As parent's we find all of our children's first's a special time and their first Christmas is no different. For Jack's first Christmas I really struggled with what to get him but he ended up getting spoilt with lots of toys and clothes. So you think, subsequent children would be easier - well for me it's not. I promised myself I wouldn't purchase lots for Isla, but we will see how that pans out.
Over the past few weeks I've been lucky enough to receive lots of ideas for Isla's first Christmas and hopefully you can be inspired by these too.
It isn't really Christmas for a child without toys, and that's no different for a first Christmas. Back in July I was invited to the launch of the My First Forever Friends range, but I was unable to make it; however the range is absolutely beautiful. Within the range is this My First Forever Friends Musical Softie, it's a lovely soft bear which is around 21cm high. The bear features soft pink cheeks which light up and emit a lovely warm glow, it also plays two lullabies -Brahms Lullaby and Twinkle Twinkle. Upon the chest of the bear is a small picture frame which is baby safe and enables you to place a photo of a family member in; I think this makes this unique. There is also the My First Forever Friends Bedtime Lightshow which I've previously reviewed.
One thing that I started with Jack, was purchasing him a decoration each year and he's already started a little collection and I shall be doing the same with Isla. I love the idea of them having their own decorations to take with them when they grow up and leave home. Even if they don't choose to use them at least they have the choice. I like to buy ones which are personalised and that will be lovely in time to come and this year for Isla we have had a beautiful one from Born Gifted. Born Gifted have a lovely range of personalised baubles, and I opted for a lovely Engraved Glass Reindeer Bauble. I've had it engraved with 'On Your First Christmas Isla'. It features a glass blown reindeer within a clear glass bauble, and will look beautiful on any colour tree. It is also a timeless design which I thought would be perfect. It's priced at £9.99 which I thought was a brilliant price for the crafting which has gone into creating it.
I love traditional style gifts so we have this beautiful book for Isla from I Just Love It, which I've wrote a little about in my gift guide for younger children. It's a beautiful personalised book which is titled The Twelve Days Of Christmas and I'm sure it's going to make a lovely read.
There's stocking fillers to think about too, if your weaning a perfect addition to the stocking is the Jingle Belly Christmas Dinner from Ellas Kitchen - sprouts and all the trimmings included. Ella's Kitchen have teamed with Charity Kids Company helping to provide meals for hungry and vulnerable children. From each of the pouches 30p is donated to the charity.
Many children love cBeebies these days and the different programmes on there, Jack did and still does and therefore Isla is growing up around it. There are many gifts you can get from the different shows, again made by the wonderful Golden Bear Toys (like the Forever Friends Toys). There is a range of Twirlywoo gifts available from different toys, soft toys, bedding, books and DVDs. The books and DVDs make perfect stocking fillers and can be used over and over again.
Then there is the more practical gifts, you can never really go wrong with clothing for children. They can never really have too many and I came across these beautiful Christmas outfits from Prezzybox. I particularly liked their Christmas Pudding Rompa which can be personalised and kept as a memory from their first Christmas. They also have other clothing this was just my particular favourtie.
You could also purchase your baby some lovely shoes to match their outfits. Clarks have a lovely range of pre-walkers and there are lots of lovely styles which I've picked out as favourites for Isla. There are also these stunning Shilo Jena slippers, although these start at size 2, so for larger feet; they are the most adorable and I'll probably end up buying some for Jack and Isla if her feet are big enough.
Keeping with the Christmas theme and clothing, there are some lovely items from Nuby which are perfect for babies this Christmas. As well as their range of some toys, they have some beautiful Christmas dummies as well as some dribble bibs.
As well as clothing there are things for around the home and nursery. One thing which I would highly recommend as a first Christmas gift is the Jumperoo - we had one for Jack which he loved and it's still going strong with Isla. There are also the lovely items from My Baby's Name Is sleeping bags, and the Gro-Hush both of which we have found amazing and been really useful.
Don't forget to read my tips on how to save money this Christmas.
Please Note: I was gifted samples of some of the above products.