Over the past couple of months, I have been drafting Lilinha Angel’s World Christmas Feature and researching to compile lists with suggestions to make your Christmas as stress-free as possible. Our Christmas feature includes: Top Festive Food & Drink, gifts for the ladies in Top Gifts for Her and gents in Top Gifts for Him.
This is the last part of our Christmas Gift Guide, with suggestions for gifts for little ones. We have been trying and testing them ourselves and those are the Top Gifts for Kids that we recommend in our Christmas Gift Guide 2013.
Christmas Gift Guide: Top Gifts for Kids
Wishes Santa by Build-A-Bear Workshop (RRP £32) is a gorgeous festive soft toy that will bring a festive cheer. It can be purchased on its own to be personalised with your favourite outfit, or you can get a Wishes Santa already dressed in a Santa Claus costume and Black Rubber Boots. The 3 piece costume comes with red jacket and pants and a plush Santa sack and it’s absolutely gorgeous, little man loves his soft and beautifully made Wishes Santa.
It is available online, or you can visit Build-A-Bear Workshop for a truly magical experience. We had Wishes Santa delivered, however we have previously visited our local store and little man had an amazing experience personalising his bear with outfits and sounds. There are other lovely festive bears at Build-A-Bear, worth checking to add a special touch this Christmas.
Personalised Peppa Pig Book (RRP 14.99) is ideal for Peppa Pig fans, as they can join their favourite characters, Peppa and George Pig, in a personalised Christmas story helping Peppa and her family prepare for Christmas and then meet Father Christmas. Little man loves his Personalised Peppa Pig Book, he gets all excited about Christmas by reading it.
This gorgeous festive book is brought to you by Penwizard in partnership with Ladybird books and it is the latest editing in the personalised Peppa Pig collection. Your child’s name and personalised illustration is included throughout the story adding a touch of magic to story time. Little man really enjoys seeing his name on the book, and being part of the story with Peppa and George Pig.
Hallmark Interactive Books are a great way to make story time even more fun this Christmas. We were sent All Aboard Interactive Storybook (RRP £9.99) and it is very enjoyable to hear the character in the book responding with questions or choices. Once your child answers, the characters responds again as if they were having a real conversation with the characters in the book.
We were also sent Disney Winnie the Pooh Recordable Storybook (RRP £14.99), which captures your voice reading the story aloud, making a truly meaningful and engaging keepsake for the years to come. Interactive and Recordable Storybooks are such a lovely present as they make reading more enjoyable and fun.
Tickety Toc, pre-school animated TV programme, has a lovely range of products including Exercise Time Sticker Book (RRP £4.99), story-based sticker book with lots of activities, great fun for little ones that enjoy stickers. Little man was also sent a bright and stimulating book, Mystery Time Story Book (RRP £4.99), charming storytelling with bright and colourful artwork. It is available as a story book with chunky format and padded cover, and also as an ebook.
Tickety Toc has launched a new range of wooden toys, featuring 6 piece Set Character Puzzle (RRP £3.49) available as Tommy and Tallulah. They are chunky pieces of puzzles ideal to practice hand-eye, fine motor and memory skills. Little man enjoyed playing with his favourite characters, Tickety Toc is currently showing on Nick Jr and Channe’s 5 Milkshake.
LeapFrog Scribble and Write (RRP £19.99) is perfect for little ones that are learning to write with an easy-grip stylus. Little man has just started school a couple of months ago, and he loves writing already. LeapFrog Scribble and Write makes learning fun by helping to reinforce letter recognition and pencil control skills, it is an innovative product providing stroke-by-stroke guidance, encouraging kids to trace over the shown lights to create letters and numbers.
Little man really likes tracing and he’s learning to write numbers, upper case and lower case letters at the same time as playing. LeapFrog Scribble and Write has two levels, which can be changed as children get more confident with their writing skills. It is a great educational toy that offers an engaging and interactive learning experience to kids, making it so much fun!
Stabilo Pencils and Highlighters are great to keep children entertained, little man loves writing and drawing, so he’s been having fun trying Stabilo products. We were sent: Stabilo Trio Colouring Pencils (RRP £3.82) which is a pack of 12 assorted pencils with ergonomic triangular form for a relaxed hold. Stabilo Swing Cool Be Wild (RRP £1.41) is a bright long lasting highlighter covered in a lovely Be Wild design, featuring Stabilo Anti-dry-out technology which offers 4 hour dry-out protection.
Little man is also having fun with Stabilo Woody 3 in 1 (RRP £8.45) which is a great invention and unique multi-functional product. It is a colouring pencil, watercolour and wax crayon all in one. They are perfect for little hands as they are thick and easy to hold. Stabilo products are well made and fun, making them perfect stocking fillers.
Christmas Gift Pack by Wentworth Wooden Puzzles is available in two sizes micro with 40 pieces (RRP £23.95) and mini with 75 pieces (RRP £32.95). Little man was sent a mini pack with four separate puzzles, Peter Pan, Noah’s Ark, Cinderella and Snow White. They are beautifully made puzzles, featuring finely cut wooden jigsaw with the unique Wentworth whimsy pieces produced by their skilled design team.
Little man enjoys playing with his wooden puzzles and loves the specially shaped pieces cut into puzzles, such as fish, boat, submarine and dolphin-shaped jigsaw pieces. The Christmas Gift Pack has a lovely selection of themes, suitable for boys and girls alike. They are durable, fun and unique, in a gorgeous colour and design.
Personalised Backpack by Tinyme is available in 3 sizes: mini (RRP £24.98), medium (RRP £36.99) and large (RRP £44.99). Little man was sent a gorgeous medium backpack, which is a durable backpack with adjustable straps and extra zippered compartments, perfect for school and days out. Tinyme has a comprehensive range of affordable, premium quality, custom made personalised products for kids.
It was extremely easy to personalise the backpack online with our favourite colour, print and style, and you can preview the final design before placing your order. Once it arrived, little man was very pleased with his backpack, he loves seeing his name on it. The backpack it is stylish and looks great, it has padded back area for comfort. I’ve noticed that you can also add a lunch bag at 25% off when ordering both together for limited time only.
ICON Kids Designer Bean Bags by BeanBag Bazaar (RRP £49.99) are a great addition to little ones’ bedrooms. We were sent ICON Role Play Boys Bean Bag Cars featuring a car, garage, fire station and digger design. Not only it has a fun and colourful design, it is made from hardwearing, water-resistant and stain-resistant fabric and double zipped for safety. It is well made and stylish!
ICON is BeanBag Bazaar’s designer range of bean bags, all designed by their expert in-house product team and printed, sewn and filled on-site at their head office in Northumberland. Little man picked a traditional round shaped chair, but they are also available in bean slabs and kids floor bean bags. He loves sitting at his beanbag reading his favourite books and relaxing.
Re:creation has a wide range of gifts including Lego Santa Key Light (RRP £5.99), a cute Lego posable minifigure which switches on LED light in both feet when you press the chest plate, perfect stocking filler. If you have an active child, they will love Air Storm Zing Shot (RRP £9.99), an ultimate foam ball launcher featuring high tech slingshot firing action, it comes with 3 BlazeX Ammo balls which are easy to loads, offering hours of fun.
Raskullz TRad Red Helmet (RRP £19.99) is a funky safety helmet to keep little ones safe in style while scooting and cycling. It features aerodynamic cooling vents, shock absorbing EPS inner shell and adjustable straps. Little man loves his cool helmet, featuring a green T-Rex design and 3D dinosaur face detail, it is gorgeous and well made. The cool helmets are available in a variety of designs.
Personalised Hessian Gift Sack (RRP £15.00) is perfect to deliver little ones’ gifts at Christmas. They are available in pink and blue, and the gingham star to the front can be personalised with your child’s name making them feel extra special. We were sent a blue hessian gift sack for little man, it is well made and beautiful, featuring a drawstring to be hung up.
Once little man has opened his presents on Christmas day, we will be using the gift sack as a laundry bag, it is large enough to keep lots of presents in, and then lots of dirty clothes. The hessian gift sack is unique, personal and re-usable, such a great idea and it is delivered in a luxury gift box.
Forever Friends Christmas Album (RRP £5.00) is the first Christmas compilation album from these adorable bears with Sony Music. ‘A Christmas Wish… For You’ is available now and includes a sleigh load of Christmas classics chosen to get everyone into the festive spirit. We are all looking forward to Christmas and little man get all excited when he listens to a Christmas song, as it means that Christmas is coming, he really likes the selection of 63 heart-warming songs.
‘A Christmas Wish… For You’ Album by Forever Friends is available on a three CD pack and also for download. Little man’s favourite song is ‘Let it Snow’ as he is hoping for a white Christmas, he also really likes ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’. Such a lovely album with great choices of Christmas songs!
Cussons Mum & Me Little Explorers brings clean, bubbly fun this Christmas in a hypoallergenic and dermatologist approved range. It features Mega Mild Bubbly Bath (RRP £2.99) essential for bubbly fun in the bath and Super Soft Squidgy Soap (RRP £2.49) can be shaped and moulded into anything your little ones’ imagination desires. Also Happy Splashy Hair & Body Wash (RRP £2.49) with moisturisers to leave skin soft and conditioners to keep hair smooth and detangled.s
Little man really likes Cussons Mum & Me Little Explorers’s new range with lovely fragrances, textures, sounds and colours. It has definitely made bathtime more exciting, his favourite is Funky Fizz Bath Crackles (RRP £1.00) as it adds a touch of magic to bathtime, by popping before changing the colour of the bathwater as they dissolve.
Hope you all have a lovely Christmas!
The products were provided free of charge for review purposes. However the opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.