Side Street Style: Last Minute Gift Guide for kids + Giveaway

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16/12/2019

Last Minute Gift Guide for kids + Giveaway

Wrapping presents

*I have not been paid for this Gift Guide - I have received some gift samples from brands but my recommendations, thoughts and reviews are 100% my own

Can you believe it, we are heading into the final stretch before the big day when Santa makes his way down the chimney (or however the story goes in your family) to leave presents under the tree. Even though I like many say I am going to be really on top of things there are always last-minute purchases needing to be made, whether for my own children or for nephews, nieces and the younger relatives in my family. So I thought I would share a little last-minute Gift Guide for kids if you're struggling for some inspiration.

Traditional Stocking Fillers

My personal preference is always to encourage as much screen-free time as possible and I love traditional well made games and toys, which is why I love all these traditionally inspired stocking fillers from MandM Direct, all of which are at budget-friendly prices with MandM Direct offering sale prices daily.

Some of my favourites are the Great Majesco Juggling ball set for £2.99 as my kids love the circus skills workshops at the festivals we go to in summer so this is a great way to get them practising a new skill. Things like a pack of cards is always a good idea and this Steampunk Card set for £1.99 is a great stocking filler.


Traditional games


Get kids outdoors with Hape

I am passionate about getting my boys outdoors as much as possible and also picking presents that have a low-plastic focus and Hape, the well known wooden toy retailer has some fantastic outdoor-inspired gifts this year.

Such as their Compass set which includes a carabiner for children to store it safely on their backpacks and is made from bamboo and plant-based plastic.

Their Hide and Seek periscope is also a great stocking filler toy that inspires kids to get outdoors and have fun and is made with sustainable bamboo.

My personal favourite is the pocket swing which allows you to set up a swing between two trees and is completely portable. The swing is also made from polyester recycled from PET bottles.


wooden compass


S.T.E.M inspired gifts from Bright Minds

Toys and learning really can go hand in hand and Bright Minds specialise in science toys, arts, crafts, sustainable wooden toys and educational role-play and board games that encourage learning and development while still being fun and gender-neutral. They have a large range of gifts from baby to teenagers and I have personally used this site for my own kids. Here are a few of my favourite picks.


Tobbie Robot, the self-guiding AI Robot DIY - suitable for children 8yrs plus and offers the chance to build your own self-guiding artificial intelligence Robot. Its self-assembly kit is made up of 107 push out pieces while offers both a challenge for young children while still being achievable. This Robot also helps to teach basic electronics and help encourage a healthy sense of technology.


Anatomy Model - a great way to encourage science and a sense of self in young children with this Anatomy model of the human body with removable organs. The model can be dissected into 8 parts and can help children identify organs and learn where they are located.

Bigjigs Wooden Marble Run - my boys love marble runs and its such a fun way to learn all about gravity. This wooden marble run has 53 play pieces meaning you can get really creative with building different runs and seeing the marbles roll down from top to bottom. Always a hit with children of all ages.
Marble run

Encourage Entrepreneurial Kids with The Clever Tykes books 

These modern storybooks have been written to inspire children to think out of the box and be positive, resourceful and enterprising. Perfect for children 7yrs upwards, these books make for great bedtime reads that help encourage character building and kindness. 

The stories follow four different characters who realise they all have something to offer, something they are passionate and excel at and then set out to turn them into their own venture.  


Kids books
Get dancing and inspire a love for music with Now Music

Who else had Now Hits CD's when they were younger? I know I did and they do an array of family-friendly and child-focused CDs including Now Disney which consists of 4 discs and nearly 100 timeless Disney classic tracks! 

Now Disney is sure to be a hit with all ages of the family and is a bit of fun. They also do a Now 100 Hits Christmas to help you really get into the festive spirit. 

GIVEAWAY

I'm really excited to be able to offer a fantastic giveaway to one of my readers, including something for everyone from the kids to adults. The giveaway ends 19th December 2019 and will be posted on the 20th which is the last Christmas posting day although I cannot guarantee it will arrive in time for Christmas. The prize is as listed below and cannot be exchanged or transferred for anything else. This giveaway is open to UK and Northern Ireland residents only. 

The Giveaway consists of
Now That's What I call music Disney worth £7.99
Now 100 Hits Christmas worth £11.99
Clever Types Complete Series (3 books) worth £17.99
Hape Pocket Swing worth £16
Bing Storytime and other episodes DVD worth £5.99
Professor Puzzle Balloon Modelling Kit worth £5.99
Green People Forest & Fruit Body Collection worth £19.50
Gentleman's Shoe Shine Kits worth £12.99 

The giveaway is worth just over £95!


Giveaway

133 comments:

  1. For me it has to be eating lots of yummy food and spending time with my family and friends

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  2. Having all the family round for Christmas dinner

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  3. Margaret Clarkson
    Relaxing with family

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  4. IT has to be the opportunity to over-indulge in everything from spending time to family to eating, to having PJ days. Its just the best time of year.

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  5. I love buying personal gifts for family, something that reminds me of them! I also love chocolate yule log!I
    Linda Ford

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  6. I love the whole festive season, the lead up, the excuses (not that we should need them) to spend more time with friends and family, the food and indulgence and of course, the goodies.

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  7. All the food haha and watching the kids open their presents their little faces

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  8. Ohhh the decorations! I love them. I love that everywhere is so bright and full of life when it would otherwise be so dull and grey x

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  9. I love the lights and decorations!

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  10. I love eating our christmas dinner and then handing out presents to everyone.

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  11. I love spending quality time with my family.. Cheryl Hadfield

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  12. I love the build up to the big day, there's just so much excitement for the little ones

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  13. I just like having some time to not think about work!

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  14. Spending time with family, playing games with no work!

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  15. Hello, my favourite thing about Christmas is seeing all the pretty decorations and lights everywhere. It really brightens everything up.

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  16. Everything! The food. . Family .decorations. . Winter walks with the dogs

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  17. Getting all the family together on Christmas Day

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  18. Having all the family together on Christmas day and watching the kids opening their presies excitedly.

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  19. Playing games with the family and hearing the kids squeal as my Dad tries to cheat ! :D

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  20. I enjoy spending quality time with my granddaughter

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  21. I love christmas dinner, as its one of the few times in the year that all the family get together

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  22. Spending time with my family

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  23. I love spending quality time with all the family x

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  24. Sat wrapped up on the sofa watching christmas films and the excuse to drink more wine

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  25. Spending some extra time with family and friends.

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  26. Christmas day diner - al the family together

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  27. i love seeing everyone open thier presents!

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  28. chilled time with the family x

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  29. I love christmas dinner with all the family

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  30. Spending time with my family and all the pigs in blankets!

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  31. I love the Christmas vibe! Everyone is much happier and I love looking at the Christmas tree with all the lights, tinsel, and baubles on it. Magic.

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  32. All the food and seeing my girls so excited and happy x

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  33. i love all the family being together and of course a lovely dinner

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  34. Spending time with family and friends.

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  35. For me it's the food and the excuse to eat it all lol x

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  36. Family time, no set timetable, just laughter and games with good food!

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  37. Getting the family back together

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  38. I love meeting up with all my family and enjoying a Christmas dinner together

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  39. I love seeing the grandchildren opening their presents from Santa! x

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  40. spending tine with the family--and eating brussel sprouts

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  41. Decorating the tree and then it feels like the start of Christmas

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  42. curling up together with family to watch xmas films

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  43. Excess food and drink

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  44. Spending time with family

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  45. I love the build up to christmas

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  46. Spending time with my family

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  47. I love the atmosphere, everyone is always so happy xx


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  48. The grandchildrens excited faces, and later xmas dinner my son makes

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  49. The precious time spend with my family where we make memories!

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  50. Christmas eve with family-the food prep, last minute present wrapping, new pyjamas, movies and santa excitement. Prefer it to Christmas day!

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  51. I love time with family and scrummy food.

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  52. Relaxing and having fun with the kids

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  53. I love spending time with family

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  54. My favourite thing is just being around family and having some down time

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  55. Christmas Dinner with all the family

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  56. Sharing the magic and excitement with our grandchildren then afterwards enjoying the peace and quiet relaxing with hubby and counting our many blessings :)

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  57. I love spending chill out time with family

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  58. My favourite thing about Christmas is giving presents to my family and friends and seeing the reaction on their face when they open the present.

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  59. Seeing the happy faces of people opening their presents.

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  60. getting the family round the table kids love to listen to grand parents telling stories about what it used to be like when they were younger

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  61. The christmas carols and the lights everywhere

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  62. My favourite thing is watching the smiles and hearing the giggles of my grandchildren on christmas morning

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  63. Time off work and spending time with loved ones.

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  64. The look of excitement on y little boys face when he realizes Santa has been.

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  65. we like to make gooey monkey bread, so this is a treat, for my usual low carb diet regime

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  66. The whole family getting together. My sis and BIL live in Connecticut so we don't see them very often. But they try and come over for Christmas if they can. BIL works for the US Navy so can't always get the time off.

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  67. My children's happy, smiling face. They make Christmas so magical.

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  68. I love spending the extra time with my grandkids

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  69. Spending quality time together as a family

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  70. Spending work-free time together as a family.

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  71. extra time to spend with my daughters

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  72. I just look spending time with the children, watching movies and drinking hot chocolate x

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  73. All the yummy food x

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  74. It's my grandsons first Xmas so I will be looking forward to that

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  75. Putting up the christmas decorations!

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  76. watching my kids face when they open their presents

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  77. Seeing the kids faces in the morning!

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  78. Seeing the kids faces in the morning!

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  79. Spending time with family - love it.

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  80. love listening to christmas music and spending time with family

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  81. Spending time with family and making memories is priceless

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  82. Seeing family and having a good time.

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  83. I love Christmas because I have much more time for my family and kids.

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  84. I love spending quality time with my grandchildren and recieving those extra special little homemade gifts, xx

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  85. i love that people are kinder to each other

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  86. My favourite thing about Christmas is Christmas dinner. Love it.

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  87. The family all sitting around the table for Christmas dinner

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  88. the family being together veryone being nice and loving

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  89. All the family round the table for Christmas dinner.

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  90. Spending lots of time with the whole family!

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  91. It's all about creating the magic for the kids, feels amazing to see their faces light up

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  92. Spending time with family and friends

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  93. Spening time with all my family and friends

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  94. I love buying lots of lovely gifts for everyone

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  95. I love spending time with my family and seeing my children happy

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  96. My favourite thing about Christmas is time off with my family

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  97. My fave thing is seeing the excitement in the kids faces! I love the excitement kida bring to Christmas!!!

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  98. Spending time with family, having fun and eating too much food!

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  99. Eating chocolate before breakfast!

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  100. Spending the day with family, everyone around the table.

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  101. I'm a preschool teacher so the best thing about Christmas for me is 3 weeks holiday!

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  102. I love seeing my children's faces on Christmas morning when they look over the bannister and see Santa has been!

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  103. Food, family, friends, food, time off, oh and food!

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  104. seeing my sons face light up when he sees Santa has been .....Zoe Glazebrook

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  105. I love all the pretty decorations and Christmas lights

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  106. Snuggling on the sofa with my twins watching Christmas movies

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  107. I love spending time with my family, especially my little granddaughter.

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  108. Having a few days where its just me and my children, I love seeing how happy they are and watching Xmas films snuggled on the sofa with them

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  109. I like having a few days off of work whilst the office is closed and being able to spend time with my husband and children without worrying about work. I can't wait to see the excitement on my children's faces.

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  110. My grandchildrens excitement and seeing all the lights and decorations

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  111. I love having the family altogether x

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  112. Spending time with family and seeing the kids excited about santa

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  113. Spending more time with my grandchildren and seeing their happy faces when they open their presents

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  114. I love the sense of anticipation and joy.

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  115. Having the fmaily together & spending quality tiem celebrating the wounderful birth of the Lord Jesus.

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