After I wrote my Mama and Bubba Gift Guide 2019 I realised there was more I wanted to share with you! I have written this gift guide for those of you buying gifts for older babies and children and for those of you who would like to shop from small, UK-based businesses. Remember to sign up to the newsletter for a discount on some of these wonderful brands!
Imagine Me Stories
I mentioned Imagine Me Stories in my previous post but I love it so much I’ll mention it again! In my second box I was pleased to receive, amongst other books, “Sulve” by Lupita Nyong’o. I’m looking forward to reading it to my nearly five-year old. Over the Christmas holidays I plan to go through the activities with him. Each box contains things to do, a sticker to track reading progress and of course, a great selection of books. Sign up to the newsletter to use my referral link to get a 20% discount. Subscriptions are for ages 0-3 years, 4-8 years, 9-12 years or a mixture of ages in the Family Combo Box (which is what I get).
One Third Stories
One Third Stories is a great way to learn a new language. Although it is aimed at children from about the age of 4, if your child enjoys listening to stories and looking at books, you could get this for a younger one (as I did) and adults will enjoy it too. Over the course of 12 months (there are several subscriptions lengths available), you build up your vocabulary in your chosen language through books with accompanying audiobooks and activities. Each book begins in English and as the story goes on, more words and eventually sentences will be in the language you are learning. It’s so much better than learning lists of words random sentences you’ll never use! I’ve managed to get a 25% discount code for you for your first subscription. It’s a small business so that’s incredibly generous. I’ll be putting the code in my newsletter so you know what to do! One Third Stories is available in French, Spanish, Italian and German.
Nyha Graphics makes gorgeous representative and inspiring stationery. Last year I bought my son the calendar and he loves the pictures, especially in that he can identify with the children. Whenever there is a girl, he says it’s me and where there is a boy that he thinks looks like him, well, it is him. I won’t tell him otherwise! The imagery and motivational phrases are so beautiful so I can’t wait to give my son his 2020 calendar. Nyha Graphics also sells cards and this year the pack of Christmas cards has children that look like the kids I know. They are so beautiful I almost didn’t want to give them away!
Look Up! by Nathan Byron and Dapo Adeola
Look Up! is a lovely story about childhood wonderment, sibling relationships and being present. The main character, Rocket, is super cute with the best hairstyle and she also wears glasses which is important to me because I am a glasses wearer. Rocket, is an aspiring astronaut so is obsessed with space and part of her mission is to get her big brother to stop looking down at his phone and look up at the stars. I’m sure we can all relate to that! There’s more to it but I don’t want to spoil the story. The book has beautiful illustrations which of course is incredibly important for a children’s book. Dapo Adeola, also known as Daps Draws, has created a limited edition gift bundle which includes a signed book, an A3 print and an enamel pin. I would get it myself if I hadn’t already bought the book! You don’t need to miss out though. Just visit Adeola’s Big Cartel page.
Puzzles are a great way to keep children occupied away from screens, and if you have children who love travelling or want to learn about the world, Very Puzzled is bound to have something for them. My children are a bit young to do the puzzles by themselves so it’s a family activity for us and we love the sense of achievement once the puzzles are completed. We have the original Ghana puzzle and the Africa puzzle and I have asked for the Jamaica puzzle for Christmas…for myself! I’m also planning to get some posters and I’m sure my son would love to colour in the t-shirts that are available.
Kitsch Noir is a fun stationery brand and I buy a lot of my cards from here. I have bought my sons “Frostie the Fro Man” and “Have A ROARSome Christmas” this year and bought “#MerkyTurkey” for myself because I find it hilarious. You can also get wrapping paper, calendars and cards for adults all in one place which is a convenient time saver. There is currently an offer on Christmas cards – 4 for £10 and 10 for £20 which is amazing value. Let me know which cards you pick up in the comments below!
This year I decided that I would sort out my belongings and only keep things and buy new things that spark joy – yes I used the Marie Kondo method. When you have children, you realise that much of your day is spent cleaning them, especially when they start weaning. To bring some joy to the constant face wiping, I bought an assorted pack of African Print re-usable wipes. They are beautiful to look at, having absorbent terry towel on one side and African print cotton on the other. The printed side is soft enough to wipe noses and I use a dampened terry towel side to clean food from the rest of my baby’s face. Having a stack of them means they are as convenient as wipes but better for the environment because they don’t leech microplastics into the water system. I still use wet wipes every now and again but I’m taking steps to rely on them less and less and Shomsa Creations makes that so much easier. When I received my order I was pleasantly surprised and grateful to receive a gift with purchase – two lavender pouches. They came at a time when I desperately needed help to sleep so I have something else from Shomsa Creations that makes me a happy mama!
*I discovered that after writing this guide, Shomsa Creations is on a break due to maternity leave. The shop is still open for browsing so make your list and show your support once it re-opens!
I’d love to know what you think or what you managed to buy – comment below or catch me on social media!