Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

November 27, 2013
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Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

Over the last few months I have had to do shopping for about 25 children in various ages for Christmas presents on behalf of clients. Many of my colleagues have mentioned how useful it would be to see what I bought and where I found them. I thought that this might be something to share with our readers.

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Most of the children received books as part of their gifts. I shopped at Books & Books in Durban North, as I had so much assistance there, and really found interesting titles. For the girls I chose the following titles on recommendation:

  • A Horse Called Hero by Sam Angus (teens)
  • Child’s Elephant Book by Rachel Campbell-Johnston (teens)
  • Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne (older teens)
  • East Coast Tables, the Inland Edition from East Coast Radio (young adult)
  • Various African tales books for the international kids.

For the boys I chose the following titles:

  • Man 2.0 by John Romaniello (young adult)
  • Canoeing the Congo by Phil Harwood (older teens)
  • Are Trout South African by Duncan Brown (older teens)
  • Things for Boys to Make and Do by Emily Bone, Rebecca Gilpin and Leonie Pratt (5-10 yr old)
  • Madiba Magic: Nelson Mandela’s favourite stories for Children (5-10 yr old)
  • The Quentin Blake Treasury by Quentin Blake (5-10 yr old)
  • Mr Men Boardbook collection (under 3s)

For the international children I was asked to source some fun African clothes, so in support of local companies I looked into Hooligans Clothing – a line of clothes developed and made right here in Durban. Their products are high quality and absolutely adorable!

To celebrate summer and Christmas I thought it appropriate to give the younger kids outdoor games and I found some really fun ones at Toy Zone at The Crescent. These are the outdoor games I purchased:

  • Outdoor Domino Set with giant wooden pieces
  • Outdoor Croquet Set with dog arches
  • Outdoor Putting Set

Since their were a few older girls, I decided to let their creative sides explore all kinds of science based ideas, as well as other craft items. These were also all from Toy Zone. They got the following items:

  • Perfumed Designer Lab – create perfumed window hangings with crystals
  • Perfume Factory – create your own perfumes
  • Shampoo Lab – create your own shampoos and conditioners
  • Crystal Factory – grow your own unique crystals for jewelry
  • Solar Science Kit – make your own solar powered oven and light
  • Origami LED Light Kit – make and fold your own lanterns for a light kit
  • Ballerina Frame – make and decorate a photo frame
  • Ballerina Figure – sew and decorate your own ballerina doll
  • Knit a Friend – knit two dolls
  • Dream Catcher – create and decorate a dream catcher

The last gift was for a young lady and I was asked to find something that was local and supported sustainable living. I discovered Rain Africa in Gateway. They sell a variety of bathroom products that are all hand made in the Cape and employ previously unemployed people, including a blind man who creates all their paper mache packaging. Their products smell amazing and you must go into the shop if you are in Gateway!

I love Christmas and am a little Christmas mad, so if you need any help with where to get anything this Christmas feel free to pop me a mail and ask away. And remember there is less than a month until Christmas, so it’s time to get the shopping done before it’s last minute.

Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season to everyone!

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