My Gift Guide for you this Christmas with some fabulous prizes to win too.
Every year I find lots of gifts that I would like to buy and it’s always a hard decision to choose which one to go for, especially with the little ones who are largely influenced by the adverts they see on TV and want absolutely everything and never forget to remind me each time they see the adverts!
The bits I really struggle with is stocking fillers as these are usually lower priced items but its sometimes a challenge to find items small enough to fit so this year I am changing the game plan. The little ones have bigger stockings so theirs are staying the same but the older two are going to have bags, which I am going to make, instead of stockings so that if I decide to buy a notepad for instance then I know it will fit. Megan loves stationary so would be over the moon with some larger sized, smaller priced items and hopefully I will be finished before Christmas eve this year.
This year I thought I would would put together a few ideas to share with you whilst I have been browsing.
For The Younger Ones
Brio have some really lovely toys, they are not just for train sets as that’s what I think of first when someone mentions Brio but the other toys they produce are also of a really high standard and are beautiful toys.
The Stacking Panda from Brio
This is for children aged 19 months and above, its beautifully painted and teaches colours, patterns, sequencing and is also great for hand eye co-ordination.
More information can be found on the Brio website and you can also buy this from various on line stores for the current price of £16.34.
You can also try and win one by completing the Gleam form below – supplied by leading toy distributor, Marbel
The Pull Along Giraffe from Brio
I just know that Little Molly is going to love this toy, when she stayed in hospital last, she took a little pull along toy from the play room and it was with her the whole time and if any other child so much as looked at it she clung on to it and gave them a glare, well more like a death stare but that’s why I know she will love one of her own. This is suitable from 12 months upwards and can be found online for the current price of £14.99. It has four sturdy wheels and promotes good balance and early walking. Brio is a brand I really trust and I know this is a toy that will last and last so really worth the money.
A dinner set with a difference, this set is a little more on the pricey side but a fantastic idea if you have a fussy eater, its dishwasher safe and suitable for ages 1-4, it can be found at JoJo Maman Bebe for £25. It is also compatible with lego bricks and is less likely to be knocked off the table easily like some other bowls because it all attaches to the base plate.
Ben & Holly DVD and Book
Christmas wouldn’t be the same without some festive stories and Ben & Holly are very popular in this house, not only does it entertain the kids but I have been known to have a little chuckle when its on, I love the characters in the stories and so do the kids. The book is currently priced at £4.76 and the DVD is £7.00.
Great stocking fillers for the little ones.
The Peter Rabbit Secret Treehouse Playset (RRP £29.99)is the perfect place to hide out and plan new adventures. Explore fun features including the look-out point, working lift, telescope and lots more! Why not use the flip over planning table to plan where your next adventure will take you? Or if you need a quick get-away, open up the trap door hatch and drop down onto the slide! The playset includes an exclusive Peter Rabbit figure and is suitable for children aged 3 years and up.
Great for school age children
Dream Lites from Pillow Pets
As soft and cuddly as your other favourite Pillow Pets® plus a soothing glow of stars to create a perfect night light.
• Projects a starry sky on your ceiling and walls.
• Three soothing colours: Amber, Blue and Green
• Shell glows as a comforting night light
• 20 minute sleep timer option.
Available from various places for around £20
These are a great stocking filler, suitable for ages 3 and above, even my 15 year old likes them so they are a brilliant choice if you are not sure what to buy and there are lots of different ones to collect. They are magnetic characters that join together or stick to other things. We did a review of these which you can read here and also try your luck at winning some in time for Christmas.
Something that is hugely popular amongst school age children at the moment is Minecraft. My kids are mad about it, even the 4 year old. There are a range of very reasonably priced hardback books about for different parts of the game and are available to buy from around £3.85, this will be one of our stocking fillers too.
Hover shot from Maps Toys
Looking for the ultimate action toy this Christmas? Want to find a present that Mum and Dad will love to play just as much as the kids? The answer is the brand new Hover Shot from Maps Toys. This amazing game will test your shooting skills with pinpoint accuracy and bring out the competitor in everyone. Challenge yourself or another player but most of all have a ton of fun!
The Hover Shot includes a battery-operated base which features five stands on which you place balls. Turn on the airflow and watch as they bob up and down in the air ready for you to fire at. You can control the airflow of the base to challenge players even further.
But what makes this game really fun is that when you turn the lights out and turn the game on to night mode, the balls appear like glowing stars in the air – awesome! Each gun can hold 3 foam darts and you just pullback, shoot and reload. The game is perfect for 2 players so pit your wits against every member of your family.
Priced at around £24.99, the Hover Shot is a must-have this Christmas.
Talking NASA Space Helmet
The Talking Space Helmet is priced at around £35.99 from Amazon and looks just like the real thing. It features a mission control countdown and life-like blast off sounds. A spring-loaded retractable visor allows kids to really get into character too. You can also complete the costume with a space suite, back pack, boots and gloves, all available separately.
Poochie & Co Handbags
These aren’t just any old handbag – the Poochie&Co Handbags feature the cutest dogs covered in sequins. Choose from loveable Yorkie with her pretty pink bow and pink sequin body and co-ordinating strap or why not carry your goodies in the super-strokable Golden Labrador bag who has a sparkly gold sequin body. From pugs and poodles to terriers and spaniels. Whatever breed of dog you love, there is a Poochie&Co handbag just for you.
Seen on some of the most high-profile young celebrities in Hollywood ,including 9 year old Oscar nominated start Quvenzhané Wallis, the Poochie&Co range of handbags are the must-have bag for girls and dog-lovers in 2015.
Priced at around £19.95 each.
Moshi Monsters Beanstalk Play Set
Slide your favourite Moshlings down the twisting vine slide, push them on the leaf swing and store them in the leaf pods all with the Moshi Beanstalk. Includes 1 exclusive Moshling inside and a secret code for 1000 free Rox and online beanstalk. For ages 4 years up. Available for around £20 from various stores.
Frozen Top Trumps
Top Trumps has been a timeless game that my kids have gone back to again and again. We have loads of different packs here as my oldest was collecting them at one point and we even have the board game which is great because you can swap the packs over. Obviously Frozen is massively popular at the moment and this would make a great stocking filler priced at around £5
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