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Do you place your Christmas stockings at the foot of the bed ready to be opened before the sun rises? Or do you hang them by the fire in a row, ready to open together over a warming breakfast?
Stockings are a lovely tradition to keep – as they’re often the first sign on Christmas morning that Father Christmas has been, when your child looks over and can see that their stocking has been magically filled overnight. But it is easy to get carried away and those costs can really start to add up.
When searching for stocking fillers on the internet, you will be bombarded with images of brightly coloured toys, trinkets and games. But taking a few moments to plan your gifts will make all the difference and ensure a varied stocking packed with hours of play and without breaking the bank.
Imaginative free play will ideally take up the most of your child’s leisure time, so toys that encourage a little make-believe fun are a great place to start
So you can’t fit a whole car collection in a stocking, but you can fit in one or two Corgi Chunkies. These lovely toys are great for little hands, encouraging imaginative role play and storytelling on their own or – if there are more downstairs under the tree – offering a little tease for what’s to come. This new range is the perfect toy for the youngest of collectors!
These Magicube River Animals are also great for small hands. The cubes can be attached at any side, making the structures both surprising and easy to create. Building with blocks is great for developing hand-eye coordination, logical thinking and problem solving, and they can foster a real sense of pride in your child.
Stockings can also be the perfect place for a few creative toys, like art materials or craft sets.
The My Little World sets are handy for taking on trips to visit family and friends over Christmas. They bring together beautifully drawn characters and scenes to create an exciting new role play world that will spark a child’s creativity and imagination.
Or how about a new game to play as a family? A simple pack of cards can be an amazing stocking filler, especially for siblings.
For something a bit jazzier, why not try Dobble, the fast-paced card matching game. On each of the 55 round playing cards you’ll find eight symbols selected from a possible 50 (heart, bomb, lips, waving hand, car, etc.). There are five mini games to try and the cards come in a useful little tin, perfect for on-the-go games throughout the Christmas holidays.
We hope we’ve inspired you to create a stocking that gets your Christmas morning off to a wonderful start.
And remember, no stocking would be complete without the classic gold chocolate coins and an orange!
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