GIFT GUIDE: For tots to teens

We’ve spent hours and hours scouring around to find the best gift ideas out there so you don’t have to. From tiny tot to hard-to-please teen there’s something for your kid, no matter their age or sex. There are no DVDs, video games or phones here –  only things carefully chosen to stimulate your child’s imagination and individuality, not tune in and zone out.

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Design’s dog du jour – the dachshund – appears here in a wooden incarnation. “Dachsie” wags his tail when ridden. Brio ride-on wooden dachshund, £60, Debenhams.

Everyone wants a big soft friend to cuddle. Hansa standing giraffe soft toy, £64.99, John Lewis.

George really wants to be a good dog, but he has seen a cake. Find out if he succumbs to temptation in Chris Haughton’s charming book Oh No, George! £6.99,

A Bit Lost Owl puppet, £10, Designer Chris Haughton’s toy (to accompany his book of the same name) has been developed with a fair trade group in Nepal which helps to give disabled women and those who have suffered domestic violence the chance to earn their own living.

Trajan board game, £37.39, Strategic board game set in ancient Rome in which players try to gain power.

The Wolves of Willouhby Chase by Joan Aiken, £5.99, Waterstones. Suitably chilly children’s classic.

Earth and constellation light globe, £40, Educational globe by day, magical map of the stars by night.

Sequin embellished collar ripple dress (5-14 years), £24-28, Marks and Spencer.

Epiphone Les Paul express electric guitar, £84, Three quarter size guitar ideal for kids, with a “vintage sunburst” design. For the more laid back parent perhaps.

Teksta T-rex robotic dinosaur, £40, Hamleys. He stomps, he eats, he burps!

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Desktop mini football table, £10, John Lewis. Bargain price for hours of fun.

Predator Instinct FG football boots, £160, adidas. Lightweight technology for a better touch.

Alexa Chung Sequins nail varnish, £15, Nails Inc. Sparkles for stylish girlies.

Orelia premium draped crystal hair crown, £35, Any budding fashionista will be tickled pink with this slightly outrageous, slightly princess-y crown. Ideal to be kept for festival season next year.

Gazelle OG W power teal, £64.99, adidas.

“Argh” necklace, £60, Tatty Devine. Let your teenage girl’s necklace testify to her angst with this playful piece.

Face Lace burlesque eye lace, £15.95, Face Lace has been created by make up artist Phyllis Cohen, who has beautified esteemed faces like that of David Bowie.

Rolling Spider Drone, £90, Parrot. Tiny quadricopter whose detachable wheels mean it is as much fun on the ground as in the air.

Marksman jacket, £199.99, Superdry.

Charli XCX Sucker, Atlantic Records, out December 16th. The feisty popstrel storming the charts releases her second album in time for Christmas.

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