Trending kids' gifts for confused adults

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Trending kids' gifts for confused adults

Buying Christmas gifts for kids can be a bit of a minefield. There are always new products on the market, and it can be hard to know what will go down well, and what is SO last year. But don't worry, we have the collected the best crowd-pleasing gifts for every age group.

Babies/toddlers

Buying for a baby or toddler can be really difficult when their favourite toy is the TV remote, and your car keys are the epitome of entertainment; it can be hard to figure out exactly what to wrap up and put under the tree. But if you focus on things they need, toys that will transition to other stages of childhood and sleep aids – you can't really go wrong.

Koala Play Mat
Ten years ago, you would have to travel to Scandinavia to find a baby play mat that would look this cute in a modern home. Now, design-focused kids' products are very accessible. This koala play mat is soft, washable and perfect for the stylish new parent who is avoiding primary colours.

Available at Kmart.

Wooden City Blocks
The best types of baby toys are the ones that will stay relevant well into toddlerhood and beyond. These wooden blocks will look sweet on a nursery shelf, are perfect for early-stacking baby play, and will transition into a play-pretend city when baby becomes toddler. The simple design style and back-to-basics concept is a safe gifting bet for anyone unsure of what to buy for the new baby in their life.

Available at Target.

Light up shoes
Toddlers love shoes! It's just one of those things. And shoes that light up? Well, that's a definite win. Kmart has a great range of light-up toddler shoes that will give them hours of entertainment.

Available at Kmart.

3 to 5-year-olds

This age group is all about discovery and pretend play! Toys that help children recreate day-to-day experiences and explore their world are always going to be a hit.

Market stall playset
Play pretend is HUGE for preschool-age kids, so if you have the room, you can't go wrong with this Market Stall Playset from Kmart (shown above with the Wooden Toy Kitchen.) Wooden toys are experiencing a comeback right now, and it's excellent news for the environment, and for the aesthetic of playrooms. This one comes with crates and an array of toy products. But you can also buy very trendy ice-creams, biscuits and sushi to go with it.

Available at Kmart.

6 to 11-year-olds

In a lot of ways, this age group are one of the easiest to buy for, they are into EVERYTHING and are usually happy to be on wheels, play with toys or read a book. The problem? What was cool a month ago can often be tossed to the side quickly, meaning the goalposts are forever moving.

Minecraft LEGO
When it comes to Minecraft, it's best to just try not to understand the appeal. It's a mystery to most adults and an obsession for a lot of primary-aged kids. As far as video game/LEGO collaborations go, this one is a winner – considering the entire game is about building worlds with blocks!

Available at Target.

Skate ramps
For the kid who doesn't need any more toys, a skate ramp is such a great option. It's huge (relatively), so it packs a real punch wrapped up under the tree and will probably hold their interest for a lot longer than your average toy. Added bonus? It encourages outdoor play.

Available at Kmart.

Teens

Teens aren't always the easiest to buy for. Usually, their requests are specific and expensive, but if you are looking to surprise someone special, here are some of the best sellers.

Tamagotchis
This might shock you, considering how much technology is available to teenagers these days, but Tamagotchis are back – in a big way. Those quintessential '90s electronic pets have been remade, and they are almost identical to their originals. Good times.

Available at Target.

Bluetooth speaker
Most teenagers play music straight from their devices, so a good quality Bluetooth speaker will always go down well. The Ultimate Ears by Boom is a top-quality, waterproof and shockproof speaker with very decent battery life. It also comes in a range of great colours so even the quirkiest of teens should be happy with it.

Available at Target.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera
Instant cameras are by no means a new invention, but they have kept their popularity amongst teens for years now. And the retro film aesthetic has only become more fashionable in the past few years, thanks to Instagram and other photo editing apps.

Available at Target.