It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to work Christmas parties, who’s going where on the big day, and most puzzling of all: what to buy for the children in your family. As a mum, I’m asked every year by relatives what Isobel wants for Christmas (it gets easier AND more expensive with each passing year!). We’ve been through many phases, from Peppa Pig to Fireman Sam to My Little Pony to name just a few. When they’re younger, their likes and interests change quite rapidly, which is bewildering for grandparents, aunties and uncles trying to find the perfect gift. Even if you do know what their latest infatuation is, there’s no guarantee of buying something they haven’t already got.
Finding an unusual gift that both kids and parents love will definitely earn you extra brownie points. If you want the the kudos of being the coolest family member then head over to Wicked Uncle for some awesome gift ideas. You’ll be spoilt for choice…and probably want quite a lot of the items for yourself! If you’ve ever wandered around a toy shop or one of those discount stores that sells a bit of everything, looking for gift ideas but finding nothing that quite fits the bill, then this is the website for you! (Keep it bookmarked for when the birthday party invitations start coming in from school friends too). You can search by gender and age to make things simpler. There are also blog posts with gift ideas for different interests. You’ll find wicked gift ideas for children of all ages!
I know how difficult it can be to buy for older children. Once they start secondary school they quickly develop very different tastes when it comes to clothes. This Interactive Glow T-shirt is bound to be a sure fire hit with boys and girls. I can just imagine Isobel and her friends whizzing around at the roller disco wearing these! Each word, picture or design lasts about 5 minutes before it fades and you can then start drawing again. They’re 100% cotton and machine washable.
Continuing with the party theme, how about a funky bluetooth speaker? This hypnotic Aqua Bluetooth Speaker has seven powerful water jets that moves to the music…perfect for a New Year’s Eve party too! As much as teenagers love their headphones, sometimes it’s nice to listen to music together…providing everyone can agree on a playlist of course. Nirvana and AC/DC are frequently played in our house!
When children first start school two things happen: first, they get every bug and cold going and pass them on to everyone else in the household (the most unwelcome type of gift!). Secondly, they start receiving invites to birthday parties from almost every child in their class. Given that the average class size is 30, that’s a lot of presents to buy! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been tasked with buying a gift for a child I don’t know. (Don’t bother asking your own child for suggestions because in my experience, despite spending five days a week in their company they won’t be able to tell you one thing they like!) So you have to use your super sleuth powers and try to find something that won’t make their parents think you bought it from the local pound shop in a moment of panic.
If you’re facing a similar dilemma in the run up to Christmas, now’s the time to plan ahead and find that unusual gift that will have them wondering where on earth you found something so cool. Anything that piques their curiosity or challenges problem-solving skills is a winner. Games that the whole family can play are a good bet too, whether they’re educational or pure slapstick! I love this Kids Against Maturity card game – it would go down a treat in my house! Or if you’re altogether more sensible than us, maybe a jigsaw, art set or craft kit. You generally can’t go wrong with science, space and animal-themed gifts too.
We all love stocking fillers, no matter how old we are. I love finding quirky little gifts to add to the usual selection of sweets and chocolates. In our house it’s tradition to open stocking presents first while still in bed. It’s a bit like a starter before the main course. This 3m tape measure with added fun facts for under £6 is a fantastic stocking filler…useful AND informative…that’s a win-win gift!
Fidgets toys are still hugely popular and there are so many to choose from. Novelty socks, stationery and toiletries are also brilliant stocking fillers. Fun fact: I used to collect novelty erasers and soaps as a child and I still have them in tins at my mum’s house. I may have to dig them out…watch out on my Instagram stories for a throwback to the 80s!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All words and opinions are my own. Photos courtesy of Wicked Uncle and Unsplash.