Christmas gift ideas for free spirited kids

Christmas gift ideas for free spirited kids

As I stood and watched the switching on of the Christmas lights in our local town, I soon realised that – dare I say it… Christmas is just around the corner. I am yet to start my Christmas shopping – I am well and truly a last-minute shopper. I guess that you could say that planning is not really my style, but maybe this year I will be different? We are usually the family rushing around on Christmas Eve buying last minute essentials, and always trying to get last-minute tickets to our local Christmas events. With three little ones in tow…. I guess I really could try to be organised. As a family, we love to ‘collect memories and not things’, but equally I love to see their little faces when they open the door and realise that the big man in black boots and a red suit has stopped by our house. Our kids love to spend time outside, so this year I have come up with 10 Christmas gift ideas for free spirited kids who love the great outdoors.

 *Please be aware that some of the items mentioned in this gift guide have been gifted, all opinions and thoughts are my own*


Mud kitchen

I am so excited about this gift. It is such a wonderful concept, and you can really let your imagination run wild. A mud kitchen! A child’s dream! My kids spend hours making potions and lotions and mud soup in our garden. I know it’s messy, but I also love kids to have mud on their clothes, sand in their hair and smiles on their faces. Mud kitchens are available from a number of retailers. This beautiful mud kitchen has been made for our little boy by the dad of one of my best friends. Its just beautiful.


Gardening tools

The girls both love to help out in the garden. A couple of months ago I designed a small corner of our garden for the messy play, with the mud kitchen, tyres for digging and planting, and a little tree stump stool and table. Needless to say this gorgeous pink gardening kit is a must have for Christmas for my girls. This set includes a metal bucket, fork, trowel, gardening gloves, and wooden markers, and comes in a gorgeous gardening bag and is available from

RRP £13.99



This leads me on to Wellington boots. Definitely a must have for any outdoor loving child. These wellies are from Kidunk and I absolutely love them. We have tested them over the Autumn and they get a huge thumbs up from our little girl.  They come in three colour options – red, yellow and blue. They are fleece lined to keep little feet warm, and have a drawstring toggle to keep sand, water and mud out……genius.

RRP £18.99 available online


Hape teepee

I love this beautiful Teepee tent – red.  It is great for both indoor and outdoor play and encourages role play and the use of imagination. It folds for easy storage and has accompanied us on many a camping trip over the Summer months.

RRP £54.99 available from Argos.

Ages 3+


Hape trail rider

This four-wheeled Hape trail rider will be perfect for our little man. It is designed for children who can not yet cycle, but are raring to go off on a little adventure! It is small enough to take away on our campervan travels to allow our youngest to gain confidence, have fun and explore on a smooth, flat and open space.

RRP £92.90 Available from Amazon
Age 12 months+

Pedal Racer 

I spotted this pedal racer recently, and I cannot wait for our eldest to give it a try. It is described as a cross between a classic bicycle and a modern skateboard. The idea is to perfect footwork, balance and arm movements to gain momentum. I’m thinking it may take a few hours of practice, patience, determination and balancing but once the skill is mastered it could lead to hours of fun……

RRP £24.00 Available from


Dressing up outfits

Anyone who knows my family will know that you can often find our girls climbing a tree or jumping in the mud in their wellies and tutu combo. Kids love fancy dress, don’t they? It is all about a sprinkling of magic, a huge amount of imagination and an abundance of fresh air. We have been a longstanding fan of Toadstools and tippytoes, a beautiful online shop  where you will find delightful tutus, fairy wings and beautiful magical craft kits.


Water play

We are big fans of water play toys in our house. They are great outdoors on those warm and sunny afternoons, great to use in a mud kitchen πŸ™‚ and much loved indoors in the bath or sink. We often take a little bag full of toys away with us in our campervan for the kids to play on the beach or in the pool.

We love the Hape happy bucket set. Available online from Argos, and retails at £12.99

Hape Rainy Day Catching Set. A lovely colourful bath set featuring a fun umbrella theme. The idea is to drain water through the holes, and to throw the ball into it to score points. Available online from Argos. RRP £17.99


Midi Flyte Betty

When we spotted the Midi Flyte Betty I knew it would be popular with our little ones.  This gorgeous case is a great size for travel, has rock ‘n’ roll steering and the scooter folds away and locks in place making it easy to store. It is a fab concept when travelling with little ones… literally a case of scoot and go – what a genius idea to keep kids active and carry their luggage at the same time. Our eldest is going to love this, and will be fab for our weekends away that we have planned over the winter months.

Flyte is currently available in two different sizes (mini and midi) online and from other good retailers including Argos.

RRP £69.99

Ages 4-8 years


National Trust family pass

As you have probably gathered we are a family who love to spend time outdoors. We have asked for a National Trust family membership for Christmas. It is such a lovely idea for those who love the great outdoors.  You get free entry to over 500 beautiful places, and free car parking at most National Trust car parks. We love to spend time together as a family away from the screens, and this is a great gift to encourage quality time outdoors and to collect those wonderful memories. Head to the National Trust online for prices and more information.

As parents, we are great believers in ‘collecting memories and not things’…..An afternoon spent outdoors in the fresh air, mud, sand and water and just making memories ….for us is priceless. We try not to place importance on gifts if we can, but I do love to find gifts that encourage outdoor and active play, or that will be useful when camping or travelling.
I would love to hear any more gift ideas for children who love to spend their time outdoors.


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** Disclosure - Please be aware that some of the items mentioned in this gift guide have been gifted for the purpose of this guide. Β All opinions and thoughts are my own*  


  1. December 8, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    Some really fun ideas and great ways to get kids outdoors – plus fleece lined wellies, what a brilliant idea!

  2. December 8, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    Lots of lovely ideas there… We do the memories not things part of gifts as well, I often buy people experiences, especially when they don’t actually need anything! Need to get my Dad to make my toddler a mud kitchen, that’s amazing!! πŸ™‚

  3. December 9, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    I love the mud kitchen and our annual present from my parents is a National Trust pass – can’t beat it!

  4. December 10, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    I LOVE that mud kitchen and I know my kids would too;) We are also big fans of experiences over gifts but agree that its nice to have that wow factor with gifts on xmas day!

  5. December 10, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    Ooh, I’ve been eyeing up those tutus for a long time! So fabulous. There are some lovely ideas here, but my favourite is still the handmade mud kitchen. x

  6. December 11, 2017 / 9:19 am

    Some fantastic ideas here. We were brought an NT membership around 6 years ago and have never looked back! It’s a great gift for a family

  7. December 13, 2017 / 11:55 am

    I love this gift guide so much! I had no idea you could even buy mud kitchens – how fab!

  8. December 13, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    I am so loving this gift guide, both my nephew and goddaughter could do with some wellies and loving how colourful the yellow ones are

  9. December 13, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    Oh wow I LOVE that mud kitchen – such a fun way to bring the indoors outside and my daughter would have so much fun making a big mess πŸ™‚

  10. December 13, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    The mud kitchen looks so gorgeous and is right up our street.

  11. December 14, 2017 / 8:05 am

    Aww, sounds like a great list for the little ones. The tutus are so adorable πŸ™‚

  12. December 15, 2017 / 12:02 pm

    These are all gorgeous gift ideas! I have two very wild, free-spirited, outdoor-loving boys who would love all of these gifts.

  13. December 15, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    My kids love playing dress up. I think I need to get them some more dressing up outfits. Great items here.

  14. December 16, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    I want to get mine a Flyte case, they are such a great idea aren’t they

  15. December 20, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    I love all these ideas, especially the scooter flight case. I think that would be a big hit with my kids

  16. December 20, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    Fantastic ideas, my twins would like a lot of these!

  17. December 21, 2017 / 8:04 pm

    These are all such fantastic idea’s! I definitely have a free-spirited, puddle jumping, mud loving little lady who would absolutely love that mud kitchen!

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