What’s even crazier is that, despite the insane amount of new toys and characters we’ve seen over the years, Elmo remains a favourite with toddlers all over the world. And, boy oh boy, will kids get a kick out the new and improved Tickle Me Elmo.
He’s actually called Tickle and Roll Elmo now and he does more than just giggle. Now when you tickle him, he laughs so hard he rolls on the floor, which toddlers think it pretty much the funniest thing on the planet. Tickle and Roll Elmo also speaks and is soft and cuddly too.
Sesame Street toys are the perfect Christmas gift for preschoolers! Sesame Street toys, including Tickle and Roll Elmo, are available at Big W, Target, Toyworld, Mr Toys, Toymate, Catch and Amazon.
So there you go – Mum Central’s top picks for gifts for kids under five this year. We’ve covered it all – books, scooters, art kits, clothes, and, of course, TOYS! Toys to encourage pretend play, creative play, imaginative play, constructive play and even nurturing play.
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