Every year I write the Christmas list for the children, add the items into an gift list app and then find the best price. I spend hours every night trying to find presents they will love and I can also take inspiration from other people.
I have put this gift guide together which contains some gifted items, but mostly bought to help you with your own children’s gifts ideas. I really hope that you find it helpful.
How I plan for Christmas shopping – once I have chosen everything I’m going to buy I try to make sure there is the same amount of presents for each child. Plus sharing presents. I opt for sharing presents as I think it’s a lovely way of adding toys to the play room without anybody thinking they are theirs. Either way, the children are taught to always share but they both have preference in certain toys such as super heroes and barbie. I save with Park which I find really helpful. I get a love to shop card which I use in shops like the Entertainer and Argos. I also get the prepaid MasterCard which I can use pretty much anywhere. I shop around to find toys they will love but at good prices. For example, Asda, Aldi and Lidl all have a fabulous quality wooden toys range.
Inside Luca’s stocking he has little puzzles which I purchased from TKMaxx, Lego Dots, hot wheels wooden cars from The Entertainer, an usbourne finger print art book from a local seller and Christmas treats from Home bargains. On Christmas Eve I always add in a satsuma to all the stockings. When Luca was one it was the favourite part of his stocking and he wasn’t interested in anything else except the satsuma! It’s one of the funniest memories I remember.
Inside Alia’s stocking she has similar item to Luca and then Sylvanian Families which were purchased from both TKMaxx and The Entertainer.
Inside Avery’s stocking he has a Toot Toot, a wooden wheeled elephant from the Entertainer and two light up bath toys from Sainsbury’s. As he will only be 11 months I’ve included two little coins instead of the big chocolates.
The Children will put their stockings at the end of their beds on Christmas Eve. When they wake up they will find that Father Christmas has come and filled them. The rest of the presents are from Mummy and Daddy. We do this as one year a delivery arrived with no hidden boxes. Each items was fully visible and I didn’t want it to spoilt the magic. So we told them that Mummy and Daddy buy the presents and Father Christmas fills the stockings.
Our Christmas Eve box contains lots of fun things to do on Christmas Eve and some treats. I love Christmas Eve as I find that it’s such a magical and exciting day. The box adds to the fun and build up with lots of family time and fun things to do. Unless stated, everything in our box is from home bargains.
I like to mix these up a bit the best I can but I do always buy the sun catchers as we love them. They don’t break and every year we can see how well the children’s painting skills are coming along. I haven’t bought them a paint by numbers before so this will be the first time. I can’t wait to see what they do with it. Avery will be creating some footprint art and a sun catcher.
Every year I get either the tree or the snowman. We create this first thing in the morning and it’s usually complete before bed. Some years the children have been more interested in these than their presents on Christmas morning haha! I love that they enjoy it so much. Something which I think must be new, is the statues. Luca has the Father Christmas and Alia has the carousel.
Every year I get a book and an activity book. The children actually have tonnes of story books now so I got something which I thought Avery would enjoy. The activity books go in the activity book crate we have in the craft area and come out every now and again when they would like to use them. We don’t stick to just Christmas.
Except the coins, I don’t think I’ve actually had any of the other treats before. They all seem like a new range. I’m excited to give the children a couple of hot chocolates with the fun hot chocolate items. They can have one in the morning and one before bed. they will also be happy to know that they have made it into the nice list.
The jingle bell is for something I have seen on social media. Ringing the bell for Father Christmas at 6pm on Christmas Eve. I think it sounds like a lovely ideas and a new tradition. I hope we can hear other children doing it too as it will be so magical. The teether is from Chewier Cat and is a little something for Avery. With him still being so young I have found it difficult to add things for him but he will still have a lovely day, getting to do lots of activities.
Something I love to do every year is have sharing presents. With having children with similar interests it makes so much more sense for me to give them sharing presents they both enjoy and which Avery will enjoy as he grows too. This year the majority of the sharing presents will be to change up the role play area. I have cleared the play room to create lots of space for a whole new role play area.
If you would like to see detailed videos of the toys here and other items I have bought individually for the children then please head over to my Instagram http://www.Instagram.com/lifeatthewhitehouse where you will find the gift guide across two highlights. I hope this was helpful. Please let me know what you think. Merry Christmas everyone.