The big day is only a month away, and the Christmas shopping is in full swing. Have you made a start with yet? If you are looking for ideas, then my final gift guide of the season could be just for you, especially if you are looking to get something for your little ones. There can be so many things out there, that it can actually be a little overwhelming knowing what to choose. So here are some top picks for your little one, or the little one that you are buying for, this Christmas. It would be great to hear what you think.
Willow & Cole Gift Set
If you have a baby to buy for this year, then it can be hard to know what the best thing is to get them. The baby’s parents might give you a specific list of things that would be on the list to buy for, but if not, what do you get them? I think that clothing is a great solution, as it is pretty much a win-win. Little ones are always going to need some clothing, so it will always go down well.
Willow and Cole have some really stunning gift sets for babies if you are looking for something along the lines of clothing. The items are really luxury, and come in such a stunning box; you’ll hardly need to wrap it up. Plus, there are cute extras in the gift sets, like a super soft plush bunny, or a soft bristle hairbrush. The quality of the items is really amazing, so I think it does make for a really special gift, like baby’s first Christmas, for example. The gift set prices vary, starting from £40, so they are a special gift for a little one. In terms of value for money, I do think you get it as the items really are a luxury feel with quality materials.
Learning Resources Movin’ Monkeys™ Building Set
I really loved discovering this, and a lot of the other Learning Resources items, as they are really focused on a purpose and have STEM subjects and learning in mind. The Movin’ Monkeys set is great, as it is all about building, constructing, and encourages creative thinking to build a jungle for the monkeys that works with the gears. The set is aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 8, and for the younger ones, it can really help to develop things like fine motor skills as they get to grips with the gears and cogs. I like that there is no right or wrong way to do it (though there are instructions to help), so it works for everyone and can be good as a solo activity, as well as for working collaboratively with a group.
Priced at £46, I do think that it is quite a lot of money. But it is the kind of thing that doesn’t break quickly or easily, and can be used for years and years to come. So for value for money, you do get a good rate.
Global Sebbie Goes to India – Book by Angy Tsafos
I think something to read is such a great idea for the Christmas stockings. And if you are looking for something a little different, to help teach children about the world and about other people, then ‘Global Sebbie’ is a really great choice. The book, for starters, is really beautifully illustrated, bringing the story to life. The book is also not too long, so can be work as a story to be read to children as a bedtime story, but will be challenging enough for children to read by themselves (like my daughter, aged six, for example).
The story is all about Sebbie being introduced to the country of India, and its people and its culture, where he learns how Anita and her family live. It really is a nice way to share and talk about diversity with your children, through the telling of the story. You can visit the website, www.globalsebbie.com, for more, or buy on Amazon. Priced at £5.99, it is a must.
Kids’ Pasta Making Kit
If you have little ones (or not so little ones) in your life that love to help out in the kitchen, then getting them a Pasta Making Kit from Pasta Evangelists, is a great choice. It comes with everything that they will need to make a great creation for all of the family, and learning to make pasta really is an amazing skill!
Suitable for children aged 5 and over, the kit comes with six-pieces to get them started, with child-friendly specialist pasta making tools, high quality ingredients and tips to help make the pasta. Priced at £25, I think this is pretty reasonable for what you get (and they do larger packs and kits for adults too).
The Snowman™ 2019 UK 50p Silver Proof Coin
If you are looking for something really special, then something from The Royal Mint could make for a great gift under the tree this year. To celebrate The Snowman™, there has been a limited edition 50p coin created, and it comes in a beautifully printed acrylic block, so it can be displayed year after year at Christmas. You also get a fold-out booklet that has some illustrations from Robin Shaw (who was the assistant director of The Snowman and The Snowdog™). Order soon, because the silver Proof coin last year sold out completely.
Priced at £65, it isn’t cheap, but is definitely a keepsake and a great thing to keep for years to come and pass on down the line. It really is stunning.
*the post contains gifted items, but all words and opinion are my own. I would only recommend something that I would purchase myself.