I would not say I am a toy expert by any stretch but having a blog I am aware of the toys billed to be the biggies for Christmas. I have a few presents squirreled away for the special day but thankfully my boys have not grumbled for expensive items like iPads, I dread to think how much two of those would set us back! We could probably have a holiday for less…
I always buy a mixture of presents to include a few educational elements, books and board games to feel like I am contributing to their schooling in some small way! Especially with the majority of the presents they have on their lists for Santa involving screen time in one form or another. I always feel guilty as a parent if they spend too much time playing computer games.
What I struggle with the most are the stocking fillers, I find them really hard to buy! Who would think stuffing a little stocking is more problematic than picking all the other big presents. Other than sweets I draw a little bit of a blank and I do want the stocking to be exciting seeing as it’s the first part of the Christmas morning routine. I do not want a lacklustre reaction to the contents in there but at the same time I do not want to spend a fortune either!
I love Hawkins Bazaar and whenever we head to Chester I make a beeline for the store, everything always looks so appealing! You end up buying things you least expect and there are some fabulous stocking fillers, quite original and even funny things to add! I would love to see their faces tucking into the I’m a Celebrity Which Witchetty Grubs, haha! No I am not that mean, but one hubbie could use as a Secret Santa for work anyway!
So if your also lacking inspiration do check out their stocking fillers, one I definitely won’t be adding is the Dawn of the Bunny Suicides seeing as eldest still loves his blankie bunny soft toy, he might have a mini meltdown seeing that! The Baa Humbug pooping sheep dispenser on the other hand would be met with heaps of giggles.
Phew this year I might have the stockings under control without having to re-mortgage the house, one year it was stuffed with DVD’s and computer games and I swear the stocking cost more than half of their actual presents…
The dinosaur magic eggs are only 75p reduced bargain!