First Christmas Gift Ideas
A first Christmas is such a special time. A new addition to the family to join in all the traditions and celebrations.
The Bear was just 3 months old for his first Christmas. If I am honest, we probably went a little bit crazy with the gifts! His stocking was bigger than him (although it is a stocking that we have continued to use) and it took until Boxing Day to open all his presents in between all the sleeps!
Miss Rabbit was 7 months old for her first Christmas! Just crawling so no present was safe from her grasp! We were lucky to find a single present that hadn’t been ripped open by her.
This year they will be 3 and 5! I think there will be a lot of excitement! But, no doubt I will be the first one awake – laying in bed waiting for their squeals of excitement!
The Bear and Miss Rabbit First Christmas Gift Guide
For some of you, your first Christmas will be with little babies, like The Bear was. For others, you may also be approaching first birthdays as well. Therefore our 1st Christmas Gift Guide includes a range for under 12 months, but also for 12+ months.
We have to start our 1st Christmas Gift Guide with the wooden push alongs. By far and away our best sellers for 1st birthdays as well. We have 18 different styles to choose from. Polar Bears, Penguins, Cat, Dog. Mouse and some Peter Rabbit favourites to; including Peter Rabbit himself and Jemima Puddleduck. All our Wooden Push Alongs start at £8.99 and are suitable for 12+ months.
There are so many ways to play with this, and this is a gift that will last for years! The Bear again had this for his first Christmas back in 2009 and it is still used today.
So what can you use it for? Well, firstly as a walker. Encouraging those first steps. But also, even before those first steps, why not use the blocks to build towers? They will be so much fun to knock down! Or how about sorting the blocks into their colours, and learning the colours as you do! And as your child grows – can they find the letter that their name begins with, and then find all the letters to spell their name? Can you find the numbers, and put them into a number sequence? Or why not lay the mathematical blocks out on the floor for them? Making numbers fun through the start of their education as well. And if you take all the blocks out, the trolley is great for pushing all your teddies around in!
The wooden walker is suitable for 12+ months.
We love bath toys. So much fun splashing around. And we love the versatility of them. Enjoy your bath toys during water play, can they sink, do they float, do they pour water? And in the summer, use them in the paddling pool to. Our 2 favourites for this age group are the Up Up Cups from B Toys at just £3.99 and the wooden submarine from Plan Toys at £11.99.
The Up Up Cups are just £3.99. Stack them, fill them and pour them. And when you have finished, they neatly stack away!
The yellow submarine is just one of the wooden bath toys we stock from Plan Toys. The wooden bath toys are made using wood sawdust that is ideal for water play. Each new water toy is finished with a special, non-toxic coating that enables it to be taken in the bath or paddling pool. What’s more, the Plan Wood collection is created using only 1% eco-friendly glue and dyed using only water-based pigments to create the most natural of colours that are not only great for children but safe for the environment too.
The Up Up Cups are suitable for 6+ months and the wooden bath toys start from 6+ months. The submarine featured is suitable for 12+ months.
We love puppets here at HQ. We love how puppets help to bring songs, nursery rhymes and stories to life. We also really enjoy the imaginative play that comes from children adding their own character to a puppet during their very own puppet shows. The trudi range of puppets we stock are all suitable from birth. They make a great cuddly toy as well as a puppet too. Why not choose one from your childs favourite song or story? The Trudi range are also hand finished, making each one unique. Prices for these start at £12.99
All the Trudi puppets are suitable from birth.
Why not make it a musical Christmas? Young Children delight in using instruments. See their smiles as they bang a drum and it makes a sound? Perfect to use in your songs and nursery rhymes, encouraging rhythm and learning about cause and effect. The Tidlo Rainbow Drum is £13.49 and is suitable from 12+ months.
Why not add one of the first shapes puzzles under your tree this year? Puzzles help to develop hand and eye co ordination.
The Melissa and Doug first shapes large peg puzzle is a charming cottage with 5 big puzzle pieces that all form a part of the cottage. The large peg on each puzzle is perfect for little hands to grasp and hold.
Need ideas for play with the Melissa and Doug First Shapes large peg puzzle? Each piece has has full colour matching picture underneath to encourage visual recognition skills. You can complete the puzzle, name the shapes, name and recognise the colours. And as your child gets older, why not pop the pieces down, study them, and take one away. Will your little one notice which shape is missing?
We have a range of puzzles in stock suitable from 12+ months.
Our Hug Links from B Toys are suitable from 3+ months. There is so much fun to be had with these. Each link is a happy rattle, great for teething too! The beads click, feel good in little hands, and are great fun for sorting, learning colours and more! Roll the jar too for a great rattly rolling bit of fun!
We hope we have given you some inspiration!
We have suggested some ideas for you that will last you well beyond a 1st Christmas, through to the preschool years too. But, my other advice as a Mum would be…don’t go to mad! For a 1st Christmas, children are little. Mostly, enjoy the time together with a few gifts from family and Father Christmas. They will be writing an extensive Christmas list before you know it
If you do have a new addition to your family this Christmas then we wish you all a very Happy Christmas!