Christmas Gift Guide for Children

With three little ones and almost a decade of children’s present buying under our belt it can often feel difficult to find inspiration every year as Christmas comes around. So what do you buy the children who have it all? I have put together this gift guide of my favourite books, toys and and more, guaranteed to put a smile on their faces and keep little ones entertained this Christmas.

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L.O.L Surprise! Winter Disco Bigger Surprise

This L.O.L Winter Surprise is exclusive to Amazon and is a must have among children this Christmas. Watch your child unbox 60 never before seen surprises including a limited edition L.O.L surprise and 5 exclusive dolls to name a few. All kept safe in this fantastic case, your child can have hours of fun anywhere they go. Get yours here.

L.O.L Surprise 2-in-1 Gamper Van

This L.O.L Surprise Glamper Van also includes a massive 55 surprises! With the flexibility to extend and provide a huge area of play or detach the front for a separate smaller car to enjoy wherever they go, this Glamper van offers hours of fun.

Owleez

Forecast to be hugely popular this Christmas these adorable, interactive owls respond to your movement, touch and love. They have over 100 movements and sounds and best of all they can even fly! Get yours here.

Linkimals Smooth Moves Sloth

One for the little ones, this colourful Linkamal sloth by Fisher Price uses lights and sounds to encourage your baby to learn and explore. With a huge array of songs and lights to choose from, this adorable sloth is a great way to keep your little one occupied and having fun.

Paw Patrol Super Paws Mighty Jet

This 2 in 1 transforming jet switches from a jet to Paw Patrol mobile command HQ! Providing two fantastic ways to play and get creative with their imagination. With an exciting disc launcher and Ryder figure included, as well as many more to collect, it’s no wonder this has made it into the top 10.

Monopoly Voice Banking

Fun for all the family! Monopoly Voice Banking is a genius way to play this wonderful family classic. Kick back, enjoy and let the clever bank unit manage all the Monopoly finances. This is a great gift for all the family to enjoy over the festive period.

Pictionary Air

Pictionary air is the new and hilarious twist to a true classic. One guaranteed to be played time and time again. Draw in the air and see your ideas come to life. Download the Pictionary Air app and have hours of fun with the family.

Treasure X Kings Gold Treasure Tomb

The Treasure X Kings Gold Treasure Tomb is the ultimate Treasure X experience for your child. Your child can be part of the adventure digging through magic rock to unleash mini beasts. Smash and dig through layers to find hidden treasures. With 30 levels to complete this is a gift that will keep on giving.

Nerf Fortnite SP-L Blaster

Anything Fortnite related was bound to be a hit this Christmas. Team that with Nerf and it is no wonder this is hitting Christmas wish lists. Inspired by the blaster used in the popular game the blaster has a 3 dart capacity and comes with a detachable barrel so your child can customise it. Includes 6 Nerf Elite darts. Get yours here.

Lego Hidden Side Haunted High School

Your child will love to build and play with this Lego Haunted High School playset. Try to defeat the ghosts haunting the school. Includes a fantastic 8 mini figures, this is a great addition to your child’s Lego collection. Download the App and scan the model to make it come alive!

Frenzy 230mm Black Folding Scooter V2

This stylish Frenzy scooter is certain to be a huge hit with the kids this Christmas. It’s big wheels make for a comfortable riding experience, along with it’s sturdy mechanism mean that this scooter will go and go. The stylish design means that the scooter will be perfect for either boys or girls. Popular among commuters due to it’s small folding capabilities, that means Mum or Dad can hop on any time too! Fun for all of the family. Check out the huge range of scooters, skates, boards and bikes available at Skates.co.uk here.

Little Creatures: Goes to sleep Personalised Book

This personalised book is not only adorable but has been proven to help you develop a highly effective bedtime routine. The ‘Goes to Sleep’ book features your little one throughout and can be tailored in every way from name to hair colour. Get yours here.

Watadventure Personalised Book

Take your Child on an adventure! This Watadventure eco themed books aim is to inspire kids to save the planet. The fun comic style book contains practical activities, eco themed stories and challenges. Personalise yours here.

Hey Grandude! By Paul McCartney

Written by the known and loved Paul McCartney, Hey Grandude is an action packed picture book that follows the story of an explorer Grandude and his 4 Grandchildren. Inspired by his own experience as a Grandfather join them in this adventurous and exciting story, guaranteed to keep your little ones eager to turn the page for more. This is the perfect book for your child to share with a loved one.

Casagami Gingerbread

Something totally different, this Gingerbread house from Litogami is made from sustainable materials and uses solar to power its adorable glow. Perfect for a Christmas eve box maybe? This little house can be assembled with family and friends and is sure to bring a touch of magic to your child. Get yours here.

Tonies Intuitive Speaker

This Toniebox Speaker is fun and interactive way for your child to enjoy stories and songs from these adorable little Tonies figures. With many story telling figures to choose from, this is the perfect gift that you can keep adding to. The stylish cube comes in 7 different colours and all Tonie story telling figures are hand painted. Easy to use, stylish and no complicated controls, I can see this being a huge hit this Christmas.

3Doodler Start Essentials Pen Set

This award winning 3D doodler allows your child to bring their ideas to life! This child friendly pen melts plastic that cools and hardens rapidly meaning they can doodle in the air. Educational and great fun this is a must have this Christmas.

Hasbros Play-doh Stamp n Top Pizza Oven

Hours of fun to be had! Hasbro’s Kitchen Creations allows your child to unleash their imagination and create Play-Doh pizzas from cooking the base to grating the cheese. The perfect gift for those children who love to get creative and includes everything your child needs for hours of pizza making fun. Get yours here.

Thorntons Chocolate Elf

Crafted from Thorntons delicious milk chocolate, this Cheeky Elf is guaranteed to be a hit with children of any age. Check out the adorable range of characters available at Thorntons this Christmas. They can even be personalised to include your child’s name in icing.

*This post contains gifted items however all words and opinions are my own.

Hosting the perfect Halloween

Décor

Of course we are kicking off with my favourite section, décor Now when I say Halloween décor it may make you think of the outside of the home. While decorating the outside of your home is great, many don’t extend the theme inside. If you are hosting this Halloween, there are some great interior accessories available that can transform your home without breaking the bank or being at all tacky. Keeping the lights low and using lots of candle light will not only keep your home looking spooky but using Autumnal scented candles will be sure to impress your guests. Cute little buntings around the house mean that the children get to enjoy the theme inside while not being freaked out by hanging ghosts and zombies around the house! I know my youngest can be a bit unsure of some Halloween décor still, so keeping décor child friendly is important. I picked up all of these decorations from Wilko, they were a great price, many items are just £1 and I am sure these will be brought out year on year, the children love them!

Food and drink

The key to any great party, when we host for Halloween we try to keep it simple. Something warming in the slow cooker for after trick or treating makes for a crowd pleaser. We often serve hot dogs or witchy fingers for the kids and a warming chilli for the adults. If you have a Kilner drinks jar going unused because Pimms season is over, why not make up a spooky punch for the adults. We tend to buy paper plates and cups in a Halloween theme because the kids love it, it also it makes for an easy hosting and fuss free experience, meaning you can spend more time with your guests (drinking punch) than washing up. These adorable plates and cups are from Wilko and the children can’t wait to use them.

Keeping the children entertained

Of course the children are occupied with trick or treating, but this only keeps them busy outside the house and for a limited amount of time. Make sure you have a few tricks up your sleeve! A trick or treat table is a great way to keep them busy, simply make up some boxes of gross textures like jelly or custard and get the kids to pull out either a treat (sweeties or toys) or a trick (empty sweet packets or a sprout). If you don’t fancy dealing with messy games then keeping the kids happy with these doodle mats from Eat Sleep Doodle is sure to be a winner. These fantastic frame mats are fully washable so they can be used again and again, a feature that I love. The children do a lot of drawing so these are a great way to encourage their imaginative learning in a fun and re useable way. The children have loved doodling some spooky pictures on them this October and we will be cracking them out for the little ones and their friends to play with this Halloween. They keep the children entertained for ages which is perfect when you are entertaining guests. Eat Sleep Doodle have a huge range of beautifully designed textile and stationary products. These also make a great and unusual gift, you can even have your Eat Sleep Doodle product wrapped in colouring in wrapping paper which I think is a great touch! Check out their incredible range here.

So there you have it, my tips on hosting a fun and fuss free Halloween party. I hope that you all have a great one!

The Johnsons xxx

Although this post features gifted items, all words and opinions are of my own.