1. Stomp Rocket – £13 // An air powered rocket launcher that lets you blast rockets into oblivion. Or your neighbour’s garden.
2. 7-in-1 Spy Sleeve – £18 // We don’t actually own this one yet, but with a telescope, torch, digital watch, compass and notepad, I’m sure it’d be a hit.
3. Snap Circuits – £22 // This is probably one of the best toys ever. You can build electronic circuits to do all kinds of cool stuff – burglar alarms, lights, sirens, even a helicopter. We also have the Snap Circuit Rover, which is a remote control robot version, and is equally as fun.
4. Play Kitchen – £59 + Utensils – £2.50 // This is one of the cutest, most affordable, and easily customisable play kitchens out there.
5. Backpack – £22 // Because small people enjoy collecting and carrying stuff around, in my experience.
6. Nerf Blaster – £14 // The boys in our house are big fans of Nerf wars. The girls…not so much.
7. Smart Watch – £43 // Another favourite toy: you can take photos, play games, record sound, and probably a load of other things that I don’t know about. Sebastian loves his. There’s also a pink version (£30).
8. Stripey Pyjamas – from £8 // On Christmas Eve, the kids get to open one present – a pair of new pyjamas. It’s a sweet tradition, and means they wake up on Christmas morning looking extra cute.
9. Star Pyjamas – from £8 // Even cuter if the pyjamas co-ordinate!
10. Rubber Band Gun – £9 // This is very similar to one Eleanor bought with her pocket money. It’s handmade and, as the victim of multiple shootings, I can promise that it doesn’t hurt (much).
11. Knight Helmet Hat – £8 // To keep all the mini warriors toasty.
12. Funtainers in blue and pink flowers – £14-£16 // Easy-to-open, insulated water bottles with minimal plastic.
13. Snood – £12 // Snoods are so much more practical for kids than traditional scarves, I think. I love the pom-poms on this one! There’s also co-ordinating gloves, ear muffs, and a hat.
14. Digital Camera – £50 // A bomb-proof camera, easy enough for a three-year-old to master. Bonus for the grown-ups: you’ll find considerably less photos of tiny feet on your iPhone.
15. Roman Sword – £4.45 // Sebastian has quite the weaponry, but this cheap sword is a favourite because the scabbard has belt loops, and it’s lasted well through extensive battles.
16. The Elementia Chronicles – from £4 // If you have a Minecraft fan in your life, there’s a good chance they will love this book series. Sebastian read the first one cover-to-cover in three days – it kept him busy for hours!
17. Quadro – from £105 // A self-assembly climbing frame/house/slide/boat/plane/whatever else you can think of.
18. Me Reader – £18+ // A set of books that comes with a tablet so pre-readers can hear the story independently. My little ones loved theirs. This one is Disney Princess themed, but there are also Paw Patrol, Marvel Heroes, Frozen, Disney Junior, Thomas & Friends and lots more.
19. Double Jogging Stroller – £30 // Eleanor has a different version of this stroller, and it’s great – well-made and foldable, and can fit twin babies.
Bonus – I just stumbled across this doll house and it is amazing – a gold bean bag, hanging plant holder, macrame wall hanging, killer lighting…I mean, okay, I want it myself.
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