Christmas Gift Guide for Kids 2016

Christmas ads are in full swing on TV, the Quality Streets are on offer in Sainsbury’s and the kids are already counting down the sleeps until the big day. Like it or not, iiiiitttt’ssss CHRIIIIISTMAS!!!!! I actually love this time of year, it can’t come early enough as far as I’m concerned, but with Savannah’s birthday just the week before, it does mean I need to start getting organised early doors if I am to enjoy the festive time!  This starts with the kids… I have 3 daughters aged 5, 3 and 19 months, there should be something from this little lot to keep them happy!

Tea Cup Play Cafe, GLTC £148

The only time all my girls get on is when they are in character! If they are just Scarlett and Savannah they can barely stand being in the same room as one another, but as soon as you give them a couple of fantasy names they are the best of friends! So, as you can imagine – I really encourage role play… I love this little cafe play set, and the best bit is whilst one is behind the counter, there are 2 stools to sit on so Anastasia can finally get involved in their games! Great Little Trading Company currently have a big sale on so check it out quick!

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Micro Trike, £69.95

We often go for long walks around Virginia Waters, Scarlett on her bike, Savannah on her scooter and Anastasia is currently stuck in the buggy. Well now she can be one of the big girls with the new Micro Trike! It has an extendable handle and is incredibly easy to manoeuvre. She’s going to love the freedom of feeling like she is riding a bike 🙂

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Bernie’s Number Bus, GLTC £25.60

It’s an oldie but a goodie. I have yet to meet a child that doesn’t love this bus, whatever age they are they just can’t resist sitting the little people on the bus and giving it a ride around the lounge floor. This is a perfect gift for very little people and will become a toy passed down to the future generations. L2340_BERNIE_BUS_SIDE1.jpg

Cinderella Dream dolls house, Kidcraft, Tesco Direct £154.99

OMG. Savannah is going to seriously lose her calm when she sees this Cinderella dolls house, just look at it!!! Even I can’t wait to get it set up! This is actually Savannah’s birthday present, she loves nothing more than playing with little princess figurines so there actually couldn’t be a better present out there for her! Kidcraft do a huge selection of giant dolls houses, I’d advise shopping around online for the best deals!

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Leaf it to Me Bath and Body set for Kids, £39

As you may know by now, I am very pro ‘safe’ products and since being introduced to the vegan friendly brand Arbonne I am very conscious of the ingredients in products and the effects they have on our health. I will never again use anything that includes SLS or Parabens on my families skin and as part of the Christmas range, Arbonne have introduced a bath and body set formulated for kids and designed for them to be able to apply themselves, the girls are going to feel very grown up receiving these in their stockings!

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Princess Poppy Troll, Tesco Direct, £47.49

So I suspect this is going to be the ‘impossible to get’ present of 2016, fortunately Scarlett hasn’t spotted it yet and I intend to keep it this way! She loved the movie so we have found some miniatures for the girls stockings but my advice to you is if you want this for Christmas day, register for notifications when it comes in to stock ASAP!!

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I love this gift, honestly I debated putting it on my own Christmas wish list… You download the free app on your phone and using the selfie stick you can create your own music videos singing in to the mic! AMAZING!!! For just under £16 I think this makes a fabulous stocking filler for all the little pop stars in your lives 🙂

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Boden Bunny Slippers

There’s nothing nicer than new sleepwear for Christmas, so whilst the kids will get some little goodies on Christmas eve including chocolates and nighties, I’m going to save these gorgeous little bunny slippers for Christmas morning. Boden have a sale on right now and have a beautiful collection of nightwear.

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Fancy Dress, George at Asda

We have all been stung by the Disney Store prices at one point or another, but since I discovered George at Asda I will never look anywhere else for the girls fancy dress. The quality is just amazing and the details are better than any other I have seen but what is really amazing is the affordable price. Scarlett is after Rey from Star Wars and Savannah who believes she is a real life princess just needs Aurora to complete her collection.

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 Lego Friends Roller Coaster, John Lewis £71

Scarlett is really into Lego all of a sudden and it’s really lovely to have a hobby that she can do with Daddy for some quality one on one time, this set should keep them busy for a while!

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The Fairy Reward Box, £35

I think this is such a great take on the standard rewards chart (which had little effect on my girls…). With this beautiful little fairy house comes 20 small wooden stars, every time your child does something good they get to put a star in the house, once the house is filled with stars – the “fairy” replaces the stars with a reward! They do several designs including a gorgeous Pirate treasure chest. They come with a free personalisation and are currently on sale!

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Cuddlebug, £34.99

This is such a cute little stocking filler. These bath towels are made from the finest bamboo fibres so are super soft and the girls are going to love wrapping up in them after their baths. And hey, whatever encourages them to have a bath is good with me!

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The Gadgets Every New Parent Needs

Most parents will be able to relate to the ‘Witching Hours’ where basically for no reason at all your baby will cry. Like clock-work. Every. Single. Day… This is usually in the evening. The Witching Hours in our house are between 7.30pm and 10.30pm where we have a rotation system trying every gizmo in the house to see what will settle Anastasia. We are yet to resort to putting her in the car seat for a drive around the block to get her to sleep – something we did regularly with Scarlett and Savannah! Well here are a few things we have discovered that might help you during those troubling times as well as a few luxuries that make the good times even better during those early days with your new baby.

Swoon Motion by Babymoov, £159.99

So our first stop during Witching Hour is the Swoon Motion, a truly marvellous baby swing! This will definitely buy us a fair amount of peace, at least enough to watch Eastenders. It swings, rocks and plays lovely lullaby’s (honestly, the music is actually really nice!) but what is most genius about it is the motion sensor that detects when your baby wakes so it can gently rock her back to sleep!

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Canon Powershot N2 Exclusive to Jessops, £249

Don’t make the same mistake I did and take all those precious snaps on your phone, invest in a quality camera to capture these memories. I’m gutted that all of Savannah’s new baby pics were taken on my phone and not printable quality. This is the most fantastic little digital camera, it looks fab, fits perfectly into your nappy bag but the best thing of all? The skin smoothing feature when on selfie mode – this setting is a ‘must have’ for any new mum! Plus it can connect to wi-fi meaning you can still upload all your latest pics on Instagram and Facebook 🙂

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Boba Wrap from Natural Baby Shower, £38

With 3 kids – you definitely need both hands free and this little sling has been a saviour for that! Anastasia, like most babies is only happy when being held. She is content when out and about in her buggy and car seat, but when we are at home just mooching about the house – that is when I use this most! It takes a little while to get used to assembling, but it’ll soon be second nature.

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TheraPearl 3 in 1 Breast Therapy by Lansinoh £12.95

Whether you breast feed or not, on approximately day 2 after having your baby the milk will ‘come in’ and for some, that means engorgement and pain! It doesn’t last long and whilst I am a firm believer in the healing powers from savoy cabbage leaves it’s a bit gross stuffing them in your bra! These pads can be used hot or cold and will offer instant pain relief as well as aiding your milk flow in case of blocked ducts or mastitis.

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Baby Bouncer by Joie, £70

And our final little sanity saviour is the reliable bouncer. This is essential for our meal times because you can bounce it with your foot leaving you with both hands to eat! A luxury only a new parent can appreciate 🙂

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