1. Le Toy Van Palace Doll’s House, £399
An heirloom in the making, this beautiful four-floor doll’s house – complete with a hidden attic – is a world away from the usual cheap plastic from most toy stores. Made from solid wood throughout, the set has been designed in England but with the Regency flair of a traditional Parisian manor house. Just make sure your little one doesn’t start getting airs and graces of their own. Available at letoyvan.com.
2. Lego Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon, £649.99
Don’t pretend you won’t be living vicariously with this one. It’s the ultimate toy meeting the ultimate sci-fi starship in this 7,500-piece scale model, complete with Han Solo, Chewbacca and the rest of the crew, past and present. With the final instalment in the third trilogy (yes it’s becoming hard to keep track) on the horizon, you might want to get in early to ensure a smooth escape from Mos Eisley. Available at lego.com.
3. Makeblock Ultimate Robot Kit V2.0, £295
Programming is becoming an invaluable skill; it’s made many a tech entrepreneur their millions. If you can give your kids a good head start, it might just make their millions too. This robotics kit from Makeblock is a comprehensive collection of different constructible mechs that teaches electronics, robotics and three forms of programming. It’s a far cry from Skynet though. Which is good. Available at makeblock.com.
4. Henes Broon T870, £1,099
This might seem a huge mistake in the making – it looks like a beast of an off-roader – but the Henes Broon T870 is never out of your control. Just hook it up to your tablet and keep your 0-2-year-old entertained for hours on end. Just keep an eye that they don’t try to graduate to a proper motor too early. Available at harrods.com.
5. Harry Potter Quidditch Chess Set, £299
The game of kinds with a magical twist, this chess set is a statement piece if ever there was one, with Potter iconography across every surface. With a total of 48 pieces, each of Hogwarts’ four houses is represented, split between the gold and silver playing pieces. There’s no better way to get your kids into chess nice and early. Available at harrods.com.