We’ve rounded up some fun, cool and just plain useful things which could be a great present if you’re still looking for a gift (or if the kids are looking to spend some of their Christmas money).
Let’s face it – you’re all still doing your shopping for Christmas, so why not make it easy on yourself and check out some of our recommendations.
We got a chance to test one of these and wow, they’re great. The kids were excited by the colours and noise and it made some lovely snacks to have with our Christmas movie. It’s also not too big, so easy to store away from the kitchen worktop. You’ll need to buy the kernels, but it comes with old-style boxes and the cooking system means you don’t need to use oil or butter when you cook it.
No doubt you’re being hounded to buy kids of a certain age a smartphone this year and IMO Mobile might have the solution for you. Priced cheaply, at £29.99, they have plenty of the accoutrements you would see in higher spec phones, but it’s not a disaster if it gets dropped or lost. We tested a Q2 Plus, which had a good battery and navigable Android tech. It’s small and light and while the camera isn’t state-of-the-art, it’s more than sufficient. A good solution.
Butterfly Books is an independent publishing house set up by a couple of entrepreneurs aimed at dismantling diversity and gender stereotypes in various careers. The result is a series of children’s books aimed at kids seven and younger, which it hopes helps to stop sexism at its roots. Plus the books look great.
We’ve featured the founder of bopster here on the site, so it seemed only fitting that we tested out one of their products. We got our hands on the tiger backpack – a four-litre carry case which looks fun and is also incredibly practical. It’s good quality, feels strong and protective of whatever might be inside and seems roomy. Said to be suitable for three-years-old and up, this would be a great pressie for all parents whose kids love putting stuff in bags (that would be everyone, right?)