While the kids may be begging Santa for things that go ding, the very best gifts are those that spark their imagination. This festive season, we’ve curated a Family Gift Guide to inspire your little one’s adventure and creativity with simple toys that encourage open-ended play and exploration of the world around them.
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Based on a 1945 creation by US design royalty Charles and Ray Eames, this handsome elephant has been given a modern makeover in a sturdy, high quality plastic. Once an inside toy, this majestic beast can now head outdoors for exciting jungle adventures.
Calling all pint-sized urban planners. These beautiful oak blocks by Danish designer Anne Boysen, will inspire town creation, architectural experimentation and bring warmth and colour to your home.
Help kids live out their dream job with this gorgeous set of career themed photo props. Perfect for a party or an impromptu dress up session, this set by Barcelona based DOIY Design is a stocking stuffer must have.
Inspired by medieval jousting horses, this contemporary take on the traditional rocking horse will delight energetic young knights. Available in black, white or chestnut, this pared back piece will shine in any nursery.
Ted heads to New York to visit his Aunt Gloria and a painting is stolen from the Guggenheim Museum. Join Ted on his adventure in this enchanting early readers’ chapter book.
For the tiniest tots, this adorable bunny teether is carved from pale beech wood. The solid wood will help soothe irritated little gums and its frame is the perfect size for little fingers to grab hold of.