Childrens Gift Guide Part II Books and Games

Childrens Gift Guide Part II Books and Games

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Welcome to the annual At Home With the Johnsons Christmas Gift Guide for Children. As a Mother of three children, a pre-teen, a little one and something in the middle, I have done my fair share of Christmas gift buying only to be disappointed to see heaps of plastic toys unwanted and not played with less than a year later. This is why I have made it my mission to bring my readers this guide of incredible books and games from wonderful brands that your child will love this Christmas and for years later.


This tale of friendship, sleigh rides and two formidable girls is the perfect children’s Christmas gift for this year. Joyful and hilarious, this book is full of loveable characters and dialogue that is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. A gloriously Christmassy adventure that will delight any child this Christmas. Get yours here.

Illumisaurus Book

Journey back in time to the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods with Illumisaurus. Your little one will come face-to-face with prehistory’s most spectacular dinosaurs, plants and animals. Bring this lost world to kaleidoscopic life with your magic three-colour viewing lens. This book takes you on a real adventure, the lenses show locations, dinosaurs and wildlife in stunning detail. This book is a must for any dinosaur and history lovers out there and the innovative illustrations will even impress the grown- ups!

Yappy Personalised Book

A simply genius idea! Let your child unleash their inner detective with this exciting search and find book, with the star of the show being none other than your pet! Watch your child unleash their inner detective to search and find your daring dog as they embark on an epic journey through the weird and wonderful world dedicated to our four-legged friends. With twelve beautifully illustrated locations to explore, each double page spread is bustling with exciting scenarios, with every scene personalised just for your dog. A unique and fun gift sure to keep the whole family entertained this Christmas. Create yours here.

One Hundred Steps

We all know the world was mesmerised by Captain Tom during 2020 lockdown. This book captures his life story and his inspirational quotes in a book that is accessible to all. A truly inspiring individual and brings some much needed joy to the strangest of times. Beautifully illustrated, this hard-backed, heart-warming book is a must have gift for Christmas this year.

Blue Planet II

Give your child the chance to dive into these incredible stories from the known and adored BBC Blue planet II. Open up to discover stories of shimmering coral reefs in a kaleidoscope of colours, otters chasing one another through underwater forests and King penguins tip-toeing past snoozing Southern elephant seals. With an abundance of mind boggling facts and important climate change information, this beautifully illustrated book is certain to be hugely popular with children and adults alike.

Backward Science

This book is as backward as it promises. Starting at the end and ending at the beginning. Travel back in history and discover what life was like before major inventions and discoveries. Step into a time before smartphones, television, cars, or even the toilet; then learn about the major invention or discovery that changed the world. Explore bright, detailed, humorous scenes from different eras that will spark discussion and make you think about what life was like in history. Learn about the clever inventors, the accidental discoveries, and how people managed without the everyday things that we take for granted. Backwards Science is a fun and informative gift for all to enjoy.

Everybody Counts

This fun book will get you counting from 0 to 7.5 billion but it’s the hidden messages that mean this book is so much more. Follow the characters’ stories and see how their lives collide with those of others. There are a lot of secrets to be discovered for the sharp-eyed! You will see that everyone is different, everyone has their own life, and that – most importantly – everybody counts. At the end, a spotting section allows you to go back and have even more fun, this is the book that keeps on giving. It is no wonder that Everybody Counts is critically acclaimed for its unique approach to visual communication and has been awarded some of the world’s highest honours for children’s literature.

Its Your Story

Its your story specialise in creating beautiful photo- personalised books, which truly bring reading to life by featuring the child in the pictures as well as the story. Aimed predominantly at pre-school children and early readers, these personalised books are designed to immediately engage young children and help foster a love of reading from a young age. With the largest range of festive and non festive books in the world, the possibilities of personalised adventures are endless. Add a touch of magic to a Christmas eve box or festive read. Create yours and see what magic Its your story has to offer here.

Little people Big Dreams- Elton John

Little People, BIG DREAMS is a bestselling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. Empower your child with this incredible story of the life and achievements of Sir Elton John. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the musician’s life. This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages.

Little people Big dreams – Tom Moore

Discover the life of Captain Tom Moore, the veteran who raised over 30 million pounds for the NHS during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. By buying a copy of this book, you are making a donation of 3% of the cover price to NHS Charities Together. Teach your kids the power of determination by showing them Captain Sir Tom Moore’s picture book biography. The perfect gift to inspire your child and a memory of 2020 everyone can enjoy.

Ispace Wellbeing

After a rollercoaster of a year, there has never been a more important time to help children learn to be in touch with their emotions. ‘Have you ever had a Stressor?’ is the first book in the iSpace Wellbeing collection. Designed to help children learn to talk about their thoughts, feelings and worries; it gently teaches them tools and strategies to manage their emotional wellbeing, including who and how to ask for help. I space wellbeing are dedicated to their mission of helping improve and protect children’s emotional and mental wellbeing, this book is a great way to open up conversations with your children and do just that. See more from I space wellbeing here.

How to Spot and Artist

Danielle Krysas mission is to help people overcome the fear that they “aren’t creative.” Now she uses her characteristic playfulness, lively illustrations, and humour to help kids overcome negativity about their artistic endeavours and to help them redefine what being an artist means. Every page delivers encouragement to the kid who thinks artists all live in cities, or that art has to look like something familiar, or that painting and drawing are the only way to make art. In a world that drastically undervalues creative freedom, Krysa’s whimsical paintings and collages joyfully proclaim that art is essential and that artists are everywhere. This beautiful hard back book will make the perfect gift for any budding young artist.

Pass The Bomb

Pass the Bomb – The Big One! The latest game in the Pass the Bomb range is finally here and family board game nights will never be the same again. Roll the die, trigger the time-bomb and attempt to complete the task before passing it to the next player. Keep playing while the infernal time-bomb ticks away but watch out – the time-bomb is unstable and could “detonate” at any moment! Action packed fun! This is sure to be a huge hit this Christmas.


Quirk! is the hilariously funny, family card game that has everyone squawking, saving the world and breathing fire! Embrace your silly side with sounds and actions while causing a whole lot of mischief for your family and friends. If a wild game is your kind of thing, throw in a few mischief cards in to really switch up the odds of your game. Quirk! is an amazingly silly game for fun people and provides interactive play for all ages. With 26 characters, each game includes 2 decks of cards so you can mix and match your favourites to make every game different. A real festive family must have.

Banana Blast

Hours of fun! There’s no better time to crack out the games with loved ones than Christmas. Banana blast is a hilarious and fast paced game guaranteed to make a fantastic gift. Banana Joe sits atop his monkey hill guarding his bananas all day. Can you steal them from him? Pull the bananas from Joe’s hill but watch out! One of Joe’s bananas will make him jump, but it’s a different banana every time! Will you catch Banana Joe to win the game? Get yours here.

What A Performance

Orchard Toys have been making educational games and jigsaws in Britain for nearly 50 years, so it comes as no surprise that ‘what a performance’ does not disappoint. Be a star and rise to the challenge in this action-packed game of family fun! There are over 300 challenges – from actions to sounds to charades – to perform in this fun family game! Bring the family together with this fantastic game.

Gruffalo 4 In A Box Puzzle

There’s endless puzzling fun to be had with this Four in a Box Jigsaw Puzzle from Ravensburger! Fans of The Gruffalo will love piecing together the four scenes from the beloved bedtime story. Made of strong, high quality cardboard and with a special linen finish printto minimize glare, these puzzles will quickly become a cosy winter favouriteand make for a fantastic gift. 

Childrens Gift Guide Part 1

Childrens Gift Guide Part 1

Ad- Post contains gifted items for review purposes

Welcome to the annual At Home With the Johnsons Christmas gift guide for children. As a Mother of three children, a pre-teen, a little one and something in the middle, I have done my fair share of Christmas gift buying only to be disappointed to see the heaps of plastic toys unwanted and not played with less than a year later. This is why I have made it my mission to bring to my readers this guide of incredible and meaningful gift ideas from wonderful brands that your child will love this Christmas and for years after. I hope you enjoy!

Lottie Lane Personalised Cushion

Nothing makes a gift feel more special than when it is personalised to a loved one. Lottie Lane is a textile and homeware business created by Charlotte (Lottie) who prides her designs on her bright, playful, fun and energising designs, all of her designs are hand drawn with minimal use of technology to ensure a real focus on original and authentic design. Available in a range of stunning fabrics, this flamingo style is sure to please any lucky child this Christmas. From the plump and luxury feel to the beautiful glitter personalisation this Lottie Lane cushion will be a gift that keeps on giving, Detachable cover and machine washable, this is the perfect gift to please those flamingo loving girlies out there. Head to Lottie lane to check out more stunning fabric options here.

Owlet Cam

A baby on the way? Owlet are dedicated to giving parents absolute peace of mind. Hear and see your child from anywhere with the Owlet Cam. The high quality video stream can be accessed via the Owlet app, allowing you to check in on your baby wherever you are. With background audio, 2-way audio and night vision, you can enjoy complete peace of mind as your baby sleeps. Never miss a moment with sound and motion notifications and background audio that plays while you use your phone for other tasks. Check out more from Owlet here, also available at Cheeky Rascals.

My Busy Bots

My Busy Bots create award-winning busy bags, toolkits and Fun Folders containing enjoyable, educational activities that will encourage learning through play. All Busy Bots activities come in their own brightly coloured, waterproof bag. Each one includes a fun activity with all the relevant materials that you need and an information card to guide you. The colour in Christmas cards are sure to provide seasonal entertainment for your busy little one. The award winning busy bag will encourage little ones to love learning as they are introduced to amusing characters and images, that will help them identify the letter sound for each card, and place that letter on its matching card. Let the activity books take your child on a colourful adventure, fun for all the family, check out Busy Bots fantastic range this Christmas.

Letterbox Lab

Letterbox Lab is the Children’s science kit, reinvented to be more fun, colourful, more convenient and more educational than ever before. Designed and developed by a science loving duo who have dedicated a decade to engaging the public with science, Letterbox lab kits are designed to inspire young people to create and learn. It could not be more simple, an impressive science kit that arrives through your letterbox containing everything you need to perform incredible experiments with your children. Embark on an adventure with your children thanks to Letterbox Lab’s incredible range. This Investigate box held a world of adventure and everything we could possibly need to enjoy some fun packed time together. Why not take a look at a Letterbox Lab subscription and receive a box monthly or bimonthly to keep the fun going!  

Chicco Balance Bike

This lightweight Red Bullet Balance Bike from Chicco is perfect for when your child is learning to ride a bike, helping them acquire balance so they can ride confidently when they’re ready to progress to a pedal bicycle with ease. Structured like a real bike with an ultra-light metal frame, the Red Bullet will help develop the balance and confidence your child needs to navigate the world on two wheels, making it the ideal first training bike. The stylish glossy red design means this bike has a real WOW factor about it. Make your child’s Christmas in style. Shop Kiddies Kingdom here.

Thunder Glow Drone

I am sure a drone will be on many Christmas lists this year! With impressive features like this, its no surprise. Impressive LED lights, this drone really does look the part. Including an impressive 6 axis gyro stabiliser, long range 2.4 GHz control, low/medium/high speeds and an automatic trim function. The Thunder Glow is the newest addition to Buzz retails radio-controlled range and is unsurprisingly proving to be a lively and popular choice for both indoor and outdoor fun. 

Frugi Pyjamas

We have all seen and can distinguish the wonderful Frugi by their gorgeous and unique use of patterns, colours and fun children’s clothes. Frugi are on a mission to show the world that beautiful children’s clothing can be fun and ethically sourced, a belief which I love. With an incredible AW range inspired by the highlands of Scotland there are so many incredible pieces to discover this Christmas. Not only are these Ace pj’s super fun and stylish they are extremely soft and have an Organic Cotton Jersey lining on the inside front of the top for extra cosiness. What I love most about Frugi is the size options mean that both little and big kids can get in on the action and co ordinate with matching pyjamas this Christmas.

Paint Sticks

Paint sticks are known and loved by many parents and children for their fun and mess free design. Paint sticks are extremely versatile and can be used for a range of techniques like blending, stamping, colour washing, scraping and dotting. Used just like glue sticks they allow vivid colours to be transferred directly onto a range of surfaces. No need for brushes, water or the usual mess that comes with painting. Pick your colour, lift the lid and twist, unleash your creativity and when finished just pack away – no mess! Paint dries quickly within minutes. Shaped like a Paint Stick, this GIANT yellow storage tube includes 30 assorted Paint Sticks, all your little loved one needs for hours of fun.

Avocado Kids Box

Empower your kids to be more confident in the kitchen this Christmas! Avocado Kids is a genius subscription box service that breathes passion and knowledge of food into children of all ages. Created by self taught chef Gabby, her love of food began from a young age cooking with her Nonna. It is this that inspired her to educate a new generation and ignite a passion for cooking. A great way to help fussy eaters overcome their fears, each box contains all you will need to have a foodie themed, cook along evening. From recipe cards and shopping lists to themed music playlist and an apron, these boxes will ensure you have everything you and your child need to enjoy a perfect themed cook along. With a range of subscriptions available Avocado kids will make for an exciting and unique gift that keeps on giving through Christmas and beyond.

Wicked Mega Bounce

Up there with the world’s very bounciest balls, the Mega Bounce XTR bounces at 85% of its original dropped height! That’s compared to a basketball’s measly 56%! Throw it as hard as you possibly can and watch in awe as it soars higher than a two-storey building! The slick packaging and eye catching graphics make it bounce above the crowd. A fantastic gift idea sure to impress this Christmas.

Build Your Own Plane Launcher

Build Your Own are the creators of an exciting and unique range of cardboard products designed to inspire and engage young imaginations. Dedicated to reducing plastic toy waste, Build your own design fantastic toys and gifts that the whole family will enjoy. This build your own paper plane launcher provides hours of endless entertainment. It’s incredible quality and clearly written instructions are easy to follow. Your child will love flying awesome paper planes while providing endless fun and laughter for all this Christmas. See more from Build your own here.

Love Writing Co

The Love Writing Company is on a mission to help children Love Writing from the start. Their handwriting and Alphabet Practice Books are full of fun and engaging activities that will help your child learn letter and word formation, build pencil control and establish a solid writing foundation. I love the range of age appropriate Writing Pencils and Erasable Colour Pencils that have been specifically developed for a child’s hand, available in 2 sizes. These complete writing packs offer everything you need to start your Love Writing Co journey, all with a nifty eco gym bag for storage. A great Christmas gift for your little ones, check out more from Love Writing Co here.

Hexbug Nano

Build the ultimate playground with the Hexbug Nano Flash Nanoplex set. This amazing Nanoplex set is perfect for your little ones creative mind. Kids can build up the scene using the impressive range of pieces included, then watch as the little critters scurry, bounce and flip around all on their own. With Nano you can add to the collection as a gift for every occasion. Inside the robotic toy playset, kids can build fun playgrounds for the newly designed flash nano and 2 regular nanos using colourful jelly walls, tracks and unique obstacles like the 2 merry-go-rounds! Get yours here.

Eat Sleep Doodle Tote

Gift company Eat Sleep Doodle create fun, creative and educational gifts. With a huge range of fabric doodle items, all to colour in and customise with included washable pens. Simply machine wash, and they’re ready to be re-designed and re-personalised! This fun, practical carry bag for books, kit, shopping and more will make a great gift this Christmas. Kids (and adults of course) can enjoy adding their own colours to the beautiful hand-drawn wild butterfly scene. Included is a set of 10 colourful, wash-out pens. Colouring relieves stress and invokes imagination and your child can enjoy this again and again with eat sleep doodle. Check out their fantastic range of washable gifts here.

Hair Flair Deluxe

A new deluxe hair kit which allows girls to stay on trend with the latest hair styles. This Hair Flair Deluxe Kit contains on trend and stylish new hair chalk colours as well as a new hair chalk applicator. Your child can learn how to plait with the new plaiting tool, and how to put hair up in a variety of bun styles. Easy to apply and easy to wash out. The new packaging style allows for all components to be kept together, with no waste. Includes a slot for a mobile phone on which to watch Fab Labs useful tutorials.

Nutritional Ninjas

Devoted to their mission to introduce children to cooking and educate them to make healthy food choices, Nutritional Ninjas offer this fantastic subscription to ignite a passion for cooking and healthy food in your child or loved one. Nutritional Ninja Bake Boxes provide everything you need to create a tasty, healthy treat. Including dry ingredients, recipe cards, food facts and collectable stickers all packed in a slimline, handy box. A perfect and unique gift that can be enjoyed for many months. Check out Nutritional Ninjas Instagram and website to order yours.

Frugi Little Adventurers Backpack

Perfect for getting tiny explorers ready for the day ahead, Frugi Little Adventurers backpacks will make a great gift this Christmas. With a front snack pocket and large main pocket, this bag has an adjustable chest strap, shoulder straps and a padded back for extra comfort. The outer fabric is impressively made from recycled plastic bottles so you can rest assured that you are treating your little one to the best…in every sense. Inspired by the Scottish legend of the Loch Ness monster this bag screams fun and is guaranteed to make any little one smile!

Ultimate Sparkle Science

Explore the wonders of science with 10 fascinating sparkle chemistry experiments. Your child can make glittery bath jellies, grow a sparkly crystal geode, create a strawberry scented fragrance jar for your bedroom, experiment with slime and light up your creations in the nightlight and make their own Mystic Ball. With clear instructions about how to conduct the experiments at home included, as well as the method and science behind what they are doing, this set is not only great fun but educational too. This super sparkly chemistry set will help your child to explore, a thoughtful and interactive gift.


An award wining positive pencils jumbo pack that makes an ideal, plastic free children’s gift. Each jumbo pack contains twelve inspirational colouring pencils, a double wooden pencil sharpener and reusable sicker sheet. Stib’s mission is to champion the need to raise our young people with the confidence to articulate and express themselves and their ideas. Making a perfect stocking filler or gift for those colouring mad little ones, the stylish designs and bright colours of Stib can’t help but make you smile.


Brainstorm is a leading supplier of fun and educational toys. With a reputation of high-quality, unique products. These Eugy 3D craft collectibles make a great Christmas gift or stocking filler that will keep little ones entertained for hours. Made from environmentally friendly, biodegradable card and printed with natural eco-friendly ink these figures are easily fixed together in numerical sequence using the non-toxic glue. Including fun, educational facts, kids will treasure these beautiful keepsakes and want to collect them all. For a gift that keeps on giving check out the adorable range from Eugy here.

Aveeno Mother and Baby

The perfect present for expectant or new mothers, the Aveeno Mum and Baby Giftset contains everything you need to nourish and hydrate both mum and baby’s delicate skin. Complete with cute teddy bear character, this set makes for a gorgeous gift for both expectant mum, mother and baby. Give baby a nurturing bath with Aveeno Baby Daily Care Hair & Body Wash, a mild daily cleanser that has been specially developed for newborn skin. Gently cleansing baby’s delicate skin from top to toe, the mild formula will never leave skin feeling dry, and has been formulated to minimise risk of allergies. Get yours here.

Outright Games

Home of family friendly games, Outright games stock a huge range of games perfect for Christmas gifts. At a time when families have come together more than ever, Outright Games have been there every step of the way with a 2020 catalogue of games perfect to entertain and bring parents and their kids together with entertaining and safe video games that bring to life some of the most well-known characters in the world. Something for everyone, this Gigantosauras game is great for little ones. Work together to help Giganto unblock the volcano by completing tasks and puzzles throughout the game and unlocking races to get to the next level. For all things gaming look no further than Outright Games this Christmas.

Fab Lab Nail Art

Girls of a certain age are notoriously hard to buy for. Fab Lab have your back with this new deluxe nail kit that provides girls with everything they need to create fabulous looking nails! This kit contains various solvent-free nail polish colours and focuses on the must have new trend of ‘Ombre Nail Art’. Using the special ombre sponge and nail masks, girls can create the latest looks, then embellish their colourful designs with cool stickers. The new packaging style allows for all components to be kept together, with no waste, and includes a slot for a mobile phone on which to watch our useful FabLab nail art tutorials.

Stomp Rocket

The Stomp Rocket Ultra is 100% child powered! Run, jump and stomp to launch the rockets up to a massive 200 feet in the air. Your child can learn through play concepts like Gravity, Trajectory, Force and Power of Air while also having the time of their lives. Easy and fast assembly means the fun can begin straight away. Over the years, the Stomp Rocket has won numerous awards from industry experts and with it’s hands (or feet) on approach it is no wonder. Enjoy yours of fun this Christmas with Stomp Rocket.

Louby Lou Magic Word Bracelets

Everyone has a word that means something to them, empowers them and grounds them. Magic Word bracelets from Louby Lou mean you can carry your magic word on a bracelet with you every day to inspire you, encourage you and to remind you that you are brilliant. I love the idea of these bracelets as a great stocking filler idea for your child to remind them that you are with them and there for them always. Available with a range of string colours and inspirational words. Check out more from Louby Lou here.

Tiny Science

Since 2004, SmartLab Toys has been one of the leading designers of educational toys for children ages six through fourteen. They believe that children learn best through hands-on exploration and discovery, that’s why SmatLab hold an impressive collection of super fun, educational kits for kids of all ages. SmartLab’s Tiny Science is a miniature working lab with real precision instruments, including a funnel, petri dish, beaker, Erlenmeyer flask, magnifier, test tube, pipette, graduated cylinder, measuring scoop, balance scale, and 3gram weights. These teeny tiny tools are housed in a miniature cabinet, making Tiny Science perfect for on-the-go fun! A great stocking filler for your science mad little one. Get yours here.

Pulse Yoyo

The Duncan Pulse Yo-Yo is a perfectly balanced, ball-bearing yo-yo that is unique, and affordable. New lighting technology offers increased colour changing lights and patterns with each second of increased spin time. It turns a standard 2-handed performance into a fantastic show of light and colour! A great stocking filler for all. Get yours here.

Lexie Drew Accessories

Designed and created by a mother and daughter trio, Lexie Drew create and design stylish baby and children’s accessories. All of Lexie Drew’s bibs are made in the UK with love and are lined with organic bamboo towelling, which not only makes them extra soft but also means they keep your little one dry for longer. Handmade with love and in the UK you need not look further for adorable Christmas accessories for little ones. This adorable headband and bib combo make for a gorgeous gift that will be used and adored all season long.

Kids Stuff Crazy Foam Soap

Crazy Foaming Soap is a mild and gentle formulation of mouldable foam soap that allows children to explore their creative side whilst cleaning their delicate skin. This tactile soap can be moulded into any shape your child can imagine. Simply squirt some soap into the palm of your child’s hand and watch as their imagination run wild! The Hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested, pH-balanced formula means there are no surprise nasties, just fun. A great stocking filler for both boys and girls this Christmas.

Lindt Teddy

Celebrate your Christmas with the new Lindt Bear! A symbol of affection, love and care! With Lindt’s classical, legendary craftsmanship, Lindt’s Maîtres Chocolatiers have created the Lindt Bear, made out of the finest Lindt milk chocolate….an adorable gift for any little one in your life.