A Peninsula ChristmasI confess I wasn’t sure what was at Greenwich Peninsula when we were invited down for the morning on Saturday to experience A Peninsula Christmas, meet Father Christmas and indulge in some festive crafts but, as it turned out, there was all sorts going on and we stayed for hours!

A Peninsula Christmas

A Peninsula Christmas is a three week long Christmas festival ( 3-22 Dec) put on by the people who started Wilderness Festival.  It is described as “Eclectic festive wonders wrapped up by the Thames for everyone who hasn’t grown up yet”, and I think they’ve got that just right. There’s all sorts going on both day and night, and I imagine that at night it’s even more atmospheric. There’s music, dance, theatre, poetry, and, on my list for this Saturday at 6pm, the Sea Shanty Christmas Choir.

A Peninsula Christmas

Santa’s Grotto of Wonderment was really well done and we are 100% sure that WE saw the real father christmas, he was definitely not an impostor like all of those other charlatans running around in red costumes. We were enchanted by Storystock, who read us Christmas tales and got us in the festive mood with costumes and crackers and then made the most of the glorious, if freezing, weather, by taking a ride on the Emirates Air Lines cable car over the Thames.

A Peninsula Christmas

A Peninsula ChristmasA Peninsula ChristmasThere’s a Christmas market with a number of interesting food stalls, and having decided on an ostrich burger and some churros we headed to the Tepee Snug Bar for a drink, where we sat round the open pit fire and warmed ourselves with a mulled wine.

A Peninsula ChristmasA Peninsula ChristmasA Peninsula ChristmasA Peninsula ChristmasA Peninsula ChristmasA Peninsula ChristmasOur luck was in as the Coca-Cola Christmas Truck was also at Greenwich Peninsula for the day, so in the spirit of Christmas everyone had their own can of Coke (it was a small one but in hindsight that’s really no excuse, the kids couldn’t believe their luck!!), danced and were merry and we headed off home full of sugar and festive cheer.

A Peninsula Christmas

The line up for the next few weeks looks really interesting and great fun, so if you’re in London and trying to avoid Winter Wonderland, why don’t you try Winter Wonderment instead!  For more details head on over to the A Peninsula Christmas website.

Disclosure: My sister Jen and her family (Hello Baby’s London representatives!) were guests of the Greenwich Peninsula for the purpose of this review, however all opinions, photos and views are entirely ours. 

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WOW Toys giveaway

We are huge fans of WOW toys in our household and have a growing number of their bright, colourful toys in the play room. Designed for pre-schoolers with some toys suitable from 12 months, WOW toys are safe, durable (they withstand the most heavy handed toddler!) and thankfully don’t require batteries to make them work.

In the run up to Christmas, the lovely people at WOW Toys have provided me with the new London range, as featured in my Christmas gift guide for toddlers including London Bus Leo, London Taxi Ted and The Palace Guards to give away to one of my lucky readers.

London Bus Leo (£14.99) //

Not only is London Bus Leo a friction-powered vehicle, it also doubles up as a shape sorter, offering the opportunity to learn shapes and colours. London Bus Leo is an 8 piece set including 1 motorised London bus, 1 figure and 6 shapes and can help with sensory stimulation, fine motor skill development, social interaction, role-play and exploration.

Taxi Ted (£12.99) //

Taxi Ted is another friction-powered vehicle which is perfect for smaller hands. Little ones can place the driver (Tommy) up front and his tourist passenger (Zoe) in the back of this cute cab by pushing the ‘WOW magic button’ to open the roof.

The Palace Guards (£9.99)//

This five piece set features a Queen’s Guard, a Life Guard a horse and sentry box, and a beefeater. Brilliantly all the figures can be played with independently in their own little sets, or used with the vehicles thanks to them all being the same size.

For your chance to win the WOW Toys new London range, comment on this blog post telling me who you’d like to win the toys for AND fill in the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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Does your Christmas present list contain a toddler or two? Is the answer is yes, this toddler-centric gift guide hopefully has something they’ll love.  Whether you’re buying for a little girl or little boy, this roundup covers everything from stocking fillers to investment buys.

Christmas gift ideas for toddlers

1 // Mint Mini Jelly Bag, £6.50

Perfect for little hands, this super cute jelly bag from Sun Jellies is ideal for your toddler to cart around all their essentials. They come in a variety of colours including yellow and pink and this mint one is firmly on my shopping list for Phoebe, the accessories lover!

2 // LEGO DUPLO Disney Junior Sofia the First Magical Carriage 10822 Set, £22.50

Disney Junior’s Sofia the First fans will love creating adventures in Sofia’s Magical Carriage pulled by her flying horse, Minimus the Great. Have a woodland tea party with Whatnaught the squirrel near his revolving tree, then help Sofia find the magical book hidden in the secret library.

3 // LeapFrog LeapReader Junior Scout Book Pal, £15.99

LeapFrog’s LeapReader Junior Scout Book Pal is a brilliant introduction to reading for your toddler. By simply touching the book pal to the specially printed page of a LeapReader Junior board book, your little one can hear the story text, songs, engaging sound effects or open-ended questions to encourage them to continue to explore. With 24 activities and 150 responses or more in most books, children can spend hours playing and learning. LeapReader Junior is appropriate for children ages 1 to 4 years.

4 // SmartMax Magnetic Discovery – Start Plus, £29.99

SmartMax allows children to explore the fascinating world of magnetism in a safe way. The options for play are endless and the SmartMax would make a wonderful gift as it not only stimulates creativity and imagination, but it also helps develop problem solving and logical thinking.

5 // Sofia Skater Dress, £28

I’m a huge Frugi fan, so when I saw this gorgeous skater dress with its ‘Forest Friends’ Christmassy print,  it just had to make the list. Made from super soft organic cotton, this dress is perfect for layering over leggings or tights for a pretty yet practical outfit!

6 // Skip Hop Zoo Butterfly Backpack, £22

We are huge fans of Skip Hop in the Oakes household and this Butterfly Backpack is no exception. With its comfy padded straps that slip easily onto little shoulders, this super cute backpack will go down a storm with your pink-loving toddler.

7 // Rockahula Mini Leopard Glitter Bow Clips, £5

These gorgeous leopard glitter bow clips will make the the perfect stocking filler for your little lady.

8 // GLTC Play Shop and Theatre, £145

We bought a GLTC Play Shop and Theatre for Phoebe’s 2nd birthday and I have to say, it’s been one of the best investments we’ve made on the toy front. She plays with it every single day without fail and her and Jack happily spend hours ‘playing shop’ and putting on shows.

9 // Peppa Pig Party Time Race Game, £8.99

A brilliant game for Peppa fans, Peppa Pig Party Time Race Game is an adaptation of the classic Snakes & Ladders format, with an exciting twist. This Peppa Pig board game allows children to race against each other in a bid to be the first to arrive at Suzy Sheep’s party with the invitation card, whilst avoiding several distraction spaces and losing the invitation to opponents along the way. The game is a great way to help children develop numeracy and social-play skills, whilst being fun and entertaining.

10 // Mr Tumble’s Christmas Party, £9.99

Everyone enjoys a sing along at Christmas and children are no exception. Thankfully CBeebies favourite, Mr Tumble, has released an album full of much-loved classic Christmas songs, with a Mr Tumble twist of course! Including classics such as Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Jingle Bells and Frosty the Snowman, Mr Tumble’s Christmas Party is ideal for getting the whole family in the mood for Christmas.

11 // Personalised Dinosaur Name Sticker, From £2.14

If your toddler is dinosaur obsessed, why not give them a fun dinosaur themed bedroom with help from this super cute Brachiosaurus dinosaur wall sticker. Fantastic quality and very easy to install, it can be applied to any smooth, non-porous surface such as painted walls, glass, metal and plastic.

If dinosaurs aren’t flavour of the month, Tenstickers have over 6500 designs to choose from so you’ll be totally spoilt for choice.

12 // Blue George Pig Christmas Pyjama Set, £12 (Currently £9 in the sale)

Featuring a long-sleeved top and cuffed bottoms, this Blue George Pig Christmas Pyjama Set will become a favourite in your toddler’s pyjama collection.

13 // Flip a Zoo Elephant/Tiger Soft Toy, £19.99

This two-in-one cuddly soft toy is brilliant for big cuddles at home or on the go. It’s an ingenious design that provides two soft toys in one; you simply grab and flip to change Emma Elephant to Theodore Tiger and back! In addition to this elephant/tiger combo, there are numerous other designs to choose from including a unicorn/dragon soft toy, cat/mouse soft toy and a husky/polar bear soft toy.

14 // WOW Toys London Range, From £9.99

We are huge WOW Toys fans and I adore the new London range of toys featuring London Bus Leo (£14.99), London Taxi Ted (£12.99) and The Palace Guards (£9.99). As with all WOW toys, no batteries are required, and they are colourful and durable for even the most heavy handed toddler.

On a seperate note, I’ve teamed up with WOW Toys to offer one lucky winner the chance to win all three items, so keep your eyes peeled for the giveaway to go live tomorrow night!

15 // John Lewis Wooden Mini Guitar Toy, £15

It’s never too early to instil a love of making music in your little ones, and this mini guitar is just the ticket. Perfectly-sized for little hands, this musical treat will add rhythm to your child’s play time, and enable them to create all sorts of acoustic masterpieces!

16 // Pretty Pearl Scootaheadz, £14.99

I can’t wait for Phoebs to unwrap his ‘Pretty Pearl’ Scootahead on Christmas morning, she’s going to squeal with delight! Scootaheadz are colourful accessories that make your scooter extra special and inspire little imaginations. The cartoon-like characters attach simply to the t-bar on your scooter and will also attach to some balance bikes and trikes. With 5 fun designs, they are waterproof, easy to clean and make your child’s scooter stand out from the pack.

17 // VTech Toot-Toot Friends Enchanted Princess Palace Play set, £39.99

The Enchanted Princess Palace from VTech is the most exclusive address in the Toot-Toot Friends Kingdom! The turreted palace comes alive when characters connect with 5 MagicPoint locations, encouraging exploration and learning. Princess Darla can hear music playing in the music room and try on regal outfits in the royal dressing room. Her friends enjoy dining by the fountain, playing on the swing and then they leave by the open and close gate, until the next visit to this magical place. This is a truly lovely play set and will keep Phoebe entertained for hours.

18 // The Very Hungry Caterpillar Wooden Alphabet blocks, £16.99

There’s nothing toddlers love more than building towers and knocking them down again! These Very Hungry Caterpillar Wooden Blocks are easy to handle, and feature letters and numbers for an educational aspect.

For some additional inspiration and more Christmas gift ideas for toddlers, check out last year’s Christmas gift ideas too!

What will you be buying the toddlers in your life this Christmas?

Disclosure: Some of the above products were provided for inclusion in this post however all opinions are my own.

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tesco-week-threeWith Christmas looming ever closer, if you’re totally obsessed by Christmas food, like us here at Hello Baby HQ, then it’s never too early to start planning your festive table.

Thankfully you can find everything you need for a fun-filled celebration this Christmas at Tesco and to celebrate, I’m teaming up with Tesco to bring you some brilliant giveaways over the festive period.

So whether you’re organising an intimate family gathering or a large-scale party for your extended family and friends, Tesco have all you need for a fabulous festive feast.

Two weeks ago, I kickstarted the run of festive giveaways with an opportunity to win a 6 month anytime delivery saver (£30).

Tesco Delivery Saver is a subscription based delivery service which enables you to reduce the cost of your supermarket delivery and make big savings over the month. Once you sign up, any order you place at tesco.com/groceries (over £40) will be delivered to your home without incurring delivery charges. And you can do that once per day for every day your plan is valid. The more you shop, the more you save on delivery charges.

Not only will you get unlimited deliveries per month, you will also be able to take advantage of free next day delivery on Tesco Direct and F&F orders over £10 and free next day delivery on Wine By the Case.

Last week’s Christmas giveaway focused on the Chocoholics amongst us, with an opportunity to win 2 boxes of Tesco Finest Safari Print Chocolates.

Inspired by the latest prints on the catwalk, each box includes milk, dark and white chocolates made with Belgian chocolate and deliciously indulgent centres. Created using ingredients from around the world including Pink Himalayan sea salt and Madagascan Vanilla, these delicious chocolates are perfect to wow your friends and family after dinner on Christmas day or to take as a gift when visiting family over the festive season.

Don’t forget all the giveaways end on the same date – 18th December so it’s not too late to enter the giveaways from Weeks One and Two, in addition to the new giveaway below…

 

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This week’s giveaway combines three delicious treats for you to tuck into on Christmas Day. We are offering one lucky winner a Tesco Finest Reveal Dessert, Tesco Finest Christmas Pudding and a Tesco Finest British Cheese Board with Chutney and Biscuits. 

Tesco Finest Reveal Dessert //

A chocolate lovers dream, Tesco’s Finest Reveal Dessert is a dome of dark Belgian chocolate flecked with gold, which hides a delicious surprise. When you pour over the hot caramel sauce, the dome melts to reveal scrumptious chocolate mousse with white chocolate drizzle, popping candy and hazelnuts on a chocolate brownie base.

How delicious does this look?!

In blind taste tests, Tesco Finest Christmas Pudding has proven to be a huge hit thanks to its good mix of fruit and nuts and traditional flavour. Infused with Cider, Amontillado Sherry and Ruby Port, this Christmas Pudding with COURVOISIER will be 12 months matured by Christmas day.

Tesco Finest British Cheese Board with Chutney and Biscuits //

This delicious Cheese Board selection contains savoury biscuits for cheese, fig chutney, red Leicester cheese, soft full fat mould ripened cheese, mature Cheddar cheese, Wensleydale cheese with sweetened dried cranberries and blueberries, full fat soft blue veined cheese and full fat goat’s cheese.

For your chance to win these delicious after-dinner sweet and savoury treats, comment on this blog post answering the following question AND fill in the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

In the song ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ what pudding was asked for?

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Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been sharing my Christmas gift ideas with you to provide a little inspiration for your present buying. First up there was my Christmas gift ideas for bloggers, followed by Christmas gift ideas for him, Christmas gift ideas for babies and new parents and latterly Christmas gift ideas for her.

My penultimate gift guide focuses on Christmas gift ideas for little people…

Christmas gift ideas for little people

1 // Osmo Starter Kit Gaming System for iPad, £60.86

This groundbreaking system encourages creative thinking and social interaction by expanding gameplay beyond the screen. Osmo is a unique learning system which encourages learning through games and physical play and is super simple to use; you just attach the supplied reflector and stand to your iPad and download the App from the Apple App Store to begin. Drawing, word games, puzzles and shapes are all part of the learning through play that means the Osmo is suitable for anyone from 5 to 95!

2 // LeapFrog LeapStart, £34.99

The ‘LeapStart interactive learning system’ is designed to get children ready for their first years at school. There are two devices, one for Preschool children and one for children in their first years of Primary School and both are jam-packed with educational and life skills for curious 2-7 year olds. The system works with a library of replayable activity books that grow with your child and get them excited about mathematics, literacy and phonics, science, problem solving and much more. Read more about it here…

3 // Tabby Cat Onesie, £32.99

This super cute, kids Kigurumi Tabby Cat onesie features a grey and white animal costume with big black stripes and long grey tail and has a cute little face with pink nose, grey stand up ears and red collar. It’s quite possibly the cutest cat costume I’ve ever seen!

4 // George Home Wooden Dolls House, £35

Your little homemaker will love this pretty-as-a-picture pink and cream wooden dolls’ house. Featuring three floors for family fun, it’s a timeless classic that will not only provide hours of entertainment, it will also make a stunning centerpiece in your little princess’ bedroom!

5 // Playmobil 5298 Pirates Ship Skull and Bones Corsair, £24.95

The perfect gift for any little pirate fans, the Playmobil skull and bones corsair features a powerful firing cannon on the side ready to attack any oncoming enemies. The set includes two Playmobil pirates with their weapons and accessories and the corsair not only floats on water, but brilliantly can be upgraded with an underwater motor (5159 not included).

6 // Num Noms Lip Gloss Truck Playset, £24.99

Your little one can make their own flavoured lip gloss with this Num Noms playset. All you have to do is pick your flavour, mix in sprinkles, blend together and swirl out the lip gloss into a sundae container like an ice cream! This tasty Num Noms playset comes with a pink ice cream shop to showcase their creations.

7 // Sooty’s Mischief and Magic Set, £19.98

Perfect for budding magicians, this set features a Sooty hand puppet with magic wand, colour changing hanky and whoopee cushion. Plus there’s a booklet full of even more mischief and magic!

8 // Little Tikes Tyre Racers, £9.99

What’s not to love about kid-powered racers! All they have to do is rev the tyres forward and let them go to race and chase after! There’s a whole variety to choose from including a motorcycle, sports car, monster truck and race car but which is the fastest? They’ll want to collect them all to find out!

9 // My First Baby Annabell I Care for You Doll, £23.09

Phoebe is obsessed with dolls at the moment, hence why I’ve added two different ones in this guide. This adorable Baby Annabell combines a range of realistic features with a’ Day in the life of baby’ ‘nursing app’ playable in both online and offline modes. Suitable for use on both Apple and Android devices (not included). The childs device sends a nurturing suggestion to your child so that they can react and feel just like a real mummy. Baby Annabell reacts to your childs attention by making various sounds. Playing in app mode the child can follow the routine with the doll as the sensors inside the doll send information to move on to the next task. In offline mode this cute doll moves her eyes and mouth while sucking on her dummy or bottle, drinks real water and even cries. Your child will love rocking her to sleep in their arms or in her rocking cradle.

10 // Scalextric Continental Sports Cars Race Set, £32.39

An introduction to the exciting world of 1:32 scale slot racing, this set includes LMP and Pro GT cars, tough enough for full impact racing. You can build four different layouts with the track supplied, and this set also includes a lap counter for even more excitement. Each hand controller has a two-position selector switch which allows the driver to choose slow or fast speed settings to reflect the driver’s experience. A sheet of decals is supplied with each car so that the car can be decorated with racing graphics and this set will be supplied with a UK transformer.

11 // Splashy the Whale Game, £19.99

Splashy the friendly whale will eat anything he finds out at sea. Take turns to remove objects from his mouth as he bobs up and down on the ocean waves. Carefully hook an object with your fishing rod, but be careful if you tickle Splashy’s tongue he will squirt you with water and you must return the item you removed! The player who can remove the most items, or points, is the winner!

12 // Sylvanian Families Classic Furniture Set, £17.99

Made with fine attention to detail, this Sylvanian Families Classic Furniture Set comes complete with an apron-clad mother chocolate and all the starter furniture you need to add some sparkle to a child’s dolls house including a desk and stationery, as well as kitchen items, including a fridge and some fresh yummy ingredients. There’s even a telephone & piano to brighten up the dolls house living room.

13 // Paper Plane Shooter, £14.72

Paper Plane Shooter is the ultimate paper plane launcher. Your Paper Plane Shooter lets your little one achieve up to a 30m flight path with just the press of a trigger! Equipped with a rapid fire mode, this launcher can fire up to 5 planes in quick succession. Fold different styles of planes to achieve different flight performances. It comes with 10 plane templates but you can create and launch your own designs using A4 and A5 paper. (Not included)

14 // Baby Born “Wonderland” Interactive Doll, £37.99

Baby Born Wonderland is a fully interactive Baby Born doll, but with an added touch of magic in her beautiful fairy inspired dress, ballerina shoes, fairy wings and a gorgeous tiara. The Wonderland doll also comes with a bracelet and necklace with a unicorn pendant for your little one to wear and all of the usual accessories you would expect including a dummy, bowl, porridge, bottle, nappy and potty. Baby Born “Wonderland” Interactive Doll has 8 lifelike functions and no batteries are required. Functions include drinking & wetting, she goes on her potty, she cries real tears, opens and closes her eyes, you can feed her and she’s bathable.

15 // Go Jetters Jet Pad, £31.97

This is Jack’s go-to toy at the moment and he can spend hours playing with all of his Go Jetters toys. The Jet Pad is where the Go Jetters find out about their missions, where they train, and learn Funky Facts. The Jet Pad playset includes rolling wheels and is loaded with features like a slide, a hidden room where special click-owns (exclusive to this playset) are stored, plus a secret hangar room! Best of all, the Go Jetters will always be ready for the next adventure with the special projection feature. As the playset is opened, the projector flips to project an image on the control panel screen. Images include iconic landmarks as seen on the show, both glitches and un-glitches.

16 // LEGO City Fire Utility Truck 60111, £22.49

No gift guide for little people is complete without a LEGO set or two and this one will be waiting for Jack on Christmas Day under the tree so he can save the TV satellite dish from a blazing fire with the LEGO City Fire Utility Truck. Fully equipped to deal with any emergency, the truck comes with a trailer and cherry picker that can be raised and lowered, a special stud-shooting hose with water elements, a fire extinguisher, smoke gear and many more accessories. The LEGO City Fire Utility Truck (60111) includes 3 mini-figures: a technician, female firefighter and a male firefighter

17 // John Lewis Accordion, £16.30

Jack loves watching Swashbuckle and for his birthday wanted an accordion similar to Captain Captains. Sadly I couldn’t find one similar without spending a fortune but I did find this little gem and he is totally over the moon with it. Both him and Phoebs love blasting out a tune on it and it’s brilliant for the price.

18 // OMY Design and Play Giant Colouring Poster London, £12

This Giant Colouring Poster by OMY Design & Play will keep kids busy doodling and colouring for hours! Hang it on the wall, use it as a table cloth or spread it out on the floor; ideal for long rainy days.

19 // Scooter Hand Cosy, £12

Keep little hands warm when scooting while also putting an end to lost gloves with this Scooter Hand Cosy. It attaches to your child’s scooter, allowing them to quickly slip their hands in and out without fumbling with gloves. They come in two designs, and both Jack and Phoebs have them and wouldn’t be without them – they really are a godsend on a cold Winter’s day.

20 // Skip-Hop Zoo Trolley Case, £37

Ideal for holidays or just to take for a short break, these Skip-Hop Zoo Trolley Cases are great fun for children.  The come in a range of distinctive animal designs including a giraffe, bee, monkey, ladybird and owl and they also have a shoulder strap too so you can carry the bag easily when your little one decides they can’t be bothered any more.

21 // Gel-A-Peel Deluxe Kit, £19.99

The Gel-A-Peel Deluxe 5 Pack Kit offers the widest array of colours and accessory hardware to get you started on making your own unique designs to peel, wear and share! The kit includes 24 design templates, 5 gel tubes, 7 designer tips, clear drawing sheet, cleaning tool and accessory hardware. Everything your little one needs to design and create their own fashionable accessories! Just use the gel colour tube to trace the templates, peel the gel design, and creations are ready to wear!

22 // Buttonbag Dinosaur-First Sewing Kit, £11.99

Buttonbag first sewing kits are ideal for little fingers. With no cutting and big, pre-cut holes, these kits are designed to teach children, aged about 4 years and up, the basic principles of sewing. The colourful creatures are quick to make and are sure to become favourite friends

23 //Aquabeads Beginners Studio, £9.97

Aquabeads are ingenious and have gone down a storm with my niece and Jack. Simple and fun to do, you can make hundreds of colourful bead creations with a spray of water! This set comes with over 800 beads in 12 colours, a shooting star-shaped bead storage case, one sprayer to set the beads and one handy bead pen to help arrange them.

24 // Boys Pyjama reindeers print teal, £25 (currently £18.75)

Featuring a cute reindeer print, these Long John pyjamas are not only perfect for your little one to wear on Christmas Day eve, but also all year round. Featuring full length pants and a long sleeved top, they are made from 100% organic cotton ensuring your little one will sleep soundly in comfort.

25 // Iron Man Costume, £19.99

If your little ones are anything like mine, not a day goes by without a fancy dress costume being worn! Our fancy dress box has been filling fast the past couple of years, and the only superhero missing is good old Iron Man, hence why I added it to this list. (It was also on last year’s list but I forgot to buy it, ooops!) This Deluxe Iron Man costume is based on the suit worn by Iron Man in the latest Avengers film in the sequel, Age of Ultron. The costume includes a red and gold, fibre filled, muscle chest jumpsuit with graphics giving the effect of layered metal panels. There are also red and gold gauntlets that cover the forearm, attached boot tops and an iconic red and gold mask.

26 // Little Tikes My First Flyer Helicopter, £23.29

With a simple one-touch remote, protective propeller rings and auto-hover technology, this remote controlled Little Tikes My First Flyer is great for little ones–it even has cool light and sound effects!

27 // Personalised Flannels, £5.99

I don’t know about your little ones, but both Jack and Phoebe love flannels and often fight over their favourite in the bath, so they are going to be super happy when they find these gorgeous flannels that have been personalised with their initials in their stockings on Christmas Day. Available in a variety of colours these personalised flannels would also make an ideal gift for a new baby or any other occasion.

28 // What’s the Time, Mr Wolf?, £9.50

It’s no secret that we are HUGE Orchard Toys fans. Where do I live? is still a favourite in our household but I have a feeling Jack will adore playing What’s the Time, Mr Wolf? when he opens it on Christmas Day. Perfect for conscientious parents looking for a game that is both educational and fun, What’s The Time Mr Wolf? is the perfect board game to develop analogue and digital time telling skills as players race their character around the board matching the times to the central clock – but watch out for the hungry wolf!

29 // LeapFrog LeapPad Platinum Green, £89.99

We’ve had a LeapPad platinum for a good while now and both Jack and Phoebs love it. The LeapPad Platinum is educational, safe, secure, robust and most importantly fun, and in my opinion, you can’t ask for anything more in your child’s first tablet. To read more about it, read my full review here…

For some additional inspiration and more Christmas gift ideas for little people check out last year’s Christmas gift ideas too!

What will you be buying the littles in your life this Christmas?

Disclosure: Some of the above products were provided for inclusion in this post however all opinions are my own.

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