It’s less than three weeks until Christmas – eek!
I love learning about people’s family Christmas traditions and we have one in our house that I’ve never heard anyone do! My mum started it when were children and I have continued it with J and Miss A.
We have a kind of reverse advent calendar – so the children get a present for the 12 days of Christmas, every day up until 5 January. It’s a lovely way to extend the Christmas feeling and make sure there isn’t just a focus on one big day.
They are only small, stocking filler presents, and I usually have some very cheap ones like stickers or chocolates on a few days and balance that with some bigger ones. So whether you choose to have your stocking on Christmas day or feel like joining in our tradition (do let me know if you do!) here are my top stocking fillers under £10:
Itty Bittys, Hallmark- from £6
How cute are these! These Itty Bitty soft toys from Hallmark are perfect for little hands and I know my two will really enjoy making up stories with them. I absolutely love the superhero ones, although I know Miss A would go crazy for the disney ones that are also available.
Fluffy swirl notebook, Smiggle – £10
Seriously there are just no words for this kind of cuteness! Miss A is always trying to scribble in my diary so she will adore having her very own fluffy and sweet smelling (it smells of vanilla!) little notebook.
Wooden bracelet kit, Wilko – £1
Miss A is always trying to steal my jewellery and I want to get her some fun pieces she can play with, that are still age appropriate. I think this wooden kit from Wilko is such good value and I know she will love them.
Pond slime, Smiggle – £5
Smiggle has so many fun stocking fillers. I could seriously order most of their website! J spends a lot of time digging in mud, water or sand so he will love being able to splat the slime about!
Unicorn night light, Findmeagift – £8.99
J has a Groclock as a night light (It has never actually worked to stop him getting up early!) and I’ve wanted to get Miss A one too. This cute little unicorn gives a nice soft glow and changes colour too.
Match and spell game, Orchard Toys – £7.50
We love Orchard Toys games and anything that helps J with his reading and writing in a fun way is a great addition.
Unicorn hat, Asda – £5
OK, yes we may have a problem with unicorns! But how adorable is this hat from Asda?!
Blox Dinosaur Assortment, Wilko – £2.50
As J moves into the world of Lego, I am shocked at how expensive all the kits are. The Wilko Blox range is compatible with regular Lego but so much cheaper. These mini kits are perfect stocking fillers.
Personalised Christmas Ornaments, Bagsoflove – £9
Another Christmas tradition we have inherited from Mr C’s family, is to buy the children a new Christmas ornament each year. Then, when they leave home, they already have their own special collection. Bags Of Love has a whole of different products you can personalise from Christmas ornaments to mugs and cushions.
Disclosure: We were gifted some of the toys in this gift guide but all opinions are my own and everything featured will be in J and Miss A’s stockings.