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That time of the year has come around again far too soon for my liking. You know that you’re getting old when time starts to pass more quickly and you are saying to yourself ‘ wasn’t it just January?’! Well, I’m old. What can I say! However, you are never too old for Christmas and NEVER to old for presents. So, without further ado, here’s what’s going to be sitting under our pre-lit, super-gorgeous, easy to assemble Christmas tree from Argos. He’s definitely a very lucky boy!

IMG_5397-0.JPG1) First of the biggies – His first bike. Not any old bike but an Orbea Grow 0 which really teaches kids how to balance and ride. It’s the cream of the crop from a very serious cycle manufacturer. Coming in at £185 D001TTCC-R0-SIDE-GROW02) Next up is the first of two very different transport sets. My little one is crazy about trains so I’m recommending two top brands. Both spur the imagination for hours of fun and are well worth investing in. This one is the Construction Train Set from Bigjigs. £104

t440_f146b16414385274764ab69bac611c5e3) A present that works for all ages is the Vtech Innotab 3S. A wifi, multimedia touch-screen learning tablet. Designed specifically for kids age 3-9, with 19 pre-installed apps including a wifi message app and safe browser. Keeps the Ipad for the parents at £65

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4) Brio has been making wooden toys for over 130 years. This amazing Monorail Airport Set promises hours of fun and is of course compatible with all the Brio tracks. £46

6729-8115) This one appeals to all the future DIY enthusiasts and in the meantime it’s brilliant for imaginative play, fine motor skills and problem solving. The Built It Construction Starter Set from ELC  doesn’t just look like a tool kit it actually offers kids the chance to create real toys. £40 shopping6) Kids have so many toys so I like to add a few well-chosen ‘non-toy’ options too. These very cool shoes from Angulus are of a quality that we don’t see in the high street here. The Danes do it design and function brilliantly. Perfect support for little feet and ankles in the case of mine as he is hypermobile. £702434-102-11227) Next up, a cosy pair of pyjamas. I’m really into pyjamas. They have to be jersey though, the most practical and comfortable and most importantly with elasticated wrists and ankles so that they don’t ride up. These from Their Nibs have a luxury vintage feel to them! £24

westernpjs8) Last on the clothing list is a gorgeous outfit from the organic brand Frugi. They really make clothes that kids love. Bright colours and great designs and made from super-soft organic cotton. Hoody £24 Trousers £24

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9) No self-respecting parent lets their child ride a bike without a helmet and neither do I. If it’s going to be worn, opt for a cute/cool version like this TSG Nipper Panda from Skatehut. £42

 

hets11-nip-panda-a10) We have a second construction toy on our list as my little boy loves building and trains (more of which later). This very realistic Bosch Workcase from ELC looks just like the real thing. £10

download11) When in doubt get the Play Doh out! You can never have enough of this stuff. I can’t tell you how many pizzas, cupcakes, ice-creams get made in our household. It’s an all round favourite. This Fire Truck Set ticks all the boxes. £14.99

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12) Twelfth on the list is really anything  nano by HEXBUG. This ingenious brand makes robotic creatures that behave just like bugs. Let them loose in a maze that you can design and watch them find their way through anything. All the mazes link together too. HEXBUG nano V2 Hive £20

v2_hive_hero13) Number thirteen is an educational addition to the list. Those clever people at Maps International  have produced both a glow in the dark map and an animal map of the world. Both £25

IMG_5330.JPG14) Finally, something that has been around longer than I have-LEGO DUPLO. I’ve chosen the Treasure Attack. £24.99

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