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Experiences are invaluable and make the best memories. Do something different, try something new, explore the city and have some family fun with our Sydney weekend activity guide.

ACTION
Activate the adrenaline and eliminate the boredom with this action-packed To-Do list. Bonus points if you do it too!

iFLY Sydney Indoor Skydiving
Pull-on your superhero suit and leap into the thrilling experience of indoor skydiving. In a controlled environment for ages 3 – 103 and no aeroplane to jump out of, there’s almost no excuse not to give it a try! www.iflyworld.com.au

Lets Go Surfing
Perhaps your local pool isn’t quite cutting it and your kids are keen on a new experience or a new hobby. A surf lesson is a fantastic way to dive into the summer and as a bonus, teach kids about resilience – if you fall down, you get back up and go again.

 

Lets Go Surfing facilitates private and group lessons for kids, families, and adults looking to take their water skills up a notch (bragging rights included!). Sydney locations include Bondi and Maroubra. https://letsgosurfing.com.au/

Treetop Adventure Park
It’s a choose your own adventure, in real life. Fly through tree-tops, climb, weave and wobble your way through 100 elevated obstacles. You might even meet some native Australian wildlife in the giant gum trees!
https://www.treetops.com.au/

Luna Park
Another park, but of the ride kind. You know the one. Endless fun and excitement for all!
https://www.lunaparksydney.com/

Ice Zoo
We know Sydney summers can be a scorcher. Pretend you’re in a winter wonderland and cool off at Ice Zoo Ice Skating.
www.icezoo.com/

9D Action Cinemas
If having a family feels action-fuelled and chaotic enough, this one might be for you!  Although you’ll be bearing the brunt of smoke, wind, snow, water, and fire via 3D glasses and 9D effects, you won’t need to reign it in or take the wheel on this one. Sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.
https://www.9dactioncinemas.com.au/

Manly Kayak Centre
Explore the pristine waters of North Harbour with kayak hire, stand-up paddleboard, boat hire, lessons, and tours at Manly Kayak Centre! You will be paddling in paradise, exploring exclusive beaches, and taking in the stunning scenery along the way!

Raging Waters Sydney
Slip, slop, slap, kick and splash at Sydney’s biggest water park. If sliding down a whirlwind is too much for your stomach to handle, race your family on the eight-lane water racecourse or relax in the Cabana retreat by the wave pool.
https://ragingwaterssydney.com.au/

EDUCATION AND MUSEUMS
Learning made easy by visiting these interactive, eye-opening exhibitions and attractions.

Powerhouse Museum
Have you ever wanted to walk through a koala train made from over 2,000 multi-coloured pom poms? Probably not. But artist Rosie Deacon has, and she’s brought it to life at the Powerhouse for the school holidays. There’s something for everyone, with further exhibitions exploring Australian music, the future home, science, and design.
https://maas.museum/powerhouse-museum/ 

Museum of Contemporary Art
The MCA makes learning fun and accessible with their new online activities based on the current exhibition Anywhere but here: MCA Primavera Acquisitions. The activities can take place online at home or in the galleries via audio-guide. Suitable for ages 4+, the activities include string and body mapping, paper storytelling, looking through the viewfinder, and drawing your celebration, inspired by featuring artists.
https://www.mca.com.au/ 

Australian National Maritime Museum
It’s all hands on deck at the Maritime Museum. There are exhibitions including Beach Couture – a collection of wearable artworks made from rubbish and plastic pollution in the ocean, performances, tours, creative workshops, ocean labs, and the immersive and magical experience of Badu by Erth.
All aboard the Sea Museum! https://www.sea.museum/

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
If you’ve been indoors for too long and are after a temporary escape from the city, immerse yourself in the Royal Botanic Garden. Have a sunset picnic or take a pleasant walk through the Palace Rose Garden. Join a crafty workshop or guided tour and hear the stories of the Cadigal people and the plants that grow.  https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/

Madame Tussauds
Superheroes, world leaders, Bollywood stars, Aussie icons, celebrities and fame, join the red carpet and be in the same room as your favourite people at Madame Tussauds. This jaw-dropping museum will have you rocking in the spotlight to your favourite songs, recreating album covers and transforming into a superhero using the museum’s new Augmented Reality featuring body-tracking sensors.
https://www.madametussauds.com/sydney/ 

Sea Life Aquarium
Just next door to Madame Tussauds you can explore the fascinating sea life at the Aquarium. Face your fears as you walk under some of the world’s biggest aquarium sharks, including Grey Nurse Sharks. This 180-degree tunnel experience is always a highlight!
https://www.visitsealife.com/sydney/

Don’t worry about your kids becoming bored on the weekends because you can make memories in Melbourne with our Activity Guide. We’ve done all the hard work searching for ideas – so all you need to do is decide where to go first!

IN THE CITY:

The CBD offers a variety of interesting and exciting activities all year round. Check out what’s happening now:

  • IMAX is releasing an exclusive documentary SEA LIONS: LIFE BY A WHISKER 3D.Narrated by award-winning actor Sam Neill, this classic coming-of-age story tells the tale of Otto, a young Australian Sea Lion pup, and the Marine Park Ranger dedicated to saving her species. Presented in immersive 3D, the movie features stunning footage of the uninhabited wilderness of the Great Australian Bight and to the lush kelp forests off the Californian coast. Visit https://imaxmelbourne.com.au/ for more.
  • Looking for an exciting and educational day out? Take your family to one of Melbourne’s three biggest zoos where they can meet all sorts of animals! With everything from lions, to giraffes and Australian bush animals you’ll be sure to have a fun day out. Plus, don’t miss the new Dino Lab where your little ones can explore the giant dinosaurs and learn about their extinction. Visit Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo and Healesville Zoo. Go to https://www.zoo.org.au/
  • Ride the Scenic Railway around the perimeter of Luna Park where you can catch the view of St Kilda beach or enjoy the range of children’s rides on offer. If you’re more of a thrill seeker, have a go on the Enterprise or Supernova to get your heart racing! Visit https://lunapark.com.au/
  • Catch the best views of the city on the Melbourne Star. The giant ferris wheel takes you 120 metres into the sky to see 360 degree views of the busy port, city gardens and streets and views towards Mount Macedon and the Dandenong Ranges. Go to https://melbournestar.com/
  • Walk amongst creatures of the deep at the Melbourne Aquarium. With everything from sharks to seahorses to the Mega Croc, you are guaranteed a fun day out. Plus, don’t miss the Ice Age 4D Cinema! Go to https://www.visitsealife.com/melbourne/

  • If your kids are interested in science, then Scienceworks is a must! With loads of live shows and self-guided activities, your kids will be sure to discover something new! Check out the new show Colour Uncovered! to learn about how and why we see colour or stop by one of the Planetarium shows! Go to https://museumsvictoria.com.au/scienceworks/
  • Discover the rare and beautiful plants in the Royal Botanical Gardens of Melbourne. Jump on a bus tour to explore the gardens or visit the new Arid Garden which is over 100 years in the making! Visit https://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/
  • Take a stroll down Hosier Lane to admire the artwork of some of Melbourne’s most talented graffiti artists.
  • Discover fresh produce and speciality shops at the Queen Victoria Market. Located on Queen St in the CBD, browse through hundreds of stalls covering 17 acres!

REGIONAL VICTORIA:

Looking to get out of the city for a day? Go for a drive through the beautiful countryside of Victoria where you will stumble upon a number of activities to entertain your family.

  • Summer is here, it’s the perfect time to be with your family and friends making the most of the warm summer evenings – immerse yourself in a magical world of myth and make believe!  Be captivated by a show of world class knights jousting on war horses – as you sip on a cold beer and all enjoy wood fired pizzas together. This summer’s ALL STAR program includes our favourite characters from Alice in wonderland, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and the White rabbit! Robin Hood and his crew will be defending the kingdom against the nasty Sheriff! Rapunzel and her Prince will plan an escape from the evil witch’s tower! And do not forget to meet our dragons and the brave knights who compete for the title in our world-famous Championship Joust! Go to: https://www.kryalcastle.com.au

  • Your Mornington Peninsula adventure starts here, at the top of Arthurs Seat. Hit the ground running with our ground-based adventure activities – all included with General Admission! Experience the all-new Sky Scramble as well as our garden mazes, stunning formal gardens & boardwalks, Canopy Walk, epic Tube Slides & giant brainteaser puzzles! Embark on an exciting eco-adventure and get your adrenaline pumping with our exhilarating Grand Tree Surfing course. For the little climbers, our Nippers Tree Surfing course is suitable for ages 4 & up. We highly recommend pre-booking to avoid any disappointment. Visit our website for more information and to book your tickets! www.enchantedadventure.com.au

  • Fancy a ride on a century old steam railway? The Puffing Billy takes you on a 25km journey through the Dandenong Ranges, providing a relaxing day out with fantastic photographic opportunities. Pack a picnic and bring your family along for an enjoyable visit just one hour out of Melbourne. Go to https://puffingbilly.com.au/

  • The Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery offers a delightful day of fun with hands on chocolate making classes, a showroom featuring thousands of chocolate products and daily tasting sessions! Don’t forget the landscaped gardens and an orchard, where you can go for a stroll while enjoying a treat from the café. Visit https://www.gorci.com.au/

  • Take a drive along the Great Ocean Road to see the famous Twelve Apostles and the beautiful Loch Ard Gorge. Continue along to reach the Great Otway National Park to enjoy a day of adventure.
  • Spend a relaxing day at the Peninsula Hot Springs where you can immerse yourself in the Bath House or relax in the private baths. Seeking a bit of R&R? Indulge in a spa treatment or massage. Visit https://www.peninsulahotsprings.com/

  • Located at the foot of the Grampians, Halls Gap Zoo is Victoria’s largest regional zoo with over 160 species of animals to keep you entertained all day. Experience a close encounter with cheetahs and red pandas or visit the endangered Tasmanian Devil! With over 600 individual animals to check out, you are guaranteed a day of fun! Go to https://hallsgapzoo.com.au/

Christmas can be a stressful time of year when trying to find the perfect presents! These crowd-pleasing gifts are sure to put a smile on the faces of your nearest and dearest. From your tiny tot to your partner, our Christmas Gift Guide has you covered this festive season.

Baby

Buying for bub is lots of fun, but there are so many options out there. This year, get them something that will keep them entertained and stimulate their growing brains.

Fisher-Price Zebra Walker – $54.99

The Fisher-Price Learn with Me Zebra is a designed to encourage those exciting first steps. The zebra is also full of hands-on activities for sitting babies. It has everything from the alphabet to songs and phrases to help with language development. Available at Kmart, Big W, Target, Myer, TRU and fisher-price.com

Fisher-Price Beat Bo Junior – $14.99.

With bright lights, playful tunes and silly dance moves, this cute product is perfect for keeping the little ones entertained, and will help them boost fine motor and thinking skills. It’s great entertainment for on the go and for making tummy-time fun. Available at Target, Kmart, Big W, Myer, TRU and fisher-price.com

Best Christmas Present Ever 2017. $32.95.

A beautiful bub is the best gift of all, so deck your gorgeous new bundle in this cute-as-pie little number. Available at Unique Baby Boutique. uniquebabyboutique.com.au

Musical Clacker Keys. $10.

Every parent knows kids are mesmerised by jingly, jangly keys. These three bright and colourful keys allow your baby to satisfy their curiosity, but also can help to provide some relief once their first teeth come through. One key is a teether;  one is fun to clack and the third has a button for sounds and music. Available at Target.

Toddler

Little Belle night lights -$149.95

These beautiful night lights will provide a comforting glow for little ones at night – and will be a gorgeous feature in your child’s room. Made with hand-painted brush strokes, each of the night lights are inspired by the imagination of young children. Available at little-belle.com

 

Beginner Jigsaw Puzzle – $23

These cute and personalised 6-piece jigsaws are the perfect first puzzles for your little one. These are made from quality material, high resolution colour, and have clear-gloss coating so these puzzles will last. This bright and fun collection of jigsaw puzzles is a great treat for your toddler this Christmas. Available at tinyme.com.au

 

Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Servin’ Up Food Truck – $149.99

Playing shop and restaurant is something kids have loved doing for generations. Keep your little one busy with customers and prepping orders in this play food truck. This helps to introduce toddlers to things like sizing and sequencing, advanced vocabulary, manners, taking turns, but makes it fun with lively songs, sounds and phrases. Available at Target, Big W, Myer, TRU and fisher-price.com.

 

Fisher-Price Zoom ‘n Crawl Monster – $49.99

This is a fun toy for sit-and-play. This toy also help with language with 15 phrases and fun songs. This is a fantastic toy to encourage your little one to get up and get moving. Available at Target, Big W, Myer, TRU and fisher-price.com.

BRIO – My First Take Along Set – $149.95

This brightly coloured play bag is filled with the first tracks in an expandable magnetic train set. It’s perfect to take along when you’re travelling or visiting. It’s fun to use and easy to store, which we all know is very important with a toddler. Both are available at Childsmart.

 

Crocodile Creek Play Ball – $12.95

Balls are a great way to have fun with your toddler and help them learn motor skills.

 

Kids Aged 3-5

Perfect gifts for the fun, energetic 3-5-year-old that will come in handy during the Summer holidays.

Star of the Unicorn Bike – $69

A bike is a timeless gift your child can grow with. Give your child a bike to remember with this cute unicorn inspired bike that makes it easy for you to follow behind with a convenient handle. Available at Kmart.

 

Cotton On Kids

There is always a good excuse to get dressed up during the festive season, and your kids are no exception! We love the sparkly Iris Tulle Dress ($39.95) matched with the Amalfi Jelly Sandal ($16.95). And imagine how dapper your little boy will look in the Kenny Polo ($16.95) and Jerry Loop Back Short ($34.95). A range of adorable party wear is available from Cotton On Kids.

Crocodile Creek Tritan Drink Bottle in Jungle Jamboree, Backyard Friends and Hedgehog- $14.95

A fun gift and something that you can take into the new school year! These coordinate with other Crocodile Creek products such as the Crocodile Creek Backyard Friends Backpack – $29.95

 

The Elf on the Shelf 

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition is a magical story, explains how Santa’s scout elves help him manage his naughty or nice list. Each beautifully-illustrated children’s hardback book comes as a part of a keepsake boxed set including one of Santa’s scout elves, whose job is to watch the kids during the day and report to Santa every night. Available from booksellers including Myer, Dymocks and independent stores.

Glimmies – $7.99

Glimmies are collectable star fairies that magically light up in the dark. They make a cute little stocking gift for the little ones. Available at shop.funtastic.com.au

 

Crocodile Creek Bear and Friends Floor Puzzle – $24.95

All the Crocodile Creek floor puzzles have a slightly-recessed lid that makes the storage box easy for little fingers to open.  Available at childsmart.com.au

 

Kids Aged 6-9+

Young kids can sometimes be difficult to buy for because their favourites can change so suddenly. Thankfully, so many items these days come with colour options or are customisable. Just pick your child’s current favourite craze and there’s sure to be something to match. This is also a great way to get your kids useful gifts. If you know something they love, finding necessities like clothes and school supplies that they will get excited about will be easy.

Mokuru 

The latest wooden toy from Japan, designed to test your balance and concentration skills. It’s as simple as tipping the wooden piece over gently letting it flip and catching it between your fingers. Available at Kmart

Kmart so slime DIY slime factory kit – $29

Keep your child occupied for hours by helping them create their own toys.

 

Globber My TOO FIX UP- $120 

A scooter is a fantastic gift choice to get the kids out into the fresh air and sunshine. The kids will love the choices of the cool colour combos of this scooter and how comfortable it is to ride (featuring three adjustable height positions). Parents will love that this scooter has a reinforced fixed structure and can handle up to 100kg – finally, something that is built to be as tough as your kids!  Available at globber.com.au

 

Spin to Sing – $39.95

If your child is a fan of The Voice or The X Factor, they will love this fun sing-along game. An app uses music from your smart phone, and there is a 5 star judging system and jeopardy cards to add a hilarious twist. Available from childsmart.com.au

 

JBL Headphones

If you have a music enthusiast, they will love these wireless headphones, which can carry a wireless connection up to 15 metres away and have easy-to-operate controls. They have a long battery life and quick re-charge time. JR300 Junior Headphones -$39.95; JR300BT Bluetooth Wireless Junior Headphones – RRP 69.95; Junior Headphone – $49.95. Available at jbl.com

 

Springfree Trampoline

Designed with your child’s safety in mind, this trampoline will provide hours of bouncy outdoor fun. Boasting over 15 years of research and development, Springfree advances and exceeds safety standards, while also encouraging kids to get outside and get active.

This is suitable for a range of ages and both girls and boys. It is a perfect gift if you have more than one child, or for your child and their friends, because the kids can all enjoy it together. Available at springfreetrampoline.com.au

 

Simon & Schuster Dork Diaries Box Set, 10 books -$49

Encourage your child to develop their reading skills with this hilariously entertaining series. This is a popular book series that your child will devour. Available at Kmart

 

Smiggle

Smiggle products are great gifts because they are cute and customisable, so the kids will love them. They might even get kids excited about school with their range of learning supplies. Some great picks this season are:

DIY Hardtop Pencil Case – $22.95

Smiggle’s hardtop pencil case is a classic favourite. It has all the classic hardtop trimmings including internal mesh pockets and pen holders. Let your child’s imagination go as they create a unique design. It comes with markers for your child to use. They will love taking this to school.

Smiggle Studio Art – $34.95

A great gift for creative kids – this gift includes heaps of markers pencils and paint pallets and brushes.

Smiggle Gift Pack – $16.95

This cute set of glam products, including lip glosses and hair chalks, is a perfect stocking stuffer. All available at Smiggle retail stores.

 

Mums and Dad

The focus of Christmas is often on the kids, but it’s a fun family holiday for mum and dad too. Here’s some thoughtful gift ideas for the grown-ups!

Personalised Ladies Watch and Ring Stand by MijMoj Design – $84.44

This beautifully handcrafted solid oak ladies ring and watch stand, can be personalised with a special message to your Mum. This is a gift she is sure to adore this Christmas. Avaliable at MijMoj.

 

Duchess Necklace by Merci Maman – $175.86

The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted wearing the Merci Maman necklace. Since then, mothers all around the world are copying her look! This gorgeous necklace makes the perfect personalised gift for Mum this Christmas. Avaliable at Merci Maman.

 

Personalised Soft Leather Travel Gift Set by STOW – $810.75

Stow’s best-selling jewellery case is combined with two charming trinket boxes. Make it even more special with beautiful monogramming; creating a beautiful bespoke gift. Available at Stow.

 

The Finest Facial Mask Duo – $60

Let your loved one get stuck into the multi-masking trend with this beautifully presented Expert Facial Mask gift set. Available at The Bodyshop.

 

White Musk Small Gift Set – $30

Introduce your mum to the fragrance sweetened with notes of pear, for a deliciously fruity layer that fits effortlessly with the iconic floral blend with this gorgeously presented gift set. Purchasing these gifts from thebodyshop.com.au helps support the Peace Play Project.

 

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Key and Phone Holder

This stylish personalised phone holder, with an adjoining change dish or key bowl, is a lovely wooden gift for keeping everything together when Dad walks through the front door. All available at giftslessordinary.com.au

 

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Does the thought of Christmas shopping make you sweat? Never fear, Offspring Magazine’s Christmas gift guide has gift ideas covered for all of the family.

BABIES

Although a baby cannot make their own Christmas wish-list, there are so many options to spoil your little one this festive season.


Rocking horse
A beautiful rocking horse will be a loved gift for years to come. Coco Rose Rattan Rocking Horse, rrp $399, www.cocoroseinteriors.com.au

The Clean Collective bundle
Practical gifts are always a good choice for baby (before they can make their own Christmas wishlist, and this range of essentials are not only good for baby but also for the planet! This lovely bundle includes goodies including natural wipes, organic muslin swaddle, biodegradable nappy bags, massage oil and so much more. Items can also be added, removed or swapped on request. The Clean Collective – Baby’s First Christmas Bundle, rrp $215, thecleancollective.com.


Poppy & Pom rompers
Bub will have something gorgeous to wear throughout the festive season with these adorable rompers from Poppy & Pom. Their core romper range is made from 100 per cent cotton and is Australian made and designed. Poppy & Pom, $50+GST (for basic romper), www.poppyandpom.com


Roly Poly Koala
Baby will love this friendly koala – it makes a bell sound when it rolls. Roly Poly Koala, rrp $30 from www.tigertribe.com.au


Carrol Boyes ‘Bunny’ Children’s Set Tube
This stainless steel cutlery set is useful and cute! ‘Bunny’ Children’s Set Tube, rrp $60, available from David Jones, www.carrolboyes.com


Safari Learning Playspace by Leapfrog
This fun activity centre is designed to grow with your child – with three configurations so your little one can play with it through the sitting, to crawling to standing stage. It also has three modes (music explore and learn) to keep bub entertained. For babies 6 months and over. Available from Big W and selected toy stores, rrp $99.95.

Stocking fillers: bibs, teething toys, bath towels, books

TODDLERS

There are so many options to fill your toddler’s stocking. Just ensure you check the recommended age for the toy you buy to ensure you get something that is safe for your toddler’s age.
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PJ Masks Super Learning HQ Welcome to the PJ Masks Super Learning Headquarters by VTech
If your child is a PJ Masks fan, they will love this Learning HQ, with 12 activities to keep your child entertained, as well as the PJ Masks theme song and sound effects. rrp $49.95 from Big W, Target and selected retailers.


Storytime Buddy from Leapfrog
This adorable puppy is educational and cuddly! Buddy teaches colours, shapes, numbers, letters and so much more. He comes with five books and also has a nightlight – perfect for night time cuddles. rrp $59.95 from Big W and selected toy retailers.


Peppa Pig Lights and Sounds Family Home
It’s Peppa Pig’s house! Sure to delight Peppa Pig fans, the house features seven rooms and a range of accessories. The house also features favourite sounds and phrases from the show. rrp $149 from Myer, Big W and selected retailers.


Pokémon Power Action Pikachu
This Pikachu is so much more than a cuddly toy – it has a light up tail and cheeks, movement sensors and speaks more than 15 different responses. rrp $59 from Big W, Myer and selected retailers.


Push Along Pet Carrier by VTech
Toddlers love toys they can push along, but this push along carrier also features a cuddly puppy, as well as fun songs and sounds. VTech Push Along Pet Carrier, rrp $69.95, available from Kmart.


Starlight
Of course, Christmas is about more than presents, and these delightful toys from Starlight helps raise money for sick children and their families. Star Wand ($10) and Captain Starlight Doll ($25) from
www.shop.starlight.org.au

Stocking fillers: bath toys, balls, swimwear, clothes, bubbles

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KIDS 5-9 YEARS

Whether you are looking for something educational or purely just-for-fun, check out these great gift options for your children.


NeoBear AR Globe
If you are looking for an educational toy for your child, this globe makes learning about the world interesting with 3D animation, interactive learning and videos. Things become even more fascinating when viewed through the NeoAR app using a mobile device, enables children to see buildings, animals and more in the countries around the world. NeoBear AR Globe, rrp $59, available from Kmart.


Time teacher watches
These watches not only look great, but their easy-to-read faces help children learn how to tell the time. Stylish and educational! Time Teacher Watch, from rrp $39.95, www.cactuswatches.com


African djembe drums
Does your child love music? Then why not let them make their own with these fantastic drums. rrp from $59 (for the 30cm size) from www.africanbeat.com.au/product/djembe/


Jewellery box
This lovely Mini Beau Jewellery Box is perfect for a child who would like to keep their jewellery and precious trinkets safe and sound, rrp $24.95 from Smiggle

Ultra Trampoline
Let the kids burn off some energy with a gift that will be used long after the Christmas decorations are packed away. Vuly Play’s Ultra Trampoline, rrp from $599   from www.vulyplay.com

Lush
These gorgeous Lush products are perfect stocking fillers that look and smell great. Lush Candy Cane Reusable Bubble Bar, rrp $7.95 and Lush Gingerbread Man Sparkle Jar, $15.95, www.lush.com.au

Hatchi-Babies
Does your child like Hatchimals? Then they will love hatching the adorable HatchiBabies! Each comes with a highchair and birth certificate and they can be taught how to talk and play games like ‘find my toes’. HatchiBabies, rrp $109.99 from Target, Big W and Kmart, www.hatchimals.com

Stocking fillers: PlayDoh, art and craft supplies, books, clothes

PRETEENS 9-12 YEARS

No longer a child but not quite a teen – these are some great gift ideas that are fun or educational, depending on your preteen’s interests.


Smart watches
Delight your tween or teen with their own stylish smart watch. Cactus Kids Smart Watch Activity Tracker, rrp $99.95. Interchangeable banks available for rrp $14.95. www.cactuswatches.com


iPad cable
‘Can you charge my iPad?’ is a cry many parents will be familiar with – and now charging has become a bit more glamorous! The Laser Glitter Lightning Cable looks great and is a handy spare to have over the Christmas holidays, rrp $15 from Big W, www.bigw.com.au


Drone
If a drone is on your child’s wishlist, the Smiggle Remote Controlled Drone is easy to fly (and will fly up to 25 metres, which is sure to impress the kids), rrp $64.95 from Smiggle.

 

 

Slam Pro Basketball Hoop
Future basketball star on your hands? This portable hoop is multidirectional – allowing slam dunks from any angle. rrp $999 from Vuly Play, www.vulyplay.com

 

 

Comic Book Kit
Let your child create their very own comic, with step-by-step instructions and everything they need, rrp $25 from www.tigertribe.com.au

 

 


The Daredevil’s Guide to Dangerous Places
This fun book introduces your child to fascinating and destructive wonders, from venomous snakes to erupting volcanos. rrp $19.99, www.lonelyplanetkids.com

Stocking fillers: art supplies, slime, books, vouchers, PJs

MUMS

Mum deserves to be spoilt this Christmas.


Sustainable necklace
Handmade in Australia, these unique necklaces are ethically made from ceramic stoneware, leather and sterling silver, and a great gift idea for mums. Woodfolk Natural Wonders Necklace, rrp $75 from www.woodfolk.com.au


Parenting for Legends
Give a mum or mum-to-be a big belly laugh with this hilarious parenting guide by bestselling author Shannon Kelly White. Parenting for Legends by Shannon Kelly White, rrp $29.99, www.parentingforlegends.com


Bobbi Brown Eye & Lip Palette
Spoil Mum with the pocket-sized Bobbi Brown Life of the Party Mini Eye & Lip Palette, for glamour on-the-go, rrp $80, www.bobbibrown.com.au

Stocking fillers: books, gourmet treats, pampering goodies, movie tickets

DADS

From budget gifts to something a bit luxurious, there are options for the perfect gift for the Dads in your life.


Crash camera
Whether Dad is a car enthusiast or a stickler for safety, he will love the Naavig8r GPS X 616 Crash Camera, rrp $99.95 available from Harvey Norman.


AncestryDNA kit
Are you looking for a gift for the person who has everything? Then look no further than the AncestryDNA kit, which can provide a personalised ethnicity estimate back up to 1000 years from more than 350 regions around the world! This unique gift is sure to be talked about for years to come. AncestryDNA kit, rrp $129 plus shipping from www.ancestry.com.au/xmas


Wine cellar
Can you imagine Dad’s face when he receives his very own wine cellar? Smeg’s Dolce Stil Novo collection features two wine cellars to choose from, including a 450mm high built-in model and an 820mm underbench, the wine cellars are tailored to store and mature Dad’s favourite drops. rrp CVI618NR Compact Wine Cellar, $3490, www.dolcestilnovo.com.au

Stocking fillers: Books, gourmet delights, skincare/body products, socks, scratchies/Lotto

FAMILY

Why not get the family something to enjoy together?


Car charger
Christmas road trips just got easier! The Belkin Road Rockstar: 4 Port Passenger Car Charger features four USB ports so you can charge four devices so the kids can keep playing their tablets without the risk of the battery running out mid-trip. A six-foot cable also means even the kids’ devices in the backseat can charge. $59.95, www.belkin.com/au


Monopoly
Nothing brings the family together like a good board game, and the new Monopoly Cheaters Edition (which rewards cheating) is sure to be a hit. rrp $39.99 from leading toy retainers including Big W, Myer, Target and Kmart.


iFLY
Experience gifts are always a hit, so why not try indoor skydiving for something a bit different? The great thing is it is suitable for most of the family, suitable for ages 3+. For pricing and details go to https://downunder.iflyworld.com/

Gift options for all!

  • Gift vouchers. A great idea for those who are difficult to buy for. To make a voucher a bit more personalised, they can be gifted in a funky gift voucher case or card.
  • Experiences. For the people who have everything, an experience is a great idea, and there are so many options – from movie tickets and restaurant vouchers to spa vouchers and hot air balloon rides.
  • Books. A book (or a magazine subscription) is a great gift for all ages.