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
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!