Halloween is over and we’re in to November – so I can start talking about Christmas now right? With 2 kids of my own, and 8 nieces and nephews, I’d like to think I’m not too bad at choosing presents for children. Of course tastes vary from child to child, but finding something that everyone will enjoy is part of the fun of Christmas shopping!
I’ve tried to be organised this year and avoid scrabbling around at the last minute. I have kindly been sent a few items for the children this year so here’s a little insight in to what some of the children will be getting for Christmas:
For The Babies
Our family is filled with babies, with JJ and his cousin both being 8 months old on Christmas day. The don’t know what Christmas is so I think it’s a great time to give them something they need, rather than more toys. A baby carrier is the perfect gift for most babies, as it means they can be snuggled close while you’re getting on with your usual day to day activities. The BabyBjörn Baby Carrier Mini is perfect for newborns, and it’s design focuses on simplicity so instead of struggling trying to work out how to get it on you can just slip it on and keep your attention firmly on your baby.
The Baby Carrier Mini comes in soft jersey, cotton or a 3D breathable mesh, and a range of 7 colours is available too. With an RRP of £75 – £85 it is at the lower price range for a good quality baby carrier, and I’m sure my sister and niece are going to put it to good use!
If you are looking for something more interactive for the baby then check out Sophie la Giraffe. I haven’t been able to wait for Christmas to give JJ this one, he has been using it for about 6 weeks now to help him with his teething. We had one with Piglet and he loved it, so a new one was definitely on the cards for JJ. Sophie la Giraffe has been a popular teething toy since 1961 and is made from natural rubber, making it safe for little gums to have a go on.
JJ’s main Christmas present this year is Flappy The Animated Elephant. I have loved having a play with Flappy (when JJ and Piggie aren’t around – otherwise it would never last until Christmas!). There is something so endearing about listening to him playing peek-a-boo and singing “do your ears hang low” and watching his flapping ears. Due to it’s moving parts it is suitable from 10 months, but although JJ won’t have reached that age by Christmas I am happy to let him play with it when supervised.
For busy little toddlers I love the Play & Go range. The storage bags have cut designs on them, and when you open it up it becomes a play mat. Once their finished you just pull the drawstring and all the toys are scooped up together. Of course that is reliant on your kids not spreading the toys around the room first…… but in general it’s a bit easier! With an RRP of £29.99 they’re an affordable gift for the little people in your life.
Piglet loves vehicles at the moment, so for him I have the fun roadmap and thunderbolt design. I am hoping he will store his cars and trains in it and then he has a map ready to go whenever he wants it.
Instead of just mindless toys, I am a big fan of gifts that do something or serve a purpose (can you tell?!). One of my favourite things to do with Piglet at the moment is baking. We get in to the kitchen and whip up some pancakes for breakfast, or even just some french toast. He loves mixing and feeling like he is involved in the process. This Very Hungry Caterpillar baking set from Portmeirion is adorable and just what we need to make Piglet feel like he’s “helping” in the kitchen.
It comes with a mixing bowl, spoon and apron, all in the instantly recognisable Very Hungry Caterpillar Design. I just know Piggie is going to love putting his apron on to help mum and Granny in the kitchen on Christmas Day.
If you’re looking for the WOW factor for older children then I would definitely go for a Dominator Scooter. Suitable for ages 8+ this scooter is more durable and is great value for money. With lots of colour variations to choose from you can pick a scooter to suit your child perfectly. And you can thank me when they’re desperate to get outside and out from under your feet on Christmas Day to try it out!
My favourite little stocking filler for this year are these Chocolate Sprouts. Perfect for when you’re telling your children they have to eat their sprouts if they want to have any dessert, they should have the whole family laughing on Christmas morning.
Please note – These items were gifted for inclusion in this guide. All words and opinions are my own.
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