OK, I’ll admit that I’ve gone a little nuts again with this gift guide. I can’t help myself and found it super hard to narrow down the list. Maybe it’s because Miss T is 5 and I’ve had to buy so many gifts for birthday parties this year that I’m always on the lookout for great gifts in this age group.
If you’re stuck with what to buy a 4, 5 or 6 year old this Christmas, here is my bumper selection of fun, affordable and practical gift ideas. As with all my Christmas gift guides, nothing is sponsored here. All ideas are items I love giving or would love to give.
Let’s start with my go-to gift for birthdays and possibly Miss T’s very favourite thing in our house. This Smiggle 30 pack of pens is a bestseller and includes a mix of gel, glitter, neon and pastel pens packed in a carry case. Another pack of these is on Miss T’s Christmas wish list as the ink in all her pens has run out from excessive use!
Made from real parachute material with a tangle free design, these Tiger Tribe Parachuters make fun, inexpensive stocking stuffer gifts.
From the clever folk at Make Me Iconic, how cute is this fairy bread purse?!
Pillowcases have come a long way – I never remember them being this cool! They make a great original gift. I love the range of pillowcases from Sydney based décor company Toucan – such cool designs.
The hand-painted bicycle bells from Newcastle (NSW) based Beep Bicycle Bells are one of my very favourite finds of this year. These cuties are just a few of the many designs for kids and adults.
A jigsaw puzzle that you can play with?! Vehicle Puzzle Boxes have wheels so you can roll the box and then do the puzzle. Inside are 48 thick puzzle pieces which make a picture of the vehicle. Clever stuff.
Petit Collage also do great puzzles for this age group including these tin puzzles. Beautifully presented and a great way to store all 64 puzzle pieces, I love the space, royal castle, owl and mermaid designs.
Handmade in Australia, the Lauren Hinkley silver-plated and metal tropical summer charm bracelet is bright and fun – perfect for summer. If you still have a Frozen-obsessed child then this Frozen inspired princess charm bracelet will be a winner. It’s by far my most pinned item on Pinterest!
LEGO is a popular gift that can be added to year after year. LEGO Juniors sets are suitable for kids age 4 and over and LEGO City sets suit kids age 5 and over. Miss T plays with LEGO that I had as a child in the 1980s and is getting her first LEGO Friends set this Christmas. Handy Hubby is still holding a grudge with his Mum for throwing his LEGO collection out years ago!
Packing up LEGO or blocks is much easier with this 1.5 metre wide Play N Wrap hobby mat – pull up the cord and the mess is gone in seconds.
Kinetic Sand was a big hit with my tornadoes last Christmas and they have enjoyed playing with it all year. It’s amazing stuff – looks like real sand, feels like real sand but its special properties make it soft and stretchy. Kids can sculpt and create models as the sand sticks to itself, not to them. It’s non-toxic and never dries out – the type of sand I don’t mind having indoors. I love playing with it as much as my tornadoes do. It’s strangely therapeutic!
Miss T was given a Penny Scallan Tote Bag for her 5th birthday and it has been well loved and used for lots of sleepovers and holidays. Available in designs for girls and boys, it’s a great size and there’s lots of compartments and zip pockets inside and out. Made from 100% cotton canvas with a water repellent coating and polyester lined, the bag is BPA free and easy to wipe clean.
Kids in this age group may have a tendency to go crazy for craft – Miss T and her friends are obsessed with drawing and creating masterpieces. We’re running out of space on our walls so the fairies have been taking the artwork at night. Fairyland is in desperate need of artwork you know…
This super cool Make A Mask notepad is filled with 20 tear-off paper masks, ready to be coloured in. Lightning bolts, atomic orbits, crescent moons, diamonds – take your superpower pick!
Melissa & Doug make quality, fun and practical products – their stamp sets are great creative gifts.
This white cotton bunting with 12 triangles provides the perfect blank canvas for kids to create their own masterpiece. A unique and personal gift idea for crafty kids, this is one of many kits for kids available from Blank Canvas Gifts.
A creative and affordable gift, these step-by-step drawing cards are a great way for kids to learn the principles of drawing images.
Other options to add to this list of course are experience gifts. Annual zoo passes, local adventure parks and science centres – experience gifts are great practical gifts that can be enjoyed all year round.
And of course I always have to include books in my gift guides – books make excellent gifts!
My niece and I reviewed All Through the Year earlier this year – it’s a beautiful and educational gift book that follows a little girl and her family through each month of the year. What activities do they do each month? What do they love about each month? What are their family traditions? One of the many things I love about this book is that it follows the Australian seasons. The activities the little girl does each month make it relatable for Aussie kids. There’s no reference to “Fall” here! You can read our full review here.
I love the humour that author Mo Willems brings to kids books. Goldilocks And The Three Dinosaurs is a very funny retelling of the classic tale. A great read aloud book with humour both kids and adults will delight in.
Budding ballerinas will love the books in the Ella Bella Ballerina range. They are beautifully illustrated with lovely stories. As soon as Ella Bella opens Madame Rosa’s magical musical box on the empty stage, she’s whisked off to magical adventures.
Cars and Trucks and Things That Go is an amazing tour of everything that moves. I love Richard Scarry books. With so much happening on every page there is so much to talk about.
Miss T is just starting to get into the Billie B Brown series of books. Great for first time readers, these books are full of relatable stories. There will be a few new titles under the tree for Miss T this Christmas!
These are just some of our favourites but for more children’s book suggestions, check out Children’s Books Daily. Megan is a teacher librarian who has an amazing blog which I love getting lost in, full of reviews and recommendations.
Stay tuned to the blog for my final two gift guides next week. You can also stay up to date with gift ideas on Facebook, Pinterest (I’ve got 90+ gift ideas pinned to my Gift Ideas: Age 4 – 6 board!) or Instagram.
Happy gift hunting!
What gifts do you love to give a 4, 5 or 6 year old?
What’s your favourite book for kids?
If you want to check out my other gift guides, you can find them here: