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Toy story 2009: Christmas presents for kids

by 21stcenturymummy on December 8, 2009

Here are some fabulous ideas for Christmas presents for younger children/toddlers. Most of the products say they are suitable from 3+, but my daughter has just turned 2 and they are absolutely fine for her.

A Scooter

Mini-Micro T-Bar Scooter (pink or blue) £46.95 from John Lewis.

We got one of these for my daughter a couple of months before she was two, because every time we went to the park she kept making a beeline for them! Pretty soon she was whizzing around on hers.It has 3 wheels, making it easier for kids from 3-5 to balance and look super cool. You can buy a helmet too.

The one downside is that it doesn’t fold, which means you have to balance it on your pushchair when taking it to the park. Believe me, this is not easy!

A Kitchen

Such as this Pintoy Wooden Red Kitchen Combowooden red one from Pintoy, £86.63 on

My toddler has so much fun with this. We have bought a wooden fruit and vegetables set and utensils too.

Pintoy Wooden Red Kitchen Combo

For a list of the best kitchens, see a previous post here.

An Easel

This wooden easel from is £40. Floor standing easel with chalkboard on one side and magnetic board on the other. Paper rolls slot in the dowel at the top. Size: 94H x 56W x 48D cm.

double sided easel

Ikea do a nice one for £14.99 too, see my previous post here

A Wooden Bike – great for developing your little one’s balance. Usually from around aged 2-5.

This Easy Rider bike is £110 from Or you could go for the supreme king of bikes, the Like-a-Bike, for a mere £179!

Early Rider Classic - Natural

A Doll

Corolle Doll – these pretty dolls are the ‘it’ girls of the doll world and have a delicious vanilla smell. Corolle - Calin candy pinkCorolle - Julia dollCorolle Julia £31.81 on and Corolle Lia £70 on are both interactive. Lia speaks four languages, giggles and talks.


Corolle Calin

A Buggy – a baby doll has to have a buggy! We like this one.

Corolle Buggy £13.69 from This buggy is very stylish. My daughter loves hers.


There are all sorts of other Corolle dolls accessories too.

A Piano

This Toy Grand Piano is £45 from Early Learning Centre. It looks much more stylish than many toy pianos on the market. It has good-sized three-octave keyboard, microphone, eight instrument sounds and lots of rhythms and other features. Plus record and playback feature so you can sing along to your own backing track. We bought this for my daughter for Christmas, and can’t wait for her to try it out.

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Need Christmas present ideas? Here are 5 top toy kitchens

by 21stcenturymummy on November 9, 2009

My daughter recently got a toy kitchen as a birthday present. I researched all the wooden kitchens on the market to find the best one. Here’s a list of the top ones.

They all say for 3 and over, but she is 2 and loves her kitchen.

Pintoy – Pintoy Wooden Red Kitchen ComboWooden Red Kitchen – £86.93 (usually £99.99)

A fantastic all in one kitchen made from top quality rubber wood. It has everything you need for a pretend play kitchen. The design incorporates a hob, oven and sink, space for hanging kitchen utencils. Looks great in any home (this is the one we picked because it was stylish and good value).

GLTC – Canterbury Kitchen – Was £120.00, Now £115

Canterbury Kitchen

This stylish kitchen has a realistic looking Belfast sink, a wooden worktop, a silver painted oven door and splashback, and open shelving to store all those matching pots and pans. Features turning oven knobs, tap and sink, oven has shelves and a see through door. Perfect for an urban town house. Made from MDF.

John Lewis – Wooden Kitchen – £109.95

This deluxe wooden kitchen is the perfect size for little ones to really enjoy. It has everything and looks great too.

Early Learning Centre – Country Kitchen £130

The most expensive one on the list. Great for imaginative and social play, children will love cooking up magical play meals, farmhouse cakes and tasty treats on this beautiful kitchen. Two ring hob with clicking dials, a sink with drainer, oven with shelf and storage. Not my cup of tea, but would look good in a country retreat!

Vertbaudet – Kitchen – Now £48.30 Was £69.00

Equipped with a hob, sink and oven. Small shelf with curtain. Silk-screen prints and small, raised buttons. Transparent plastic oven door. A good, cheaper alternative.

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Toy of the week – Pintoy Wooden Red Kitchen

October 22, 2009

We’re loving this toy wooden red kitchen combo from Pintoy, which we got our daughter for her 2nd birthday. Currently available for £89.99 from (£10 off). Shipping is £4.99. It’s the perfect Christmas or Birthday present. Manufacturer’s Description A fantastic all in one kitchen made from top quality rubber wood. It has everything you need […]

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