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So the second installation of this week’s gift guides! I have rounded up my favourite gifts for kids under £50 – probably the one that is going to be your main shlep this Christmas. I usually find that my kids will get a bunch of things under £10, a few things under £50 and then 1 item that is over the £50 mark, otherwise known as “the big one”. I’ve tried to include things in here that I think are a decent value for money as well as fun, there won’t be anything in this guide under £10 (in fact, it’s all over £20) but I feel that’s reasonable – unlike the Trolls party set for £40 spondoodles with three characters and what I would call “baby fodder” in the form of small plastic tat.

Shall we get started then? Top left heading clockwise again:

  1. Stegosaurus harem pants from The Mini Classy

This is the kind of thing that is both practical and something that would DELIGHT Toby. It also comes from one of my new faves shops Mootz London where they have a tonne of cool fashion items that kids will absolutely love, as well as being practical.

2. Little Patient

I’m convinced I’ve mentioned this somewhere on the blog before but I couldn’t not include it in this. If you haven’t noticed “operation” the board game seems to be back in fashion but why bother spending £20 on that when you can buy this and not only is it equally fun but it is educational too! If kids want to they can play doctors without the annoying buzzing from the game and they can actually learn about anatomy… speaking of learning about anatomy you might have seen my recent Instagram post?

3. Knitted dinosaur soft toy

I really love this, I have hundreds of dino toys for Toby but I don’t have a knitted one and I just think it has such a sweetness about it that makes it far better for a little one than a plush. Also, this is perfect because all of it is knitted so there aren’t any choking hazards for little ones. They make a stegosaurus too!

4. Fancy dress from Colourpopz

I’m such a fan of fancy dress. I have endless photos of the kids playing dress up and enjoying themselves so I didn’t think that I could write a gift guide without includeing dress up. They range from a really reasonable gift for a niece or family friend, to a full out wonder costume for your child. I love Harry Potter and the boys have just started to get into it so I have chosen this one for the gift guide but the company does everything from Disney characters to animals. Fancy dress is always something for everyone!

5. Lost my name book

These are the most wonderful books for kids, we have one for Reuben and it is beautiful for teaching him how to spell his name and as an inexpensive personalised gift. The illustrations are fabulous and the stories are just magical – I truly believe this should be under every kiddos Christmas tree!

6. London Train set

I really love this and it is they type of thing that my boys (and Edith as she gets older) would love. You really can’t beat a wooden train set, they are timeless and we have tonnes of it. I like this one especially because it is a London set, so perfect for any little one to learn a bit about culture while they play. They do make several different sets so if you wanted to try something else you could.

7. Personalised fruit chopping set

Little do the boys know that a few years ago I bought a wooden shop for them, complete with market stall and till. I have a few fruits and veggies but most have been given to them over time and I’ve just never gotten around to giving it to them, with no space in the house and them always preferring other toys. I was planning to gift it to Edith now when she gets to 3 next year (perhaps next Christmas?) as I know the boys will play with it but less than her. This personalised fruit box would be the cherry on top because it has chopping fruit, a “knife”, a peeler and a box to keep your produce in. Perfecto!

8. Singing Sofia the First doll

Ahh Sofia. She is one of Edith’s favourite all time characters and still inspires squeals of delight from the kid. I have to say I have always felt that the large “dolls” from Disney are pretty good value when they sing and speak, I don’t feel that £35 for this with 60+ phrase was unreasonable! I know it is gaudy and plastic, noisy and will no doubt start singing at 2am, waking up the dog as it goes BUT I couldn’t not include it when I’ve just been and bought it this weekend…

9. Sylvanian Family Treehouse

Yes, Sylvanians are rather over priced, but (and it is a big but!) they are timeless and I have already started buying a few for Edith who – much to my consternation – has no interest in them yet. Toby and Reuben both loved this set when we went to “look for ideas” in Toys R Us, but both passed it up for transformers and dinosaurs telling me “Edith will have it when she’s a bit bigger and we can play with it then”.

10. Hugo the Dog

I love this soft toy dog, he’s lambswool and oh-so-soft. If you have a little one who is a soft toy lover, this is both stylish and cute, not to mention hypoallergenic.

Happy shopping guys!

H x

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