Gift Ideas – as suggested by my girls
With less than a month until Christmas, I wanted to share with you some gift ideas for younger children. But rather than me just find some toys and games that I think children would like, I got Freyja and Emily to suggest some ideas. These are based on their favourites from this year….
Baby Annabell Bedroom
The Baby Annabell Bedroom has been a massive hit with both girls, and a popular toy when their friends have been round to play. From the outside this looks like a little house, and it opens up to reveal Baby Annabell’s bedroom. This comprises of a fold out bed and wardrobe with plenty of storage space for doll’s clothes. I like this toy because it means all of their dolls clothes and bits of pieces can be stowed away. It is also sturdy, yet light enough to be moved around easily. The girls love it because they like the idea of their babies having their own pretty nursery.
BABY Born Interactive Pony and Foal
The girls have been desperate for this toy from the BABY Born Pony Farm range. It combines their love of babies and horses together in one toy. The ponies themselves are both so soft and cuddly. The mother, Sunny, will walk when one of her ears is pressed, and makes sounds when the other is pressed. The girls especially love the horses because BABY Born will fit onto Sunny’s saddle.
BABY Born Bathing Fun Doll
The girls have quite a few baby dolls between them, but this BABY Born Bathing Fun Doll has become very popular as it can be put in the bath. Obviously any doll can be put into the bath, but this one is nice as its torso isn’t made of hard plastic, but a soft, water-proof fabric. This makes is very cuddly but doesn’t take ages to dry out after it has been bathed. It also comes with a bottle so she can be given and drink – and then have a wee afterwards! Definitely a baby doll which can be played with in so many different ways.
Out of all these gift ideas, I think these Itty Bittys from Hallmark are the cutest. The girls have long loved little handheld characters, such as the Happyland ones. These combine the fun of having easy-to-hold characters to play with, with the soft cuddliness of a cuddly toy. The range of Itty Bittys available should please any child – or big kid such as myself! They include comic book heroes, the “Peanuts” characters and those from Scooby Doo. Our favourites have to be the Star Wars and The Wizard of Oz ranges. Chewbacca Itty Bitty is so cute! Emily loves acting out the scene from The Wizard of Oz where the Wicked Witch of the West is “melted” by Dorothy.
Osmo is an accessory for the iPad which uses its camera to provide a new way of gaming. The stand and reflector for the camera are needed to access the games which you can buy separately. It is aimed at children aged 4 and upwards, and the games are not only fun, but also develop learning. Freyja particularly loves the coding game, which teaches logic and problem solving skills. In this game, you control a character called Awbie, who loves eating strawberries. You guide him around his world, as he munches on strawberries. Freyja enjoys playing this fun game, and I love the fact that she is learning about coding at the same time.
Pretend and Play School Set
Freyja was bought the Pretend and Play School Set from Wicked Uncle – a site full of gift ideas. This set lets her play at being teacher – with a whiteboard, bell, activities for her “children” and stickers. All of her toys are covered in stickers for “trying hard” or “doing well”. Apart from Susan. Susan is regularly on the “naughty board”.
Bunny Jump Game
I always associate Christmas with playing games together as a family. A great one to play with young children is the Bunny Jump Game from University Games. The girls really enjoy playing this one. The aim is to pull out the carrots from the hill and the player with the most carrots at the end of the game is the winner. At random points in the game, the bunny can jump up and whoever catches it gets to steal two carrots from an opponent. The brilliant thing about this game is that it is all based on chance, so it doesn’t give the adults any advantage over the kids.
Disclaimer: Some of these items have been sent to us for review purposes, however, only those that the girls have genuinely loved have made it into this gift guide