With so much choice, selecting Christmas gift for kids can be challenging. So we talked to local retailers and browsed the aisles of Kitsilano toy stores to get the intel on some great children’s gifts that challenge their abilities and fire their imaginations. Check out the cool kids’ Christmas presents we found below:
9 Awesome Christmas Gifts for Kids
1) Tekno Robotic Puppy, $69.99, London Drugs. A top toy for 2013, this interactive electronic friend barks, communicates with its eyes and even performs backflips.
2) VW Camper Van Play Tent, $78, at Hip Baby. Who wouldn’t want to take a road-trip in this kids-sized version of the iconic 1965 camper-van?
3) Carcassonne, $34.99, at Drexoll Games. This classic tile playing game is perfect for family game night.
4) Hape Discovery Space Centre, $149, at Pebble. Thanks to Commander Chris Hadfield space has never been cooler and budding astronauts can enjoy hours of imaginative play with this space centre.
5) The Shopping List Game, $19.95, or any game by Orchard Games, at Kidsbooks. Pre-schoolers love these award winning games which encourage memory, literacy, numeracy and social skills.
6) Hape Toy, Fresh Food Market Cash Register (34.95) and Shopping Cart (69.95), at No Pirates Allowed. Playing shop has always been popular and the pint-sized shopping cart is too cute to miss.
7) Crocodile Creek puzzle, $17.95, at No Pirates Allowed. These beautifully illustrated, heavy-duty puzzles have big pieces for little hands but are challenging enough to entertain older kids.
8) Lego from London Drugs or No Pirates Allowed. Toddlers love Duplo and Lego Chima. Lego Friends and Lego Superheros are top sellers this year.
9) Penguin Pandemonium-Christmas Crackers, $8.99, at Kidsbooks. A hilarious yarn about the penguins at City Zoo celebrating Santa’s visit.
Kidsbooks on Broadway, 3083 West Broadway, (604) 738-5335
Pebble, 2675 Arbutus Street (at W 11th Ave.), (604) 568-6923
Drexoll Games, 103-2880 West 4th Ave, (604) 733-6511
No Pirates Allowed, 2742 West 4th Ave., (604) 637-7951
Hip Baby, 2110 West 4th Ave., (604) 736-8020
London Drugs, 2230 West Broadway, (604) 448-4874
Last modified: December 5, 2013