10 Birthday Present Ideas for Children
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10 Birthday Present Ideas for Children

A snappy list to help busy aunts/uncles/godparents/friends/cousins.

We have all been there. The terrible dawning realisation that the very date which seemed so far away when you scrawled it into your diary two months ago is nearly upon you.

Whether it’s your niece’s 3rd birthday tea party, your youngest cousin’s common entrance celebration party (yes, this is a real thing) or your godson who seems to have grown from baby to toddler to a scarily articulate six-year-old in the blink of an eye, the present panic is an all-to familiar feeling and despite the invitation stating: ‘No presents, only your presence’ from pushy Aunt Mary, you know this is absolute rubbish. She expects something thoughtful yet educational. There’s no way you will have time to trawl round toy shops or find the perfect present on your own, and you just know that certain family members will smugly produce the most perfect present.

Fear not! School House has helpfully rounded up ten failsafe birthday present ideas to help you with this tricky task. Don’t forget to finish your present with the unforgettable flourish of personalised wrapping paper. Now you can relax, safe in the knowledge that your present will go down a storm.

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Rocket Scooter Satchel, Honey & Toast, £75

Honey & Toast have nailed it. Practical yet chic, stylish yet fun, their hero product is a satchel with a difference – the ultimate accessory for school runs. It is easy to attach to a scooter and doubles up as a backpack once you have reached your destination. Even better, everything is made by hand – cut and stitched in a small factory in Somerset. Honey & Toast like tradition, they ‘vote for long-lasting over throwaway and mischief over mundane’ and even offer a bespoke personalisation service. You can have a doodle of your child’s, their name or initials applied to their satchel. The possibilities are endless. We’re sold!

Visit their website to place an order.


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Biscuiteers Birthday Luxe Biscuit Tin, £45

When only an edible present will do, don’t settle for a run of the mill Colin the Caterpillar. Biscuiteers have a wide range of fun and sparky biscuit sets, often personalised and always beautifully presented. This happy birthday luxe set is perfect for children and once the biscuits have gone (it won’t take long, trust us) the tin is a perfect home for keeping colouring pencils together or storing other treasures. Biscuiteers launched in 2007 with the mission statement ‘why send flowers when you can send biscuits instead?’ We couldn’t agree more.

Visit the Biscuiteer website to order.

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The Great Hall at Hogwarts 3D Puzzle, £35

What’s not to love about a 3D Hogwarts puzzle? One for the slightly older kids (recommended age is 14+), the parents will love you for providing hours of quiet concentration. Bring to life your favourite school of witchcraft and wizardry and whilst you’re at it, you can even combine the Great Hall with the Astronomy Tower (for serious HP fans) to create a super puzzle of 1,725 pieces. The magic is at your fingertips!

Available here.

Gelupo Ice Cream

Beechwood Hall and Cosy Cottage Sylvanian Families Gift Set, £109.99

Some brands never lose their popularity. Sylvanian Families were created in 1985 and are still going strong, providing hours of playtime. My sister used to tie a pair of my mother’s tights from one side of the bathroom to the other and cover them in soap and water to create mini water slides for her Sylvanians – perhaps it’s best not to mention this to the lucky recipient of this gift box if you want to stay onside with the parents. If you feel like splashing out (perhaps you are trying to make up for previous last minute gifts from Sainsbury’s ten minutes before you walked through the door) then turn up bearing this super duper deluxe set and you will quickly become the most popular guest.

Buy your Sylvanians from Smyth’s Toys

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Personalised Book of Nursery Rhymes, £19.99

It’s hard to go wrong with children’s books, especially if they are personalised, such as this nursery rhyme collection which is bound to be treasured for a lifetime. The book of nursery rhymes is a lovely mixture of old favourite, traditional nursery rhymes as well as personalised poems based on your child’s name. To make the book even more personal and truly unique, you can add a message on the inside of the book for that extra special touch!

Order your personalised book online.