Where to find gifts for kids this Christmas

There’s nothing like seeing a child’s face light up when they unwrap something fabulous from under the tree. Find gifts for all the young ones in your life with our ultimate guide to kid’s presents.

Spotty Dot

A toy boutique that pays homage to a bygone era, Spotty Dot stocks beautiful, nostalgic toys largely designed by local artisans. Delight in traditional rag dolls, trains, wooden toys, windmills, soft toys and bespoke gifts for babies and little ones. Step inside from November to December and experience a spectacular Christmas wonderland. Find them in Royal Arcade and the Queen Victoria Market.

A shopfront with a glass window and colourful flowers out the front

Spotty Dot

Spieledeluxe

Tear your kids (and yourself) away from the screens this Christmas with Spieledeluxe’s huge range of European-style board games, card games, jigsaw puzzles, hobbies and role-playing games. Give the gift of family fun this year – a great way to spend time over the holidays.

Mind Games

Still going strong after 41 years in business, Mind Games has created game-night joy for generations of families. Wile away the summer hours with extremely obscure strategy games, myth and medieval games, puzzles, miniature games and novelties (who doesn’t love a whoopie cushion).

One Stop Anime

Shopping for kids with a passion for Japanese anime, manga or graphic novels? All the latest merchandise from otaku culture is in store at One Stop Anime, with figurines, posters, model kits, stationery, accessories and exclusive collectibles. Old school classics are still in favour as well. Look out for special $20 and $50 Christmas packs.

Stranger Than Paradise

A magical mystery tour of toys and novelty fun, you’ll find it hard to choose from Stranger Than Paradise’s huge range of internationally-sourced items. Find colourful wooden toys and learning aids for babies and toddlers. There are dress-ups, crafts, science experiments, scooters, soft animals and lamps. Shopping here makes it just as much fun to give as to receive.

A colourful shelf in a toy shop

Stranger Than Paradise

Jasper Junior

Feel like you’ve entered an Aladdin’s cave of treasures at Jasper Junior. This boutique toy store specialises in creative play, soft toys, dolls, construction toys, books, how-to crafts, teddies and collectables. It’s a delight to choose from this enchanting range. Don’t miss the adorable upstairs room full of costumes and fairy accessories.

Hearn’s Hobbies

Introduce kids to the joys of tinkering, collecting and model making these holidays. Hearn’s Hobbies have been supplying hobby products and toys since 1947 and their range of hard-to-find items includes Meccano and Scalextric sets, model rail kits and radio controlled cars, planes and helicopters.

Metro Hobbies

Sure, you’re looking for presents for the kids, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun playing with them as well. Metro Hobbies has a stellar selection of collectibles and all manner of things to build, assemble and drive, from model kits and trains to LEGO. Stock up on toys and games, and relive your childhood.

A blue Volkswagen beetle made out of lego

LEGO Creator Expert Volkswagen Beetle, $149.99

Experiences

If toys and trinkets aren’t your style, a Christmas experience is the perfect way to celebrate with your little ones. Nab tickets to Christmas with Baby Love Music Fun for an hour of singing, piano, percussion and props perfectly designed for kids under five. There’s also Peter Pan Goes Wrong, a slapstick adventure that’ll entertain kids young and old, or the high energy School of Rock stage show at Her Majesty’s Theatre.