Halloween may seem like it has only just passed but for those wanting to be prepared, it’s time to talk Christmas!
Christmas is such a magical time when you have babies, toddlers and young children. The way the festive lights catch their attention and the wonder in their eyes is so precious. That being said babies, toddlers and young children aren’t always the easiest to buy for though. I’ve put together some suggestions of gifts that I think would be perfect this Christmas I hope it helps!
Babies, Babies, Babies
For newborns and young babies, there really is no gift quite like something from aden+anais. They have such beautiful 100% cotton muslin swaddles that are soft and comforting to baby. Parents have been using muslin for their new babies for generations which makes these aden+anais Cotton Muslin Swaddles a lovely gift. They are generous in size at 120cm x 120cm, breathable, fully machine washable and remain super-soft wash after wash. Perfect for sleep, as a burp cloth, nursing cover etc. Available from adenandanais.co.uk priced at £44.95 for a pack of four.
Bobux x The Bonniemob are back with another collection of fantastically cute soft-soled shoes! My favourite has to be these little Bumble Bees!
Nearly 30 years ago, Bobux created the world’s first leather Soft Sole shoe and they really do make a wonderful and practical gift for Christmas. Available in a range of colours and designs, priced at £22-£24 from size 0-2years. Find out more on bobux.co.uk.
Little Wolves is a beautiful place to shop for all things baby. They have an array of gorgeous muslin cloths, baby shoes and other high-quality accessories in cute designs. My favourite has to be this bamboo cotton blend Tropical Leaf Print Baby Blanket. Generously sized at 120cmx120cm it has a multitude of uses from bedtime snuggles to picnics on the go. Priced at £27.99 and available from www.little-wolves.co.uk. Use code SOPHIE10 to get 10% off THIS COLLECTION.
Add some festive cheer to dinner time with this super cute Peter Rabbit Bamboo Christmas Set. The set includes a 21cm plate, a 14cm Bowl, Cup and cutlery all in a beautiful festive Peter Rabbit design. Made from Bamboo, it is fully dishwasher safe. Available to buy here for £22.00.
These super-soft baby socks feature a Giant Panda cub, a Tiger cub, Rhino calf and baby Orangutan. They are a cute and practical gift, but my favourite feature is that they double as hand puppets too! A great way to engage with baby and add some fun to a mundane task like getting dressed! The set comes in a bespoke recyclable cardboard box which also doubles as a backdrop to your puppet show meaning less waste! Even better than all of that – 10% from each sale goes directly to WWF UK to help protect endangered animals! Suitable for ages 6-12 months available from www.criticallyendangeredsocks.com £15.
This Peter Rabbit soft toy will make the perfect keepsake for any fans of the cheeky Beatrix Potter rabbit. This gorgeous 30cm super soft and cuddly rabbit comes with a cute little Christmas sack making him the perfect gift to add some festive sparkle. He will make a great addition to any playroom and is the perfect cuddle companion for bedtime! Available here for £19.95.
Excite your baby’s senses with the colourful My First Baby Band from Halilit! This musical set includes a maraca, rattle, egg shaker, cage bell and tube shaker. Each instrument is the perfect size and weight for even little hands to hold and shake as they make their own music. A great way to strengthen motor skills, encourage creativity and develop listening and communication skills. Suitable from age 6 months onwards. RRP £14.99. Available to buy from *Amazon.
This colourful Hunny Bunny Stacker from Taf Toys is perfect for little ones. With easy to grab handles, bold patterns and block colours, this toy is great for keeping baby engaged and developing emotional intelligence, motor skills and cognitive development. It’s a great first step in learning to differentiate colours and sizes and teach sorting and problem-solving skills. Suitable from 9 months onwards. SRP £12.99. Available to buy from Jojo Maman Bebe.
Add some adventure to bathtime with the Splish & Splash Bath Playset from Infantino. The set includes eight stackable cups, four sea life water squirters, a fishing hook set and a water wand. This visually engaging bath playset is such a fun way to introduce the concept of gravity, encourage hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills. The toys are easy to wipe clean, and the fish can be taken apart to clean inside. Suitable from 0 months+ available from *Amazon.
Toddlers & Young Children
Magna Blocks are smooth, chunky wooden blocks that create a 3D picture. Each block safely encloses a magnet to help aid building for even the smallest hands, and there is no risk of their creation toppling over at the final hour! Magna Blocks help develop hand-eye coordination, fine motor and cognitive skills. There are two 3D pictures to choose from – Red Riding Hood or Sailor. Find out more here. RRP £19.99 each suitable for ages 2+ available to buy from *Amazon.
Any little ones interested in music will love Tweet Beats. Each Tweet Beat is different and has its own musical style, beat, bass, melody and vocal. By placing a Tweet Beat on one of the four branches, you’ll start to hear music. Create your very own song by combining the music from different Tweet Beats together and swapping them around until you get the perfect mix. You can even purchase additional Tweet Beats separately to expand your music further! Suitable for ages 3+ available to buy from Smyths £19.99.
Don’t Get Rattled is an exciting game of risk. Using the shovel, you need to dig around in the snake’s treasure chest while he sleeps but can you escape with the jewels before he wakes? Taking too long or digging around too much will most certainly wake the snake from his slumber! The first to collect all of the jewels wins! Suitable for 2-4 players aged 4+. Available to buy from Smyths £14.99.
Add some fun to mealtimes with this Enchanting Disney dinner set. This Toy Story 4 bamboo set features some favourite characters from the hit film. Perfect for day to day use at home or on the go. The set includes a 21cm plate, 14cm Bowl, Cup and cutlery. Made from bamboo, suitable for ages 18 months+ and dishwasher safe. Perfect for any Toy Story fan! Available to buy here for £22.00.
The 123-piece Hubelino Marble Run Basic Building Box is ideal for preschoolers who will love using their imaginations to create different tracks and turns time and time again. The set includes two baseplates, a selection of different marble run elements, building blocks, and of course the all-important marbles. There is also an instruction booklet included featuring different marble run designs to get you started, but the real fun comes with following your own inspiration! RRP £104 available to buy from *Amazon.
This 16-piece puzzle vehicle track set combines both creative and educational fun for little ones. The track pieces are interchangeable and can be linked together, making up to 50 different combinations. Suitable for ages 3 years and over it’s good for developing language, creative and fine motor skills. Available to buy here.
This super cute personalised My First Train Set is perfect for little conductors and train drivers this Christmas. This wooden train set contains 22 play pieces including eight pieces of track, a train with two carriages that connect with magnets. Plus, it comes with a few free-standing pieces, two houses, two figures and three trees. The track can be personalised with a name making it an extra special gift! Suitable for ages 3+ preview your personalisation before you buy at www.gettingpersonal.co.uk. Getting Personal has a whole host of products that you can personalise there really is something to suit all your gifting needs this Christmas.
Geomag Magicube blocks are a three-dimensional construction toy that will keep children entertained for hours! Playing with these blocks really help develop creative and manual skills in younger children. The cubes stick to each other on all sides, thanks to magnetism. This makes building the tallest towers possible for even the youngest of hands but equally as fun for older children too. There are many different sets in the Magicube range, and all the sets are compatible with each other. Available to buy from *Amazon.
For little people that love animals, Vet Squad is going to be top of the list. Take Yara on an adventure in her 4×4 to find and treat the animals in the wild. The 4×4 has fully rolling wheels and converts into an on the go medical centre with treatment area and X-ray machine. Also included is an articulated Yara figure with her very own stethoscope, magic colour change giraffe figure and selection of vet accessories including sculpted bandages. Suitable for ages 4+ available for £19.99 from Smyths.
Fun and adventure await with this awesome Super Cat-apult Stunt Set from the Fantasticats range! The set includes a slinger with clip-on sight, four squishy Fantasticats, two targets, two cans, two boxes and two beams. Can you launch the Fantasticats and hit the targets? Suitable for ages 3 years and over available to buy from The Entertainer £15.
Peppa Grow & Play is a fun way to learn how things grow with your favourite Peppa Pig characters. Grow cress with Peppa Pig, pea shoots with George Pig, basil with Rebecca Rabbit and red amaranth with Suzy Sheep. Once the plans have grown, use them for cooking and creating dishes in the kitchen! RRP £9.99 suitable for ages 4+ available to buy here.
Super Wings is a household favourite up and down the country, so it’s no surprise that young children have their toys on the top of their list year after year! As seen in the new season episodes of Super Wings Super-Charge, the Super Wings World Aircraft is sure to be a top toy this Christmas. Fly the aircraft through the sky using the handle or roll and glide across the ground using the wheels complete with lights and sounds. The playset is compatible with all Transform a Bot figures, and they can be stored in the side compartments when not in use. Suitable for ages 3+ available from Smyths.
The Scary Book is a silly, spooky, lift the flap board book that is perfect for some storytime fun. Each ghoulish monster is hiding something underneath a foldable flap but beware you might just get a fright. A book filled with excitement and intrigue the pages are bold and engaging – great for holding attention and getting little ones to sit still for a moment! Suitable for ages 3+. RRP £9.99. Available from all good bookstores or for stockists online visit prestel.com.
ABC What Can I Be? A board book you will read again and again with its bright images and engaging pages it’s a great introduction to the world of careers. There are loads of talking points to be explored with little ones as they ask questions and point out the characters on each page. Most importantly though the underlying theme is to encourage these special children to reach for the stars – that anything is possible if they only follow their dreams. RRP £10.99 available from *Amazon.
If You See A Lion is a hilarious book perfect for storytime together. It starts with a mysterious bite mark on the front cover but who could have done such a thing? Narrated by a Lion dressed in disguise – follow him through the pages as he tries to lie about his greedy adventures of eating all the picture book characters! A lovely theme throughout relating to kindness, empathy and forgiveness cloaked in an exciting tale that will have your children hooked in! RRP £6.99 available to buy from *Amazon.
Everybody Counts is a counting book like no other. As you turn the pages, you will follow the characters and their stories witnessing how their lives collide with others. Everyone is unique, different, with their own lives and stories, but you will soon see that everybody counts. There is fun to be had along the way with bright, engaging images on each page – but the underlying message is profound. RRP £12.99 available to buy from *Amazon.
Pop-up Peekaboo! Penguin is a wintry themed book that will keep little ones engaged and entertained time and time again. Follow Polly Penguin as she searches for Charlie Chick in this read-aloud rhyming adventure. The lift-up flaps are ideal for interactive play and help develop and encourage literacy and early learning. Suitable for ages 0-5 years RRP £6.99 available from *Amazon.
The beloved children’s books Dogger was published over 40 years ago, but now there is a magical festive sequel to look forward to – Dogger’s Christmas. The endearing tale of a boy and his special toy but with the excitement of Christmas and new present mean that Dave forgets all about Dogger? A lovely book to share with little ones over the holidays for years to come. RRP £12.99 available to buy from *Amazon.
2020 has been quite the journey for us all but especially our little ones. One joyous moment that really stood out and deserves honour was when Captain Sir Tom Moore stole the hearts of the nation and walked 100 laps of his garden. One Hundred Steps follows the inspiring journey of Captain Sir Tom Moore throughout his incredible life, showing that we can achieve anything if we work together and never give up. Illustrated by Adam Larkin, this book is perfect for younger readers. RRP £12.99 Suitable for ages 3+ available to buy from *Amazon.
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