I think we are at a very good stage with our children when it comes to Christmas shopping. I honestly think they would be as happy (if not happier) to find a box of chocolates under the Christmas tree as anything expensive, but I know this time of year will get more expensive for us as they get older.
Over the years, I hope we can instil a tradition of giving as well as receiving at during the festive period. So far this year, we have involved Ariana in choosing age appropriate toys to give to a collection for under privileged children that were arranged by her school and we donated some no-longer-loved books and cuddles via an Ikea collection point. As a mummy, I want to practice a positive parenting technique. I really hope that our children will grow up to appreciate their blessings and show kindness to others and it’s at this time of year that we talk about it the most.
As far as presents go, we have been pretty organised so far. The majority of gifts for the kids are coming from Amazon, so I don’t need to drag the children around the shops with me, or beg for a babysitter! We have found some great toys and I can’t wait to see the children’s faces when they open them on Christmas morning. Here they are with links to where we purchased them from if you would like to see:
Gifts ideas for a four-year-old girl
This makes frozen treats in minutes from the kids favourite juices, which should be a lot of fun!
Ariana tells me she plays with these all the time at school so thought it would be a great addition to our home for all the family. Here’s the manufacturers explanation:
The Magna-Tiles® Clear Colors 100-Piece Set is the Big Kahuna set for learning basic math and science skills through fun, creative play. With a plethora of durable, brightly colored shapes, your child will become lost for hours creating all kinds of fun inventions and designs. And with 100 shapes, there are enough for every kid on the block to get in on the fun.
Orchard Toys Doodlebugs £6.75
We love our Orchard Toys games. We have the Lunch Box and Shopping Trolley games and find Ariana loves the simplicity of them, which allows her to win without any help from us! This is an award winner that promises to help teach maths and English so we will be adding to our games cupboard!
Slightly concerned that both Ariana and Kaira will love this interactive doll, we have bought two just to be on the safe side! The girls will love tending to her with plasters and cream.
Personalised story book £19.99
I remember a personalised story book I had as a child and even to this day, I can remember reading it with wonder at seeing my name on the page! Now Ariana is reading little, I think this personalised story will be ideal. You get to choose your own character with this range from Lost My Name and although ours hasn’t arrived yet, judging by the reviews they are great quality. I can’t wait to see it!
Gifts ideas for toddlers
Trihorse wooden marble run £44.99
Motor skills and general responsiveness are practisced with this playful game with balls large enough to be safe for young children. I’m not sure what room we have left in our house for a toy this size but I know Kian and Kaira will love it, so we will make it work!
Leap Frog Number Lovin’ Oven £10.95
What I love most about this toy is that all the pieces fit neatly inside it, so it can be cleared away easily! The fact that it will teach the children numbers (and hopefully a desire to cook for me one day!) is a bonus too!
Janod airplane Kit £15.00
A jigsaw without any fiddley parts and a great toy to play with when it’s pieced back together!
These cute dolls will teach Kian and Kaira how to do zips, tie laces and eventually dress themselves hopefully!
We have had products by this company for YEARS and they still look like new! I love wooden games and this is something the children can play with together, hopefully with little arguing!
Step 2 Studio Art Desk $54.99
Having room for this in our home is going to be a push, but I thought it would be a great gift for parents who do so I’ve included it here!
Personalised music CD £14.99
Ariana has had one of these since she was a toddler, so Kian and Kaira have been wowed enough times by the songs featuring their big sisters name. Now it’s their turn with these CD’s by the Silver Balloon Company. The range of names is superb, (we found Kian and Kaira so we’re happy!) I can’t wait to see them hopping around to the songs on Christmas Day.
I hope these examples have given you some inspiration! There can be so much to choose from on the market, it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start, but these would be perfect for our children so I hope they help you too! Have you got any suggestions for gifts for children? We would love to hear what is on your list for Father Christmas this year in the comments box below.