My Christmas present buying started way back in the Summer when I picked up this Minnie Mouse Fuzzy Felt Bow-Tique for my 3 and a half year old niece Caitlin. I remember loving Fuzzy Felt in all their different guises when I was little and I know she’ll love it to bits. She’s a very imaginative little girl so I’m sure she’ll be creating her own little scenes as well as following the many suggested patterns .
I also picked up an ‘I’m Going To A Princess Tea Party’ from the Think Pink website – it’s a cute little tea-set which your little one can paint himself or herself and you can pop it in the oven once painted to make the designs permanent. A real keepsake and one to treasure for years with a bit of luck. TheBabyWebsite reviewers give it 5 Stars so it must be pretty special!
Caitlin has two older brothers so for them (well ok their dad too!) I’ve bought a Doctor Who DVD Board Game. The blurb on the box says ‘The world’s best loved Time Lord stars in this new DVD game featuring Doctor Who fun for fans of all ages’ so hopefully it’ll go down well. It’s a really good gift to celebrate Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary and players journey through space and time with all 11 doctors and companions moving their own little Tardis around the board. I paid £24.95 for it from Amazon but you can buy it in most of the usual toy shops around.
My brother and his sons are getting ‘The Subbuteo Penalty Shoot Out’ .(Woah, that sounds a tad sexist in retrospect!) For footy fans this is a new addition to the range and contains the usual player, ball, net and keeper, The Penalty Shoot Out will add a bit of drama and excitement to Christmas Day and as it only cost me £9.95, I’m more than happy with it as will they be.
Flik Flak Watches
Ok, so you may be wondering why Flik Flak get their own special sub-heading, well it’s because you’re not just giving a brilliant present but you’re also giving something memorable which will be worn and worn every day. Giving a present which not only looks good but which is useful too has got to be a good thing surely. They do three sizes and my 3, 5 and 8 year old nieces and nephews will each be getting one!
The new “Cute-Size” collection are especially for children aged 3 to 5 and include a mixture of little animals playing on the watch straps and an explosion of colour like zingy sweets! MUms and Dads love these watches as much as the kids. Flik Flak watches are simple and easy to read, made in Switzerland and are resistant most stuff that little ones can expose them too!
By 7 children nowadays are well aware of all the latest trends. Whetehr or not that’s a good thing or a bad thing, I’m not entirely sure to be honest. Girls generally prefer the more flashy colours, whereas boys prefer the simple but bright look. The new “Full-Size” line has all the bells and whistles like Mum’s and Dad’s watches and a strap made from the soft material TPU, which is soft to wear and touch.
I bought this Navy Stag jumper from Sugarhill Boutique You can buy this Must-Stag (groan!) Christmas jumper in a Christmassy forest-green colour too . Lots of the Christmas jumpers I looked at were quite bulky but this one is a slim fitting, lightweight sweater. It was £46 so not the cheapest but nowhere near the dearest either. I think my daughter will fall in love with it and it will no doubt be rolled out for many Christmases to come!
Solving the puzzle of what to give and who to give it to has been made a bit easier for me this Christmas because of a wonderful company called Sent With A Loving Kiss . They specialise in personalised chocolate gifts of all kinds and I can personally vouch that the chocolate tastes as good as it looks as I bought one of my daughters a tin of personalised chocs for her last birthday. Everything is beautifully styled & hand-crafted in The UK by a team of award-winning chocolatiers, and comes in a decorative keepsake tin with a personal message. They deliver all over The UK too and their prices are very competitive.
I can’t imagine that anyone who received a gift from Sent With A Loving Kiss would ever be disappointed. There’s chocolate to please all tastes – dark, milk, white and mixed – something for everybody. In a nutshell buying a gift from them is a no-brainer!
Another chocolatey gift I picked up was a Ringtons Luxury Chocoholics Gift Box for the In-Laws for£17.99 . The box is bursting at the seams with all manner of delicious chocolatey treats - luxurious hot chocolate and lots of different sorts of chocolate biscuits including Ringtons’ Caramel Wafers, Chocolate Mallows, Brazil Nut Biscuits and Triple Chocolate Cookies. I’m fairly sure the In-Laws will appreciate the gift and am hoping they’ll open one of the packs of biscuits on our next visit after Christmas!
A few female family members and friends will be getting MUM’s Notes from MUMsOffice this year. It’s a beautiful journal where you can record anything and everything in your life: thoughts and daydreams, special projects in the home or garden, words to remember or even quotes of the day. If you think over all the times, your little ones have said something sweet or achieved something really important and you’d wished you’d written it down, it would be a fair few times. It’s a lovely, stylish journal and you can buy it in ‘Peppermint’, ‘Raspberry’, ‘Blackberry’ and metallic ‘Silver’: the hard back covers have a sort-of reptile-effect look, with ribbon detail and silver gilt page edges. It’s a lovely gift for mums of all ages and makes a great keepsake for personal memories.
Ok, so buying a kettle doesn’t sound like the most inspiring of gifts but it’s ok when you’re buying for youngsters moving away from home for the first time or a couple setting up home together. Buying them ‘cute’ necessities rather than frippery tat for the sake of buyng makes sense. I kind of felt I had to buy this cute Spotted Kettle from the Argos ColourMatch collection. It’s a traditional style kettle covered in multi-coloured bright spots. And, well look at the picture, you tell me, what’s not to love about it? Looking at the other ColourMatch bits and bobs in Argos, made me realise I could change the whole look of my own bathroom or kitchen really inexpensively. In fact, I might just buy myself a matching kettle and breadbin. Why not?
Other things in amongst my Christmas Shopping this year, include:
For the little ones - books by the marvellous Patrick George, a soft and very cuddly, strokeable Snowman which has been brought out to celebrate The Snowman and The Snowdog, a fun and educational game called Bloco Robot Invasion and a brilliant memory game from Orchard Toys called Shopping List.
For the ladies in the family – an Escapology Candle from Ashleigh-Burwood, numerous ‘flavours’ of soap from THE Bakewell SOAP Co including a festive Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh, a variety of divine-scented candles and diffusers from AromaWorks and TED BAKER toiletries from Boots.