Christmas gift guide: kids corner

Keep the kids entertained on Christmas Day and all through the New Year with these delightfully imaginative toys and experiences.


  1. Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddle $30 (Embiggen Books)
  2. Melbourne Tram Nanoblock $23 (Metro Hobbies)
  3. Makeblock Ranger $299.95 (Hearns Hobbies)
  4. Kiko Ashiato Monkey Thongs $44.95 (Jasper Junior)
  5. DIY Electro Dough Kit $45 (ACMI)
  6. DIY Synth Kit $60 (ACMI)
  7. Ocean Rangers Program $50, Shark Dive (15 years and over) $299 (Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium)
  8. Learn to Skate Starter Kit (pads and helmet not shown) $50 (Riverslide Skate Park)
  9. Magformers Wow Set $74.95 (Jasper Junior)
  10. Willow Rattle $29.95 (Jasper Junior)
  11. Tinker Screen-printed Organic Cotton Jumpsuit $50 (Clementine’s)
  12. Raggedy Anne $65 (Dafel Dolls & Bears)
  13. Pokémon plush toys $20 (One Stop Anime)
  14. Munchkin Nightmare Before Christmas game $45 (Mind Games)
  15. Babushka Nesting Doll Set $49 (Babushkas)

Want to know more about the wonderful Melbourne stores mentioned above? Check out our listings below:

Hearns Hobbies

Flinders Street, Melbourne
The fact is, kids get fixated on things. If you’re looking for a gift for your child’s latest hobby of the month, Hearns Hobbies will have it. Expect a wonderland of toys with model trains, radio controlled models and paints.

Mind Games

Swanston Street, Melbourne
From Christmas jigsaws to merry card games, keep the family madly entertained with Mind Games on Christmas Day. Home to the biggest and best games in the world, find an emporium of Christmas-themed products this year.

One Stop Anime

Bourke Street, Melbourne
For the anime lover in the family, there’s only one place to shop in Melbourne. Figurines, posters and stationary are some of the merchandise options at One Stop Anime.

Metro Hobbies

Swanston Street, Melbourne
Bringing nostalgic brands like Lego and Tamiya back into homes, the friendly Metro Hobbies team will help you find the new and improved version of your own favourite childhood toy. Pass it on to the next generation to enjoy.

Riverslide Skate Park

Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne
Skate your way onto someone’s good side with Riverslide Skate Park. Starter kits, lessons and stocking fillers are a few of the presents rolling out the door.

Jasper Junior

Royal Arcade, Melbourne
This ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of wonders presents quirky and interesting gifts over two levels. Jasper Junior’s highly dedicated staff sell educational, sustainable and unique toys for newborns and children up to the age of 15 years.


Royal Arcade, Melbourne
Babushkas is dedicated to providing the best in Russian and Eastern European gifts, offering a unique range of authentic, individually selected Russian nesting dolls, Polish Christmas decorations, chess sets, wooden toys and marionettes.

Dafel Dolls & Bears

Block Arcade, Melbourne
Specialising in children’s gifts, Dafel Dolls & Bears have been supplying toys to Melburnians for over 70 years. The boutique store offers both new and collectable pieces including dolls, bears and miniatures. Dafel’s is a delight for little kids and big kids alike.


Federation Square, Melbourne
Located at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), the ACMI Shop is your one-stop destination for gifts related to moving image, with a great range of screen-culture books, DVDs, toys, cards and merchandise.

Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium

Flinders Street, Melbourne
As one of Victoria’s leading visitor attractions, a family trip to the city isn’t complete without visiting the Melbourne Aquarium. With entertainment for young and old alike, discover thousands of aquatic animals in four amazing worlds at this award-winning destination.


Degraves Street, Melbourne
Stocking fine food and gifts made and crafted in Victoria, Clementine’s provides ever-changing produce and products based on seasonality and small production levels. Alongside delicious food offerings you’ll find quality homewares, souvenirs and baby products.

Embiggen Books

QV Melbourne, Melbourne
Embiggen’s range of books have been carefully selected for bibliophiles and bookworms. Visit this independent bookstore for an excellent selection of young adult and children’s books, as well as great gifts across science, philosophy, history, art and design.