Well, we are whizzing our way through November and I haven’t even really started to think what we’re going to get our own Mini Mumblers. I really like the ‘something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read’ saying, but whether I’ll be able to stick it, we’ll have to see!
Gift recommendations sometimes come up on the Mumbler Chat Group and I know family members always like some suggestions for things to get, so here is a list of ideas by age groups that will hopefully inspire you on your Christmas shopping expedition (or from the sofa!).
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(All prices shown were correct and the cheapest we could find online at the time of writing this post.)
1. Musical instruments Recommended by Mumblers
£15 The Kid Collective
Wooden music toys will last a long time and be played with for many years. There are loads available but a set with a range of different toys makes a great starting point.
2. Vtech Pop and Play Elephant Recommended by Mumblers
£20 The Toy Shop
A great gift for 9+ month year olds, with four musical notes to press and magical popping balls, this will keep little ones entertained for ages.
3. Wheelybug Ladybird Recommended by Mumblers
From £45.95 Amazon
Mumblers love this ladybird that is great for little legs to whizz around the house or garden. It’s a sturdy little beast so will last well.
4. Wood play sets
From £40 John Lewis
There are lots of wooden play sets around, but this one from John Lewis comes with lovely wooden animals and a ladder. Hours of fun and imaginative play!
5. Tomy Toomies Hide & Squeak Eggs
From £7.98 Amazon
Hide and Squeak Eggs can help your child with colours and shapes as they put the eggs back together. The eggs make a cute little squeak too. Perfect for little hands!
6. Toy Till Recommended by Mumblers
Great for a game of ‘shopping’, with loads of features including a working calculator. Now who is going to have the most fun making a supermarket announcement with the mini tannoy?
7. Balance Bike Recommended by Mumblers
From £24 Halfords
Perfect for children aged 2-4, Balance Bikes come highly recommended by Mumblers. A great way to get your little one started with cycling and hopefully get around a bit quicker!
8. Ikea Kitchen Recommended by Mumblers
Another absolute favourite from Mumblers. Yes, there are other toy kitchens available but you get a lot of kitchen for your money with this one from Ikea, so if you have the space in your own kitchen it makes a perfect toy for your toddler to play along with whilst you cook (or drink a nice cup of tea!).
9. Orchard Games Recommended by Mumblers
From £7.75 Orchard Games
Orchard Games are brillant fun for all the family and great for children to learn from… there is a brillant range of games, so this suggestion could easily apply to older children too. Pigs in Pants is a particular favourite in our house
10. Scramble Bug Recommended by Mumblers
From £30 Uber Kids
I have to admit I’d not heard of this before I read about it on the Mumbler Facebook Group but it certainly looks fun! Suitable for 1-3 year olds it’s a four wheeled ride on toy that can go in any direction.
3 – 6 year olds
1. Thomas & Friends Minis Steelworks Stunt Sets Recommended by Mumblers
According to Mumblers, this keeps their pre-schoolers entertained for hours. Perfect for Thomas Mini collectors as it has some built in storage too!
2. Beat the Parents
From £10 The Toy Shop
Everyone loves a good board game, especially at Christmas time. What could be more fun than going head to head against your children?
3. Playmobil sets Recommended by Mumblers
From £19.99 Smyths
Granted once you get a Playmobil set you will forever be scrabbling around on the floor picking up tiny shoes, saucepans and the like, but your children can make some brillant scenes and they really get to use their imaginations.
4. Adjustable Roller Boots Recommended by Mumblers
From £22 Amazon
Plenty of Mumblers have roller boots on their shopping lists this year, and this pair look pretty smart. Nice and stable so perfect for beginners to learn to skate on.
5. Bluetooth Sing Along Kids Karaoke Machine
From £49.49 Amazon
Again, another popular item on Mumblers lists and this Karaoke machine looks brillant. With bluetooth audio streaming, built-in speakers, lights that change with the music and two microphone jacks what more could you ask for?
6. LEGO Classic 10713 Creative Suitcase
From £10.80 John Lewis
Who doesn’t love LEGO? This set is perfect if you are starting a collection or buying for someone who you know loves LEGO and wants some more basic building blocks and nice storage.
7. Kitchen Science Kit
From £12.99 Bright Minds
This kit has six science experiments that you can do in your kitchen. Educational and fun!
8. Kiddizoom Camera Recommended by Mumblers
This camera is fantastic as a first camera for children. Not only does it take photos, it has mini games, you can take videos, add frames to photos and much much more.
7 – 10 year olds
1. DIY Slime Case
From £14.99 Crafty Arts
This kit contains everything you need to make slime – you just need to add water. Apparently it’s not that messy?!
2. Ridge Retro Mini Cruiser Board
From £24.99 Amazon
This mini cruiser board (available in lots of different colours) makes a great first skateboard with its large wheels for extra balance.
3. Neon Effect Drawing Board
From £25.95 Wicked Uncle
If you children love crafts but have enough pens & crayons to open their own branch of WH Smiths, then this neon board is something a bit different. It uses LED lights to create a glowing effect and has a stand so you can display your artwork.
4. Night Mission Googles
From £19.95 Wicked Uncle
For night time adventures, you can use these googles to light up your way!
5. LEGO Make Your Own Movie
From £14.99 Waterstones
If you know someone who loves LEGO but you want something a bit different, then this is perfect. Step by step instructions to make your own LEGO movie on your phone or tablet.
Experiences & Days Out ideas
Is your house taken over by toys? Why not treat your child (and really the whole family) to a experience or a trip out rather than buying more ‘stuff’. What a great way to make some special family memories. Below are some brilliant suggestions from Mumblers…
- English Heritage or National Trust membership
- Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure
- Pensthorpe Natural Park
- Go Ape at High Lodge, Thetford
- Tickets for a show or the panto
- Merlin annual pass
Stocking filler ideas
And finally, to end this Christmas Shopping round-up with the first thing your child might open on Christmas morning – their Christmas stocking. Here are some suggestions, although I am sure most people have their own traditions of things they like to include.
- New character design toothbrush
- Chocolate coins
- Bath bomb
- Pens & crayons
- Hot wheels car
- Hair accessories
- Craft bits
- Christmas decoration
- Small card game
- Character mug & hot chocolate
- Cuddly toy
- Glow in the dark stickers
- Small lego set or mini-figure
Great shop recommendations for stocking fillers include: Hobbycraft, Wilco & Poundland!
Have you got more ideas to add to our lists? Why not let us know in the comments so you can help other Mumblers with their Christmas shopping.