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Garden Games

 If it’s not warm enough for the paddling pool (hello British summer), but you want the little ones outside for some fresh air, classic garden games and outdoor toys are the answer. Whether they’re happy to amuse themselves or you’re playing together as a family, you have plenty of options to choose from. Go vintage with a leather football or wooden skittle set, or jump to it with a humble skipping rope. We love a bit of old-school.

Hula hoops, £5 each, Hedgehog

Badminton set, £16, Hedgehog

Borrow from the ’70s and ’80s and you can’t go wrong. Remember how much fun you had with your hula-hoop, space hopper and roller skates? Pass the enthusiasm on to the kids and relive the joy all over again. And hands up if you had a BMX? The new IROK Mini BMX makes the perfect entry-level ride. A chunky, scaled-down version of the old-style BMX, its fat tyres and sturdy frame keep it child-friendly (from age 4+), while simultaneously racking up the points on the cool-o-meter.

Croquet set, £160, Uber Games

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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 recently. Let's just say Wet Head is no fun when it's Mummy's head getting wet...