Our trusted Christmas gift guide is back for a fifth year!
We’ve been doing a lot of research this year into small, sustainable brands offering unique, beautifully made gifts. Each item on the list is designed to be fun and special yet also functional – we don’t want to fill up your houses with a load of plastic tat.
What’s more, almost all of the brands mentioned in this list have generously given our readers a special discount.
Happy shopping! Please do share the love and pass on this guide to your friends, too.
It would be great if these small companies could really shine this Christmas. ♥
For Christmas Eve
A Christmas Eve Box is a great way to keep your children entertained while you do the final preparations for Christmas Day.
The Merry Christmouse Box (£19.99) from Timeout Bags is crammed with eight different festive activities including a cute mouse in a matchbox, a red velvet Santa’s hat and the all-important Christmas Eve bedtime story.
Meanwhile a Timeout Bag is the perfect Christmas present for a young traveller.
The re-usable cotton drawstring bag contains three healthy snacks and 10 activities including building sets, Play-doh, crafts, toys, books, and puzzles.
♥ Timeout Bags is offering our readers a generous 10% discount off any Christmas Box or Travel Bag ordered before 20th December 2019. Just enter the code “merrychristmouse” when ordering from their website.
Fab Dab Do is an arts and craft t-shirt printing kit that teaches children how to hand print with stencils, mix colours and introduces them to fashion design.
What a great way to spark children’s imaginations into life and get them away from screens.
There are eight themes: Llama, Flamingos, Dragons, Mermaids, Orangutan, Turtle, Robot, and not forgetting the ever-popular Unicorn. The kit is perfect for rainy days, sleepovers, arts and crafts birthday parties as it’s super social and fun to do and doesn’t involve lots of clearing up.
The stencilling craft kit contains four bottles with enough fabric paint to create additional designs. Also included in the box is a notebook to practice dabbing and capture the fun design ideas plus a fabric pen to add extra details and washi tape to stop your stencil moving. You can even colour in the box!
♥ Fab Dab Do kits usually cost £24 BUT Mumfidential readers get £5 off. EnterFVM8QYRF1 at checkout.
For All the Family
Einstein Eats Eggs is a hilarious new charades game that’ll have your family totally tickled. It’s a perfect Christmas board game for those 10 and over as it only takes half and hour and is for four or more players.
Inside this box are 1,200 bonkers alliterative phrases like ‘the colossal chickens clucked’. Your job is to describe them and get your teammates to guess as many as possible in 90 seconds.
The winning team is the first to complete the board with as many phrases in the bag as they can.
♥ Einstein Eats Eggs is available from big stores such as John Lewis for £25.00.
For Adventurers and Explorers
JimmieWilliam makes beautiful wallets, clutch bags, folios, dog leads and other accessories from full grain leather.
Each piece has been meticulously produced in Britain and comes with a guarantee of durability and satisfaction – there is also the option of monogramming included in the price.
The company was founded by Muffie Sproat, formerly of British Vogue, and is inspired by her father Jimmie, an Australian farmer who enjoyed horse racing, fly fishing and leather craft and believed in buying things that were well-made and functional.
Some years ago, Muffie made her first clutch, the design of which is the basis of the JimmieWilliam collection you see today.
We love everything in the JimmieWilliam collection – the espresso cups and tumblers, however, with their beautiful leather sleeves would make a great present for a loved one with a sustainable conscious.
♥ JimmieWilliam is offering 10 per cent off for Mumfidential readers. Just use the code MUMF10 when you check out.
For Superheroes and Princesses
If you’ve got little superheroes or princesses in your family, or a godchild who loves animals, you need to know about LilyLingLong.
Founded by Charlotte and Nathalie last year, the brand makes playful clothes and accessories including their bestselling handprinted animal sweatshirts.
All their pieces are made using the softest materials with bold, contrasting colours. The range also includes cosy faux fur gilets, initial T-shirts and accessories including superhero capes (personalised), robot cuffs, initial necklaces and princess hairbands.
♥ LilyLingLong is offering our readers 10% off their first orders. To claim enter mumfid2019 at the checkout.
For The Kitchen
Beeswax Wraps are an eco-friendly alternative to cling film and plastic sandwich bags.
Made from organic cotton and a clever sustainable wax blend, they are perfect for packed lunches, covering leftovers and keeping food fresher for longer.
♥ The Beeswax Wrap Co would love to invite Mumfidential readers to enjoy 10% off their first order before Christmas, just use code ECOMUM at the basket until 25th December. Visit www.beeswaxwraps.co.uk or find them on social media @beeswaxwraps_uk
For Man (And His Dog)
Rafiki Designs is the place to find beautiful beaded belts, handbags, washbags and dog collars.
The word Rafiki means friends in Swahili: each product has been designed by skilled artisans who are friends of the founder, Cleone Harrison, who used to live and work in Kenya.
Cleone is proud that her company is supporting local families. The steady income enables them to send their children to school, hence her motto: ‘changing lives one bead at a time’
Each piece is of the highest quality but also sustainable; all the brass hardware for belts and dog collars are hand cast from recycled pure brass and the natural Kenyan leather is embellished with East African beadwork.
♥ Rafiki Designs is offering readers a 10% discount. Use the code mumfidential at checkout.
Who doesn’t secretly appreciate a soft new pair of socks at Christmas?
SCHOOLSOX make personalised socks by knitting names into socks. They’re great presents for the children in your life. Plus parents, you won’t ever have to sew nametapes in again!
SCHOOLSOX also make adult socks – ideal deluxe stocking fillers for husbands, fathers, grandfathers and uncles. Keep your message simple with classic initials at the ankle and full name across the toes or go for a more personalised message eg. No.1 Daddy or I love you. The possibilities are endless, the gift unforgettable.
♥ SCHOOLSOX is offering 10% off all socks until 13 December 2019 using the code MUM10 at checkout. Last orders for personalised socks in time for Christmas is 13 December 2019.
For Thank You Letters
If ever there was a way to inspire your children to write thank you letters, it is Wall Circus. Their personalised stationery is AMAZING – we love all the vibrant designs (there is one for each of my children: London bus; dinosaur comic hero).
We also love their personalised posters, wall art and accessories – perfect for god children, your own children, an aunt you never know what to buy.
The company is the fourth baby of London based freelance graphic designer/illustrator and mum-of-three-boys, Edwina Kelly – a girl after my own heart therefore!
She’s passionate about surrounding kids with positive messaging and ensures all products have that at their very heart and are designed and printed in the UK.
♥ Wall Circus is offering Mumfidential readers 10% off personalised stationery and prints (excluding fingerprint family trees). Just use the code MUMFIDENTIAL – it will be live until Christmas Day.
For A Mad Scientist
They’re basically a Christmas present every month, as a new set is delivered to your door on a subscription basis, containing two or three experiments as well as a comic book with instructions and all the kit to make a home lab.
Each set is designed to be fun, safe, educational and to help children understand STEM concepts. The chemistry set also features a free started kit with VR headset.
If you’re as bad at science as I am, they will also teach you things you never grasped at school!
♥ Mel Science and Mel Chemistry is offering readers 25% off the first month of a Mel Science subscription. Just enter the code Mumfidential at check out.
For Cosy Toes
Everyone loves Moccis hand sewn slipper socks – Claudia Schiffer, Sienna Miller, the Beckhams will all be relaxing in them this Christmas.
They are also podiatrist approved as they give the sensation of being barefoot and are great for children’s muscle development and for avoiding injuries. They have non slip soles and are made to last.
The range of styles is HUGE: you can match with your little one or go for one of the collector’s editions. Personally we love the London busses and unicorns – that’s what our own children would go for – and the fair isle patterns, which are slightly more grown up.
♥ From £25 at Moccis.co.uk, although Mumfidential readers get £5 off with the code MUM. Valid until the 25th of December.
For A Football Fan
The Dribble Up Smart Football is an at-home virtual trainer.
There are 70+ drills and a variety of 30-day programs that players can use to perfect their ball-handling skills.
Players try to hit the on-screen targets while receiving live feedback from the virtual trainer.
The ball is high-quality, hand-stitched, and won’t fade. You can use it inside or outside with a phone or tablet. Shipping and returns are free, with delivery in 3-4 days to the UK.
♥ Dribble Up is offering Mumfidential readers 10% off! Use the code MUMFIDENTIAL at check out.