Last week I traveled two hours north to the nearest ‘big’ town (it has a Big W, I’m calling it big) to try and knock over my Christmas shopping in one fell swoop. Did you know it’s ‘fell swoop’ not ‘foul swoop’? It irks me people that say ‘foul swoop’. Anyway…
I got 90% of the gifts sorted – 7 nieces, 1 nephew, my kris kringle, five birthday’s which fall in December and January. Feeling suitably smug. I don’t want to add to the sheer stuff that seems to become a mountain on Christmas morning, in some sort of present bonanza for my nieces. And I don’t think more clothes from Aunty Em were going to fly this year. So, high on the agenda were fun things the kids would actually like but weren’t complete crap. Puzzles, books, practical drink bottles and lunch boxes for the two school starters, stickers and some new bathers. Sorted.
I had to scramble for a few last minute additions online, and I was cutting it fine to get things here in time (we head home to Gippsland to spend Christmas at home and we only get mail three times a week here). But if you’re still scratching your head here’s some beauties I came across online, which hopefully tick the box of ‘no-more-crap’, useful, fun things little ladies and lads will actually enjoy…
Crafty things like stamp sets and chalk are always high on my gift-giving list. Some of my nieces are craft nuts, some not so much. My nieces Scarlett and Ava have these awesome bike helmets in the unicorn design, what happened to the orange stackhats of my day?! Felt cookies and tea bag set for those little ladies who love a tea party, a doll is always a winner for a girly-girl, glitter shoes and glitter feather headband I actually want in my size. The older girls are pretty easily pleased with some cool school supplies, these lollipop erasers are great stocking stuffers. Calamity Bolt just quite simply make the most beautiful hobby horses, they are gorgeous but hard to come by as they are custom made. A chevron dress for summer and a wide brimmed hat, I always think those standard bucket style hats don’t offer much sun protection? Was pleased to see this wider brimmed one. Finally, some mermaid flippers, I want these!
As we only have one nephew, the little lads department usually isn’t my forte, I often am left scratching my head. But putting this together was easy! I actually had to cull some things, there is some pretty cool stuff out there for little dudes. Model planes, robot dinosaurs, elastic band propelled boats for the bath, skateboards, wooden tractors and spinning tops – I figure things that move are a winner for little male minds! Crayon rolls and matching games are great gifts which will actually be used, as well as puppets! I love puppets. The magic set could easily be for a little lady as well, and the 3D planets as well. Or when all else fails, yes the clothes option – a very groovy trilby hat and hipster denim shirt.
What will you be buying the little ladies and lads this Christmas?
Do you shop online or hit the crazy shops?
What do you think is the best ‘not-crap-but-will-be-loved’ gift?
That concludes my 2013 Christmas Gift Guide, as the online shopping delivery window is closing fast. I hope you’ve enjoyed some virtual window shopping via She Sows Seeds!