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Christmas Gifts for Bean 2018

To share, or not to share?

Many of you have been in touch over the past few weeks, asking for book or toy recommendations, and asking about some of the items that I have bought for Bean for Christmas and have shared in my Instagram stories. I've been replying to messages as best I can, but sometimes I miss them (do you forget if you don't reply immediately?! I do!) so I am sharing it here for all to see.

To some, my Christmas shopping will seem minimal. To others it will seem excessive. To me, it is a selection of items that I've lovingly chosen for my daughter, which I've worked hard to pay for and which I know will be loved and cherished by her for years to come. I appreciate how lucky I am to be able to gift her such lovely things. I'll encourage her to take good care of them, and to pass them on for other children to enjoy when she is finished with them. My intention is to inspire and help, not to judge, not to make you feel inadequate or to encourage you to buy more. I hope that this post is received in that way...

Stocking fillers...

Kids World Party by Putamayo Kids - We have a few CD's from Putamayo Kids and they are fabulous. You can listen to extracts from the songs on Amazon to help you pick out the one that you think your child will like best. We put these on when we're crafting or drawing, or pump up the volume if we want to dance. They're vibrant and eclectic and brilliant!

Uno - I loved this game as a child. Bean has played it at a friends recently and came home telling me all about it. I was looking for a card game to add to our collection as they're so portable, and this one fit the bill.

Harry Potter items - Bean is Harry Potter mad at the moment, so I picked her out a soft toy 'Hedwig' which I'll put in the very top of her stocking with it's head poking out. I also found this gorgeous little wooden music box which plays the Harry Potter theme music when you turn the handle. A chocolate frog and a Lego minifigure blind bag too.

A rainbow play silk from Sarah's Silk - I think I've actually changed my mind about putting this in her stocking. I think I'm going to use it to drape over her main gift (see below) as it is too big to wrap!

Kitsch hair ties from Boots - I wouldn't usually spend £6 on a small packet of hairbands (!), but these are quite special and in the style that don't get knotted in my daughter's wild curly hair.

Plus a Body Shop bath bomb (which Bean had a hard time putting down when we were last in there), a small sand timer for encouraging proper teeth brushing, some metallic pencils which we tried out in our local library recently, her annual Christmas tree decoration and a bag of chocolate coins. I'll put an orange and a £1 coin in her stocking too.

Something to wear...

Shoulder bag - This is something that Bean has asked for, and that I think she will genuinely get a lot of use out of. She is not able to leave the house without something in her hands (often a whole fist full of little things) and so I have intentionally chosen her a bag that is practical, with lots of zipped pockets, as opposed to something fashionable and designed for children.

Muddy Puddle ear warmers - I bought these from a seller on eBay, new with tags. Bean protests to wearing a lot of hats as she complains that they make her head feel itchy, but she also complains of cold ears so fingers crossed that these work out for her.

Oilily dress - This was another eBay purchase. I buy a lot of our clothes second hand, and this stood out because it is blue (Bean's favourite colour) and rather pretty. It might be a bit big for her as I usually search for the next size up, so she should get plenty of wear out of it.

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