The MadeForMums team pick the very best of the best in everything - toys, games, stocking fillers, Christmas presents, mince pies and bubbly...If you read nothing else...
With so much to choose from in our fab gifts guides, the MFM team have picked their very favourite products in everything from Christmas presents to food and drink. Christmas + MFM = sorted!
Best decorations - Cupcake Tree Decorations, £10
Sparkly and cake shaped – what more could you want? These unusual decorations look good enough to eat.
Best stocking filler under £2 - Magic Sketcher, £1.25
An etch-a-sketch for under £2? Fab idea, that’s at least half of Christmas day entertainment taken care of.
Best stocking filler under £5 - ELC Bubble Wand, £3
Normal sized bubbles are fun enough, but these extra big wands make giant bubbles for your tots to chase.
Best kids' gift for under a tenner - Wilko Play Little Doctor Playset, £2
We love toys that get kids to use their imagination so this kit is our favourite bargain gift that encourages a make believe game of doctors and nurses.
Best Christmas dress up - Christmas Pudding, £15
It's that time of year again where MFM advises…nay…orders you to go forth and dress your little one up as a Christmas pudding. He or she may not thank you as a teen when the photographs come out, but at least they’ll keep you happy in your dotage.
1 year olds - Letterbox Pull Along Rocky, £25
When it comes to little ones just hitting toddlerhood, you can almost guarantee your gift will be a hit if it’s somehow related to animals! This pull-along is a cute, but classic, idea. Can we have one too?2 year olds - MUJI Indoor Football, £12.95
We adore toys that can be played with, without any set rules, batteries or ear-plugs needed! Roll it, push it, kick it, pass it, try to balance it on your head – it’s a great skill builder that can be loved when the weather’s rubbish outside.
3 year olds - Halfords Balance Buddy Bike, £39.99
MFM loves cycling, so anything that gets children into its fun and freedom gets our vote.
4-7 Year olds -
LeapFrog Leapster Explorer console with camera, £44.89
We know little ones love taking photos and videos and this fabulous handheld console lets them draw over their handiwork – and even make a music video. Puts our home movies to shame!
8-10 year olds -
Hasbro Games Bop It XT, £21.49
Say goodbye to peace and quiet this Christmas Day, thanks to this addictive toy that you’ll want to nick from your child. This is the new XT version, with an added ‘shake’ command. Warning: you will be humiliated as your 8 year old trounces you…
Eco-friendly and ethical gifts for children - Wooden Farm Cottage in a Suitcase, £42
A great gift for a 3 year old, this can provide hours of play and then be easily packed and stowed away. The fact that it’s wooden means even as it wears it‘ll still be charming.
Dinosaurs - Gund Dinosaurs Soft Toy, £9.50
We want all of these! You can be sure Steggy will get more kisses than mum and dad, pretend drinks of water and lots of love. Putting old baby shoes on Steggy’s feet is also a unexpectedly winning move!TV and movie themed gifts - Disney Pixar Cars 2 Remote Control Lightning McQueen, £25
If your children can’t get enough of Cars 2, this remote control car with a turbo boost button will keep even super fans happy. We might even let the kids have a go…
Disney! - Disney Guess Who, £24.99
Here at MFM HQ we love it when a classic game gets a Disney makeover so we’re putting Disney Guess Who at the top of our Christmas list this year. From Disney Princesses through to favourite Disney animals this will keep everyone entertained for hours. Mini scientists - National Geographic Star Planetarium, £24.99
What future scientist could resist a bit of stargazing? With this fun and educational toy the MFM team will be learning our Marses from our moons over the holiday season. And watch out, we’ll be testing your knowledge next year!LEGO -
Woody Lego Minifigure Alarm Clock, £24.99
As Lego continues to be build on its bricks and move into watches, storage boxes and fun books, we loved this Woody clock. A giant minifigure with movable arms and legs, he makes bedtime heaps more fun.
Crafty gifts - Fun with Wool, £8.29
Learning to knit with your mum is an essential part of childhood for boys and girls (whether you keep it up or not!) so we love this kit that comes with safe, plastic needles to begin your child’s career as a fashion designer…
Mums-to-be - Minene Layla Changing Bag, £65
This unique-looking changing bag at a sensible price will make any mum-to-be’s Christmas. And for extra brownie points, why not pop a few of our other gift ideas inside?
Mums - Muji Touchscreen Gloves, £12.95
Most mums on the go are seriously reliant on (addicted to?) their smart phones, so take the faff out of winter with these fab touch-screen gloves. The entire MFM team have these on their Christmas list.
Dads - Maisto Remote Control Crawler Mini Blue/Red, £29.99
On our mission to ban boring dad gifts, we came across this absolute winner – a toy car that can tackle the hugest mountain of toys and wrapping paper... the whole family will be dying for a go before long!
Grandparents - Grandparents and Grandchildren: The Delights of Being a Grandparent, £6.99
If your mum and dad ever grumble at their babysitting duties, this book of all the joys grandchildren bring will remind them to enjoy every moment of it…
For foodies - The Sweetie Jar’s large Christmas Gift Box Hamper, £34.99 After all of that turkey we all need a bit of a sweet treat and The Sweetie Jar’s large Christmas Gift Box Hamper is bursting with old-fashioned sweets. Definitely off limits until after the Christmas meal though!
Supermarket - Asda
From its fab Christmas cake to its classy cheeseboard, MFM loved Asda's selection and prices. But don't forget to check out what the other supermarkets had to offer...
Mince pies - Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Mince Pies, £2.50We’ll be happily tucking into Sainsbury's pies this year. After A LOT of tasting, we decided they were perfectly crumbly, not too sweet and nice and big!Christmas cakes - 3D Asda Santa Cake, £10Christmas isn’t complete without Santa, so MFM will proudly display this cute Santa by Asda. It’ll be hard to eat him...but we’re sure we’ll manage! Champagne - Marks and Spencer’s Champagne Cuvee Brut, £18.40When it comes to celebrating, a good bottle of bubbly makes all the difference. Having tried and tested various bottles from well-known supermarkets, the MFM team picked out Marks and Sparks offering as the best. This isn’t just Champagne…this is MFM approved Champagne!
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