I’m not very good at shopping. I’d go so far as to say I’m utterly hopeless. In fact, I’m a man shopper …….– ok, maybe not that bad. On the rare (VERY rare) occasions that I actually do remember birthdays, it’s usually on the day of, and too late to organise something to be sent – whether it’s going down the road or to Australia (thank god for Moonpig). Christmas therefore, is on a whole other plane for me – my norm is to not even think about it, then one day one of those glossy has-everything-you-can-dream-of-for-Christmas gift magazines arrives through the mail, and this time it doesn’t go directly into the recycling – this time I tick a load of boxes and have the entire lot shipped in one or two (let’s be honest – four or five) boxes. The gifts arrive and can then be divvied up, albeit it in a completely different way to the original gift plan as I have no idea by then which thing I ordered for which person as I placed the order eons ago (two days), usually resulting in several “spares” which no doubt were VERY important at the time of purchase, but now, homeless – they go into “the spare present box” under the bed in the guest room. And please, I beg you all – please don’t buy any Christmas presents for me – there will be lots of opportunity to buy me something I actually want as I do need stuff throughout the year – no need to buy me piles of unnecessary (and therefore unwanted) kit just because someone said I have to have my year’s allocation of stuff on one single day…. Hhmmm – too Ba Humbug? Well it is only October!
I actually LOVE giving people presents – and I especially love giving people things I know they are going to go mad for. That’s something else I’m hopeless at. If I see something amazing that I know someone will absolutely love, I have to buy it for them there and then, but then I can’t wait to give it to them. My only hope is to buy it and hide it in the spare room and hope I forget about it (potentially for years – I’ve done that too) – because if I remember it, I will give it to that person the very next moment I see them – I can’t contain myself. Maybe that’s why I feel so pressured at Christmas – I’ve already given them the really good stuff and am left with buying last minute tat for the sake of having something to open on Christmas day. So, I thought I’d find a load of fabulous stuff NOW that is great Christmas, make a list, and buy it all nearer the time. Everything on my list is going to be different, unique, and beautiful, and it has to be something that will last – because I’d never knowingly contribute to the nations’ horrific disposable culture. Something they’ll keep and think “Polly bought that for me” in a fond reminiscent way, as opposed to the way we think about the various “useful gadgets” given to us by our mother in law currently filling various landfills around the globe (that’s the gadgets, not the mothers in law…).
So I’m going to write some items that have made my list so far….
The Best Christmas Present in the World by Michael Morpurgo (plus all his other childrens stories) – these stories are SO lovely and the illustrations are just gorgeous – really beautiful books for precious people.
Funky Veg Kit by Plant Theatre – hilarious – let your child grow their own purple carrots and red brussel sprouts – what’s not to love?!!!
“I’m As Big As” Height Chart by Luckies of London A brilliant idea – imagine how excited your child will be when they are as big as Napoleon!
BIRD NEST BOX with WEB CAMERA from Birdboxview – an essential experience for the whole family – watch the magical moments when baby birds are born (ok hatch – but bbb sounds better – see ) – every child will be filled with wonder. A lovely present making memories to last a lifetime.
Kids Swimming Bag – Pink Shark – a big bag of fun for your kids – they’ll be envy of the swimming pool changing room.by JIP @ WOWOOO
Cuddledry dress up toddler towels – choose from a cow, giraffe, dragon, monkey, rabbit or reindeer!!! These scrumptious towels are fun to dress up in, as well as being the softest, warmest and most practical towels available. They’ll need one each though as they all want one after bath or swim time. Happy children and happy parents too.
Mommy And Baby Ragdolls
by Lola Smith Designs. As a mother of three girls, I know how some little girls love their dollies. Ragdolls don’t tend to look like they’ve been in a tragic road accident with limbs falling off and eyes rolling around in sockets after a few weeks. Plus they get to keep their clothes on – bonus! This one caught my eye because it comes with a little girl of it’s own – for perfect role play.
Tumbled Gemstones in a pouch
by Junior Geo. I know all three of my girls will be fighting over these “precious jewels”!!! So I plumped for the biggest bag ! Ideal for pirates swag bag too I thought!
Blinkies- 3 Character Multipack by Konfidence. Everyone loves these – the best bath toy ever! Also DiveStiks by Konfidence – take these on holiday and you will be assured of hours of peaceful relaxation by the pool as your little ones spend HOURS fetching and throwing these clever dive sticks.
Wheelybugs from Hippychick. A classic must have. Wooden floors preferable ! Also Moover dolls pram from Hippchick – absolutely gorgeous little pram for little girls who love their dollies.