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Children’s Christmas Gift Guide 2017

I am so excited to share this Children’s Christmas Gift Guide! I always think it is easy to buy gifts for children and always end up with the same range of toys that hardly get played with. I have found some cracking gifts this year, I hope you like them as much as I do.

Rock & Ruddle Hair Brushes

Rock & Ruddle Hairbrushes are all natural bristle hair brushes designed for delicate scalps. There are three types of bristles – soft and gentle baby bristles, natural bristles suitable from toddler age upwards and mixed bristles which are ideal for detangling long hair that gets knotted easily. These gorgeous hair brushes make a lovely alternative gift and can also be personalised making it that more thoughtful and special. I really like that you are able to take out the rubber pads so makes cleaning easier and fuss free. Prices start at just £20, there are so many beautiful designs to choose from the colours are extremely vibrant and you can see that great attention to detail has been well thought out. There are two sizes available – small (17.5cm x 4.6cm) and large (21cm x 6.5cm) – perfect for popping in the change bag or hand bag.

Whizz Pop Bang Science Magazine Subscription

I am a huge fan of giving educational gifts for Christmas and birthdays, I especially like the Whizz Pop Bang Science Magazine for the older child, it is aimed at 6 – 11 year olds. The magazine is written by scientists and is an award winning monthly subscription, subscriptions are available for either 6 months (£19.99) or 12 months (£34.99) with free delivery. Each month’s issue is full to the brim with animal and science facts, competitions, prizes, interviews with real scientists and lots of fun activities to get the imagination ticking. Obviously my children aren’t quite old enough to read everything by themselves but we enjoyed reading the magazine together and Amelie was quite fascinated with the facts. I think this would be a fab little present as it isn’t just for Christmas, your little (or big) one will love looking forward to a treat each month when Whizz Pop Bang drops through the letterbox.

Mitre Star Wars Mini Scriball

The Mitre Mini Star Wars Scriball is a fantastic and creative present for that football fan of yours, my brother would love this as he is mad on football. Children love colouring and this ball comes with 5 different coloured pens to get you started, it is a great idea that will keep them busy for ages. Once the scriball has been coloured in, the games can really begin. This ball is aimed at children from 0 – 6 years old but I think older children would love to get in on the action too. The packaging is fab and easy for us parents to wrap, this could even be a stocking filler, there are lots of other designs on the Mitre website for you to check out. This scriball is £12.00.

Cubbies

How gorgeous is this fella!? Cubbies are teddy characters which can be personalised with your child’s name, birthday and own message – there are 50 pre-designed templates to choose from. These soft and cuddly teddies are of excellent quality and are hand crafted, each gorgeous Cubby has embroidered eyes and mouth making it safe for all ages. I think they make a lovely gift for babies and toddlers as it is something they will be able to keep forever, I’ve never felt such a soft cuddly toy before and I am obsessed with the new Christmas range that is currently on the Cubbies website. This particular Olliephant is from the Signature range and is 33cm in height. It is machine washable and has a handy zip that enables you to remove the stuffing pod. You could start a collection of Cubbies as there is an array of loveable characters to choose from as well as baby comforters, Charlie hasn’t left him alone, he says he is so soft and cuddly.

Make Your Own Chocolate House

This is the perfect present for that little baker who loves getting creative, messy and eating chocolate. This Make Your Own Chocolate House from What2Buy4Kids has everything you could possibly need to melt, mould and make a cute house. The kit even comes with the an adorable house and garden scene, a chef’s hat and is just £12.50.

Ingredients: Cocoa Mass, sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, Emulsifier: soya lecithin, natural vanillin. White chocolate contains cocoa solids 28% minimum Milk solids 23% minimum. Milk chocolate contains cocoa solids 33.5% minimum. Contains: Milk, Soya.

Teletubbies Lovely Day Book

Our loveable fun friends, Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po are back with a super Lovely Day Jigsaw Book. This delightful story book has four jigsaw puzzles that are perfect for toddlers and pre-schoolers, the jigsaw pieces are just the right size for sorting and problem solving. Teletubbies are bright, bold and entertaining for young children, they will love spotting each character and objects throughout this book. It is a great tool to get children interacting and learning colours and numbers. My children have loved watching Teletubbies from an early age and recognise their familiar faces and antics, I think this would be a great gift this Christmas as it is more than just a story book. You could spend lots of time reading through the story with a child and have fun putting the puzzle pieces together, they will feel so proud once they have completed each jigsaw. RRP £6.99

Oral-B Stages Power Kids Electric Toothbrush

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love a toothbrush at Christmas time and what better time of year to splash out on a good quality brush then at Christmas. Oral-B Stages Power Kids Electric Toothbrushes are the perfect addition to the present pile, I’m sure there are lots of Frozen fans out there and I know as soon as Amelie sees something with Elsa, Anna and Olaf on she immediately wants it. But it isn’t just about the characters on the design, this brush encourages children to stay focused on brushing for 2 minutes, there is a free app you can download – Disney Magic Timer App – that will make brushing teeth so much fun! The toothbrush has oscillating-rotating action for an advance clean, leaving teeth and gums happy and healthy. My son loved the Star Wars brush and independently brushed his teeth with no prompting (nagging) from me. The brush heads themselves are soft and gentle for delicate mouths and are just the right size for children, you can replace the heads and recharge the toothbrush, they are designed for children 3 years and over.

Giant LEGO Brick Storage Drawers

We have only just started to acquire LEGO in our house and when I saw these Giant LEGO Brick Storage Drawers  from A Place for Everything I knew they were going to be essential for the children’s room. I had my first experience of stepping on LEGO the other day and I nearly cried, the worst thing about the tiny pieces is storing it. I think the storage drawers look so cool and they are so practical, I just love the high gloss finish and the option of stacking them. Packing LEGO away is like a game for us adults and slightly satisfying knowing all the little bits and bobs have a proper home. I think any LEGO fan would love this gift, it would look great either in a play room or arranged in a bedroom. Of course these storage drawers can be used to store absolutely anything and make a great alternative to a chest of drawers or bedside table, they could even be used in a study for storing homework supplies or children’s games, my daughter loved putting her Barbies to bed in one. The colours are extremely bright and bold and each brick has an easy grip handle for little hands to pull out.

The Boy with His head Stuck in a Book

The Boy with his Head Stuck in a Book is an exciting adventure that will leave you wanting to know what is going to happen next. I had not really heard of interactive books before but I think it is such a great idea, a modern take on reading that children and teenagers will love, it is aimed at 7 – 11 year olds. With this particular book you have to download a free app called Zapper, scan the codes whilst you are reading and watch the magic happen. The story is about a boy who goes to the library with his mum, he is of course bored out of his mind so goes exploring. He comes across a big book that looks completely out of place and… bam, the book flies off the shelf onto his head! The story takes the boy on an adventure through old fairy tales but adds a very modern twist which will appeal to all. There are references to The Hobbit, Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol, Jurassic Park, Oliver Twist and Sherlock Holmes, to name but a few. The interactive pictures are inviting, crazy, lifelike and so clear. I think this book would be an excellent gift and is just £5.99 available from Amazon.

Snuggle Sac – Room To Grow

The Snuggle Sac from Room to Grow is ideal for children to cosy up at bedtime, watching a movie, making dens and even snuggling up when they are poorly. These sleeping bags are award winning and endorsed by the Children’s Sleep Charity as they can assist children to feel more secure and safe at night time. I love that each sac comes with a super handy tote bag for easy storage and to carry around. This particular Snuggle Sac is recommended for children of 3 years and over, it has a 5.2 tog rating and is of a generous size 1800mm (L), 700mm (W). It has a safety zip and complies with all relevant British and European Safety Standards. There are lots of lovely designs to choose from such as a Dinosaur design and a Flower Fairy.

Room to Grow haven’t forgotten about the toddlers though as there is a Toddler Snuggle Sac which is designed to help the transition from baby sleeping bag to toddler bed easier. It has a 3.4 tog rating and is just a tad smaller than the Original Snuggle Sac but still just as soft and cosy. This sleeping bag is recommended for children aged 1 – 3 years, both sleeping bags have a clever space within the head area to insert a pillow if needed. The Snuggle Sac is machine washable and can even be tumble dried which is great for busy parents when washing. My daughter absolutely loved this and I would certainly recommend it to anyone, it would be a long lasting Christmas gift that everyone will be wanting.

In The Night Garden – Igglepiggle Illumi-Mate Night Light

This cute 3D In The Night Garden Igglepiggle Colour Changing battery operated night light is perfect for little hands. We have always had these types of night light in our children’s rooms, they are durable, cool to touch, have an easy on/off switch and are totally portable making it fun for children at bedtime and it may be of some comfort. Little ones will love watching Igglepiggle come to life as the colours change red, green, purple and blue, any In The Night Garden fan would love to receive this as a gift this Christmas. You can pick up your very own Igglepiggle night light from Amazon, ASDA, Littlewoods and Very (RRP £7.99).

The North Pole Mail Service Santa Sack

The North Pole Mail Service Santa Sack is a festive tradition to embark on. I realise this is not a gift that you can wrap up and present to your children but it is a really special idea for creating excitement on Christmas morning when the children wake up and find Santa has left a sack for them to enjoy. The North Pole Mail Service sack can be personalised with any name, you could even add two names and use this as a joint present from Santa, they come in two colours with the personalisation option. Once Christmas is over you can store the sack until next year as it is an extremely durable 80cm by 50cm Hessian Sack.

The standard price for these festive sacks is £19.95 but I have a special discount code for you to use should you wish to purchase a sack. If you use the code BLOGXMAS at the checkout you will save 50% off Santa Sacks (one code per purchase/not for use on sale items).

And that concludes my children’s Christmas gift guide for 2017, I have really enjoyed preparing and sharing all of the guides so far and I hope I have given you some inspiration. I certainly have a few options to add to my own Christmas shopping list, there are some wonderful companies above and I urge you to go check out their other items.

Nxx

 

Disclaimer: This is a collaboration post, all opinions and words (there are lots of them) are my own.

4 Comments on “Children’s Christmas Gift Guide 2017

  1. What an amazing list! I was looking for subscription ideas for my 6 year old – we got her Children’s National Geographic last year and she has loved receiving a magazine every month. The Science one looks perfect, thank you!

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