Christmas gift buying guide for kids
I love shopping for outfits for the kids at Christmas. It’s a great opportunity to purchase gifts that the kids will love whilst updating their wardrobes for the year to come.
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We see two young girls on a lawn. They’re playing with various toys.
A father with a young boy and a young girl are laughing and smiling beside a backyard swimming pool. The young boy jumps into the pool. Everybody laughs and the Dad bends down to help the boy out of the pool.
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Threads on trend
Retailers seem to always bring out super cute outfits in the lead-up-to Christmas. With the new summer season approaching, you can always find shorts, tops and dresses. Also be sure to look out for accessories like sunglasses, bags, hats and jewellery. Accessories can make great stocking fillers!
Here are my top four picks for kids’ threads.
Pyjamas are always a great gift idea. With a range of cute patterns and pictures, these pyjama sets from Cotton On are bound to make bed time more inviting. My favourite pick for girls is the Chloe short sleeve in Bambi print – but at 2 sets for only $35, it’s hard to pick just one.
When in doubt, stick to the basics. Short sleeve shirts are perfect stocking fillers for the older boys. Paired with some shorts, it’s the perfect outfit for summer activities. Target has boys (sizes 7-16) shirts from just $16, like the Short Sleeve Ditzy Print shirt.
Get Summer ready
The summer school holidays are all about heading to the beach and the pool with the kids. Swimwear is a great gift option and pool toys are always a hit. Our summers are frequently filled with trips to the beach, so outdoor gear is always at the top of my list for Christmas. My girls love getting new cozzies and accessories too.
AusPost has great summer stuff for kids. Get them beach ready with the Kids Swim Towel and Beach Bag set with their favourite Disney characters.
The Verve 5mp Waterproof (3M) Digital Camera from Target if perfect for trips to the beach, and only $59!
Being Sun Smart is so important! These stylish sunnies protect little eyes from harmful UV rays. Shop the Ray-Ban Junior collection from Myer.
For the most fun at the beach, you can’t go past these colourful Bodyboards from ToysRus.
The best books
Whilst they may not be at the top of their letters to Santa, books make beautiful Christmas presents for kids. My kids love to read and I love to read with them – there’s nothing better than curling up with the family for story-time before bed.
If you’re stuck for ideas, AusPost has heaps of book packs from your favourite Australian authors and characters the kids will love. These keepsakes are not just bookshelf staples, the beautiful illustrations will encourage the kids to keep reading over the summer holidays as well. Plus they’re only $16.99! Some of my favourites are:
Soft and Cuddly
Children love soft and cuddly teddies, dolls and animals. Plush toys are not just for babies; my eldest, Bella (who is now 8), will still grab a doll or mermaid to cuddle in bed. Mums tend to keep these too as keepsakes too so soft and cuddly pressies are always a winner.
The cutest characters and perfect size for cuddling, these Winnie the Pooh & Friends classic plush toys are only $29.99 at AusPost.
Katie the Caterpillar Plush Toy from Babies”R”us makes learning the alphabet fun and easy.
Toys for bubs
This is the cutest octopus you’ve ever seen, this is Octivity Time from Lamaze, a developmental activity toy for toddlers.
Have you heard about Shipster?
Christmas is my favourite time of year, but it can also be an expensive time of year. I always have my eye out for sales and try to get as much shopping done online as possible to keep costs down where I can. Well, with all of the great merchants listed above, you can get free shipping on eligible purchases* with Shipster! You can try it for two months free, just in time for all your Christmas shopping.
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