NOVELTY CHRISTMAS KIDS-MASS IS HERE, LETS CELEBRATE WITH A CHRISTMAS JUMPER (OR TWO)!
There’s some things you only do at Christmas – eat turkey, watch ‘Elf’ on repeat, and drink strange mulled beverages with neighbours you haven’t talked to all year. But recently a new tradition has crept in, and one we all secretly LOVE. I’m talking about novelty Christmas gear!
Now the countdown to Christmas is on, I’ve been scouring the web like an over-excited elf to produce a definitive list of novelty items every baby and toddler needs in their life. So get that credit card ready, you’re going to want ALL of these (which is ok as they’re all under £25!)
We also have a pair of novelty reindeer socks to give-away.. keep reading to find out how you can WIN!
But first, check out our behind-the-scenes video…
As if it wasn’t already a Christmas staple, here’s another good reason to own a swanky sweatshirt – it’s Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 16 December, in support of Save the Children.
Penguin Jumper, Cashmere Mix
Putting the chic in Christmas, Jo Jo Maman Bebe have outdone themselves with a fabulous AW16 collection. However, it was this stunning red jumper emblazoned with a fluffy penguin that caught my eye. With a cold winter ahead I’m starting to stock up on warm cosy clothes for Boo, and this is my favourite so far. It keeps him nice and toasty, but never too hot thanks to its luxurious cashmere mix. Although it’s at the pricier end of the range, I’ve always found Jo Jo clothes to wash well and last long – and with this not being ‘outrageously festive’, you can still get the wear out of it in Jan and Feb too. A wonderful winter warmer and investment. Jo Jo Maman Bebe, £22 (six months – six years) jojomamanbebe.co.uk
Christmas Pom Pom Trim Fairisle Jumper
If only grown up’s could get away with wearing pom poms on their jumpers, we would surely be forming a line outside Asda to get our hands on this joyous jumper that SCREAMS Christmas! The print features snowflakes, Santa, Christmas trees and penguins, to perfectly capture the ‘ahhhh’ factor! And even though it’s under a tenner, it washes really well and holds its shape. It’s also one of the warmest jumpers we’ve tried, ideal for those brisk winter day. Our top bargain buy for this Yuletide! George at Asda, from £8 (nine months – six years), asda.com
Mini boys black geo reindeer Christmas Jumper
The craze for Christmas jumpers isn’t going away, so you might as well get one.. or FIVE! This beauty from River Island is definitely one for stylish fashion bunnies. And although it’s for boys, I think it makes a pretty cool choice for non-girly girls too. The geometric reindeer print is very ‘millennial’, but it’s the fluffy reindeer nose that gives it a fun edge… and I reckon it can double up on Red Nose Day too. Moorishly soft, it’s also a great choice for day-to-day winter wear for your munchkin!
River Island, £12 (Size newborn to five years)
Because festive feet are fun feet, you need a novelty sock, or two, in your life…
Reindeer Slipper Socks
A great way to keep those little piggies warm while rockin’ the festive look! These unisex slipper socks instantly liven up an outfit and are deliciously warm with a thick layer of fluff inside and grips on the sole to prevent slips. And if your child is anything like mine, they will find them the funniest things ever to wear! It has to be said, they’re a real life saver for when he comes home from nursery with soggy feet following a day of jumping in puddles. They are generous in fit though, so opt of a smaller size. We have a pair to give away to one lucky reader – full details at end of post. Mothercare, £9 (one – ten years) mothercare.com
Totes Christmas Novelty Reindeer & Penguin Socks
You heard it here first – Christmas socks are a thing. So much so, that The Sock Shop have a dedicated range to lovers of the festive foot fashion (try saying that after a few Baileys!). We like this unisex twin pack by Totes, which features a chubby little snowman, and happy-chappy reindeer, in bright festive colours! They’re rather toasty, luxuriously cushioned and have handy grips on the sole, for all those ‘almost slipped over’ moments. Comfy, cosy, cute and Christmasssyyyyy – we ‘totes’ agree. The Sock Shop, £8.99 (one – ten years) – sockshop.co.uk
Printed Wellies – Dazzling Blue Monkey
When your rambunctious toddler discovers the joy of jumping in puddles, it’s time to give it some ‘welly’… quite literally! My favourite-festive-find’s are these red and blue boots decorated with monkeys in Christmas scarves – I mean ‘hello’, who doesn’t love monkeys! These waterproof boots are pretty robust, with a sturdy tyre-inspired sole offering a firm grip. Inside they are cushioned with a thick insole for added comfort. Joules has become one of my favourite designers in recent years, and their children’s range is equally as stylish as the grown up’s. Joules, £19.95 (sizes 4-7) Joules.com
When you need some peace and quiet, turn to these helpful items to ensure bedtime brings all the magic of Christmas, and an early night for the little screamers!
Little Master Dickens – A Christmas Carol Book
If there’s one thing that makes me feel ‘Christmassy’ it’s Charles Dicken’s ‘A Christmas Carol’, and this child’s version is a must-have for bedtime reading this December. In board book format, this classic tale is brought to life with fun illustrations which my son likes to point at questioning ‘whassthaaat?!’. And because words are kept to a minimum, you can tell the tale in your own way, which makes it even more magical. My favourite new old story, a great stocking filler and an absolute bargain! Alex & Alexa, £6 – alexandalexa.com
Christmas with Miffy Sticker Book
For all those car journeys to visit the relatives, and for all the entertaining in store during the holiday period, you’ll be glad of Miffy’s sticker book! A great stocking filler, it includes colourful stickers, ‘spot the difference’ puzzles and lots of colouring-in to keep the little ones occupied, and you’ll love it too! The best thing about this book though, is that it’s suitable for a range of ages, and never loses it’s cute appeal. Kitsch in a book – we think so. Waterstones, £4.99
Christmas Pyjamas George Pig
Try to avoid all thoughts of Christmas ham when you’re searching for Peppa Pig merchandise this yuletide! But look no further than Boots Mini Club, because these boys pyjamas are fab. The top includes George pig with a ‘winter fun’ message, while the bottoms feature a festive pig design and are cuffed to keep the warmth in. I’ve always found Boots range to be a good fit (not small, not large) and they wash well too. An essential pair of PJ’s if you want to ‘ham’ it up this Christmas (sorry)! Mini Club, Boots – £14 (three months – six years)
Basically, there’s no point being a parent if you don’t get to dress your kid up in silly outfits at least once a year! Here’s some inspiration for you…
Elf Sleepsuit and Hat
They’re only young once, so it’s only right to dress your kids up in fancy dress and take lots of photos of them before they can protest! Cue this fun elf outfit from the TU range, which will certainly ‘make the Yuletide gay’! This onesie and hat ensemble has handy poppers on the inside leg for quick nappy changes (take note – mince pies and babies are a heady mix!), while the booties are attached to complete the look. A fun outfit, perfect for newborns. TU Range Sainsbury’s, £8 (newborn – two years)
Christmas Mrs Santa Outfit
It’s the sort of jolly outfit you can imagine Princess Charlotte wearing behind closed doors! Indeed, this three-piece number is a veritable festive treat, with stripey tights, a Christmassy red dress with peter pan collar, and a cute gingerbread soft toy to achieve the ‘Mrs Santa Claus’ look. Decorated with cute hearts the dress is made from soft and comfortable fabric (cotton/polyester mix), and features a furry trim around the hem and cuffs to complete the festive look. Our favourite outfit for girls this Christmas. George at Asda, £12 (nine months – five years), asda.com
Snowman Parsnip Pants
I first fell in love with Frugi, when I stumbled across them in John Lewis and it’s a romance that has endured. I couldn’t wait to check out their new winter collection, which is full of happy bright designs, as is their trademark. But, it was these funky snowman parsnip pants, that ‘melted’ my heart! Made from organic cotton, they are baby soft and generously loose for running and rolling round. I love a good elastic waist (especially at Christmas!) and these are extra handy since they can be rolled up or down, to make them longer or shorter as your baby grows. They wash well, keep their shape and always look on point that hey could be ‘Kanye Fresh’! A wonderful investment and essential Christmas kitsch-mass item. Frugi, £18 (newborn – four years) welovefrugi.com
So there you have it, our top ten essential Christmas kitchmass. And if that hasn’t got you in the seasonal mood, check out the top toys for this Christmas right here!
WIN WIN WIN WIN!
Want to WIN a pair of these fabulous reindeer socks by Mothercare?! We have one pair (size 1-2 years) to give-away. All you have to do is like our Facebook page and comment on this post to enter the draw.
Open to UK residents over 18 only, full terms and conditions here.
Competition closes on November 18, 2016 and the winner will be picked at random.
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