Hip Kids Christmas Gift Guide

Toys make the ideal Christmas purchase for a child, fueling their imagination and stimulating their senses to help them learn and grow. But in order to get hours of satisfaction and entertainment out of your purchases, you need to make sure the toys are age-appropriate. They need to spark your child’s individual interests too.

Toys play an important role in a child’s education and development. Most toys are based on an educational theory known as “constructivism” – the idea that children create their own knowledge by actively participating in the learning process. Playing with toys allows a child to create their own play environment, which stimulates their imagination and improvisation skills. Many toys offer the bonus of improving fine motor skills and strength too.

Want the best toys for your kids this Christmas? Read this Christmas Gift Guide to learn what toys are age appropriate and what to expect from each gift you buy. To make it easy, we’ve listed our favourites with individual interest in mind.

Age 12 - 24 months

“Active” is an apt way to describe your child at this age. Small hands are becoming more coordinated, their understanding of the world is clearer, and their new ability to move more means they love toys t hat let them throw their whole selves in – balls, swings, climbing sets etc. Play at this age involves a lot of experimentation, with thoughts like, “what happens if I drop this ball?” or “what happens if I push this button?”. Consequence is a genuine interest for most little tots, and because their memory isn’t well developed, your toddler won’t tire of repetition.

  • Push and Pull Toys

    For the on-the-go toddler...

    Ages 1 - 2

    Heavily weighted push toys can give your toddler some stability as he or she starts to motor around your home. Pull toys are for the slightly more advanced, allowing a child to look behind them as they charge from room to room.

    Our beautifully constructed Wooden Baby Walker with Block Set comes complete with a set of 30 wooden alphabet and numerical blocks.

    Not only will your child be supported as they take their first steps, but the wooden blocks will help them develop their literacy and numeracy skills from a young age.

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  • Wooden Toys

    For fun & confidence...

    Ages 18m - 5years

    A tricycle is a great way for toddlers to improve balance and coordination. Riding a tricycle is not only a fun activity that will promote confidence and play, but will help to hone your child’s motor skills.

    Our 2 in 1 Wooden Trike/ Balance Bike will help your toddler to learn to ride a bike by transitioning with them as they grow. Within minutes, the Kids Trike converts into a balance bike with an adjustable seat to give your growing child the confidence to safely ride around on their own.

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  • Wooden Toys

    For balance & motor skills...

    Ages 1 +

    Ignite your toddler’s imagination with a whimsical pram to cart their toys & treasures around in. A doll pram can be utilised in many ways, serving as a place for storage or to help your toddler learn to walk.

    Our sturdy, Wooden Moon Doll Pram can double as a walker to improve your little one’s balance & motor skills. It also can be personalised in a special colour and with your child’s name printed on the side for an even more special gift.

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  • Push and Pull Toys

    For the on-the-go toddler...

    Ages 1 - 2

    Toddlers love to sort, stack, unsort, unstack and knock down. Small hands are becoming more coordinated between 1-2 years old, and with that comes excitement for efficient sorting and the building of towers. Early problem-solving skills can be rapidly developed with toys like Baby’s First Wooden Block Set. Complete with a cotton storage bag, your little one can discover letters, numbers, colourful patterns and more.

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Gifts for children aged 2-4 years

When buying toys for 2-4 years, it’s important to understand what your child is capable of. By age two, your toddler should be able to walk and run well. They might be able to kick a ball and jump in one place with both feet. By age three they might be balancing on one foot, throwing a ball overarm, or be interested in riding vehicles. Creative arts and imaginative play should be a primary focus, as this encourages them to explore the world in their own way. Look for toys that foster art, construction, imagination or exercise, and your toddler will thank you for it.

  • Doll house with furniture

    For the on-the-go toddler...

    Ages 2 - 4

    The Remi’s Doll House is the perfect accessory to promote creative and imaginative play for your child. 

    Complete with 30 pieces of mini furniture and a 4 doll family set, your little one will be entertained for hours as they fit-out their very own doll house. Make the gift even more special by personalising the doll house with a name sticker.

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  • Musical Instruments

    For basic music concepts skills...

    Ages 3 - 6 years

    It’s never too early to introduce music to your child. Playing a musical instrument promotes hand-eye coordination and is a wonderful outlet for your child to express themselves.

    Our Hip Kids Wooden Musical Toy Piano is designed to encourage your little one to play and develop a love of music. Made out of wood and a high gloss finish, this kids toy piano comes with its own stool and a full two-octave span to play beautiful music which never goes out of tune.

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  • Pedal Cars & Ride On Toys

    For balance & motor skills...

    Ages 3 - 6

    Children love riding around their very own pedal car! Exactly like a miniature car, children can pretend they’re like mum & dad by pedalling their own car around the backyard and pavement for active playtime fun.

    Our Vintage Kids Pedal Cars are solidly built from steel, making them ideal classic toys that will last a lifetime. Coming with adjustable pedals, rubber tyres, and a fully-functioning steering wheel, our toy pedal car is a great way to promote healthy, imaginative play.

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  • Wheel barrow

    For the outdoors type…

    Ages 2 - 4

    Your toddler can learn new skills, have fun, play, and develop self-confidence by spending time in the garden. 2-4 year-olds love being outdoors and digging in the soil, and growing their own food can make healthy eating exciting. They’ll love it even more with a personalised toy wheelbarrow too.

    Our sturdy Kids Steel Toy Wheelbarrow comes in a number of different colours and is ideal for carrying pots or veggies and transporting toys and tools around the garden.

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Gifts for children aged 4-6 years

Your child is now developing skills that will last a lifetime, and whether they are at school or pre-school, they’ll be learning so much more than number and letters. Social and emotional skills are important at this age, so try to encourage a variety of play activities that your child can share with others. Look for toys that develop executive function and focus, and help your child learn to play with others through imaginary play, arts and crafts, and organised sport.

  • Kids Table and Chairs Sets

    For creative expression & imagery play...

    Ages 4 - 6

    Having an indoor playhouse will provide hours of endless entertainment for the kids. Aside from keeping them active and healthy, a playhouse can take the imagination far and wide! It can be a secret cubby, a shopfront, or a workstation for creative kids.

    This modern playhouse table combines a cubby house, easel, and art table with reversible surface tops ideal for painting & drawing. The kids can store their chalks, crayons and pencils in the chimney. Made from birchwood ply, this playhouse remains sturdy but easy for an adult to move around.

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  • Kids Teepees & Tents

    For creative expression & imagery play...

    Ages 3 + years

    A welcome addition to any child’s bedroom or playroom! A kids teepee tent can be used as a secret hideaway, extra sleeping space for children’s sleepovers, or as a quiet nook to study, read, imagine and play. They can also serve as a helpful aid to get fussy children to sleep; making them feel like they’re camping in their own room!

    The white teepee with painted tips surrounds a solid wooden frame with a velcro fastened door for easy entry. The side window makes this tent feel even cosier, allowing kids to play make-believe while they watch the world go by.

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  • Lego mat

    For the
    constructive...

    Ages 4 - 6

    Lego’s easy-to-build, easy-to-change-your-ideas, easy-to-undo-and-rebuild design makes it a winning toy for kids of this age group.

    Kids can quickly start to put together models and involve themselves in a world of problem-solving and imaginative construction. Everyone has the ‘builder instinct’ and Lego fosters this perfectly. It’s also an ideal shared activity, with kids happily working together for hours to build something cool.

    With a Lego mat, all the bricks can be easily put away and ready to start again tomorrow.

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  • Bookcase

    For the
    reader…

    Ages 4 - 6

    Every kids playroom or bedroom needs a quality bookshelf to hold cherished storybooks, toys and treasures. The more children are exposed to books and reading, the more necessary it is to have a stylish bookshelf to present them in.

    Our Morris Bookshelf is a modern addition to both a boy’s or girl’s room, with ample front storage and compartments for books, notepads and writing utensils. At a handy height for kids, they can feel independent by storing and fetching their own items. It also helps to make cleaning up a breeze!

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Age 6+ years

There’s a lot going on with school-aged children, and your child’s play might be complex. Children of this age often act out ideas they come across at school or see in the media, and you never quite know if you’ll be fixing dinner for a fairy, a rock star or a President. 

Because there’s so much going on at this age, children benefit from games that involve rules. This helps them to better control behaviour and emotions, and helps them to understand cause and effect. Your child’s memory is improving, therefore repetitive play can become tiresome. With this in mind, look for toys and activities that can be adapted and explored in other ways.

  • Cubby House/Cafe

    For the sociable...

    Ages 4 - 6

    Playdates after school will be common at this age, and your child will love having their own place in which they can hang. It’s even better if this place is a trendy cafe, like the Piper Cubby House – the ideal space for interactive and creative play. 

    Made from durable Canadian hardwood timber, it can be erected by one person in less than an hour. Its large side activity window is great for inside/outside interaction, and can be covered in wet weather or when not in use.

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  • Comfortable bedding

    For the homebody...

    Ages 4 - 6

    A healthy sleep routine is crucial for school-age children as it directly impacts their mental and physical development. Inadequate sleep can cause cognitive problems that affect a child’s ability to learn in school, as well as lead to behavioural issues and general moodiness. It’s important to make your child’s bedroom conducive to sleep; this means limited technological distractions and comfortable, appropriate bedding.

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  • Kids Beds

    For the relaxer...

    Ages 4 - 6

    For the imaginative and the little adventurer, a loft bed makes children’s dreams a reality by combining rest with play! Parents know how important a child’s sleep time is, yet sometimes our little ones would rather play! Make bedtime more enticing by providing a loft bed where kids can climb up into at night and slide out of in the morning.

    Our Kids Loft Timber Bed comes with both a slide and climbing wall for endless fun, while ample room underneath the bed can serve as a storage space or cubby for sleepovers. The sturdy timber frame and side safety rail means that the loft bed is safe whether your child sleeps or plays.

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  • Bookcase

    For the reader...

    Ages 4 - 6

    The more your child grows, the more toys and trinkets they tend to accumulate! Having an innovative storage solution means that you can conserve floor space and pack away toys and clutter in concealed compartments out of sight.

    The Grayson Stackable Storage Unit is ideal for use in playrooms or kid’s bedrooms. The units stack on top of one another, providing lots of storage while taking up very little space. Securely connected by concealed metal fastener brackets to avoid tipping, the storage units aren’t only versatile but safe too.

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