Let’s be frank. Finding a token gift can be as time-consuming as picking out a big one. To avoid you buying a present that'll be discarded under a pile of gift wrap, here are our 'best in show' little gifts - all under £15.
If you're buying for a newborn or younger baby, it can be tricky territory. (What have loving friends and family bought them already?) Fear not, these beautiful on-budget items are sure to be adored.
A SOFT TOY
Soft toys are the ideal first gifts, as babies learn to grasp for the first time. Nattou's Piu Piu The Octopus has plaited tentacles that can be pulled and touched for sensory and tactile development. Little Dutch's Large Cuddly Toy Little Goose is a handsome 30 cm high, so he looks great on any nursery shelf, but he's an extremely cuddly shape - with that lovely long neck that's just perfect for wrapping little arms round.
A TEETHING ACCESSORY
Teething sucks, but it’s inevitable, so a teether is a useful gift to be considered. We love that brands are designing teething toys which really appeal to babies while looking cool too: Matchstick Monkey Animal Teethers are design classics that make brilliant baby gifts.
A SENSORY TOY
There are loads of affordable toys to help awaken babies senses, which happen to be great stocking filler ideas too. Wee Gallery has lovely monochrome Art Cards, Soft Cloth Books and Crinkle Toys that will really tickle their little senses.
Toddlers accumulate a lot of stuff in their short lives. (Have you ever seen a toddler's toy box?! 😲) But these picks aren’t going to end up unused and forgotten in the bottom of it.
A CUTE VEHICLE
When it comes to stocking fillers, vehicles are a sure winner and we love the whacky Carrot Car by Janod. We're also crazy for Candylab vehicles because they're made by a group of design-obsessed parents on a mission to make quality wooden toy vehicles using natural materials and oh-so-trendy mid-century modern lines.
A BATH TOY
Next up, bath toys. Toddlers generally love water so, if you don't want to push the boat out ('scuse the pun), simple squirters will also be a welcome and well-used pressie, as will our bestselling Boon Tubes.
Preschoolers are pros at playing and will have developed an epic imagination by this stage too. So how about a stocking filler that will expand their skill set as they reach school age?
A PRETEND PLAY PROP
Inquisitive little minds are getting to grips with role playing so for pre-schoolers who enjoy spending hours behind their kitchens or market stalls, Le Toy Van is brilliant for wonderfully-crafted items - fruit and veg crates, ice creams, pots & pans, birthday cakes - all with masses of imaginary play potential.
They're getting to an age where they can follow the 'rules' of a game and we have lots of simple picks, like balancing games, that'll give them hours of fun, like this Crocodile Balancing Game by Classic World.
A NON-TOY GIFT
Pre-schoolers are generally pros at feeding themselves, so why not treat them to their own fun placemat like the cool options by OYOY. It’s amazing how some new tabletop products can really make time at the table more appealing. Alternatively, a sweet little nightlight makes a great token gift. We have a range of LED lamps and nightlights - from dinos to bunny rabbits - that would make for a lovely small treat.
We've a range of titles that are perfect for entertaining and engaging inquisitive preschoolers. Great books to gift and collect are the Little People Big Dreams series by Bookspeed. Themed around some really aspirational characters, like Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali and Marie Curie, they're great for showing influential youngsters that ordinary people can do amazing things while inspiring them to dream big too.
Like this? We've put together other collections to help you nail that perfect present, whether you’re after a Big Gift, an Eco-Friendly gift, something For Creatives or For Adventurers. We’ve also written gift finders for newborns, 2 year olds, 3 year olds, 4 year olds and 5 year olds too.
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