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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

10 unusual birthday present ideas for toddlers and young children

With my son's third birthday coming up I've been struggling to work out what gifts to get him. I scoured the net for cool ideas, and here are my top ten picks to suit all budgets for anyone else with a three or four year old.

Plenty of unique gifts to choose from here. Hope it helps!

Pepe dime algo chicken and egg print by Tostadora

A cool framed print from Tostadora - from £39.99
This one is my favourite, but they have loads of good ones on the site. Something like this could end up on a kid's wall for a long time as they grow up. "Pepe dime algo" is Spanish for "Pepe, tell me something!" Awesome!

Magic Fairy Door by Knot Toys on Notonthehighstreet.com

Magic Fairy Door by Knot Toys, notonthehighstreet.com
There are loads of doors to choose from here but this is my favourite. I like the rustic simplicity of it. The truth is, one of these doors can be whatever you want it to be. Goblins? Elves? Fairies? What a great idea! It's a lovely way to make memories and feed a child's imagination - Santa only comes once a year, but every day can be magic now.

Natural wooden boxkart by Kiddimoto

Natural Boxkart by Kiddimoto - from £89.99
A go kart is timeless and loads of fun for kids of all ages, including dads! If you can't make one yourself and want to cheat, this is a decent price for a wooden one and you can then customise it together - either with stickers or a new paint-job.

The Little Old Man Who Could Not Read artwork old man in supermarket

The Little Old Man Who Could Not Read - hardcover book.
I've seen it on Amazon for about £10 including delivery. This classic book was first published in 1968. The artwork is amazing, so it's a guaranteed winner of a present. The story goes that the little old man is frustrated that he can't read, and so when his wife returns from a trip away he asks her to teach him.

Big Yellow Cement Mixer Truck Bed for children

Cement Mixer Truck Bed from The Little Bedroom Company - £109.99.
My son has this bed and he adores it. It would be a lovely 2nd birthday present or starter bed for a toddler that's threatening to climb out of their cot. He thinks it's the next best thing to owning a real digger. The quality and vibrancy of it is amazing!


Hot Air Balloons by Authentic Models for childrens bedroom

Hot Air Balloon, by Authentic Models. Prices from £30.
We received one of these from friends as a baby shower gift and it had genuine wow factor. It's a lovely item for any child's bedroom and will be there for years to come. You can hang them so it looks like they are floating in the air and they come in many different colours and sizes.

Scandinavian or Russian style art - Bear Print by Bobby Rabbit

Bear Print, by Bobby Rabbit - £8
Total bargain. You can buy A3 frames very cheaply so it's an affordable way to create a stunning gift for a child. Initially I thought it looks very Scandinavian, but it turns out it's by a Russian artist, Ekaterina Trukhan.

The bogeyman A to Z, bogeyman reads to his son at night

Fungus the Bogeyman book, by Raymond Briggs
A controversial choice maybe, you could argue it's suitable for older children but I've bought this for my son's 3rd birthday because I know he will love it. What he likes to do with the Father Christmas book is read the story to me through his own interpretation of the pictures. It's insanely cute, and the story changes a bit every time with every detail he picks up from it.

Cool T Shirt for kids by zara.com with different animals on

A cool T shirt
Why not take some inspiration from my other blog, where I picked out my top 10 kids' tees for spring/summer 2016. It's such a simple gift but if you choose the right one it's a guaranteed winner.

Kidkraft adjustable wooden easel

Adjustable Wooden Easel, by KidKraft
I think it's natural as a parent to hope that your sprog can unleash their inner Picasso just like Kieron Williamson - his watercolours have been likened to Monet, and he has now raked in over £2 million!

I hope this has given you some much needed inspiration for a cool surprise gift, but if you have any other ideas, let me know and I can include them in a future blog.

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