Let’s be honest – Christmas is all about kids. It’s hard not to succumb to the yuletide spirit when you see the delight of a child tearing open their presents on Christmas Day.
This year, Broadsheet has hit the shops so you don’t have to. Here are six 100 per cent kid-approved gift ideas for the under-10 team.
The 143-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths at Oscar & Friends bookstore
Buying a book by an Australian author from an independent bookstore is among the best ways you can spend your Christmas dollars. Andy Griffiths is one of the country’s best-loved writers of children’s fiction, responsible for such classics as Bumageddon and Zombie Bums From Uranus. His prolific collaboration with illustrator Terry Denton has yielded another instalment of the acclaimed Treehouse series. We’ve now reached the 143rd storey, and Griffith and Denton once again deliver a riotous tale that kids will devour with relish. Find The 143-Storey Treehouse at the wonderful Oscar & Friends Booksellers in Surry Hills.
Felt food toys from Lizzie Potts Kids
Feed a childish imagination with a gift of felt food toys from Lizzie Potts Kids, a family-owned toy shop in Potts Point that stocks a selection of retro and modern toys, clothing, books and homewares. Encourage little kids to eat their fruit and veg with Hape fruit and vegetable baskets, cute carriers filled with adorable felt lettuces, bananas and watermelon. The too-cute felt bento box features a Japanese feast: sushi rolls, sashimi, nigiri, a bowl of soy sauce for dipping and, the finishing touch, a pickled ginger rose.
Welcome to Country: Youth Edition by Marcia Langton at MCA In Welcome to Country: Youth Edition, respected academic and author Marcia Langton seeks to address the gaps in young people’s knowledge about the First Peoples of our land. Available from MCA down in The Rocks, this award-winning book – which covers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history from their arrival on the Australian land mass tens of thousands of years ago to the current moment – is a valuable addition to any curious child’s burgeoning library.
Science Magic from Hobby Co.
It might say science on the box but this kit is pure magic. Or is it the other way round? The Kidz Lab Science Magic pack from the CBD icon Hobby Co. in the Queen Victora Building contains 20 science-based tricks using everyday household items, ranging from magnetism to mathematics and mind reading. As well as wowing the kids with magic, parents can help them learn the science behind each trick. Suitable for ages 8 and up (with supervision).
Go Fish card game at Berkelouw
A card game like the timeless Go Fish is an excellent alternative to screen time, especially during long summer-holiday afternoons. Oliver Jeffers, an artist, illustrator and writer from Northern Ireland, now based in Brooklyn, has produced some of the most popular children’s books of the last decade or so. You don’t have to have kids to know about The Day the Crayons Quit, a Jeffers classic and New York Times bestseller. The art from Stuck, another Jeffers chart-topper, adorns the kid-friendly, over-sized cards of Go Fish: A 3-in-1 Card Deck, available from Surry Hills bookstore Berkelouw.
Vintage toy figurines from Alfy’s Toys
Look, toys aren’t just for kids. Take a trip down memory lane at Alfy’s Toys in Pyrmont, a hub that specialises in vintage action figures and collectibles. Alfy himself has been collecting vintage toys for over twenty years. If you’re a child from the ‘80s or ‘90s in particular, you’ll be overwhelmed with nostalgia – we’ve got our eye on the Agent Smith action figure, personally.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with City of Sydney. Find more about where to shop, eat and explore in the City of Sydney this Christmas