Having a toddler myself, over the last few years we have accumulated mountains and mountains of toys. However one thing I have noticed is that it’s often quality, not quantity that keeps them happy. So from now on, when it comes to buying new toys, I like to take a little time to think about whether what I’m buying will actually keep her occupied and entertained for the long haul – or if it will be resigned to the cupboard of doom with all of the other toys that lost their coolness after two minutes.
My daughter also has a Christmas Birthday! So I have to ensure that her gifts are memorable ones, not just pressies that will end up being boxed up with the Christmas decorations. So, before you hit the shops for your child’s upcoming Christmas presents, remember that it’s more than just a toy – it’s an investment. Check out my gift guide for 2017:
1. Playmobil Pyramid – £59.99
The Playmobil Pyramid gives children a little historic insight into life in another day and age! Educational toys are some of my favourites; what parent doesn’t love knowing that their children are learning through play?
2. Dobble – £9.99
Keep your kids happy at home and on the go with this fantastic game
3. Cath Kidston Rucksack – £18
Something pretty as well as practical for the upcoming school term. Little ones love parading around in their first rucksacks!
4. Hunter Wellies – £32
When the Grandparents ask you what your child would like for Christmas, it doesn’t have to be toys! If your kid is anything like mine, who doesn’t just appreciate new toys, but also loves an addition to her closet, (girl after my own heart) why not ask for new clothes? Have your children splashing in style with these gloriously bright and bubbly wellies.
5. ‘See inside London’ Book – £8.00
My daughter received the book ‘See inside London’ last year as a gift, and I highly recommend it. Fantastic illustrations, interactive and educational. We absolutely love reading it together and learning about London’s history.
6. Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar – £24.99
Start the season of giving off right with this Advent Calendar – forget chocolate, these are daily treats your child will cherish! Win-win.
7. Playmobil DJ – £2.99
At a bargain of just £2.99, these fun little guys make for the perfect stocking filler.
8. Mud Kitchen – £250
Children love role play, and while you could get your child a traditional kitchen, why not get them outside in the fresh air with this amazing wooden Mud Kitchen?
9. Tree House – £1,000 +
Yes, we’ve reached the slightly more extravagant end of the spectrum here, but if you calculate how much you actually spend on the whole family each year, it actually puts everything into perspective. Instead of lots of little things, some parents decide to go big and invest in a joint present to all of their children, one that they know they’ll love and use for the next decade. The tree house of dreams is perfect for any little boy or girl.
10. Belle Barbie – £12.99
2017 has been the year that the Disney classic ‘Beauty and the Beast’ has made a comeback, and now Belle is all the rage. Every Princess need’s a Belle to unwrap this year.
11. Moana Costume – £14.98
There aren’t very many kids who dislike dressing up! Caution: Only buy this gift if you’re ok with your child wearing it throughout the whole festive period!
12. DIY themed sensory busy board – £35.99
For little ones who only want to get into tool boxes and play with all things they probably shouldn’t be playing with (I’m talking screws, nails, hammers and drills!) this sensory board is ideal!
13. Bruin Tub Time Water Park Playset – £19.99
Bring the water park to your own bathroom and make bathtime less boring with this awesome bath toy.
14. Teepee – £117.82
This Teepee would make any little girl or boys bedroom complete. Teepee’s are so versatile, they can be used to play camp, or as a cosy corner for hours of reading books and unwinding after a fun day.
Any of these gifts would put smiles on your children’s faces this Christmas! We would love to hear what you’re planning on getting for your little ones! Happy shopping!
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