Christmas Present Ideas for Kids too Old for Toys

Some items featured in this guide were gifted to me

Christmas present ideas can start to get tricky once kids hit that funny stage between children and teens. Too old for most toys, yet still young enough to want things to have fun with. Plus however big children get and detailed their Christmas lists, its still nice to put some unexpected presents under the tree that they can enjoy.

Here are some unusual and entertaining Christmas present ideas for older children and teenagers for 2021…

Outdoor Christmas Present Ideas for Older Kids

Treasure Trails are a great way to give children the chance to explore hidden corners and parts of UK cities, towns and landscapes, following a fun and exciting trail. These self guided booklets have a circular walk to follow (roughly two miles, so not too long for younger children either) that is designed as a challenge with clues to crack along the way. There are over 1200 routes to choose from and you have the option of downloading your trails, so you can have it there and then, or you can order one to be posted out, perfect for wrapping up and putting under the Christmas Tree ready for a family adventure on another day.

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Metal Detector For Children

This Digital Metal Detector is great for budding explorers. Metal detecting can be an exciting hobby, helping to develop a child’s exploratory skills, curiosity, and patience. This has a light weight design and the detector emits a beeping sound when close to metal, and the flashing indicator lights speed up & change colour. At a price of £24.99 its available to buy from Very, Amazon, Bright Minds, The Studio, The Range and Rymans.

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Baking Christmas Presents for Children 2021

What could be better than doughnuts on tap?! Why not get them their own plug in mini doughnut maker! This doughnut maker from Lakeland is super simple to use with lots of different recipes included. Its a great introduction to baking, so they can easily create their own delicious treats, to make and share with friends and family.

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Harry Potter Christmas Presents 2021

Discover the magic of Harry Potter with the newest collectable Magical Capsule for the Wizarding World from Kap Toys. Each bronze Hogwart’s Crest contains a favourite characters from the Harry Potter series. Series one features ten characters to collect with these listed on the handy collector card. Each crest contains two clues to the character inside, that you can try to solve as you open the different compartments.

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The official Harry Potter Fan Club has recently announced the launch of its new Christmas themed pins. These have been added to the vast selection in the  Pin Seeking collection, with so many different pins and gift sets to choose from, including Christmas at Hogwarts and Christmas in the Great Hall.   

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Friends Christmas Presents 2021

After the huge Friends TV reunion earlier in the year celebrating the iconic Hit US TV show, this interactive Friends quiz, makes a fun and entertaining Christmas present for Friends fans. In what is the very first interactive Friends quiz, there are over 500 questions about the legendary TV show to keep any Friends fans guessing for days!

The retro VHS-style electronic game-set places players right back in the 90s, for a true Friends experience this Christmas. Could this be any more exciting?! Its RRP is £24.99 and is available to buy from Toymaster, Smyths, Argos, WHSmith,, The Range, Next and The Works.

American Sweets UK Christmas Presents

These are huge on Tik Tok at the moment, the idea of buying a mystery box of sweets and treats (generally made up of American candy and crisps) where you don’t know what you are getting until it arrives. We recently ordered one for my son’s birthday from Sweet Packs and he absolutely loved it. There are lots of different boxes to choose from on their website, with the option of a one off box, or you can even sign them up for a monthly subscription.

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This great compact set uses twelve interlocking game board cards to make your tiddlywink football pitch. Play on-the-go with your two playing counters and one football counter, trying to score goals and staying out of the shaded zones! 

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For children that love to read, this is such a wonderful gift idea – a reading subscription box, full of gifts to open at different parts of the book that relate to the story. The Reading Adventure Club was actually thought up by two children as a way to encourage their peers to read more. Each month, children receive a different adventure book through the post. As the children progress through the book, they will have the opportunity to unwrap up to 10 gifts and info sheets that help bring the story to life! They are intended to be opened at specific pages in the book with some being fun, some educational, and some even edible! No matter which, they are all linked to the story in some way.

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Space Jam UK Christmas Presents 2021

One of the biggest films of the year, if you’re children loved the film Space Jam at the cinema this year, there is a lot of merchandise around. This Nike Space Jam Hyper Charge Chug bottle is great for stocking fillers from JD Sports.

Loony toons UK Christmas presents ideas for teens 2021

Perfect for chilren adn teens that love their trainers – The card game Sneaker StacksBrings together some of the most iconic sneakers, from the classics like Chuck Taylors and Air Force 1’s, to some of the newest sneakers of the last 5 years. Each pack contains 54 cards, with 52 illustrated sneaker stacks cards, a rules to the game card, and a blank card for you to Illustrate your own! As well as being able to play sneaker stacks, the cards can double as playing cards.”

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