Children’s Christmas for £50
Okay, so I wrote a post about the things I would love to buy my daughter following ‘something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read’ in the future. I loved picking out all the beautiful dream gifts.
The thing is: we are broke. So broke! I chose to be a stay at home parent, and I wasn’t even good with money when we did have it.
Something I love about Yes Bebe is that there really are lots of great choices for any budget. So I thought I would redo my list with a more realistic £50 budget (I’m including the 10% discount shared on the Facebook group. Also I went over budget a little bit. Did I mention that I’m bad with money?). I’m still completely stoked about these choices!
1 Years Old:
WANT: Lanka Kade small rainbow ark and characters – £34.95. Are you kidding me? What an absolute steal. So bright and lovely and full of animals for a little person to explore for years to come
NEED: Grimms small rainbow – £11.95. My daughter has had this since she was under a year old and it has always drawn her attention, from persistently dismantling it as a baby to looking at the colours and making simple arrangements with it now that she is 19 months. Personally, I prefer this to the six piece as I think the thinner wood handles more nicely (NB the packaging warns this is a choking hazard for under 3s)
WEAR: VillerValla anti slip socks – £4.95. Cute little sockos with anti slip to help with first wibbly walking
READ: Snow – £3.99. Whether there is or isn’t snow at Christmas, we can talk all about it together
TOTAL – £55.84 – Less 10% = £50.26
Two Years Old:
WANT: BigJigs Carpenter’s Belt – £15.49. What baby wouldn’t love to run amok with a tiny hammer? And a tool belt to wear. I love everything about this. The little nuts and bolts are a great way to perfect a fine motor screwing action as well
NEED: Tegu Travel Pals Kitty – £15.30. Great to take out and about and keep little hands busy, as well as starting to understand how magnets work
WEAR: Smafolk mittens – £19.96. To keep her little hands cosy and cute
READ: Rosa rides her scooter – £4.99. A fun book to look at together and start to talk about road safety
TOTAL: £55.74 – Less 10% = £50.17
Three Years Old:
WANT: Janod Doctor’s Suitcase – £26.80. So much fun for role play, as well as building empathy. The bag looks so beautifully made as well.
NEED: Smallfoot Wobbly Tower – £3.49. A lovely travel pack which can also work on turn taking and balance skills
WEAR: Maxomorra playsuit sunflower – £18.90. These playsuits are so beautiful. Getting one in Sunflowers in a year is clearly a pipe dream, but this is a wish list after all
READ: Cook it! – £4.99. A sweet book full of details about cooking, which will be a lovely way to embed information, as in the heat of the kitchen she’s usually too distracted by pinging the empty toaster rack down
TOTAL: £54.18 – Less 10% = £48.76
(I’m assuming the discount can still be applied to imaginary Maxomorra)
Four Years Old:
WANT: Grapat Tomtens – £31.90. This is such a gorgeous set. Grapat is so wonderfully made and there is a little bit of everything here, from cute characters to little trees, mushrooms, coins, fire and honeycombs, which makes it really versatile for creative play
NEED: Okonorm watercolour paint – £6.12. A sweet little palette for a budding artist to practise with
WEAR: Maxomorra unicorn dreams tube scarf – £9.90. A beautiful and hassle free scarf for keeping the chill out
READ: Dinosaurs – £5.99. A perfect amount of detail about each dinosaur along with cool pictures
TOTAL – £53.91 – Less 10% = £48.52
Five Years Old:
WANT: Ambrosius mermaid doll – £14.95. What a sweet, magical little friend to carry around and confide in
NEED: Orchard Toys What a Performance! £15.95. Christmas family fun which builds on so many creative skills
WEAR: Little Green Radicals sherpa hat – £18.00. Adorable, snuggly goodness
READ: The Emperor’s New Clothes – £5.99. An important message to discuss in this story, and the flaps to lift will add extra interest
TOTAL: £54.89 – Less 10% = £49.40
Six Years Old:
WANT: Haba Terra Carving set: £26.52. How cool is this? I can set her to work whittling us a fleet of toy animals, look out for our store (launching 2022)!
NEED: BambooCUP for kids – £11.95. Her own special cup for drinks on the go
WEAR: Slugs & Snails tights – £12.99. Aren’t these adorable? They will look amazing with big warm boots too
READ: Never Ever – £5.99. A lovely reminder that life can be more exciting than it seems
TOTAL: £57.45 – Less 10% = £51.70. Close enough!
How about you? Do you have any budget superhero present picks to share? How else do you save money at Christmas? Any tips gratefully received!