Christmas Window Shopping Wish List for Toddlers 2016

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I hate to say it and risk putting anyone into a state of panic, but Christmas is literally just around the corner and it is time to start seriously planning what to put on that very important shopping list.

Welcome to the first of three in my Christmas Shopping Wish List series where, for the next three Sundays, I shall post a themed list for you to browse through for ideas on what to purchase for the special people in your life this Christmas time. I absolutely love giving gifts to people, I actually relish it more than getting given them myself. So being able to group a whole load of sparkling ideas into one place in order to help others find their gift giving mojo is a real treat and this week’s Christmas Shopping Wish List is focused on gift ideas for Toddlers aged 1- 3+. I can’t wait to share them with you!

Where from: Tesco Direct  
How much: £14.99
Ages: 2 – 5 Years 

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LEGO Duplo Farm Animal Set 

Toddlers are absolutely crazy about anything that clicks together and the LEGO Duplo range has to be one of the best toys especially made with this in mind. This farm set has so many interesting features what with its animals, movable truck and multiple accessories – I know it would just be a real winner. Easy for little hands to hold and click together with bright colours and lots of detailing, all with a little plot line where they have to help the farmer feed the food to the hungry cow… too cute!

Where from: John Lewis 
How much: £25.95 
Ages: 6 months +

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Peter Rabbit Dinner Set Gift Box 
For as long as I can remember, I have always had love in my heart for all things Beatrix Potter. From the magical tales of Peter Rabbit and his friends down to the distinctive illustrations that appeal to both boys and girls, children and adults alike, it just seemed to make sense to add something from the range to the List. I was in John Lewis a couple of weeks ago and they have some beautiful bits to choose from, but I thought this melamine dinner set featuring a plate, bowl, spoon and cup all inside a lovely gift box just screamed great value for money! Perfect for any toddler who’s gaining meal time independence and melamine is so sturdy. I especially love the fact the cup has two handles, much easier to navigate and more likely to help avoid spillages! 
Where from: IKEA
How much: £59.00*
Ages: 2-3+
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Duktig Play Kitchen from IKEA
As much as I now resent having a real kitchen and the adult/mummy perspective of one (never ending washing up, floor forever covered in bits and crumb strewn surfaces as far as the eye can see!) I can understand how a toddler could see it as a magical place to play, especially because they love to mimic us and aid their learning development through role play. This kitchen is so sturdy due to its being made of wood instead of plastic and it has a tap and light up hob rings. Don’t worry! The tap does not have water in it and the hob rings DO NOT get hot!
*The Duktig Kitchen usually retails at £65.00 and is currently on offer so even more reason to nab one for your little chef in the making!

Where from: Argos
How much: £9.99
Ages: 3+
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Play Food Selection, Argos
It wouldn’t be right to have a kitchen without any food to cook in it so I found this excellent value for money play food set to suit all appetites! You can get some beautiful food sets nowadays, ranging from wooden ones to fabric ones but I always think that the plastic sets look the most realistic plus they last forever and are easiest to clean. This one is great value for money as it contains 104 pieces ranging from packets and tins to fruit and veg to sweet treats and meat. Making me hungry just looking at it! 
5. Pyjamas for Girls and Boys
Where from: 
John Lewis (girls)
Next (boys) 
How much: 
£18 (girls)
£14 (boys)
Ages: 2+

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Girls pyjamas, John Lewis 

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Boys pyjamas, Next

I know, I know… pyjamas can be seen as a dud gift by some but I love nothing more than seeing our son toddle about in his PJ’s of a night and morning time, especially if they are the traditional kind with a button up shirt. I trawled through a vast selection of night wear, keen to find something different to the average pair yet still accessible on the high street budget and here’s the two designs I managed to find. I love the woodland theme on the girls PJ’s design, and equally love the colours as well, with the nontraditional blue really giving contrast to the baby pink edging and pastels used for the animals. The boys design include some very funny imagery where dinosaurs kitted out in woolly scarves and bobble hats can be seen roaring at non plussed snowmen with ear muffs on. Somehow it just really tickled me!

Where from: Smyths Toys
How much: £17.99
Ages: 3+
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Mini Henry Hoover

Hoovers can be tricky as I know they’re the marmite of the toddler world more than marmite actually is, and some absolutely hate the noisy scary things where as others love them and their fascinating ability to suck up stuff off of the floor. For the former, pretend you never saw this idea, for the latter, a mini hoover all of their own is a dream come true and they can truly mimic you and role play doing the housework alongside you… who’s… most likely… actually… doing… the… housework. It’s a mini Henry! The cuteness is reason to buy it alone!

Where from: Amazon
How much: £8.35
Ages: 3+

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Toy Mop and Broom Set

Keeping along the lines of their fascination with every day activities and their fondness for mimicking us adults, I thought a Mop and Brush set would appeal to those who aren’t so fond of the hoover. This brightly coloured set is perfect for helping them feel like they can join in with every day tasks about the house…. not to mention the dust pan and brush can always come in handy when the inevitable happens and you can’t be bothered to fish your one out from underneath the carrier bag hoard stuffed under the kitchen sink! Yes, I am speaking from experience.

Where from: Little Holmes Storehouse (online)
How much: £9.99
Ages: 12+ months
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Bigjigs Transport themed Stacking Blocks 

I can also speak from experience about this particular choice because we actually own these blocks after my father in law bought them for our son’s 1st birthday this year. Nine wooden blocks all slot onto three wooden poles attached to a flat wooden base and they spin to reveal the image of a train on one side and a tractor on the other. Perfect for helping tots develop their fine motor skills and they are such nice quality too. There’s just something so satisfying about playing with wooden bricks isn’t there?

Where from: Lost My Name (online)
How much: £19.99
Ages: 0 – 8yrs
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Lost My Name Children’s Book

This personalised book has become so well known over the past 4 years, starting as a little project between four friends who then won Dragon’s Den and took the children’s literary world by storm! I purchased one for my niece a couple of years ago and it went down so well I vowed that every child should have one in their collection. You simply fill out the details on the site such as your child’s gender and name, and then the book will do the rest. Check out the site to learn more, it is a genius idea and the plot line shall keep the little ones fascinated every time.

Where from: Early Learning Centre 
How much: £6.00
Ages: 18+ months

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Bath Crayons, Early Learning Centre
I love this idea! Bath time is already my favourite time of day but the notion of drawing all over the tub with these beauties sounds like so much fun! I think I would have to try just a small area out first to make double sure that they can be cleaned off (imagine the horror if not!) but apart from it going against all natural instincts, I think they sound amazing. You can get more traditionally shaped bath crayons that are longer and more slender but I like this version because they are nice and bulky, therefore easier for slippery hands to hold. 
I really hope you’ve enjoyed my first instalment of the Christmas Shopping Wish List series! Next Sunday shall be featuring all my ideas ‘For Mums’ so stay tuned. In the meantime, which of these would you put on your Christmas List and who would it be for? Pop your answer in the comments below, I’d love to read them. 

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  1. November 28, 2016 / 10:49 am

    Some cracking items. My boys when younger loved them egg crayons. They are so good for little ones who haven't mastered the skill of holding a crayon yet X #dreamandsprinkle

  2. November 28, 2016 / 10:31 pm

    Thank you! That's why I love them too, they look so easy to handle… definitely on my shopping list for our son this year… just hoping they won't get eaten! xx

  3. December 1, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    Just the post I need at the moment, as I have no idea what to buy my children this year!! Those pyjamas are super cute, and as a bit of a pyjama fanatic myself, I might have to get them some!! The 'cleaning' materials (Hoover/mops and brushes) etc are a really good idea-mine love pretending to clean (probably because the house is always a mess!) so that's something handy to pop on a list for them!!

  4. December 3, 2016 / 11:00 am

    My bf bought his wee boy the ikea kitchen set. Its soo cute! #DreamandSparkle

  5. December 8, 2016 / 1:59 am

    Thank you!I'm so pleased you think so, it was fun to put together 🙂 xx

  6. December 8, 2016 / 2:02 am

    That's why I love a gift guide, it's always so helpful if you have a bit of a mental block on what to get. The pjs are SO cute! There were too many to choose from actually, lots of lovely options out there. You're right about the cleaning props… they literally are just there for! Still, it's a step in the right direction isn't it?! Xxx

  7. December 8, 2016 / 2:03 am

    Yeah?! It looks very cute and very sturdy too. It's looking almost certain that we will be getting it for our toddler this year… just have to think of where to put it!xxx

  8. December 10, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Oh what a fab list! I love the kitchen! #DreamandSparkle

  9. December 14, 2016 / 1:49 am

    Thank you! I know, I'd be quite happy playing in it on Christmas day actually. Lol! Xx

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