The 10 best birthday presents for under-5s to buy now!

10 best birthday presents for under-5s

What toys to buy now!

There’s nothing quite like the joy of opening a gift-wrapped present – especially when you’re little – so here are ten of our favourite pressie ideas for under-fives. There’s something to suit all budgets.

Choosing the perfect birthday pressie for the little people in your life can be a challenge at the best of times. What are they into this week? Have they already got that? Do you buy something they’ll love (noisy!) or something mum will love instead?

Factor in that nipping to the shops is trickier than before, and you could be forgiven for considering a gift voucher instead. But, don’t worry – we’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to. Take your pick from gifts that are educational, fun or just downright cuddly. They’ll be a joy for children aged 2-5 to unwrap on their special day.

Ok, we may be biased (this is our best-selling 5 Minute Fun product) BUT fans of Numberblocks on CBeebies will love this gift set! It comes with 55 individual plastic Numberblocks, which click together easily, creating a fun way for children to learn numbers. Two sheets of puffy stickers are also included so children can give their Numberblocks fun faces.

The first toy inspired by traditional Russian dolls that’s safe for babies and young children, this set of nesting babies is designed to enhance cognitive development and encourage hand-eye co-ordination through interactive play. It can even be played with on the beach or in the bath.

Designed to inspire role play and encourage language skills and sensory development, this toy camper van has three different modes of play and comes with interactive Toot-Toot characters included. (18 months to five years.)

The CBeebies Learn and Play Pack supports the curriculum taught in every reception classroom in the UK, so it’s the perfect pressie for little ones who have just started school. Included are five educational magazines and a box of Tiny Task activity cards, along with a certificate, a poster with reward charts, and gold stickers. Hours of fun!

Even busy little people need down time now and again, and this Steiff cuddly llama is just the companion for quiet time. Made from soft, cuddly pink plush, she’s machine washable and oh-so-huggable.

Introduce early coding concepts to preschoolers with Bopper the bunny and her friends, Hip and Hop. Children can code Bopper to find the carrots, pull them along in her garden cart, and meet up with her bunny pals.

This colourful bingo game is the ideal gift for keeping kids occupied on-the-go, as it’s compact and portable. The object of the game is to correctly identify bugs and mini beasts, and be the first player to fill the board with leaves and shout ‘bingo!’ (2-4 players.)

Need a gift for a nursery pal’s birthday party? Pop a set of these cards in your present drawer and you’ll be sorted. Each card features a fun, simple activity to keep little ones busy, and they come in a handy, hardwearing case with full instructions.

Budding medics will love putting their skills into practice with this classic wooden 12-piece doctor’s kit – just the gift for proud grandparents to give. It contains everything from a toy stethoscope to a doctor’s notepad, and it all packs neatly away into a ambulance toy that you can carry or push along.

This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of the Rug Bear and a game of hide and seek that takes an unexpected turn. With a gentle message about the importance of including everyone in your games, it’s the ideal pressie for a little one’s bestie.