17 best toy and gift ideas for kids for Christmas 2017

November 20, 2017
  • Ultimate Lightning McQueen
    1 / 17 Ultimate Lightning McQueen

    This is the Ultimate Lightning McQueen toy for fans of the animated racing star. The team at Sphero worked with Jay Ward, creative director from the Disney Pixar movie series, Cars, to bring the character to life.

    We were blown away by its resemblance to the real thing – from the way it moves its extremely expressive eyes to how it talks.

    Yes, it comes loaded with 300 phrases, voiced by actor Owen Wilson, just like in the movie. As we attempted to race our review set and it banged into a wall, it yelled: “Watch where you’re going!” Don’t worry, you can control the voice volume.

    It performs drifts with ease and can reach a maximum speed of 9.6kmh. You’ll need to pair it with the app on your iOS or Android device and use the on-screen joystick.

    It’s recommended for kids from age eight, but your preschooler will cope just fine with your supervision.

    Price: $469
    www.challenger.com.sg, www.actioncity.com.sg and www.metro.com.sg

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  • Flik Flak watches
    2 / 17 Flik Flak watches

    If your little one loves vibrant colours, then Flik Flak’s watches will make the perfect gift.

    With a myriad of fun designs, such as the colour-block theme (pictured) – for those opting for a smart-casual look – and Space Dreamers collection – for the adventure seekers – there’s something for every child.

    All of its watches follow a colour-coded design language – which makes time reading easier – and are shock and water-resistant of up to three bar.

    They are made with materials that are safe for young skin, and are machine-washable, too.

    Price: starts from $38
    Visit: https://www.flikflak.com/

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  • Boon Marco light-up bath toy
    3 / 17 Boon Marco light-up bath toy

    Rubber duckies are so yesterday. Make a splash with Marco.

    He’s a deep-sea diver who puts up a colour-changing light show as soon as he touches water. The light turns off automatically when the floating toy is dry.

    Price: $31.90
    Visit: www.mumsandbabes.com and www.lazada.sg/mums-babies

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  • Uno Emoji
    4 / 17 Uno Emoji

    The classic Uno game comes with a fun twist for the young emoji-loving generation. When you play a Wild Emoji Card, the next player has to make an emoji face. And hold the expression until his turn comes around again. Otherwise, he has to draw four cards.

    And you know how it feels like crap when a Wild Draw 4 card is played on you? It’s represented by the poop icon here – how apt!

    The Uno Emoji is recommended for kids from age seven.

    Price: $11.90
    Visit: www.popular.com.sgwww.toysrus.com.sg and major department stores

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  • Hanazuki Moodgleam wearable band
    5 / 17 Hanazuki Moodgleam wearable band

    The first season of Hanazuki: Full of Treasures launched on Youtube in January. Even if your little one hasn’t caught a single episode, it’s easy for her to fall in love with its merchandise.

    The hottest toy from the range has to be the Hanazuki Moodgleam Wearable Band. Your child can snap on cute collectible characters, known as Hemkas in the animation, which give the bracelet a pretty glow.

    Allow your child to download the Hanazuki app onto your iOS or Android device. Then she can scan the code from each Hemka character to unlock more fun in the app.

    The bracelet set is recommended for kids from age six.

    Price: $29.90
    Visit: www.toysrus.com.sg and major department stores

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  • My Little Pony snap-on fashion
    6 / 17 My Little Pony snap-on fashion

    If your little one loves My Little Pony: The Movie, she will adore the new My Little Pony Snap-On Fashion series from Hasbro.

    She will love playing dress-up with her pony figure, which comes with outfits and accessories. Collect the other characters for more mix-and-match fun. Ideal for kids from age three.

    Price: $29.90 (each set)
    Visit: www.toysrus.com.sg and major department stores

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  • Hot Wheels Rebound Raceway
    7 / 17 Hot Wheels Rebound Raceway

    Your kids will have great fun battling against each other. The Hot Wheels Rebound Raceway has two launchers. Now they won’t be arguing over who should go first. The fastest car that races through the loop and hits all the targets wins.

    Recommended for kids from age four.

    Price: $59.90
    Visit: www.toysrus.com.sg, www.kiddypalace.com.sg and major department stores

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  • Kroom Saffron Chef
    8 / 17 Kroom Saffron Chef

    While most kitchen toys are made from plastic, this sturdy Krooom Saffron Chef playset is created mostly using cardboard.

    Your little masterchef will enjoy hours of pretend play, from putting her bakes into the oven to cooking porridge on the stove and washing the dishes in the sink. It comes with wooden accessories, such as a pot, utensils, as well as salt and pepper shakers.

    The set is suitable for kids from age three.

    Price: $69.90
    Visit: www.agapebabies.com

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  • Lego Ninjago Fire Mech
    9 / 17 Lego Ninjago Fire Mech

    Four hours and 346 steps – that’s how long it took us to assemble the Lego Ninjago Fire Mech set. But it’s well worth the aching shoulders and strained eyes.

    This 36cm-tall fighting machine is one of 14 limited-edition building sets launched in conjunction with The Lego Ninjago Movie’s release.

    Made up of 944 pieces, it boasts shoulder disc shooters and moving joints, allowing your child to reenact the battle scenes from the animated film. It comes with six mini figures with assorted weapons and is ideal for kids from age nine.

    Price: $129.90
    Visit: www.toysrus.com.sg, Lego-certified stores and selected department stores

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  • JBL Jr headphones
    10 / 17 JBL Jr headphones

    Share your love of music with your young one, but not your headphones. They’re unlikely to fit her head and ears snugly anyway. Get her a pair from the new JBL Jr line, which is designed for kids aged three to 10.

    Plus, it’s tuned to ensure that the volume is always below 85dB, so you won’t have to worry that she’s cranked it up too loudly. It comes in wired and wireless models.

    The latter has easy control buttons and offers up to 12 hours of playback time.

    Price: $79.90 (wireless) and $49.90 (wired)
    Visit: www.popular.com.sg and www.challenger.com.sg

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  • Paddington Trunki
    11 / 17 Paddington Trunki

    Your little traveller will turn heads with the latest edition of Trunki. It features the charming Paddington bear from the live-action/CGI animated film. The film’s sequel opens in cinemas this month.

    The ride-on suitcase comes with a sticker set so she can customise her Trunki with a London taxi, red bus, pot of marmalade and more.

    Price: $129
    Visit: www.motherswork.com.sg and www.fb.com/HamleysSingapore

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  • Seed Heritage Unicorn Mask
    12 / 17 Seed Heritage Unicorn Mask

    Forget about dressing your kid up as a conventional reindeer, elf or Santa for the upcoming Christmas party. Instead, glam her up with this sparkly unicorn mask. It comes with a soft felt back and an elastic strap.

    Price: $12.95
    Visit: www.seedheritage.com

    Related: Video: 12 unicorn themed toys, clothes and accessories

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  • Avanchy Collection
    13 / 17 Avanchy Collection

    Eco-friendly mummies will approve of this set of plates, bowls and cutlery for little ones. Made of lightweight bamboo, they are organic, biodegradable and easy to dispose of responsibly. They’re also said to be antibacterial, stain-resistant and free of BPA, PVC, lead and phthalates.

    The plates and bowls come with suction bases that stick onto hard surfaces to prevent spills. You’ll like that the spoon tips are made with soft silicone, which is gentle on gums.

    Price: Starts from $15.90
    Visit: www.tangs.com and www.thechildrensshowcase.com

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  • Lego Boost Creative Toolbox
    14 / 17 Lego Boost Creative Toolbox

    Coding becomes even cooler with this award-wining five-in-one building set. Your child can construct five models such as a robot, cat and guitar, and bring each to life by programming them. Simply pair it with the free app on an iOS and Android tablet.

    He can also personalise his robot friend by recording his voice as a sound effect. Once he’s comfortable with building and coding, he can then use the kit on his other collections, such as the Lego Friends and Lego Ninjago, and take them to a whole new level.

    This set is recommended for kids from age seven.

    Price: $249.90
    Visit: Lego certified stores and www.bricksworld.com

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  • Mothercare tutu dress & leggings set
    15 / 17 Mothercare tutu dress & leggings set

    How’s this for Baby’s Christmas #ootd? You’ll like that the festive outfit is sweet and classy without being over the top.

    Price: $39.90
    Visit: www.mothercare.com.sg

    Related: 3 ways to give back this holiday season

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  • Marks & Spencer Paddington plush toy
    16 / 17 Marks & Spencer Paddington plush toy

    If your little one is a fan of this marmalade-loving bear, then she will be thrilled to receive the Paddington plush toy as her Christmas present this year.

    She will not only love its fluffy soft touch, but she’ll like that its removable duffle coat lets her play dress up, too.

    Price: $39.90
    Visit: All Marks & Spencer stores

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  • Taf Toys I Love Big Mat
    17 / 17 Taf Toys I Love Big Mat

    Bigger is better when it comes to play space. This padded mat measures 150cm by 100cm. It is spacious enough for twins to have tummy-time together or take their naps.

    It comes with a detachable baby-safe mirror, teether and crinkling shapes, as well as plastic rings to stimulate their senses.

    Price: $99.90
    Visit: www.itots.com.sg

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