Emma turned seven last weekend, she had a blast and enjoyed the whole countdown to her special day but this almost seems like a distant memory now with Christmas now fast approaching (“Only six weeks now, mummy!“).
If your child is as laid back as mine when it comes to presents, then this gift guide is going to relieve some of the anxiety, the things I have included in this guide have all been tried and tested by Emma and given a resounding five star rating!
First of all, clothes! I like getting Emma clothes for Christmas, they are a sure way to keep her warm and pretty over the coming months.
So, my first suggestion it either a winter suit or a rain suit from Tiny Trolls of Norway. I have written last winter about their amazing winter suits and this autumn, they were very kind and sent us one of their beautiful and truly waterproof rain suits to review.
“The Gauken rain set is an Oeko-Tex certified product which means that it has been tested thoroughly for harmful substances. It is made from PU material which makes this garment hard wearing yet soft and comfortable to wear, perfect for active children. The jacket and trousers have a soft brushed lining and taped seams for extra water protection. The jacket has a removable hood and the neck is lined with soft fleece for added comfort against delicate skin. The Mummitroll rain trousers have removable foot straps. Both our jacket and trousers have been designed with reflective detailing for added safety. This rain set is available in 4 fantastic colour combinations.”
Last year, I had mixed comments about the pricing but, market research done, they do come within the same price bracket as most high quality snow and rain suits out there. The rain suit sells for £69.99 and the winter suit sells for £109.99. They are worth every penny, in my opinion, as they come bigger than the average UK clothing product so they can easily last for several years. They are extremely durable as well, so can be passed on to siblings or friends.
Going from outdoors to occasion wear, another brand we loved working with and sent us another beautiful item to review is Roco Clothing. This month, they were appointed as exclusive distributors for Paisley of London and generously sent us the most gorgeous Layla party dress, absolutely perfect for that Christmas Day meal and photos.
The dress is a dream, the material feels luxurious and sits extremely well, even after having travelled in the post.
The best bit is the pricing, for such a beautiful occasion dress, you don’t need to dig too deep, as it sells for only £34.99. Do check the link I included above, the collection features a number of beautiful, girly dresses, which will cater for every princess dream and taste.
Next thing I’m going to suggest gifting this Christmas are dolls with a difference. Again, we have written about the child-body proportionate Lottie dolls before and I was delighted when the brand decided to send Emma a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) doll bundle as part of our Brand Ambassador collaboration.
I know I have jumped from princess dresses to science and technology but to me, those two should not be separated in a girl’s mind, just like church and state should not have ever been separated in history.
A girl can wear thrills and bows on pretty dresses AND have an inquisitive mind, all at the same time.
Anyway, I have documented my admiration for the Lottie dolls and the company here.
The dolls retail at £19.99 per item and clothing can be bought separately on site.
I also have the same bundle of STEM goodies from the same company to be won this November so keep your eyes peeled, I will be adding the giveaway on the blog shortly. Just the perfect gift to add under the tree on Christmas Day for a very lucky little girl!
Of course, I need to move on now to what I love most gifting: books!
Our house is coming down with them but every time I hear or see a good book for Emma, I have to buy it!
Emma always gets gift vouchers for her birthday from a friend with as much a love for book as ours. This is how I know that Waterstones have at the moment a 25% off Christmas books and gifts offer, so do benefit from the generous discount and buy the kiddies those adorable Christmas stories.
Last but not least, I wholeheartedly recommend games for children this age. Emma was sent two of the new Megableu games this season and has loved playing with them both with us and with her friends, when they visit.
Again, I chose her games carefully when given the chance by the company as I wanted Emma to have that balance between girly and silly. I think I did achieve it when choosing two of the very popular games:
One is about gentile princesses dancing at the ball, a tad competitive since they all try to win the graces of the dancing prince but very civil, all in all.
The second one, the Giraf’Fun, well, it is all about bodily functions and giraffes pooping fruit balls 🙂 but it has proves as popular, if not more, with Emma as the Enchanted Ball game.
The games sell on Amazon for around £14 each and are well worth the festive fun!
Hope you have found this post useful. I’m still to decide what to get Emma this year so please feel free to add your suggestions in comments!
Disclaimer: we were sent the above items for the purpose of reviewing. All opinions expressed are truthful and entirely our own.