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christmas gift guide 2014

One for the boys

Get those pressies sorted!

n Any budding puppet masters will love entertaining the family with these friendly, furry Hand Puppets. e4.99 each at Aldi.

n Lots of boys

like to build stuff, and these construction kits will keep them busy for hours. e8 each from Heatons.

n Finn Richardson (6), is in his element surrounded by thousands of pieces of LEGO from the LEGO Build and Play Box. The box contains countless coloured bricks that can be used to build castles, dinosaurs, wizards or anything else lurking about in your imagination. e49.99 from Toymaster.

n Even superheroes need protection from the winter weather and Marvel Comics fans will be thrilled with these New Era 'Superhero' Beanies. Priced at e24 they're available from Life Style Sports outlets or online at lifestylesports.com.

n The sky really is the limit with this powerful telescope. It's got two interchangeable eyepieces, with 4mm and 20mm focal length, and a high-resolution, achromatic 70mm lens with 700mm focal length and high-colour fidelity. Available from December 4 at Lidl for e79.99.

n If mum and dad are having no joy getting little lads up in the morning, try LEGO's Star Wars Stormtrooper clock. Guaranteed to drag reluctant sleepers from their slumbers, it's priced at e24.37 from Boots

n Little lads like their fancy footwear and these Nike Air Max Command trainers are all the rage right now.

e60 from Life Style Sports outlets or online at lifestylesports.com.

n Arklu, the company behind the hit 'pro-girl' doll Lottie, whose values address body image and premature sexualisation, has released a new line of boy dolls. Finn is designed as a stereotype-breaking playtime buddy that young boys can relate to. Kite Flyer Finn costs around e20 and can be bought online at uk.lottie.com.

Irish Independent