The holiday season is a special time for children but it can be even more special for the parents. There is nothing better than seeing a child’s face light up when they open something truly spectacular. In this luxury gift guide for kids, we have carefully picked out some exceptional gifts that should create unforgettable moments this year.
Conrad New York Midtown, FAO Schwarz Holiday Suite
The FAO Schwarz Holiday Suite / ©Mark Weinberg
FAO Schwarz has long been considered the holy grail for kids at Christmas, but making your way through the crowds in its New York flagship can be quite stressful for families. Now, Conrad New York Midtown will bring the world-famous toy store directly to your hotel suite. Guests arrive at the 1,800-square-foot suite to find it full of exciting treasures such as train sets, larger-than-life stuffed animals, musical instruments and the all-important dance-on piano.
There is also an in-room toy menu, allowing guests to order specific gifts on demand. Everything in the room will be available to purchase through the hotel and will be shipped back home. If that isn’t enough to satisfy your children’s appetite, guests will also be treated to a private shopping spree and tour of the nearby store with an FAO Schwarz toy soldier prior to the store opening.
Price on request, conradnewyorkmidtown.com
The Noble Collection, Quidditch Chess Set
Harry Potter has successfully sparked the imagination of a new generation of young fans with its fantastical tales of witchcraft and wizardry. If your children dream of one day attending Hogwarts, you can help bring the magic to life with this exquisite chess board based on the wizarding world’s favorite sport – Quidditch. The beautifully-crafted set is made up of gold and silver-plated pieces, each resembling a different aspect of the broom-based game. The board itself is certainly fit for the grand hall with the hardwood board decorated with 24K gold attachments.
McLaren, 720S ‘Ride-On’
By the time our young ones are old enough to get behind the wheel, all cars could well be electric so getting them this adorable electric McLaren will stand them in good stead for the future. This little run-around has taken authenticity seriously and is available in six of McLaren’s most popular color choices. Designed for three to six-year-olds, it doesn’t ride like a McLaren 720S – one of our Top 14 Cars of 2019 – but it certainly looks the part. The electric motor is operated with an accelerator pedal, which also releases additional engine noise. There is also a brake function –with brake light – and a dashboard display screen that gives key information will help to allay any toddlers’ range-anxiety.
Dolce & Gabbana, Pencil Print Backpack
The thought of going back to school will seem like a drag, but a stylish new backpack is a sure-fire way to ease the pain. This delightfully decorated D&G backpack has all the practicalities that you would expect and a high-build quality from experienced Italian craftspeople. The whimsical pencil and pencil shavings design will certainly brighten up the daily routine for any child.
Lego, The Disney Castle
A good indoor project is essential for the holiday period if the cold weather stops you from venturing outside. While an old-fashioned puzzle is timeless, this extraordinary 4,080-piece Disney Castle will spark the imagination of any young child. Standing at over two-foot-high, this intricate replica has an intricately detailed façade and is packed with adorable Disney details. This includes secret compartments, a firework display function and five exclusive Disney-themed characters.
Steiff, Studio Bobby Teddy Bear
At four-feet high, this is the largest cuddling toy from Steiff, the most esteemed teddy bear manufacturer in the world. It is beautifully crafted in Germany to the highest standards, sporting the famous ribbon tie and a brass-plated ‘Button in Ear’. It would make a delightful addition to any child’s playroom and will be a regular attendee to their daily tea parties. Its soft surface is easily washable as well, so it can survive a makeover with a good clean; just keep it away from the hairdressers!
Lou Board, Electric Skateboard 3.0
Whether you have a teenager with an adrenaline habit or you simply want to speed up the walk to school, Lou 3.0 is sure to be a hit this holiday season. With a maximum speed of 21mph and a range of 12-15 miles, the Lou 3.0 is the fastest electric skateboard currently on the market. It is also very easy to maintain with interchangeable wheels and a charge time of just two hours. It comes with its own remote control and is also compatible with the Lou smartphone app. It is, of course, not exactly a toy so is only recommended for those with prior skateboard experience – and helmets are always recommended.