Gifts for babies are either one of two things - a gift for mum (a cute bib, organic skin care), or a gift the baby will appreciate in years to come (a special soft toy, a keepsake).
This Christmas, whether you're buying for your own little one, your niece, nephew, grand child or best friend's bub, pick something that you love, will bring joy to the bub, and Mum will love too.
Ah toddlers, that chewing, crawling, exploring, yelling, licking, breaking, making period of one's life. When our little one's are busy learning and absorbing everything they can, testing the boundaries and developing their personalities. This is the time when they begin to test out their cognitive and physical abilities, when puzzles, games and pretend play take over.
The importance in a great gift for a toddler is something that will delight and excite them, whilst being hardy enough to withstand their crash testing.
Whether you're after something for the kindy Kris Kringle, or a special toy for your bub, we've got the best toys for toddlers this Christmas, for every budget.
Kids are naturally creative, and will find a way to exercise that creativity whether it be with your new M.A.C. lipstick and their little brother, food dye and your newly grouted kitchen tiles, or a jar of peanut butter and the cat. Hence the magic of creative gifts. An excellent creative outlet for kids that can incorporate learning, experimentation and family time, without destroying your house.
Creative gifts can be as simple as a dolls house for imaginative play, or as fancy as a DIY Dreamcatcher kit, but regardless, they're sure to keep kids entertained for ages.
With all the media surrounding kids not getting enough exercise, it makes sense to encourage your little ones to get outside and running around (as if they don't do that enough inside anyway...).
We've gathered our favourite toys and gifts that will get your little one's moving and outside. From the perfect gumboots for splashing in mud, to bikes and scooters, your kids will return home "tired but happy" to quote Edith Wharton, and will be begging to go outside again
If you've read a parenting book or been to a school function recently, you'll have surely heard about the latest rage in kids learning - STEM. The fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths are being increasingly hailed as a great outlet for kids, alongside tradition creative or sports based activities.
Kids have a natural curiosity, and often excel at maths and science based activities when thought a bit differently, or incorporated with play. Who knows, maybe your daughter could be the next great NASA engineer, or your son the next Head Chemist at M.A.C.!
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