*15% Discount Code on SugarDots* Kids Christmas Gift Guide 2020

Is it just me or has Christmas totally snuck up on us this year? I’m now scrambling to get organised, with a list on my phone, in my planner and multiple screenshots (can you relate?) so, I thought I’d compile it all here as a one-stop-shop.

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I’ve compiled a pretty comprehensive list of what I know my own children would love (some they have graciously reviewed already) – a mix of proudly South African, educational, craft and traditional toys! Now, hop to it, get ordering (who wants to hit the shops in a pandemic) and tick off those items on your gift list! Don’t forget to check delivery dates to ensure you receive your shopping in time!


  1. The perfect gift for strengthening little fingers – I love this BYOB kit from one of my local favs! Build Your Own Beads kit – R250 – Lunareign https://lunareign.co.za/products/byob-kits-build-your-own-beads
  2. Oli spotted this on YouTube a few months ago – he’s always loved anything motorised – and this landed firmly on his wish list! Thomas and Friends Walking Bridge Train Set – R949 – Takealot – https://www.takealot.com/fisher-price-thomas-friends-walking-bridge-train-set/PLID70435650?gclid=CjwKCAiAq8f-BRBtEiwAGr3DgYHZ7I-Y3TwzTDv7aX-59ZBV3hSiPAdKpgODjMbYIORo9Cjx9DoGxxoC2IcQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
  3. The perfect addition to outdoor water play, my kids never tire of these! Power Water Blaster – R129.98 – The Crazy Store – https://www.crazystore.co.za/products/toys-games-and-sport/sports-games/swim-aids-pool-toys/power-water-blaster
  4. Oli and Soph absolutely love board games, and I’ll never say no to family play time, especially when it’s co-operative play! These Peaceable Kingdom games are some of our favourite! Race to The Treasure – R439 – SugarDots – https://sugardots.co.za/product/peaceable-kingdom-race-to-the-treasure-co-operative-board-game/
  5. One thing that’s always in our stockings – bath bombs, such a treat! I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas – R58.50 – LUSH – https://za.lush.com/products/bath-shower/i-want-hippopotamus-christmas
  6. We love the LUSH Bubble Bars! How sweet is the new Mermaid Tail Bubble Bar – R82.50 – https://za.lush.com/products/view-all-bath-shower/mermaid-tail
  7. Oli reviewed this product so we can absolutely vouch for it – Zuru Robo Alive Robotic Raptor – R249.99 – Game Stores – https://www.game.co.za/game-za/en/All-Game-Categories/Baby-%26-Toys/Toys/Electronic-%26-Educational-Toys/Electronic-Toys/Zuru-Robo-Alive-Robotic-Raptor/p/811274-EA
  8. I ordered this for Soph the other day for Christmas – her last Lou Harvey Back Pack lasted 4 years! It’s the easiest bag to wipe down, making it perfect for school! Kids Back Pack Pocket – R450 – Lou Harvey – https://louharvey.co.za/product/kids-back-pack-pocket-2/
  9. Hyped for good reason, Soph is mad over these collectible Plush surprise eggs! Zuru Rainbocorns Series 2 Plush Collectibles – R499.99 – Game Stores – https://www.game.co.za/game-za/en/All-Game-Categories/Baby-%26-Toys/Toys/Soft-Toys-%26-Teddy-Bears/Plush-Toys/Zuru-RAINBOCORNS-SERIES-2-PLUSH-COLLECTABLES/p/798967-EA
  10. A fun art activity and a special keepsake all in one! How sweet is this wooden bird house? Paint Your Own Bird House – R99.98 – The Crazy Store – https://www.crazystore.co.za/products/stationery-arts-and-crafts/arts-crafts/arts-crafts/paint-your-own-bird-house
  11. I was sticker-mad as a kid, with an enviable collection, and little Miss Soph is very into them! She loves creating art and gifts with them! I love the look of these – Peaceable Kingdom Scratch and Sniff Stickers SWEET Box Set – R39.00 – SugarDots – https://sugardots.co.za/product/peaceable-kingdom-scratch-and-sniff-stickers-sweet-box-set/
  12. Who doesn’t love a NERF blaster?! The latest edition to the range will make a dreams come true! Nerf Ultra 2 – R999.90 – Toy Kingdom – https://toykingdom.co.za/product/ultra-two/
  13. The inclusive crayons every child should own! We ordered these when they launched and absolutely love them! A crayon to represent every skin tone – the way it should be! Colour Me Crayons – R32.00 – https://colourmekids.co.za/product/colour-me-crayons/
  14. I ordered Soph beautiful wooden toys from Make Believe Co earlier this year – such amazing service and beautiful pieces for that will last! Perfect for little kitchens – Market Baker’s Basket – R380 – Make Believe Co. – https://makebelieveco.com/product/market-bakers-basket-crate/
  15. For my little music lovers! shoX Dynamic Speaker – R229.00 – Game Stores – https://www.game.co.za/game-za/en/All-Game-Categories/Electronics-%26-Entertainment/Personal-Audio/Wireless-Speakers/Wireless-Speakers/shoX-Shox-Dynamix/p/799495-EA
  16. My kids love rainboots – rain or shine – there’s just something about stomping around exploring in wellies! My little leopard lover will adore these! Stephen Joseph Rainboots All Over Print Leopard – R549.00 – SugarDots – https://sugardots.co.za/product/stephen-joseph-rainboots-all-over-print-leopard/
  17. Oli is still mad about marbles! This wooden marble run looks amazing for hours of fun! Hape The Roundabout – R1199 – Toy Kingdom – https://toykingdom.co.za/product/hape-the-roundabout/
  18. Always our go-to for Intex pool options, this has been such a hit with Oli in the pool! Intex Swim Mask & Snorkel Set – R149.98 – The Crazy Store – https://www.crazystore.co.za/products/outdoor-camping-and-pools/intex-inflatable-products/intex-goggles-masks/intex-swim-mask
  19. Wooden toys are our favourite and Stumped are a proudly South African brand, doing the most! Soph helps me in the garden and with my plants, so this is the ideal addition to playtime! Little Gardener’s Box – R449 – Stumped- https://stumped.co.za/products/kid-s-gardening-box
  20. Staying with wooden toys, another gem, one Oli has loved is this can crusher! Again, with self assembly which is ideal for 7+ is the perfect activity and addition to an eco-friendlier home! Can Crusher Kit – R449 – Stumped – https://stumped.co.za/products/can-crusher-kit
  21. Continuing with eco-friendly toys – this brand needs no introduction from me! Micro South Africa has just launched Mini Micro (and Maxi) ECO Deluxe Scooters! It’s a sustainable kids scooter line that uses recycled ocean plastic! Oli and Soph both have scooters from this brand and it’s been the best money we’ve ever spent! The scoot around the house, complex and down to the park! Micro Mini Deluxe Micro ECO Scooter – R1999 – Micro South Africa https://www.micromobility.co.za/product/micro-scooter-mini-deluxe-eco-scooter/
  22. The cutest stocking filler for little girls – I had these as a kid! Stick On Earrings – R69 – Cotton On Kids – https://cottonon.com/ZA/stick-on-earrings/790357-05.html
  23. Have loads of night time fun with this magical torch projector! Scratch Deco Starlight Projector – R329 – SugarDots – https://sugardots.co.za/product/scratch-deco-starlight-projector/
  24. Sail around the swimming pool on this fabulous flamingo floatie! Intex Ride On Flamingo – R279.98 – The Crazy Store – https://www.crazystore.co.za/products/outdoor-camping-and-pools/intex-inflatable-products/intex-tubes-ride-ons/intex-flamingo
  25. One of my favourite gifts to give – LEGO! If your kids love the sea and its wildlife, the new LEGO City Ocean Exploration playset will WOW! LEGO City Ocean Exploration Base – R1199.00 – Great Yellow Brick – https://greatyellowbrick.co.za/products/lego-city-ocean-exploration-base-60265?_pos=1&_sid=149338fbf&_ss=r
  26. Give your child the coolest incentive to save their money with this gorgeous Stephen Joseph Wallet – R159 – SugarDots – https://sugardots.co.za/product/stephen-joseph-wallet/
  27. Oli is still Minecraft obsessed, so this is next on his gaming wish list! Minecraft Dungeons PS4 Game – R499 – Takealot – https://www.takealot.com/minecraft-dungeons-hero-edition-ps4/PLID70395820
  28. Animal mad? Your kids will adore this new member of the furReal family! furReal Friends Mama Josie And Her Joeys – R1899 – Takealot – https://www.takealot.com/furreal-friends-mama-josie-and-her-joeys/PLID70586195
  29. By far one of Soph’s top toys of 2020 is the Go Glam Nail Salon with built in dryer! Prepare for a pamper party with the ultimate in girly fun! Cool Maker Go Glam Deluxe Nail Salon – R799 – The Kid Zone – https://www.thekidzone.co.za/products/cool-maker-go-glam-deluxe-nail-stamper
  30. We always add fun sweet treats into the kids stockings! Harry Potter Gummi Creatures – R69.90 – Sweetie Shop – https://sweetieshop.co.za/products/harry-potter-gummi-creatures?_pos=1&_sid=f2699c307&_ss=r
  31. Is it a pastel? Watercolour paint? These amazing Tiger Tribe Silk Crayons are wind up and transform before your eyes with a little water on paintbrush! Silk Crayons – R145.00 – Make Believe Co. – https://makebelieveco.com/product/silk-crayons/
  32. Oli’s heading into Grade 3 next year and full on cursive writing! What better way to practice than the Kid O Lower Case Cursive Magnatab – R289 – SugarDots – https://sugardots.co.za/product/az-lower-case-cursive-magnatab/
  33. An extra dimension of fun! Have you seen the Barbie Colour Reveal Dolls? R405 – Takealot – https://www.takealot.com/barbie-color-reveal-doll-with-7-surprises-wave-4-mermaids/PLID70434926
  34. These Scratch Puzzles have to be our favourite of any puzzle – in their quirky round box, the quality is second to none and the graphics are colourful and eye-catching to encourage participation! Scratch Puzzle 200 piece Coral Reef – R349 – https://sugardots.co.za/product/scratch-puzzle-100-piece-toucan-jungle/
  35. Direct the laser beam through this series of mind challenging games! Laser Maze –R649.90 – Toy Kingdom – https://toykingdom.co.za/product/laser-maze/
  36. Coloured Hair? Customised Extensions? Anything is possible with the Cool Maker Hollywood Hair Studio! R799 – The Kid Zone – https://www.thekidzone.co.za/products/cool-maker-hollywood-hair-studio?cmp_id=1821145883&adg_id=73501999390&kwd=&device=c&gclid=CjwKCAiAq8f-BRBtEiwAGr3DgeW_wU4xW0GlI9H23FMxv22zzkXLtArpGjn5AfoYELwZduqHXf9YGxoCIpoQAvD_BwE
  37. Let’s go fly a kite! All you need is a little wind and loads of fun will be had! This Scratch kite is just what you need on a windy day to provide loads of fun! Scratch Outdoor Kite Bat shaped – R399 – SugarDots – https://sugardots.co.za/product/scratch-outdoor-kit-bat/
  38. Both Oli and Soph were besotted with their Scruff A Luvs this year! This little forlorn ball transform into the cutest of creatures with a little love and care! Scruff A Luvs Snowpals – R469 – Takealot – https://www.takealot.com/scruff-a-luvs-snowpals-blindbox/PLID69267453
  39. The power of imagination! Cotton On has a beautiful new range of Disney Princess inspired dresses! Ariel Dress up Dress – R599.99 – Cotton On Kids – https://cottonon.com/ZA/license-dress-up-dress/9356362961260.html?gclid=CjwKCAiAq8f-BRBtEiwAGr3Dgc7GWQ3qsyOEmF7ZxIznUQKpJobtTQHmG6pSlJzVWCe6Kyyg_qZ8choC05IQAvD_BwE
  40. We received a press drop earlier this year with an incredible themed playdough set from Squiggles and it kept the kids occupied for the longest time! So much thought has gone into these boxes that a beautifully packaged, they think of everything! – what an epic gift they make! Space Themed Playdough Set – R200 – Squiggle – https://squigglesa.co.za/collections/themed-play-dough-sets/products/space-rocks


And there you have it! 40 items to get you on your merry way! *All prices correct at the time of publishing

*partnership – some of the selected toys have been sent for review


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