Gift Guide: Children aged 1-5

Friday, December 05, 2014

It can be so difficult choosing Christmas presents for young children especially when they are not your own. There is such a huge market out there and it is so diverse that it can become a near impossible task. With having both an almost 4 year old and a 2 year old I thought I would share some ideas with you with a mix of what is on my kid's lists and a few extra's that we also have for them. 

Doc McStuffins Doctor's Bag Set

This is number one on Gracie's list to Santa this year. Her and Zach are both Doc McStuffins fans and the fact that her toys come to life in the show where she gives them regular check-ups and fixes them with her Doctor's bag, makes this toy appealing to all Doc McStuffins fans. The set contains all of her equipment in the signature purple colour just like on the show. This is perfect for encouraging role play and using imagination. I bought this whilst it was on offer on Amazon but it is available from around £15+ at a range of different toy retailers.


If you haven't noticed the phenomenon that is Disney's Frozen, then where have you been? The Snow Glow Elsa is probably THE top selling toy this Christmas and is sold out almost everywhere. We opted for the Toddler Elsa doll as an easy to find alternative! With brushable hair, Elsa's signature dress and mini Olaf toy, it is sure to be a big hit with Gracie this year and would make a great gift for any young girl. The toddler Elsa doll costs around £24.99 and is available from all good toy retailers.

Peter Rabbit Treehouse Playset

I was a huge Peter Rabbit fan as a child and loved the Beatrix Potter books. Peter Rabbit is now also a popular children's television series on Cbeebies and my kids all love it. This Peter Rabbit Treehouse playset is nice and sturdy with a Peter Rabbit figure included. The treehouse has a working lift and slide and is guaranteed to keep the kids entertained. The Peter Rabbit Treehouse costs around £29.99 and can be found at all good toy retailers.


If you are looking for something a bit smaller then books are always a fail safe. There are not many children who don't enjoy a good book. For children under five I think a book always has to have an interesting story, easy to understand words and good illustrations.  This book was sent to us by Parragon Books as part of their book buddies review club and as always has been a big hit with the kids. The book is called 'Peek-A-Book' by Malachy Doyle and Rowan Martin. The book is a great action story which centres around a cat being chased through the pages of some well known children's stories. The book is around £5 which is a fantastic price for such a great children's book. 

Thomas & Friends

Another of my childhood favourites which is now loved by my children. Thomas has a new movie out. Thomas and his friends face their fears in their boldest adventure yet. After a storm on the Island of Sodor a landslide unearths some unusual footprints. Thomas and Percy are eager to find out what could have made these marks but obstacles and danger seem to appear around every bend in the track. With the help of some new friends, some digging and a heap of courage, they discover a surprising answer and along the way they uncover the true meaning of bravery. The movie is available on DVD an costs around £7

What is on your child's Christmas list this year?

I was sent samples of some of these products but all opinions are my own.

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