If you haven’t figured it out already Christmas is my favourite time of the year. I just love watching their little faces on Christmas morning. This Christmas will be even better now that the Toddler gets’s it and the Wobbler is old enough to rip open hers, it’s all very exciting. Here’s my Christmas guide 2016, gifts for big kids, both girls and boys, and some of what will be found under our tree this year.
Bookawoo is a monthly subscription box service that sends your child a magical monthly box with a selection of books to help broaden and develop their imagination. Each month comes with a new theme and is designed to encourage a love of reading. It’s recommended for children up to the age of 11 and retails at €23.95 for your first box. For more information check out their website.
Have you heard of ClassDojo were teachers send updates and pictures of children’s progress in school to parents? Well my Big Kids school does it and it’s awesome, you should check it out! Anyways last week the Big Kids teacher uploaded pictures of the class playing with Story Cubes, I’d never heard of them before and I love the idea. The cubes are pocket-sized creative story generators that encourage creativity, develop social confidence, enhance language development skills and create connections and unique moments between people young and old alike. I can just picture everyone after dinner with the random stories. The cheapest I could find them online was €10.82 over on kidits, a bargain considering they normally retail for a score.
If you didn’t know already I’m a Lush fanatic and so is the Big Kid, we could spend days in their Henry or Grafton Street stores. The Fun range would make a gorgeous stocking filler for any kid (or adult). It’s a multi-purpose moldable soap that lives up to its name. Home Bath Fun. This multipurpose bar is a soap, shampoo, bubble bath and malleable toy all in one colorful and sweetly fragrant package. There is a whole range, in different colours and sizes and can be bought online from their UK store or in both shops mentioned above.
Aside from Frustration, Hedbanz is one of my favourite games to play with the Big Kid. It’s a fast-paced game that comes with a stack of picture cards, each featuring an animal, food, or common object and each child has to guess what’s on their head by asking a series of questions. A bit like charades but better. The categories are few and simple, but this allows everyone, young and old in on the family fun. The box states from 7+ but we’ve been playing it since the big kid was four.
Who doesn’t love science? The Chemistry Lab is for the little wannabe scientists in your life. This kit contains 100 safety tested experiments and it’s great for fun and one-on-one time with your kids. Perfect to get the imagination and creativity flowing retailing at €34.99.
I’d imagine most of you watched the ToyShow last weekend and got a glimpse of the worry plaque (or entered my giveaway to win one). Kids can give their worries to the fairies with this interactive Worry Plaque. The plaque glows red when you place your hand on it and think of your worry. When the fairies have heard it, the plaque glows green, signifying your worries have transferred to the fairies successfully. I absolutely love it, fairy magic can take your worries from you with just one touch, leaving children worry-free. It’s €34.95 and available from The Irish Fairy Door Company.
And finally, my favourite, Lottie’s. I’m a Lottie brand ambassador (see why here) and of course, she will be making an appearance under our tree again this year. We have almost completed the collection, only 5 more Lottie’s and we are done. Yah! And I know loads of boys who like playing with dolls and Kite Flyer Finn would be the perfect childlike doll to add to their collection. And Fossil Hunter Lottie seems to be a favourite this year too. There are so many Lottie’s to choose from including Stargazer (the first doll EVER in space!), Pirate Queen and Snow Queen Lottie. They are an Irish brand based in Co. Donegal and retail for €19.95 to €24.95 and you can lots of different outfits too for €9.95 including the Big Kids favourite, Super Lottie.
Looking for some gift inspiration for babies? I’ve another gift guide here!