Unique presents for children from small (mostly West London based), parent-run businesses
Has anyone else hit a Christmas gift block? It can be so hard choosing gifts for children. Particularly, I find, other peoples’ – if you have a nephew or a goddaughter to buy for. What do they like? Is this age appropriate? Will they like it? Will the parents approve? Etc. For your own children it is sometimes nice to find Christmas present ideas that you can’t just find on Amazon, or fighting your way through the high street crowds. Here are some tips I’ve found this Christmas you might like.
- Sporty Minis bag
Hot off the press, we got sent a sample of the new sports kit bags for over 2 year olds by Sport Minis. Sporty Minis is a unique physical development sports and fundamental movement skills programme delivered within Early Years Foundation Stage and primary school setting centres in London and Surrey. These kit bags come in a range of different colours, and provide everything your child needs in their first proper sports bag.
With fourteen pieces of equipment including a bean bag game kit, a ball and a racket, there are thirty-six different activities you can do with your child using one of these bags. Included are six easy-to-follow individual, pair and team games. These bags retail at a full price of £30.
A great accompaniment to the bag is their calendar. It is packed with different ideas for fun and engaging physical activities to do with your children each month. For starters, I love the Garden traffic lights game for January. It might well be designed for younger children but my 8 and 10-year-olds still had loads of fun playing it in the garden. We must remember to play it when we next see their younger cousin on his next trip over from Hong Kong. You can buy your Sporty Minis bag/ calendar here:
2. Joanna Forest CD
Joanna is a number one selling classical soprano artist. I met her at a Creative Women’s Network night out which is a wonderful bunch of creative artists, business owners and bloggers. She posted a copy for me to listen to recently and we love it. Perfect mellow music for chilled afternoons at home or to keep the calm between siblings on long car journeys. We have a few of those coming up over the Christmas holidays so this will be on replay.
With classics such as ‘Lets Go Fly a Kite, I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing and my favourite – the Joanna Forrest remake of the Take That classic – ‘Greatest Day.’ We have an elderly car which we’ve had since before our 10 year-old was born, so a CD did us fine (available on Amazon in CD format or streamed) – but the album is also available on iTunes and Google Play.
Read more about Joanna Forest: https://www.joannaforest.com/
3. Meet Henry & Henrietta Heartbeat
It’s Cool to be Kind! In a world where we see so much hardship and cruelty, how lovely it is to have a set of books themed specifically on kindness. Meet Henry Heartbeat and Meet Henrietta Heartbeat are two separate books by Natalie Savvides. They are simple, charming stories, teaching children about empathy. The message is that we need to be kind to people and to try to understand their feelings.
I think it’s more essential than ever to be installing these values into children from a very early age. I also love the positive tone of the book. I would recommend this book as a story to be read to children aged 2 to 4 as a heart-warming bedtime story For slightly older children (aged 4 to 7) can read it to you or with you.
The clear, fairly large print and rhyming style of the books are ideal for children who are learning to read. Highly recommended, the two books combined make a lovely set for a Christmas or birthday gift. Read more about Henry and Henrietta Heartbeat and purchase the books here:
4. I Am A Mini Activity Kits
I’m a Mini has a lovely selection of activity and party bags and activity boxes. We were sent the I’m a Mini Explorer and I’m a Mini Weather Watcher a few months ago as a gift and it was a lovely thing to arrive in the mail. Two beautifully wrapped treasure chests of goodies. Presented like a giant lucky dip, my children thought they were really exciting to receive. They have had lots of fun with friends filling in the weather recording book and hunting for bugs in the garden, to study with their magnifying glass. I love how all the tiny details have been thought of in these packs. These are no rushed On The Cheap box sets, but lovingly planned and put together with a whole host of accessories for fun and learning.
“I’m A Mini motivates new interests, nurtures ideas and encourages new skills – all through games and creativity.” There is a comprehensive range to choose from to enthrall your mini astronauts, footballers, artists and bakers. For more information: https://www.imamini.co.uk
Tori and Carrie are identical twins from Ealing and Richmond who I met several months ago to provide some marketing guidance and support. Together they founded Nailpad which is a slick portable table, with a nifty holder to keep the nail varnish pot secure. This fab little tool makes painting nails easier, steadier and tidier!
As the mother of a 10-year-old girl who absolutely loves her collection of about 240 nail polishes and enjoys doing manicures on herself and others, I am used to the mess that nail polish make. As is her bedroom carpet and our lounge cushions! Since giving her a Nailpad the spillages have reduced dramatically – hurrah! She loves showing it to her friends when they come over. The have hours of fun, running ‘beauty salons’ and ‘spa days.’
If you think this is something that would be of interest to an enthusiastic manicurist in your family or friendship group, check out the Buy Me page on the Nailpad website. The Nailpad comes in a smart carry bag and is available in smart black or bright pink. You can also purchase a set which includes some nail polish and children’s stickers. See the full range here: https://nailpad.co.uk/buy-me/
6. Creative Writing Skills book
If you have a child aged 9 – 11 and you like to add a few educational gifts into the mix, then this is just the thing. My daughter has taken both Course 1 and Course 2 of the Bright Light Educational Creative Writing Skills. I was delighted with how she took to this course. It unleashed her creativity and has given her so much more confidence in her writing.
The beauty of the course was that it was, in essence, tutoring. Yet it was so fun and engaged the young imaginations so well that my daughter didn’t see it as such. She really looked forward to each class. She absolutely loved getting a book from the course teacher too and was very impressed by the fact she was being taught by a published author! However, it’s a great book as a stand alone too, even if your child isn’t able to do the course.
It teaches essential writing skills such as sentence structure and creating fear and suspense. Priced at only £12.99, it’s a perfect gift if you have a budding author in the house.
For more details about the book and to purchase visit their website:
Hopefully you’ve found some inspiration there . Good luck with the rest of your Christmas shopping!