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We know that when it comes festive gift giving to children, we all have some challenging little characters on our hands, which is why we have created this fool-proof gift guide to help you select the right present to reflects the petite personas. Happy shopping!

IF HE LOVES… The Minions from Despicable Me (pictured above)

He is… a cheeky monkey who’s always up to mischief. This diddy dude leaves a trail of destruction wherever he goes. Keep his chaotic mind busy with bubbling chemistry sets, outdoor play tents and builder’s workbenches

PRESENT IDEAS

 
Clockwise:  Play tent Dhs888 Pacific Play Tents exclusive to neimanmarcus.com, JCB play toy  Dhs180 thetoystore.com, Chemistry Set  Dhs99 Boom Bang Fizzes  at Debenhams,   Snow boots Dhs330 Ralph Lauren,  Master workbench Dhs397 allmodern.com

Clockwise: Play tent Dhs888 Pacific Play Tents exclusive to neimanmarcus.com, JCB play toy Dhs180 thetoystore.com, Chemistry Set Dhs99 Boom Bang Fizzes at Debenhams, Snow boots Dhs330 Ralph Lauren, Master workbench Dhs397 allmodern.com

 

IF SHE LOVES…  Elsa from Frozen

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She is… a modern-day princess. The only ballet pumps she’ll be wearing are ones adorned with glitter and her butterfly tea set is made of porcelain, don’t you know. A diva in the making.

PRESENT IDEAS

Clockwise: Cupcake earphones  Earphones at S*uce Gifts, Butterfly porcelain tea set Dhs375 Yottoy at neimanmarcus.com, Glitter pumps Dhs1,325 Ferragamo Mini,  DIY make me a butterfly kit Dhs256.78 Exclusive at neimanmarcus.com, Tulle dress Dhs420.55 Dainty Dizzy at childrensalon.com

Clockwise: Cupcake earphones Earphones at S*uce Gifts, Butterfly porcelain tea set Dhs375 Yottoy at neimanmarcus.com, Glitter pumps Dhs1,325 Ferragamo Mini, DIY make me a butterfly kit Dhs256.78 exclusive at neimanmarcus.com, Tulle dress Dhs420.55 Dainty Dizzy at childrensalon.com

 

IF SHE LOVES… Eep from The Croods 

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She is… a little tomboy who is far more obsessed with outdoor games and hands-on action than Barbie dolls and kitchen sets. The leader of the cool kids, you really wouldn’t want to mess with this little rebel.

 

PRESENT IDEAS

Clockwise: Monster High bat and ball Dhs25 thetoystore.com, Disney Infinity starter pack Dhs149 landmarkshops.com,  Olivia’s ice cream bike lego set Dhs75 Lego at Hamley’s 5 Monster High bat and ball Dhs25 thetoystore.com, Dungarees Dhs155 Zara, No Fear inline skates Dhs115 Sports Direct, Dubai Outlet Mall

Clockwise: Monster High bat and ball Dhs25 thetoystore.com, Disney Infinity starter pack Dhs149 landmarkshops.com, Olivia’s ice cream bike lego set Dhs75 Lego at Hamley’s 5 Monster High bat and ball Dhs25 thetoystore.com, Dungarees Dhs155 Zara, No Fear inline skates Dhs115 Sports Direct, Dubai Outlet Mall

 

 IF HE LOVES… Hiccup from How To Train Your Dragon 

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He is…  ruled by a spirit of adventure, with a creative force running through him that can’t possibly be suppressed. Not one to sit still, his fantastical mind makes him a fearless, outdoor explorer.

PRESENT IDEAS

Clockwise: Deluxe Sin Cara costume Dhs250 thetoystore.com, Cube Kid 160 bike Dhs1,089 chainreactioncycles.com, Backpack Dhs900 Paul Smith Junior at Harvey Nichols-Dubai,  Striped hat Dhs110 Gap, Ski discovery lesson Dhs150 dreamdays.ae

Clockwise: Deluxe Sin Cara costume Dhs250 thetoystore.com, Cube Kid 160 bike Dhs1,089 chainreactioncycles.com, Backpack Dhs900 Paul Smith Junior at Harvey Nichols-Dubai, Striped hat Dhs110 Gap, Ski discovery lesson Dhs150 dreamdays.ae

 

DOWN THE CHIMNEY: Stuff their stockings with these fun novelty treats

Clockwise: Washable felt-tip pens Dhs25 thetoystore.com, Educational spaceman watch Dhs144 Baby Watch Paris at childrensalon.com, Personalised girl’s notebook Dhs58 Made by Ellis at notonthehighstreet.com, Christmas Santa egg cup and toast cutter Dhs40 Paladone at Debenhams, Wind-up jumping fuzzies Dhs45 Bluw at Debenhams, 365 Things To Make And Do Right Now activity book Dhs70 Jashanmal Bookstores

Clockwise: Educational spaceman watch Dhs144 Baby Watch Paris at childrensalon.com, Personalised girl’s notebook Dhs58 Made by Ellis at notonthehighstreet.com, Christmas Santa egg cup and toast cutter Dhs40 Paladone at Debenhams, Wind-up jumping fuzzies Dhs45 Bluw at Debenhams, 365 Things To Make And Do Right Now activity book Dhs70 Jashanmal Bookstores, Washable felt-tip pens Dhs25 thetoystore.com

 

L-R: Christmas snap cards Dhs12 Early Learning Centre, The Dubai Mall, Candy Store tin Dhs65 Hershey’s Chocolate World, The Dubai Mall, Olaf from Disney’s Frozen stuffed toy Dhs120 Build–a-Bear, The Dubai Mall, Chocolate scratch & sniff nail stickers Dhs16.56 NPW at alexandalexa.com

Left to right: Christmas snap cards Dhs12 Early Learning Centre, The Dubai Mall, Candy Store tin Dhs65 Hershey’s Chocolate World, The Dubai Mall, Olaf from Disney’s Frozen stuffed toy Dhs120 Build-A-Bear, The Dubai Mall, Chocolate scratch & sniff nail stickers Dhs16.56 NPW at alexandalexa.com

 

FANTASY GIFTS: For when a pushbike and a jigsaw puzzle just won’t cut it…

HAUTE WHEELS 

Watch your little ones ride around in style; this BMW 328 collector’s car is handcrafted in Lyon, France, and designed to be a replica of the 1936 classic.

Children’s car Dhs78, 237 Blanc Chateau at modaoperandi.com

Children’s car Dhs78, 237 Blanc Chateau at modaoperandi.com

 

JURASSIC PARK 

Who needs to visit a museum when you can buy Stan, a life-size replica fossil skeleton of a Tyrannosaur first unearthed in South Dakota’s Black Hills in 1992? Spanning 40 feet from tail to jaw, you may have a few problems wrapping him, though.

Tyrannosaurus skeleton Dhs367,300 hammacher.com

Tyrannosaurus skeleton Dhs367,300 hammacher.com

 

BIEBER MEETS BELIEBER 

If you happen to parent a Bieber superfan then you’re probably no stranger to the dulcet tones of Never Say Never. This Christmas, bring those sounds to life – real life – with a day hanging out with the singing sensation himself.  Luxury lifestyle concierge gurus Quintessentially offer a bespoke service in arranging all your fantasy requests, whether it be a meet and greet after his concert or flying the superstar in exclusively to spend the day with your child. Price POA, contact (04) 4376800 or visit quintessentially.com for more information

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FAIRYTALES DO COME TRUE

Based On A True Story creates and implements one-off adventures, family expeditions, thrilling fantasies and events, in the world’s most breathtaking locations. This Christmas why not book the trip of a lifetime and take your little ones into a real-life story that will sweep them off into a magical adventure they will never forget. Bespoke trips range from helping elves stop goblins destroy the light in the Arctic to discovering a map in Morocco then following it through the Balearics to overcome hundreds of pirates. Everyone encountered is an actor in full costume. Minimum investments for trips start at approximately Dhs918,300, contact (+44) 789998551 or visit basedonatruestory.co.uk.

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SPACE CADET 

If your young ‘un dreams of one day becoming an astronaut, then the Zero-G experience will give them a little taste of what travelling into space is like. The specially-modified Boeing 727 G-Force One flies to the horizon, performing parabolic arcs to create a weightless environment that allows them to float, flip and soar as if they were in space. Seats start from Dhs18,182 and children can fly from eight years old. Flights depart from a number of locations in the USA including Cape Canaveral and Las Vegas. Private flights accommodating up to 36 participants can also be requested at other locations and costs from Dhs606,000. Visit gozerogg.com for more information.

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