I’m not going to lie, despite being a mama and spending my days playing with toddler toys I find little ones so difficult to buy for! You want to buy them practical things but also things they’re going to find fun, it’s hard to find the middle ground! A few year’s ago I came across the quote ‘something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read’ and I think it’s a lovely way to take the pressure off yourself when buying gifts for your little one.
I couldn’t help but add a few options to this section. Skates have a range of scooters for little one’s including 3 wheeled scooters which are a perfect starter style for wobbly toddlers. They come in a range of different colours and click together easily so are great for taking out and about without being awkward to carry when your little one gets inevitably tired or bored. Of course there’s going to be many a tumble when learning to ride a scooter so a helmet to go with it should be an essential. The Banwood helmets are excellent and adjustable so go from around 2.5ish until around age 7 depending on the size of your little ones head. You can get simple block colour helmets or a number of different patterned ones. I’m obsessed with Liberty London’s Queue for the Zoo print.
A lovely ethical gift and a small business, Peepul are stunning hand painted pegs dolls and have so many open ended play opportunities. Theodore has a number of these already and I love watching his creativity when he plays with them. Pictured is the ‘Elements’ set with fire, Earth, water and air but there’s so many other cute designs to choose from too.
Finally, unfortunately this didn’t arrive in time to photograph but Portmeirion have the cutest mini themed baking kits for little ones. I absolutely fell in love with this Hungry Caterpillar set in particular, complete with a bowl, spoon and apron. Perfect for a budding chef in the kitchen and great for little ones to feel involved while you’re cooking.
On the more practical gift idea (but equally exciting due to the character) I fell in love with this beautiful little Winnie The Pooh bamboo dinner set. I think it’s such a beautiful gift and I know Theodore’s going to love eating his dinner off of a Winnie The Pooh plate. The set is fully dishwasher safe too (every mama’s dream) so nice and easy to tidy up after a stressful dinner time!
There’s nothing nicer than getting some new pyjamas to wear over the festive period. Zippy Up have a range of beautiful grows without the pain of poppers! This charcoal knitted onsie is super cute and cosy for Theodore for this time of year.
Books are something I always like to gift no matter the time of year. The classic Tales of Peter Rabbit & Benjamin Bunny make a special keepsake that can be passed down through generations while being equally exciting to read with your little one now.