Don’t you just hate smug people at Christmas? This time last year I hadn’t done any Christmas shopping, was completely unprepared for the big day and broke out into a cold sweat whenever I thought about. At the risk of being one of the people I usually avoid in early December, this year I’ve turned over a new leaf. Christmas is very nearly sorted. It’s a new and rather strange sensation. Don’t hate me.
If you’re a member of my family then please look away now. This post is not for you. Reading this would be the equivalent of searching under the tree and peeking inside the wrapping.
OK, now that’s settled. Read on.
First up are these two matching pairs of Christmas Eve pyjamas for the girls. It’s a tradition we started last year and one which Frog is already excited about. This year she specifically requested a unicorn design and up until recently I was resigned to the fact this year’s PJs were going to be verging on the tacky side. However, I found a very cool pair of unicorn print pyjamas at Marks and Spencer recently and – win – they do them from 12 months and up, so the girls can have matching pairs!
Next up is this rather cute and cuddly 30th anniversary bear from Harrods. His name is Benedict and he’s a gift for a certain bear collector in my family.
When it comes to buying Christmas gifts, I’m torn between the convenience of buying online and the ethics of shopping locally and supporting the trade in my community. So I do both. I’ve bought gifts from Amazon this year, as well as local independent shops and charity shops. For example, one of the gifts I know Baby Girl will love the most is a wallet bought from a second hand shop for the grand sum of £1. Her favourite game is to empty my wallet and put all the cards back into it, so now she has her own.
Some other presents on her list are these sensory toys bought online.
- Wonderworld Wooden Rainbow Sound Blocks, £16.99
- Set of 6 Dancing and Juggling Scarves, £6.99
- Galt Toys Classic Pop-Up Toy, £8
I plan to put the juggling scarves in an empty box of tissues. It’s the kind of gift that will blow my 14 month old’s mind.
Frog has a marble run I bought in a local toy shop, along with some crafty bits and retro style stocking fillers. She also has these toys I bought online – not Instagram friendly at all but the kind of thing my 5 year old absolutely loves. As well as unicorns, she’s obsessed with mermaids, chocolate and (will it ever end?) Elsa from Frozen. Pretty predictable, really.
1. John Adams Chocolate Lolly Maker, £15
2. LEGO Disney Princess Elsa Sparkling Ice Castle, £29
3. Barbie Secret Door Mermaid Doll, £20
Having things organised this early is helping to get those first festive tingles going. I can’t wait until Christmas this year!
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