Now that Halloween is over and we can officially talk about Christmas! I thought I would share some of the presents we will be giving my daughter. I am a big believer in starting my Christmas shopping early, and that’s not just because my daughter’s birthday is in December too.

9 Awesome Presents Ideas for 5-8 year olds

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My daughter has a range of interests and these do change, but one of the constants is an interest in STEM subjects – she is so curious and just absorbs every bit of information she can. I will be creating a STEM specific gift guide over the next few weeks so if your little ones have an interest in that too, do pop back and check it out.


Ok so I am pretty sure I am never going to do a gift guide that doesn’t include at least one book. So let’s start off with that. There are so many incredible children books out and I think books make such wonderful presents.

The Truth Pixie** is a book which I am recommending to everyone, children or adult because it is an wonderful book with an incredibly important message that everyone needs to hear, and be reminded of from time to time. You can check out my full review of The Truth Pixie here.

The Truth Pixie - Front Cover and Inner Page

Personalised Books are gifts which I really have a soft spot for. This Disney Princess Ultimate Collection compilation** from In the Book is one of the prettiest I have seen. It comes in a lovely case to make sure it arrives in pristine condition and the stories and illustrations are fantastic.

9 Awesome Presents Ideas for 5-8 year olds Disney Princess Personalised Book

Another option is a Bookish Subscription Box, for those avid readers there are bookish books which cater to Middle Grade (8-12 fiction) and I think they would make great gifts for those a little younger who love reading and books. I really like the sound of Owlcrate Junior and I will be getting my daughter a subscription for this when she is a little older. I also love that it would spread the excitement of Christmas out over the year.

Another great way to spread the fun of Christmas is a subscription to a magazine. Scoop** is a literary magazine for kids aimed at ages 7 to 12. It publishes all forms of original story created by all kinds of writers and illustrators. Each issue is filled with short stories, non-ficiton, poetry comics, reviews, activities and quizzes.

Scoop Literary Magazine

Getting Active

As a family, we love being outside and exploring so presents that make that even more fun are high on our list of potential presents.

Ice Skates! Ok so these are not really for outside, but ice skating is a great way to get active and help to develop balance. My daughter goes ice skating every weekend and a pair of skates would make a great present. The skates for younger children are usually adjustable meaning that the skates last for several shoes sizes, which is a bonus.

SFR Eclipse Lights Ice Skates Review - skates front

Rollerblades** are another way to help develop those balance skills, and practising the same skills used in ice skating. The are also a good way to get out and about and keep active too. Again, for younger children they are usually adjustable too, this pair last for 4 shoe sizes.


Indoor and Imaginative Play

For years, Play-Doh has been a big hit in our house, and I am always on the look out for new sets. The Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Ultimate Swirl Ice Cream Maker** looks like loads of fun. Mixing Ice Cream and Play-Doh was always going to go down well with my daughter and I can’t wait to see what creations she comes up with!

9 Awesome Presents Ideas for 5-8 year olds Play-Doh Ice Cream

Another firm favourite in our house is Playmobil. There are sets suitable for any budget and the huge range available means that there really is something for everyone. I spotted this Playmobil Hospital* on sale and snapped it up as a Christmas pressie. I feel like a got a great bargain and I know that my daughter is going to have hours of fun playing with it, especially combined with the sets she has already.

9 Awesome Presents Ideas for 5-8 year olds Playmobil Hospital

Another great way to kick start imaginative play is with dolls and action figures. There are so many great ones to choose from, but we love DC Superhero Girls Dolls*. We have had lots of adventures with them, and all the girls love working together to save the day.


What has your child got on their Christmas List?

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