Christmas, Life of a Mum

Christmas gift guide

I think it’s a time of year where we all struggle to know what to buy our kids! What do they actually need or want; after all we don’t need more stuff in the house.

I love to use the saying; ‘something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read’ So this may be a shorter a list/blog then you are used to seeing when it comes to Christmas lists.

Something they want- Tonies. Dorothea loves her Tonie box, she’s had it for a couple of years now, but never bored of it. It’s plays songs and stories, depending on which Tonie characters you get. You can even buy a Personal Tonie that friends and family can record stories and messages on. Tonies

The actual box is super sturdy (ours was dropped down stairs and survived) and simple and easy for little hands and minds to use. The box sits on the charger/stand, but had a good life off of charge so can be taken on journeys too. <a href="http://<a href="https://tidd.ly/313FE2g&quot; target="_blank" rel="sponsored">Tonies (aff link)

Frugi

All items from Frugi

We love Frugi- and they can tick boxes for wear ✅ and need ✅ hoorah!!!! we love their water bottles for school or trips Water bottle (aff link) and their rucksakes are awesome quality too. We have this stunning festive dress- Dot loves it because it’s tailor, who wouldn’t, and the bow is removable too. Frugi Christmas dress (aff link) Both items I’ve linked too are also in the sale!!!!

Something to read this has got to be one of our favourite Christmas books, reminds me of being little and I think every child should have one The jolly Christmas Postman

A few other bits: I appreciate the above may not be to your taste or what your child wants, here are a few other ideas we’ve bought Dorothea

Hape- scales
Phonics dominoes

I hope this short; but perfectly formed gift list helps, remembers Christmas isn’t about ‘things’ it’s about making memories. Drop me a comment if you’ve enjoyed this and/or purchased any of my recommendations

Eco Mum

Christmas gifts for the eco friendly

Eeeeek…… do you know your friend drops all the #plasticfree tags, or your cousin is super eco friendly???? Believe it or not they’re not super hard to buy for…… heres my top eco must haves for the super greens.

  • Make something

Sounds cheesy; but loads of thought goes into handmade. Think homemade granola, brownie mix, bath boards or a super retro mix tape! Here’s a great blog with some fabulous ideas Homemade gift blog

  • Cup it- secret whispers

Now you’d prob have to know her quite well for that I’m to be an idea; but it truly is a life changer! If your sister/bestie/workmate- is keen on being plastic free or reducing waste, then she’ll thank you for this (probably after giving you a weird look first). I started using period cups about two years ago- and I’m annoyed I didn’t try it sooner! Saves you loads of dosh(spend on gin), no nasty chemicals or risk of tss (so healthier) and no more whiffy bins to empty (hoorah!) honestly – game changer

  • Nothing new by Ruthie ru

I’m slightly obsessed by the cute upcycled jewellery from Nothing new by Ruthie Ru loads of awesome quirky pieces made from recycled vinyl or cds. Check them out.

  • Klean kanteen mug/cup or straws

From stocking filler straws, to secret Santa coffee cups, you could even make up a box of eco dreams for your son/daughter at uni. We find Klean Kanteen products to be great value, last well and love the fab colours too- definitely something for all the family here.

  • Tropic products

I love Tropic products! Made with all natural, cruelty free ingredients, some are even refillable! Speak to Charlie at Charlie Ball Tropic for recommendations and to order. I’d recommend an awesomely scented body pebble for your secret Santa, and the amazing personalised make up palette for you bestie ( oooh and treat yourself to the super greens serum and feel fresh deo whilst your there)

  • Refill rev voucher

Everyone loves a voucher (as does the giver, when you just don’t know what to buy). So if you’re buying for an eco warrior a Refill revolution voucher is the one- means they can get anything; from a spork, jar or sweets, coffee cup, period pants or even some lentils!

  • Planet picnic

One for outdoorsy families; we love our planet picnic reusables- they come out every weekend! Our egg sarnies are always in our wrap- opens up to a nice little knee blanket, Dot always has her snacks ready for the car in a snack pack, and our bamboo cutlery is ready to go. Planet Picnic fabric options are always funky, easy to wash and handmade too.

  • Soda stream

I bought my hubby a soda stream for his birthday and we love it!!! As you may know we like a gin or five, so it must save us tonnes of plastic mixer bottles. They even have a discounted gas recycle/refill scheme! Use this link for 10% off Soda stream

  • Vouchers for preloved fashion

Another (healthy) obsession of mine; I just love preloved fashion, and your eco friendly friend will to. If you’re local to Market Harborough grab a voucher for The Attic or Ginger Kate – you can grab wonderfully quirky blouses, a bargain designer piece, or (if you’re like me) just one more leopard print item!

  • Zen garden

Check out Zen garden for stunning zero waste beauty products. One product is perfect for a secret Santa- or make up a luxurious hamper for your best friend.

There we have it- buy them AND try them yourself- make sure you drop me a comment with what you think.