So, what do you buy toddlers for Christmas…..
With two toddlers to buy for in this house, Christmas shopping is a challenge. I love buying presents for my children and get really excited when I am finally allowed to start doing so. But, like so many of you, we sit here wondering what we can get our little ones. Evening after evening, pouring through different toy pages and still having no luck. So, Popitha is here to take the hassle out of high street shopping! Simply put your feet up and let us do the hard work. We have put a selection of toys that hopefully will inspire some of you this Christmas – enjoy!
Amy’s Attic is a small family run business. Amy feels very strongly about being ethical, and not trading in the throw-away type products that are so easy to come by (and to get rid of). Amy had a particular interest in hand-made, fair trade and organic products, and a lot of her toys are not the usual type found on the high street.
Wicker Basket Tin Tea Set £23.00
This delightful tea set in a wicker basket would add enchantment to any toys tea party or picnic. The set includes: the wicker basket, 4 cups and saucers, 4 small plates, napkins, table cloth, and tea spoons.
Wooden Sweet Shop Hamper £20.00
Inside this tin suitcase you’ll find a lovely set of delicious looking wooden sweets and cakes which would grace any picnic or tea party.
Ruby is a gorgeous doll made from a perfect combination of natural rubber and soft fabric. This makes her cuddly, but also very tactile and encourages sensory exploration. Ruby has a lovely smiley face and is wearing soft velour pink long shorts with a patterned top and matching hat (all which can be removed for washing or changing).
Clara Rag Doll £21.00
Clara is a lovely traditional style rag-doll who has lots of character and charm. She has long arms and legs, and because of her shape, she sits very well unaided (perfect for tea parties). She has a soft cuddly body and she is wearing a pretty red and blue summer dress (which can be removed for washing). Her hair is tied into bunches and is very soft black with tight curls.
Ruby and Clara are made in Sri Lanka and are part of the Bonikka range from Imajo who are a fair trade company.
Amy’s Attic Stocking Fillers
Traditional kaleidoscope in 3 different styles. Circus, rocket and lighthouse. A timeless toy that brings joy to everyone of any age. The beautiful patterns that are seen through the kaleidoscope are never repeated twice.
Fly Eye Scope £5.00
This brightly coloured toy “eye” magically changes and patterns your world when you look through it.
Gifts for Little Hands
Gifts for Little Hands work with the best Early Years experts to help parents find the ideal educational toys for children to embrace learning in a fun way at home.
1-10 Counting Owls £18.00
Young learners use the colourful, stacking plastic owls to explore number, sorting, pattern and colour. This set includes 25 plastic stacking owls, branch featuring numbers 1-10, a spinner and ten activity cards.
New Sprouts® Grow it! My Very Own Garden Set £18.00
New Sprouts is perfect to develop inquisitive minds through role play. They are nice and chunky and really durable too. The no mess garden has easy-to-hold pieces are made from soft plastic. The set includes nine garden-themed pieces: a watering can, toy shovel, three plastic plant pots, two pretend vegetable plants and two pretend flowers.
Personalised Story – Travels Around the World £24.99
Family stories write beautiful personalised stories. However, they are wonderfully different… They allow everyone to have access to the same storybooks, but ones which allow stories to reflect our unique and brilliant, if sometimes different families.
They believe in equality without exception, and give every parent the opportunity to read a book to their child that does not raise questions about their family structure, but rather embraces it. They want to see children growing up in an open and inclusive world.
New for this Christmas – Travels Around the World at Christmas
Perfect for your Christmas Eve box!
The Great British Teepee Company Starting from £59.99
The Great British teepee company makes of their teeppes to order at our workshop in England. Whether it be vintage floral, quirky, contemporary or themed, the choice is yours. They believe it’s every child’s right to have a happy playful childhood. All Teepee’s are CE Marked. And they are not stopping at Teepees… They also have lots of other wonderful goodies and accessories to enhance a child’s room or play space.
Find me a Gift
At Find Me a Gift, is dedicated to providing you with great gift ideas. From the unusual to the traditional, the unique to the classic, for every member of the family including those toddlers!
Tin Robot Coin Counting Money Box £10.99
This Tin Robot Money Box is a coin counting machine which just loves to eat coins, and not only will it display the value of the coin you’ve just slotted through its mouth, it will keep count of them and display how much you’ve saved too. Children love to feed the robot which makes it great for encouraging saving and teaching about money!
Once Upon a Time: A Timeless Collection of Fairy Tales £29.99
The illustrations in this book make it completely unique and is perfect if you’re looking for a gift for a special little person. This collection of 12 personalised fairy tales sees your child’s name beautifully incorporated into the artwork of the illustrations. Ranging from Red Riding Hood to Jack and the Beanstalk, perfect for bedtime stories and cuddles on the sofa.
Pop up Pirate £14.99
A great fun family game for playing on Christmas day by all of the family. The game is simple but really effective, all you have to do is pick which colour sword you wish to be and take turns in a group to slide your swords into the barrel. You always need to be on guard as one wrong move may poke that poor pirate up his ‘jolly roger’ and send him flying out of the barrel! Whoever does this is the loser!
Rainbow Box Company
Rainbow Box £99.95 Personalisation £15.00 Free Shipping
A great gift that’s a little different but one your children will love. Rainbow Box Original is a unique handcrafted portable children’s book storage perfect for all of those special books. This low level, playful solution is beautifully handcrafted, eco-friendly, non-toxic, practical and purposefully seeks to inspire independence in children.
Through Play, We Learn
Affordable, handmade toys to order. A huge selection hand painted toys to encourage storytelling of all your favourite stories, imaginative play and learning the fundamental concepts of numbers and phonics. These are the perfect stocking fillers for children of all ages. Custom made orders are also taken, so if you have an idea, message them!
Number & Colour Matching £15.00
Take the pegs and play 1 of two games, match the numbers and the dots or match the colours. Two important learning focuses for toddlers.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar £15.00
Read the story and interact with your child to bring them into the story book. Release their imagination and creativity.
Goldilocks and The Three Bears £10.00
An all-time favourite story for many children. Children love the repetitiveness of this book because they can join in and now with these wonderful resources they can retell the story, time and time again.
Others also in the story range
Fletcher & Mils from £49.99 (personalisation £14.00)
A truly family run company who love handmade furniture and simply love what they do! They get a massive kick out of the knowledge that one of our height charts will be used to create memories for years, if not generations to come.
Height Chart Rulers
A wonderful way to keep track of your children’s growth. Our Height Chart Ruler is a great gift for any new family. Handmade and individually hand painted, each ruler can be personalised to make it extra special!
Dodo & Bilby
Dodo & Bilby sell an excellent selection of good quality children’s toys from well known educational brands such as Small Foot, HABA, Nattou and Wooly Organic. From pull along toys to first walkers for babies, to bouncers, ride-ons, dolls houses, workshops and kitchens.
Teddy’s Colours and Shapes £8.99
A simple game teaching shapes and colours for ages 2 and up.
Dog Kennel £34.99
This lacquered wooden hut with a lockable door is a fantastic home for our dogs. With carrying handle for journeys. Under the hinged roof you can find a feeding bowl, a comb and a bone.
Rabbit Hutch £31.99
Rabbit hutch with accessories. The opening allows little hands access to the interior so they can feed and comb their little cute rabbit and refill the water bottle.
Go, go little Penguin £18.99
Which penguin team will be the first to reach the plate on the mainland and gobble up the two tasty fish? A charming race game for little ones from 2 years +.
Helping children love to learn. Learning Resources create toys that spark understanding and empower children to take on the world. They have been an incredible resource when it comes to finding toys that are not only educational, but fun as well.
Puzzle Globe £27.99
This brightly coloured globe encourages an interest in geography from an early age as little hands fit and remove the colourful continents to the earth. At a younger age, you can develop colour recognition by matching the coloured words with the coloured continents and at the same time, say the continent. It rotates for easy 360° access. The removable, plastic continents fit to the globe with a shaped post, unique to that continent – extending the learning into shape recognition too!
Sky Ride Adventure £19.99
The Sky Ride Adventure is the perfect toy to start or continue your Salvanian family collection! Come fly with us and take in the wonderful views over Sylvania! This amazing contraption means your Sylvanians can see their beautiful world from high in the sky! Figures not included.
Sylvanian Families Saloon Car & Picnic Set £16.99
The Saloon Car is a funky retro vehicle, which is great for any Sylvanian Family. In a vibrant red, this car stands out from the crowd. The front bumper can be pulled out to reveal a nifty picnic table, and there are 2 trays which can be clipped into the car or popped in to the roomy boot when they’re not being used. The car comes with a table, child’s seat for the baby, 2 trays, a lunch box, 4 sandwiches, 1 basket and 2 juice cans.
Aquabeads New Beginners Studio £9.99
New to the wonderful world of Aqua beads? Then the Beginner’s Studio is the perfect set for you. Arrange the beads on the template and spray with water to create beautiful Aqua beads creations. Complete with over 800 beads in 12 colours. The Beginner’s Studio comes with a super cute shooting star-shaped bead storage case, a sprayer to set your beads, a super handy bead pen to help you arrange them, and 4 template sheets for plenty of creative inspiration.
Animal Shapes £7.50
Animal Shapes is a simple first colour and shape matching activity for children aged 18 months and over. Children simply slot the correctly matched shape into the space to complete the animals!
Jungle Dominoes £4.99
Jungle Dominoes is a fun travel game for children. They will enjoy matching the friendly jungle animals, including hippos, gorillas and zebras. The first player to get rid of all their cards is the winner!
Penguin Pairs £4.99
Penguin Pairs features 32 colourful penguin character cards to match. Suitable as a single player activity or a multi-player game, children will love matching the quirky penguin characters in their cool costumes!
Once Upon a Time Beginners Puzzle £7.50
Once Upon a Time is a great first jigsaw for toddlers. The collection of six 3-piece jigsaws features magical characters from popular tales which children will love piecing together: Goldilocks, Jack and the Beanstalk, Aladdin, Cinderella, Dick Whittington and Red Riding Hood. These wipe-clean, sturdy puzzles are perfect for little hands!
Strider Balance Bike £88.00
The perfect first bike for children 18 months – 5 years. Lightweight design makes it easy for toddlers to control. Choose from 7 vibrant colours
Zazu Sleeptrainer Sam The Lamb £39.99
For those of you who need the little ones to sleep just that little longer, or at least stay in bed, Sam the Lamb is the perfects Christmas gift. Sam’s eyes will open and close to signify when it is sleep time and when it is time to wake, a universal indicator for any child regardless of their learning development. It can be set for different times or for set number of minutes for naps. Brilliantly simple yet ever so effective, the bright clear LCD screen changes colour to further indicate sleeping/wake up time.
The Reward Box
The Fairy & Pirate Reward Box £35.00 (including a personalisation sticker kit)
The Fairy Reward Box and Pirate Reward Box are beautifully crafted wooden boxes in the shape of a house and treasure box with a slot on the roof to post coins and a hinged front door which opens to leave rewards. Contains 20 wooden silver stars.
Early Years Resources
Outdoor Mark Making Kit
What a great Christmas gift for outdoor play and to keep the mess outside! It is important that children play outside in all weathers and this outdoor kit will definitely encourage them to go and be creative!
Happy Shopping and Have A Merry Christmas!
**Some of the above items were gifted as a part of this blog, but all suggestions are my own.