Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Christmas Gift Guide: Brilliant Presents for Children


Boy opening Christmas gift with title text overlayedThis is the first of a series of gift guides I have planned, featuring some lovely gifts that I've either been sent to try and have put through their paces, or that we've bought and used ourselves. We will be covering the trickier friends and relatives to buy for, but thought we would start with the gifts that probably get the most spent on them. There are a wealth of options for children these days, certainly if you pay attention to the TV adverts that multiply at this time of year, but what to choose? This children's Christmas gift guide should give you some ideas beyond the obvious and predictable, featuring video showcases from L on his favourite items. We will add to this post as we find more things we love!

The new story book we received from the people behind Lost My Name is a space-themed adventure, which combines the original theme of helping children learn about their identity, with demonstrating how important home is. It's a lovely story about a little adventurer, who goes exploring with his robot friend and they have to find their way home using landmarks. The book is fully customisable, from the appearance of the main character, to the address the adventurers finally arrive at. I absolutely loved this book, the way it adds in a familiar local landmark, then culminates at the readers own home address, complete with aerial map, is so imaginative, it's bound to capture the hearts of little readers everywhere. The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home is suitable for boys or girls up to the age of 10, and even allows you to write a personal message to the recipient on the first page. I got two for my nephews and had so much fun with all the personalisation, it gives you a unique opportunity to create a really thoughtful gift.

The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home Book

We were also sent a kit to try out from The Irish Fairy Door Company, which contains everything you need to decorate your own fairy door. The best part about Paint Your Own Door, is that it's a genuine wooden door, so you can have a world of fun making it, and have a lasting keepsake afterwards. The instructions say that if you have some varnish, you can easily weatherproof it to display outside, providing a lovely, child-made garden ornament. As you can see from the pictures, a lot of fun was had creating the piece and I think the end result is really lovely. You could even buy the kit for your child to make a door for another relative. The kit contains lots of decorations, as well as pens and paints, but also a wealth of other items to enhance the magic of the fairy door idea. There are stepping stones to create a little path, as well as a tiny notepad for any fairy visitors and a little key too. There's even a lease agreement for any fairy lodgers! At £24.99, it might not be the cheapest door you'll ever buy, but there's a lot more play value in it than you would imagine! 

Collage of child enjoying the make Your Own Fairy Door kit

Of all the items we've received recently, L was probably most enamoured with the Itty Bittys, from Hallmark. They are small, plushy versions of all your favourite characters; from Disney, to all kinds of different superheroes and many other characters from film and TV. They are so very collectable and there are new characters being added all the time. With a price tag of just £5.95, this is a collection that won't end up costing the earth, either. L was sent some of the Star Wars collection and I was really interested to see how he would react to them, as he'd never seen them before. So, we created a little 'unboxing' video, although it was more of a package, to get his initial reaction. When you are buying for children, it is always useful to see what children really think, so I hope you will enjoy this short video. 




When buying a present, sometimes you want to buy something that will contribute positively to that child's life in some way, and not just be another item for the toy box. With that in mind, L and I were very pleased to try out the ReimaGO sensor, which is a new product to the UK and makes exercise and fitness really fun for children. The difference between this and other activity trackers, is that it connects to a specially designed jacket, creating the ultimate in wearable tech. Here is L modelling his ReimaGO jacket, and you can see the black zip-up pocket where the activity tracker clips in. There are so many different child-friendly features in the accompanying app, which centres around a character which collects energy from the data provided by the physical activity. It's very visual and gives a great incentive for the child to build on their current activity level.

Boy modelling ReimaGO fleece jacket


L's Christmas present last year was Meccanoid G15 and he has really stood the test of time, so we wanted to include him in our list. He has a lot of play value because first, you have to build him. This was not easy and took a little while to assemble and get all the servos operating correctly, but it did give L a huge sense of achievement when he was finished. The list of functions is surprisingly long and you can find out more from the Meccano website, but we have put together a little video just to give you an idea how much fun he is! 





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Love Rosie said...

Would absolutely love to give my son the personal story book he loves reading

Heather Haigh said...

These seem like really wonderful gifts to fuel the imagination.

Ashley Jardine said...

Would love to give my little boy the lost my name story book, not only a lovely gift but a great keepsake too!

Penny J said...

I always like giving books so the perso alised story book would be ideal for my great nephew

Gisela Wilson said...

Itty Bittys, from Hallmark would be lovely for my granddaughter

Emma eminoglu said...

Would love to give my daughter the personal story book, she loves stories at bedtime so would be ideal. What a great review

Jo Richards said...

I think my son would love the Itty Bitty from Hallmark, he's 11 but never too old for little surprises

Emily Tealady said...

The lost my name book looks like a lovely gift for my niece x

Unknown said...

Love the The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home for my son and paint your own door for my daughter who loves crafts.

Alana Walker said...

The Itty Bittys look great, my sons would love them.x

Dawn Adams said...

Paint Your own door! Never too Old for that. I believe in Fairy's.

Jesswoods1992 said...

Would love the personal story book love it

SylviaP said...

The personal story book would make a fabulous Christmas pressie for my Nephew

Kate said...

I'd love to receive the trulyclear 2 - Light Therapy System. Maybe it will sort out a few of my skin problems

Jo Hutchinson said...

The Itty Bittys, from Hallmark the Disney characters are so cute.

Iris Tilley said...

We would love the Personalized storybook because i bought one ages ago and our little Princess was amazed her name was in it lol was so sweet

Jennifer Haden said...

Wonderful guide, I can't wait to see all the future ones! I love the little Itty Bitty's too cute!

deborah clarke said...

Some great ideas here. I've been struggling to know what to get .

Wendy Jones said...

my granddaughter would love Paint your own door, great for creativity and individuality.

lynn neal said...

I would love to receive one of the Irish fairy doors for myself!

freya O'Brien said...

The lost my name books look fantastic!

freya O'Brien said...

The lost my name books look fantastic!

Katherine Edwards said...

I love the personalised book. We already have the boy who lost his name and love it. But so many other lovely gift ideas that would be well received.

Samantha said...

My 4 children would love the Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home. As an Independent Phoenix Trader I would have to wrap it in Phoenix Trading Christmas paper!

Maggie Coates said...

I like the paint your own door - nice keepsake.

Little B And Me said...

OoooOo, Paint the door sounds AMAZING. I'd probably have that as my son would love it!

Anonymous said...

I would love the name book for my daughter, I remember having one as a kid.

Anonymous said...

I would love the Lost my name book for my little girl. She loves the original one so much!

magik magik said...

those star wars itty bittys are great! my daughter loves star wars and she'll want to collect them all :)

Sarah Prescott said...

I would love to give my daughter the personalised book.

julia perry said...

Jorgie would love Paint your own door....she loves fairies and crafting :-)

Unknown said...

All the prices are amazing I would love to give my son and nephews any of these! THANK you for the chance -karen hartley

Lee Shufflebotham said...

I love the lost name book and paint the door these are both perfect gifts

Lee Shufflebotham said...

Love the lost name book and paint the door , these are perfect gifts , and great keepsakes

Anonymous said...

Would love the babyliss 12in1 styler to give AND receive.
Tilly correnza

Sandy Hill said...

love the itty bittys! To give or to receive :-D

ruby pop said...

I would love to give the Lumie Body Clock to my mum.

kimberley dVIES said...

My daughter would love the fairy door, looks fabulous

Juliet Wilson said...

I would love to give my son The Intergalactic Journey Home book! He loves space and it sounds perfect for him

Anonymous said...

Wow what a haul

Abbie Webb said...

Some lovely thoughtful gifts in there, so pleased I have just found your blog thank you!

jessica Harvey said...

We love our paint your own fairy doors it's ace . #ChristmasGiftGuide

Hayley Cooper said...

I would love to give the Lost My Name book to my 7 year old daughter who loves reading and I think these books are such a wonderful idea :)

Lorna Harrod said...

Wow what an amazing prize and effort you have made, very thoughtful xx

Anonymous said...

I love the personalised fairy door.Its so pretty and would keep the kiddies occupied x

Jessica Howliston said...

Some really great ideas here! My daughter would love creating her own fairy door and my son would love the itty bittys!

Lynsey Graham said...

the personalised story book would be amazing for my sonx

Clare aka Emmy's Mummy said...

Loving the Robot and story book. Lovely ideas

Becky aka Hectic Dia-BEC-tic said...

Fab guide. I especially love the storybook idea and my 4 year old daughter and I are a massive fan of Fairy Doors so we would love to create one of our own!

mummydaddy mia said...

Oh Mia loves her fairy door and we have the other lost my name book so I'm sure Mia would like the new space-themed one! :)

#ChristmasGiftGuide

aNoviceMum said...

Luke is a youtube unboxing pro; wow! He must have had such fun building that Meccano ... you can see his very obvious enjoyment of it. It must have been such fun filming him too, and of course putting your gift guide together. :-) Good job fellow #ChristmasGiftGuide linky host.

Niki - Play & Learn Every Day said...

Love that fairy door!

Faye at Glossytots said...

I will be buying the Star Wars game! My godson will go wild for this!!! Xx

Chantel L- said...

The personalised book (The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home) would make a lovely Christmas gift :)

Anonymous said...

I love the lost my name books... and fairy doors! #ChristmasGiftGuide

Sprog on the Tyne said...

We have the first list my name book and loved it. The new one looks great too.

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