November 5, 2022

Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide that kids will love!

No matter what time of the year you start shopping for Christmas gifts, it can feel tricky when you have multiple children to buy for.  As I have three children I thought it was be great to draw up a Christmas gift guide to help any readers who may be finding it a struggle in the lead up to Christmas!

My children are currently aged 4, 7 and 11 so I decided to offer a mix and variety of ideas.  I’ve included some fun gifts, educational gifts too and ones we can enjoy as a whole family.  With that in mind, read on and have a browse through my ultimate Christmas Gift Guide that kids will love!

Games for all the family

Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride is a classic board game, this game has many variations and is one of the most popular games to date!  The game is a cross country train/bus adventure where players collect cards where they can claim railway/bus routes.  This is the London version as my kids love London as do I!   It is also based in the 70’s around fashion and music!  A fab game to play on Christmas Day and is loads of fun for children aged 8 plus!

Ticket to Ride London Family Game in Christmas Gift Guide

So Wrong its Right

So Wrong its Right is a trivial game with a difference! It’s a fast-thinking game with up to 5 answers per question with action cards dictating how players must answer the question. The first player to call out the correct answer first wins the round.  The options per question are ‘Got it’, ‘Flip it’ ‘Switch it’, ‘Ditch it’ or ‘Not it’.  Each game takes approx 30 minutes of play time and it is worth noting this game is recommended for players aged 12+.

So wrong its right trivial game

Screwball Scramble 2

Who remembers playing this game as a child?  It was to my delight when I realised that the game is now upped a Level and is offering Screwball Scramble Level 2.  Not only will this game please all three of my children aged 4, 7 and 11, but will be perfect for us all to join in too.  The game consists of take a marble ball around 10 challenges around the board.  The sequel to The Original Screwball Scramble looks to be even more exciting and will no doubt bring some good family fun over Christmas.   What I also love about this game is that it can be played solo or as a family.  And if you have the Original Screwball scramble, you can connect it together to make a giant game!

RRP: £20 – £22.99
Suitable for ages 5+.
Stockists include:
 Smyths, Argos, Tesco, Hamleys, Amazon, Very, Costco, Next, Sainsburys, Selfridges, Entertainer, The Range, WHSmith, John Lewis, Indies

Screwball Scramble 2 for children christmas presents

Shut The Box – 12 numbers

This fun and exciting dice game is again, another ‘go to’ that will be great to play as a family, in particular with our eldest son who is 11.  The historical game is apparently traced back to 19th century France and is not only educational but fun and is perfect to play solo or more players.  I have heard about this game on and off over the years and how simple but great it can be, as well as perfect to take on your travels.  I am really looking forward to playing this over Christmas!

RRP: £14.99

Available from Jaques of London 

Jaques of London Shut the box Family Game for Christmas

Upside Down Challenge Game

This board game is for 7 year plus and one that will thoroughly be enjoyed by all the family this year!  It involves completing a set of challenges but  whilst wearing upside down goggles!  Don’t only will this bring a barrel of laughs, it’s a game that will please all ages!  Sounds fun!

RRP: £19.99

Available from Smyths

For more ideas on family gifts, check out Me, Him, The Dog and The baby and their latest gift guide!

Upside Down Challenge Game including close up of goggles


Big Book of Fun – Bridget and Ginger

Its always lovely to offer a book for Christmas and this Big Book of fun (and it’s big in size too!) is perfect for those who love to read!  The fact that it features two sausage dogs is perfectly niche for us as my daughter loves sausage dogs!  This book is great for children of pre school age and contains three separate stories as well as activities, puzzles, games, drawing, colouring AND stickers – phew!  That’s all included in the book which makes an amazing gift alone.  The book is full of 88 fun pages so you can be guaranteed it’s going to keep the little ones entertained for some time!

RRP: £9.99

Available direct from their website

Big Book of Fun Bridget and Ginger

Personalised Night ZooKeeper Book

Wow!  We love anything personalised and our review of the Night Zookeeper: escape from Conform Prison is on the blog.  We love this as this is the first book to feature a drawing from your child, who they get to name and give it a skill, which will determine the storyline.  This book is great for an imagination as it is a ‘create your own adventure’ meaning the reader can chose what happens!  It’s a big thumbs up from us!

RRP: £18.99-£24.99

Available direct form their website.

Night Zookeeper book on bed with teddy review

Photo Book

For some children, memories are everything!  So have you thought about a photo book for Christmas? This can be a lovely family gift for those who love to look back on the adventures they have been on or the time they have spent together!  This is the perfect sentimental gift.

Educational Toys

Orchard Toys – Alphabet Lotto

Is anyone else obsessed with Orchard Toys?  We have had several games over the years from Orchard Games and I’ve always been so impressed with the quality and how educational and fun the games are.  We recently offered a giveaway with Office Stationery where we featured this game and I knew it had to be included in our Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Kids.  This game is perfect for children aged 3-6 so is fantastic for my younger two and I always love to play along, as they’re simple and also really educational too.

RRP: £10-£20

Available from: Orchard Toys, Office Stationery, Amazon, The Entertainer 

Alphebet lotto game for a Christmas gift

Ryder’s Alphabet Tablet

If you have Paw Patrol fan’s and are looking for an educational toy then this might be for you.  This is an interactive tablet which allows your little ones to learn along with Ryder and the pups.  My youngest is now 4 years old and as he is in Reception, he is learning new phonic sounds and LOVES to learn.  This is perfect for little learners and is a great way for your child to learn new sounds, recognise the alphabet and early word recognition.

RRP £18.99

Available from John Lewis

paw patrol ryders alphabet tablet featured in our Kids ultimate Christmas Gift Guide

Fun Gifts

Wooden Tool Kit

With a 4 year old boy who continually want’s to get involved in Daddy’s DIY, this wooden tool kit from Jaques of London is a perfect gift.  What I love about wooden toys is that they are long standing, durable and reduces the amount of plastic in our home.  Wooden toys are always a really lovely gift and you can be guaranteed that this is made out of 100% FSC approved wood. As you can see, it features bright colours and lots of lovely tools and nuts and bolts to keep the little one busy!

£34,99 (sale on now reduced to £19.99!)

Available from Jaques of London

Jaques of London wooden work bench for Christmas

Freak Shake Set

My eldest LOVES milkshakes so if you have a child that loves them, then this is a lovely little gift set.  The Freak Shake set consists of a Milkshake mason glass jar, reusable straw, chocolate flavour milkshake mix, sprinkles, Nutella spread and mini mallows.

RRP: £4.99

Available from B&M Bargains

Chocolate Freakshake set from B&M bargains

Science Mad Digital Metal Detector

This light weight and sturdy detector is perfect for those kids who love the outdoors and would love to go hunting for ‘treasure!’  This is a fun outdoor toy that will bring hours of fun for all the family when heading to the park (or even in the garden) to go and hunt for what is hidden in the ground.  It’s digital, has sensitivity and volume control, has LED lights and even audio alerts!  The detector has a double detector search coil too, making it even easier to find some coins, mental objects or even treasure!

RRP: £24.99

Available from Very

Childrens metal detector for our Christmas Gift guide

Gaming Gifts

Goodmans Gaming Speakers

Our eldest loves his console so these gaming speakers would be perfect for any child who loves gaming.  These are compatible with Xbox One, PS4/5, Switch, PC/Laptop and even a mobile.  The gaming speakers are 6 watts output and are colour changing, making it a fun and quirky gaming gift.  The set is complete with 2 speakers and according to the instructions are easy to set up!

RRP: £10

Available from B&M Bargains

Goodmans Gaming Speakers for that untimate Christmas gift guide

Home Gifts

Ink and Drop Prints

Ink and Drop are an online print store than offers a whole host of prints perfect for kids bedrooms/playrooms or nurseries.  I immediately spotted this sausage dog print which I know Missy will love for her bedroom.  The prints are on excellent quality printed paper and you can change your order according to what size print you want, whether you want frames or prints on cushions or even on a canvas.  The website is currently offering a discount code when you sign up to their newsletter and don’t forget to check out their black Friday deals!

RRP: Prints range from price

Available from Ink and Drop

Ink and Drop prints including a sausage sog wearing pink glasses

And there we have it!  Do you have any fabulous ideas to add to our list?  I’d love to hear them!

Thanks for reading xxx


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Hi and welcome to The Willow Tree. I’m Michelle, also known as Shel and I am a mama to three beautiful crazy kids – I have two handsome boys and a wild and wonderful girl.

I really wanted a concrete place to share my love for travel, in particular Disney and offer my readers a chance to gain some knowledge around what we love to do as a family of 5.

I share our family adventures which include days out, travel advice and tips, holiday reviews, restaurant visits and of course, our love for Disney, including Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney World.

Life is about creating memories, and here we are sharing them with you




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