Jingle bells, Batman smells, Santa flew away. Luckily he left his list for special gifts: this way…
Prices correct at time of writing.
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Startsmart offers delightfully traditional, top quality children’s clothing. Beautifully styled, with exclusive designs especially for Startsmart, the company has released four new Autumn/Winter clothing collections, including some beautiful dresses and outfits perfect for that special Christmas event.
The Classic Chic Collection, The Field Collection, The Town & Country Collection and the Casual Collection feature beautiful separates for boys and girls. They bring together a fusion of classic country bestsellers, along with some exciting new pieces for the season with quality fabrics including cashmere, merino wool, lamb’s wool and velvet.
The four new collections can all be found on the Startsmart website, www.startsmart.co.uk
Brighten up rainy days with this Color block ‘Rain defender’ padded jacket featuring hood and printed logo at back.
This puffer contains wadding obtained from recycled plastic bottles. Warm and light, it protects from cold and wind in total safety and respects the environment.
Available in Fuschia, Black, Dark Blue or Yellow, price £59.95 from Benetton.
The Equetech Rudolph Reindeer Riding Hat Silk is designed to fit over your child’s riding hat and is the ideal accessory for Christmas festivities.
This cute red-nosed reindeer themed plush fleece hat cover features 3D antlers, ears, and a big red nose for the world’s all time favourite reindeer.
Available in one size to fit all helmets up to 58cm.
Price £16 from Equus.
No need to come home early from your Christmas walk – keep little ones warm and dry in this Mudplay III Puddle Suit and they will stay out stomping in the mud for hours!
Available in Dark Denim, Cypress Green or Lollipop Ladybird, and sizes from 6 months to 4 years. RRP is £50 but you can get one from Regatta for £34.95.
Feel as toasty as a marshmallow in a mug of hot chocolate with this onesie PJ outfit. Featuring a ribbed neck, cuffs and button-down front, it’s the perfect thing to keep pony mad youngsters warm on chilly evenings. It’s even brushed on the inside for extra-soft cosiness.
Machine washable and available in sizes 3- to 16 years, available from Boden from £25.
For a surprise stocking filler for members of the family of all ages, these milk chocolate sardines from Michel Cluizel are made of the highest quality ingredients, but with an added element of fun. They have a very realistic finish to the tin and chocolate sardines enclosed!
Often referred to as ‘The Goldsmith of Chocolate’, Michel Cluizel of France is one of the finest chocolate makers in the world today.
Price £7.95 from the Chocolate Trading Co.
Also available are other more traditional Christmas novelty chocolates including Santas, Reindeer etc.
Who says hampers are only for adults? This Christmas Eve pack encapsulates the magic of Christmas with a feast of chocolatey treats all beautifully packed inside a jolly festive wooden box. Including: luxury milk chocolate drinking drops, Butlers ‘reindeer food’ milk chocolate bar, a bag of festive gold coins and not forgetting the star of the show, a very jolly milk, dark and white chocolate ‘Father Christmas’. There are also two red and white candy canes to adorn the tree (if they make it that far!)
Price £39.99 from Virginia Hayward Hampers.
For kids who don’t like chocolate (incredible but true): you’ve heard of a ‘yard of ale’… well, this is ‘a foot of sweets’!
Well actually it’s over a foot of a mouthwatering selection of sweetshop favourites packed into an old-fashioned sweet jar – from Fizzy Cola Bottles to Fried Eggs, Jelly Babies to Barratt’s Shrimps… and loads more…
And, best of all, you can add your own special message on the glossy personalised labels.
Available from A Quarter Of, Price £16.95 for 1 Jumbo Jar: approx. 1.6kg of Mouthwatering Penny Mix.
Great stocking fillers and an alternative to screens – the latest pony books are so good we will be borrowing them when the kids have finished reading them. Wordery has a great selection to choose from.
We particularly love the Kevin the Flying Pony series by Philip Reeve. In the first of the series, Kevin blows in on a magical storm and – DOOF! – crashes into the balcony outside Max’s flat. As the storm waters rise and the town is besieged with creatures, Max and Kevin set about putting things right. With Max’s quick thinking and a constant supply of biscuits for Kevin, there’s nothing this heroic duo can’t achieve!
The Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure Paperback edition by Philip Reeve is £5.99 (RRP £6.99) from Wordery.
Another present the adults will struggle to keep their mitts off: make your own beautiful glitter unicorn magnets and badges using the mould, plaster, paint and brush in the kit.
Kids can use the moulds and plaster to create the little unicorns and will have lots of fun decorating them using the paints and glitter provided.
They can also turn these cute little unicorns into fridge magnets or badges using the pins and magnets provided.
Price £9.99 from Waterstones.
For more stocking fillers see also Pocket Money Toys from Waterstones, including Gooey Mesh Ball (£2.99), Make Your Own Unicorn Kit (£5.99), and Glo Stars (£3.99).
Did someone ask to visit LEGOLand for Christmas? Founded in 2006, AttractionTix is a trusted supplier for attractions, theme parks and tours.
An official partner of Disney, Universal and SeaWorld, its focus is on outstanding customer support, excellent value for money, and making it easy to buy advanced tickets that will guarantee hassle-free access to your favourite parks and destinations.
With tickets available for attractions in the UK and Ireland as well as worldwide, you’ll find the prices hard to beat and some tickets are exclusive to AttractionTix – you won’t even find them on the gate.
For all attractions, you will receive printable electronic tickets (e-tickets) that give you quick and easy entry to the parks. It’s simple: print, present and go have fun.
Allison is the Publisher of Eclipse Magazine. She loves going to the Races and is learning to bet (despite being officially the worst bettor in the History of the Universe), there’s a lot more to learn…