Gift Ideas by Age 0-12

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Buying a great gift for a child isn’t as easy as it seems. It’s such a great feeling to “nail” a gift and once you see that look on a child’s face that tells you you’ve done just that, you can’t settle for anything less! This list should help you ‘nail’ it every time.

0-1 year olds

  • Sophie the Giraffe or Mizzie the Kangaroo teether
  • Blocks – colourful, square, Duplo style, fit in the hole style
  • Stacking and sorting toys
  • Books – touchy feely, cardboard style, books with flaps and bits that open, books with favourite TV characters, “That’s Not My…. ” series
  • Pram
  • Dolls and babies
  • Push and Pull toys such as this “Lawnmower” from Hape. The kids still fight over it as toddlers
  • Waterplay table
  • Xylophone
  • Toy Phone
  • Balls – bouncy, glittery, light up, big, squeezy spikey, balls with bells, balls with sound, all types of balls
  • Pat Mat
  • Maracas

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2- 3 year olds

  • Playdough
  • Crayons, pencils, Textas
  • Train set
  • Tonka trucks
  • Hotwheels cars
  • Ride on toys e.g. trike, balance bike, car, truck
  • Scooter and helmet
  • Puzzles
  • Home corner pretend play – play kitchen, baby dolls and crib, pretend appliances
  • Market stall/shop pretend play- play food items, appliances, cash register
  • Table and chairs
  • Lock box
  • Dress ups – fairies, Batman, capes, Superman, Disney Princesses like Elsa, Belle, Ariel
  • Figurines – Barbie, Batman, Power Rangers  
  • Tea Set
  • Doctors Kit
  • Doll house, hospital scene, pirate ship or other “scene” based play
  • Bath/Shower toys

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4- 6 year olds

  • Trampoline
  • Soccer Ball
  • Kite
  • Magformers (these can be pricey, however Kmart now has their own brand)
  • Dress ups – as above! 
  • Sylvanian Families
  • Craft and colouring supplies
  • Furreal Friends/ Little Live Pets
  • Puppet theatre and puppets (We love this Kmart one!!
  • Walkie Talkies
  • Bosch Tools Set
  • School supplies – lunch boxes, water bottles
  • Anything from Smiggle!
  • Hair accessories and jewellery
  • Board and card games e.g. Uno, Guess Who. The Orchard Toys games are educational and perfect for this age group – our favourite is Shopping List
  • Lego (intense, complicated lego!)
  • Craft Kits
  • Musical instruments
  • Quadrilla Marble Run
  • Kite
  • Music/jewellery box 
  • Beanie Boos
  • Fairy door/garden

7-12 year olds

  • Chapter books
  • Movie/show tickets
  • Luna Park / Museum tickets
  • CDs
  • Gift Vouchers – iTunes, Rebel Sport, JB Hi Fi, EB Games, Typo
  • Team jerseys
  • Sporting paraphernalia
  • Minecraft
  • Board Games
  • Kids cooking class or cookbook
  • Science kit
  • Sewing kit
  • Instant camera (eg Polaroid, Fuji Instax)
  • Bedroom decor
  • Merfin

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