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Birthday Present Ideas

On this page we're going to bring you a full range of toys and gifts that real parents and kids have reviewed for us, right from that all important 1st birthday to teens.  Some present ideas are ideal as either a birthday present or to include in a party bag. Our Kids testers are busy testing at the moment ....read the latest reviews now with more to come!......

 

Popcorn Machine

Films and popcorn go together like Thelma and Louise, like Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor… you get the idea. Unfortunately, when you try and get popcorn at the cinema these days you often end up paying more than you did for your ticket! Well you can have cinema style popcorn right at home thanks to this nifty little machine. All you have to do is pour some un-popped kernels into the classically designed machine and switch it on. Once the air is hot enough the kernels will begin to pop into your favourite crunchy treat, then all you have to do is take them out, pick your seasoning (we like salted, we're sweet enough already) and enjoy! RRP £29.99. Available at http://www.stocking-fillers.co.uk/popcorn-machine.

 

 

Nurvo Android Tablets

If all your techno-savvy children want this year is a tablet PC of their own, Nurvo’s British- designed affordable Android devices should be top of your e-shopping list. Nurvo’s range of Android devices has something for everyone. For mums and dads of techno tots who want a decent tablet without breaking the bank, there are 7” and 10” tablets with dual-core processors and 16GB storage both retailing at under £100. The tablets have front and rear cameras and access to Google Play Store’s thousands of easily downloadable games, books and music.

Selma's review: When the Nurvo Android Tablet arrived my kids (11 & 7) could not wait to unpack it and 'boot up'. We were immediately impressed with the performance levels of the Nurvo 10” Tablet. Windows scroll smoothly and it switches between applications quickly. Typing is fast and very good too. The kids find it easy to use and it has quickly become a favourite source for fun and educational games. All told it’s a great tablet, responsive, fast, feature packed and can hold its own against more expensive models.

 

Razor Berry Scooters

Here comes the fun! The kids are out of school and full of energy. If you’re worried about how to keep them entertained, look no further than these top Scooters from re:creation, which promise oodles of outdoor fun! Walking is so last year! Scooting on the Razor Berry is the coolest way to travel and get kids exercising the fun way. Aimed at girls and boys aged 6+, the Razor Berry has a cool skateboard style deck and comes in three juicy colours – raspberry, gooseberry and blueberry!

Sam's review (10yrs): I recently received one of Razor Berry's cool scooters! I wrote this review so people know how brilliant they are. I received the 'blueberry' scooter which is blue and orange but you can have other funky bright colours too! The scooter has 2 wheels, it's very good to improve your balancing skills and I have had hours of fun. Mum and Dad like it as it gets me out of the house. Yep this company make cool & funky scooters, so don't delay buy a Razor Berry product today!

Dad's review (Not 10yrs!): The Razor Berry scooter is excellent! Well made and very sturdy, it's very colourful and attractive to the eye. The scooter ticks all the right boxes from a parent's perspective. A sure fire winner of a gift idea to encourage your kids to get outside and enjoy some fresh air!.

 

LeapFrog’s Scribble and Write

LeapFrog’s Scribble and Write, helps children learn how to write upper and lowercase letters and numbers in a mess free environment – a perfect addition from Santa’s sleigh on Christmas morning. This innovative product has an easy-to-grip stylus pen to fit perfectly in little hands and provides instant accuracy feedback on shapes and proper stroke order along the way. Suitable for children aged three plus, this device also helps children explore letter sounds, counting and much more. It uses a retraceable surface and is easily portable to allow little ones to play and practice wherever they go.

Eva's review: I got the Scribble and Write for my 4 year old daughter who has just started learning to recognize and write letters at school. It teaches lower and upper case letters and numbers 1-10 by tracing the lights with a stylus with easy to follow instructions. Children can interact by stamping their feet, patting their tummies or clapping their hands e.g. 3 times after writing number 3. When finished writing, you move the slider at the bottom to rub it out and start again. It is a very sturdy and durable toy. We already have Leapfrog Count & Draw which she loves - it is very similar but teaches numbers, shapes and has early maths games. Overall, very educational toy which helps my daughter practice writing and keeps her occupied, so brilliant on those long car journeys.

 

The Real Wonders of the World! 

The Real Wonders of the World, from Lonely Planet Books 'Not for Parents' series, combines colourful illustrations, insightful images and fascinating facts to take readers on the craziest world tour ever, via stupendous structures, extreme escapades, luxurious extravagances, hi tech marvels and dangerous and haunted locations. Other titles in the 'Not for Parents' series include The Travel Book, How to be a World Explorer, Extreme Planet, New York, Rome, London, Paris, Great Britain, Australia, USA and China. Lonely Planet’s Not for Parents children’s series is designed for children aged 8-12 to help kids to understand the world through interesting and quirky information and illustrations.

Alexandra's 's review: This book is fabulous, full of fantastic pictures and trivia to get children interested in the World and asking questions! Laid out beautifully, this is truly a book to take pride of place on any bookshelf. The nature of the content is stimulating and educational but importantly entertains and provides plenty of fun, with subject matter including Harry Potter, fast cars, Brazil, Mexico etc, man-made islands on recycled materials... In short my son (9yrs) loves it, a ‘must’ for any family household. And though the cover proclaims: "Not for parents" adults won’t be able to stop themselves from diving in. ENJOY!

 

Logo Billionaire board game from Drummond Park! 

Fresh from the creators of the LOGO series, Children will love building up a fortune with this ‘brand’ new  concept from the UK’s leading independent games company, Drumond Park. Bursting with a massive selection of huge, instantly recognisable, everyday UK brands, it’s a thrilling, colourful card and cash collecting board game, where everyone joins in the financial fun, racing to become the first LOGO Billionaire.

Eve's 's review: Logo Billionaire is a colourful board game and when it arrived, my kids (11 and 7) could not wait to unwrap it to start a game. The rules are easy to follow and my kids quickly got the hang of the game. Basically, the first player to make £1billion wins but if you risk it all you could end up ‘Bust’. It’s well thought out as there are more complex rules so we can tailor the game in relation to players’ ages. Logo Billionaire relies on a healthy slice of luck so anyone can win. It has provided hours of fun, ensuring it will remain a family favourite for some time to come. 

 

Seedling Design Your Own Sword Kit! 

Be imaginative, be creative with your very own personally designed sword. You can be a knight, a warrior, a messenger of peace with this unique Seedling Wooden Sword Kit, which comes with its own paints and brushes. Your child will have so much fun! 

Sonia's review: The quality of this product is fabulous. My son (7yrs) had a great time creating and adding his own design to his new sword. It’s a great toy to engage kids and encourages creative thinking. Now that it looks like a cool pirate’s sword my son is having a whale of a time as Pirates of the Caribbean around the house. Who needs Johnny Depp?

 


Chuggington - Rescue at Rocky Ridge Mine Deluxe Playset!  

From TOMY, the unique, elevated train system Chuggingtion Stack Track™, is inspired by the action-packed and contemporary animated train TV programme Chuggington. With Rescue at Rocky Ridge Mine children can relive the recent Chuggington extended episode of the same name, and create their own adventures with this die-cast playset. It also features a hazardous mine-tunnel, a boulder trap and die-cast models of Brewster and Koko – perfect for train themed thrills! 

Melissa's review: My son (4yrs) loves Chuggington and this train set didn’t disappoint. The track is well-made, durable and is easy to assemble (with help for younger kids). My boy loves watching the trains racing down the ‘Rocky Ridge’. It also helps develop creativity / building skills, with the different layouts you can build. You can also add different Chuggington tracks and combine them to make an even bigger track. Overall, the Rocky Ridge Mine track is a fun toy, a winner for Chuggington and train fans alike.