Christmas Gift Ideas for Children

29 Nov 2015

A picture of Early Learning Centre Sensory Stacking Rings

Over the past couple of weeks I have shared a few different Christmas gift guides with you all, with a couple more still to go. So far we've covered the best budget-friendly beauty gifts with my top picks of Christmas gift ideas under £15 as well as a few more extra special beauty treats with my favourite Christmas gifts under £30. I've also taken care of scents and tasty food related gifts, with my gift guide on Christmas gifts for the home. Today is the turn of gifts perfect for children, covering toys, books, keepsakes and even beauty sets that are perfect for the little ones in your life, covering newborns to young children.

A picture of Guess How Much I Love You 20th Anniversary Edition Paperback
A picture of Lamaze Octivity Time

Early Learning Centre Sensory Stacking Rings, £10
Although our baby isn't due until January, my partner and I decided to get a few things for baby toy wise, which we can wrap and put under the tree. I think if anything it was just an excuse for us to buy toys, but I also did something similar with my nephew when he was due; he was due in May, but the Christmas before he arrived I bought him a Harrod's bear and popped it under the tree as his first Christmas present and first bear in one! 

One of the things we've picked is a lovely colourful and sensory orientated set of stacking rings. I'm really into sensory themed toys because I think it's incredibly important to entertain children whilst also helping them learn and develop. Each ring in this set has a different text and colour, are teething-friendly and one of the rings even doubles up as a rattle! It'd make a lovely gift for any babies on your Christmas shopping list this Christmas, and not too pricey either.
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Guess How Much I Love You 20th Anniversary Edition Paperback, £5.99
If you caught my Mama's & Papas Baby Haul back in October, you would have spotted the beautiful big Guess How Much I Love You Nutbrown Hare which I ordered for baby Gizmo. The book was always on my 'to-buy' list and I eventually picked it up when I spotted the beautiful 20th Anniversary Edition, which is just so beautifully presented whilst still being true to the original theme and design of this classic read. I can't wait to read this with baby as they snuggle their hare, and I think it'd be a perfect gift to give to any expectant mamas, babies or children if your life who enjoy reading.  
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Lamaze Octivity Time, £16.95
Another sensory orientated toy we picked for baby to go under our tree this year, I am so obsessed with Lamaze toys and would genuinely buy the whole range if I could afford every single one they do. The Octivity Time one was worth the splurge for us because not only is it huge, but there is a huge variety of textures, colours, sounds and features which is going to be perfect for baby. This would make a really fantastic gift and would definitely provide a lot of entertainment and fun! 
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A picture of Insect Lore Butterfly Garden
A picture of Winnie-the-Pooh Baby Days Hardback Record Book
A picture of Early Learning Center Blossom Farm Clarence Cow Jiggler

Insect Lore Butterfly Garden, £13.18
When I spotted this I thought it looked like such a fun gift to give and would be something you could each for many years to come, a great gift for children but one that gets all the family involved! A great way to experience and learn about nature first hand, this Butterfly Garden comes with a gift voucher for you to send off and in return you'll receive 5 real caterpillars which you can feed and watch grow inside the Butterfly Garden, before they form their chrysalis and emerge as beautiful butterflies for you to safely release into the wild! This one is going to my nephew and I think he'll really love it, and I can't wait to see him learning more about the transition from hungry caterpillars to Painted Lady butterflies! I would have loved something like this when I was younger, what about you?
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Winnie-the-Pooh Baby Days Hardback Record Book, £13.76
If you have any friends or family members who are expecting their very own 'bundle of joy' then this would make a lovely gift that would double up as a keepsake for their baby, as well as present for the parents to be! I'd been on the hunt for the perfect baby record book for absolutely ages and after much shopping around, this was by far my favourite - as well as one of the most reasonably priced ones, too! 
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Early Learning Center Blossom Farm Clarence Cow Jiggler, £6
Surprise surprise, another one for baby! This one is suitable from birth and can be attached to your pram, car seat or even a playmat if you have extra hooks. Again another fab sensory option, it includes a teething ring with a pull-down cord that makes Clarence Cow 'jiggle' back up, with a mirror and different textures. Super colourful, very budget-friendly, it'd make the perfect addition to a newborn stocking this Christmas.
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A picture of Child's Farm Little Essentials Kit

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A picture of Neal's Yard Remedies Mother & Baby Organic Collection

A picture of Neal's Yard Remedies Mother & Baby Organic Collection

Child's Farm Little Essentials Kit*, £7.99
A lovely little gift set featuring the award-winning best selling products from Child's Farm; a brand whose products are suitable for sensitive and eczema prone skin, dermatologically tested and paediatrician approved, natural and skin-loving, child-friendly ingredients. The Little Essentials Kit includes 4 products each 50ml in size; Hair & Body Wash, Hair Detangler, 3-in-1 Swim and Moisturiser, all in a handy waterproof and re-sealable bag. Suitable for newborns onwards, this makes such a lovely budget-friendly gift and would be particularly lovely for any friends or family who have started their little'uns on swimming lessons, as it covers everything they'd need for 'on-the-go' body care at the swimming pool or anyone jetting off on holiday soon!
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Dinosaur Ultimate Sticker Book, £3.99
Sticker books - and also colouring books - make incredibly easy but really fun stocking fillers. They never 'go out of fashion' and you can get them with so many different themes, so you can find the perfect one for any age, any gender, any interests going! Something like this is also really great if you're on a tight budget this Christmas and need to get a few people sorted gifts wise, without breaking the bank.
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Neal's Yard Remedies Mother & Baby Organic Collection*, £45
Last but not least and actually the gift I am most excited about in my gift guide for children, the beautifully presented Mother & Baby Organic Collection from skin-loving, cruelty-free organic wonder that is Neal's Yard Remedies. It features 7 Neal's Yard Remedies products in total, 3 specifically for mums, 3 specifically for baby's and 1 which could be used for either. There's a 20g Baby Balm, 100ml Baby Bath & Shampoo, 50ml Pure Baby Oil, 50g Mothers Balm, 50ml Mothers Massage Oil, 100ml Mothers Bath Oil and an Organic Cotton Flannel. Really excited to start using the mother's products and I can't wait to see what baby thinks to the baby products included once they are here! This would be lovely for any friends or loved ones who are currently expecting or who have just welcomed a little one into the world. I have a more in-depth review of this lovely set coming in December, so keep those eyes peeled!

Honorary mention
A beautiful gift which hadn't arrived in time for me to photograph my gift guides, but one I had to mention as it would make an incredibly thoughtful gift for expectant mama's and their baby's, is the Blooming Lovely Pretty Silver Bola Necklace which I featured earlier in the week!

Do you have any children to buy for this Christmas?

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