Gift sets are really fun things to make, if you have the means to do so. It’s not like you can’t buy them from shops and such, but it’s always worth thinking about whether you can make your own instead. If you have the ability to source the items for it and present them nicely in a pack, then make sure you do. It doesn’t matter who you’re buying for, as they’re bound to appreciate the fact that you’ve put effort into making it for you and that everything was hand-picked, rather than choosing the first thing that way seen. It’s just as true when you’re getting them for young children and babies too, as well as adults, as you still want to make an impression, either way. Now that you know you want to make one, it’s about working out what will work best with them and how you’re going to make it work when you bring all the little things together.
In gift sets of these sorts, it’s best to go for a nice range of things which are both fun and can be used by the parents during the tough time, as they get to grips with being a parent. It can be difficult in the early days to know how much of all the supplies you need. Baby wipes, bibs, clothes, bottles and so on. Get some of these, as well as some small toys, as they’ll all contribute towards a great gift set.
These days, everyone knows that they have to stretch their budgets just a little more than usual and that they can’t spend extravagantly. It’s brought about a culture of scrimping and finding alternative options for gifts. One way which it’s manifested itself is that it’s become a lot more acceptable to buy cheaper presents for people. But of course you’ll only want to do this if you can make it look nice, which you can if you put a lot of effort into finding the right way to present it. Think carefully about what you buy; it might be an idea to go and get a few things at first, see whether it fits well and then buy more to finish it all off, for example.
Christmas is an extremely exciting time when you’re a toddler. It’s when you first begin to understand what this time of the year is about, in terms of being treated to things that you probably can’t get for the rest of the year. They get spoiled extravagantly during the festive season, but probably can’t remember last year to know what it was like. This means that you can really go to great lengths to make it a magical experience for them. So where will you start in giving them this dream-like fantasy? You’ll surely begin with the toys, right? Well we’ve looked into the ones which are popular with that age group with year and have come up with the best ones around for Christmas 2012, which you can take yourself through below.
On a lot of people’s hot lists for 2012, they’re leaning towards the educational end of the spectrum for toddlers, but this doesn’t mean that the products aren’t fun. A LeapPad explorer could do the trick, for example and will be an easy way to keep them happy. Play kitchens have gone through quite the resurgence, so they might meet your standards for this year. As well as those, a return favourite is the Furby toy, so if you want a reminder of a top pick from a few years back, go with that.
As has already been said, for children that are only just getting to grips with the concept of Christmas, it’s a very exciting time, so just think big with all of this. You know that you don’t have to go overboard with buying into name-brand toys and things like this when they’re of this age and it gives you the chance to buy some that make a big impression without being too expensive for you. Overall, this benefits everyone and is fuel for the ideal festive season for everyone in the home. Do you know what you’re after? Do you know where you’re heading? Are you ready for it? Get your head down, find the toys that your little ones will enjoy and make sure they have the fantasy that they expect to receive, whether or not they quite know and understand what it’s all about yet.
Dolls houses are always fun purchases if you’re buying for a little girl, as you just know that it’s a sure-fire way to win them over. Who wouldn’t want their own little home to run, when you’re that old? It gives them the chance to expand their imagination and get into all sorts of creative stories with their dolls. So if you’ve found yourself browsing through pages like this, it might help to hear which ones are the most popular this year and might be worth getting. Below, we run through five of the best ones that we’ve come across and, you never know, you might find just what you’re looking for among them.
- Pintoy Marlborough House. A delight to any youngster who’s greeted with it on Christmas Day, is it right for you?
- Almond Blossom House. As its price has been slashed recently, this one might be one that you’d like to go with if you’re working from a tight budget.
- Strawberry Villa House. With its big frame and well-formed insides, this is a very exciting one for any young girl who’s yet to have a miniature house of their own to play around with.
- Le Toy Van 104. It’s a popular choice, which has a lot of people talking, so join the club if it sounds appealing.
- Mini Dolls House. Maybe you can’t fit a proper-sized house like this in your home. If this is the case, smaller ones such as this are out there.
What you must remember about dolls houses is that buying them is a life-long investment. You’re not going to look at all toy purchases in this way, but these are intended to last a lot time and to be able to being happiness to your kids as they grow and look back on their childhood. As they get older, they may even give it to their children. Obviously, you won’t have been looking that far into the future, but it gives you a sense of how different they are to other presents. They’ll last for ages (provided that you get a good one) and they’re intended to hold a lot of sentimental value over the years, so think big when buying a dolls house.
What’s popular for Christmas this year? It’s a question you’ll end up asking yourself every year, before you spend time looking into your children’s tastes and if it relates to what you’ve found out. It’s always a task to get through, because if you make the wrong decision when buying these things, your children are always bound to tell you about it. Luckily, the media come forward to reveal what’s on children’s wish lists each year, so make sure that you look out for them, as they’ll save you a lot of time trying to find information in other ways. We’ve gone to the effort to find out what’s the most popular options are for Christmas 2012, so feel free to use them as a reference when you go about shopping for the little ones.
- Angry Birds Indoor and Outdoor 3D Action Game. Everyone just loves the iPhone game, so bringing it to life just seems natural. If you’re a fan, you’re bound to love it.
- Soccer Star. Put your skills to the test on this mini-sized Playmobil set and see whether or not you’re as good as you believe you are. Even if you aren’t, you may end up surprising yourself.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret Sewer Lair. Making a return on the scene, the Turtles have a great toy to go along with it.
- YacketySmack. We all love a good board game and this is one of the most popular ones on the rise at the moment. Go for it if you’d like a bit of a change from the norm.
- BBQ Blitz. Kids games have come a long way in recent times and now you can even get toy cooking ones such as this to get stuck into. It might not sound like fun yet, but just wait until it’s in your home and it will be a completely different story.
If there’s anything that you feel that we’ve missed out, it might actually be the case. There’s a lot out there and a lot of this comes down to what they’re peer groups are into, more than anything. It’s up to you with the final decision, but these are the most popular throughout the UK at the moment.
It’s a question that’s bound to spring up in the mind of any new mother around Christmas time: Should I get my baby a Christmas present? As they’re too young to ever remember this time, is it worth doing it? You can get yourself in a right rollercoaster of emotions while thinking over it. When you’ve got a newborn, there’s so much that you have to think about buying that getting things which aren’t practical can seem a bit pointless, but others will feel otherwise. There’s a lot to take in and it’s really up to you on whether you decide to do it or not, but it’s always worth seeing lots of different people’s perceptions, before you make your final decision on the matter.
It’s important to note that if you don’t, your baby is bound to be spoiled by other family members anyway. So if you don’t get anything, it’s not as if they’re going to go completely without. It’s also worth point out that if you decide flat out that you aren’t going to, you’re missing out on an opportunity to really embrace something that you can look back on and really appreciate. They’re never going to have another ‘first Christmas’, so wouldn’t it be worth getting them something special?
Ultimately, it comes down to your thoughts on the matter and whether you think you should buy the presents. You’re full aware that they aren’t going to remember Christmas, but perhaps you just want to get them things so that in the future, you’ll have something to look back on and remind you of how things were on your child’s first Christmas. If you decide not to, you’re still going to remember it, but you just might not have any physical reminder which takes you back to that time. It really doesn’t matter what your peers think of the matter, so don’t let them influence your decision. If you want to get things, if you don’t, or if you’re only going to buy something for your baby if it’s going to be helpful, you should be the one to determine whether or not it’s suitable.