Christmas Eve traditions

Xmas eve traditions

Last year we posted about starting a new Christmas Eve tradition of having Father Christmas deliver a telegram on Christmas Eve readying your little ones for the visit to come. The post also includes the link to download the telegram from Kate’s Creative Space – a blogger who posts gorgeous ideas for making your home just a little bit more welcoming with stylishly handmade ideas. This year we love the Nutcracker peg doll decorations.

We also include a gift box with the telegram which can be a taster of what is to come if they are good boys and girls and go to sleep with no fuss. Here we share what Georgie is including in her Christmas Eve parcel this year.

Xmas eve traditions

Kraft trees large gift box from Paperchase £4.50

Personalised tree decorations by Fox + Weave £3.00

Anamalz wooden toys at Toys Naturally (A donkey £6.25 and polar bear £6.25)

Slim Jym pyjamas by The Bright Company at Sidney Boo now reduced to £21.00

Crayons spelling out the boys’ names by Crayon Box from £1.00 per letter

Little robots from Bambino Goodies £2.00

She has also wrapped a book for each of the boys which can be read before bedtime whilst snuggled up in their new pyjamas.

Xmas eve traditions

Xmas eve traditions

The Polar Express 30th Anniversary Edition £5.24 – a classic for a train-mad Harry.

The Fox and the Star £14.99 – this book is stunning with beautiful pictures. We highly recommend getting a copy.

We hope you are looking forward to Christmas as much as we and our families are!

Subscription gifts | Last minute gifts which will last beyond Christmas Day

As Christmas Day speeds towards us at an astonishing rate, there may some last minute gifts required and subscription gifts can be a fantastic option as they mean the recipient gets something to look forward to throughout the year ahead. Plus, you don’t need to battle for a parking space as they can be ordered from the comfort of home knowing it won’t get lost in the post. We take a look at our favourites.


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Jennie Maizels Sketchbook Club £20.00 – Georgie has been doing this online course as well as being lucky enough to go to a Sketchbook Club Day. She finds it a great way to switch off from all things Mum related. Some days Harry even gets involved! It is also a great way to start drawing and painting if you have not done it for a while (or even at all!) as Jennie guides you through what to do as well as giving you the option to go your own way. There is also a Starter Set you can purchase to get going.

Subscription gifts

My Little Box from £33.00 – we love the look of this. Gorgeously packaged with little treats every month. Each box has a different theme from Fashion to Creative to Riviera. A definite “me time” treat for any busy mum!

Subscription gifts

My Bakes from £33.75 – this is a good subscription for anyone who loves to bake – it can also be something which is an activity one with the kids as long as the recipient isn’t too precious about the results!

Subscription gifts

Hope & Glory coffee subscription from £35.00 – Katie and Georgie’s husband love coffee and this is a way to try out new blends on a lazy weekend.


Subscription gifts

Dot magazine from £15.00 and Anorak magazine from £22.00 – Harry is subscribed to the Dot magazine and he loves getting it in the post. Great graphics and activities.

subscription gifts

Toucan Box from £24.65 – Harry is subscribed to the Petite Box (pictured above) which arrives every fortnight and he LOVES them. They come with all the materials and instructions as well as ideas for other crafts.

subscription gift box

Pip Sticks sticker subscription from $45.00 (shipping to UK and extra $3.00 a month) – cute stylish stickers to create a happy (maybe quiet?…for 10 minutes??) child. There is also an option for Grown-Ups as well!

subscription gifts

The Beautiful Book Company from £29.99 – this would make a fantastic new baby gift as well as Christmas gift. There are options for all ages. This is a wonderful gift as all children just love a bedtime story…just one more, pleeeaassse!


Christmas gifts for new mums

Both Katie and Georgie know what it is like to have a new little person enter your life close to Christmas. 4 years ago, Katie was frantically wrapping presents at 3am on Christmas morning during the only hour that Harriet slept that whole night, and Georgie remembers it taking her two weeks to put the Christmas tree up amongst nappies, feeds and general chaos when Harry was born. Therefore, we also know that having a few lovely presents to open which allow for some luxury to enter your new exciting if somewhat sleep deprived life does help make those 4am feeds maybe a tiny, weeny bit easier (well, maybe not, but presents are always a welcome distraction). Here are our choice of Christmas gifts for new mums…

Christmas gifts for new mums

1. Animal and striped print scarf by Zara £25.99 – a large scarf is great not only as a winter warmer but also as a cover-up when breastfeeding.

2. Black ballet pumps by Air & Grace £150.00 – as a new mum, you want comfortable, easy to put on shoes and whilst Uggs have their place, it does make you feel better if you feel as though you’ve made an effort. This is where Air & Grace comes in. We will be doing a post on them shortly as Georgie has the leopard print boots and has practically lived in them since she purchased them. They are so, so comfortable, you really have to try them!

3. “Take It Slow” pyjamas £95.00 and cashmere sleep socks £35.00 (not pictured) by Yawn – a button through pyjama top is perfect should you decide to breastfeed and having a good-looking pair of PJ’s in case guests should just pop by is a must. Add a bit of luxury with some cashmere bed socks and you can lounge about with you new arrival in style. (We also feel the title of this set of pyjamas is very apt for a new mum!).

4. Delicious Almond Collection by L’Occitane £49.00 – we featured the shower oil in our new mum essentials and we still maintain it is a fast way to cleanse as well as moisturise all in one go but it has a bit of a luxurious feel to an everyday task you try to fit in around naps.

5. Beatrice Tote by JEM + BEA £199.00 – a chic changing bag makes you feel a bit more like yourself. This soft leather tote is roomy enough to carry all the essentials whilst not looking like the sickly sweet changing bags which are often found on the market.

6. Written personalised bracelet by Laura Gravestock £100.00 – this piece with the new additions name is a lovely keepsake for a new mum…and stylish too!

7. Babyliss Big Hair 50mm Rotating Hot Air brush £34.99 – as new mums we remember ever wondering if we would be able to actually get dressed before midday ever again, let alone “do” our hair. This clever gadget is easy to use, can be used on almost dry hair (so it takes less time to dry) and makes hair look styled with minimal effort.

8. Hot water bottle by Yuyu £69.00 – you may wonder why on earth you would buy someone a long hot water bottle but these are great for the aches and pains often associated with childbirth (especially backache). It can also help when breastfeeding as it can help milk supply if breasts become lumpy and sore.

As new mums, what would have been your perfect Christmas presents (apart from a full nights’ sleep, your old body back to how it was in your twenties and an in-house hairdresser?).

Toddler Girl Christmas Gift Guide

Continuing with all things festive, here is our Toddler Girl Christmas Gift Guide. Many of these gift ideas are all tried and tested and already owned by our minis – all things that they love and that have proved a successful purchase…


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Alimrose Designs Princess Emily doll from Cottage Toys £32.99 – these dolls have been such a hit with our minis (find out more about them here)

Lucky Boy Sunday Bon Bon in Rose from Cissy Wears £80.00 – Harriet has had her Bon Bon since she was a baby. Made from the softest alpaca wool. He still acts as her pillow most nights.


White Wicker Dolls Pram from The Tipi £85.00

Nobodinoz Mini Tipi for toys from Molly Meg £46.50 – a mini tipi for their dolls and teddies to have their own tea parties in. Just adorable.

Santoys Wooden Cleaning Set £29.59 – anyone else noticed how when children are about 2 years-old they all of a sudden want to help with all of the household chores?! May as well make it worthwhile we think… Our minis love theirs.


Olivier Baby Cashmere Pom Pom Hat £28.00 – our absolute favourite brand of cashmere for the minis. Gorgeous designs and it washes so well.

Djeco Fawn Night Light Globe from Daisy Daisy £34.99 – this battery operated globe is magical when lit up. It’s mesmerising to watch. A snow globe you can keep out as a night light all year round. There are lots of different colurways and designs available.


Fable Heart Sequin Crown and Cape set £60.00 (also available to buy separately) – sequins… what girl wouldn’t want to be a superhero.

Monsoon Winter Festival Bandoo £6.50

Mosoon Butterfly Lacey Face Stickers £3.50


Janod Owly Clock £27.95 – Harriet loves learning the time on her big Owly clock. Fun, colourful and sturdy enough to play with too. The reverse is a chalkboard clock for when she’s a little older.

Magnatiles 48 piece magnetic tile set from Little Citizens Boutique £45.00 – Harriet had these tiles for her Birthday recently and they have been the biggest hit of all of her presents. She plays with them every single day, without fail. Great for being creative and imaginative these are also ideal for when children get older as they can help them with their understanding of maths and fractions.

And, if you’d like some ideas for boys, take a look at our Toddler Boys Guide from last week (here).