Best Christmas Gifts For 5 to 8 Year Olds
Looking for the perfect Christmas gifts for the kids in your life, we have some great ideas for 5 to 8-year-olds for 2023.
Choosing the perfect presents for under the tree is not always an easy task.
Although we know are quick to tell Santa what they would like, and even quicker to change their mind, surprises will always be a hit.
We have been on the lookout for Christmas gifts for 5 to 8-year-olds and have put together a list of our top picks of toys, games and gadgets and more that will add to the excitement on Christmas morning.
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Disclaimer: Some Of The Gifts Below Were Sent To Us For Review And Or Photography Purposes And Some Links Are Affiliate Links (See Here). However, The Items Had Been Carefully Selected Beforehand And Our Opinions Are Of Our Own.
You can beat a good challenge game and Dog-saster will have the kids raising the woof.
Players take turns stacking the pooches as high as they can. But be careful, one wrong move and they can come tumbling down.
The last person to stack a pup without it falling is the winner.
The game is aimed at children aged 6 years and over.
The Egg Game
For a hilarious new game this Christmas check out The Egg Game.
The aim of the game is to complete funny challenges whilst trying not to drop the egg.
There are 100 fun challenges to make way your way through from balancing the egg on your back whilst you walk to tossing it in the air and catching it in your elbow.
To up the stakes of the game, before pulling a challenge players can choose from using the included rubber egg to gain one point or a real egg for 3 points – but don’t worry this is an optional rule.
It is aimed at those aged 6 years and over and can be playeed by 2 or more players.
Find The Fairies
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Bring the magic of fairies alive with the enchanting card game Find The Fairies.
Based on the popular book from the Folklore Field Guides, A Series of Natural Fairies, the pack includes 40 cards featuring fairies from around the world.
Players will need to put their memories to the test as they aim to match the pairs. The person with the most pairs wins.
As they play they will be able to learn about the diverse fairies of the world.
The game comes with an illustrated booklet that includes the rules, fairy facts and tips to find them, themselves.
Find the Fairies game is aimed at children aged 4 years and over.
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Can’t decide between a puzzle, building toy or game gift, Katamino Family has the answer.
Offering three games in one, players have the choice of race to solve a 2d puzzle card using wooden pieces, battling out to create a 3D model given on a card along with both 2d and 3d solo challenges.
Kids can also opt to build their creations from 3d fish to huge towers with little how-tos in the included rules book.
Aimed at those 3 years and over.
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For a fun new card game for over 4’s check out MiMQ.
An interactive card game where the aim is to collect the most sets of 4 identical cards, or by winning cards from their opponents by ‘MiMiQ-ing’ the facial expressions.
The set includes 44 cards and can be played by 2 to 6 players.
In addition to the original MiMiQ game, there is also Farm MiMiQ for animal lovers and Body MiMiQ to get the whole body moving!
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Introduce the kids to Yatzy with Smart’s Smart-themed games including Train, Farm and Zoo.
Suitable for ages 5 years and over, each game comes with five themed dice and a notepad for scoring your combinations.
The aim of the game is for players to collate their dice
together and find a winning combination strategy.
Penguins Huddle Up
This Christmas kids will love the cute and winter-themed game Penguins Huddle Up.
In this fun family board game, penguins are scattered across the ice and it’s starting to get cold!
The aim of the game is to move your penguins together into a huddle while blocking your opponents from doing the same!
Penguins Huddle Up is aimed at children 6 years and over and is designed to help kids develop problem-solving skills, planning and flexible thinking.
Too Many Cooks Card Game, Kidoki
For a cute little card game for over 5’s check out Too Many Cooks.
Designed for 2 to 6 players, you are tasked with collecting all four ingredients cards to collect a meal.
The player with the most meals at the end is Top Chef.
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Cookeez Makery to oven-themed playset, which will amaze you and your child this Christmas when they bake a surprise plush new best friend.
There’s a chance of making a puppy, kitten or bunny, which is revealed on the included recipe card.
Starting by mixing the ingredients to create a dough ball, which they need to mold into their new friend using the included tools.
Once happy with their design they pop it in the oven and shut the door, for 90 seconds, kids will hear a “ding” meaning it’s time to meet their new friend.
On opening the oven they will discover a warm and deliciously sweet scented plush toy, complete with lovable sounds when your child squeezes and loves it!
Magic Mixies Pixlings
Magic Mixies Pixlings will let your kids experience real magic as they conjure up their own Pixling.
Part of the Magic Mixies range, kids will be tasked with making their own special potion, whilst following the magic spell to create their new doll.
There are three different Pixlings for kids to create Unia the Unicorn Pixling, Merena The Mermaid Pixling and Wynter The Bunny Pixling.
For kids who love to build and create check out Plus-Plus
The Plus-Plus tubes offer open-ended play as kids have the chance to make both 2d and 3d creations.
Once made they can easily take it apart and start again or store it back in the tube for another day.
For those not familiar with the award-winning STEM toy, Plus-Plus is a double-cross shape that stimulates fine motor skills, patience and creativity.
It is also hygienic, fully recyclable and made from eco-friendly plastics.
The Plus-Plus Basic Tube pictured comes with 240 mixed pieces for £11.99. Smaller sets are also available from £6.99.
Geomag Colour 91 Piece Set
Construction toy fans will adore the Geomag sets.
Using magnetic forces to let young builders express their creativity, there is virtually no limit to the creations that they can make.
Children aged from 3 to 12 years can explore science and engineering concepts to build whatever their imagination fancies.
The 91- piece colour Geomag set includes 42 spheres, 44 rods, 2 square platforms and 3 pentagonal platforms.
The sets are all compatible with each other and kids can build a collection over time. Plus it is great for all ages of kids it’s a toy that will last.
Plus-Plus Puzzle By Numbers
The Plus-Plus Puzzle By Numbers is great for kids who love both the fun of puzzles and building toys.
Kids will match the colours and numbers on the template to build a mosaic creation.
Once completed the finished puzzle will stay together ready to be displayed and no heat or glue is required.
You can choose from a rainbow or a rocket and each comes with 500 pieces in different colours.
The Dodo ‘World of Animals’ Observation Puzzle
Puzzle lovers will adore The Dodo ‘World of Animals’ Observation Puzzle.
This exciting educational puzzle includes 80 pieces featuring many of the various animal breeds that can be found across the globe.
For children aged 5 years and over, once they have completed the puzzle they can go on a ‘find and seek’ hunt looking for the pictures detailed on the puzzle border.
The puzzle offers added play value with both a puzzle and observation game, encouraging children to then identify and learn where on the world map certain animals live.
Story Orchestra Musical Puzzle
Puzzle lovers will adore the Story Orchestra Musical Puzzles which play a piece of classical music to match the scene once completed.
Choose from Swan Lake or the festive Nutcracker, both of which come with 48 jigsaw pieces and four musical excerpts.
Plus each contains an educational poster which can be used as a reference for putting the puzzle together. It also contains details on the story and information about the composer.
Aimed at children aged 5 years and over.
PopHeads® 3D Posters
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Kids can bring their favourite Disney and Marvel characters to 3D life with PopHeads®.
These easy-to-assemble 3D posters, need no glue or scissors and come with access to an online tutorial to follow.
There is a choice of three packs, Disney, Disney Princess, and Marvel with each containing four posters and unique themed activities and crafts.
In the Disney 3D Poster set you will find posters of Woody, Elsa, Simba and Mickey. The Disney Princess pack includes Belle, Moana, Ariel and Jasmin. And the Marvel 3D posters feature Hulk, Iron Man, Black Panther and Spiderman.
PopHeads® are available to purchase from major retailers.
Nadiya’s Bake Me A Story Deluxe Baking Set
Kids who love to cook and wannabe bakers will adore Nadiya’s Bake Me A Story Deluxe Baking Set.
It comes with everything your little baker needs to get creative including a mixing bowl, rolling pin, whisk, reusable silicone cupcake cases, cookie cutters, sieve, spatula and children’s apron.
All the items are a great size for the kids but not too small that you can’t make full-sized baked good, plus it comes with six of Nadiya’s favourite recipes all aimed at children.
Aimed at children aged 4 years and over.
Read >>> Review of Nadiya’s Bake Me A Story
Jump It – Lap Counter
Who remembers having a Jump It when you were a kid.
Now a new generation can enjoy the fun as they are back. Jump It will get the kids out and about and skipping and jumping around and is a perfect outdoor toy.
Jump It is a great simple toy that will keep the active, it can be played with inside and out so great for all weathers and small enough to play with on the go.
Read >>> Review of Jump It Lap Counter
Have You Seen The New Forest Unicorn?
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Kids will love the new storybook Have You Seen The New Forest Unicorn.
Are you lucky enough to see the Unicorn? Drummer, Merlin, Peewee, Riley, Juliet and Willow are on the hunt to find it and want little ones to come along.
It may be hiding behind the Gorse by the Stone Water Trough at Wootton or at the pond for a drink.
It could even be visiting the Trolls that live under Wootton Bridge or perhaps the Unicorn did visit Hincheslea, and saw the Hot Air Balloon?
They plan to keep on looking, will your little one be joining them?
My First Adventure Books
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Kids can go on a fun adventure this Christmas with this fun book.
My First Adventure Finding The Dragon Book lets kids choose their own adventure. Each page is divided into three, offering three different characters to play with and an innovative wheel design.
Each time they read the book they can start again with a brand-new adventure with a new character. These 15-minute reads offer thousands of story combinations and are a fantastic first read for children.
The collection of stories currently includes Finding the Dragon, Journey to Ochre Land and Discovering Atlantis. And brand new to the range this Christmas is Argonuts™”
The My First Adventure Book series lets kids immerse themselves in the book and helps to encourage reading.
I am Coco – The Life of Coco Chanel Book
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For kids interested in history or fashion check out the I Am Coco book.
This biography aimed at children tells of a fiercely independent creative thinker and is filled with whimsical pictures and informative texts to depict the entire arc of Coco’s life and career, from schoolgirl rebel to haute couture icon.
Kids will discover how a young Gabrielle who came from a poor family learned to sew in a convent school. Then worked as a seamstress and sang in cabarets, where she was given the nickname Coco.
Learn about Coco’s beginnings as a hat designer and her iconic designs and learn how she freed women from the corsets of the early 20th century.
The story tells a remarkable woman in an exciting way with simple yet detailed illustrations.
Wheels: The Big Fun Book of Vehicles
Kids who love anything all forms of transport will adore Wheels: The Big Fun Book of Vehicles.
From pre-historic carts to cars of tomorrow they can go on a historic journey through a world where everything has wheels.
Each page features quirky and colourful art, subtle sly texts to make older readers chuckle and lots and lots of wheels.
From emergency vehicles in different countries, buses of every shape and size and much more.
Aimed at children aged 4 years and over.
The Day Time Stopped
Voyager Kids Scarf, Little Hotdog Watson
Help your stylish little one stay warm with the Voyager Kids Scarf from Little Hotdog Watson.
These plush scarfs are super soft, feature faux fur with a thick pile and are lined for extra warmth.
Fastened by looping pompom ends, there are no tricky knots to tie and always look great they have been designed to be worn under or overcoats.
The Voyager Kids Scarfs come in a choice of six colours and are aimed at kids from 3 to 10 years old and look great with their Kids Artic Cub Hats featured below.
Kids Artic Cub Hats, Little Hotdog Watson
For a funky new hat for your little one, we adore the award-winning Kids Artic Cub Hats.
They come in a whole host of designs from Pandas to Bananas, Gold to Camo there is something for every taste.
Each features an outer water-resistant cotton fabric and a Thinsulate© lightweight yet warm and soft lining.
Designed with faux fur lined ear flaps can be worn securely fastened under the chin with soft touch children’s velcro or can be worn up, to adapt to changing weather.
They are also trimmed with reflective piping to make your little one more visible on those darker winter days and come in sizes from birth to 10 years.
Spotty Otter Fleece Neck Scarf
Another cute scarf which will suit any little adventure is Spotty Otter’s Fleece Neck Scarf.
Lined with soft fleece for extra snugness, it offers versatility as it is easily transformed into a headband, hat, balaclava, or even a cosy handwarmer.
Unlike traditional scarves, it won’t creep, snag or fall off.
Covered with the cute Spotty Otter mast signature mascots, it’s the perfect complement to the stylish adventurer’s Spotty Otter outfit!
Spotty Otter’s Fleece Neck Scarf can be purchased from their website here.
Baylis & Harding Beauticology Sprinkled with Love Gift Set
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Your never too old for a nice bubble bath and kids will love the Baylis & Harding Beauticology Sprinkled with Love Gift Set.
It features 2 60ml bath bubbles with Unicorn Candy scent and 3 65g of bath sprinkles featuring Strawberry Stardust and Peppermint Frost.
Each of the bubbles and sprinkles comes in a test tube container with a cute unicorn design.
Grace & Stella Rainbow Bath Bomb
Another cute bath product for kids who like to pamper themselves is the Grace & Stella Rainbow Bath Bomb.
Infused with shea butter and argan oil the bath bomb effortlessly dissolves grime and leave the bath squeaky clean.
Packed with high concentrations of fatty acids and vitamins for truly nourished, radiant skin, with the blend of coconut oil and shea butter acts like a moisture magnet, locking in hydration for hours.
The bath bomb is available in a 1-pack and 4-pack.