Thursday, 15 November 2012

Festive Gift Guide Part 6: All Sorts of (Childish) Loveliness

Since this feature began, I've been spotting all sorts of cute things that didn't fit into any of the weekly categories but that I didn't want to leave out. So this week I'm sharing a seemingly random selection of  ideas - some handmade, and mostly aimed at, but not limited to, children. I hope you like them!

I can think of lots of projects these could be used for  - available from Great Little Trading Co. (My children have a lot of Melissa & Doug things, and they are always great quality.)
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This would make an adorable handmade gift for older children/teenagers..... or just for yourself!
From Marie Claire Ideas (French site). Accompany it with an age-appropriate sewing book.
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Hedgehog Mittens Knitting Kit (and LOTS of other critter knit patterns and kits) from Morehouse Farm Merino -  perfect for the young at heart! 

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My own children have this book and it's great, I wanted to keep for myself, because sometimes these things are wasted on kids. Also a cute stocking filler for an architect or town planner!!! 
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These lovely designs found at Country Kitty are so simple and so effective - how about taking these as inspiration and getting the children to draw their own designs for you to sew?
The Mary Kilvert online store has lots of great things - the large cushions would brighten up any room and Little Miss is fancying this one which is also my favourite!
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Requiring only basic crochet skills, this could be made in no time in the recipient's favourite colours - make it extra special by sewing in some colourful lining then fill with pencils, pens or toiletries!
Accompany it with a pretty notebook and his could make a nice inexpensive School-friend Gift.
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I was so excited to find these. Does anyone else remember them from the 70s? They would make a quirky retro stocking filler, don't you think?  Available from, along with lots of other gorgeousness
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The Elf on the Shelf is not very well known here in the UK but  for the last few years I've been following lot of different elf antics via the internet and could resist no longer, so this final idea is not a "gift" in the usual sense, but I think it's a really fun family tradition and one we'll be taking part in this year. 

For those who haven't seen this before, the elf comes with a rhyming book explaining that he will be observing the children prior to Christmas and reporting back to Santa at night. The elf returns while the children are sleeping, but they find him in lots of mischievous situations each day. I've been compiling some of my favourite ideas and you can be sure that this isn't the last you hear about this - keep a look out for more on the blog in December! 
I found various options in stock at the Book Depository for £23.99 and have them for around $29.99. 
Next week's penultimate Festive Gift Guide will include items from my own Christmas wishlist and  I have some great things to show you. In the meantime you can catch up with the previous posts - including the GIVEAWAY post, by clicking on the image above. 


  1. Oh Those hedgehog mittens! Oh the sheep cushion! Oh the sewing box! LUSH!
    Have you tried the Klutz books for Christmas for the kids? The do briliant ones for boys and girls with crafty things attached. Type Klutz and or Chicken Socks in to Amazon! Also my kids love the Doodle books from Amazon they kept mine occupied on many a long trip or rainy day.

  2. What a lovely selection of gifts! I've put the alphabet stamp set on my daughter's Christmas list - she would love it!

  3. LOVE the sheep pillow and Melissa & Doug stamp set. Their toys are well made and safe for kids and made in the USA.
    I have a gift suggestion you could add if you like it: the Ed Emberley drawing books, ESP the thumbprint ones. Very creative and fun for kids to do.


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