Tuesday 6 December 2022

Christmas Gift Guide | Babies & Toddlers

With so many children's gifts available this festive season, choosing the right one can be a little stressful. But, fear not, as I've rounded up some of the best presents for both babies and toddlers...

Nuby | Wooden Baby Walker

For little tots that are eager to get up and go, I recommend the activity-packed Wooden Baby Walker (£52.99 nuby-uk.com). The solid wooden frame, made from 100% wood from well-managed forests, safely encourages and develops a little one's first steps and can also be played with while sitting or standing. Great for encouraging hand-eye development, the fun baby walker features spinning cogs, twisting blocks, a learn-to-play xylophone, and round rotating mirror. There is also a handy storage area at the back of the walker to store away other toys.

Eco Rascals | Bamboo Classic Section Plate Gift Set

Another great gift for developing babies is the Eco Rascals Bamboo Classic Section Plate Gift Set (£43.90 ecorascals.com). Featuring a suction plate, suction bowl, and cup with a silicone straw feeder, alongside two straws and a spoon, this starter set is perfect for tots that are soon to start weaning. Both the bowl and plate feature detachable silicone suction bases - available in six colours - that ensure both items grip firmly to a highchair or table. Each plate also features separate sections, so mealtimes to be easily divided into vegetables, carbs, and protein.

Martha Mumford & Cherie Zamazing | We're Going on a Sleigh Ride

We're Going on a Sleigh Ride (£7.99 WHSmith) is a book guaranteed to get little ones in the Christmas spirit this year, making it a great present to gift on Christmas eve. As part of the Bunny Adventures series, We're Going on a Sleigh Ride follows four bunnies on an action-packed festive treasure hunt that requires readers to get involved! The bunnies have to find ten presents hidden under the flaps, but they’ll need to watch out for the obstacles along the way - snowy clouds, church spires, and flocks of flying geese - and help the sleigh get back to the North Pole in time for Christmas!

Rachel Bright & Jim Field | The Gecko And The Echo

From the creators of the international bestseller The Lion Inside, The Gecko And The Echo (£12.99 Waterstones) is a flamboyantly fun tropical tale of love, fame, and friendship, and it makes for the perfect Christmas gift. The picture book is about Goldy the gecko who only wants one thing – to be a STAR. On the sunny island Goldy calls home, it’s always The Goldy Show, morning until night. But when you’re dazzled by the limelight, it’s easy to lose sight of the world around you. And when Goldy’s performance starts to go wrong, the little gecko discovers that friendship means so much more than fame. This funny and touching rhyming story is perfect for reading with friends and family.

Mamatoyz | Midilli Rocking Horse

Little tots love toys and if you’re looking for one that will impress parents too, I recommend gifting the Mamatoyz Midilli Rocking Horse (£31.95 buggybaby.co.uk). Suitable from 12 months old, the Midilli Rocking Horse is an ergonomically designed rocking horse made using completely natural beech and poplar materials. Not only is it fun for little ones, but it also improves their balance and movement ability and its simple design, with bright splashes of colour, also encourages creativity skills. The Mamatoyz Midilli Rocking Horse features handles and footrests so that infants can get a firm grip on the toy whilst they play.

Top Tip: the Mamatoyz Midilli Rocking Horse retails for £76, however buggybaby.co.uk, a leading baby and toddler retail service, is selling it for just £31.95.

Belle Enfant | Baby Bath-Time Duo

Belle Enfant is a lifestyle brand built on everyday luxury for babies and children, and its Baby Bath-Time Duo (£45 belleenfant-boutique.com) makes for a great Christmas gift for little ones. The set features the Belle Enfant’s Bain Moussant Gentle Cleansing Bath Foam and Gel Lavant Delicate Wash for Hair & Body, both of which are lightly scented with the brand’s signature orange blossom fragrance. Suitable for use from birth through to childhood and beyond, the duo features hypoallergenic formulas that are free from parabens, silicones, sulphates, and artificial colourants.

Ziggle | Enchanted Forest Bandana Bib Set

The Ziggle Enchanted Forest Bandana Bib Set (£14 ziggle.co.uk) is the perfect present for little dribblers and teething tots. Attaching securely and comfortably, these bandana bibs absorb excess drool whilst feeling super soft against an infant's delicate skin. Machine-washable, each bibs feature a top layer made from 100% cotton and a bottom layer made from super absorbent fleece, helping keep little ones drier for longer! Available in a range of styles and colours, each Ziggle bib set includes four bibs that both mums and little ones are guaranteed to love.

Little Aurelia | Sleep Time Pillow Mist

Little Aurelia’s magical, BioOrganic Sleep Time Pillow Mist (£24 feelunique.com) is a great gift for babies and young children that have trouble winding down. Formulated with a delicate blend of lavender, linden blossom, angelica, chamomile, and rose quartz crystal water, this pillow mist is designed to be spritzed onto either cot bedding, a sleepsuit, or pyjamas. It soothes and calms little ones and helps them drift off into a peaceful, snoozy sleep. The Sleep Time Pillow Mist is dermatologically tested and designed for all skin types, including sensitive.

Hey Duggee Bath Crayons & Wash Mitt Set

For water babies who love spending time in the bath, I recommend the Hey Duggee Bath Crayons & Wash Mitt Set (£10 Tesco). Featuring three bath soap crayons for use on the side of any bath, alongside a mitt to wipe away all bath drawings, this set provides endless fun for all tots at bath time.

Child’s Farm | Festive Bubble Baths

Another great gift for little ones who love bath time is the Child’s Farm Bubble Bath Gingerbread and Bubble Bath Hot Chocolate and Marshmallow (£4.50 Ocado). Not only are these two new limited-edition bubble baths full of festive fragrance, but they are also full of goodness. All Child's Farm products are made with ethically sourced natural and naturally derived ingredients, so you can use them with confidence on even the most sensitive skin.

Katherine Rundell & Sara Ogilvie | The Zebra's Great Escape

Another great book to gift this Christmas is The Zebra's Great Escape (£14.99 Waterstones). This fun picture book focuses on Mink, a girl who doesn't believe in rules and, instead, loves running wild and free. So, when a zebra appears in the square where she lives and she finds out that his parents have been captured by the evil Mr Spit, she knows that it's up to her to help. So begins a grand adventure to rescue a whole menagerie of animals - an adventure that will take all of Mink's courage and determination. Written with generous helpings of warmth and humour, this is a timeless story about bravery, friendship, and the importance of taking action.

Anna Claybourne & Miren Asiain Lora | The Fairy Atlas

For the children that love getting lost in the world of fantasy, I recommend The Fairy Atlas (£14.99 WHSmith), an illustrated guide to the fairy folk of the world. The book features beautifully illustrated maps pinpointing the locations of fairies on every continent, alongside special feature spreads that take a closer look at fairy lore, fairy magic, and rare sightings. From Cornish pixies and Spanish goblins to the forest gnomes of the Congo and the elf-like Veli of Fiji, this lovely book invites all children to escape into the wonderful world of the fairy folk!

M&S | Spencer Bear Hot Water Bottle

You can never go wrong with gifting a toddler a cuddly toy at Christmas time and the ultimate toy to cuddle this year is the M&S Spencer Bear Hot Water Bottle (£19.50 M&S). Making the perfect bedtime companion, this adorable teddy bear is crafted from soft and snuggly faux fur and it features a secure riptape fastening to keep the hot bottle safely in its pouch. Little boys and girls are guaranteed to love it!

HARIBO | Superfan Selection

Practically all children love sweets, so if you’re looking for an affordable present to gift the little one in your life, I recommend the ultimate variety box from HARIBO. The HARIBO Superfan Selection gift box (£19.99 Amazon) brings together much loved Goldbears and Jelly Babies Double Trouble, alongside brand new additions to the HARIBO family, Twin Snakes, Soda Twist Z!ng, and Sour Sparks!

Yoto | Yoto Player

One of the stand-out presents on offer this year is the Yoto Player (£89.99 WHSmith), a screen-free audio player that puts kids in control. Designed for children aged 3 to 12+, the Yoto Player is super easy to use - you just slot audio cards inside of it! There is a growing number of popular audiobooks, music, activities, and educational audio cards to choose from, including Disney Classics, The Gruffalo and Friends, Horrible Histories. There is also a wide range of sleep sounds available to help little ones drift off to the land of nod. Importantly for parents, the Yoto Player doesn’t have a camera or microphone, and it never plays adverts. The player features a pixel display that brings audio to life, an ‘OK-to-wake’ night light and clock, a headphone jack, a magnetic charge dock, and 10 hours of play per charge. It can also be used as a Bluetooth speaker, with audio being played and settings being changed within Yoto’s free app. Finally, Yoto Players can be personalised by dressing them up in different colour Adventure Jackets.

Top Tip: for those setting up a new Yoto Player or Yoto Mini between 1st November and 20th December, you will get a free digital copy of Let's Move Winter Wonderland!

Emma Bridgewater | Personalised Dinosaur Small Mug

A perfect gift for babyccino aficionados and dinosaur enthusiasts this Christmas is the Emma Bridgewater Personalised Dinosaur Small Mug (from £17 emmabridgewater.co.uk). Decorated with colourful dinos, this adorable small mug is perfect for little hands to hold. Made in the UK, the mug can be personalised on the front or back with a maximum of 16 letters (including spaces), and can even be personalised on the base with a maximum of 12 letters (including spaces).

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