I’ve already written a Christmas gift guide for myself (hopefully hubby’s had a look!) but I’ve been thinking about what I want to buy the girls in my family. I normally don’t struggle to buy for my mum etc, but in case you are struggling here’s some ideas for Christmas gifts, to help you out.
Little Lamb was very lucky this Christmas and received some lovely gifts from his friends and family. Of course some have become favourites, like with all kids he plays with a few toys over and over, then moves on to another when he gets bored. Here is a few the gifts he received which he has played with constantly since Christmas day. If you are looking for a gift for a 18+ month old (Lamb is 21 months), then I highly recommend these.
The Tomy Aquadoodle is pure genius. Lamb is obsessed with colouring. I don’t go a day without him asking for ‘colouring’. However, he’s bored of crayons – they don’t make a strong enough mark on the page. He loves a biro. Which puts mummy’s OCD into overdrive when I’m hovering over him making sure he doesn’t get a pen mark on the sofa/carpet/table. The Aquadoodle is the answer to my prayers. He thinks he’s using a pen, can scribble as much as he wants and as the pen is made up of water, he can draw on pretty much anything and won’t leave a mark! Priced at around £20, it’s not as cheap as paper and pens (obviously), but is definitely worth the investment.
We really wanted to get Lamb a table and chairs for Christmas as he has outgrown his highchair. To be honest, I can’t remember the last time we used it! He feels trapped and frustrated, so after seeing him enjoy sitting at his own table at nursery and toddler group, we decided to get one at home and let him eat and play on his ‘big boy chair’. What a good decision that was! He absolutely loves it! Whenever he eats or drinks I ask him to sit on his chair and he does, with no protesting! There are plenty of children’s table and chairs available, at a wide variety of prices, but we didn’t want to spend much so opted for this crayon themed set. It was easy to assemble and is very sturdy (mummy and daddy can even sit on the chairs!) It retails around £30. Thanks to Jaxsons Grandad for his favourite new place to sit!
If you don’t already know, Mummy Bear loves to research and find the best reviewed products. You can always rely on her to buy you something you may not have seen before and that’s usually a little quirky. Well, Mummy Bear strikes again! This ‘You Hue Colouring Writing Table’ by B (one of my fave toy brands) is one of my favourite gifts Lamb received this year. As I’ve already mentioned, Lamb loves colouring so has pretty much used this every day since he opened it! This is perfect for us to take around with us and gives him the opportunity to sit quietly and colour if we are somewhere that doesn’t offer him other toys to play with. When he is a little older he will also be able to use it in the car, which will be amazing for long journeys. The table comes with a set of fun coloured chunky pens each with their own quirky name. This is very much a Mummy Bear product! If you are ever looking for a gift for a baby or toddler, I highly recommend looking at the brand B.
Lamb has a bit of an obsession with Toy Story at the mo. He shouts Buzz at everything he sees that’s related to the film. He even recognises the song ‘You’ve got a friend in me’ when we play his Disney album in the car! My brother (also a big fan of Toy Story) bought him a Mr Potato Head Fun Tub for Christmas. Once again, as Lamb opened his present to reveal Mr Potato Head he yelled Buzz at the top of his voice. There’s nothing more rewarding than watching your child open a present they truly love and want to play with instantly. There are a few Mr Potato Head toys available, but I think the fun tub is ideal for Lambs age. He can mix and match the different attachments, and mummy can tidy them all away safely in the tub when he’s finished! Bliss!
Another current obsession of Lambs is The Gruffalo. We have watched the DVD over and over again, and then some more. It was Christmas 2013 when he received the DVD, book, pjs and big Gruffalo teddy from my mum, so I asked her to do the same this year, but get him The Gruffalo’s Child. Once again a huge success! Lamb has learned all of the animals and is constantly shouting mouse, owl and fox when watching the film. This year he also got a couple of Gruffalo games, like this word rhyming game. Although he is a little young to play properly, he loves mixing up the cards and looking for the ones with the owl on (currently his favourite animal). There are four in total so unless he has all four in his hands he shouts ‘more!’ until he has them all. Games like this are great for learning, not only with animals, but also colours and words.
I could add a few more to this list, but I think I’ll stop at 5! Perhaps I’ll do another post with some more of his christmas gifts as he starts playing with them. One thing I will add is a 21 month old can’t have enough stickers! We have gone through sticker book after sticker book and used up a lot of ‘stick sticks!’ I know Baby Bear has the same love for a sticker.
As Lamb’s 2nd Birthday is only 3 months away, I’d love to know what your recommended toddler toys or gifts are. Feel free to comment below and leave any links to posts you have done so I can start writing his birthday wish list!
Christmas this year will be like no other. We’ve had a very busy schedule and poor Lamb has been in the middle of all of it.
Friday 19th December: Dinner with Joes friends. Lamb stayed at Grandma’s house.
Saturday 20th December: Final day of wedding preparations. I picked up my dress and wedding cake (which meant dragging Lamb around town). Lamb was dropped off at Grandma’s (again) and I stayed the night at Vicky’s with the bridesmaids before the big day!
Sunday 21st December: Our wedding day! Lamb was at Grandma’s until around 11:30am. Joe picked him up and drove him to the venue (where I was already getting ready). Unfortunately Lamb was poorly on our wedding day. He had a cold and was very unsettled. During our ceremony we had to pass him to Joe’s parents while we said our vows and he wasn’t happy about this! The poor guy had spent two nights away from us and was feeling very attached to mummy and daddy! We had Lamb in our bed the night of the wedding. Personally, I felt so guilty for leaving him with Joe’s mum so much before the wedding, I really wanted sleepy cuddles with him! The bed was huge, I mean seriously huge. So there was plenty of room for the 3 of us!
Monday 22nd December: After breakfast at the venue we went to Joe’s parents house for a family gathering and an early Christmas buffet. Around 3pm Joe and I set off for Cambridge on our ‘mini moon’ – without Lamb. Yep, he stayed at Grandma’s one more night. I actually had a tear in my eye leaving him this time. He wasn’t happy to watch us drive away. 5 minutes after we left Joe’s sister sent us a photo of Lamb playing and he was totally fine – and relax.
Tuesday 23rd December: Joe and I spent a lovely day shopping in Cambridge. It was my first time there and I absolutely loved it – it’s like walking around Hogwarts! I have to be honest, it was really nice to spend some quality time together after the wedding (baby free). Due to Joe being made redundant and starting his career again next year we decided not to go on a honeymoon. We need to save every penny to pay bills while Joe is retraining. So a night away was our little treat to ourselves to celebrate our marriage. We left Cambridge around 2:30pm and got to Joe’s parents at 4pm. Today was Joe’s sisters birthday so I spent the event with her and our girlfriends eating pizza and gossiping like we have done every year since we’ve know each other!
Wednesday 24th December: Due to a very busy year of planning the wedding, Joe and I decided against Christmas presents this year. That was until we were overwhelmed with wedding gifts and cards and decided we had to buy gifts for everyone. So Christmas Eve was spent shopping. Joe met his friends in the pub, we had some lunch, and off I went shopping again. I have to say, at this point Christmas became seriously stressful for me. If you don’t already know, I’m a perfectionist and hate being unorganised, and this year was my most unorganised Christmas yet!
Thursday 25th December: When Lamb was born Joe and I decided we would make sure he woke up in his own bed on Christmas morning. We want to make sure we give ourselves those precious few hours of quality family time and get to watch Lamb open his gifts with no disturbances. Last year he was a little young to open his gifts, but this year was totally magical. At lunch time we drove to Joe’s parents, opened a few more gifts then jumped in the cars and drove to his Uncle’s where we were having Christmas dinner.
Friday 26th December: We spend Boxing Day morning with Joe’s family. Joe’s Uncle had a lovely big house so Lamb has loads of fun when he’s there. He can run, run, run!! After lunch we drove home to have a second Christmas dinner with my brother and sister-in-law and their kiddies.
So that was our busy Christmas! I thought I’d write a brief diary style blog post of our antics as so much has happened! Of course I will be writing more detail posts about both the wedding and our Christmas so look out for these posts if you’re keen to hear more!
This is probably one of the easiest posts I’ve done to date. Picking my favourite pieces from Next for Little Lambs #NextmasWishlist – easy! There are so many lovely christmassy bits to choose from, however narrowing it down wasn’t so easy!
I love Next children’s clothing. The quality is amazing. I particularly like their jeans, T-shirts and sleepsuits. I always go back for these particular items. Their coats are also fab.
I decided to pick Lamb his very own festive outfit and put together a collage of exactly how he might look wearing it. I have to be honest, I’ve searched for the T-shirt and trousers, but unfortunately both are currently out of stock (sad face). I’m secretly hoping a christmas elf sneaks them under the tree for Lamb…
Here is what I chose for Lamb…
- Star Beanie
- Snowman T-shirt
- Check Trousers
- Reindeer Booties
So above is Lambs #NextmasWishlist. But what’s on mine? I’ve decided to choose myself some snuggly nightwear to go on my #NextmasWishlist and here is what I want to find in my stocking this year…
Have you got a #NextmasWishlist? I’d love to see what bits you chose.
It’s only 6 weeks until Christmas and we aren’t prepared at all. With all the wedding planning, I’ve totally neglected Christmas. I’m hoping to do everything last minute once I feel the wedding stuff is under control.
Last year Lamb was too young to know what Christmas is, this year he still doesn’t know but is at the age to appreciate the bright lights, happy music and exciting gifts under the tree. So Joe and I are going to do our best to put the excitement of being newly weds to one side so we can give lamb the Christmas he deserves.
This includes decorating the house. I love things that light up. There’s nothing more Christmassy than sitting in your cosy pjs watching Elf with lights in your windows, on your tree and around the fireplace.
When we were given the opportunity to review a product form the Christmas range at Led Hut, I was more than happy to get involved. Maybe this will give me the kick up the bum I need to start organising Christmas too.
I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing, but the Christmas light arrived while I was at work so Daddy Lamb decided to open my parcel and put the light up himself. Being a little ditzy he thought the light was for Lambs bedroom (we are currently re organising it) and decided to hang it up in his room!
I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised when I got home! The comet light isn’t overly Christmassy, so we are able to use it all year round. We get the impression Lamb is a little afraid of the dark, so having extra lighting in his room (that won’t keep him awake) is really beneficial.
I think it looks fab as a wall light, and when we decide to put the Christmas decorations up, around 2 weeks before Christmas, we will move it into his bedroom window for the neighbours to see!
The comet light retails at £9.99, which is really good value. What I love about this light is it’s double sided, so you can put it in your window and both yourself and your neighbours can benefit from the bright lights! It can be displayed in many different ways and comes with a loop that makes it perfect to hang on the wall, from fittings, on your door or even in the tree.
Until Christmas this light will be staying on Little Lambs wall as I think it looks fab there!
Are you all prepared for Christmas?
* I was sent this product free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion and review