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LITTLE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: LITTLE ENGINEERS

Kids of all ages love building things – I remember many rainy afternoons sitting at my parents’ dining table, constructing 1950s bungalows and more adventurous mansions out of my mum’s prized Bayko set from when she was a little girl. Sadly, Bayko is no longer in production (although carefully sourced vintage sets can still be found!), but luckily there some pretty awesome new kits available these days – whether it’s constructing the space shuttle out of teeny tiny lego-like pieces, or building your own intruder alarm, these Christmas gifts for boys (and girls!) are sure to spark your child’s imagination and keep them entertained well beyond Christmas morning. And as we all know, a happy, busy kid means a happy, relaxed parent!

NANO BLOCK SPACE CENTRE

Amazon £54.99

This an EPIC 1600+ piece building kit for your child to recreate the Nasa Space Centre. With its miniature lego-style pieces (some as small as 4mm!), this kit will make for a peaceful, and quiet, Christmas day. BUY HERE

LITTLE BITS ELECTRONICS DELUXE KIT

Amazon £169.99

This kit is certainly not cheap, but is very very cool. With Little Bits, your kids can learn the basics of electronics, explore STEAM/STEM principles, form the foundations of critical thinking, or just have fun with blinking, buzzing creations. Bits snap together with magnets, so it’s impossible to make a mistake. BUY HERE

MECCANO TOWER BRIDGE

John Lewis £39.99

Meccano is the king of engineering kits for kids – and has been around for decades. Using Meccano metallic parts and the real tools provided, you child can build his own replica of London’s iconic suspension Bridge, featuring a working drawbridge. And of course, all the pieces can then be reassembled into anything your child can imagine! BUY HERE

LEGO DOCTOR WHO

John Lewis £49.97

If Meccano is the king of engineering, Lego is the sovereign of construction. I don’t think there’s a parent out there who hasn’t spent many hours themselves either carefully following the instruction booklet or throwing caution to the wind and letting their imagination soar. And Lego + Doctor Who = Christmas Winning. BUY HERE

MARBLE ROLLER COASTER

  1. John Lewis £24.50
  2. With 300 pieces, this marble run rollercoaster kit will provide hours of fun in constructing, and many more hours of fun sending marbles down the shoots and traps. You may need to remind Dad that this is in fact a gift for his kid. BUY HERE
  3. INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE KIT

  4. Mulberry Bush £40.00
  5. This very cool kit will allow your little engineer to construct a fully working model of a petrol car 4-cylinder engine and discover how an engine works. Perhaps for Christmas next year a tyre changing kit? Now that would be very useful. BUY HERE
  6. AIR POWER ENGINE CAR KIT

  7. Argos £17.99
  8. Having learned how an internal combustion engine works, your child can use this kit to explore different ways to make eco-friendly cars and try to make the traditional combustion engine more economic and have less impact on the environment. Even better, once assembled this kit will provide endless entertainment as the car can travel up to 50 metres in 35 seconds, on air alone! BUY HERE
  9. JUNIOR CARPENTER KIT

  10. Mulberry Bush £24.00
  11. This beautifully made wooden carpentry set is not a toy but a scaled down working version of real toys. Let your child work side by side with you to start learning the basics of woodwork. BUY HERE
  12. INTRUDER ALARM

  13. Mulberry Bush £9.99
  14. A door alarm on your bedroom door is every budding spy’s dream. This kit allows your kid to learn the science of connecting circuits with snap together components, and then have the ultimate piece of kit in their spy arsenal. BUY HERE

Looking for more gift ideas for your little ones? Read the rest of our Little Christmas Gift Guide!

Vicky

I’m Vicky, owner and designer at Victoria Millésime where we hand make luxury, bespoke vintage bridal accessories. I also had a baby girl in 2014 so am here to share ideas and inspiration for all things sparkly and baby!

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