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One-year-olds are a lovely age to buy for. They are at a stage where they are starting to discover the world around them and use their wonderful imaginations. It may be an idea to think that they will be starting to develop quickly between the age of 1 and 2 so a toy that may seem too old for them at 12 months will soon become something that they can play with a few months down the line so buying gifts suitable for 18 months will be great as it is something the parents can save until they feel their child is ready rather than overwhelming them with too many toys at once that soon get forgotten about.

There as so many toys available so you will be spoilt for choice depending on cost, but you will find something for all budgets. Some oone-year-olds will love a doll and as they start to be able to walk pushing their little doll in a little pushchair will be lots of fun. They love to imitate Mummy and Daddy! Just make sure you choose a soft-bodied doll as these are more suited to younger children because they aren’t as heavy and they are safer. You can then get all the accessories to go with it bottles, pretend feeding bowls and changing bags too.

Bath toys are a great choice for one year olds as they are bound to love a new toy to play with whilst splashing around in the bath. Boats, ducks, fishing nets and bath colouring crayons or sets from their favourite television programmes such as Oconauts are bound to be a hit and are a fairly inexpensive option.

How about something musical? Little one year olds love to make noise and music can be something they can enjoy from a very early age. You can get musical instruments to promote their love of music at a young age. From shakers to maracas and tambourines or if you are looking to spend a bit more a keyboard could be a fantastic present that will grow with them in their toddler years or if you are feeling brave how about some drums?

Play equipment for the garden always comes in useful when you have an active toddler so you could invest in a swing and slide set or a paddling pool for those hot summer days for a splash and cool down. Then you can keep your little one active and enjoy some outdoor play without having to go far. Depending on the space you have you could go for a climbing frame with swings and slides. Or how about a trampoline all children love to have a bounce and you can get ones that have a handle to keep them steady when just learning to bounce or a larger one with a netting round is a must to keep them safe.

Do you have a budding little artist to buy for? Then art supplies will always be a hit and inspire their creativity and as long as you get washable paints and pens you will keep the parents happy too. Finger paints are great fun and toddlers love getting messy and exploring new textures. An easel is a good investment that they will use for years to come and you can set it up outside on a nice day if you want to keep the mess outside! Play Doh is also a good choice to inspire creativity and they will have lots of fun making models just make sure you keep them away from carpets.

Ride on toys are what all one year olds want and are a definite must have. They will love riding around in their own little car or jumping on and off their ride on and using the steering wheel and beeping the horn.  They can be used indoors if you have enough space or outdoors in the garden or playing out.

Play kitchens, shopping trolleys, play food and cash registers are all great options and are fab for role play and imaginary play you can have lots of fun with your child doing the shopping and making all sorts of different meals for you from the play food.

Cars and vehicles and train sets are also brilliant for boys and girls alike. They love to push little cars along and build train tracks to put the trains on and watch them go round. Duplo and megab blox are also great for developing fine motor skills and they will love to build them up with help from older children and adults.

Books are also a perfect gift idea. Young children love to look at colourful books and listen to short stories. There are plenty to choose from and they will be great for bedtime stories or to keep toddlers entertained when out for a meal or on a train/plane journey or just when you want some quiet time.

There are so many toys to choose from for your one year old that will help them to develop and spark their little imaginations. The choice is endless but you will find something that they are bound to love for all budgets so get searching for the ideal gift today.

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Teenagers and ‘tweenagers’ love to buy each other gifts at Christmas and for their birthdays. What do you buy for a young teenage girl that won’t cost a fortune especially if they have a group of friends and they are all wanting to buy for each other the cost soon adds up. We have some fab ideas for gifts that teens and tweens can buy each other or they can be ideas for birthday or Christmas stocking presents too.

If your friend is into make- up then a selection of eyeshadows or a mascara, some lip balms or some makeup brushes can make a great gift as long as she hasn’t got too expensive tastes in make-up brands! You could buy a small makeup bag and fill it with a selection of goodies for example. Make sure you find out the colour shades they prefer to wear so you aren’t going to buy colours they would never dream of wearing.

Nail varnish is a popular gift amongst young girls and nail art is very fashionable and fun. There are hundreds of colours to choose from bold and bright colours to pretty pastels and nudes so why not put a selection together to fit your friend’s personality.

 

Stationary is always a good option girls often love some special looking stationary such as notebooks, coloured pens, matching folders, pencil pots and boxes for keeping bits of pieces in. They look fab on display on a girls desk in their bedroom and come in handy for school work and keeping organised too.

Girls also like to have nice cushions, throws and things like fairy lights and picture frames or light boxes to display in their bedrooms and make it cosy for when friends visit or when they are chilling in their room. So something like this is bound to be a hit with teen or tween friends.  Mermaid blankets are all the craze with young girls at the moment and available in different colours and look very cosy.

Toiletries such as facemasks, moisturisers, bath bombs and bubble baths are a good idea for girls and they don’t cost too much. You can get lots of different fragrances and colours and can choose a few different things depending on your budget and make up a little toiletries hamper or even do your own ‘spa in a jar’ with a selection of pampering products all displayed in a mason jar.

There are so many things you can buy for teenage and tween girls and lots of choice for lower budgets. There are plenty of ideas for you here to help you on your mission to get the perfect gift whether it is for your bestie or your daughter, niece, Granddaughter or friend

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Do you have friends or family who have just had a scrummy newborn baby and you are looking for a gift for the baby to welcome them into the world? Then look no further there are lots of wonderful gifts you can choose from to take along when you first meet the new baby.

You may want to choose a practical gift such as clothes, muslins, nappies, baby toiletries that will always be appreciated and come in handy.  There are some beautiful outfits for babies and you can maybe choose something that will fit a few months down the line as although a baby can never have too many clothes the parents may be prepared with plenty of sleepsuits and vests for the newborn stage they are more likely to appreciate some sleepsuits or an outfit for maybe 3-6 months or even 6-9 months. The only thing to be careful of is to make sure that the outfit is suitable for the season it will be when they are at a particular age you don’t want to buy them a cosy warm snowsuit that is going to fit them in the summer months! You can get some lovely muslin squares with stunning patterns on for baby to look at and they come in so handy for the mopping up of all sorts of things and to lay baby on or wrap them in. They are a newborn essential and you can never have too many.

 

Nappies obviously aren’t the greatest of gifts to receive, although you can’t deny that they will bound to be used and help with the cost of a baby. So maybe get a pack to go along with another gift as an added extra is a good idea as maybe thought of as a bit strange to turn up with just a pack of nappies! A really lovely idea for a new baby gift is a nappy cake. So you are giving nappies as well as some other new baby essentials such as a blanket, socks, bibs, maybe a cuddly toy and you can add as many extras even a bottle of champagne or some chocolates for Mum and Dad can be hidden in the middle. Depending on your budget you can add as much to the nappy cake as you want and can go for a blue or pink theme or a neutral one maybe in whites and greys or yellows and green. You can make your own if you are feeling crafty or buy one ready made up.

Another good idea is a new baby hamper similar sort of idea to the nappy cake you can fill a basket with some lovely bits for baby and a few treats for Mum too. You can work around your budget and put in things like a blanket, baby socks, bibs, muslin squares, teething rings, rattles, bubble bath etc. A new Mum is sure to be delighted with this idea.

You could buy a special blanket for the baby even have it personalised with babies name, date and time of birth as a special extra to make it a bit different to all the others. Not only will it look great on the pram or in the crib it will keep baby toasty and warm too.  Personalised gifts are a big hit and you can also get a personalised bath robe or baby towel, baby vests, mittens etc.

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What to buy a teenager for a gift on their sweet 16? It can be a tricky one, but we hope we can help with your quest for the perfect gift to give a 16-year-old.

What are 116-year-olds into? Obviously, this won’t be the same for all 16 year olds. Maybe they are into sports a footy fan or rugby maybe playing or do they support a team? You could treat them to their teams kit or tickets to watch a match or if they play how about the latest fashion in boots.

A lot of 16-year-olds like their music so you could buy them an album from their favourite band or speakers to play their tunes.  Or how about the ultimate treat for a music loving teen you could get them tickets to see their favourite band and how about looking into the possibility or back stage passes to meet their idols.

For girls, you can always go to the old faithful gift of jewellery. You could get a beautiful locket necklace or a special bracelet or pair of earrings maybe with their birthstone in to make them extra special. Boys may not want jewellery although some do like it, but if not a watch is often a good choice and can be engraved with a birthday message.

Something a bit different can be a young driver experience. They may be looking forward to learning to drive when they get to 17, but you can do young driver experiences at younger ages so this can help them when they are old enough to drive and gives them a taste of what it is like to drive a real car.  

Or how about some sweets for their sweet 16? You can buy personalised sweet jars which make a great present especially if they have a sweet tooth and you know what their favourite sweets are.

Lots of 16 year olds like their brands they are expensive, but a good treat for a birthday gift. You could get them so trendy trainers or a jacket to keep them looking cool. Make sure you find out which brands your teen is likely to wear and be happy with.

Gadgets always go down well with teens and 16 year olds are no different. They are bound to be chuffed with a new phone, ipod or a games console if they are into gaming. If they already have a games console you could get them a new game or two

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Lego makes a fantastic gift and the age range that you can buy Lego for covers a large range from Duplo suitable from 18 months right up to the most complicated sets that can keep adults entertained too.

Duplo Lego is great for initiating your little one’s interest in building and is perfect for helping develop their fine motor skills and their imaginations. You can get Duplo train sets, farms, princess castles and airports. Why not choose a box of different coloured bricks that can be used to make towers or houses or wherever takes your child’s imagination takes them. Lego is always a great gift as you can never have too many bricks and although it is nice to follow instructions to get a finished product at this age it is also lovely to let the child discover different shapes. The colours are bright and attractive to young children too.

As the child gets older there is Junior Lego to follow on from the Duplo sets and they are suitable for children aged from 4-7 years. The pieces are smaller and the sets a little more complicated than the Duplo.  You can get sets that are certain themes such as Disney Cars or Super heroes or Frozen or sets like diggers or trucks for example. Your youngsters are bound to enjoy making these lovely sets and spending time playing with them along with family and friends or on their own especially as they get older they will become more confident building and following instructions independently.

When the child gets even older you can get endless Lego sets of all different themes. Star wars is an ever popular choice and Super Heroes such as Lego Batman sets are fantastic. Lego City is great for ages 7-11. Sets such as Fire stations, rubbish trucks and Aeroplanes are great to fuel their imaginations. There are Lego friends and Lego Elves which are targeted at girls with pinks and purples, but not exclusively for girls. Children may be interested in certain themed Lego such as Ninjago or Nexo Knights as they get older and may like to collect the sets. There are plenty to choose from and prices vary to suit all budgets so whether you are buying for a friend your niece or nephew or your own child there will be a set suitable.

The great thing about Lego as a gift is that there are sets for varying price scales so you can get small sets for as little as £5 ideal as a gift for a child to take to a school friends party as a gift, and much larger sets such as the Millennium Falcon for over £100 which would make the main present for a Lego fan for Christmas or their birthday.

So, in conclusion, Lego makes a fantastic gift for many ages over the years and even though on the box it may say up to age 14 some adults would love to build these models especially Star Wars fans will love the extensive range of Star Wars Lego and connect with their inner child.  Lego makes a great gift for boys and girls, young and old.

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A picture paints a thousand words, or so they say, so it is no wonder that emojis have exploded in popularity in the last few years; even now spawning a Hollywood film (spoiler…it’s not very good, avoid!). Take your favourite emojis off your phone, or tablet and into your home, office or school with this great range of emoji based gift ideas. From the rude to the silly, there is something for everyone in this selection

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