Who else is super excited for the festive season? Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year. I love spending time with family and spoiling the children with gifts. It can be really difficult to know what to buy slightly older children. This Christmas I’d like to give you a helping hand in choosing gifts for your young loved ones.
If you’re struggling to find gifts for your little (or big) ones then this is the post for you. This gift guide, aimed at 5-10 year old’s, is full of fantastic unique items guaranteed to put a smile on the face of any child.
Pictured above is a Secret Projects secret pillow (£50).
A secret pillow is a pillow that unfolds into a blanket. Secret Pillows are a craft item made by women in India who face social and economic challenges. The money they earn through the making and selling of Secret Pillows enables them to pay for their child’s education, food, medicine and other essentials. The women are affiliated to an NGO or charity who provide a safe space in which they come together to receive training, support, and materials to produce Secret Pillows.
These groups of women are called Maker Networks and Secret Projects currently works with Maker Networks in six Indian states. By giving the gift of a secret pillow this Christmas, you’ll also be giving the gift of a better life to women and children in India. You can find the range of pillow designs available and more information about this wonderful cause over on the Secret Projects website. Mia absolutely adores her secret pillow, it has taken pride of place on her bed since it arrived. If you are looking for truly unique gifts, check out the Secret Projects website.
The ReRoom galaxy wall hanger (£45) is a truly beautiful addition to any children’s bedroom.
The hanger, part of the Galaxy collection by Lorena Canals, features a star, Mars, Saturn and a rocket cushion. Handmade in India using 100% cotton, it’s a truly one-of-a-kind item which will make the perfect for gift for any little space lover. Theo absolutely adores his wall hanger. He is fascinated by space and planets. He can name each planet on his hanger and I often catch him looking at it and smiling. I recently redecorated their bedroom so our wall hanger arrived at the perfect time and has really finished off the room. If your tired of buying toys or are looking for unique gifts for your child’s room be sure to check out the galaxy collection by Lorena Canals.
Rebel Girls/Boys and Kids Who Dare To Be Different Books (pictured top).
Looking for gifts that inspire and encourage? Look no further. I have always, and will always, allow my children to be exactly who they wish to be. Mia has just started middle school, and Theo is slap bang in the middle of his time at infant’s school, they are both finding their place in the world. I regularly remind them that they do not have to conform to gender stereotypes and this range of books really helps to reinforce that message. I love reading Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (aff) with Mia. This book reinvents fairy tales. It inspires children with stories of 100 amazing women past and present from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams.
Everyone has their own individual quirks. Stories for Kids Who Dare to be Different (aff) discusses boys and girls past and present that didn’t hide their differences. Instead, they stood up, stood out and made an impact.
I purchased Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different (aff) for Theo quite a while ago and we are slowly but surely reading the book together. Like Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls, Stories for Boys, Who Dare to be Different aims to teach boys that it is entirely possible to make a difference in the world without being a stereotypical knight in shining armour.
A few months ago we reviewed the KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker (pictured above). It was a firm hit with Mia, who created several friendship bracelets for her friends. At just £19.99, the KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker (aff) doesn’t break the bank and your child is sure to love creating unique and eye-catching bracelets.
If your child loves sensory activities then I highly recommend giving the gift of Kinetic Rock this Christmas.
Kinetic Rock (aff) can be moulded into boulders or crushed into rubble – the possibilities are endless! The set comes with tools and accessories and a construction figure which are all fantastic for creating and constructing.
It’s fun for the whole family your after, then games are a must.
We love Fletter and HedBanz. Fletter (aff) is a fun and interactive word game. Simply search for words within the letters set out before you. It’s a race against time to find words before the other players. This game is perfect for 2-4 players – the more the merrier!
HedBanz (aff) is similar to ‘What Am I?’ – but better! Each player must work out if the cartoon on their head is an animal, food or object before time runs out. This game has a recommended age of 7+ however Theo is only 5 and he is better than me at it! HedBanz is the perfect family game to play when everyone is full of Christmas dinner.
We are all a little too familiar with the mess children create, especially at Christmas time! I love to use sustainable effective products to clean it all up. These Lunaciel organic cotton wash cloths (see website for prices) are ideal for wiping up spills and mess.
Three of the items featured within this Christmas gift guide have been gifted to us. All views and opinions are my own. This post also includes affiliate links. Just The Three Of Us is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme. This is an affiliate advertising programme designed to allow sites to earn advertising fees by linking to Amazon.