Shopping for Christmas gifts for kids? Talk about overwhelming. But what if there was one magical place where you could find all the tech, toys and games kids are crazy for? Look no further. This round-up of top Christmas gifts for kids has ideas for every age and stage, from the practical and educational to the surprising and unexpected. You can thank us later.

Perfect Christmas Gifts for Preschoolers

Perfect Christmas gifts for preschoolers include puzzles and fingerpaints.

It’s a fact: little people love to get messy, which is why this wallet-friendly pack of fluoro finger paints is such a winner. Painting and drawing are excellent pastimes for the preschool set who are still working on their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. 

Puzzles are always a good idea, and this one is simple and sturdy, and features Australian animals. Pretend play is huge for this age group, so shop for props that will help them use their imaginations. Little ones will love the Kadink wooden fruit and vegetable pack for setting up a make-believe shop or kitchen cafe. Or perhaps give their bedroom a mini makeover with a personalised decal height chart to keep track of all that growing going on. 

If you’re looking to really spoil someone, we suggest the Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit, which turns an iPad into a ‘learning hub’. Einsteins in the making can enjoy four interactive games and activities designed to help develop their early reading and writing skills. 

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Cool Christmas Gifts for Kids in Early Primary

Christmas shopping for kids in the early years of school: there’s something for every budget.

When you’re 5 or 6, gifts don’t get any greater than a tech gadget to call your own. An affordable laptop, like the Lenovo IdeaPad, can double as a learning tool for school, or what about a smartwatch like this one by Moochies? It’s been cleverly designed to only allow calls and voice messages from a pre-approved list of contacts, plus it’s got a special mode to block notifications during school hours so they stay focused in the classroom. 

If you’re Christmas shopping on a budget, we say stick to the classics. A pack of coloured markers will always get the thumbs up, especially this fun set of Faber-Castell Connector Pens in a bus-shaped storage tin. We also love a tote bag for library books and swimming gear – this one can be customised with their name, too. So cool! 

For creative kids, a Make & Create activity box, filled with 9 Awesome Aussie Animal crafts, can lead to hours of entertainment. Or try to grow your own terrarium kit – it’s hands-on and teaches them a thing or two about gardening, while also calling for a decorative eye (did we mention there are glow-in-the-dark stickers involved?). 

Want more fun but educational gifts? Try this Melissa & Doug Human Body Magnetic Dress Up Figure, which serves as an excellent intro to human anatomy. Or help them learn the basics of robotics, with the Build A Bot Colour & Create Butterfly, which lets kids build their very own walking butterfly. Colourful stickers let them decorate it their way, too. 

Hot Tip: Allow at least 7-10 business days for personalised items.

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Top Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids in Upper Primary

Choose Christmas gifts for kids aged 7-12 that inspire their imaginations.

Here’s a list of things to impress a kid who’s 8+. A personalised owl sketch book, for starters, because it’s super cute and may inspire them to write and draw. Next, you’ll win brownie points for anything associated with unicorns – we love this Kadink Felt Craft Kit because it contains all the bits and bobs they’ll need to make a little unicorn plushie. And while technically it’s a pegasus, this Build A Bot kit is unicorn-adjacent, right? It also scratches all of their ‘I made it by myself’ itches. 

Pro tip: Faber-Castell Connector Pens are the coolest textas in town because they clip together to make fun shapes and structures. They’re also high quality and come in all the colours of the rainbow. This DIY dump truck is the ideal gift for mini engineers and builders – it comes with step-by-step instructions and over 320 parts. A Ravensburger globe puzzle would look so good sitting on a bookshelf... but first they’ll have to click together all 72 curved puzzle pieces. 

Love the classics? A game like 4-in-a-row is a family favourite that’s fun for everyone, including little ones, big kids and adults. For the child who has everything, this 4M KidzRobotix Money Bank Robot is such a cool idea. Screw together all the parts to make a robot that comes to life and eats your pocket money! 

Last but by no means least, a craft kit like this Kadink Scratch Art Animal Masks is a well-priced winner that delivers hours of entertainment.

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Terrific Christmas Gift Ideas for Tweens

Terrific tween gift ideas from Officeworks include an Instax camera.

Technically speaking, a tween is a child aged 9-12. They’re caught in an awkward middle stage – not quite teenagers but no longer little kids. This can be challenging for so many reasons… but not when you’re shopping for Christmas presents! Heed our advice and seek out things that encourage creativity and self-expression, like this awesome Tulip Tie Dye Kit or these fun Crayola Metallic Outline Markers. And here's a bonus gift idea: stash some stationery supplies inside a personalised pencil case and you’ll win their hearts forever. 

Board games also make excellent Christmas gifts for kids of this age. We like ThinkFun Rush Hour because it’s challenging (in a good way!), requires logic and encourages problem-solving skills. Another cool gift for kids is this wooden stacking block game – sure, it’s a little noisy, but it’s also a hoot-and-a-half for sleepovers and playdates.

Finally, the crème de la crème of all Christmas presents has to be a Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Oh Snap Instant Photo Kit for them to point and shoot – and instantly hold in their hands – those special moments. 

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Tick the Teens Off the Christmas List

Take the dread out of buying Christmas presents for teens with the selection of gift ideas from Officeworks.

We know that finding the perfect Christmas gift for too-cool teens can be tough. But the answer lies in gifts that nod to their daily interests. If they are passionate about personal expression, help them channel that creativity with a colourful pack of Tulip fabric markers so they can decorate their sneakers, bags and clothing. 

Or try these Crayola Signature Brush and Detail Markers, which are super versatile for drawing and hand-lettering. Encourage the teens in your life to express their thoughts or pen the next Harry Potter series with a cute journal and pen. Other ideas to explore are tech accessories and nifty gadgets, like the Sphero SPRK+, a fully programmable robotic ball so they can learn robotics, coding and programming. 

Talking of tech goodies, how about an underwater camera? Perfect for summer adventures. Or maybe a new laptop will fill their hearts with joy - plus, it’ll encourage them to get their homework done once term time starts. Another tech winner is this Comsol powerbank – it’s compact and portable, and can charge their phone while they’re out and about. Score. 

For a sweet Christmas stocking stuffer, consider this trinket tray for storing jewellery, keys or other essentials. Finally, here’s an awesome idea: a set of three old-school games so they can get their Queen’s Gambit on! 

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