I like to think that I’m a thoughtful gift-giver. I really try to take into account the recipient’s interests when planning their presents, but also think outside the box a little. I’m enjoying thinking about gifts for the boys this year, much more so than 2015. Last year, I generally just looked at toys in the appropriate age-brackets. But now, at eighteen months old the boys are really starting to develop their own interests. For example, Arthur loves pointing out aeroplanes and helicopters in the sky, and role play with cups and saucers. Douglas enjoys puzzles such as stacking rings, musical instruments and opening/closing activities such as open-the-flap books.
Both boys also love ‘just’ exploring the house. I facilitate this as much as possible, and let them look in cupboards/drawers etc when it’s safe to, but sometimes I wonder if they are also a little bored with their toys and need some new challenges. So, Christmas is going to be the perfect opportunity to pass on some outgrown toys and add some new ones to our collection.
One site I’ve discovered lately is Gift Wink. The site gives you the chance to browse a range hand-picked gift ideas from popular retailers on one page, with handy filters for age, gender and interests. Perfect for ticking the boxes for everyone on your Christmas list – but also handy throughout the year as Gift Wink will email you birthday reminders when you register.
Here are a few products that caught my eye while browsing the 1 and 2-year-old sections of the site:
These days it’s so easy to fall into the trap of choosing only interactive toys with lights and sounds, that you forget that there are so many other ways to play. I’m making the effort this year to include some tactile toys that can be used for many types of play, and for years to come too (not just until the batteries run out!) These blocks look lovely and I’m sure they would pique my boys’ interest. Layer them to create new tones and textures, look through them to see the world in different colours. Hold them up to the window and see what stained-glass effects you can make. I’m sure they’d also be great for building with.
As I mentioned, Douglas really loves musical instruments. (Or anything he can make a noise with!) I’ve never seen a musical table like this before and it looks great – perfect for twins or siblings to share and start their own family band! Included on the table are a drum, cymbals, xylophone and rhythm sticks. It can also be personalised with your child’s name!
Arthur, (like may other toddlers I’m sure) loves pretending to make cups of tea for people! We have a few plastic cups and saucers, but this wooden set is just gorgeous. I can definitely see him walking around with the tray in hand! This set has 12 pieces, including cups, saucers, spoons, a teapot, milk jug and cake! The red polka dot design is so cute. Can I have a grown up version please?! (And I don’t even drink tea!)
This is a lovely twist on a more traditional style of puzzle. Perfect for developing hand-eye coordination as you try to ‘catch’ the sea creatures with the magnetic fishing rod. Extend the activity by providing a basket or box to drop the fish into, move it further and further away as your child’s dexterity improves!
So there we have just a few ideas for little ones. While you’re checking out Gift Wink, why not enter their Christmas competition? You could win a £100 voucher to spend on their site! Simply click the image below to head to the quiz, and share your results on Facebook for entry into the draw.
Disclaimer: Gift Wink invited me to promote their new Christmas Quiz on social media in exchange for a 2017 diary. I decided to incorporate this into a post. All views and wording are 100% my own.