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Whether you're as thick as thieves or fight like cat and dog (or swing between the two even) there's no getting away from the fact that it can be hard to know what to get your brother for Christmas.
Gift ideas range from the eye-wateringly expensive through to the cheap and cheerful but the most important thing isn't what you spend. It's what you spend it on - hint: it should celebrate your brotherly bond and be meaningful.
This doesn't mean plastering 'brother' over endless pieces of plastic, but rather being confident that you know your brother and what his tastes are. If you know him well you'll know when you've hit on perfect gift ideas. If you're seeking inspiration for a younger sibling, then the chances are they want to emulate you so think about what items of your own they're often borrowing. Older brothers will usually be delighted with anything that celebrates their older status or anything tech-related.
So, get reading and you can cross more 'things to get for Christmas' off your gift list.
Kidadl's Top Pick
Gifts for siblings can be hard to get right but we think this top buy pips the others at the post for celebrating brotherly love in a cost-effective way.
1. Brothers Definition T-Shirt Set - Strives Creatives
For the princely sum of £24, you get not one but two matching T-shirts as gifts for brother or brothers in the family. They come in a choice of navy, red, black or pink and use sustainable materials. The little brother one reads: "someone who breaks all the rules and never gets into trouble", while the big version states "someone who teaches you to play football and how to annoy the parents" which seems apt. We particularly like the addition of poppers on the shoulders for the younger ages (3-24 months) to help with dressing and the fact they are fully machine washable. The siblings in question may like to notify each other of when they're wearing this to avoid any matching mishaps.
- Price: £24
- Age: from 3-6months up to 12+ years
- 100% cotton
- Machine washable
Best For Creative Toddlers
2. Colour-In Cardboard Playhouse - Castle Tower - Ricco
Think big with Christmas gifts for brothers - gift them their own castle fortress. This flat pack castle can be constructed quickly (with a little help from adults) and then your sibling can let their imagination run riot. Details like tower, windows, bricks and a main arched door have been added in black and white so little ones can get busy with crayons or pens to colour it all in. When they're done they'll have their very own castle to play with. It's made from sturdy cardboard so will stand up to the rough and tumble of everyday play for a good few months at least. But you can also un-assemble it and store it away when not in use to help it last longer. We love that this is a two-in-one gift: something to play with and something to do (colouring).
- Price: £38.08
- Age: 3+
- Assembled size 194 X 133 X 158cm
- Sparks imagination and creativity
- Comes in a variety of designs like a rocket and circus
Best For Babies
3. Laugh And Learn Click And Learn Instant Camera - Fisher Price
If you're looking for Christmas present ideas for your brother and they're still young, this toy camera is just the thing for early role play. It has both sound and light effects including songs and phrases to introduce babies to counting and the alphabet. The easy-grip handle is just right for chubby hands to grip, and there are rattle beads in the flash and a spinner on the side for extra fun. Your baby brother can press the shutter to snap a picture of puppy, then practise pushing the picture back in to take another one. We know how annoying it can be when you lose play parts so the fact that the photo pops out but remains attached is a bonus. Who knows, with this Christmas gift for brother you could just inspire a future David Bailey.
- Price: £12
- Age: 6+
- 25+ songs and phrases to boost development
Best For Adventurous Brothers
4. The Original Den Kit - The Den Kit Company
Encourage some brother to brother bonding with our next gift idea. This amazing den building kit takes a tablecloth hastily thrown over the table to the next level and will encourage siblings to share some experiences if they use it together. Packed within a khaki haversack they'll find a camouflage tarpaulin which is rot resistant and just right for forming your den. Also inside is a green groundsheet that is waterproof so they can have fun in all weathers, as well as a handmade wooden mallet and eight steel tent pegs. Plus there's also 10 metres of strong jute rope which can be used to throw the tarp over. And finally an enamel mug for sipping hot chocolate from and face paint for when they go full-on camouflage. It's not often that gifts for brothers will be loved by the giver equally.
- Price: £40
- Age: 6+
- All-weather fun
- Everything you need to build a den
Best For Over 12s
5. VR Headset - Bnext
Gifts for brothers usually centre around technology of some kind and this Christmas present for brother types is no exception. It's a premium VR set which is compatible with smartphones with a 4"-6.3" screen. This headset comes with thousands of 4 star reviews so you can be confident in what you're buying. It features an adjustable head strap, breathable foam face; eyesight protection system, and a soft nose piece to ensure it's comfortable to wear, as well as large lenses for a great VR experience. The clever technology means your brother can experience next-level gaming or video watching with an immersive visual tool. You get a lot of kit for the money here and fans report it's easy to use.
- Price: £35.95
- Designed for comfort
- Compatible with many smartphones
Best For Six-Year-Olds
6. Cosmic Coding Game - Galt
Do you want to encourage a budding computer programmer and spend quality time with your brother? This year think about Christmas gift ideas for brothers that combine the two, such as this game. It's aligned with Key Stage 1 skills and is designed to introduce kids to the basic of computer science. The aim is to zoom around outer space in your rocket collecting stars by reading cards that contain simple conditions that have to be met before you can move. The game is designed for two to four players so is the perfect gift to bond over shared experiences.
- Price: £12.99
- Age: 6+
- Introduces kids to coding
- Compatible with KS1
Best For Three-Year-Olds
7. Remote Control Car - SGILE
Why not be the one to buy your little brother his very first remote control car. This toddler version is just the ticket for little brothers as it has no sharp corners or edges and a soft, bendable antenna. The chunky controller is just right for little hands and the two buttons are easy to use. This one is designed to be a police car and includes lights and sounds. To honk the horn or play music you push the driver's head, the steering wheel can be pushed to mimic the engine start up and the siren on the back can also be pressed for noise and light effects. The driver of the car can be removed from his vehicle with this gift to extend the fun for toddlers. It's a robust toy so can stand up to even a three-year-old's driving skills.
- Price: £11.89
- Age: 3+
- 5 AA batteries required
Best For Fashion Fans
8. Interactive Green Glow T-shirt in Black - Illuminated Apparel
This cool t-shirt will be a hit with young boys and the clever technology means they can customise it every single day. It comes with a glow torch which can be used to create your own designs and patterns on the glow canvas. The glow effect will last for around 5-10 minutes, then fades to leave you with a blank canvas to start all over again. It's made from 100% cotton and is fully machine washable too. We particularly love the fact that the UV light comes on a keyring lanyard so it's easy to carry around with you to charge up the glow canvas. And should you not have the glow torch with you the torch on your mobile phone will do the job just as well. It's available in sizes 3-4 up to 12-14 years.
- Price: £15.95
- Age: from 3-4 years
- Comes with UV keyring lanyard
- Fully machine washable
Best For Older Teens
9. Personalised Charging Station - VLR Woodworks
Once brothers reach a certain age they come with a whole host of gadgets. Now you can ensure your teenage brother never loses track of where he has left his phone, smart watch, sunglasses or wallet with this sleek looking station to keep him organised. It's made from high quality, varnished plywood, with burned edges for a rustic vibe. There are special cut outs in order that easily-misplaced items can be stowed away, with slots for smartphones, watches, cards, bracelets, keys, glasses, wallet and pens. It's available in nine different finishes including light oak, dark rosewood and walnut and can be personalised with your brother's name too for bonus present points.
- Price: £19.99
- 20cm X 22cm X 14cm
- 20 different styles for personalisation
- 9 finishes
Best For Teenagers
10. Playstation Icon Lights - Paladone
He may not know how to load the washing machine or replace the toilet roll when it runs out but we're betting he knows the green triangle, blue X, red circle and pink square that are synonymous with the Playstation. Which is precisely why we think this light will be a great accessory to give to your brother for Christmas. The four lights are set on a sleek, black plinth and measure 10cm X 30cm X 6cm. It's powered by battery which means it can be used anywhere without having to trail wires and there are three different settings. They can be used in standard lighting mode, in colour phasing mode or on the music reactive setting.
- Price: £24.99
- Battery powered
- Three light settings
Best For Older Brothers
11. Star Wars Patent Prints Art - Magic Posters
Big brother gifts can be tricky to get right - many involve expensive tech which isn't always possible. But we think this set of four prints is just right for any Star Wars fan or movie buff to display in their bedroom. The set includes a copy of the original blueprints for the At-AT Walker (1982), Slave-1 (1983), Tie Fighter (1980) and the X-Wing Starfighter (1994). You can select from six different background colours: blueprint, white, parchment, vintage, chalkboard and black and four different sizes: A6, A5 and A4. The high-quality prints don't come framed but you could choose to do that before handing it over.
- Price: £22
- Set of four prints
- Choose the size and colour
Kidadl Best Buys selects the top products for families of all ages. If you enjoyed our suggestions for the best buys for brothers then take a look at our top Christmas train sets to buy or get more Christmas present inspiration with our favourite Star Wars gifts for kids and teens.
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