Can you believe that it is this time of year already? It feels like this year has flown by in the blink of an eye. We have a lot of exciting things happening next year, so as fast as 2017 went, I am also ready to say a big hello to 2018! But before we get there, there is one very exciting time of year that needs to be tackled… Christmas. I’m not sure about you, but I feel like the festive season gets longer and longer each year (and I am definitely not complaining!). I put my tree up in late-ish November (although I am considering slightly earlier this year…) and I may have already started playing carols. *EDIT…the Christmas Tree is up…
I also like to start planning my Christmas gifts around this time of year, so I thought I would share with you all some gift suggestions for the little ones in your life. It can be so overwhelming choosing what to gift a child when there are so many different products on the market, but I always try to buy something that will be useful or provide some sort of new experience. I have broken the gifts down into age categories, so you don’t have to sift through to find what you are looking for. A lot of the things I selected ended up being unisex (and from Pottery Barn Kids… They have so many amazing things at the moment!) so I didn’t feel the need to separate the lists into boy/girl sections. And who is to say a little boy wouldn’t want a doll for Christmas?! All of the links are shoppable, and I have included a ‘Shop the Post’ carousel at the very end for your convenience.
A favourite baby toy with almost a cult following, the Winkel from Manhattan Toy will keep a baby entertained for a good amount of time!
These gorgeous stackers come in a variety of designs and provide educational play (animals types, sizes etc) and double as a beautiful piece of nursery decor.
This cute little guy is designed to encourage a younger baby to crawl. Mickey moves around (similar function to that of a robotic vacuum cleaner!) and plays songs and words of encouragement for bub.
One of my favourite lifestyle companies, Life Factory have a selection of BPA free baby goods, including this darling set of 4 teethers in pastel colours.
A perfect book for young babies, Mem Fox introduces a range of animals through beautiful illustrations and simple text.
We gifted Hunter a Sunny Life Baby Float for Christmas last year (4 months old) and he loved sitting in it. Many different designs available!
Another cult favourite, the Jelly Cat Bunny. He comes in a handful of different colours and sizes, and you can also purchase storybooks that feature the bunny as the main character. A perfect little gift set!
Now this may seem a strange age range to put this gift into, but we have used our Yumboxes (we have 3 types – the Original, Panino and Mini) since Hunter was 6 months old. I pack the mini with snacks when we are out and about for a few hours, and one of the bigger ones if it is a day trip.
The Pottery Barn Anywhere Chair is a great idea if you are looking for one special gift for your child. This is what Hunter will be receiving from us this year. They come in 3 sizes to suit all age ranges with many different cover options!
Hunter has this robe and it is made out of the softest material! He also looks super cute in it and would make a very special gift.
A great toy for developing fine motor skills and encouraging roleplay. There are are a few different sets available.
Hunter loves his Jungle Jamboree meal set from Crocodile Creek. It is made from melamine so will survive any trips to the kitchen floor, and the shape of the bowl and cup make the set stand out from the crowd. They are available in several different designs for both boys and girls. I chose the animals for Hunter as he is starting to show a great interest in them!
Coincidentally, another book from Mem Fox made it to my list! This book is great for toddlers who are learning to speak and is a nice introduction to colour, prepositions and opposites.
This may seem a little pricey for a baby doll, but most of the top of the range dolls are around this price. I personally like the Gotz dolls because of their soft bodies (makes them feel more lifelike and cuddly), their gorgeous faces with eyes that open and close and the many cute outfits and accessory options. **after completing the images for this post I realised I added the wrong picture! It is by the same brand, but the Pottery Barn version in the link provided is the doll I am describing.
This is the sweetest set of beach toys I have seen and just had to include it in my guide! I love the colour palette and how different it is to most other sets and that it is gender neutral.
I think this is a sweet gift to add to any child’s Duplo collection and would be a nice early Christmas or 1st of December gift!
I have this tea set in my classroom and it has withstood the test of time and hundreds of children! Pretty colours and as a bonus they are eco-friendly.
These are so sweet that I would use them all year round! With several different options available (my favourite are the penguins!) I will definitely be gifting some of these throughout the festive season.
Another great gift idea from Pottery Barn Kids! This mat can be used on both the floor and table top and features a double-sided design. It is made from paperboard covered with a durable matte laminate.
I have seen so many kids with these at the airport in recent years and have a few friends who have purchased them for their children and love them. They come in the traditional animal designs, and on the Trunki website there is the option to create your own colourway.
Julia Donaldson is one of my favourite children’s authors, and The Gruffalo being my favourite of her work. Amazing for introducing children to rhyme and describing words.
This is a different gift and one that would be well received by children in this age group. Build a Bear sell vouchers, so the gift ends up being an experience as well as the take-home toy.
This set is a nice gift for little superhero fans, and is a nice change from the standard superhero toys that are around. They can also double as bedroom decor and are available in different characters.
Children of this age are often starting at a school of some sort, so a thoughtful (and useful) gift could be a backpack. There are so many different ones around and quite a few that I like, but have always had a soft spot for this Penny Scallan star backpack and all of the matching accessories!
And that completes my Baby and Toddler Gift Guide! I hope it has been useful and given you some ideas to get the ball rolling with your Christmas shopping!
Only 41 sleeps to go…
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