Creativity comes in lots of different forms, so finding the right gift for a creative kid is a matter of tuning into their wavelength. They may love making music, building imaginative structures or sitting down with paper and pens to pour out their thoughts and feelings. Whichever form of expression makes them tick, here’s some inspiration for great creative gift ideas, all of them perfect for toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Finding the right gift for a creative kid is a matter of tuning into their wavelength.
1. PERFORMANCE PIECES
If you're shopping for a natural born performer, great costumes and fancy dress can really inspire them. We love Meri Meri for their beautiful dress-ups: they make us wish they did them in adult sizes! Great for performing round the house, to don as party wear, or as inspo for World Book Day (or even Halloween). Their lovely cozzies look gorgeous on display in bedrooms too.
2. BUSY BUILDERS
Architecture is an art form, so kits which let kids try their hand at creative construction are a great gift for budding builders. Janod's 100 Piece Construction Set equips your kid with 100 cleverly engineered wooden pieces in a variety of colours that they can use to make crazy structures limited solely by their imagination. They might conjure up flat pictures or build in three dimensions, making towers, houses or animals - the choice is theirs. Best of all, they can start over and over again, developing their motor skills, imagination and spacial awareness with every new build.
3. GETTING CRAFTY
Art time means a whole lot more than pots of PVA glue, cut up newspaper and toilet rolls these days - not that we're knocking those. There are loads of brands designing really imaginative products for children, to make getting crafty extra satisfying. Check out Djeco and Ooly for serious fun crayons, paints and art and craft materials that are designed to spark kids' creativity and helps them express themselves to the fullest.
4. IMAGINATIVE PLAY
Open-ended toys and role play props fuel the imagination, allowing little ones to express play creatively. You may have a kid that gets lost in a make belief world when they are given an empty cardboard box, turning it into a space ship for explorative missions to out of space. Now, we’re fans of boxes, but we also love toys like this Hairdresser Belt by Jabadabado that's been flying off the shelves ever since we started stocking it. Seriously, whether you're a fan of a short back and sides of a real blow out, we can guarantee this'll provide any kid with a creative outlet for a long time to come.
5. MAKING MUSIC
Most kids enjoy making music from even the youngest age. Perhaps lining up saucepans with wooden spoons gives them thrills, or they might be happy with a plastic bottle filled with pasta, but there are also some gorgeous instruments designed for little music makers to help them find their rhythm. The Moulin Roty Guitar is perfectly proportioned to bring out their inner Ed Sheeran, with 6 metal strings, that can be tightened and tuned, it's just like the real thing. (Who knows when that Grammy will come calling?)
We hope this gave you some inspo. And, remember you can shop for gifts by price as well as by age and type of gift. Still not sure what to get them? Pop us a message: our Live Chat Team is always here to help, from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (but not bank holidays) and will happily help you suss out the Best Gift Ever. Just hit that purple button bottom right.