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Christmas Gifts for Preschoolers | Christmas 2017

Saturday, 25 November 2017

We've found that preschool age (3-4) is a difficult one when it comes to present buying. Indiana is just about to celebrate her 4th birthday, and although she's given us suggestions of what she wants, most of them just aren't practical - they're either too grown up or too young for her.

I've popped together this gift guide of ideas that I think would be perfect for her, and other preschoolers her age. To hopefully give you some inspiration this festive season!

Kinetic Sand

A whole new world of toys open to little ones when they turn 3, and one we're excited to try this year is Kinetic Sand. Described as 'a three-dimensional building toy made of 98% sand and 2% polydimethylsiloxane', kinetic sand is special because it's not supposed to dry out, isn't messy and is easy to clean up - I was instantly sold! This set that we've purchased also features Paw Patrol which is one of her favourites shows; a sure fire winner I think.

Jungle Jam Books*

We absolutely love to read in our house, and despite an already overflowing book collection we're always buying more. These lovely Jungle Jam books would make a perfect stocking filler either individually or as a complete set! Written by a mum and dad, the rhyming books were created to introduce children to new sounds, cultures and musical instruments. The stories also explore a range of life lessons while still being entertaining and lovely to look at.

LittleLife Gruffalo Poncho Towel*

On the subject of books, this fun yet practical gift is sure to be a winner with little Gruffalo fans. The Gruffalo poncho towel by LittleLife is the latest addition to their range, and includes all the fun features from the story such as orange eyes and 3D purple prickles! Perfect for bath time, the pool or even the beach (it's UPF 50+ too), it would definitely make a lovely gift this Christmas. What's even cuter is that it comes in two sizes, so your preschooler could match your toddler too!

Magnetic Shapes Activity Box by Fiesta Crafts*

If your little one loves to get creative, then this is definitely the perfect gift for them! The Magnetic Shapes Activity Box contains everything they would need to create thousands of different customised pictures, including 76 chunky shapes and faces, a dry-wipe pen, chalks and a rubber. Everything comes neatly stored inside the box too, so they can use it either at home or out and about. 

Amazon Kindle Fire (Kids Edition)

Maybe a bit of a controversial one for preschoolers, but Indie's main Christmas gift this year is going to be a Fire Kids Edition. I personally think a lot can be learnt from a tablet these days though, and with the limits and features on the Kindle we're not worried about her using it unsafely. We've chosen the Kids version specifically as it comes with 1 year of Fire for Kids Unlimited, a protective case and a 2 year 'worry free' guarantee - "if they break it, return it and we'll replace it for free. No questions asked." We can set up limits on the parent account, but she'll have loads of learning apps to play with, and of course access to Youtube for when she needs some down time.
Toy State CAT Machine Maker*

Perfect for little ones who love to build and create, the CAT Machine Maker Junior Operator range from Toy State are such a unique fun toy. The sets come equipped with all the pieces needed to build each CAT machine (there are 5 different models to collect), as well as a chunky screwdriver and storage carry case. I know Indie is going to love working out how to build the vehicle correctly, although I'm sure we'll get plenty of 'creative' versions as well - but that's the beauty of the toy!

Snazaroo Face Paint: 'Mini' Range*

A perfect stocking filler for boys or girls, these Mini Theme Packs from Snazaroo come in five different themes, with a couple of designs in each. Each set comes with three colours, a brush, a sponge and an easy to follow 3-step guide, to create beautiful creations whenever your little one fancies (which has been very regularly for us since Halloween!). The fact they're so small would make them perfect for letting your little one give it a go themselves too (all Snazaroo products are easy to wash off and are suitable for sensitive skin types).

I know Indie would loveee to receive any of these gifts, so I hope this has given you a little bit of inspiration this festive season!

Products marked with a * have been provided for this post. However all opinions are honest and my own. This post contains Affiliate links.

Christmas Gifts for Toddlers | Christmas 2017

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Christmas shopping for Parker has probably been the trickiest this year - two year olds aren't the easiest to buy for! I've popped together this gift guide for toddlers, to hopefully help those who are also finding gift buying for toddlers tricky this year.

LEGO Duplo*

The most played with toy in our house at the moment (and for a long time actually), is probably LEGO Duplo. The bricks are the perfect size for little hands, and with so many different sets to buy the play is limitless! Duplo is also brilliant for creative thinking and role-playing, which are brilliant skills for little ones to develop.

Orchard Toys Animal Shapes Game*

Orchard Toys are another favourite of ours, especially as they combine fun and exciting games alongside learning too! There are a number of games and puzzles suitable for toddlers in their range, including the animal shapes game. It's a simple first colour and shape matching activity (suitable for 18months+). Your child has to match the correct shapes with the matching spaces on the animals. Simple but fun!

SmartTrike T1 Scooter

We've actually had this scooter for a while now, but I know it would have made a perfect Christmas gift! Designed for toddlers as young as 15 months, the scooter has been designed to grow with your child. The T1 scooter comes with a seat for when they're first starting out. This is then easily removed as they gain confidence (and steering can be locked and unlocked depending on their scooting ability too!). You can read my full review here if you want to know more!


If you don't think your little one is quite yet ready for a scooter, then the Toddlebike2 is the perfect alternative. The pre-balance bike is suitable as soon as your toddler can confidently walk, and helps develop key cycling skills as well as being super fun for them! The bike is also extremely light so it's great for taking out and about with you as well. If you use the code BLOG17 you can get 10% off your order on the official Toddlebike Website.

Cuddledry Cuddleroar Towel*

A more practical gift but still one that your toddler would love, the Cuddleroar towel from Cuddledry would make a lovely gift for Christmas. Super soft and cosy, and up to 60% more absorbent than other towels thanks to the bamboo fibres, the Cuddleroar is such lovely quality. We've had a Cuddledeer that still looks brand new almost 3 years later! Plus what toddler wouldn't want to run around pretending to be a dinosaur?

Milkshake! 'Brand New Besties' DVD*

A perfect stocking filler, Brand New Besties is the new DVD release from Abbey Home Media. The DVD features a number of well-loved preschool shows, from the long-running Channel 5 tv show Milkshake! including Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Fireman Sam and Thomas the Tank Engine. The DVD lasts for over 2 hours and has so many episodes, there will definitely be something your little one loves! I know my two are going to love it.

SmartMax 'My First' Animal Train*

Parker is absolutely train obsessed, so the 'My First' Animal Train from SmartMax would be a fantastic gift. Suitable from 18 months+, the fun and interactive toy gets little ones using their imagination and creative skills. The SmartMax bars and metal balls connect the pieces together, to either make the train, safari animals, or they can let their imagination run wild and mix and match to create whatever they desire! What's fab is that all SmartMax sets are compatible with each other, so you can keep adding to the collection.

TinyMe Personalised Puzzles*

Puzzles are such a lovely gift idea for toddlers. Not only are they fun, but they're great for little fingers and learning too. TinyMe offer some lovely personalised children's products, and have recently expanded their range to include personalised wooden puzzles. What makes them extra special though, is that they're double sided (two for the price of one!), and each one comes beautiful presents in a storage pouch to keep all the pieces together. There are loads of designs to choose from and 4 different stages. I chose the 3+ 'Junior' stage for Parker as he's a little puzzle whizz, but there is a 6 piece version for younger toddlers too.

I know Parker would loveee to receive any of these gifts, so I hope this has given you a little bit of inspiration this festive season!

Products marked with a * have been provided for this post. However all opinions are honest and my own. This post contains Affiliate links.