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The Boys’ Christmas Book
November 15, 2010 – 8:23 pm | No Comment
The Boys’ Christmas Book

The Boys’ Christmas Book is a fantastic buy. With magazines for children costing in excess of £2.50, it really is exceptional value for money and engaged our 5 year old very easily. There is even a recipe for Christmas mocktails!

Maileg Pixie Advent Calendar
November 5, 2010 – 7:59 pm | No Comment
Maileg Pixie Advent Calendar

Designed by a company called Maileg in Denmark, these Pixies stand at nearly one and half metres high. Made from beautiful pure cotton in a gorgeous rustic, quintessentially Scandinavian style, Little Girl Pixie is something really rather special. With a tab to hang on a door or wall, her dress is covered with different size numbered pockets ready for the filling, with a rings on each hand for numbers 8 & 9, and a big pocket on her rear end for Christmas Eve.

Musical Snowman Mug
November 1, 2010 – 1:16 pm | No Comment
Musical Snowman Mug

This is a mug for christmas, is bright, is cheerful, and very festive, especially with the musical twist. I have two children and would possibly consider one each as there has been a little squabbling about who gets their drink in it.

Mamas & Papas Soft cloth Christmas photo album for a baby
October 28, 2010 – 3:44 pm | No Comment
Mamas & Papas Soft cloth Christmas photo album for a baby

Very sweet, pretty, gentle looking cloth photo album with plastic sleeves to record a baby’s first Christmas. The toy would work well for a baby, plenty of scope to be thrown around, stuck in mouths, with different textures, colours and pretty prints. The book opens easily, has bows to be played with and is bright and colourful. There are suggestions for different photos to include, I particularly like ‘Santa brought mummy a silent night’ as I live in hope.

Christmas Novelty Socks
October 25, 2010 – 8:07 pm | No Comment
Christmas Novelty Socks

These are well made, fun socks that represent excellent value for money. I’m sure we’ll get lots (and lots) of wear out of them in December. I’m positive that all children would love a pair of these to wear at Christmas so I would highly recommend them to anyone. In fact, I quite fancy a pair myself.

T’was the Night Before Christmas…Narrated by You Hallmark Recordable Storybook
October 19, 2010 – 11:28 am | No Comment

This is a really great idea; it might be a nice gift to suggest that the grandparents or far away relations buy the children. You’ll get it out year after year and when the battery goes you still have a classic story! The children enjoyed the novelty of this book, which is a good thing.

Jumbo Present Sack and Festive Stocking
October 19, 2010 – 11:09 am | No Comment

Both the sack and the stocking are just £1 each. We love a bargain in this house, so these are right up our street. Both items are soft, colourful and fun.

Mamas & Papas Christmas Beanies
September 27, 2010 – 11:28 pm | No Comment
Mamas & Papas Christmas Beanies

Excellent value at the reduced price currently being offered, these Mamas and Papas beanies are going to make a lovely addition to Kai’s Christmas stocking and would be a firm hit with any young baby on Christmas day.

Christmas Doodles Book
August 14, 2010 – 5:16 pm | No Comment
Christmas Doodles Book

gave the Christmas Doodle Book to a seven-year-old girl and literally watched her face light up when she leafed through them! Armed with the books and a pack of crayons, she couldn’t wait to get scribbling and these books have kept her amused for hours since! The books were made of really good quality, thick paper and the covers were that lovely ‘touchy feely’ kind of matt laminate heavy weight card that makes you want to stroke it from the moment you pick it up!

Aspace Christmas Nativity Story Advent Calendar
December 20, 2009 – 8:22 pm | No Comment
Aspace Christmas Nativity Story Advent Calendar

I’m a big fan of Aspace so I was chuffed to bits when I received their Nativity Advent Calendar to review. It’s soft with bright colours and very tactile. I LOVE that the cast of characters are also finger puppets.

Biome Ethical Snowman Advent Calendar
December 20, 2009 – 8:20 pm | No Comment
Biome Ethical Snowman Advent Calendar

The calendars are made from felt by a small cooperative in Nepa, which was established as a social enterprise in 2003. The project’s aim to to help poor, vulnerable and socially excluded women by building their skills and providing the opportunity to enhance their economic status and independence. The workers are provided with fair wages and work in a friendly, healthy, clean and safe environment. The small co-operative has provided economic opportunities to 78 women and aims to develop and support further socially marginalised women in the future.

Playmobil Unicorn Fairy World Advent Calendar
December 20, 2009 – 8:17 pm | No Comment
Playmobil Unicorn Fairy World Advent Calendar

It comes in a fairly hefty box and Mia’s eyes nearly popped out of her head when she saw the picture on the front of the box which shows what the calendar contains. It’s vibrant, fun and has big ‘wow’ factor. You have to ‘build’ it to begin with, which threw us a little. You create the calendar’s inner chambers and then fill them with Playmobil characters, set props, flowers etc as shown in the instructions. Very pink and very girlie.

Spottiswoode Trading Teddy Bear Advent Calendar
December 20, 2009 – 8:14 pm | No Comment
Spottiswoode Trading Teddy Bear Advent Calendar

This hand-made, felt advent calendar looks beautiful and is a far cry from the cardboard chocolate advent calendars that abound at this time of year. It’s made by hand from red and green felt, and is 50cm by 40cm, so small enough not to take over your lounge. In fact, we thought it loked like the sort of thing you’d pick up at a Christmas craft fair. The calendar itself is a cheery, green Christmas tree with 24 pockets underneath. There is also a separate bag with 24 tiny teddy bears, that you put into the pockets. Each day, you remove one teddy bear, and hang it on the tree.

Lakeland Limited Bethlehem Advent Stable
December 20, 2009 – 8:12 pm | No Comment
Lakeland Limited Bethlehem Advent Stable

What a clever idea! The “advent calendar” is a wooden box with 24 hinged doors that when opened reveal an individual piece of a traditional Bethlehem nativity scene so your family can build the scene slowly throughout the holiday season. I was very pleased at the idea of getting a traditional advent calendar – High School Musical and Hannah Montana advent calendars just do not seem right!

Marks and Spencer Christmas Tree Advent Calendar
December 20, 2009 – 8:09 pm | No Comment
Marks and Spencer Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

This is a cute, modern advent calendar that’s great for smaller rooms and spaces, but probably not something you’ll bring out year after year.
Buy online at M&S
Price £15
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Lakeland Limited Advent Train
December 20, 2009 – 8:07 pm | No Comment
Lakeland Limited Advent Train

For starters, the box of the Lakeland Limited Advent Train weighed a lot more than I expected, so back injury aside, I was pleased with how substantial it is. It’s a traditionally-styled engine with two carriages, hand-made from brightly painted pine, and it’s got that proper “came from Santa’s workshop” look to it. Flea was absolutely thrilled with it and immediately set about opening the 24 little ‘cargo’ drawers (there are 12 on each side of the train).

Playmobil Pirates Lagoon Advent Calendar
December 20, 2009 – 8:04 pm | No Comment
Playmobil Pirates Lagoon Advent Calendar

The Advent calendar we got to try is the Playmobil Pirate Island. It comes flat packed in a box and requires that you set it all up yourself. Once you have put together there are 24 compartments and you can place the toys in each one of them. When it is all assembled, children will be able to open a window a day to discover a new toy.

JoJo Maman Bebe Hand Embroidered Linen Advent Calendar
December 20, 2009 – 8:02 pm | No Comment
JoJo Maman Bebe Hand Embroidered Linen Advent Calendar

I usually love everything from JoJo Maman Bebe, so I was looking forward to receiving their hand embroidered linen advent calendar. I’m sorry to say I was disappointed and completely underwhelmed. This is a white fabric square with 24 numbered pockets, each big enough to hold a couple of sweets or a very small toy. It’s almost plain apart from the embroidered “Merry Christmas” at the bottom. We hung it up and made sad faces at each other.

Cancer Research UK Wooden Advent Calendar
December 20, 2009 – 7:56 pm | No Comment
Cancer Research UK Wooden Advent Calendar

When I pulled the Cancer Research UK Advent Calendar out of the box I thought that it looked quite pretty and nicely festive. There is a red triangular tree-shaped outer with a multi-coloured tree-shaped interior made up of boxes. Each box has a small drawer decorated with a seasonal shape and a accent coloured ribbon. It’s nice to have a calendar that looks attractive as well as offering the children a count-down to Christmas. Cancer Research says this is not suitable as a toy, though, so you do need to keep it out of the reach of little fingers, and supervise younger children carefully when they’re using it.

Hide & Seek Christmas Book
December 20, 2009 – 7:24 pm | No Comment
Hide & Seek Christmas Book

This beautiful, large ‘touchy-feely’ board book from Usborne contains fun things to find on every page behind lots of little flaps and different textures for curious fingers to explore.

Christmas Lullabies Book
December 20, 2009 – 3:13 pm | No Comment
Christmas Lullabies Book

This Usborne set features a CD of 14 Christmassy lullabies and an accompanying board book with the words for six of the tracks so you can sing along to the instrumental music with your baby.

Christmas Activity Pack
December 10, 2009 – 5:50 pm | No Comment
Christmas Activity Pack

I know you don’t expect much for a pound, but this pack really surprised me. The pack includes three activity books, one large colouring, a medium sized activity book and a small dot to dot book plus a packet of six crayons. I gave it to a friend’s little girl as BG is too young for this and her eyes lit up, she was impressed as there were three books to play with.

Reindeer Poo in a Box
December 6, 2009 – 9:34 pm | No Comment
Reindeer Poo in a Box

I can imagine this Reindeer Poo in a box being a real fun novelty Christmas gift for kids and adults alike. The price is reasonable and the profits made from it’s sale help to Support the Natural History Museum and it’s fantastic research into conserving the biodiversity of our planet.

My Perfect Christmas
December 1, 2009 – 6:09 pm | No Comment
My Perfect Christmas

My Perfect Christmas is beautiful personalised book. It made us feel warm, fuzzy, and festive inside. We all enjoyed the pictures, the story and the sentiment behind the book. To receive in time for Christmas, order before 14th December.

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