Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Christmas is coming

I had planned on an extensive Christmas gift guide but Christmas is just around the corner and I am no closer, so its time to remedy that with a few quick suggestions to help inspire you (hopefully anyway!).

Top of my list would be the Leapfrog LeapPad 2 priced at £64.49 on Amazon, it is good value for a remarkably versatile system.  Okay it’s not a mini ipad that most people rave on about, but its heck of a lot cheaper too!  The apps might work out more expensive individually but overall you could get plenty of apps for the difference in price and really you only need a few well-picked games, ebooks and videos to keep them happy for hours.  Also if you give young children an ipad now what will they be expecting when they are older, where do you go from there (Next step a fully integrated Iron Man costume complete with built in computer and go faster booster at the age of 5 perhaps!!!)…

I have surprised myself and really want to add Furby, I thought given his price tag (£50), there was no chance he would make the list.  But he is very likeable and growing on me fast.  One reason to perhaps relent and get said ipad mini for your child is so you can feed Furby!  Suffice to say he is charming, loveable and not too annoying.  I confess I now hate the Chitter Chatter we were sent to review (the boys though still love it!!!), the high-pitched squeaks have driven me to distraction, Furby on the other hand is one addition I can quite happily live with.

Hexbugs we love and I know Father Christmas has planned a Hexbug Zip Line addition to our extensive course.  The boys will be thrilled with this, I saw a video of it in action on you tube and it looks fun.  I love how they are always bringing out new ways to improve playability of these sets, meaning my boys keep going back for more.  It is permanently set up and something they return to daily.  Although I do think youngest mainly enjoys frightening his girlfriends with the scarab!

Skylanders Giants it goes without saying these would be here given how my eldest is slightly obsessed with them!  Am sure this is on most boys’ lists anyway, I just hope they hurry up and bring the next wave of characters out, why keep us in a tender state of anticipation!  Mass release schedule please…

I quite like the look of the Angry Birds Star Wars AT-AT Attack Battle Game for £34.99, we bought a different one for eldest, but this looks more singing more dancing, with lots of blocks and figures to make for an action packed game.  My boys love the computer game, so it’s only natural to want to build on that!  They can have all the same excitement whilst getting them away from a screen for a change.  The Angry Birds Star Wars Mystery Bags for only £1.99 would make lovely little stocking fillers for fans; they can build up a collection of the figures relatively inexpensively.

One game we have kept enjoying is What's Up from Paul Lamond, so am sure this would be a hit for most children come Christmas.  Easy to set up and play, educational and good value.  Great fun for all the family and no batteries needed!
For my parents and other members of the family I love Lakeland.  They have some delightful edible offerings.  I got my mum onboard reviewing the Marzipan; she thought it was a lovely indulgent treat (although she is slightly hooked on Marzipan anyway!).  It was not too sweet and having some flavoured additions in the box, made this a dream gift idea for my mum.  

These days food is so expensive, so my weekly shop tends to be quite boring, repetitive and filled with whatever is on offer!  I want Christmas to be memorable for the special members of my family, so plan on getting a few select items to make Christmas all about tasting delicious, decadent, mouth-watering items.  You could really spoil them with one of the hampers.  You can see all the food and drink here.

My family sampled the Sharrow Bay Sticky Toffee Pudding (£7.49), it was heavenly, very rich, and the sauce was absolutely delicious.  If your not a fan of mixed fruit then this would be a welcome alternate to the usual Christmas pudding!

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