I’m thinking of starting a new rule… once people create a smaller version of themselves (by having a baby), the Christmas present that I would normally get for them will now default to their miniature-selves. I think this is the best idea ever because it means I can spend all my Christmas present money on tiny humans and small-sized gifts that make us all go nawwwww (which is the true meaning of Christmas surely) – instead of spending hours-and-dollars on these ho-hum shopping voucher card thingys and random gifts we adults are all giving each other, because let’s face it – as adults, if we got this far without it, we probably don’t need it. The babies. The toddlers. They need ‘the things’ because they are just starting.
Here are my top five favourite baby-and-toddler presents for Christmas 2014:
#1 MINIJUMBUK Baby Blanket
Why: I swear this baby blanket brings back memories of cot-time. I know this sounds ridiculous but just looking at it makes you feel little again. So soft, so natural, years of love ahead.
#2 CHARLIE AND ROSIE Handmade
Why: It’s the thought that counts. Charlie and Rosie take kids artwork and transforms it into beautiful, lasting furnishings and homewares. Such a simple idea but ‘giving’ this gift is a truly different experience. If you think about the moment when a child sees their artwork transformed into something meaningful… something important – it’s like nothing else.
#3 STIHL Toy Chainsaw
Why: What do you mean why?
#4 KINETIC SAND
Why: Unless you’ve been living under a rock sand-castle you must have heard of the best invention in the world. All the benefits of sand without the annoying bits.
#5 INSTAX Mini 8
Why: When I gave this gift to seven-year-old-twins I couldn’t believe the love for the camera (and the art of photography). A combination of the real-time delivery of the physical photograph (something quite novel to an age of kids growing up in digi-land) and also illustrating the importance of taking time in the ‘capture’ because film isn’t endless… like it is in their everyday camera-phone-world. From my experience, the kids had fun and learned a thing or two in the process – and now hold this as a prized possession in the home. Fun colors and prints on the film if you want to add some more fun.
Thanks for checking out the top five, if you’ve got any additions to the list please let me know – happy shopping 🙂