54 top Christmas toys for kids 2021: all the best ideas for babies, children and teens

Here are the top gifts for Christmas 2021

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by Lucy Smith |

The countdown to Christmas is upon us and we've saved you some of the hard work by finding the crème de la crème of 2021's kids gift selection.

Yes, it's that time of year. It may only be the start of December but things are already selling out and Black Friday came and went at the speed of light, so you'd better know what bits you're going to snap up, because you'll be competing with every other parent with a penchant for a top toy.

It can be tricky wading through the 1000s upon 1000s of new toys and educational offerings for kids each year. Not to mention keeping them hidden for a month once you have made your all-important purchases.

But, lucky for you, we've found all the best ones, and we've even separated them into age groups from 0 all the way up to 13 years because, well, we're just nice like that.

So put down your Argos catalogue (do they even make those anymore?) and relax. Get a cuppa and have a leisurely browse through our selection. There's some real good'uns in here, enjoy.

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The best Christmas presents for babies and toddlers up to 18 months

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Christmas presents for babies and toddlers 0-18 months

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A gift for baby AND their parents, the SnuzCloud sleep aid has a bit of a cult following for good reason. White noise machines aren't anything new in 2021 but the appeal of the SnuzCloud is its soft, safe, suitable-from-birth exterior. Unlike most white noise machines with their hard plastic shells, with a SnuzCloud you don't need to worry about transporting a clunky device for your little one's midday pram nap and, as a battery-powered wireless device, it'll make packing for a family trip away that little bit easier. It's a great gift for new parents and white noise is honestly a godsend when it comes to getting tiny tots to sleep in those first few months. Plus - less than £25!

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A great gift for a first Christmas, this suitable-from-birth bunny is a gorgeous addition to any nursery and the thoughtful personalisation is sure to be a success with parents. It's a lovely keepsake for little ones growing up and, if gender neutral parenting is on the cards, the grey fur won't go amiss either.

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Much like the SnuzCloud, TOMY's Toomies eggs are renowned in the baby-toddler industry. Suitable for kids 1 month + these cute, colourful eggs are great for sensory play with textured edges, a bright colour palette and even a push-squeak function for once your tot's able to apply pressure. They're sure to be a success with both boys and girls and they even come with a nice handy carry case - a must for easy tidying!

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Kaloo Tendresse My First Doll - Fleur KKaloo Tendresse Doll - Manon KWith an inclusive range of skin tones, Kaloo's Tendresse dolls are perfect for every little one and, with their soft fabrics, they're suitable from birth, too. Fleur, from the My First Doll collection, is even available with a thoughtful personalisable dress and, for less than £20 these dolls are very competitively priced for Christmas.

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A great budget pick if you're looking for a stocking filler or just something little to buy for a first Christmas. Stacking hoops are sold far and wide and, in all honesty, some companies will very much rip you off for something that needn't have all the bells and whistles. This cute little stacker from Wilko is simple and perfectly formed with bright colours, six differently sized rings and a fun safari tiger to top it all off - what more could you want?

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In our experience, these push-along toys go down a treat with waddling toddlers and they're a great walking tool to get them confident on their feet. We love the cute cockatoo design and it's great to see more wood and plastic-free toys in this year's Christmas offering. Plus, they don't look as tacky lying across your living room floor when tidying up is too much effort and, with the gender neutral colour palette, parents will be able to pass this toy down to their next kids, cousins and more.

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A tad more expensive, this push-along pram from JoJo Maman Bebe is certainly a generous gift, but it's also a lovely addition to a little one's nursery, not to mention a great prop to help get them walking faster.Once again with a wood design that's better for the environment long-term, this product is sturdier and more likely to last for younger siblings and, in our personal experience, kids love toddling around with it. Plus, as they get older, they'll love using it for their imaginary play, too.

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Another main event Christmas present, the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe is a product for the ages and it's likely been around since you were small enough to give it a go yourself. It's had several updates since its first iteration in 1979 but it's still available in the iconic yellow and red design, just with the brilliant addition of a removable floor so smaller kids can be pushed along before they're big enough to move themselves (with the handy grip on the back!)The smooth plastic is super easy to wash down after muddy days in the garden and the limited patches of white mean less long term staining. The opening door is great for when smaller kids don't want to be held getting in (a real car seat is enough wriggling as is...) and the squeaky horn is practically a right of passage at this point - there's a reason it's been around for so long!

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Bath-time is also fun-time for most families so why not step it up a notch this Christmas with this entertaining stick-on (suction cup) bath-time kitchen. If your kids or a friend or family member's love whipping up imaginary potions and soups then they'll certainly love adding bath-time bubbles and actual ingredients...all while getting squeaky clean for bed! Plus, for less than £20 it's a great mid-range gift and one that's sure to be a success.

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It's by no means a small present, but if you're looking for something that's bound to be used, bound to be loved (probably by subsequent siblings, too) and helps to clear up our oceans, too, then look no further. Micro Scooters, like the Cosy Coupe, are a product for the ages and everyone certainly remembers getting kicked in the ankle by these bad boys as a kid ud83dude02. Now, the brand have come a long way since their first product in 1996 and their latest addition uses discarded fishing nets to make up the material on the main deck board. What's more, this model is even suitable for kids as small as 12 months with the super clever addition of a push handle, seat and footrests, all of which can be removed when your tot is big enough to ride without them.The scooter is designed to be used in three phases, with the seat and handle as the first for the smallest of kids, followed by the seat on its own - almost like a balance bike - and then, in its final iteration, as a full scooter with adjustable height handles. If you ask us, while it may cost quite a few bob to begin with, this is a product that'll save you buying a trike, a balance bike and then a scooter, with practically all three in one.The green design is great for both genders and subsequent kids/family friends, and the extra-grip board will help to minimise those inevitable trips and falls. And, speaking of trips and falls, Micro Scooter have even released a recycled plastic helmet with an inbuilt adjustable sizing dial and flashing light - at less than £40 (on par with cycling brand Giro) it's a bit of a must, if you ask us.

The best Christmas presents for small children aged 2-4

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Good Christmas presents for small children aged 2-4

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This gift ticks a whole host of 'desirable Christmas present' boxes. From its wood rather than plastic make-up right down to how it'll help with co-ordination (putting the horse/cow/farmer in the vehicle, learning to push/pull), this is a simple, fun and engaging kids toy, AND it comes in at an affordable price point.

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One you might not have heard of, tonies' Toniebox is sure to be one of the top gifts for 2+ year olds in 2021 and, with customisable character 'tonies' - from Disney's Woody to Elsa - you'll be sure to find the right fit for your little one.But what is it? In short, it's wifi-connected speaker with additional plug in (onto the top of the box) 'tonies' which come pre-loaded with audiobooks and songs. Kids will be able to work the box on their own and need only tap the side of the box to change the track and, what's more, it's entirely screen-free, so parents can rest easy on that front.The starter set comes with a 'Creative' record-your-own-audio tonie, but audiobook and song tonies are available to buy for around £15 extra.

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A great toy for little ones just learning hand-eye coordination, this electronic football goal lets tots know how they've done with sounds reverberating off the back off the 'net' when they make a goal. With three different game modes (including solo and multi player), it's a solid pick for families with siblings, too. Sure to be a Christmas day success, if you ask us.

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This is the gift for grandparents looking for a nice, not-too-expensive sized present for their grandkids. Growing the red amarinth and basil will be a lovely activity for adults to get involved with the kids, and you can be sure they'll love watching their little plants grow as the weeks go by. Plus, you can't really go wrong with Peppa for little ones (recommended for 3+) and, if you're looking to spend a little less, the Grow and Play range even comes in smaller and cheaper sets starting around £7

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The Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler books and films have been such a success with both parents and children for many a year now and this Room On The Broom play set is the perfect way to bring the much-loved characters into the heart of your home (and take the kids away from the screen!). Kids will love how the broom seemingly floats atop the dragon stand and the set even comes with a poster and activity sheet to keep them entertained that little bit longer.

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VTech have been making waves in the kids tech world for some time now and, while the Kidizoom isn't new, it's a classic choice for parents and family friends looking to buy something for a curious, keen-to-learn child. With editing functions, the ability for kids to record their voice and even record video, this is a gadget that'll keep them entertained for hours and it'll certainly challenge them, too. Oh, and with rubber reinforcement it's fairly drop resistant as well, so you can rest easy when you hear that dreaded clatter from the other side of the room...

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If your 3 year old, or one you know, is desperate to get in the kitchen and help then they'll love this imaginary play ice cream counter from Melissa & Doug. With a scoop and Velcro ice cream scoops, kids can stack their sundaes sky high and create flavour combinations galore with a whole host of different brightly-coloured flavours to get stuck in with. It's a step towards being plastic-free with a wooden counter, a wooden handle on the scoop and plastic used sparingly throughout and, in terms of learning, the play money will help kids to figure out counting and learn more about the world that we live in. It gets a big thumbs up from us and at £40 it's an excellent main Christmas present.

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This doll is so hard to get hold of, so you'd better add it to your basket while it's in stock. Tangled's Rapunzel is a firm Disney favourite with kids worldwide and with her incredible glowing hair and singsong function, your little ones can bring the on-screen magic of the film into the heart of your home.Batteries are included so you can rest easy on that front and the doll even comes with hair clips, twists and elastics so kids can get proper salon creative - we can't see why this toy wouldn't go down an absolute treat, really.

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If you're not sure what a child is into, or who their favourite TV/film character is, you can probably rely on the fact that most kids love bit of choccy. Hotel Chocolat make some of the best out there and, this year, they've put together a gorgeous feast of milk, caramel and white chocolate festive characters. With 'jolly penguins', 'festive trees' and 'charming reindeers' these delicious (and we mean delicious) chocolate treats will likely be gobbled up in mere minutes by the lucky receiver and, what's more, at £10 it's a lovely present at a not-too-decadent price. You can't go wrong, really...maybe just check the kid isn't vegan (and if they are, HC even do nutmilk choc just for them!)

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Another sell out product for 2021, these dolls will be hard to come by in the subsequent months, so we'd recommend bagging one now if you're keen. We love that they come in different skin tones so every child can feel included, plus it's always good to diversify your children's toys. At just over £20 these are a medium size gift, but come with clothes, hair accessories and a total 15 'surprises'. Plus, you needn't buy a dolls house or the like with this toy, because the packaging magically turns into the doll's bedroom - talk about sustainable innovation!

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BABY Born are the OG first doll brand and, now, they've completely opened up the market with their inclusive Magic doll range. Parents can choose from dolls with multiple skin tones and, to make the experience completely gender neutral, they've now extended the collection to include a boy doll (also available in multiple skin tones). The Magic range allows for kids to really feed their dolls, watch them go potty and even 'magically' send them to sleep with the simple twist of their dummy. At less than £50, the BABY Born Magic dolls are a great mid-range big present and, for an extra £13, you can even buy a special Christmas dress to get baby in their festive attire come Christmas day.

The best Christmas gifts for kids aged 5-7

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The best Christmas presents for kids aged 5-7

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You won't be surprised to discover that the Magic Mixies cauldron is set to be the toy of the year for 2021. With a real 'magical' mist that dissolves over the cauldron after your little ones add in all the required fantastical potions and ingredients, this toy really is fun for the whole family as you all gather round to watch the remarkable apparition of a 'Mixie' from right beneath your nose! Having tested the toy our for ourselves in our very own Closer Christmas grotto, we can confirm that the magic really will deceive you and an incredible jump of the cauldron as it does its hard work is sure to light up the room, too! When the Mixie is eventually unveiled, it makes animal-like noises to keep the imaginary play going even after the magic is seemingly finished and, whats more, parents can reset the cauldron for kids to play again and again with these handy refill packs. The Mixie has three different modes which can be activated by the gem wand included and, as if it couldn't get any better, the Mixie will even grant its owner wishes if you tap the gem on its forehead. It may be quite an expensive present, but it's certainly not one that disappoints - just remember to charge it before use!

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Bring back the age of playing outdoors, we say! And this great little sack of goodies from The Den Kit Co is the perfect way to do exactly that. Stripping away all the technology of bluetooth toys and iPads, this colourful kit from TDKC will keep your kids entertained outside for hours on end and, well, save them from digging up your rosebushes in pursuit of their 'potions' ud83dude02.We all remember the days of grass soup and mud potions outdoors so TDKC have taken that concept up a notch with the addition of rose petals, lavender, beetroot powder and a whole host of other great-smelling and magically colourful ingredients. The whole lot is environmentally friendly with jute bags, tin tubs and NO single-use plastic and, if you ask us, it's very reasonably priced, too. We couldn't recommend it more.

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Playmobil has been going since 1974 and it's the sort of toy that truly does get better with age. This 'City Life' playground is no exception and will bring one of a child's favourite places into the heart of your living room. It's gender neutral for big families and siblings and, from experience, Playmobil is pretty hardy, so you'll likely be able to pass it down to subsequent kids. Hard to go wrong here!

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Another toy that's sure to be a huge success (and hard to get hold of...) this Christmas, the Scruff-a-Luvs pets are the ideal gift for animal-loving kids who, for one reason or another, can't have a pet. This little plush arrives looking quite overgrown, if we do say so ourselves, but with the help of some small hands, a shave, a wash and some TLC the pup will transform beneath your eyes, revealing a cute pooch that kids will love looking after. Plus, it's not a one trick pony - or should we say pooch? - because after puppy's all cleaned up, kids can style their fur with accessories and even 'paint' their nails with a special water (no mess!) polish.

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Headphones are a great gift for kids and, in all honesty, parents too... Kids these days love a bit of iPad time and though Trolls might be an awesome film, it doesn't necessarily mean you want to hear it every time you're on a car journey ud83dude02 Plus, with a volume limiter you can ensure your little ones aren't hurting their ear drums and they'll love the independence and 'grown-up' feel with this gift that lets them mimic their parents withOUT asking 'can I have a go!' ten times a day.

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With Barbies supposedly in short supply this year (and many of them already out of stock on Smyths toys ud83dudc40) this out-of-the-ordinary doll is certainly going to be one to watch - and add to your basket pronto - for 2021. Coming out of the box as a monochrome doll, kids won't even know what their Barbie looks like because it's not until she's plunged into the clear lab-like tube (which the packaging doubles up as!) and some warm water that she finally transforms to reveal her features and hair colour. And, what's more, the Colour Reveal doll isn't a one-trick pony and Barbie even comes with seven additional surprise hair and clothing accessories so kids can continue to get creative even after the 'magic' has seemingly finished.At £14.99 this Barbie is quite affordable and the packaging is the perfect size for a Christmas sack or stocking. Better grab one fast, we say - they're still in stock at Bargain Max (with free delivery, too).

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If you or someone you know is a fan of a British blustery beach then a cosy fleece robe is the perfect gift for their kids this Christmas. Children notoriously don't like being cold and no one wants to see them shivering and sad on the sand after a good old swim - the Pro Change Robe will put an end to that whole debacle and, if you live nearby, you can easily pop 'em in the car robed up instead of wrangling into a pair of too-tight leggings (we've all been there...)With a waterproof outer for rainy days, a moisture wicking and oh-so-cosy fleece inner, not to mention the pockets and easy zip up design, this is the perfect hassle-free accessory to make beaching with kids as easy as possible. It may cost a couple 'a bob, but it'll last them way into their early teens and some reviews even state it's a great purchase for after football training and other outdoor winter sports. We can't rate this enough and we can almost guarantee you won't double up with what Santa gets them this year!

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You might have bought them the Mario set last year so, this year, it's all about his green-kitted plumber friend Luigi who is, without a doubt, the perfect add on for 2021. Being a starter kit, it's definitely a good present for kids without the Mario OG, too and, with other Super Mario faves including Pink Yoshi, Boom Boom and Bone Goomba, you'd be hard pushed to find a kid who wouldn't eat this toy up (not literally, of course...)If you're not familiar with LEGO's digital toys, this Luigi starter pack comes with inbuilt LCD screens to give the characters fully reactive expressions and, together with the Mario starter pack, the two main characters can even be paired by bluetooth for an IRL 2-player mode - pretty nifty, right?With the LEGO Super Mario app, too, children can learn new ways to play with different set ups and game modes so they can truly make the most out of this jam-packed toy. It's a real innovation and a great one for kids just hitting the age six marker as you'll be able to grow their collection with add ons and extensions for all their Christmases and birthdays going forward. Oh, it does need 3 AAA batteries which aren't included, so we'll just link those here, too.

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The slime trend was big last year and let us tell you it isn't going anywhere. Thankfully with the So Slime collection you can bin the glue that gets quite literally everywhere and just add water instead.Yep, So Slime's DIY Slimelicious Station means you can rest easy when it comes to clean up and, while it might sound parent-friendly, kids will be none the wiser with seven slime accessories plus three different scents and colours - it's a creativity explosion. Plus, for less than £20 this is quite a big present at a reasonable price-point, we're big fans.

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Skates are a great idea for kids that are growing up at the rate of knots and want to take a stab at a 'big kids' activity. These adjustable four-wheel skates come in sizes 1-4 (and smaller for tinier tots) so they'll have plenty of room as they grow and the star design, without the likes of Peppa, Simba and the like plastered on the side, is a slightly more grown-up touch.Four-wheeled skates are a great starting point before kids start to think about roller blading and, with a stopper on the front, they'll learn how to brake and control their speed, too. The wheels are super grippy and the inner is comfortable - it really is a great gift for any active and energy-filled kid.

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We've all been there: burning the sugar on the stove, the gingerbread snapping - there's no end to the number of issues you'll encounter in a well-meaning attempt to build your kids a gingerbread house. Thanks to Cadbury, you can say goodbye to the fuss and palaver with their all-singing-all-dancing chocolate Christmas house kit. Yep, put away your gumdrop buttons and crack out the Cadbury Flake because building a confectionary house just got ten times easier (and more delicious). Simply use melted chocolate to 'glue' together your house's walls and in less than ten steps you'll have a festive little cottage to admire or, well, tuck into. It's the perfect gift for sugar-obsessed six year olds and a great shared present for siblings - the whole family will want to get involved!

The best Christmas gifts for tweens aged 8-10

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If your kids are getting to the age where TikTok is all that's on their minds, then you should know that friendship bracelets are coming BACK and, if you ask us, it's about time! A great way to get crafty after school and keep their minds busy (and away from the screens), this friendship braid kit is a lovely affordable Christmas gift and one that they'll be sure to want to show off with friends.

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LEGO goes down a treat in most households and, what's especially great about it is how the kits age up with your kids, with this incredible dragon 'Creator' set designed for bigger kids aged 7+. It's a present that the whole family will be sure to want to get involved with and, at £18 it won't break the bank. What's more, for that £18 your kids will actually get three different building projects to crack on with as the LEGO impressively transforms into a scorpion and sabre-toothed tiger - incredible, right? If you're browsing this list as a family friend and won't be able to hand over your gift in person, Moonpig can handily add a personalised card to your order and you can even get 24-hour delivery for just £2.99 (a lifesaver for the disorganised Christmas shopper ud83dudc40).

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With Christmas gifts in 2021 increasingly revolving around 'unboxing' (AHEM L.O.L dolls) and influencer-style activities, this Studio Creator Kit is the perfect accessory for the TikTok dance-obsessed tween. It's the sort of gift they'll love showing off with friends and a great pick for siblings, too. You'll have a daily vlogging teenager in no time...

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Another gift with a whole other toy built into it, this offering from LEGO doubles as an off-road buggy and both building functions even work with pull back motors so your kids can really see the efforts of their creativity and building prowess. Again at £18 it's an affordable pick, and with a whole load of big and fiddly pieces to get stuck in with, it'll certainly keep your kids busy and challenged while you sit back for 10 minutes peace.It's designed for kids 7+, but if you've got little ones crawling around it's safe for tots aged 3+, so you can rest easy on that front. If you ask us, it's a safe bet and one that parents will be sure to want to have a go at, too.

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As kids near to that secondary school age, beauty bits slowly start to creep into their hobbies and, while you might not be comfortable letting them near your make-up counter just yet, bath bombs are a great way to introduce them to the world of pampering...without the glitz and glam.With the sparkly unicorn theme, this set from Baylis and Harding marries together their childhood imagination with a slightly older sort of 'self-care' routine - something they'll likely love getting stuck in with. Plus, at £15 it's a fraction of the price of Lush and a lovely gift for either your own kids or a family friend's.

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While we might have watched the Harry Potter films as they came out (those were the days!), kids these days are only just starting to think about Harry, Ron and Hermione as they approach secondary school age, so this Harry Potter Pictionary set is the perfect gift to get them on the J.K. Rowling bandwagon. It's fun for all the family, too with a 'magical' wand that serves as your team's pencil for the duration of the game and, with a designated smartphone/tablet app, your mid-air wand drawings will appear on-screen in realtime. Pretty nifty, eh? At just under £20 it's a reasonably priced present and comes in quite a big box, as well - after all, who doesn't love a sizeable gift in their stocking?

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Skating has been a cool hobby since we were teens and, these days, kids are taking a whack at it younger than our 80s and 90s selves could have ever imagined! This beginner board from M.Y is a perfect gift to get your active tween into a new hobby and, with the various colour marble prints, they'll feel cool doing it, too.The wheels' design means the board will ensure a smooth ride on even slightly bumpier surfaces and it's deck shape will help kids to figure out tricks and turns quicker and easier. At less than £25 it's a main-event gift for a reasonable price and, lasting until they reach around 12/13 (or 50kg), it'll be one they'll be able to use for years to come.

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Gone are the days of Singstar on the PS2 as a new age of hi-tech bluetooth karaoke machines has arrived. With a light display, the ability to connect to your TV or tablet to see scrolling lyrics and - the best part - the capacity to play ANY karaoke song your streaming platform offers, this is sure to be a hit (see what we did there ud83dudc40) with any pre-teen and it's a great pick for boys and girls, too.

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With kids growing at a rate of knots, buying a new bike every time they grown another 4 inches just isn't sustainable, both environmentally and on your wallet. Bike Club is a perfect way to negate both the price complications and limit your consumer footprint with pedal bikes starting at just £9.49 p/month. The general idea is that you pay monthly for a bike to suit your kid's requirements (could be a road bike, a hybrid bike etc.) and then, when they inevitably grow out of it, you can just change your subscription to a bigger/different bike and exchange the old one. It eliminates the worry of having to sell an old bike on Gumtree and, what's more, general wear and tear (i.e. scratches) aren't a problem upon returning the bike. If you're a tad worried about bigger damage to the bike if your child is a bit heavy handed, Bike Club even give buyers the option to pay an extra £2 a month to cover accidental damage and/or theft.To put it into context, the Squish bike will cost you around £360 for two years, whereas it costs around £400 full price. If you buy through Bike Club, you're not only saving a couple 'a bob, but you're also giving the company the chance to refurbish the bike after you've finished with it and pass it onto someone else. It's a top eco pick and there's a top tier selection of bikes, too - we give it a big thumbs up!

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These have been around for a while now but, luckily for Fujifilm, their popularity is still on the up. With their prices ranging from just under £60 all the way up to £100 in some instances, we've really found you a bargain here at Amazon. Having tried one out ourselves, these are a great gifts for for pre-teens just getting to that age where capturing their memories starts to become important to them. The camera's pretty hardy when it comes to trips and falls (inevitable, really) and the colour on the Fujifilm shot film really does capture people in a lovely glowy light. For £60 it's a really big present and it's one that they'll likely carry through to their 20s and 30s - if modern trends are anything to go by they might even be using it at their wedding in years to come ud83dude02

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The best Christmas ideas for teens aged 11-13

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These bad boys are incredible and you'd be hard pressed to find someone in the cold and gloomy UK that doesn't love snuggling up in one after a long day. This gorg peachy number is actually in the sale right now (with a whopping £25 off ud83dude33) and we can't think of a better gift to wrap up an angsty pre-teen/teenager in as they work their way through the likes of first crushes, endless homework and, of course, fighting with their parents. Plus, it's the perfect post-Christmas dinner attire, if you ask us.

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Spikeball is THE gift for active teens, and it's a great one for when they want to meet up with their friends at the beach or park, too. It's been around for a while but, if you haven't heard of it the aim of the game is for players to 'spike' the ball at the net at such an angle so that when it bounces, the opposing players won't be able to return the shot. It's fast-paced and, chances are, if they like kicking about a football, they'll love this too. It isn't a cheap purchase, but it's a favourite purchase among 20 and 30 year olds, too, so it's at least got some longevity. Plus, the whole family will love getting involved and it's a great pick to get your kids away from the Playstation and Xbox.

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Realistically, the price point of a new Playstation of Xbox is just out of the question for a lot of families, especially with gifts for mums, dads, grandparents and the rest to think about this time of year. Thankfully, Nintendo have relaunched the old 80s Game & Watch system, marrying together reasonably priced digital gaming with the retro 2D games (The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros etc.) that parents will know and remember well. This gift will have a soft spot with parents 30+ and, with retro record players, polaroid cameras and the like all increasing in popularity with teens these days, your kids will likely love taking a step back in time with this simple no-fuss Game & Watch system.

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When you're 11-13, popping into Lush is practically a rite of passage on any girls shopping trip but, in reality, the weekly paper round often doesn't cut it when it comes to actually paying for the brand's deliciously scented pamper treats.Thankfully, Lush know that their products make the perfect Xmas gift and, for a family friend or relative, their pre-packaged products are the ideal no-hassle gift for a teen this Christmas. Snow Fairy is a cult classic (no really, it has a whole fanbase) and teens will inevitably love filming their bath bomb doing its thing on their Snapchat Stories. At £25 it's a nice medium size gift, and the four products (especially the bubble bar) are bound to be a success. Plus, they're vegan and cruelty-free which is always a plus.

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If you watched Love Island this year, you'll know that the nameplate necklace is BACK in fashion and, well, kids are always ahead of the curve so that means your teens will likely want one this Xmas. For less than £22 with 18ct gold plating this is a really thoughtful and chic gift for a teen that's probably just getting into their jewellery, not to mention you can choose a chain length up to 24", too, so it really is fully customisable.

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They came into wider public knowledge somewhere around 2012 and they haven't gone out of vogue since, drones are very much still a top pick for teen Christmas presents and, with tech evolving each and every day, picking which one to buy can be somewhat of a maze. Thankfully, we've done the hard-work for you and, despite what the price tag might suggest, this is actually a mid-range (bordering on budget) pick when it comes to drones. With the ability to capture 1080p footage on a wide-angle lens, voice and gesture control and, most importantly, up to 20 minutes of flight time with smartphone-connected realtime transmission, this really is a snazzy gift and a great base level drone to get teens immersed in the tech 2021 has to offer. It's got almost 80% four and five star reviews on Amazon and, as one reviewer put it, "It's an excellent starter drone and fun for all." Says it all, really.

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These have always been a top choice for trendy teens and, while the price isn't the cheapest, in our experience, they do tend to stand the test of time. What's more, compared to your standard rounded zip backpack, the Fjallraven Kanken's boxy appearance actually applies itself to school books and laptops much more effectively (and economically, space-wise). It's a stylish schoolbag and, chances are, with this pick your teens won't be asking for a separate, cooler 'weekend bag', too.

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The FILA Disruptor is out and, along with the New Balance 550s (which you can't get hold of for love nor money), the FILA Tracer T2 is IN. Slightly less platformed than the Disruptors, these are more of an everyday shoe and, especially with this UO exclusive colourway, your teens will LOVE you for buying them. They're not cheap, but reviews claim they're super comfortable and, we don't know about you, but we've definitely been known to put a trainer or two in the washing machine to extend its overall life ud83dudc40... If you can afford, these are bound to be a success.

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Teens and pre-teens are notoriously difficult to buy for, so instead of targeting their interests specifically, why not opt for a gift that'll be fun for them, their siblings and parents, too. CoOperate! (part of the Articulate family), does just that and it'll create fun, family memories for years to come. How does it work? Players compete in team to finish wordy challenges and get round the board at speed. The key to winning? Cooperation. At £20, it's a great no-risk price point and it's one they'll love cracking out when friends visit, too.

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Iets Frans is another one of those brands that just gives you instant cool points (though, don't tell your kids we called them that..) and this hoodie does just that. It's simple, it'll last them for years and, in sizes as small as XXS, it's a great step up for your kid's first purchase outside of the kids section. Plus, it's a dream to wash for parents (we stan a polycotton blend ud83dude4c).

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A big, BIG purchase, Beats have always been a top choice for teens and, now, with noise cancelling capabilities, wireless connection and an integrated mic, Dre's original headphones have come a long way since their first iteration. Beats Solo are some of the cheaper of the brand's systems (baffling, we know) and, while they may cost more than a set of AirPods, their size alone means you're half as likely to lose them, not to mention the noise cancelling is a great addition for studying teens in a busy household.

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The original show may have ceased production in 2014, but Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is show for the ages and not one to be forgotten (even by your gen-Z kids). Now, with a smartphone paired board game, WWTBAM has made it's way into the '20s and is the ideal gift for the factoid fanatic teen. The box technically says 14+, but having given it a go, we'd skew our recommendation a little younger. With questions ranging from "what kind of animal is a 'pooch'" all the way up to "which city hosts a half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower," the game is both achievable and challenging, not to mention one that'll last into the lucky receiver's adult years. At a mid-range pricepoint, it's a great present for siblings or the whole family, and one that's sure to bring everyone together this Christmas, too.

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