Squidgy is officially a preschooler, and in a few weeks time we will be finding out if we have got our chosen spot for when she starts primary school next September. I'm not quite ready to think about that just yet though, so today I'm focusing on the awesome gift ideas that suit children of her age as we begin the countdown to Christmas. Squidgy started preschool in September and despite all things she does and says to the contrary she is only three. Sometimes even I can't quite believe that is the case! She has such a wonderful personality and loves life, and finding gifts to suit her is not a hard task. Whether she is playing with princesses or trains she loves most everything she touches. Today I am sharing a few ideas of gifts that would be perfect for any preschooler, boy or girl!
Simply Because it is Christmas
A Letter from Santa
I sneakily pressed a real seal, stamped with the letter "S" onto my girl's letters before popping the letter back inside their envelopes, for extra autenticity.
Since we spent our first Christmas together eight years ago, John and I have had a tradition of buying a new Christmas jumper for one another each year. We have continued the tradition with our girls; and this year was the first time we took them both shopping for one. There were so many choices in our local stores, but I love that Squidgy chose this gorgeous elf jumper at our local Asda Living store. If you don't have a local Asda, you can see their range online or alternatively Primark, Peacocks and TU at Sainsbury's are some of the many stores that have awesome ranges for all the family.
For Practical Use
For Learning and Exploring
Bike and Accessories
We have always made sure that Squidgy gets outdoors as much as possible; and I'm glad we did, as she absolutely loves it. Last year she received a three-wheel scooter from my sister-in-law and her family which went down really well, and is often used to make the trip up to preschool. After having a go on a friend's bike, however, she has decided that she would like to have her own and learn to ride it.
It's not a bad gift idea, but some can be a little expensive, so finding discounted bikes online may be a way to get this gift without breaking the bank. Be sure to invest a little extra money and purchase accessories such as a helmet too, because after all "safety comes first"!
For Adventures and Playtime
Ever since she was born, I have wanted to get Squidgy a doll's house. One of my childhood friends had a handmade wooden doll's house that her step-dad had out together for her that I was (I'm not afraid to admit it!) totally jealous of. This year we decided that Squidgy was at an age where she will be able to look after the doll's house and the small items that go inside so thanks to John's parents (and once we have built it!) she will have this beautiful three storey cream doll's house from the charity, Sue Ryder (which you can find on their website here).
This makes a wonderful gift for any preschooler, and it also gives you gift ideas for others who can buy the furniture and more to go inside! Plus, you have the added bonus of spending money on a gift which supports a charity!
Virtual and/or Augmented Reality
Squidgy loves role play. From her kitchen to dressing up. Last year my family purchased a toy box which they filled with dressing up clothes from cowboys and superheroes to doctors and princesses. This year we found Primark's new range of Disney dresses, and as she has had one every year since her first birthday we decided to grab her one this year too. This will be the first time she has had a Belle dress and I am so excited to see the look on her face, as Beauty and the Beast is one of her favourite movies at the moment; along with frozen (obviously).
Hot Water Bottle
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Wonderbly have created an amazing personalised story putting your child at the centre of the chocolate factory story. I sat with Squidgy and told her that Santa wanted her to have a look and see if she liked the idea for Christmas and she was so excited; especially now that she is starting to learn to read and recognised words such as her name.
Squidgy's has been
Having said that, it may be worth having a look in your local Poundworld as that is where I came across them and bought the set!
For more posts about Christmas, visit the Christmas category page. If you have any questions about any of the products included within my gift guide, which I have not covered in this post, feel free to ask in the comments section below.
Disclaimer: I was sent a few of the above items in return for an honest review and inclusion within my gift guide. The review words and opinions are my own. All photos are copyright property of Me Becoming Mum.
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