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Some Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

If you’re one of those super-organised people who did all their Christmas shopping in the January Sales 11 months ago then you won’t need any last minute Christmas Gift ideas.  However if you’re still running around like a yoyo wondering what Christmas gifts to buy, then read on

We’re massive WELEDA fans here at TheBabyWebsite and there are so many lovely gift sets on their site. We can’t imagine there isn’t a woman out there who wouldn’t like the Weleda Body Lotions Gift Set –  a selection box of smoothing, indulgent, fragrant lotions made from pure natural oils.Weleda Body Lotions Gift Set The organic body lotions are specially formulated with plant extracts and the set includes mini travel sizes of all five Weleda lotions: Wild Rose, Pomegranate, Sea Buckthorn, Citrus & Evening Primrose. As an added bonus they’re even suitable for vegans!

Now we all want our house to smell good and home fragrance has become big business over the past few years. Castell Apothecary Reed Diffusers smell divine and come in at a very reasonable price. You couldn’t go far wrong buying one for anyone you know who likes their living space to be fragrant and smelling good all the time. The Wild Fig & Guava Diffuser is gorgeous and we currently have the Honey, Pomelo & Grapefruit one in the office and it smells absolutely amazing.

Castell Apothecary diffusers

Our lovely Mum Blogger Laura has put together a few different Gift Guides for us.

If you’re looking for gifts for toddlers and young children then take a look at Laura’s Christmas Tots Guide.

posh Percy penguinBuying for mums, sisters, aunties, grandmas, teenage daughters etc.? Then you’re bound to find something here in Laura’s Beauty Gifts Guide.

And obviously a visit to Argos is pretty much a staple for most parents when they’re doing the Christmas Shopping so here’s her Argos Christmas Toys Guide.

If you intend buying a bike for any of your children then here’s what Laura thought of the Halfords Bikes that she bought for her little ones!

Meet  Noozie® Electric Hot Water Bottle – the safe and fast way to enjoy cosy heat without any contact with boiling water or kettles. Noozle Electric Hot Water BottleQuick and easy to charge, the Noozie® Electric Hot Water Bottle is a pre-filled cuddly fleece heat pad which can stay warm for up to 6 hours. Its gentle heat combined with a soft luxury feel can soothe aches and pains, relieve stress and encourage a good night’s sleep.  Whether you’re looking for a gift for a gym-goer with niggling aches and pains, a new mother waking up to do the nightly feed on a cold night, a teenage daughter who gets bad period pains or someone just looking for some rest and relaxation at the end of a long day, a Noozie would be perfect!Traidcraft Money Box

The Traidcraft website is definitely worth checking out for Christmas gifts too. This set of two leather owl money boxes are perfect for learning how to save for a rainy day. and we’re loving the Zaytoun Fair Trade Hamper too – what’s not to love?!

FairTrade FoodHamper
Looking for a great gift for a Mum with a new baby? Rachel Waddilove’s new book, The Baby Book Journal , is a unique combination of keepsake album and invaluable information, packed with checklists, charts and Rachel’s warm advice and wisdom. Gwyneth Paltrow praised internationally-renowned babycare expert Rachel Waddilove’s advice as ‘invaluable’ and our reviewers loved her Baby Book too . An ideal Christmas gift for new or expectant mums, the Baby Book Journal will help mums to organise their days and their thoughts so that they have more time to relax and enjoy their baby’s first year.

Rachel Waddilove Baby Book Journal

We’ll be adding some other Christmas Gift Ideas to this page as and when we see them…….

GALT Christmas Gifts

Christmas is on our doorsteps and my present-buying is almost complete.
This year is no different to any other and I have bought quite a few GALT gifts. This brand is reliable and affordable especially at such an expensive time of the year and there are some pretty good online discounts around too. GALT products are creative and crafty and always have something to suit each of my children. Whether it’s a stocking filler or a project for a rainy day, the GALT sets I have chosen this year will keep us all busy during the Christmas holidays.

GALT First Pottery (6+) Making & painting is a great way to create an object to be proud of. My 6 year old daughter will love this. And no doubt, whatever she makes will take pride of place somewhere in the house!GALT First Pottery

 

GALT Robo Slime Factory (5+) Slime and boys always make a good combination. This is why I’m sure this will be right up my son’s alley.GALT Robo Slime Factory

 

GALT Sewing Case (7+) This set is a simple introduction into sewing and comes in its very own carry case. I’m sure this will inspire my older daughter. She is always keen to learn new skills. Who knows maybe I’ll see her on GB Sewing Bee next…

 

Take a look on the Galt website and you’ll find plenty of GALT Christmas gifts for children of all ages!

 

GALT Christmas

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Sian Laycock – Mum to 3 children 6 to 10

Rylan Does Christmas Carol-oke for BuyAGift.com

Buyagift.com give X Factor star Rylan Clark-Neal a Christmas challenge he will never forget as he takes on ‘Christmas Carol-oke’!

The UK’s leading gift experience provider, Buyagift.com specialise in offering unforgettable experiences so they wanted to treat (or should we say challenge?) a very special guest with an experience he will never forget!

Rylan’s task was to sing Christmas carols whilst being driven around Brands Hatch by a pro racing driver at over 100 miles per hour. Hair-raising stuff!

It’s pretty safe to say Rylan failed the challenge but as usual he was a good sport.

Rylan said, “Singing Christmas carols whilst being driven around a race track at over 100mph was certainly an experience I won’t forget in a hurry! It was harder than I thought it would be to sing at those speeds and even though I was worried about getting helmet hair, it was definitely an adrenaline rush!”Rylan Clark BuyAGift gift experiences

Gift Experiences

So why don’t you make your loved one’s Christmas even more special this year and give them a Christmas they’ll never forget with a gift experience from Buyagift.com’s extensive range of over 4,500 gift experiences, with everything from adrenaline fuelled days including the longest zipwire in Europe, sky diving and car racing, to relaxing spa days, afternoon tea and hotel breaks.

Rylan said “Experiences are the perfect gift for Christmas as the sentiment lasts longer than other gifts and they create long-lasting memories. Its experiences like I had, speeding around a top race track in a supercar that you can give to your family and friends this Christmas, which are sure to be remembered for years!”

Buyagift.com and Rylan are making it easy for people to give their loved ones a Christmas they’ll never forget by offering a discount of 25% off the Buyagift.com website, just enter the code RYLAN25 at the checkout.*

BUYAGIFT COMPETITION

buyagift logo gift experiencesBuyagift.com is looking for some more Christmas Carol-oke stars!

Send a video of you or your friends singing ‘The 12 days of Christmas’ carol and you will be entered into a competition to win £300 worth of Buyagift.com vouchers, just in time for Christmas. Not only that, but you will also be in with a chance of starring in the Christmas Carol-oke video made from the entries!

Just go to www.buyagift.co.uk/christmas-caroloke to enter

*Expires midnight 7th December 2016. Exclusions apply

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 www.borngifted.co.uk but very special!

Savanna Leather ShopperHandpicked Collection.

This simple but chic leather shopper from handpickedcollection.com 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.

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.

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 BABY Born Interactive Doll from Zapf Creation

Baby BORN Interactive DollOk, so we’ve got a BABY Born® Interactive Doll from Zapf Creation up for grabs here in our latest Competition.

It may only be August but lots of you out there are already squirrelling bits and bobs away for Christmas so this could be a useful addition to your Christmas presents hoard.

BABY Born Interactive Doll

It’s impossible not to sound sexist here but it’s true that an awful lot of little girls will love ‘playing mummy’ with the BABY born® Interactive doll. Zapf Creation have added loads of new accessories too so there’s plenty of ways to keep everything ‘fresh’! The BABY Born Interactive doll is the only one in the UK that has eight life-like functions so you can guarantee your little ones will love it. Even better, the doll doesn’t need any batteries.

So if you’d like to Win one of these fab BABY Born dolls, enter on the Rafflecopter form below!

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Girls Christmas Toys, Games and Books

There is so much choice on the market for girls’ toys & gifts this Christmas. I wanted to share some of my favourites with you.

Furby PurpleMeet the new Furby, this new adorable friend that, over time, will develop its own personality based on the way you play with it. Feed it, speak to it, tickle it, play it music and watch as your Furby’s unique personality grows and changes. Play nicely with Furby and it may develop a sweet personality, but, pull its tail, shake and turn it upside down and a mischevious side of Furby may appear. When you first bring Furby home it will speak Furbish but the more you talk to Furby the more English it will start speaking. Furby can also recognise another Furby, place two side by side and they will interact, including dancing together or having a conversation. Recommended Age 6 -12 Years RRP From £79.99

 

apollo-pixie-girls-bike-14-54875492Learn to ride on this gorgeous Apollo Pixie 14″ Girls Bike that will capture the imagination of little girls with its cute Pixie character and bright rainbow designs. Girls can keep their goodies in the rear toadstool box while detachable stabilisers are included to encourage them to balance and grow in confidence. This bike includes front & rear calliper brakes & full chain guard to protect fingers and clothing. There are also additional matching extras available for this bike including a bike basket, handle bar streamers, dollies own bike seat, a bell & a Pixie Helmet. Age depends on height of child, but approx age is 4 yrs. RRP £149.99 (Be quick as there are 50% discount on many bikes at Halfords right now!)

81xca29L1FL._SL1500_Have you seen these multi-national award winning Lottie Dolls. Lottie is a wholesome doll alternative and the key point of difference is that Lottie has a ‘childlike’ body – she doesn’t wear makeup, jewellery or high heels and she can stand on her own two feet (always a useful life skill for all girls, big and small). Lottie’s clothing is composed of tactile fabrics with lots of attention to detail, and has velcro fastenings. Her hair is lovely and soft and it doesn’t tangle and knot. Lottie comes in a beautifully illustrated and collectible ‘doll box bag’and the recommended age range is 3-9 Years – RRP £16.99.

0002451_lili-roses-tea-party_500 2Little people enjoy role play & little girls especially like pink things. This very pretty Lili Rose’s Tea Party from Butterflies and Dragons should be a winner this Christmas. Designed by DJECO a well-known toymaker in Paris. This wooden set is mainly pink & lime green with beautiful flower details throughout. It is eye catching, bright and well made. This set includes a patterned tray, Tea Pot, Sugar Bowl, Cups, Saucers, Spoons, Tea Bags and a lovely cake with candles. Recommended Age 4 Years +RRP £24.95

 

61xZ7u62vkL._SL1024_Forget Christmas lights, the My Very Own Rainbow from Brainstorm is the perfect way to light up your child’s Christmas.

Everyone loves catching a glimpse of a rainbow and now you can treat your child to a rainbow every day. The enchanting My Very Own Rainbow light projector transforms any room using multi-coloured LEDs to display a rainbow coloured arc on walls and ceilings in a darkened room. It’s perfect for parties and sleepovers and also makes a soothing night light to help your child drift off and have sweet dreams.The My Very Own Rainbow can also be brought to life during the day as it comes with a stunning  sun light rainbow crystal. Simply hang the crystal on a sunny window and watch sunlight make natural rainbows dance around your room. Recommended Age 5 + RRP £20.00

Games and crafts are always a hit especially for rainy/ snowy day house entertainment.

2188_Appen_InsertAppen is the new, revolutionary pen (combined with the dedicated free app) that gives children a fun, engaging way to colour, draw, learn and play. This innovative pen can vary in line thickness depending on how hard your child presses the pen down on the smart device during creative drawing. Unleash your child’s imagination with many colourful drawing tools, ten pictures to colour in, unlock sticker animation and interactive rewards. With Appen you can teach your child how to write letters and learn to count, as well as play games. Appen has many educational and entertaining activities, developed in conjunction with a child development psychologist. Recommended Age Range 4-10 RRP £14.99

A1qC9GcgJJL._SL1500_Let your inner princess shine with the Disney Dazzling Princess Game. Pick a card and guess the princess from the clue, then use the special decoder heart to reveal the answer. Now it’s your turn to be a princess! Act out the princess on your card while the other players try to guess. With every correct answer, add a sparkling gem to your tiara, bracelet and ring, then dazzle your way to the royal ball. The first player to earn all of their gems wins. This magical game includes: 4 tiaras 4 bracelets 4 rings 200 cards 40 gems Decoder heart Rules. Recommended Age 4-8 Years (2-4 Players) RRP £19.99

Doodles Tube Group W#2F3B0EThe Doodle Doodles Fairy & Princess themed colouring sets are all you need for magical fun. The Doodle Doodles by Think Pink are A1 size colouring sets and come in 4 fun designs. Designed by artist Amanda Loverseed these sets include Fairy Tree House, Fairy Boat, Princess Carriage & Princess Garden. The posters comes packed in a fluorescent pink tube with 8 washable ink pens. Recommended Age 5+ RRP £12.99

 

 

What about creating your very own Glow in the Dark Fairy Buttons?

glow-in-the-dark-fairy-buttons_1Make your own fabulous Glow in the Dark Fairy Button badges or hair accessories! Make 12 fabulous and creative glow buttons (8 badges and 4 hair bands!) Expose the fairy buttons to a light source for one minute. Turn off the light and watch them glow! Contains 12 glow button sets, 1 plastic button maker, 16 magic shrink film circles (12 printed with fairy graphics and 4 blanks), safety pins, elastic and detailed instructions. Recommended Age 8 Years + RRP £11.95

 

Here are two popular books that have already been enjoyed by many.

512sANuM-PLThe Befana Drama -In a little town in Italy there lives a very proud witch called the Befana, who for centuries has popped coal or candy into the festive stockings of naughty or good children. She even has her own festival and postbox and life is just perfect … until she discovers her festival is being ‘downsized’ and her postbox boarded up! When told Santa Claus is taking over her Very Important Present Bringer (VIPB) patch, her anger sends candy balls bouncing down the street! RRP £8.99

Read what The BabyWebsite Reviewers think about The Befana Drama.

61UnD8S4BfLHow many children ask for a pet and receive a negative reply. Read this book We Want A Pet by Richard Hamilton & Lindsey Gardiner. Can the kids convince the parents?

As they lie in the grass watching bugs and beetles, watching little legs and eyes,watching ladybirds, spiders and flies, suddenly they realise these will be their pets!! Complete mayhem follows as the kids bring their gross, slimy, leggy, hairy ‘pets’ inside . . . RRP £6.99

 

So, if you are stuck for ideas this yea for girls Christmas toys, you could do a lot worse than consider some of the ideas I have listed, I know I have and I know my girls are going to love them! Merry Christmas everyone.

Christmas Pudding – Stir Up Sunday 25th November 2012

 

2012-12-04 16.17.29Stir-up Sunday is traditionally the day for families to make their Christmas pudding, giving it plenty of time for the flavours to develop before Christmas & the last Sunday before Advent.

All the family take a turn to stir the pudding and make a secret wish whilst they stirred. The pudding was always stirred from East to West to represent the journey that the three wise men who visited baby Jesus made. There would also be a sixpence added to the mixture and this custom was believed to bring health and wealth to the lucky finder.

This was all new news to me and my children as I’d never baked a Christmas Pudding until this year. It was all made easier when I bought Emma’s Make a Wish Christmas Pudding by Riverside Lifestyle.

I followed the simple instructions and only needed to add the wet ingredients to the supplied dried mixture. My children and I had officially started a little pre-festive fun. We each took in turns to stir and make a wish and it was so funny to watch my children. One was whispering with the other two warning them that the wish wouldn’t come true if the wish was heard, another closing their eyes and the third just looked at me and smiled. After stirring mine I dropped the sixpence into the mixture. This was also supplied and a lovely touch.

xmaspud91-350x350The pudding was steamed on the hob for 3 hours so make sure you give yourself plenty of time. This pudding is ready to eat or be eaten within two weeks (if covered and refrigerated). As this will be eaten on Christmas Day when my parents join us for lunch I have frozen mine and look forward to tasting and sharing it with my Special Family.

I think this maybe a start of a new tradition in my house now.

Baby Born Interactive

Baby Born InteractiveWhat do you get the little girl who has everything?  A doll. Ah, but you say, surely she already has a doll.

I’ve seen your blogs old man, and your daughter Caitlin has 3,216 dolls in every shade, shape, size and something else beginning with ssss. True dat. But, she doesn’t have a Baby Born. These have been about for a while now and have a great reputation for lifelikeness. The one we’ve bought Caitlin for Christmas does a huge amount that should do one of two things for Caitlin. It will either send her natural maternal instincts into overdrive and she will become some sort of Über-mum who will probably take over the running of our family unit in three years’  time when she’s 5.  Alternatively, it’ll put her off dolls and babies for life.

The Baby Born Interactive we have plumped for has a variety of different functions allowing kids to feed her before she cries, give her a drink and watch as she wees on her potty. You can even take her in the bath to clean the little mite. The nice thing about the doll is the size, just 43cms, which means that Caitlin will be able to lug her around quite nicely. She comes with a sweet pink suit and has a mixture of Baby Born Bathaccessories like plates, spoons, potty, nappy etc.  Caitlin already has a very active imagination when it comes to playing with her ‘beebies’ but none of her dolls currently react to her various ridiculous shenanigans. I imagine that finding one that actually responds to her direct actions would send her over the edge in plastic-baby-Heaven. She’ll absolutely love it!

In the past these have been quite pricey but considering that this doll does so much you can find them onAmazon around the £30 mark. I don’t know, some of you might think that’s too pricey, and it has to be said that we’ve got some dolls for less than a quarter of that. All the same, we have several friends whose kids have grown up with these and they all love them to bits. Know what I’m guessing? It’s a safe bet Caitlin will be asleep on Christmas afternoon with only one toy cuddled in her chubby pink arms.

by Dave Fouracre aka Dave the Dad

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