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17 Must-Have Gifts on My Christmas Shopping List


17 Must-Have Gifts on My Shopping List This Christmas

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Seriously, how did parents with young children manage to do their Christmas shopping before the internet?

I’d much rather tuck the kids into bed, and sit on the sofa with my laptop and a nice hot cup of tea and shop without the hustle and bustle of the Christmas crowds, wonky-wheeled trolleys and a unavoidable visit to public toilets with questionable hygiene!

The MAMADOO website has been a favourite shopping destination of mine since I discovered it last year, because it is a virtual shopping mall with over 75 fantastic shops and over 10,000 products, with the convenience of just one checkout. (And I am a BIG fan of anything that saves me time – there never quite seems to be enough does there?)

MAMADOO now also has a huge toys and books section, with some of the hottest toys of 2014 available, like My Friend Cayla.

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1. My Friend Cayla Interactive Doll

Coming in third on Hamley’s List of Top Ten Toys for Christmas 2014, is this smart doll Cayla, which syncs with an Android or iOS device through Bluetooth, and understands speech through voice-recognition technology. Cayla is capable of conversing, and can also play games, tell stories and talk you through her photo album. My 5 year old daughter will go ga-ga for this!

This is expected to be very popular this Christmas – so get in quick to avoid disappointment!

2.Doh-Vinvi Door Décor Design Kit

The Door Decor bedroom sign will tell everyone who the artist in the house is! Pop out the 2-piece star sign, assemble it using the folding tabs, and then use your Styler and 4 Deco Pop tubes to make your designs. There’s even space for you to write your name with your Styler! You can also use the design compound like glue to stick the add-on pieces anywhere on the sign. When you’re done making your designs, tie on the ribbon to hang it up and show off your artistic side!  Shop for the Doh Vinci Door decor Kit here.

Perfect for my artistic neice.

With the Frozen-mania showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon, Frozen toys will no doubt be at the top of many a wish-list this Christmas. There is a huge range of Frozen toys to shop at Mamadoo here, but the 3.Anna skating doll and this 4. Elsa skating doll are at the top of my daughters Christmas wish list.

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Little people love pretend play and there is certainly lots to choose from at Silly Milly Moo – one each of these for my other three neices will do perfectly!

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5. Tidlo Wooden High Tea Shape Matching Set

This two-tier stand comes with 15 little cakes that each have their own place on the cake stand. Each cake has a number on the bottom which corresponds to a number on the stand. The High Tea Shape Matching set is perfect for developing early numeracy and shape matching skills.

6. Le Toy Van Honeybake Wooden Mixer Set

This delightful hand painted wooden Mixer Set from Le Toy Van features a mixer with whisk, detachable bowl and pretend ingredients. The mixer is a perfect accessory for any child’s toy kitchen. The set encourages imaginative play and social interaction with friends.

Le Toy Van wooden toys are made from environmentally friendly timbers and are painted with safe non-toxic paints.

7. Tidlo Wooden Tea-Time Set

This 12 piece Tidlo Tea Time Set is perfect for all your little tea parties! Invite your friends over and sit down to enjoy tea time. The set comes complete with a tray, cups, saucers, milk jug, sugar bowl, spoons and even sugar lumps!

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Kids will have so much fun they’ll never even begin to suspect that they might be learning with these fantastic wooden educational toys – and I love these for my toddler nephews.

8. Melissa and Doug Turn and Tell Wooden Clock

Perfect for kids who are ready to learn to tell time, this learning clock features hands that rotate with a gentle click, marking off the minutes as they go. The detailed clock face has large red numbers to match the hour hand, small blue numbers to match the minute hand, and a segmented colour disk to help kids visualize “quarter past” and “half past.” Also included are 13 double-sided time cards for practice: Place one in the holder at the top of the clock, then match the numeric or analog time shown by moving the clock hands to their proper position. Slide open the “digital clock” window to check the answer! Then place the cards back in the storage slot at the back of the clock for neat and tidy storage.

9. Begin Again – Dinosaur A-Z Puzzle

The 26 piece friendly Stegosaurus teaches letters with fun puzzle play. One side of this puzzle teaches upper case letters and the flip side teaches the lower case. This brightly stained puzzle is carefully crafted from plantation grown rubber wood and is sure to bring hours of fun and learning to your little preschooler.

The Dinosaur A to Z Puzzle comes with an easy clean up storage box made from beechwood.

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Celebrate baby’s first Christmas with something gorgeous from Jujo Baby. My sister-in-law is due any day now…I’m just having a tough time deciding between the knit blanket and the shwrap. Hmmm? What do you think?

10. Knit Blanket – Summer Chevron – Sherbert

Knit in a lightweight 100% cotton yarn this is the perfect summer blanket in a gorgeous sherbert shade. An all over pointelle chevron pattern. Light enough to be able to wrap around the baby.

11. Arms-Free – Shwrap

A Unique design to Jujo baby is the shwrap™, this blanket with sleeves is a perfect alternative for babies who don’t like to be fully swaddled. ONE SIZE – NEWBORN – APPROX 8M

100% ultra soft fine cotton knit. Machine washable.

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For the best dressed kids this Christmas look no further than Duckids, for affordable, designer fashion.
Who doesn’t love Chevron? These gorgeous chevron dresses are perfect for some Summer fun! My daughter loves anything bright and pretty!

I can’t forget my best friend’s twins – they will look adorable in these mix and match outfits from Duckids. (And they are an absolute bargain too!

14. Duckids Girls Summer Gift Pack (9-18 months)

These girls summer gift packs in size 0 – 1 (for 9 to 18 months old) are just beautiful and the perfect baby or chiristmas gift. These check girls complete outfits are so easy to wear, and very comfortable with a very soft cotton. This outfit is perfect for all styles of parties and play, perfect for any occasion! The entire outfit matches and can be worn any way. They all come with a matching t-shirt, skirt, shorts and leggings to make the outfit every day!

15. Duckids Boys Summer Gift Pack (9-18months)

Let’s not forget the boys summer pack too. These boys blue shorts and jeans are super soft and very comfortable to wear. Easy fit boys shorts and boys denim jeans with full length zip at the front and adjustable waist which can come in up to 2 sizes. The fabric used has been especially sourced for kids comfort and durability.

After taking care of everyone else’s gift ladies, let’s not forget a little something special for ourselves, eh? There’s still plenty of time to drop some hints to your significant other that you’d like a gorgeous piece of personalized jewellery this year, Stamped with Love. Hubby – check your emails – you’ve got mail! Either of these will make me a very happy lady!

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16. Love Heart Tag Necklace

The Love Heart Tag personalised necklace is a classic way to wear your love. The tags have a beautiful weight behind them and when you wear multiple hearts on the one chain they have a lovely chink sound when you move around.

17. Deluxe Offset Trio – Handstamped Necklace

The Deluxe Trio personalised necklace is one of our most popular pieces. For those with larger families or who have a lot to say – you can say more with this necklace. It is on the large size with a height of 4.1 cms and width of 2.8 cms.

Shop smart this Christmas at

Happy Shopping!




Jolene enjoys writing, sharing and connecting with other like-minded women online – it also gives her the perfect excuse to ignore Mount-Washmore until it threatens to bury her family in an avalanche of Skylander T-shirts and Frozen Pyjama pants. (No one ever knows where the matching top is!) Likes: Reading, cooking, sketching, dancing (preferably with a Sav Blanc in one hand), social media, and sitting down on a toilet seat that one of her children hasn’t dripped, splashed or sprayed on. Dislikes: Writing pretentious crap about herself in online bio’s and refereeing arguments amongst her offspring.

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