Festive classics for all ages
Whether it’s their first Christmas or their 10th, a beautiful seasonal book makes a gift you can bring out year after year. Snuggling up with a festive read is one of our favourite things to do on these darker wintry days, and on that magical Christmas Eve, the perfect book can lull over-excited children off to sleep to dream of snowmen, Santa and reindeers (though we’re not guaranteeing it’ll keep them asleep past 5am). But they’re also a great way to count down to the special day and provide an understanding of what it’s all about. LP even created a Christmas book advent calendar, wrapping and numbering 24 wintry tales for her kids to open up before bedtime each December night.
There are baby books for the tinies (although we often find older kids returning to the touchy-feely books), fun, imaginative reads for toddlers and pre-schoolers, and enchanting classics for those aged between 4-7. Though A Christmas Carol might be one for them to grow into, it’s such a fabulous edition we had to include it, and Quentin Blake’s illustrations will certainly draw them in. Start growing your very own Christmas book library for a seasonal nostalgic glow for years to come.
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A fab Christmassy version of these popular touchy-feely books, (you can also get TNM Snowman and TNM Santa), the bright and colourful illustrations and varying textures offer sensory awareness. A wonderful first Christmas present.
Toddlers will love lifting the flaps to discover what Father Christmas has sent, and finding the perfect present at the end. Boldly coloured and sturdy enough for even the most enthusiastic young reader.
Perfect for helping the whole family learn all the words to this festive favourite. With bright images to count on every page, it is also great for toddlers mastering their first numbers, as they count up to 12 and all the way back down again.
A charming and amusing book for children and grown-ups, all about the adventures of our favourite clumsy cat, Mog, at Christmas time. A must for Mog fans.
Even though it is over 30 years old, this is still a firm favourite. The wordless book depicts the magical adventure of a boy and his snowman. With soft, dream-like illustrations, you’ll be humming the tune all Christmas.
A timeless and timely retelling of the nativity story, at a time when the message couldn’t be more relevant, in a beautiful hardback format. £5 from the sale of each book will go directly to War Child UK, who are caring for Syrian refugee children in camps and host communities in Jordan and Northern Iraq, providing safe spaces, education and counselling.
An exquisitely illustrated edition of the much-loved Christmas story with a spectacular pop-up finale (maybe don’t let very young hands near!). This beautiful edition captures the excitement of Christmas Eve and the magic of Marius Petipa’s classic ballet.
What could be better than four stories in one book, by the prolific and enchanting Michael Morpurgo? Curl up by the fire in your Christmas jammies and get lost in the enthralling tales, each one illustrated beautifully.
A beautiful edition of Dickens’ Christmas classic. Quentin Blake’s colourful illustrations guide those first becoming acquainted with the tale through Scrooge’s lively journey to find the meaning of Christmas. Older children will adore this introduction to Dickens.
The last of our Christmas gift guides! And there's something extra special about Christmas when there's a baby in the family, even if they don't know quite what's going on (and, let's face it, you're so tired, neither do you...). Here's our gorgeous selection of gifts, featuring small and unique Brands We Love so you can support the independents as much as we do.
Festive gift inspo for the little lords in your life. Whatever they're into, we think we've found something to bring a smile to their face this Christmas morning. Focusing on classic, quality gifts that will inspire curiosity and encourage creativity, these should keep them busy beyond Boxing Day.
Festive gift inspo for the little ladies
We love to review toys for Busy Bird - but sometimes the best review is just watching a child open the toy and play with it, that way you get their honest reaction. And this is just what happened when we were asked to be part of an 'unboxing' for goodtoknow.co.uk recently. Let's just say Wet Head is no fun when it's Mummy's head getting wet...