Gift Guide – Hints for Santa

Does Santa need some helpful hints as to what to leave under the tree this year? The little ones will be entertained for hours with these toys and games, so you can drink your coffee in peace.


Balance bikes are the little bikes that don’t have pedals and can teach toddlers as young as 15 months to balance on two (or three) wheels.

A replacement for training wheels, the balance bikes are designed so that kids can learn to ride a bike and smoothly transition to a bike with pedals. They ride like normal bikes and don’t get stuck on uneven surfaces.

Easily convert the low tricycle into a low bicycle. At this point the next stage of riding starts, learning how to balance.

Trybike steel comes in four colours – matt black, silver metallic and the Vintage Edition in misty green and ruby red. Every Trybike Steel comes with two sheets of stickers to give the bike your own personal look.

Trybike is definitely the bike we would have loved to have had as kids!

It is perfect for Christmas, but get in quick as they are sure to sell out.

Get yours now from So Beau BabyMighty Ape, or Toyco.



Specialists in all things that go, have a huge range of single and two-seater ride-on cars, trucks and jeeps.
The team started out offering rental rides on purpose-built tracks and soon realised kids wanted to take them home, and now work closely with the manufacturers’ designers and engineers to provide the best quality cars available for kids at home.
There are so many to choose from, why stop at just one? Have the whole fleet parked up at your place today or pop it on the list for Santa to drop round on Christmas Eve. The range includes Mercedes, Ford, Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Lexus, Maserati, McLaren, Polaris, Range Rover and VW. They also hold the worldwide license to manufacture kids ride on cars for the ALL BLACKS.
All of the ride on toys are remote control and self-drive. They come standard with anti-whiplash start, seat belts, music and most have rubber tyres. Suitable for children from 1-7 years old (1.4m tall and 50kg max weight – sorry parents this one really is for the kids!).
Car need a service? There are minicar Service Centres around the country and keep a large number of parts on hand if and when needed. So you’ll never have to worry about a loan car again! is 100% owned and operated by passionate kiwis who love ride-on toys and the joy they bring the whole whanau.
On display throughout NZ, the massive range is available to purchase from or call 0508 MINICARS for more information.

If you want to be King of the Road, this is your set! It contains no less than 40 parts for maximum fun for everyone. This set is big and is highly recommended for kids that really love to play with cars but also for use at schools and daycare centres.

  • Flexible, durable road toy, 648cm length
  • 16 curves, 16 straights, 4 intersections and 4 roundabouts
  • Expand your road by purchasing additional sets later
  • Can be used on almost any surface, inside or outside
  • Easy to connect parts
  • Encourages imaginative play
  • Great to combine with other toys

Available from Dapper Mr Bear, Kinsfolk, and Little and Loved.

Have a little monkey that loves to climb? This tri-climber is the perfect addition to every playroom and it is made right here in New Zealand (pictured here with a base component).

Can be interlocked with Base, Ramp, Carpeted Ramp and Dowelling Crawling Ramp. All components interlock to the base to make a magical little jungle gym for indoors.

Maureen Perry together with Starex has worked with designs for equipment for infants and toddlers based on the research of Dr Emmi Pikler (paediatrician) and Magda Gerber (child therapist).

100% manufactured in Starex’s Mount Maunganui factory.

For all your climbing needs CLICK HERE.

A very sweet plywood chair with white accents on the legs and adorable fox character back. Adds wonderful whimsical touch to a room.

Mix and match other chairs from the range.

Suitable for ages: 3+

Available from Gifts and Games.

This multi-use toy piece was originally used by many children in early childhood classrooms, and now it has moved into lounges and playrooms around the country.

It was created to help children develop a sense of balance, stimulate their vestibular system, and gain a deep sense of awareness of their body and body parts.

Product details:

  • The German beechwood Kinderboard is Dutch designed and it’s excellent for stimulating child development both physical and mental
  • Offers open-ended play opportunities for toddlers, children, teens, and even adults. It can hold up to 220kg
  • The Kinderboard has water-based lacquer and can be used both indoors and out, perfect for rainy and sunny days at home or in a school environment.
  • Watch the child’s imagination take over once their Kinderboard arrives.
  • It becomes a seesaw, a balance board, a slide, a step stool, a boat, a resting place, a doll bed, a puppet stage, a tunnel and many more opportunities for them to explore.
  • The possibilities are endless—and truly up to them!
  • Suitable for ages 1+

Available from Not Socks.

Suitable for babies from 6 months to 6 years old this indoor/outdoor swing is is a gift that will keep on giving joy  for many years.
Made in New Zealand from the best quality materials  with attention to detail to provide a safe, attractive and long lasting swing.
Swinging has many benefits to a child’s development as well as providing hours of fun.
With 11 colours to choose from there is a colour to suit every environment.

Solvej Baby Toddler Swing $240, available from

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The Little Sand Arch Stacker.

This coloured wood stacker is great for both – toddlers, who are learning how to stack and nest objects, and older children who love to play with blocks as well.
There are various ways of playing… You can learn colours or count the blocks.
The stacker is great as a pyramid and as a balance toy. You can make any art objects you wish. An excellent toy for future architects and creative little people.
The stacker can be a bridge, a tunnel for little cars, a bed, a seesaw or dolls’ furniture

Small Sand Stacker toy consists of 7 blocks, painted in sand colours.

Hand-made and dyed using non-toxic water-based dyes and left un-laсquered.

Available from Dapper Mr Bear.

The Four Elements Building Set invites children to create wonderful, unique structures while developing spatial perception skills. The variety of the organic forms inspires fantasy and imagination. Older children who have more experience building will immediately think of many creative possibilities. The non-lacquered surface is slightly rougher, making it easier for building, even for younger children. Our building sets complement each other perfectly. Children can create even more unique variations and play settings by combining forms and shapes.23 building blocks in wooden frame.

Materials: lime wood, non-toxic water based colour stain/non-toxic plant based oil finish.

Size: frame length 44.5cm, single blocks 4cm thickness.

Age group: 3 years +

Available from Little and Loved.

The magnetic tiles that you’ve been waiting for!

Toys made beautiful. Earth tiles are hand-made from high-quality wood and designed for generations of play.

Every toy purchase plants a tree.

Build and learn beautifully with our classic wooden magnetic tiles.

Available from Little Whimsy.

Kids Concept Pull Along Moose

Our favourite moose, Bo, is now rolling into our range as a pull-along animal. Following his success as a rocking horse (moose), he’s now available for your child to pull along behind them. Two-piece drawstring for extra safety.

Available from Dapper Mr Bear.

Very well defined facial features help children identify the various races. Made of soft vinyl. Articulated head, arms and legs. Lightly vanilla scented body. Anatomically correct dolls.

Mini land Educational doll collections are an important educational resource which help comprehend the concepts of family, population groups, the basic rules of relationships and coexistence, respect for racial and sexual diversity.

Made in Phytalates-free vinyl

Suitable for 18 months +
Available from Little Whimsy.

HappyHopperz are a collection of bright, inflatable animals that not only rival the space hoppers of the 1970’s but take BOUNCING to a whole new level. This playful dino has ears for children to grip on to and feet to steady the bounce.

Designed to be durable, soft and flexible, all Hopperz are supplied with a hand pump for inflation. Happy Hopperz are made from phthalates free pvc and contain no heavy metal elements.

Suitable for 30 months – 5 yrs

Available from Mighty Ape.

This fun play workbench comes with 11 accessories! Kids can cut pretend wood, pound nails and more. The Tikes Tough Workshop is just the right size for any bedroom, play room or family room. Sliding doors provide plenty of storage. Large enough for kids to play together.

Available from The Warehouse.