Christmas Gift Guides 2017- Handmade

Best Handmade Gifts for Kids Christmas 2017

I am super excited for this year’s annual gift guides as I have collaborated with an incredible selection of beautiful handcrafted makers and creators for the best in handmade gifts for your children this Christmas.

I love curating and selecting toys that have been made with heart, passion and soul. Sometimes painstakingly designed, reworked, designed, reworked and finally the finish version is ready for children’s hands.

I hope you love this year’s selection of handmade toys and gifts. Many are pretend play toys that allow your child to imagine that they are a queen ruling over her empire, or a dinosaur bashing and crashing through the jungle, wood folk that are preparing for a Christmas party or a fairy king helping his fairies to build their fairy trees in the woods.  Others still allow your child to colour and draw or learn about the animals of the world or decorate your child’s room or hold their most treasured possessions on their back.

They are non toxic, non tech toys that will allow your child to explore different parts of their imagination, creativity, gross and fine motor skills.Best Handmade Gifts for Kids Christmas 2017 Gift Guide details from the top of the tree and L to R: 

Handmade Lee Leather Bunting – Coco Rose Interiors $70.00

Handmade Hazel Village Catalina Mouse Monkeynmoo $64.95

Handmade Silver Wand – Alfie Wild $25.00

Rose Gold Birthday Handmade crown –Schooza $14.95

Handmade Olivia Leather Kids back pack – Coco Rose Interiors $75.00

Dinosaur Tail – Schooza $29.95

In The Jungle Dinosaur Name Chart Art Hanger Dino Raw $44.00

World Animal Flash Cards – Two Little Ducklings $27.95

ZooModern Animal friends: Lars the Owl,  Abe the Fox, Evan the Rabbit and Leo the Bear $85.00 each. Available in Australia at The Woods Folk

Washable handmade playmats  Noble Cubs $25.00

This line up are all from Australian online small business retailers who are supporting their families with their business. In supporting them you support their families this Christmas.

Disclosure: this post was written in conjunction with these beautiful shops All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

Christmas Gift Guides 2017 – Baby

I am super excited for this year’s annual gift guides as I have collaborated with an incredible selection of stunning online toy and gift boutiques to bring you some of the best gift ideas there is for your little ones.

I love curating and selecting toys that will be a big part of your baby’s future growth and development. I hope you love this year’s selection of toys that have been chosen for their ability to keep your baby happy over the next year whether that is keeping them comfortable in organic clothes, amusing them with pull along toys or stacking puzzles or giving them a soft and cuddly friend to hold.

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Gift Guide details from the top of the tree and L to R: 

Friendly Toys Wooden Pull Along Dog – Wiggles Piggles  $44.95

Blabla Mini Knit Doll Hazel – Wild and Whimsical Things $74.95

Blabla Mini Knit Doll Jasper – Wild and Whimsical Things  $74.95

Grimms Set of Natural Stacking Bowls – The Creative Toy Shop $46.00

Organic Essentials Newborn Gift set (includes baby blanket, bib & beanie) – Niovi Organics $75.00

Baby Book Blueberry Co $49.95

Grimms Rainbow Boat Grasping Toy – The Creative Toy Shop $34.00

Oli and Carol Chew Fruit – Wild and Whimsical Things $17.95 each

Noah’s Ark Stacking Puzzle – Lucas Loves Cars $38.00

Garden Sorter and Roller- The Mini Manor & Co $49.95

This line up are all from Australian online small business retailers who are supporting their families with their business. In supporting them you support their families this Christmas.

Disclosure: this post was written in conjunction with these beautiful shops All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

Toy of the month – November 2017

Wow I am not exactly sure how this year has sped by and I am now writing my last toy review for the year? Life with kids certainly means life just seems to go at warped speed. Next year it will be even more zippy as my youngest starts  school. I am quietly crying a little inside but he is beyond excited to go to school with his big brother and all his preschool mates, so it is a bittersweet moment as my baby grows up.

Starting school and this month’s toy review are a perfect combination as this month we have been testing out a seriously awesome ‘Chemistry in Action’ science kit gifted from Sydney based Curious Kids Science.  Curious Kids Science is headed up by the incredibly passionate Mum Rachel Brittliff with head tester being her 6 year old daughter, Lily. Rachel has a background in Law, however it was when her then 3 year old daughter came home from preschool wanting to replicate an “experience” she had seen there, that Rachel embarked on a mission to bring fun and science to young children.

After countless hours of research and hundreds of experiments, testing them out over a year with 20 kids aged 4 to 10 years, they finally settled on the Chemistry kit we are reviewing which was released early this year.

This is our first ever kit based toy review and I have to say it was A LOT of fun. I mean A LOT of fun! The kit provides experiment cards, a chemical reaction kid’s manual, an adults guide and non toxic products for 5 experiments to be carried out by kids 4 + years.

With some changes to the method and a few additional ingredients from the pantry, the kit has the ability to conduct up to 20 different experiments using the kit. There are also suggestions on ways to approach different experiments based on age groups which is awesome as it means you can continue to use the kit for years to come.

Curious Kids Science Kit Chemistry In Action

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Kazoops toys have arrived

This is a sponsored post written in collaboration with Cheeky Little Media.

The news all Kazoops fans have been waiting for…Kazoops toys have been released! The full toy range includes plush toys, figurines, play sets and games and we here in the Kids Gifts and Toys household are super pumped to see them available.

The plush toys were released last month by Tomy in Australia and feature Monty, Lily the Alien, Suzy the Dinosaur, Otis the Warthog and our household fave Jimmy Jones. This month they have also launched in the UK via  Toys “R” US  and Amazon.

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Happy Hands Happy Heart Happy Kids

Play dough is one of those absolute classic toys that so many children have grown up with and today 87 years on, it is still a cherished activity that kids love! Play dough even makes it into the National Toy Hall of Fame in the US. What I didn’t know until today was that what we know as Play-Doh®, started life as wallpaper cleaner back in the 1920’s!  Composed of flour, water, salt, boric acid, and mineral oil, the product was first created by Noah McVicker for Cincinnati based company, Kutol.

These days though many families enjoy making play dough at home and in the last few years, Australian based brand Happy Hands Happy Heart has been making waves with their natural version of play -dough with the most incredible scents that literally waft out of the glass jar once you open it.

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Toy of the Month – October 2017

This month we are testing out an incredibly beautiful toy, like I am not joking, this is one I have never seen before and when Happy Go Ducky Toys asked me to review it, I jumped at being gifted the opportunity.

This month we review their incredible Extra Large Wooden Triangle Puzzle which is from Czech brand Playful Wood.

Happy Go Ducky are an Australian based company run by wife and husband team, Amy and Votja, who in 2015 started to bring to Australia the most incredible Czech designed and produced toys like the Playful Wood range of toys.

Their ethos is closely aligned to mine in that they only sell toys that are ethically and sustainably produced, they want their toys to last and not to add to the growing plastic junk pile. Along with being completely safe for little ones in terms of non toxic toys, they are also educational and open learning toys that allow for the creativity and fun!

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