Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for an Autumn birthday or enjoy celebrating the seasons with a few new play items this post has got brilliant ideas for all budgets.
If, like us, you love gifting books then you’ll find a wonderful selection of Autumnal books for children in my post here.
Spotted these cute little tubs of playdough at The Kid Collective. You can use Land of Dough playdough like normal dough but you can also leave it to air dry if you want to keep your creations. There’s a fabulous range that would be great for any time of year but I loved the look of Orange Fox and Red Apple for an Autumn gift.
Playdough Autumnal Toys
If you’re looking for a cute little kit to go with your dough then Playberry over on Etsy have a lovely little Autumn inspired, wooden kit.
We’re big fans of Grapat wooden toys. Lots of their range are suitable from one year old. My daughter Floss is almost seven and still uses these toys every day, the majority of which she had from one year old. They’re perfect as they are so open ended. This allows them to be used for so many different purposes as children grow and their play changes. This little set is great for an Autumn gift. There’s an extensive range that you can add to on subsequent birthdays and Christmas’.
How adorable is this little Acorn Doll hand crafted by Polly Had a Dolly over on Etsy. The perfect Autumn gift for little nature lovers and those who love small world play.
Autumn Story Stone Pebbles
A Pebble and a Paintbox create beautiful hand painted stones that can be used in story play. A set that really shone out were these Autumnal set above that are on Etsy.
Playdough Sensory Play Kit
This little playdough kit from KB Craft Emporium on Etsy is super cute. It would make an ideal gift but also perfect for out and about such as going to a restaurant or on holiday.
Autumn Embroidery Craft Tree
How beautiful is this Autumn tree embroidery kit?! This would be a lovely gift for an early teenager plus and also adults. You’ll have mastered French knots by the time you’ve finished. It’s the Rowandean Autumn Amber Mini Plus Embroidery Hoop Kit that I discovered on John Lewis.
Jigsaw Puzzling Fun
Another lovely find from John Lewis is this dreamy autumnal jigsaw for those who love puzzles. It’s the Galison Autumn by the Sea Jigsaw Puzzle. It’s 1000 Pieces, I really love the colours in this one.
Yoto Player Autumn Cards
We’re huge fans in our house of audio books and we use a Tonie Box and a Yoto player. They make great presents. If you’d like more info on these head to this blog post. Yoto have just released (Sept 2023) a set of Make Your Own Autumn cards that you can find here.
Alcohol markers are very popular. They do stain and bleed through surfaces so I’d recommend them to teenagers rather than little ones. The pigments are so vivid and they’re a great medium to work with. Watercolours are great for all ages. My daughter Floss and me loved to do watercolour together.
Outsmarted! Family Game
We love games as a family. Birthdays and Christmases wouldn’t be the same with a little family gaming. A new one that I’ve discovered recently is Outsmarted. This link takes you to the website so you can find out more but essentially there are three levels of play child, teenager and adult. It’s such a great idea being able to level the playing field. Equally the genius of this game is it allows user to use their devices to engage with the game. Perfect for those teens with their heads in a phone.
Red Letter Days
If you’re really struggling for gift ideas, especially for teens then Red Letter Days have always been a go to present for me to gift. Not just as an Autumn gift but any time of year. I love the range of hobbies, arts and craft opportunities there are now such as pottery, glass fusion and recording studio sessions. Check out the options here.
There are animal experiences. Do check out the age range for these before booking as some have restrictions. I remember doing an Otter experience and it’s still one of my favourite things I’ve done.
An afternoon tea can make for a very special gift experience to share together. I know my daughter who’s six has felt very special and grown up when she’s gone for afternoon tea.
One of my brother’s favourite gifts I got him was a junior driving experience. There’s lots of different options in a range of cars from Red Letter Days.
If you’re really organised then you can get boxed gift experience certificates sent out in the post. If like me things can be a little last minute then these make great gifts that you can just print off the experience voucher or email it direct to them. Perfect!