Gift Guide for 3-5 Year Olds

If you have a child this age (which you probably do, or at last know one, if you are reading this) you’ll know that they devour toys, games, activities. Finding gifts that engage them can be tricky so let us offer you some ideas based on our customers top picks in this Gift Guide.

At around this age many children show a fascination and fantastic skill with jigsaw puzzles as their hand-eye co-ordination and problem solving skills develop. Petit Collage have a stunning range of beginner and larger floor puzzles. With 24 large and sturdy pieces which are perfect for little hands. They are bright, bold and have detailed illustrations. Packaged in a keepsake carrying box with a soft cotton rope handle they are ready-to-gift and for little hands to carry. Petit Collage puzzles are made with recycled paper printed with non-toxic environmentally friendly vegetable-based inks.

Petit Collage Mermaid Friends Floor Puzzle
Petit Collage Mermaid Friends Floor Puzzle

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Smallfoot have an absolutely HUGE range of absolutely fantastic toys perfect for this age group. Do you have a little one that likes to play at being a grown up? Be a hairdresser, a dentist, a gardener and more!

Smallfoot Safe including play money
Smallfoot Safe including play money

This clever play safe comes with numerous 5-, 10-, 50- and 100-Euro bills, there are also pretend gold and silver coins as well as pretend gold bars made out of wood. The mechanical lock seals the safe and can only be undone when the right position is found, a little bankers dream!

 

 

Smallfoot Mailbox with Accessories
Smallfoot Mailbox with Accessories

Mail call! This yellow wooden mailbox is a real eye catcher and . A blackboard on the front of the mailbox can be individually labeled with the attached chalk. Four wooden postcards and letters complete this post set and can be thrown through the slot into the mailbox.  The active role-play in sending and delivering the letters stimulates children´s imagination and creativity. Now any child can slip into the role of a postman and fulfill their desire to ‘post’!

Orchards Toys have been creating colourful, educational games and jigsaws for over 40 years. Made in the UK their boards are 100% recycled and the paper they use is sourced from sustainable forests. They offer two piece puzzles suitable from 18 months up to puzzles with 150 to challenge the most experienced puzzler! Their games will bring together the whole of the family to make learning fun.

Christmas isn’t Christmas without some family games! Compact mini games, classics and originals will all become firm favourites.

Orchard Toys Mini Games Animal Families, Rocket Game and Old MacDonald Lotto
Orchard Toys Mini Games Animal Families, Rocket Game and Old MacDonald Lotto

Established in 2011 Indigo Jamm produce lasting toys that are designed here in the UK, using high quality and sustainable materials such as rubber wood. These toys inspire long lasting fun whilst encouraging development through safe play. Their toys often have a quirky or retro style to them and have designed a number of toys specifically for younger children with numerous lines suitable from 12 months plus.

Indigo Jamm- Flo the UFO
Indigo Jamm- Flo the UFO

Flo the UFO is really original and fun. It’s made from sustainable rubber wood and ply wood and comes complete with two colourful wooden aliens. Flo is sturdy and top quality making it ideal for play.

 

 

 

Indigo Jamm- Motorbike Micky
Indigo Jamm- Motorbike Micky

Motorbike Micky is ideal for little ones that love vehicles. Push, pull, roll and promote fine motorskills and hand to eye co-ordination! The biker is removeable and made from sustainable rubber wood and birch ply wood. We love Micky!

 

 

Indigo Jamm- Recycling Ronnie
Indigo Jamm- Recycling Ronnie

Recycling Ronnie is a wooden push-along truck. He has two removeable figures, a driver and a refuse collector, you can name those yourself! 6 pieces of recycling need sorting into the tipping and opening rear section. Here’s to your new friend Ronnie!

 

 

Hape DIY Dream House Furnished
Hape DIY Dream House Furnished

The Hape DIY Dream House allows little ones to create their own house of dreams. With brights colours and over 30 pieces of magnetic furniture just waiting to be positioned and played with. Empty picture frames are waiting for their own art work! At over 70cm high it’s the ideal size to move around and crouch down to peep inside. Pick your own family and accessories too!

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Gift Guide for Babies and Toddlers

Buying for Under 2’s can be very tricky, especially when you need to have ideas at the ready for friends and family. From rattles and stacking toys to noise makers and soft toys you can take your pick secure in the knowledge that everything we sell is safe and ethically traded. Enjoy this Gift Guide for Babies and Toddlers….

Haba cuddly gallivanting goose
Haba Cuddly Gallivanting Goose

Best Years Crochet Baby Dinosaur Toy- Blue Dippi Rattle
Best Years Crochet Baby Dinosaur Toy- Blue Dippi Rattle

Based in the UK, Best Years have been making toys for over 10 years and were the first to introduce knitted dinosaurs, still a favourite today! They care about remaining ethical all the way through their production process, from where they source their materials to whom makes the toys, currently- a network of fair trade cooperatives, artisans in Peru and disabled groups in Vietnam. All of Best Years toys are suitable from birth and safety tested to CE and EN71. All of their toys are also Machine Washable. 

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Babies LOVE to make noise and Hape have a huge selection of instruments suitable for even the smallest child. Hape is guided by the philosophy that the future belongs to our children and creates toys that inspire play, learning and exploration of the world we live in. From the best selling and forever loved Pound And Tap Bench to Percussion Sets baby can find their rhythm in their own way!

Hape Instruments Featuring: Baby Einstein Magic Touch Piano, Baby Drum and Beaded Raindrops
Hape Instruments Featuring: Baby Einstein Magic Touch Piano, Baby Drum and Beaded Raindrops

 

That's Not My Baby - Fiona Watt
That’s Not My Baby – Fiona Watt

Usborne have been publishing the very best in board and sensory books for baby’s and toddlers and the ‘That’s Not My’ Collection are must-haves. Why not start a gifting tradition this Christmas?

 

Also available are gift sets featuring a delightful soft toy!

 

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Grimm’s are a family owned and sustainably managed manufacturer at the foot of the Swabian Alb, which produces natural, high quality and safe wooden toys made to officially certified standards. In product development, they are guided by the principles of Waldorf education and other educational approaches, such as Montessori.

Grimms Toys have a huge selection of toys that are just perfect for babies and toddlers:

Grimms Bead Grasper Natural
Grimms Bead Grasper Natural

Graspers are available in Rainbow, Pastel and Natural colourways and made from  maple, cherry and beech wood with a non-toxic plant based oil finish. Little finger are naturally sensory, what a true gift to be able to put these graspers in their hands and allowing these first sensory experiences to be with natural, hand crafted wooden toys. Grimms graspers are also popular with older children who still enjoy their calming and grounding feedback.

Grimms Large Conical Tower
Grimms Large Conical Tower

The classic stacker with 10  trade mark Grimms rainbow coloured discs! With the large Conical Tower the children can sort, stack and build. Through play little one’s develop eye-hand coordination, fine motor skills and colour sorting. Made from lime wood with non-toxic water based colour stain. Beautiful to display in a nursery too!

 

 

Grimms Rainbow Turtle to pull along
Grimms Rainbow Turtle to pull along

When babies have learned to walk then love to pull things behind them especially if they can load  all their favourite things on top. The Rainbow Turtle has 10 blocks which can be used as building blocks and a puzzle too. This gorgeous turtle is 24cm and made from lime wood with a non-toxic water based color stain and non-toxic plant based oil finish.

 

Le Toy Van create traditional wooden toys with a modern feel and high quality. They focus on role play to help promote early learning and imagination development in young children. They ensure they use natural materials including replenishable legal quality smooth rubber-wood. All of Le Toy Vans toys comply with rigorous  safety standards and are hand finished to achieve a unique look each time.

Le Toy Van 4 Piece Sensory Tray
Le Toy Van 4 Piece Sensory Tray

This fun sensory toy features 4 pieces to stimulate different senses and skills: sight, sound, touch and dexterity. Each piece is made with solid rubberwood and water based colours,to sort into the matching tray. Shape and colour recognition develop logical thinking. Discover them all with this multi sensory toy.

 

Grapat is a small family project built on the premise of letting children play, at their own pace and in their own time. They are inspired by the sacred and complete immersion of child like play when new worlds are created with rules unique to that moment and time. They believe in nurturing the safe space children create when playing and provide natural material without instructions. The finishes are made with waxes and oils of vegetable origin and it is made following traditional processes.They use thick soft raw materials and natural dyes which leaves the wood veins visible through vibrant coloured waxes and oils with a slight shine.  All products are home made and hand painted with great care. While some small parts might not be suitable for the very youngest of children they have some great toddler friendly items. Check out Tinker Trays for an ideal play companion.

Grapat Bowls and Balls, Grapat Palos, Grapat Nins, Rings and Coins (Natural)
Grapat Bowls and Balls, Grapat Palos, Grapat Nins, Rings and Coins (Natural)

 

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A Want-Need-Wear-Read Christmas

Something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read

Christmas (especially with children) can mean an overwhelming amount of presents. I love the increasingly popular concept of giving only four; something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read.

It means that I will have to think carefully about what will be the most meaningful gift to my daughter at that time, instead of reflexively buying things because it’s Christmas.

Fewer presents frees up so much of the day to focus on other traditions, each other, and to really appreciate each gift.

The trouble is: I love my baby so much! And I love toys! And how can I not give her all of the toys??

I’m trying to rein myself in by planning ahead. I promise myself that I will give her all of the toys. Just not at this one Christmas.

So here follows my fantasy list of something to want, something to need, something to wear, and something to read for years to come.

One Year Old:

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WANT: Grimms 1001 Nights – the most beautiful, chunky, perfectly formed blocks in existence. So easy for little hands to grasp and build something which looks significant

NEED: The Wee’Un – a Pikler triangle to help babies explore their growing mobility; be it standing, climbing, or crawling underneath

WEAR: Piccalilly Hooded Playsuit – to keep my sweet adventurer snug and snugglable

READ: Dear Zoo – the perfect first book with so much to offer: lifting flaps for motor skills, and learning animal names, noises and characteristics, and colours

Two Years Old:

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WANT: Holztiger Dolls House! It’s so lovely! And so open ended she could basically fall clean through it. It could be used as anything from a stable to a garage as my baby’s imagination and interests develop

NEED: Utukutu Spectra wooden swing – fun for rocking and swinging when she’s full of energy, or can be tipped on its side and used as a shop counter for role play

WEAR: Sarah’s Silks playsilk in Sea – a lovely tactile playsilk which she can wrap herself in like Princess Elsa’s dress, wear as a veil, or use as water in a play scene

READ: My First Book of Woodland Animals – a sweet book to expand on her exploration of nature

Three Years Old:

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WANT: Way to Play for creating city scenes from the lounge to the garden to the bath

NEED: Grimms 12 piece rainbow. It would be rude not to. For stacking, sorting, and using as tunnels with the Way to Play

WEAR: Gluckskafer Doll’s Carrier – How. Cute. Is. This. Sling. She can take care of her dollies on the go

READ: Montessori Map Work: a lovely first introduction to basic geography

Four Years Old:

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She’s going to be four years old?? Who is chopping onions in here??

WANT: Hape Quadrilla marble run, for hours of construction and playing. I love the musical add-ons where the marbles hit bells and chime bars on their way

NEED: Sumblox. A simple way for her to experiment with numbers which is practical and playful

WEAR: Maileg crown. I may have to purchase one of these in advance and wear it in secret as part of my self-care

READ: The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies – beautiful pictures and fantasy for us to enjoy together

Five Years Old:

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WANT: The amazing Ostheimer ship and cabin – for playing pirates, storing animals, and looking beautiful

NEED: Hape piano – a beautiful piano at her height and size would be great for her to experiment with music

WEAR: Blue unicorn mini foldable backpack – encouraging her independence and looking adorbs at the same time

READ: First Encyclopedia of Dinos – the internet is a great resource but I love treasuries like this which can really spark more exploration

Six Years Old:

christmas want need wera read 6

WANT: Grimms Sparkling Mandala Sun – It’s so shiny! Young girls like shiny things, I believe? Love the different scenes these pieces can create, and it will work well with existing blocks to make more fantastic creations

NEED: Bajo keepsake box – a special place for her to keep her treasures

WEAR: Maxomorra one piece – these look amazing at any age, so convenient and comfortable for happy adventures

READ: Three cheers for Women! She will be a woman all too soon, and I hope she’s inspired by her amazing sisterhood

 

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Gift picks for £5, £10, £25, £50, and £100

Send help! I can’t stop looking at the Yes Bebe website! I’ve been picking out my favourite things within price ranges, and there are absolutely loads for any budget.

I’m including the Facebook discount, because I’m assuming nobody would miss out on that blessing. So here’s what I’d get for:

Gift picks for £5ish

gift picks £5

  • Lanka Kade puzzle: these are lovely and chunky and an absolute steal (like all Lanka Kade) – my 19 month old has a few Lanka Kade puzzles and never gets tired of them
  • Planet Wise snack bag: who doesn’t need more beautiful bags? Good for snacks, stationery, makeup, soap, sanitary biz, just keeping some things clean and in the right place in your giant handbag…
  • Le Toy Van rocket! Zoom to the moon! A renowned crowd pleaser
  • Bamboo straws: fun for any age! Novel if you like novelty, virtuous if you don’t want your rubbish stuck in a hapless turtle’s orifices #stopsucking
  • Lamazuna Oriculi: an ear wax scooper? Yes and yes!
  • Goki finger puppets: look at that impudent wolf in Grandma’s bonnet!
  • Wobbly Tower: travel sized stacking fun for all the family
  • Little Bug Bingo: Orchard Toys sell the best games and puzzles! What little person doesn’t love bugs?
  • Crayon Rocks! These come in a little bag as all great treasures must, and help develop a proper pincer grip to build writing skills
  • Veggie brush: it’s useful and it looks good, so it’s a great present for any age in my book
  • Lanka Kade tractor: again, my little girl has this and it’s one of her most reached for toys 10/10 would buy several more
  • Little Violet’s hand sanitiser: a cool gift for anybody currently looking after children or animals, or who just likes to keep their hands camera-ready
  • Foldable shopper! You gotta have a foldable shopper! Why not get a nice looking one? This will make your money back in 5ps saved in no time
  • Goki frog catching game: A bright, fun, active present. Children will thank you! Parents will admire you!
  • Knitting 4 Nancy: French knitting! What a blast from the past! Apparently you can make the knit into pretty flowers and things which I certainly never got round to as a callow youth
  • Cupcake Trinket Box: a sweet home for special things

Gift picks for £10ish

gift picks £10

Gift picks for £25ish

gift picks £25

  • Goki Nature train: It’s chunky, it’s choo-ey, it’s super playable with
  • Bajo Mendelsons: iconic little stacky people to keep hands and minds busy
  • Doctor’s suitcase: listen to your heart and gift this winner
  • Figure 8 railway: a perfect introduction to the joys of miniature railways
  • Monbento lunch box: what a cool gift, for an adult or a young person rocking their own packup
  • Play n Pack Jungle: Love this! A backpack full of fun including a mini roll of Playpa!
  • Playhouse animal hospital: you could collect a whole high street of these little play scenes
  • Educo bees: Bees! Colour sort the little cuties and/or display them looking fine
  • Hape checkout: beep! Beep! Beep! Is that cash or card? Little folk love running the register
  • Sensopath balance: build your core with these bonkers wooden stationary balance flip flops.
  • Mermaid doll: isn’t her colouring perfect for a mystical sea lady?
  • Fishing game: if you know somebody without a fishing game, for goodness’ sake get them a fishing game
  • Palos: scrumptious Grapat sticks with so many uses. I intend to use them for clutching in my hands and laughing “AT LAST!”, but they could also be trees, people, ice creams, counters…
  • Terra carving set: I think this is my top pick. What youngster would not want a blade and a whittling blank?
  • Nanoemo: these look like such an engaging way to connect together different emotions
  • Patisserie set: for the classiest tiny tea parties

Gift picks for £50ish

gift picks £50

  • Pirate ship: what a beauty, for hours of fun on the seven seas
  • Grimms cars: fabulously shaped and coloured, tactile little autos
  • Rollerby Klingeling: what a lovely first ball track with just enough going on to keep little folk hooked
  • Fagus tractor: a big beautiful wooden tractor. What is not to love?
  • Perpetual calendar: lovely visual way to mark time for the whole family
  • Geometrics house: a modern doll’s house which can be endlessly reconfigured
  • Grimms mobile home: a beautiful place for little figures to inhabit, plus it doubles as a travel toy since it packs away neatly
  • Tegu: a magnetic blocks set with enough pieces to spark hours of building and experimenting
  • Quadrilla roundabout: have you seen the marbles go on the whirly roundy bit? This thing is mesmerising
  • Grimms rainbow: I’ve got a serious crush on the pastel 12 piece at the moment
  • Luggy: such a super stylish way for little folk to carry their treasures
  • Teniques: gorgeous calming stacking loveliness
  • Holdie House: is it okay to use this as a handbag in your thirties?
  • Construction trucks: brum brum! These have the edge on wooden toys for hitting the garden or bath, and still good for the planet
  • Bird tree: a beautiful home for your beautiful wooden birds
  • Castle: a reconfigurable days-of-yore setpiece in gorgeous Gluckskafer colours

Gift picks for £100ish

gift picks £100

  • Quadrilla: mega ballrun fun for hours of whizzing marbles
  • Country play kitchen: is it okay to be jealous of children for having a nicer kitchen than me?
  • Tegu: what can’t you make with this many Tegu pieces?
  • DIY dream house: how gorgeous is this? It has little empty frames which you can put your own artwork in!
  • Annual Ring: how much gravitas is this beaut rocking? What a great present to enjoy all year
  • Balance board: wibble wobble fun for all the family
  • 1001 Nights: we’ve had this for a while, and I only fall more deeply in love with it as time goes on
  • Fairy Tale cottage: what a perfect mystical home for any figurines to play out stories in
  • Everearth Ark: a majestic vessel complete with lovely animals
  • Mosaic peacock: beautiful colours and I love a multi purpose puzzle block situation
  • Lanka Kade farm: farm animals and a home to keep them. And a tractor! Perfection
  • Market stall: isn’t this a beauty? What a magnificent place to practise the fundamentals of commerce
  • Sumblox: blow them away with the awesome power of tangible mathematics
  • Pirates Island: what a cool set piece! I can see pirates swashbuckling, I can see dinosaurs roaring, I can see heroic rescues…
  • Spectra: why not get them a balance board, swing, market stall, hammock all in one?
  • Garbage tipper truck: the little bins slot on the back and you can tip them up! My refuse collection aficionado would be blown away by this

What did I overlook?? I had such long long lists, it was hard narrowing down to just these. What are your winning presents this year?

 

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Advent Calendar Ideas

An advent calendar is my opening gambit to BLOW my baby’s MIND this Christmas. I’m thinking of going all in on the ceremony and lighting a candle every morning, reading some kind of Winter themed poem or talking about something I’m grateful for that day, and then opening the advent box for the day. But enough about my nonplussed nearly two year old…

What’s going in our advent calendars?

Many of us might be planning to give wood, and some go as far as making story sacks for the run-up to Christmas…

Here are some of my ideas for themed advent calendars; basically a plan to consolidate efforts into just a few purchases which can be split across the calendar. I love the idea of the theme coming together over a period of days, and the suspense about what the next piece will add.

Marbles (and a ball run for Christmas?), Sumblox corresponding to date, Grimms rainbow forest, Goki tree slices, Goki stone puzzle, Grapat Tomtens (or Mandala pieces), Threading game and buttons/bobbins/beads, Bigjigs trackside accessories (and a train set for Christmas?), Magic Wood dollhouse furniture, Janod mini stories, Bigjigs dinosaur templates, Tegu, Little wooden ladybirds, Dinosaur magnetic jigsaw, Grapat Winter, Lanka Kade puzzles

Or the calendar could be built around a theme (tree decorations, wooden animals, decorative figures for a seasonal display, beauty treats, books or poems), or just a mix of different items.

Grimms bearded dwarves, Lanka Kade animals, Maileg tree ornament, Gluckskafer duck, Haba rollicking rollers, Grimms decorative figure, Holztiger robin, Organic Essence lip balm, Lanka Kade fire engine, Ambrosius mistletoe girl, Pick n Mix candle, Eric and Albert’s Crafts reindeer, Grimms branch, Gerda Muller – Seasons collection, Lanka Kade spinosaurus, Ostheimer shepherd kneeling

I’m leaning towards an activity advent calendar, which might include a mix of seasonal trips, festive activities, and acts of kindness. Some of these could be…

Choose and decorate tree, Make Christmas Cards, Enact Christmas/seasonal stories, Nature forage/collect pine cones, St Nicholas’ Day on 6th December (find a gift hidden in shoe), Choose new present or old toys for charity of choice, Bake gingerbread, Make festive play dough, Visit a Christmas market, Make nature gift – insect hotel/bird food, Make hot chocolate sticks for gifts, Winter crafts, Make Christmas crackers, All add a memory to keepsake box – add/review annually, Christmas bath by candlelight, Go carol singing

Maileg tree ornament, Wee Can Too finger paint for cards and wrapping paper, Lanka Kade nativity, Respiin medium basket for displaying nature finds, Ambrosius Saint Nicholas, Janod doctor’s suitcase for charity donation, Janod pastry set for baking, Okonorm soft modelling clay to make festive sensory dough, Olli Ella Luggy to take to the market, Haba assembly kit – insect hotel, Love Cocoa dark chocolate for making hot chocolate sticks as gifts, Re-cycle Me Winter, Friendly travel soaps for Christmas cracker fillers, Bajo pony keepsake box for adding memories from the year, Tinti bath ball,    Qwetch insulated flask

I love hearing about people’s Christmas plans! Do you have any great advent ideas cooking? Please let me know!

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Meet Your New Christmas Holiday Tradition!

holiday tradition Jolabokaflod

Traditions

Everyone has their family traditions during the Christmas holiday season. Any of these sound familiar, past or present? Not all mine.

  • Getting a tree together and decorating it?
  • Baking mince pies?
  • A Christmas day walk after or before the main Christmas feast?
  • Watching Top of the Pops countdown? Snigger. How retro.
  • Watching the Queen’s speech?
  • Morning church service?
  • A must-see annual viewing of a special film?
  • Present giving before the Christmas feast?
  • Present giving after the Christmas feast?
  • Present giving on Christmas eve?
  • Snack left for Santa and Rudolph?
  • Christmas stocking?
  • A little nap after the feast?

The list can be endless. Sometimes you don’t even realise a tradition is hidden away amongst the festivities.

And as we get older and have our own families we become nostalgic and pass these traditions on (or even get rid of them because we hated it as a child) and gain another few along the way. Any of these ring true? Not all mine.

  • New Pyjamas and socks (because we haven’t got enough already)?
  • Xmas eve box full of treats?
  • Charity donation or visiting someone who might be lonely this holiday?
  • Secret Santa?
  • Celebration/seasonal display?

And then there are those extra-extra special traditions that you just can’t replicate and are close to your heart.

Eating my grandpa’s turkey sandwiches late on Christmas day when you start to get hungry again after the feast (because it happens). Squeezed in between the layers of bread are roasties, stuffing, vegetables, dripping and all. A death-wish right there, but so amazing and indulgent. A last nod to Christmas day. I still find it hard to imitate those wicked flavours.

Just when you think you can’t have any more amazingness over the Christmas holidays, someone waves that hygge* wand over you and you discover a new tradition!

What sorcery is this you speak of?

The concept is simple. Picture this.

It’s Christmas Eve. You have been gifted a new book from your family (smell those crisp pages). Donning your Christmas pyjamas and socks, you wrap yourself in a blanket. The fire is lit, candles out and the tree lights are twinkling. With a mug of hot cocoa you spend the rest of the evening reading.

“Oh, for a nook and a storybook. With tales both new and old. For a jolly good book whereon to look. Is better to me than gold.” Old English Song.

Christmas Eve is the main gift giving day in Iceland. After the exchange of presents have finished they lose themselves in a book. Everyone grabs a cup of hot chocolate (eh hem, or an alcoholic beverage) and cozies up to spend the rest of the evening reading. And this is exactly how Icelandic people celebrate each year. The most book buying people in the world enjoy a bit of Hygge* time with their new book and family. In the words of Pop Larkin from The Darling Buds of May – Perfic.

This tradition started around 1944 (World War 2) when paper was one of the few things not rationed in Iceland and there was low tax on paper imports. Today, while the rest of the world celebrate World Book day in Spring (Next year – Tuesday 23rd April 2019), Icelanders have their equivalent between October and November and start purchasing books for Christmas Eve. A book boom of the year. This tradition is known as Jolabokaflod, which translates roughly to “Christmas book flood” in English.  A study conducted by Bifrost University in 2013 found that half the country’s population read at least eight books a year.

In a world slave to technology, I cannot think of a better way to spend the evening. My dad always had a tradition of reading his new gifted book on Christmas day, while everyone was busy tidying in the kitchen or sat in front of the box. He always looked so happy and content. Lost to the world. So, why not bring it forward a day? There’s nothing worth watching on the TV these days on the night before is there? Snigger typical British television.

If this sounds like an ideal way to spend Christmas Eve with your family, here’s a little bit of Yes Bebe inspiration for you all.

Drink up

Something to keep your hot cocoa warm or your ‘naughty-but-nice’ cold? Try U Konserve insulated coffee cups and tumblers with helpful drinking lids. They come in a variety of colours. Why not assign a colour for each family member?

https://yesbebe.co.uk/393-u-konserve/

 

Happy reading

Yes Bebe stock a carefully considered range of books. For example, themed books on Dinosaurs, Seasons, Sea life, Baby milestones, Inspiring women of history, First books, Classic picture books and interactive fairy tale books.

Many of these books can be used in conjunction with their toy section and you could create your own story sacks to accompany them.

Waldorf and Inspiring play books are also available for parents.

https://yesbebe.co.uk/160-books/

 

* Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special. Look it up. It’s now become a widespread thing. Down with the kids so to speak.

 

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