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Monday, November 5, 2018

The Best Christmas Gifts for Kids and Family this Year!


It's that time of year where we start thinking about all things Christmas.

The Christmas menu, who you'll be inviting - and of course, what you'll be popping under the tree! I'm continuing our annual Christmas Gift Guide series with four gift guides jam packed full of gift ideas for everyone on your list - and I'm kicking it off with the youngest gift recipients!

This Kids and Family Gift Guide has gift ideas for kids and teens, as well as gifts that are perfect for the whole family to enjoy together.

So let me share them with you! >> 


Christmas Gift Ideas for Toddlers and Babies
You can't forget the littlest ones on your list! 
These gift ideas are perfect for little ones under three.

JellyCat Bashful BunnyJellyCat BunnyBest For Ages: All ages
Buy it From: Latest Buy, right here!

Jelly Cat bunnies and plush toys are our go to gifts for little ones because it's impossible not to love them. Soft and snuggly, they're the kind of toy that you'll find your little one dragging around for years and years to come. Our hint? Buy two, because when they become their favourite, you'll want to have a back up just in case!
LeapBuilders Wild AnimalsLeapBuilders Wild AnimalsBest For Ages: 18+ months
Buy it From: All major toy retailers
Available on Amazon? Yes! Find them here on Amazon.com.au with free Prime shipping.

Your little one will learn their animals and discover their first words with these clever blocks. Made for little hands, these blocks respond with phrases, sounds and songs as they're placed together. Press the question button on the house and it will ask for a specific block or animal to be placed on top - or hit the sound button for fun songs or animal sounds.

VTech Minnie Ice Cream ParlourMinnie's Toot Toot Drivers Ice Cream Parlour Best For Ages: 1-3 years
Buy it From: All major toy retailers
Available on Amazon? Yes! Find it here on Amazon.com or here on Amazon.com.au with free Prime shipping.

Create, play and explore with Minnie's Ice Cream Parlour. Take a ride with Minnie in her ice cream truck, whizzing down the tracks and through the gate and activating the three Smart Point locations as you go. Drop ice cream shapes into the shape sorter and load them into Minnie's truck, raise the elevator, spin the gears and move the gate as you make those deliveries - all the while listening to Minnie's fun phrases that encourage pretend play.

Leap Frog Musical Rainbow Tea PartyLeap Frog Musical Rainbow Tea PartyBest For Ages: 1-3 years
Buy it From: All major toy retailers
Available on Amazon? Yes! Find it here on Amazon.com or here on Amazon.com.au with free Prime shipping.

Who doesn't love a tea party?! Leap Frog's Musical Rainbow Tea Party brews up plenty of learning fun with counting, matching, colours, manners and more. Kids can host their very own tea party, listening to the teapot bubbling and sloshing and then matching their tea to their cake to share with friends.

V-Tech Push Along Pet CarrierV-Tech Push Along Pet CarrierBest For Ages: 18+ months
Buy it From: Kmart

Take your puppy for a walk and make sure it's properly groomed with this super cute playset that encourages learning, music and role play.
Leap Frog Number Crunching SquirrelLeapfrog Number Crunchin' SquirrelBest For Ages: 2+ years
Buy it From: All major toy retailers
Available on Amazon? Yes! Find it here on Amazon.com.au.

Learning numbers has never been so fun! Feed the hungry squirrel his treats to explore counting, colours and early math concepts and press his tail to send them soaring!
VTech Peek and Play TurtleVTech Peek and Play TurtleBest For Ages: 3+ months
Buy it From: All major toy retailers
Available on Amazon? Yes! Find it here on Amazon.com or here on Amazon.com.au.

When this cute and cuddly turtle comes out of his shell, he's sure to entertain! This plush turtle features a variety of textures, colours, sounds and patterns to stimulate your baby's senses and encourage fine motor skills. 
Peppa Pig Gift Ideas Christmas 2018
Peppa Pig is so popular she deserves her own section!
If you have a little one in your life who's anything like our Niece and LOVES anything Peppa Pig, here are our top Peppa Picks for Christmas 2018!


Peppa Pig Sing & Learn MicrophonePeppa Sing and Learn MicrophoneBest For Ages: 2+
Buy it From: All major toy retailers
Available on Amazon? Yes! Find it here on Amazon.com or here on Amazon.com.au with free Prime shipping.

Choose from two modes of play;Sing Along where your child can choose from 1 of 7 songs to sing along with Peppa or Quiz Time where Peppa will test your child's listening and observation skills. 

Ty Peppa Pig Princess BeaniePeppa Plush ToysBest For Ages: 2+
Buy them From: All major toy retailers
Available on Amazon? Yes! Find them here on Amazon.com or here on Amazon.com.au with free Prime shipping.

If your little one is a Peppa pig fan, they'll LOVE having their own Peppa beanie to snuggle or play with. Available in a huge range of fun costumes, you can choose from Princess Peppa, Ballerina Peppa and so much more.

Peppa Pig Vehicle Camper VanPeppa Pig Vehicle Play SetsBest For Ages: 2+
Buy it From: All major toy retailers
Available on Amazon? Yes! Find them here on Amazon.com or here on Amazon.com.au with free Prime shipping.

Let their imagination run wild as they play out Peppa's adventures with these vehicleplay sets. There's Peppa's Family Camper playset with Mummy and Daddy Pig, Peppa and George and their barbecue, table and chairs, Peppa's red car complete with Peppa ready for an adventure, Peppa's helicopter or school bus. 

Unique Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids
Smiggle Gifts!Best For Ages: 3+
Buy them From: Smiggle! In store or online.

Smiggle is one of our favourite places to shop for kids because there is always so much to be found! Whether you're looking for a practical gift like a pencil case and accessories for school or a fun stocking stuffer, there's something for everyone.

If you can't choose what to buy, why not gift them a Smiggle gift card inside a cute wallet, purse or pencil case so they can go shopping?!

Some of our favourite picks? These Hoodie Junior Character Backpacks, DIY Squishies Kit and Nifty Moneybox Safe!

Pokemon Power Action PikachuPokemon Power Action PikachuBest For Ages: 3+
Buy it from: All Major Toy Retailers
Available on Amazon? Yes! Find it here on Amazon.com or here on Amazon.com.au.

If you have a Pokemon fan on your list, they'll love this power action Pikachu! Soft and cuddly, this Pikachu has over 15 light and sound interactions and responds in different ways depending on where it falls, what buttons are pressed or power him up by shaking him.

Smooshy Mushy BabySmooshy Mushy BabiesBest For Ages: 3+
Buy it from: All Major Toy Retailers
Available on Amazon? Yes! Find it here on Amazon.com.

Squishies are the latest craze and these collectable squishies couldn't be cuter! There's 6 to collect and each Smooshy Mushy bottle contains a surprise - which baby will you get?! Inside each bottle is a scented Smooshy Mushy baby and it's squishy pet as well as a name tag, mini bottle, sticker and birth certificate with collector's poster.

Toy Free Gift Ideas for Kids - Practical Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids
Want a gift that isn't a toy? Here are some practical gifts that will be used again and again and won't clutter up your toy box!

Zak! PJ Masks CollectionZak! PJ Mask CollectionBest For Ages: 2+
Buy them from: Zak! directly here, Amazon (see below) or selected retailers.
Available on Amazon? Yes! Find them here on Amazon.com or here on Amazon.com.au.

Zak's PJ Masks collection is perfect for any PJ Mask fan and includes everything from cutlery, plates and bowls to drink bottles, lunch boxes and more!
https://www.biome.com.au/lunch-boxes/14375-planetbox-rover-stainless-steel-lunchbox.htmlStainless Steel Bento LunchboxesBest For Ages: All ages - including adults!
Buy them fromBiome.

Reduce your use of single use plastic and make packed lunches healthier and more exciting with these fun lunchboxes! Biome has a huge range of lunchboxes, but our top picks are the Lunchbots Stainless Steel Trio (perfect for snack boxes or little lunches!) and Planet Rover Stainless Steel Lunchbox which comes with two handy containers for wet and messy foods and can be personalised with the fun magnet range. 

Cutlery CarriageBest For Ages: All ages - including adults!
Buy them fromCutlery Carriage.

Keep reducing that single use plastic and add a Cutlery Carriage (or a few!) to your Christmas gift list. Perfect for school or work lunches, Cutlery Carriage is a handy case that holds a full sized fork and spoon for eating on the go!
Christmas Gift Ideas for the Whole Family
My favourite Christmas gifts have always been the ones the whole family can enjoy together! Here are our top picks this year!

Blindfolded TwisterBest For Ages: 8+
Buy it from: All major toy retailers
Available on Amazon? Yes! Find it here on Amazon.com or here on Amazon.com.au.

Twister just got so much harder (and funnier!) with this Blindfolded Twister edition! Challenge the whole family to play on Christmas day and make some hilarious memories!
Don't Lose Your CoolBest For Ages: 12+
Buy it from: All major toy retailers
Available on Amazon? Yes! Find it here on Amazon.com or here on Amazon.com.au.

Try not to lose your cool as your friends and family do anything they can to make your heart rate rise. Will whispering in their face do the trick? Or will you need to do your best animal impression? 
Monopoly Cheaters EditionBest For Ages: 8+
Buy it from: All major toy retailers
Available on Amazon? Yes! Find it here on Amazon.com or here on Amazon.com.au.

There's always one who tries to cheat - but in Monopoly Cheaters, cheating is encouraged - you just need to make sure you don't get caught! Even people who don't like regular Monopoly (hello, that's me!) will enjoy this version!

Trivial Pursuit Ruby Anniversary EditionBest For Ages: 16+
Buy it from: All major toy retailers
Available on Amazon? Yes! Find it here on Amazon.com or here on Amazon.com.au.

Trivial Pursuit is turning 40 with an awesome new anniversary edition! Challenge your brains and reminisce with the fun "Remember When?" questions and plenty of general knowledge/niche topic questions.



Scrabble 70th Anniversary EditionBest For Ages: 16+
Buy it from: All major toy retailers and Amazon
Available on Amazon? Yes! Find it here on Amazon.com

Scrabble is celebrating it's 70th Birthday with it's most stylish board yet! The 70th Anniversary Edition features a black board with gold letter stamping for a game you totally won't mind leaving on the coffee table.


But tell me, 
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? 
And what was the BEST Christmas gift you received as a child? 

    
   
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