I’m not sure about your kids, but in our house the stockings are our favourite part of Christmas Day. We all pile onto our bed, and I usually nip downstairs to make tea and coffee in the hope that the coffee waft will wake Chris up enough at whatever insane hour they (I) wake up.
We try and make them a bit fun and silly as a nice way to start the day. Now that our eldest is an adult, the kids know that Father Christmas no longer fills his stocking, and that it’s us that fill it full of funny bits and bobs.
Here are some great finds that will put a smile on your kids faces, big and small.
This year has been pretty awful for many of us in many ways, so Christmas is the perfect time to show the women in your life how much you care by buying the perfect gift. I’ve been scouring local, independent and small businesses from around the UK and have found some absolute gems for all the women in your lives.
Pivot – handcrafted jewellery like these Eclipse Earrings made from Brass can be bought from Pivot, a social enterprise that empowers people experiencing homelessness to pivot their lives by designing, making and selling jewellery.
We’re not long out of the baby stage and into full on Toddler fun and tantrums. Two is my absolute favourite age as everything is new and amazing to them. It’s the perfect age to introduce role play toys and promote a bit of independent play.
Having looked through many businesses, I feel that we’re a bit spoilt for choice so here are a few of the vast gorgeous toys and gifts that I found.
Men are so difficult to buy for! Each birthday and Christmas I find it really difficult to buy for Chris and like most men, he’s rubbish at giving away any suggestions. We seem to have developed our own little family thing of putting together a ‘Goody Bag’ of all of his favourite snacks, treats and drinks which is our own version of pants and socks.
Nobody wants to buy a present for the sake of buying, so here are some amazing ideas from businesses either local to us in Exeter or available to buy online.
Fantastic Non-toy Christmas Gifts for Children. Hands up if after Christmas you could do with an extension just to fit in all the new Stuff that the kids get.
It’s lovely that friends and family natural want to buy something as a gift at Christmas time but does it always have to be a physical thing?
Here is a list of alternative Non-toy Gifts that you can buy or recommend for friends and family to buy for your little ones.
1. Cinema Gift Cards
These are ideal for older children and will give them something to look forward to do with their friends.
The possibilities are endless. This could be for swimming lessons, gymnastics, trampolining, ballet, football, cricket, badminton, tennis. I could go on…..
3. Concert or gig tickets
Surprise the teen with tickets to their favourite band.
4. Theme Park Tickets
These don’t have to just be for older children. These could be for the smalls for places like Peppa Pig World or Cbeebies Land and make a great family day out.
5. Sports Events Tickets
Do your children have a favourite football, rugby or cricket team. These are likely to go down a storm and could double us a joint father son present.
You can never have too many books, especially for bedtime story reading. We love books and could probably open our own library, but we always welcome more.
7. Tickets for local activities
Petting zoos, Farms, Swimming, Indoor play areas, Crazy Golf and activity parks. Whatever activities your children are into these will be great when you don’t have any plans. Even better, you could buy an annual membership.
Both of ours at 4 and 15 have an interest in clothes and are quite particular about what they wear. The 4 year old likes sparkles, pretties and skirts or dresses that are swishy and the 15 year old is particular about the brands that he wears. Makes an ideal gift for any age.
9. Paint your own Pottery
We have a lovely place near us where you can sign up for a class such as jewellery making, canvas painting or pottery painting. All the materials are included and you come away with your creation.
10. A Camera or Video Camera
All kids young and older would like this as a gift. My daughter has one which also has themes such as moustaches and big ears or backgrounds to the pictures taken. It’s fun to do as well.
11. Magazine subscriptions
This is an ideal present for everybody from pre-schoolers to your in-laws.
12. A watch
Help them to learn the time which is a useful and essential life skill as well as a great accessory.
13. A Journal or Diary
Not something that I’ve ever done, but I do have a bit of a thing for gorgeous notebooks.
14. Recipes and ingredients
Write or print out a recipe and put together the ingredients. You could even include some utensils or an apron.
15. Craft Supplies
The possibilities are endless with anything from chalk, paint, glitter, card, paper, coloured pipe cleaners. Collect loads of bits and bobs and put them together as a bit of a craft treasure trove. We have loads of Kids Craft Ideas which you could do together.
16. Musical instruments
Have the kids been begging to learn something. The cost of these dependent on the instrument can be pricey so would make an ideal gift.
17. itunes voucher
Are you forever paying for music or apps like us. A voucher of all amounts would be a great gift for a teenager.
Put together your own little coupons with things written on them such as shopping trip, baking session, craft session for your little ones to cash in. Great for rainy days.
DVD’s are ideal for watching together. Wrap them with some cinema style snacks and snuggle down to watch together.
Set up a bank account or give them the cash to do what they please with. Sometimes for older kids this could be to go towards something expensive such as the latest games console, phone or other bit of technology that takes their fancy.
If you have great non-toy Christmas gift ideas of your own, feel free to pop a comment.