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Best Christmas gifts for Lego fans 2020: how to build the ultimate gift

Top Christmas gifts for Lego fans
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Lego and Christmas just go together, don't they. They're creative fun for all the family – so long as the very little ones don't try to and eat it – it's wholesome, and screen-free. And, of course, there are loads of wonderful Lego Christmas gifts to choose from.

Lego set come in packages of all shapes and sizes, and we've included the full range from tiny Advent Calendar figurines, to blocky Land Rovers in the following Lego gift list. They also pay homage to all sorts of brands, like Harry Potter and Star Wars – don't miss the delightful Lego version of Baby Yoda below, for example.

But there's more to Christmas Lego gifts than just your favorite fictional characters and settings: we've also featured brick versions of London architecture, a Holiday-themed gingerbread house, and a classic set if you're buying for a creative that hates following instructions. No matter the type of Lego fan you have in your life, we have something for them in the list below.

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Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar

For that pre-Christmas gift

Reasons to buy
+Appropriately Christmassy
Reasons to avoid
-December has already started

If you want something appropriately Christmassy as your Lego gift, the company sells a few different themed advent calendars, like Star Wars, City and Harry Potter. This Star Wars edition comes with loads of minifigures, as well as blocks to build mini versions of iconic starships and other things from the films series.

Sure, December is already underway, so you may have to hurriedly open a few doors if you buy this. However, that only means the price might have lowered somewhat – or you could buy now and save it for next year.

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Lego Creator Gingerbread House

A truly Christmassy Lego set

Reasons to buy
+Very Christmassy
Reasons to avoid
-Can't eat it

If you want a Christmas gift for a Lego fan that's truly Christmassy, this adorable gingerbread house would be perfect. It comes with the house itself, made of Lego blocks instead of gingerbread (so don't eat it), as well as two gingerbread people and even a little gingerbread baby, plus several other festive decorations.

This set makes perfect decoration around Christmas time, but it's also a good-looking set to display or play with all year round.


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Lego Super Mario

Relive your gaming glory days with this retro set

Reasons to buy
+Finally design your own Mario levels
Reasons to avoid
-No Princess Peach

It's-a me, Mario! Yes, the iconic plumber from the gaming days of the NES finally comes to life, in this absolutely amazing Lego set. The Mario figurine reacts to the special bricks in the set, allowing you to jump over enemies, collect coins, and let your imagination run wild.

Younger players can enjoy building their own Mario obstacle course, and race to get the most amount of coins under 60 seconds. It's a fantastic set with a number of expansions available, so if you've enjoyed Mario as a kid and want to pass this joy on to your own children, then this is a fantastic set to play with together.

Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle

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Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle

A Lego recreation of the best place in Harry Potter

Reasons to buy
+Your own personal Hogwarts
Reasons to avoid
-Sorting Hat not included

For the Harry Potter fan in your life, this Lego Christmas gift is perfect; it recreates the incredible Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for you to patiently build and enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

This set is a mammoth task to undertake, and you'll spend hours enjoying every minute of it. This collectible Harry Potter merchandise item includes four LEGO Harry Potter minifigures: A Godric Gryffindor figure, Helga Hufflepuff figure, Salazar Slytherin figure and Rowena Ravenclaw figure. The set also includes 27 microfigures, 5 Dementors, Aragog and Basilisk figures, plus a buildable Hungarian Horntail figure.

The only downside? You still won't learn which Hogwarts House you truly belong to...


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Lego Architecture Dubai

One of the most stylish Lego sets

Reasons to buy
+Beautifully designed
Reasons to avoid
-Not much to play with

Buying a Christmas gift for someone who loves Dubai? Then this Lego Architecture set is perfect. It takes some of the highlights of Dubai's skyline including the Dubai Frame, Emirates Towers, Burj Khalifa, and the Burj Al Arab. 

Dubai isn't the only city to receive the Lego Architecture skyline, and you can buy similar sets of San Francisco, New York, Paris, Sydney and more. We chose Dubai as an example as we're based in Dubai (and it looks good) but there are plenty more to choose from.

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Lego City Police Station

A re-invented classic set

Reasons to buy
+Classic Lego set
Reasons to avoid
-Pretty unrealistic interpretation of what police actually do

One of the most classic and beloved Lego sets is the City Police Station, which sees an update regularly, but each iteration is much like the last.

The set comes with three police offers, three criminals, and a police dog, as well as a helicopter, police car, motorbike, tow truck, and explosives. In addition lots of the walls come off and parts move, to facilitate lots of action play.

Sure, this action-packed play set doesn't accurately represent a police officer's job, but that wouldn't really make for a great toy.

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Lego Technic Land Rover Defender

Nearly as many parts as the actual car

Reasons to buy
+Faithful adaptation
Reasons to avoid
-For older audiences

If you're buying a Christmas gift for an older Lego fan, perhaps this Land Rover Defender will be good for them? It's one of several car replicas in the Technic range, and it's one of the most affordable.

Technic sets are a little more technical than normal Lego kits (hence the name), so they're a little more adult in audience. But then again most people who can drive, or like Land Rovers, are probably older, so if you've getting a gift for someone who likes cars or is an adult, this would be perfect.

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Lego Classic Bricks Bricks Bricks

Make your own Christmas gift

Reasons to buy
+Big collection of bricks
Reasons to avoid
-You need some imagination

Know someone who doesn't want to mindlessly follow instructions with their Lego sets? The Lego Classic range consists of boxes full of bricks of all shapes, sizes and colors, giving you free range to create what you want (within limits). 

This lets your gift recipient create their own Lego set, so there's no way of you accidentally giving them something they don't like. Sure, they'll need the imagination to come up with whatever wild and whacky creation they want, but this Lego set is a tool to find that creativity.