It’s almost that time of year again, and it is time to get started thinking about Christmas presents. Although the holiday season is a family event, we all know that children are the priority. As with every year the presents seem to be getting bigger and better, but it is hard to find little presents for the obligatory stocking or a pass-the-parcel game. From scanning top 10 Christmas present lists to furtively looking through catalogues, its best to start early to avoid disappointment. Braving shopping centres and the crowds of swarming shoppers can make the festive season more stressful than it should be, but at least there are now lots of websites on offer to help. Pass the parcel is a popular childrens’ game but because of recent trends for unusual party games it is now making a comeback with young adults. Depending on the age group there are a variety of ideas for fun Christmas Presents.
If catering for a kiddies party, interactive toys are always a winner especially animals, babies and teddies. The Flying Pig toy would be a big hit; you pull back on his legs like a catapult and watch him fly through the air with a loud squeal and an oink! It is a brilliant pass-the parcel Christmas present or stocking filler. Egglings are also a good idea. They are tiny eggs that you crack and add water to. Wait and watch for a few days and you will see tiny plants growing either basil, wild strawberry or petunia; a fantastic idea for budding scientists. There is also the opportunity for buying “Grow-Your-Own” boxes with the opportunity for growing anything from shamrocks to carnivorous plants to daisies. The kits come with everything you need and children will love watching them grow; it sure beats making cress grow out of cotton wool at school!
Another fantastic pass-the-parcel prize is the Dino Dig. This is great for young archaeologists of ages seven and up and it is possible not only to excavate a Tyrannosaurus Rex but also to make an 11cm model using the bones. This kind of Christmas present is perfect for an inquisitive mind and will keep children amused for hours. For an unusual scientific present, the “My Mystery UFO” is one of the hottest gifts for Christmas. It leaves the impression of floating in mid air without batteries, cables or magnets. So how does it float? You will have to buy it to find out!
If you are hosting a Christmas party for girls, the Doll-Making-Kit fairy design is a perfect gift for creative little princesses. Suitable for children over the age of six, the kit includes everything you would need to make a beautiful fairy doll, including equipment and instructions. A great prize to help a whole group of children stay entertained after Pass-the-Parcel is Charades for Kids. There are cards for younger children that involve acting out animals and sports but for the older kids they are a bit more challenging, having to act out weirder actions like eating spaghetti or doing up your shoelaces. Another prize that will get their creative juices going is the now available fantastic kit for painting your own pyjamas. The pyjamas come in ages 18 months until 12 years and with a range of different coloured paints. It is not only something to keep them quiet for a few hours but a great way for them to get inspired and express themselves. For more magically minded children what about a Box of Wizard Tricks for a Christmas present? The box includes over 80 different magic tricks and all of the props to go with them; before long Harry Potter will be eating his heart out!
If you have quite a large budget for Pass-the-Parcel gifts, then the Rainbow in my Room projector is an amazing present. The projector uses different LEDs and motion sensors to create a beautiful rainbow with just the wave of a hand. It is a great bedroom addition and also good for soothing any bed-time worries. Another pricier gift is the Recording Studio taster. Following the trends of High School Musical and X-Factor, children can live out their dreams by recording one of their favourite songs professionally; great value for money and a really unusual Christmas present.
A lot of these gifts would also suit older children or even young adults, but for teenagers other gifts may be more appropriate. Things like an iPod case or money boxes are practical and small enough to make Pass-the-Parcel interesting. For a more technological present, the radio controlled vehicles and even the remote controlled Black Widow Spider may be the perfect thing for teenage boys (although not for their families!)