Christmas is quickly approaching and we are running out of precious time to a) come up with great gifts b) find them and get them shipped in time.
If there is anything I learned with my two kids it would be that there are only few toys really loved and played with and plenty of amazingly looking toys lying around useless, taking space and collecting dust.
This Christmas I really want to focus on quality over quantity, no more gazillion of beautifully wrapped nonsenses rather less but well-thought items.
Here is my gift list for kids 2-6 years.
These are carefully selected products from mostly family owned businesses, they are versatile, educative, fun and also ‘unisex’ so no-gender specific!
I am totally crazy about my recent discovery. Dutch couple made their first wobbel board for their kids and when they saw the amazing success they quickly turned it into a family business.
Is it a balance board, a swing, a bridge, a shop, a hut, a step, a racetrack, a lounge seat, or an elephants back? Grown ups will try to define it, but children instinctively know what the possibilities are.
The Wobbel stimulates balance and strength during play and use. In a playful way, but very efficiently, it supports physical awareness and balance.
GRIMM’S WOODEN TOYS
Also a recent discovery and a love at first sight!
Family owned German company who designs and produces great quality wooden toys for all ages. Their wood is only sourced from sustainably managed forests in Europe, colors and oils are certified and harmless and some of the products are made in cooperation with handicapped people.
These are things to consider when you choose which business you support by making a purchase! Of course, besides the amazing product itself 😉
They have very wide range of products, my choice for this Christmas are Magnetic puzzles. They are amazing to challenge your creativity and stretch your imagination!
For little ones:
And the older ones:
I also love their Rainbow stacks!
Really versatile and ideal already for small children! Toddlers stack, sort and build and as the children get older they will use it as a cradle for dolls, as fence for animals, like a tunnel or bridge for vehicles, as house for dwarfs and dollhouse dolls, build amazing sculptures… this rainbow will always be integrated in playing with a lot of fantasy.
Have you ever heard about Lost my name? The cutest idea for personalised book ever! I got one for both of my kids, received it very quickly and I am thrilled with those books!!
These will make for a lovely bed time read for any child.
Started as a small start up, the bunch of young people turned it into a successful business and are proud to grow their team in order to bring more magic to the world.. How cool is this mission statement 🙂
Next in the line are fantastic educational books for kids:
Have you heard about See inside… books from Usborne? They are truly amazing. Plenty to choose from, depending on the age and interests..
My picks for this year are:
See inside your Body – Usborne’s Flap book
This astonishingly inventive title allows young children to discover the inner workings of the human body in a gently humorous, yet wholly accurate way. Bright, original colour illustrations and diagrams display all the major organs of the human body and are accompanied by witty, clear and informative factual text. It contains over fifty flaps, which children can lift to reveal extra detail.
See inside Science – Usborne’s Flap book
Fabulous flap book that demonstrates basic scientific ideas in a simple and engaging way.
Each double page shows key ideas from a different branch of science, including astronomy, ecology, chemistry and physics.
Reveals the secrets of how our world works and provides children with a strong foundation in science.
And last to my trio of suggestions is The Usborne’s Children Picture Atlas.
Lovely visual journey around the world, from the hot plains of Africa, to the frozen tundra of the Artic.
Detailed pictorial maps reveal the richness and diversity of human and animal life around the world.
Each map shows the countries, their capital cities, most famous landmarks, longest rivers and highest mountains, while picture stories supplement the maps.
My older one loves traveling and talking about different countries and cultures. She wonders which animals live where, how far are certain countries. And so my another gift suggestion for the little world-wanderers is Janod’s Magnetic World Map. The biggest challenge will be not to loose any part of it!!
Lastly, I would like to show you these wonderful teepees..if only we had more space at home! My friend had one in her living room in the play corner and it is so cozy and kids just couldn’t stop playing in it!
They are not cheap and there are plenty of small companies selling them. Unfortunately all I found locally were way out of my ‘reasonable’ budget.
Here are some other options:
I love this teepee from Love Tree Teepee with clean design and unique colour. You can decorate it for your taste with little accessories. This is the cheapest option I found online.
Next one from Fun with Mum (Mint Heaven on picture) is stunning, comes in different colour combinations but the price is much higher.
When I asked my older one to make a little sign in the Christmas catalogue from a local toy store and indicate what would be her wish for Christmas I came back to meticulously circled each single picture in the catalogue, except of robots and remote controlled cars. That’s not helpful is it 😀
Hopefully my list gave you some great ideas for Christmas gifts. You get only a month to get them home, so better hurry because the pre-christmas sales rush already started and not all businesses are able to ship immediately.
Tip only for you!!
Have a look at french site http://chouchous.fr – where you can find both Wobbel boards and Grimm’s toys… besides loads of other great things. They still ship in time for Christmas!
Shop my list here: