It's December.... you're on the Christmas home straight so now it's definitely time to start thinking about gift giving.
If you're looking for Christmas gifts that will inspire and entertain the kids in your life (especially girls), you're sure to find something that suits in our pick of the year's best gifts. From outdoor activities to music, art, learning and everything in between there's inspiration for all interests (and all gift givers' budgets). Happy shopping!
Find more festive goodies on our dedicated Christmas page.
1. A funky and friendly flamingo (his name is Courdy Roy)
A new addition to the popular Jellycat brand, Courdy Roy is a fun and funky friend with soft textures and a waggly tail that little girls will love.
Pick up Courdy Roy (or any of the Jellycat range) at John Lewis.
2. Choose books that will inspire
Tired of fairytales and their often unfavourable depictions of women? Yup, us too. Which is why we want to recommend the Little People, Big Dreams series to anyone and everyone who's thinking of gifting books to little ones, this Christmas.
Combining creativity with learning, author Isabel Sanchez Vegara has successfully established a new (and seriously refreshing) look at pop culture that's sure to leave kids feeling inspired.
Find a selection of titles – Coco Chanel to Maya Angelou, Ella Fitzgerald to Frida Kahlo – on Amazon. Then, find more Christmas gifts for book lovers in our buyer's guide.
3. A balance bike to get them on the go
Learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage for all children and the Banwood First Go! Balance Bike, available at Bobby Rabbit, provides the opportunity for a significant head start.
Encouraging the practice of balance required for bike riding, this starter bike will ease the transition more effectively than stabilisers.
4. A cute (and very aesthetic) teepee
Children's gifts that complement the aesthetic of your home can be challenging to find. Enter this gorgeous Ivory Teepee Tent from Bobby Rabbit.
Classically cute, this gift will slot perfectly into the corner of a bedroom, playroom or living room. Pair with comfy cushions and bundles of blankets for the ideal reading corner.
5. A child-sized kitchen
Children learn best by copying those around them. So, if you think that encouraging confidence in the kitchen is essential, this John Lewis & Partners Wooden Mini Kitchen could be a great starting point.
If your kitchen is large enough, positioning this miniature wooden set in a corner is a great option that allows the kids to 'cook' alongside you. Future Bake Off/MasterChef winner in the making...
6. The best scooter
Expected to be a popular Christmas gift option this year, we don't doubt that this Maxi Micro Deluxe Scooter will be appearing on many Christmas lists.
If your aim is to be more loved than Father Christmas, this is the gift for you. Available at John Lewis in seven colour combinations.
7. A cute and customisable pillowcase
Combining learning with creativity, this World Map Pillowcase from Not On The High Street allows children to colour to their heart's content. Wash-out fabric pens mean children can have fun without parents needing to worry about mess.
9. An adorable pull along, crochet elephant
Pull along toys are perfect for kiddies who have just (or are just about to) master the art of walking. We love the Scandi feel of this Sebra Crochet Pull Along Elephant from Scandiborn.
10. Their first guitar...
Has your child expressed an interest in music? Nurture it with the Kids Concept Guitar from Scandiborn. Small, affordable and beautifully made, it can be tuned like a full sized guitar and provides a great starting point for exploring musical interest and talent.
11. A door for fairies
Growing in popularity throughout the UK, fairy doors are a fun gift idea that children can't seem to get enough of. Pair with a story about the fairy living in your home or garden (we love the idea of propping this tiny door against a tree) to ignite the magic of childhood.
Find the Magic Fairy Door complete with ladder, mat and shoes at Not On The High Street.
12. Sparkly hair grips
These Star Glitter Hairclips from Not On The High Street are a lovely stocking filler that many children will treasure.
The perfect addition to a party outfit, it's little additions like this that can make children feel a bit special and grown up.
13. A customisable rocking mammoth (enough said)
A contemporary take on the traditional rocking horse, this Personalised Rocking Mammoth from Not On The High Street is a favourite of ours this year.
With a sturdy wooden base for a smooth ride, this rocker is guaranteed to become a playtime friend and is made all the more special with the option for personalisation.
14. A pair of gorgeous crocheted animal gloves
We can't get enough of these crocheted animal character mittens; the perfect addition to every little one's winter wardrobe, and available from Not On The High Street.
Available in Fox, Wolf, Polar Bear, Brown Bear, Badger and Rabbit form, there are options that all girls (and boys) will love. The best bit? These gorgeous mittens come attached to a handy piece of yarn, meaning there's less chance of them going missing.
16. A cool introduction to coding and robotics
A real life Robot, Cozmo makes the perfect companion for children with a creative mind and interest in learning. In addition to playing games and responding to commands and other interactions – learning more the more frequent the interactions – Cozmo provides the perfect gateway for children learning to code.
Pick up the Anki Cozmo Robot at Amazon
17. It wouldn't be Christmas without Stick Man
The soft toy incarnation of the latest character from Julia Donaldson (best know for The Gruffalo) we couldn't love this Stick Man Plush Soft Toy any more.
Pair with a copy of the book (if they don't already have it).
18. Their first (kid friendly) tablet
If you're shopping for their first tablet, it doesn't get much more kid friendly (and affordable) than the Fire 7 Kid's Edition Tablet, which comes with built in parental controls and free access (for the first year) to 5,000 popular apps and games, videos, books, Audible audiobooks and educational content from Disney, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, and many more.