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Christmas gift inspiration: Perfect presents for boys

  • Art of play

    For older children – or adults − who like a serious technical challenge, the Lego Architecture series is a good bet. Celebrating the past, present and future of architecture, the series includes kits for iconic buildings such as the Empire State Building, Big Ben, the Sydney Opera House and the Guggenheim Museum. For visionary types, there’s even an Architecture Studio Set to create their own designs.

  • Jungle fever

    The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling is a classic tale, and The Folio Society’s smart, illustrated edition is bound in cloth and has 11 colour plates. First published in 1893, and one of the most famous children’s stories of all time, it features all the favourite characters popularised by Disney − man-cub Mowgli, tiger Shere Khan and Baloo the bear among many others.

  • Coining it

    The Ponburger vinyl coin bank is the current art-toy favourite, made by Japanese underground fashion-and-design brand KusoPop, which also created the limited-edition Luckitty Pon lucky-cat toy. Designed by artist Rotobox, the Ponburger coin box has gained a cult following among grown-ups as well as kids. A collectable, cult object and money box rolled into one.

  • Rocker's delight

    For the aspiring guitar hero in your life, a good electric guitar will go down a treat. This torino-red Squier Affinity Mini is made by Fender, is three-quarter sized and features three single-coil pickups and five-way switching.

  • Feel the force

    Star Wars: A Pop-up Guide to the Galaxy by Matthew Reinhart is a beautifully-crafted, playful book based on the original Star Wars trilogy and containing 37 pop-ups. You’ll meet some of the galaxy’s most bizarre inhabitants, visit the frozen landscape of Hoth, and meet the cast of characters from the films.

  • Snow business

    A classic sleigh is a sure fire hit when the snow comes. This one from Toast is made in laminated maple and beech, has stainless steel runners and folds flats for easy storage. It is close enough to the original wooden Daover sledge that appeared at the first tabogan race in Davos, Switzerland in 1883 to be covetable for its looks alone.

  • Knight time

    This design-your-own-shield kit by Seedling is a good choice for budding young knights with a creative urge, and comes complete with wooden shield ready to decorate, acrylic paints, brushes and easy-to-follow instructions. Just paint on your own personal coat of arms, put on your shining armour, and you’re ready for action.

  • Squared up

    The Cubebot is a current must-have for kids. It can be transformed into hundreds of different poses, and then neatly folded into a handy-sized cube. Made of sturdy cherry wood and inspired by the Japanese Shinto Kumi-ki puzzles, it is created by David Weeks Studio, and blends contemporary toy culture and ancient Japanese traditions. Hours of fun.