OH MY GOSH! It’s Christmas Eve… I was just lying in bed, going through Instagram when I saw #XmasEve. I realised that I still had not bought my son a gift and that it might be too late. There’s no time for online shopping – I definitely won’t get the gift by tomorrow – so I have no choice but to go to the dreaded malls.

If you’re like me and have left this till the last minute, I hope you at least know what you’re getting. If not, here are a few gift ideas for your kids.

LEGO CITY Ambulance Helicopter

Join the LEGO® City rescue team and fly the Ambulance Helicopter! This fun toy features spinning rotors, hatch on the back, landing gear and room for a stretcher inside, plus snowboard and radio elements, and 3 minifigures. Available at Toys R Us for R229.90

Build a Bot

One of the most popular ranges in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) category, Build a Bot combines robotics and construction in a satisfyingly fun way. The range includes various brightly coloured animals and insects that once assembled can be personalised with eyes and stickers. Switch it on and watch the Bot respond to commands. Build a Bot introduces children aged 5 and up to the wonders and possibilities of building their own robot. R299.99 from toy stores and retailers.


The PokiBot is a fun miniature interactive robot that can move, spin, dance and even talk. The bot stands at 8cm and is sound activated – clap your hands and the PokiBot responds by lighting its mouth and eyes. Adding to the fun is a voice recording functionality where you can playback and hear yourself in a robotic voice. Download the app to unlock additional content, control PokiBot’s movements and make it do cool dance routines. It’s just like having your very own mini R2D2. R199.99 from toy stores and retailers.

Silverlit Bumper Drones

Introducing the Silverlit Bumper Drone series – a whole new concept of action drones with 360˚ protection. With the enhanced bump and bounce protection ring design, you need not worry about hitting obstacles because with the ultra-soft material it even bounces back. The drone is water-resistance which means you can hover, land and take photos on water. Each bumper drone is features an HD camera, auto hover and headless mode. For ages 8 plus. From R799.99 for the Mini Bumper Drone. Available from toy stores and retailers.

HUAWEI MediaPad T5 10” Tablet

The HUAWEI MediaPad T5 is an eye-catching tablet with a premium, refined design. Its symmetrical metal body is crafted with care and is sleek and lightweight (about 460 g) enough to be conveniently portable and easy to hold. With Children’s Corner, the tablet offers a fun place for kids to play and learn with plenty of specially designed applications. You can easily manage what apps your kids can use and how long they spend on the tablet by personalising access settings for your little ones. R5999 at Takealot

Sony SRS-XB31 Wieless Speaker

The Sony SRS-XB31 allowance the connection of 100 devices to connect wirelessly and enjoy the same song, we call this a party Chain. The SRS-XB31 is uniquely rustproof and washable speaker, so not only does it look good, but you can also drop it in the sea without a problem. It has 24hr long lasting battery life, one can enjoy partying all night without recharging battery. R2799 at Takealot

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