If you’re a parent who’s steering clear of extravagant gifting this year, you’re probably on the lookout for practical presents that still bring the fun. Look no further than Mini Hippo’s 2020 gift guide.

More and more parents are adopting the ‘four gift rule’ at Christmastime, pledging to give their children something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read.

But finding a present your kids need often comes at a price – it may be useful, but it’s seriously boring.

Thankfully, Mini Hippo’s gift guide this year is packed full of stylish, practical school supplies are anything but. Here are the gifts that will bring the fun and the function this Christmas.

Petit Monkey
Oozing Dutch style and retro nostalgia, we’re going to be the first to say that Petit Monkey backpacks have the potential to reach cult status. Whether you prefer to keep it simple with complementary stripes (in gorgeous 70s hues) or go all out with hand-drawn illustrations by international artists, Petit Monkey has something for everyone.
RRP $62-70 // SHOP HERE


Nothing has revolutionised lunchtime quite like the Yumbox. The internationally-renowned bento-style lunchbox comes in a range of sizes – from the Tapas for big appetites to the crunch’n’sip-friendly Minisnack – and delicious colours. Oh, and as if all that wasn’t enough, Yumbox have even gone and made their own insulated food jars (the Yumbox Zuppa) and insulated water bottles (the Yumbox Aqua).
RRP from $26.95 – $45.95 // SHOP HERE


Looking for a simple way to inject some serious fun into your children’s lunches? Look no further than FunBites. With a variety of colours in a range of fun shapes, FunBites makes it easier than ever before to cut and arrange everything from sandwiches to salami into exciting artworks. Perfect for fussy eaters (or anyone who likes finding a bit of fun in their lunchbox!).
RRP $14.95 // SHOP HERE


Who says being sustainable can’t be stylish? Canadian company Precidio Designs has perfected snacking on-the-go with the Snack in the Box – the colourful, compartmentalised container perfect for little and big hands. Why not make it a matching set with a just as colourful Drink in the Box? They come in small and large sizes, so there’s one for every member of the family.
RRP $9.60 – $18 // SHOP HERE


SoYoung deal in the most beautiful children’s lunchboxes, backpacks and cooler bags, and they’ve also got a range of lunch poches that any parent would be proud to carry! From their classic kids’ range to the Modern Paper collection, which features washable paper and linen coolers in stunning, sophisticated designs, it will be hard to choose just one!
RRP $39.95 // SHOP HERE