Very little can compare to the feeling of sheer excitement kids get on the night before Christmas, when the only thing that stands between them and the magic of the big day – and discovering presents at the end of their bed – is a few hours of restless sleep. So, if you’re taking on Santa duties this year, we have you covered.
Choosing gifts isn’t always straightforward, particularly when you’re not sure where to start or if you haven’t been given any pointers on what to buy, so, if you’re stumped, why not check out our tried and tested guides, which are filled with our pick of toys, puzzles, clothing and technology that will hold there interest long after Boxing Day.
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While the famous toy-brick brand probably conjures up images of colossal 3,000-piece Black Panther and loop-the-loop rollercoaster sets that take time to construct, Lego also offers a wide range of mini builds that could be a fun way to spark young imaginations. Kids can build, and rebuild the sets on repeat, and many will set you back less than £20, making them perfect stocking-filler material.
Whether you’re shopping for an artistic type, a young motor fan or a ‘Potterhead’, these mini and manageable sets are sure to build the excitement on Christmas morning, with myriad themes catering to kids six years old and above.
If you’re considering sorting their stockings ahead of time or are looking for inspiration before the big day, read on for the mini Lego sets we think would make their Christmas wish list.
Help kids create a colourful decoration for their bedroom with this 191-piece set. Suitable for children aged eight years old and above, the set includes two bright and intricate-looking sunflowers with adjustable leaves. If this cultivates their botanical interests, you can add to their collection with Lego roses (£11.99, Lego.com), and a larger flower bouquet set (£54.99, Lego.com)
Whether they’re an older giftee who has a keen interest in classic vehicle design, or a child who would love to spend Christmas morning zooming around with this Vespa set, the bright red scooter could make a superb addition to their stocking this year. Suitable for children nine years old and above, this miniature build even comes complete with the Vespa logo.
Monster Jam el toro loco: £17.99, Lego.com
Shopping for a monster-truck fanatic? This 247-piece set will help them recreate the el toro loco truck, with familiar features such as horns and a nose ring, teeth and fire graphics. Sure to be a thrilling set for young motor enthusiasts to unwrap this Christmas, the set can be re-built and made into a rock racer. What’s more, little builders can use the pull-back action, which will see the vehicle zoom forward, just like a real motor.
Lego Friends mobile fashion boutique shop and hair salon playset: £7.65, Amazon.co.uk
This playset could prove to be an exciting stocking filler for young children interested in fashion and beauty, as it comes with a whole host of accessories, including a hairdryer, a hair brush, lipstick, perfume and hair accessories. They’ll have two minifigure characters to play with, while the set also comes with a scooter – complete with safety helmet – to pull along the mobile salon.
Lego dots Mickey Mouse and Minnie mouse stitch-on patch: £5.99, Johnlewis.com
As part of the Lego dots range, which focuses on encouraging kids to get creative, this Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse set can be stitched onto clothing, bags and accessories. This way, kids can create their designs with the little Lego dot colourful tiles, before proudly displaying them as an accessory they can wear everyday. This would make a fun stocking filler for children aged six years old and above.
Transporting us to another era, this miniature double-decker captures the classic London bus design, with single rear entrance, transparent windows and poster displayed across the side. Exclusive to Hamleys, this charming set (aimed at seven-year-olds and above) is sure to entertain during the post-Christmas-lunch slump.
Lego Hogwarts carriage and thestrals: £17.99, Lego.com
Calling all Potterheads: lifted straight from the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix storyline is this Hogwarts carriage and thestrals set. Designed for witches and wizards aged seven years old and above, Harry Potter buffs join Harry, Luna Lovegood and two thestrals in their adventure through the Forbidden Forest. The 121-piece set incorporates a forest tree and baby thestral minifigure, making this one a set for larger stockings.
Designed for children seven years old and above, Lego’s colourful 155-piece tuk tuk car features three Indian-style lunch boxes sitting on the roof, a fire extinguisher and hanging decorations for a realistic finish. The three-wheeled toy car measures in at just 3in tall and wide, so it can also be popped in the kids’ bag for building on the go.
Lego dots bag tag narwhal accessories arts and craft set 41928: £5.99, Hamleys.com
Hailing from the creative Lego dots range for kids, this 85-piece set is functional and fun. Piece together blue, teal and purple tiles for a sweet narwhal design, which can then be attached to the kids’ school bags and backpacks and shared (or shown off) with friends. Ideal for personalising their bags and tapping into their creative side, there are plenty more builds from the Lego dots range too.
Lego 007 Aston Martin DB5: £19.99, Lego.com
For kids aged eight years and above (not forgetting big kids, too) you might consider 007’s Aston Martin from Lego’s speed champions range. Perfect for petrolheads and James Bond fans alike, the 298-piece sports car replica features four swappable number plates, wire wheel-rim inserts and James Bond minifigure. Relatively small, sophisticated and sleek, it would look great on display.
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