Every family has someone that is difficult to buy for. We find that there are certain ages and stages that fall within this ‘hard to buy for’ category when gift shopping. Unfortunately, we seem to have several of those in our family so we’ve been doing some serious research into great gifts for all ages. Here are our suggestions:
All our children love to travel but Ollie in particular is a real explorer. His geography knowledge is absolutely amazing – he can spin a globe, stop it with his finger and name the place he’s landed on in an instant so the Little Passports subscription box is definitely the ideal gift for him. Available in two age ranges, the Early Explorers for ages 3-5 or the World Explorer range suitable for 6-10 year-olds, this is a monthly subscription box service which combines fun and learning, enabling kids to discover more about the world through age-appropriate stickers, games, activities and souvenirs. The first subscription box contains their very own suitcase and they’ll even get their own passport to ‘travel’ around the world with. As well as the variety of goodies with each box we also liked the fact that you have a choice of a single, one-off gift as well as six or twelve month subscriptions so making it suitable for every pocket.
My parents have quite a shrine to Golden Boy so one year we hit upon the humourous idea of purchasing a ‘family tree’ photograph ornament with spaces for twelve photographs. Instead of putting one photo of a different family member in each we printed off a variety of pictures of Jimmy. We assumed mum might take it as the mock-up it was intended to be and eventually change some of the photos over, you know, given that she has 13 grandchildren and another child to choose from. Eight years on it turns out that the Jimmy Tree still stands as it was the day we gave it to her. This year, things are different. I’ve attacked the online photo lab Whitewall to turn some of our family photos into the most beautiful canvas pictures. With a range of different sizes, styles and finishes to choose from it took quite a while to make my final decision but once I had, I couldn’t resist adding an extra one for our own wall. I’m thrilled with the results and I’m pretty sure mum will be too (though probably not as much as she would have been if it were a Golden Boy collage).
I tend to go through the year making note of what Mike would like. Some gifts he ends up with are practical, others are fun and a few might be of things that he mentioned in passing. One gift we’ve come up with is from the fabulous range of presents for men at Qwerkity. Unfortunately, I can’t say what it is as he’ll probably read this but it’s pretty cool and I think he’ll like it. If you’re stuck for inspiration for the man in your life do head over and check out their vast range of gift ideas.
Okay, so not quite a teen but turning 11 on New Year’s Eve, Eddie is remarkably gifted at making and creating. Seriously, this kid can take anything at all and turn it into something. On his wish list was a Build Your Own Robotic Arm which again was from the Qwerkity range. I admit it, we found this site ridiculously brilliant for gift ideas for awkward ages and this is something we know he’ll be thrilled with.
For babies and toddlers:
Baby’s first Christmas is always something a little bit special but for the first time in a long time, we don’t have a first Christmas to celebrate. Instead, Tim will be celebrating his second Christmas with a beautiful 12 Days of Christmas personalised book by I See Me. This version of the story contains an adaptation of the traditional 12 Days of Christmas complete with some seek-and-find fun to find the new presents that appear under the tree each day over 28 pages of the book. It’s a high-quality, colourful and fun keepsake that he will treasure for years to come.
For the whole family:
Every Christmas Eve, before the younger children go to bed, we will all gather together in the living room and read out a Christmas story. It’s usually The Night Before Christmas but this year I’ll also be throwing in Charles Dickens’ traditional tale, A Christmas Carol. It won’t just be any book though but the newly released version from Pavilion books brought to life with amazing illustrations by the very fabulous Quentin Blake. At just £4.99, this is the perfect way to get the Christmas excitement well under way!