It’s that time of year again when everyone starts to panic – have you ordered your Christmas online food delivery yet, do you have enough wrapping paper, what do you buy the kids?! I can’t answer everything for you, but have a starter on the children’s gifts. Take a read through some of my top picks for your little ones this year….
I adore wooden toys and Melissa and Doug are fab for great quality, solid wood toys that have really lasted the test of time in this household. This play board is great for curiosity – simply undo a latch, swing open a door and explore what’s inside to learn about colours, numbers and animals. Priced £21.99 from Smyths
It has been 40 years since Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman hit our screens so this year there’s even more excuses to get your hands on some of the special edition commemorative items. I have loved reading this glittery new story, a retelling based on the original, by Michael Morpurgo to the children. After all, it’s not even Christmas if The Snowman isn’t involved is it?! Priced £10.99 from Waterstones.
For hours of frosty fun, this DVD packs a punch with all the fave CBeebies programmes, with a wintery makeover. Take in Charlie and Lola, Go Jetters, Something Special and lots more of your children’s favourite characters. Perfect for snuggling up under the covers on a cold, wintry day. Priced £10.20 from Amazon.
If your children are anything like my youngest, she just loves all her teddies so this is a lovely festive addition to the collection. The aptly named Candy Cane Glisten is a magical reindeer featuring pretty glittery white fur and sparkly accessories for a little something special. As with all the Build-A-Bears, they make a great keepsake gift or as an experience in store, a memorable experience for you to share with your child. Priced from £21.50 from Build-A-Bear.
These colourful building bricks are fantastic for letting children’s creativity run wild. They fit together in any way and break apart easily making them great for improving hand/eye coordination. The benefit of this bumper pack of over 100 bricks is that they can simply keep building until their heart’s content. Priced £14.99 from Amazon.
This game is a reinvention of the 80s classic for all the parents that remember it the first time round. Think something along the lines of Mr Potato Head with a time limit and you’ll be close – fastest fingers to create the face design on the card before he pops out of the bath. Great for family fun that doesn’t take too much articulation for younger ones. Priced £24.99 from Amazon.
The Little Mermaid was my all time favourite Disney film so of course one I had to pass on to my daughters. This beautiful interactive doll features a glitter tail that lights up (in water as well as out!); she speaks and of course she sings a couple of classics from the film! Might keep this one to myself! Priced £34.99 from Argos.
Winter is typically cold, wet and windy and we try hard to protect our little ones from the elements, which is why there’s something warming about the gift of a comfort blanket, a little security for our babies. This MIffy blanket is a loving gift to give to the smallest recipient with a super soft, plush teddy for them to cuddle in to. Priced £14.99 from John Lewis
This delightful nativity book brings the meaning of Christmas to life in one of the world’s oldest tales. Featuring charming characters, it has a real simplicity to the story of the nativity that is endearing to children. The beautiful presentation of the hardback book and angelic bookmark make it a wonderful gifting item. Priced £10.00 from Waterstones.
Brand new to the itty bittys collection is the adorable Winnie the Pooh collection comprised of the much loved Winnie, Tigger, Eeyore and Piglet. Small and easy to grab hold of for tiny fingers, these are suitable from birth and make great stocking fillers. Priced £6.00 each from Amazon.
Sometimes the most perfect gifts come in the smallest of packages, which is so true for these Story Cubes. Parents can truly let their imaginations run wild and involve their children as you roll the nine cubes to make up your own story for limitless storytelling fun. Priced £9.99 from John Lewis.
A nice one to share with the whole family is these pocket-sized Santas that come in a set of five. Each presented in fun wrapping, Cadburys has given Santa a makeover and there are now seven cheerful looks to be discovered. Priced £2.99 from Asda
There’s something captivating about magnets – we have a magnetic wall in the playroom so the kids just love to discover more about them. A safe and fun introduction is the SmartMax range that is great for finely tuning those motor skills and also promoting creativity. The farm animals easily break apart which children are then able to build together so an inventive way of learning. Priced £17.99 from Amazon.
This sweet unicorn toy cleverly uses light and sound effects to help teach babies letters, numbers and colours in an engaging way. It also stimulates visual and hearing perception and helps to develop language skills. Priced £17.99 from Smyths.
Get little ones involved in the action with a must-have Christmas jumper to join in the fun! JoJo has a fab range of festive jumpers in all children’s sizes, and it’s not just siblings that can match but the maternity range also includes plenty of complementary designs so everyone can get involved! Priced from £15 from JoJo Maman Bebe.
A fun introductory tablet for little ones featuring a selection of interactive games that encourage learning in key developmental areas with colours, numbers, shapes and letters with the familiarity of the lovable Mr Tumble character. Priced £17.99 from Amazon.
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