So which 3 of the toys that we have reviewed in the past 12 months do I think would make excellent Christmas gifts for the children this year?
There are two ultimate favourite toys I have to be honest, one the girls love and one Little 3 tends to get out several times a week. First up the girls favourite thing this year has to be their Zhu Zhu pets, they are cute, soft and cuddly and make some rather funny noises (Even I at 34 years old can not resist pressing the button on their back as I walk past and sending them scurrying across the carpet churrping and squeaking).
We wrote a proper review of these on the blog but in essence they are quite like the real thing, they run on carpet or in their little hamster run and wheel, dance and change direction if they bump into something and we all love them.
The hamsters are around £5-10 and right now on Amazon the Adventure ball and Hamster tunnel and wheel set are on offer at really low prices.
We tested out both the Skye and Zuma's lighthouse rescue track set and Marshall's pet rescue sets back in the summer and they are played with several times a week here, Little 3 loves them. They have weathered everything a toddler can throw at them (literally) and make great road for cars too.
They have simple to connect track that Little 3 can do himself and lots of track possibilities, it often ends up staying out for several days until I need to hoover or something. Zoom down the lighthouse ramp and through the trees to rescue Wally from the net while Skye 'flies' around the lighthouse or save Calli the cat from the roof of the pet shop, all in a days work for the Paw Patrol gang. These sets would make a fab gift this Christmas.
Our third choice for a gift this Christmas simply has to be the Tomy Aquadoodle, over the last 8 years we have had three of these in various different designs and styles and still now all three Little Ones get it out and play with it regularly. Little 3's favourite is the Paw Patrol aquadoodle that we reviewed last year but then he just loves anything Paw patrol right now!
I think these are great, they are small to store, portable and do not make any mess, you just add water and where the mat gets wet the colour shows through showing the design or colour underneath, let it dry and it is ready to use again. This one in particular comes with a car that stamps footprints all over the mat but we have had a rainbow one and a toy story one too.
How about a National Geographic dino kit in a tin from Apples to Pears, this kit comes in a great looking tin as several sheets of precut forestry commission approved wood and all you have to do is follow the instructions to pop out the bits and give any rough edges a sand with the sandpaper included and slot it all together.
Little 1 was sent a kit to try out and was able to build the whole 28cm Tyrannosaurus Rex over a few days with very little help from us, it was easy to build and she now wants the other one in the set, Dippy the Diplodocus, so he will be in her stocking on Christmas morning. The kits retail around £18.
Little 2 has asked for the bunny one for Christmas and she might just get it too! RRP £9.99
Something the Little Ones love is craft- colouring, drawing and making things are their favourite past times. The girls are always hoarding bits of card and loo roll tubes and making strange and wonderful creations with odds and ends.
Starting in ages 8-9 and right up to adults Taylor and Rani sell pants, bras and accessories made in the most gorgeous fabric. Little 1 was sent a pair of pants and they are always the first out the drawer, she says they are soft and comfy and a good fit too. She wants more!
N.B We were gifted press samples of the Dino in a tin, Rubik's cube and underwear for their inclusion in this post.