Little dude's just celebrated a birthday. The playroom is rammed of toys of all shapes and sizes, he's a very lucky boy. I've had a clear out of some old toys to make room, selling on local Facebook selling sites and others donated to charity.
Sat down with Mr G chatting about Christmas gift ideas for the little ones, and if they really NEED more toys. I've spent so much time on the internet I'm losing all sense of direction, could get them, this, this and this, And or this instead of that. We all want to give them a magical Christmas morning, I remember opening the Girls World I'd be pining over for months all those years ago still now. But this Christmas might be more about filling in the gaps that would link different toys together, encourage their creativity as well as something they can enjoy together as siblings that's equally exciting. It isn't easy.
A few chats with some chums later, with a nod to the super stylish Bleubird and her ridiculously cool blog I felt inspired to do my own take on her featured posts 'Want, Need, Wear, Read' for the little ones this Christmas to keep that shopping list under control.
My Picks for the boy's …
Our little dude is in awe of all things wildlife, especially those that roam under the sea. I'd love to take him to London Aquarium, let him choose anything from the gift shop and then out for some delicious dinner, really spoil him, a day just with Mummy. We could do with that time together, making memories over the Christmas break. A gift doesn't need to be in a box with those pesky cable ties, even when they're small.
This boy is growing like something from the little shop of horrors! And what's Christmas if there's no new cosy pyjamas? This toasty Moose print set from The Little White Company are beautifully soft, prices starting at £20.
I get his hi tops from H&M, at only £5.99 for canvas, or £12.99 for the leather, I'll get him a couple of colours and if he scuffs them or gets paint on them at pre school, it's no big deal. They're easy for him to put on himself (elastic laces) and in a huge range of colours, I can't rate them highly enough.
Paired with these Schwings ,approx £12.00 incl delivery, how awesome are those bland hi tops now!! Based in the states, there are some UK stockists, Alex and Alexa being one, but for the full range …. That's well worth taking a look at you should absolutely visit their website.
He would LOVE these!
Cissy Wears has some gorgeous books in stock at the moment, I love buying books as gifts for the little ones friends. At only £4.99 this one will make a perfect stocking filler for our little man who, since his birthday talks non stop about just HOW big he is now he's 4.
And for the girl's …
Ok, to clarify, she is only 20 months, but she definitely told me in no uncertain terms how much she'd LOVE this play house from Luckyboysunday … Tee he he…. If however at £290 Santa fancies a smaller price tag, the play tent from Ferm Living, £114 available at Little Seeds is a suitably gorgeous alternative, that packs away to nothing to save space. I'd fill it with gorgeous cushions, blankets and toys. An idyllic hideaway when the snow sets in.
I'm in the process of taking little lady's room from a nursery to a gorgeous space for her to grow into. She's in need of some new bedding, this Marcel duvet set will be a great starting point, £94.00 from Alex and Alexa.
They can never have enough sweaters, I'd like to get this Emile Et Ida £31.00 from Scandinavian Minimall a little larger, slouchy on her now with her DM boots, perhaps a loose belt. Fast forward to next winter she'd still be rocking it in the more traditional jumper sense. £31.00 well spent, I say.
Another gorgeous book, available from Cissy Wears, she has many from this range, a fantastic way to introduce your little ones to the classics, the illustrations are to die for… We have the copy of Alice In Wonderland, it's stunning. This copy of Wuthering Heights at £5.99 will be a great one to add to the book shelf.
I Hope this has given you a little food for thought and some direction should you have been going around in circles in the Christmas shopping frenzy.
Tweet me your Wants, Needs, Wear and Reads, for you and your little ones.
Happy Christmas Shopping you lovely lot.