Finding toys to thrill them without blowing your budget isn’t as hard as you might think. We pick 10 great Christmas gifts for boys – and all for under a tenner...
Gifts for 0-2 year-olds
Give a newborn a fun rattle and a cute little friend, with this beautiful crochet bunny rattle (£9) from stylish hand-knit company, Linden French. The kitemarked rattle is 100% cotton, with a gentle jingle - and the perfect size for tiny hands. Buy in blue if you’re a traditionalist, or white if dribble stains aren’t an issue.
Make them laugh and encourage hand-to-eye coordination with this excellent-value traditional wooden Pop Up Toy (£7.99) with four characters on concealed springs. Curious little ones love watching them boing up and down, while older infants can match the detachable characters to their colour slots.
Gifts for 2-6 year-olds
Puppets are guaranteed to make smaller children squeal with fun, and these Animal Hand Wiggler Puppets (£4.99) are a cheap and cheeky option. Choose from six stripey or spotty furry creatures, and watch them arch, slither and wiggle – all they need is a hand to bring them to life!
A kids’ favourite since this ‘walking spring’ was ‘discovered’ by a naval engineer in 1945 as part of a military device and turned into a toy. Watch Slinky (£4.50) as it slides downstairs and off raised surfaces, or comes to life in their hands – a real retro classic.
Gifts for 6-8 year-olds
Get two activities in one with this Football Shrinkles (£8.20) set - make two football teams by colouring, cutting and oven-baking the Shrinkles, which magically become seven times smaller and thicker! Then have a tabletop game when they're done - pitch and posts are included. Goal!
Brush up on your history and have fun with the History Heroes card game (£7.99) – identifying 42 monarchs from clues on the cards – illustrated by cartoonist Bill Stott - to capture opponents’ cards in the style of Top Trumps. The ‘Famous Explorers’ version of the game is out on 14 November.
Gifts for 8-11 year-olds
Help them bring drawings to life with the Science Museum 3D Drawing Pad (£5), guaranteed to capture their imagination. Sketch on the specially lined 50-sheet pad with a dark pen then put the special glasses on and watch as the drawing jumps off the page in amazing 3D. As close to magic as you can get without having to…
…shout Abracadabra! If you want to inspire your mini-magician a box of tricks is a great gift. This magic gift box (£8) has 20 magic tricks – including sleight of hand illusions and magic knots. Alternatively, Hawkins Bazaar has single tricks from £2, including finger guillotines and flying UFOs.
If you're buying for girls, check out our ideas for great Christmas gifts for girls for under £10.
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