Christmas Gift Guide 2015

This year I have decided to put together a gift guide with some suggestions for Christmas.  I have tried to include to include something for everyone and hope that my suggestions help with your gift dilemmas.  So here you go here is my Christmas Gift Guide.

Under £10

This adorable plush Snowdog retails at £9.99 and is from the much-loved The Snowman and The Snowdog film. Measuring in at 14cm he would make a great stocking filler for your little one.  Even if you haven’t seen the film you are bound to want to give him a home.   You can buy him at Argos, Amazon, Waterstones to name but a few.

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kids trivia plusKids Trivia Plus is a great fun game for children aged 7 years plus and can be played by three to six people.  Why not put your trivia knowledge to the test and challenge your family.  Kids Trivia Plus packs away in a small tin which is the perfect size for packing in a bag or suitcase. This great game costs £9.95 and  You can buy your own at Smyths Toys, Wyvale, John Lewis and all good independent retailers.  You can read our review of Kids Trivia Plus here

mellow mallowDo you like Marshmallow?  well Mellow Mallow are a gourmet marshmallow which will make you view marshmallows in a new way.   Created by Belinda Clark, these delicious gourmet Marshmallows are bursting with flavour and will make the perfect gift or stocking filler.   Belinda offers a variety of flavours and even has some which are gluten-free.  You can buy the bags individually at £4 each or buy as a section pack from £25 and there are also hot chocolate stirring spoons available.  You can find out more at

christmas surprises boxChristmas Surprises from Orchard Toys is a lovely seasonal game, well in fact it’s two games in one.  So for £9.50 its a bargain.  Orchard Toys are renowned for their educational and fun games, you can see what we thought of Christmas Surprises here.  Christmas Surprises is available from Orchard Toys, Amazon and all good retailers.

Professor_Branstawm_DVD_2D_Packshot_8303549-11The incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm dvd Released on November 30th 2015 this dvd is based on a classic children’s book series.  The star-studded cast includes Harry Hill, Marianda Richardson,  Ben Miller and David Mitchell.  In the film professor Branestawm his young apprentice Connie and friends have to stop evil business man Mr Bullimore and officious local councillor Harold Haggerstone when they plan to have Professor Branestawn branded a danger to the community so they can bulldoze his workshop to make way for their ammunition factory.  Costing £7.99 the dvd is available from Amazon and all good retailers.

Under £20

guess how much i love you picsGuess How Much I Love You wooden blocks These delightful wooden blocks illustrated with pictures from the loved children’s book Guess How Much I Love You.  Suitable from 12 months plus and costing £19.99 these brightly coloured wooden blocks will provide hours of enjoyment even my older children have enjoyed using this lovely set..  Available from Argos, Amazon, Waitrose, Waterstones and all good retailers.  

perudo boxPerudo is an exciting game of  luck, bluff and guesswork.  It is suitable for ages 8 years plus and can be played by two to four players.  It’s an addictive game which will have the whole family wanting to join in.  Perudo costs £18.85 and is available from Amazon, Smyths Toys, Amazon and all good retailers. 

wow whiz-around amywow cupcake chloeWOW Toys Whiz-around Amy and Cupcake Chloe.   If you haven’t come across WOW toys yet, your missing out!  Wow toys has a fantastic range of toys for both girls and boys that don’t require batteries and help develop fine motor skills and coordination.  We’ve been enjoying WOW toys since the boys were younger and am really pleased to see the addition of vehicles for girls although all the vehicles and figures can be played with my either girls or boys.  Cupcake Chloe retails at £13.19 and Whiz-around Amy retails at £12.99 and are available from Amazon and all good retailers. You can read our review of these fantastic toys here

www.ace.mediaGood Night Sleep Tight Reward Chart from the Victoria Chart Company helps parents establish a good bedtime routine which in turn helps both parents and their child/ren to get a good nights sleep.  It’s a really simple chart to use and children will enjoy earning the stickers to complete their chart.  Retailing at £11.50 the Good Night Sleep Tight Reward Chart is available from amazon.

717680816-IMS-en_GBOlaf Softpal Portable Light Friend from Phillips.  The Olaf Softpal is bound to be a hit with all Frozen Fans both young and old.  This clever nightlight is portable which means your child can take Olaf with them when they need to go to the toilet during the night.  He is lightweight and easy to hold making him perfect for little hands.  The  LED is turned on and off easily but simply tilting Olaf’s head.  Olaf Softpal Portable Light Friend retails at around £14.99 and is available from Amazon

Under £30

cafe direct Do you know a coffee lover? well Cafe Direct Coffee Subscription service will make the perfect gift for them.  A three months subscription costs £24.99 and is available from Cafe Direct Each month you will receive a different coffee which help you discover your perfect coffee.  Once you’ve found the right coffee for you, you simply change your profile to reflect this and then you will receive coffees with those flavours each month.

IMG_5991These adorable pj’s from Pixie Dixie are made from 100% soft cotton jersey and are very festive with the lovely red reindeer.  They would make a perfect addition to a Christmas Eve box or a Christmas gift.  These Red Reindeer Pj’s cost £29.99 and come in size 2-3 years, 3-4 years, 5-6 years, 7-8 years and 9-10 years and are available from Pixie Dixie We were very kindly sent a pair of these lovely Pj’s and you can see how we got on here

wow wounderland calenderAre you looking for a advent calendar with a difference this year?  Well WOW toys has developed some fun calendars that will fit the bill.   The three advent calendars are Wonderland, Town and Farmyard.  In addition to the advent calendars WOW has calendars to help your child count down to a special occasion.  All the calendars contain lots of fun exclusive WOW toys.  The WOW Toys Advent Calender cost £24.99 and are available from Amazon and all good retailers. 

Yumbox adult picsIf you have been reading my blog you will know that I’m a fan of Bento meals.  Now thanks to Yumbox I can enjoy them too.  Yumbox Panino lunchbox for adults brings you the same leakproof lid  that the children’s version has but is slightly bigger than the children’s version.  The Yumbox Panion is great for portion control with the removable compartments and they are also dishwasher safe.  The only difference between the children’s and adults versions is that the children’s one has 7 compartments while the adults versin has 4.  The Yumbox Panino costs £24.95 and can be bought here at EatWell-UK

Line up - new LimeSwimfin is a swimming aid that has been developed to help children gain confidence while learning to swim.  The swimfin is a floatation device and teaching aid which will provide as much or as little support as the swimmer needs.  Worn high up on your child’s back just above the centre of gravity and never on their front.  The straps should be tight to stop the swimfin from slipping and moving.  In fact it will look like a fin on a shark.   The Swimfin also contains enough buoyancy to keep an adult afloat and complies with international safety standards.  The Swimfin is available in 8 colours and costs £21.99 and is available from Swimfin Each Swimfin comes with regular sized straps however you can also purchase larger straps to enable use by older children and adults.

REINDEER HAT BOOTEE SET Cut outThis adorable Reindeer Set from Natures Purest would make a lovely gift for a baby this Christmas.  Retailing at £22 and available from Natures Purest from next week.  I think it will make a lovely addition to a little one’s winter wardrobe. 

Under £50

reward box1The Reward Box is a new take on a reward chart and provides a lovely keepsake.  Available in a Fairy house (as above) or a pirate treasure box.  Both come complete with star tokens for you to give to your child as a reward.  When they have collected their target amount of star tokens they will magically be replaced with a small treat.  These delightful boxes can be personalised and will be treasured for years.  The Reward Box has a recommended retail price of £35.00 which includes personalisation and are available from this month (November) The Reward Box

61GuvPjn+qL._SL1424_The Phillips Daily Collection Mini Blender with mini chopper makes making soup, blending smoothies, shakes and more fun. The reinforced on-the-go bottle means you can take your smoothies and shakes with you where ever you go.   If that wasn’t enough there is also a mini chopper included which will make rustling up dips and more effortless. Whats more all the parts are dishwasher safe and being mini it is easy to store and won’t take up lots of space on your work surface.  The Phillips Daily Collection Mini Blender with Mini Cooper retails at around £50 and is available from Amazon

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Hot Wheels Track Builder Volcano Blast is the latest offering from Hot Wheels.  Load up to eight car’s at the top of the volcano as it ‘heats up’.  Then by pushing a button your child has a decision to make, do they send the cars through the lava making their escape into four different adventures or will they send the cars flying when the volcano erupts? Your child is in control of the stunts and which cars will be sent racing away.  Costing around £36.99 and available at all good retailers including Argos.

Under £65

HelloFresh_Box_9449_originalHelloFresh is the perfect gift for families, couples and even individuals and provides everything you need to make meals from scratch, including easy to follow recipe cards.  The boxes include fresh ingredients and the recipes are quick to make.  The subscription service offered means that you can also pause deliveries when needed and then resume them when ready.  The HelloFresh Family Box contains four meals a week for four to five people and costs £64.00.  You can order your own box by visiting HelloFresh

I hope these suggestions have given you some ideas.  

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