3 Christmas presents for 11-year-olds

Woman sits with a Christmas present in her lap

At age 11, your child will be just finishing primary school, and entering secondary school. At this age, your child is starting to gain more independence as they approach their teenage years. Despite becoming older and more independent, children of this age still love toys and love to play, so it is important to cater their Christmas presents carefully.

However, in todays digital age it can be difficult to decide what to buy your 11-year-old. A games console is always a good idea, but they can be very expensive when you add up all the accessories and games. Sweets and chocolate are a great option (albeit an unhealthy one!), as well as outdoor presents such as bikes, scooters, skateboards etc. 

So, here’s our three great ideas for Christmas presents for your 11-year-old!

1: Nintendo Switch/Switch Lite

First released in 2017 (and the Switch Lite, it’s handheld-only counterpart, in 2019), the Nintendo Switch is still wildly popular, with it selling out all other video game console competitors in 2019.

The Nintendo Switch is one of the most versatile gaming consoles ever created. It’s main function is as a typical console, hooked up to a TV. However, it also has a screen that the controllers can be connected to that turns the console handheld, so it can be used on the go! 

If you are on a budget, or your child prefers to game alone, the handheld-only Switch Lite is a great option as it is almost £100 cheaper than the original console.

2: Kodak Printomatic Digital Instant Print Camera

We all remember Polaroid cameras, the big, bulky cameras of the past that would instantly print the photos you took. Before going out and spending hundreds of pounds on a retro Polaroid camera for your child, check out Kodak’s modern alternative, the Printomatic Digital Instant Print Camera.

Firstly, it’s an incredibly sleek, and compact design, especially when compared to their historic alternatives! With it being smaller and lighter than the average smartphone, the Kodak Printomatic will fit comfortably in your child’s pockets. 

But it doesn’t just print photos. The photos are printed out on sticker paper, to allow your child to decorate their possessions or their room with. The camera uses Kodak Zink Photo Paper, so no ink or toner is needed!

3: Strider 14 Inch Balance Bike

Balance Bikes are a great way of teaching children how to ride traditional pedal bikes. They look extremely similar to traditional bikes but have no chain or pedals. The child propels themselves using their feet, similar to a scooter. Whilst the smaller models are aimed towards toddlers and younger children, there are bigger models of balance bike for older children who have struggled to learn how to ride a bike, or just haven’t started to learn yet.

Balance bikes are great for teaching children how to balance on a bicycle, whilst removing the complication of pedals, so they can learn to balance without the anxiety of having to work the pedals. On top of all these great reasons to buy a Strider 14 Inch Balance Bikes, it also gets the kids outdoors, something that is becoming increasingly harder in this day and age!