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Handpicked Christmas Gifts

There are so many options for buying Christmas gifts on the high street and online, that it’s great when you find one or two sites where you can buy something for just about everyone you want to buy for.

Reindeer Born GiftedBornGifted is one such site. Apart from the wide range of personalised gifts you can buy there are also some very distinctive products that you won’t find everywhere else.  This stripey crocheted reindeer is made by Dutch designer Anne-Claire Petit.  He stands at an impressive 45cm high and is made from 100% organic cotton.  This colourful, baby-safe toy has floppy arms and legs and makes the ideal luxury Christmas gift for any baby!  Not cheap, priced £54.99 from but very special!

Savanna Leather ShopperHandpicked Collection.

This simple but chic leather shopper from seems to suit every situation and every age range! We love its ethical credentials – handmade from leather dyed using extracts of bark and plants by a Fair Trade cooperative of 40 families in Rajasthan. The leather is not “corrected” to hide its natural marks so it’s full of character. It’s not a bad price at all for a leather bag and we can see it lasting for many, many years. Women of all ages would love this bag to bits, so it’s a brilliant gift!

Artisan du Chocolat's No 1 Sea Salted Caramels


Artisan du Chocolat’s No 1 Sea Salted Caramels are unbelievably good. They have just the right balance of flavours and textures sweet and salty, crunchy and liquid and velvety. These chocolates are very special and perfect gifts for any chocoholic. The Handpicked Collection also have the most delicious Charbonnel et Walker Strawberry White Thins and we’re big fans of ‘Montezuma’s Chocolates:The Discovery Library of Bars’ – to die for……

Long Olive Wood Chopping Board

This beautiful and brilliantly versatile board in gorgeous, satiny olivewood is perfect for serving all manner of festive foods.  Great for cheese, a whole side of salmon, cold meats or for canapés. We love the fact that each board looks individual and unique and that they can be personalised too. A lovely and original gift for men, women, young and old alike and at £26.99, a veritable steal!

Grace Deluxe Sleeve Grace Deluxe Sleeve
An awful lot of bags and sleeves for laptops and tablets aren’t very stylish at all but the Grace Deluxe Sleeve is quite the opposite. It’s very slim, very chic and has room for a few other essentials too. The main compartment has a super-soft protective lining and the magnetised front flap makes for easy access. The front zipped pocket is perfect for pens, your mobile, cards and more! The Deluxe Sleeve retails for £39.95 and is available in four different colour options: night sky, dark purple, coral/dove and teal dot/night sky. nutribullet

So, after Christmas most of us decide we want to go a healthy-eating regime of some kind. Faddy diets come and go as they rarely fit into our everyday lives but this revolutionary machine, The NUTRiBULLET  means you can stay healthy for good. We know plenty of people who’d love one of these Nutribullets for Christmas! There are colours to go with most kitchens – we like the aqua one best. The recipient of your gift will be able to blend up delicious healthy smoothies in a matter of seconds and will be forever in your debt for giving them such a useful present!Toad Diaries

You can’t go far wrong with a  Personalised Diary from TOAD® DIARIES  either. TOAD Diaries have an extensive range of covers to suit all ages so it’s dead easy to create a personalised gift to suit your mum, dad, husband, teenager or just about anyone. They’re flexible date diaries too so you don’t have to start on January 1st – you can create it to start and finish when you want so miles better than a high street diary.

Buy Gifts For Christmas & Help A Charity At The Same Time

RNLI Teddy BearI love Christmas to bits and always have but I know there are an awful lot of people who rail at the over-commercialisation of the annual food-and-gift-fest. And yes, of course I understand where they’re coming from!

However there are ways to buy a little something for friends and family and ‘do good’ at the same time. I often buy my Christmas Cards from charity shops and this year I’ve already bought some presents from the RNLI Christmas Shop.  The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), is the charity that saves lives at sea and has some gorgeous, reasonably-priced and unusual gifts for all the family.

The cuddly teddy bear above is a snip at £4.95 and comes in pink too. I really like the Pop-Up Lifeboat Station too which makes a change from the usual Wendy Houses out there. Talk about playtime with a purpose.

Pop Up Lifeboat Station


This year instead of buying my Mum a tin of biscuits from M&S to go with her other gifts. I’m buying her this lovely Lifeboats Biscuits Tin and it’s only £7.95! Incredible value!

Lifeboats Biscuit Tin

I have also bought a Relax By The Sea Candle Set which at £14.95 is very competitively priced and has three different scented candles in an attractive gift box. A perfect gift for virtually any woman and many a man too no doubt!

Relax By The Sea Candle Set

Now I know I might be in a minority here but I ‘do stockings’ for everyone in the house and it’s much harder buying stocking fillers for a dad/husband than the girls in the family. I did pick up this Body Bar from the Gifts For Him section of the RNLI website. It’s a sort of woody, spicy scent and comes gift-boxed.

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This is just a small selection of gifts you can buy from the RNLI Christmas Shop. Take a look yourself – you’ll be surprised.

Who are RNLI?

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea and provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland from 236 lifeboat stations. The RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 200 beaches around the UK and Channel Islands and operates a specialist flood rescue team too.

The RNLI relies on public donations to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 their lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity!

  • The RNLI was founded in 1824.
  • The RNLI rescued 7,964 people in 2012 – an average of 22 people per day.
  • The RNLI charity also offers free safety advice to sea and beach users to help save lives at sea.
  • Most of the lifeboat crews are volunteers on-call while having other careers.
  • Lifeguards are paid a wage, as they have to be in place on the beaches to carry out their role. The local authorities make a contribution to the RNLI for the service provided by the charity to help fund their wages
  • The RNLI (Sales) Ltd company raises profit for the charity through catalogues, an online shop and high street shops.

Win Nativity 3: Dude Where’s My Donkey?!

Nativit 3: Dude Where's My Donkey?

You can win NATIVITY 3: DUDE, WHERE’S MY DONKEY in our new Christmas competition below!

Entertainment One (eOne) is pleased to announce that the beloved Nativity franchise is back – with NATIVITY 3: DUDE, WHERE’S MY DONKEY?!

We are offering 5 lucky winners the chance to win a copy of the film on Blu-ray – available to pre-order now from Amazon.

With loads of special features, including Sing-A-Longs and Bloopers, NATIVITY 3: DUDE, WHERE’S MY DONKEY? is the perfect Christmas film that all the family can enjoy.

Nativity 3This Christmas the pupils of St Bernadette’s and their madcap teacher Mr. Poppy (MARC WOOTTON) are back for their biggest adventure yet involving fantastic flashmobs, excitable elves, Christmas carols and of course Archie the donkey!

When their new teacher Mr. Shepherd (MARTIN CLUNES) loses his memory and forgets all about Christmas, as well as his fiancée Sophie (CATHERINE TATE) and the whereabouts of the beloved Archie, it’s up to the pupils of St Bernadette’s to save the day. Led by the ever enthusiastic Mr. Poppy, they embark on a Christmas journey like never before – but time is against them if they are to help Mr. Shepherd get to New York in time for his magical yuletide wedding…! NATIVITY 3 introduces CELIA IMRIE as the new Headteacher, with ADAM GARCIA as the scheming Bradley Finch and RALF LITTLE as Sophie’s brother.Nativity 3

To be in with a chance of winning 1 of 5 Nativity 3 Blu-ray discs, just RETWEET THIS TWEET and Follow @TheBabyWebsite on Twitter.

NATIVITY 3: DUDE, WHERE’S MY DONKEY? will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, 3 Disc Triple Pack DVD and Download from 2nd November 2015. Pre-order now from Amazon.

The winners will be announced on Twitter and on our Twitter/Blog Winners Page on November 16th.

Kindle For Kids – Fire HD 6 Kids Edition

child KindleI love my Kindle. I fought it for a while, being one of those readers who loves the feel of a book in their hands, but as a multi-reader* it finally made sense for me to try Kindle and I have been a firm adherent ever since. So much so that I bought my mum one. Then my dad. Then my partner. They all love them too. Ergo, it was a bit of a no-brainer when my son’s seventh birthday came around and we had the chance to get one for him.

Now Harry is a great reader; ahead in his year when it comes to reading, genuinely interested in books and keen to show off his ‘big-boy’ style when it comes to his little sister. So a Kindle ‘just like dad’s book’ ticked a lot of boxes. However, when push comes to shove Harry is just seven, and more intent on turning anything over 8 inches long into a lightsabre than anything else. I have a sister who likes to claim that she was reading Pride and Prejudice by the time she was three, annotating Ulysses in Year 1 and translating Proust from the original into Urdu by the time she hit Secondary school. This isn’t Harry. He has dog-eared copies of George’s Marvellous Medicine and faithfully carried The Grunts In Trouble across five different counties during the summer holidays; but he isn’t a sit-in-the-corner-sniggering-at-Austin-type. Yet.

Fire HD 6 KidsAnd this is where Amazon’s Kindle for Kids comes in; more specifically the Kindle Fire HD 6 Kids Edition with 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB and Kid-Proof Case. Like all other kindles it doesn’t come cheap but it rolls in at around £119.00 and comes with 1 year of Fire for Kids Unlimited. This gives your young reader access to thousands of books but also movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games – at no additional cost. As a device to encourage kids to carry their books around with them at all times it really couldn’t be much better. Harry loved it from the moment he opened the box, even though it was not lightsabre shaped.

Effectively what we have is a Kindle e-reader, with all the great storage, connectivity and ease that Kindle offers, but also with a tablet that is safe and controlled. Therefore Harry can ‘surf’ for Ben and Holly, Teenage Mutants, Paddington or games whilst we can be safe in the knowledge that everything he finds has been vetted by Amazon who have hand-picked content that they feel engages, interests and teaches 3-10 year olds. There are none ofthe dangers that can come bubbling to the surface when you let your kids fiddle with your iPad, such as on-line shopping or in-app payments, and the child’s profile does not have access to the web browser or social media features. On top of this there are parental controls that allow us to decide how long Harry can use it as the tablet rather than the Kindle e-reader. We can limit him in terms of time, or even set goals whereby reading time is rewarded with tablet time. In the same vein we can even set the Kindle to turn off at a certain time, content in the knowledge that if he is using it in bed it will shut down for the night at a pre-set time.children playing with Amazon Fire Kids

Whenever I complete one of these reviews I generally try to look at the downside of the product, but in this case I can’t honestly see one. I want to encourage my children to do what I do, which is to have a book (now a Kindle) with me at all times. This is what the Kindle For Kids does. On the day he opened it he found the first two Harry Potter books, Temple Run 2 and Wallace and Gromit, all free from the Amazon content. I’d be lying if I said he spent equal time on all three, but learning to enjoy (and, yes, rely on) books is a gradual awakening, a burgeoning desire to explore new worlds by using your imagination and a recognition that good literature teaches you things you never knew about yourself and the world you inhabit. The fact that he is now inseparable from his Kindle is a firm step in that direction.

The Kindle Fire 6 HD Kids Edition isn’t going to suddenly make your child love books, but it’s the best product I’ve seen to help them gently along the path that will eventually -hopefully- make them life-long readers. Well done Amazon.

*A term I might have just made up but which means I like to have three or four books on the go at any given time. Surprise Some Christmas Heroes

What better way to say thank you to one of your heroes than by a special gift delivered straight to their door.

November saw the launch of the Surprise Surprise campaign, where customers are given a chance to nominate someone who they thought is deserving of a special treat.  This could be for anything from charitable work, staying positive through adversary or even going the extra mile to help others.

The video shows three of the nominated heroes: David Witherington, who was nominated by his daughter-in-law for all the hard work he does volunteering for the Red Cross; Joel Collins, who was nominated by his Mum Alison for his strength in dealing with his diabetes and finally Linzi Gunter, who was nominated by her friend Sarah for for going above and beyond for her as a friend, despite having been through some very difficult Logo

Dan Mountain, CEO of says:

“At Buyagift our aim is to create amazing memories with the gift experiences we provide, and we wanted to give our customers the chance to give something back to someone they know- the unsung heroes, the people that go the extra mile for others without a second thought and people that deserve a treat, by giving them a gift experience that will create special memories as a token of appreciation that others feel for them.

We were truly overwhelmed with the number of nominations we had and we know there are so many people out there that deserve some recognition for what they have been through or what they do for others, and if we can help provide that moment of happiness for them with one of our experiences, we are proud to help.”

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Personalised Word Art

personalised word art from Illustrate My NameI’m going to rave about something now and everyone is going to assume that this is a paid-for post, but it’s not – I promise you!

Illustrate My Name is a company I came across recently when looking for a unique piece of personalised word art for one of my children’s birthdays. I’d seen the company advertising personalised baby gifts and christening gifts and wondered if they covered all ages and all celebrations. Turns out they do – yay!

Illustrate My Name

In other words, you could be looking for a unique gift for a 21st birthday or a New Illustarte My Name personalised jarBaby, a Wedding or a Christmas present and you’d be able to find it at Illustrate My Name. Whatever you choose to have made, it will be very individual, tasteful and timeless and even more unbelievable it won’t break the bank. Or at least from my experience it won’t anyway.

Now I’m not going to share a pic of the framed print that I actually bought as the words and sentiments are very much my daughter’s and for her walls (her friends and family) only. Suffice to say, it’s perfect and she loves it! In fact her sisters love it personalised christmas cardsso much that they want one too so I can see that I’ll be returning to Illustrate My  Name regularly when I’m on the hunt for ‘different gifts’!

I love Illustrate My Name and can genuinely recommend them – great gifts, easy to order from, reasonable prices, excellent service and top quality results! What’s not to like?

Win a Christmas Stocking

Xmas StockingIf you’d like to Win a Christmas Stocking for your little one, there’s still time.  We’re only running this for 2 days so you’ll have to be quick!

You can even personalise this particular Christmas stocking by placing a pic of your little one into the little pocket on the front. Brilliant.

All you have to do to enter our Fab Xmas Stocking Competition, is Follow @TheBabyWebsite on Twitter & Retweet but if you comment and do any of the other things in the Rafflecopter form below, then you get more entries.

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Some Of My Christmas Shopping ……….

Minnie Mouse Fuzzy Felt

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!

Doctor Who Board GameCaitlin 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

Flik Flak WatchesOk, 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!

The “Preschool” line for ages 5 to 7 care equally as stylish.  Boys and girls today Flik Flakwant to look ‘cool’and Flik Flak watches are most definitely that.

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.

Sugarhill Boutique Navy Stag JumperI 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!

Chocolatety Gifts

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 personalised christmas chocolatespersonalised christmas chocolateschocolate 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!

Christmas Lolly Bouquet Sent With A Loving KissAnother 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 Mums Notes Mums Officedaydreams, 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.

Housey Gifts

Spotted Kettle ArgosOk, 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?

Christmas Shopping

Other things in amongst my Christmas Shopping this year, include:

Cuddly SnowmanFor 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.

Christmas Shopping For Little Ones

Toys, Gifts & Books for Babies and Pre-School Children

They say Christmas is just for Children, but I think that us big children enjoy it just as much. However, our enjoyment starts long before the big day, and simple pleasures like hunting for and buying the perfect present for babies and pre-school children are just as much fun. Here are some of the great ideas I have stumbled upon during my expeditions this year.

Y6965-laugh-and-learn-crawl-around-d-6This Fisher-Price® Laugh & Learn™ Crawl Around™ Car puts baby in the driver seat of a fun-filled stationary vehicle with all-around learning and play. The interactive lights and sounds dashboard keep baby busy with a light-up baby “GPS”, horn to honk, gears to shift, and more. With over 75 sung songs, tunes and phrases, and three modes of play, there’s plenty of fuel for learning adventures and fun! Please note: The car is stationary. Recommended Age 6-36 months RRP £31

AT31033 One Man BandWhy not discover some noise with this One Man Band from Galt’s Ambi Toys collection? This cheeky little musician entertains with a drumstick in one hand, a double-ended whistle in the other, and a tummy drum filled with beads. The One Man Band’s head turns and makes a gentle ratchet sound and his little hat is a bell. Recommended Age 12 mnths + RRP £14.99

Read here what our reviewers think of the One Man Band.


LB3032 Ruby & Belle MainTreat your special princess to the gorgeous Ruby & Belle Rocking Horse. Ruby features stunning vintage printed fabric in vibrant pinks and comes with a scrunchy faux suede mane and tail. Ruby has an appliquéd pocket on her body in which she carries her cute companion Belle, an adorable rag doll that little ones can play with separately too. Recommended Age 12 months + RRP £125.00




81Ckjc5dzNL._SL1500_ Learn to ride the rails with TOMY Chuggington Wilson and the Wild Wind Storm Maker. Now you can join the young trainees on their adventures in the world of Chuggington with traintastic toys! As seen in the Episode, “Wilson and the Wild Wind” Wilson enters the storm maker machine where he is blown around by the wind. Pull the lever when Wilson enters to activate the lights, sounds and rumbling of the storm maker. Watch Wilson launch out of the storm maker and go down the 3 foot 360 spiral! At the bottom Wilson whips around the turntable! Includes new and improved track! Chuggington Diecast Engine Wilson also included. Recommended Age 3+ RRP £49.99

The HiveSlide down the slide, go up and down on the see-saw, swing back and forth on the swings or wind up the merry-go-round and watch it spin back magically. The Hive Playground Sets are the perfect toy for creative play. There are four set’s to collect which can all be linked together to create your very own playground. The rotating hands on the character figures can hold any item from the range. Recommended Age 3+ RRP £14.99


BrannonStrapCoversCan you imagine your little cherub all comfy & cosy with these adorable Strap Covers by MaByLand? These Cutie Strap Covers are a colourful and unique way to accessorize a car seat or pram, and make travelling around with your little one a little more fun!  As well as preventing the seat straps from chaffing on your child’s delicate skin, they make a great headrest for when they nod off! RRP £9.99


BabyDoll Group GirlsIcing on the Cake is the actual style name for some of these adorable baby shoes. Designed to comfortably cocoon your newborn’s unique triangular foot shape, the New-B range from Bobux Shoes supports natural development and movement. Made from 100% soft New Zealand leather these flexible soles allowing natural balance, coordination & posture. Recommended for New Born Feet 0+  RRP £26


Plod Ons - Cow PrintPlod Ons are the latest addition to the Sock Ons family of simple yet brilliant baby gadgets, and are designed to protect baby’s knees as they crawl around on hard floors or scratchy surfaces. Made from a lovely soft and stretchy cotton, they fit snugly over tiny knees without restricting movement and are ideal for any time of the year when delicate knees might otherwise be bare. Plod Ons come in different funky designs from cow print, spots to stripes. RRP From £6.98


511BHX-vBWLThe Sophie La Girafe – Peekaboo Sophie has been a huge hit with our review panel. Watch as your Baby will learn in a stimulating and fun way with touch and feel elements and lift-the-flap surprises. Under an apple flap, Sophie finds Josephine the Mouse and Kiwi the Bird with fabric details. And what’s under the flowery flap? It’s Lazare the cat with a soft textured body to pat! The simple read-aloud text encourages interaction between you and your baby and is guaranteed to have them giggling ‘Peekaboo!’ in no time. Recommended Age 0+ RRP £4.38

41Kf348uBtLImagine rummaging in the dressing-up box and coming across an eye patch. Put it on and become a pirate. In this book ‘When I Grow Up’, a simple accessory on the acetate page magically transforms a child into an astronaut, zoo keeper, a superhero…(a boat becomes an eye patch, a paint brush an artist’s beret). At such a young age, anything seems possible! Let your imagination flow with this fun, colourful and interactive book. Simple yet deceptively clever! Why not let your child control the action in this fun and innovative book! Look what our reviewers thought of this book When I Grow Up..



Be quick if you want this Limited Edition Tractor Ted Christmas Activity Book which has 32 pages of Christmas fun, colour, count, spot the difference and cook, great festive recipes including Christmas pud crispies – yum, yum!    It’s a perfect Christmas stocking filler and a great addition to the existing book series. Recommended Age Range 2 – 6 Years. RRP £4.99



HUE Animation Studio


The HUE Animation Studio – Stop Motion Film Making Kit

The HUE Animation Studio is a gadget which caught my eye while looking for a Christmas gift for my son (7). I wanted something new that could feed his creative skills & imagination and chose the newest animation product: Moshi Movies!  You can create your own animated movies with the Moshi Monsters characters or any other small figurines you like. Making your arts and craft sessions come alive.

Hue Animation Studio simplifies stop-motion film-making on a budget. The fully-featured animation software is easy for kids to use, and has been designed for education. So as long as you have a pc with Microsoft Windows / Mac OS X & a child that loves to create (even enjoys battling with figurines) I can’t recommend this product enough…  You never know you could be encouraging the new film maker of the future!

Your new motion picture can be shared with family & friends and you can even add sound. Always read the instructions booklet to improve the many options available. Imagine your children’s confidence after completing their very own movie.

Hue Animation Studio is advertised at the reduced price of £49.95. The complete stop motion animation kit, including the Hue HD camera, animation software and clay. The HUE Animation Studio is recommended for children 5+…. to BIG KIDS.

Check out my arts & crafts attempt at testing this product while the kids were in bed – rude not to!