2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Hot Gifts for Kids of Every Age

2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

Christmas is coming! Time to start making your list and checking it twice. Christmas is such a magical time for children, so it’s important to choose the right toys and gifts for them. Don’t worry, London Drugs has got you covered with the hottest gift for kids as well as a few other toys you might not have considered.

For Kids Aged 0-3

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids - Mega Bloks2018 Holiday Gift Guide Mega Bloks ABC Train

Your little one will be ahead of the class with the Mega Bloks 123 Counting Bus Set and 123 Learning Train, which feature big printed numbers on the blocks so kids can learn to count while building a friendly train or bus.

The Mega Bloks ABC Train offers a similar, engaging opportunity to learn the alphabet during play time.

2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids - Mega Bloks Fast Tracks2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids - Mega Bloks Fire Rescue

For children who just want some fun, the Mega Bloks First Racers Fast Tracks Racing Rig and Block Builders Fire Truck Rescue encourage hands-on play and tons of excitement!

2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids - Playskool My Little Pony

Some things never go out of style, like My Little Pony and friendship. The My Little Pony Celebration Castle offers both in an adorable purple playset. What’s more fun than a dance party with Pinkie Pie and StarSong in a spinning castle turret?

For Kids Aged 3-5

2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids - LOL Doll2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids - LOL Glam Glitter Surprise

L.O.L. Surprise dolls are the gift that keeps on giving, since each one of them offers seven layers of surprises, including which doll you get. These highly collectible toys even make use of the sphere they’re packaged in, which become a doll display or purse carrying case. Go big with the L.O.L. Glam Glitter Surprise dolls!

2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids - Paw Patrol Fire Truck

Your child can join Paw Patrol favourites Marshall, Skye, and Zuma in amazing adventures with the Paw Patrol Fire Truck Set. With a ladder, siren, mini hose and water cannon (that actually launches three included projectiles!), the Paw Patrol is off to the rescue.

For Kids Aged 5-8

2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids - Fingerling Blaze2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids - Fingerlings Untamed Dinos

Fingerlings, the adorable animatronic toys that cling to your fingers, were so popular last year that people were selling counterfeit versions to meet the demand. This year you’ll want to get the Fingerlings from the Untamed Dinos set: Blaze, Fury, Razor, Stealth, Scratch, Ripsaw, Tracker, and IronJaw. Or grab the Untamed Jailbreak set with an exclusive T-Rex! The Glitter Panda Fingerlings are popular this year too.

2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids - Skyrocket Pomsie2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids - Squeezamals

Pomsies are kind of like furry Fingerlings. These soft fuzzy toys are interactive, like Fingerlings, but they can clip on to a backpack, wrist, clothes or wherever you child wants. With up to 50 different reactions, your child will never tire of their cute new friend!

If your child likes Pomsies, they’ll love Squeezamals. These round, plush toys are even cuter, with giant sparkling eyes and sweet smiles. Think stuffed animals, but super squishy and tons of fun.

For Kids Aged 8-11

2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids - Magic Wizard Set

Older kids are a little more dextrous, so they’ll do well with toys that involve more pieces as well as those that stimulate them intellectually. The Ideal Street Magic Wizard set is a great gift for your budding magician, with supplies and instructions for over a hundred different magic tricks. Your child will be enthralled for all of Christmas break!

2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids - Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall

Another great hands-on toy is the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall. This set includes a buildable Great Hall and tower, complete with house tables and banners, fireplace and food, as well as 10 minifigures of everyone’s favourite characters. Grindelwald’s Escape LEGO set is a great complement to this, and it ties in nicely with the latest Fantastic Beasts film.

Board games are still popular gifts this year, including favourites like Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, Codenames, Pandemic, and Trouble.

For Kids Aged 12-15

2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids - Nintendo Fortnite Switch2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids - Pop Funko Wobblers

Video games are still the hottest gifts for tweens and teens, especially Fortnite, currently the most popular video game in the world. For kids new to video games, grab the Fortnite Double Helix Bundle that comes with the game and a Nintendo Switch console. If they’re already playing Fortnite, give them the new Deep Freeze bundle available for PS4, Xbox One, or the Switch.

Funko POP toys are big hits with this age group too! Try the Star Wars Wobblers with bobble heads, the Rock Candy Marvel superheroes, or the Marvel Captain America set with two classic Funko POPs and two pocket POP keychains.

We’ve got all kinds of gifts for all kinds of gifters. Need more holiday gift help? Shop our selection of toys for other great gift ideas.

2017 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

Still shopping? No sweat! We’ve collected all our 2017 Gift Guides into one convenient list.

Starting back in November, we created gift guides to help you surprise and delight every type of person on your list. In case you missed them, or need a refresher, you’ll find each gift guide below.

Holiday Gift Guide for the Home Cook

Christmas is a time of epic food and meals shared with friends and family. Tis the season for those who love to cook! This guide is for those who love spending time in the kitchen.

Top tip: If you’re not sure they’ll use the latest gadget, a tried and true kitchen basic is always appreciated.

[Shop the full Home Cook Gift Guide]


Holiday Gift Guide for Technology Buffs

Got a few gadget-obsessed people on your list? This guide is for them. Smart tech, wearable tech, and fashionable tech—yes, you can get it all!

Top tip: Great gadgets make life easier, not harder. Include batteries when necessary!\

[Shop the full Techie Gift Guide]


Holiday Gift Guide for Kids (and Parents)

Is there anything kids love more than tearing into a wrapped present? Maybe the surprise item inside! This guide is for the kids in your life, with gift ideas that parents will love too.

Top tip: Board games and lego are classic toys for a reason! And they’re great fun for the whole family.

[Shop the full Kids Gift Guide]


Holiday Gift Guide for DIYers

A guide for those who love to do it themselves—“it” being anything and everything! These folks can be among the hardest to shop for, since they prefer experiences over things.

Top tip: For DIYers, it’s all about tools!

[Shop the full DIYer Gift Guide]


Holiday Gift Guide for Music Lovers

This one’s for those who have perfected the soundtrack of their lives. Help them enjoy the music they love even more with a great gift.

Top tip: Headphones are essential for a modern music lover on the go.

[Shop the full Music Lovers Gift Guide]


For more gift-giving advice for the music lover on your list, speak to an LD Expert today. To make a purchase, visit London Drugs in-store and online. And find more gift ideas from the London Drugs Christmas Experts.

London Drugs wishes you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids (and Parents)

We’ve got just over a month until Christmas. Time to get your shopping sorted!

Starting with last week’s Holiday Gift Guide for the Home Cook, we’re posting gift guides every week until Christmas. Each will be aimed at different groups and include gift ideas from stocking stuffers to show stoppers.


This week, our guide has gift suggestions for all the kids in your life that parents won’t mind playing with either! Whether you’re a parent yourself, or you’re buying presents for other kids and parents in your life, London Drugs has plenty of ideas and options.

Board Games are Big Again

Board games have gotten incredibly popular over the last few years. Board game cafes and bars in Calgary and Vancouver can attest to their popularity! Board games are tried and true, and (actually) fun for the whole family. They make great gifts, but choosing between the hundreds of games available can be overwhelming. That’s why we’re here to help!

Modern board games range from serious strategy games like Ticket to Ride or Settlers of Catan to classics with a twist like NHL-OPOLY. Strategy games tend to be better for older kids, but Dixit is good for kids three and up while still being super fun. Pandemic is a cooperative game, teaching valuable lessons about collaboration while players work together to save the world. Kids and parents alike will appreciate learning new games.

Gift Guide for Kids - Monopoly Deal

Or, you can give the parents in your life some classics from their childhood to share with their own kids, like Twister or Battleship. Monopoly Deal is a great new version of an old classic that is quick to play and won’t cause any family feuds!

Tech Toys

While board games are great, video games are really the modern classic. This year’s ultimate gift is the Nintendo Switch, especially bundled with Super Mario Odyssey. The Switch can be a home gaming system, or a portable device kids can continue playing on for those long car rides.

Gift Guide for Kids - Super Mario Odyssey

Image via Nintendo.com

If the kid on your list is into computers, teach them the basics of programming with this cool programmable robot.

Gift Guide for Kids - WowWee programmable robot

Image via WowWee.com

iPads are incredibly versatile techie gifts, good for young and older kids alike. They’ve got YouTube and Netflix for watching kids shows, tons of easy-to-learn games, and they make it easier to connect with family through FaceTime. There’s nothing better for grandparents, aunts, and uncles than a video chat with excited kids on Christmas morning!

Kid Crafts

For families wanting less screen time, crafty gifts are endlessly fun. Scientifically minded kids will be into these Cool Science Experiments, ranging from invisible ink to lava lamps to hoverboards.

Those who love to draw will appreciate a fresh set of pencil crayons. Pair them with a sketchbook to make a complete drawing kit.

Colouring books are always fun and relaxing. Give them a colouring book with their favourite movie characters (be it Minions or Spider-Man) or opt for beautiful shapes or animals and let the recipient tell their own stories with colour.


As frustrating as stepping on those tiny pieces can be, Lego is a classic toy for a reason. Get fancy sets for older kids, like this Star Wars Resistance X-Wing, or go back to basics with a  classic creativity set. You can make anything with Lego.Gift Guide for Kids - Star Wars X-wing lego

Personalized Presents

Personalized presents are great for kids—they love seeing pictures of themselves and their family! The PhotoLab can put your family photos on just about anything, but some particularly good gifts are personalized mugs, ornaments, and puzzles.


For more gift-giving advice for the kids (and parents) on your list, speak to an LD Expert today. To make a purchase, visit London Drugs in-store and online.

We’ll be back soon with a top gift guide for techies. See you then!

See all of our 2017 Holiday Gift Guides here:

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Techies

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for the DIYer

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Music Lovers

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for the Home Cook