Monday, 14 April 2014

Easter Gift Guide 2014



Easter Gifts, Easter Crafts, Easter Chocolates

This year's Easter holiday started a week early for us, and we had lots of fun at the Little Fun Fest and Legoland already! We can't wait for Easter weekend as we'll be participating in all the Easter fun from our local park as well.

How are you going to spend this Easter holiday? Whether it's all about the chocolate eggs, gifting the children something they can keep or pure Easter crafts and fun, my Easter Guide this year has something to suit you all:

Crafts
Chocolates
Gifts
Giveaway

Enjoy and good luck! x


Crafts

Bandai Locksies, fashion design for children, dolls

Bandai Locksies, fashion design for children, dolls

Bandai Locksies Designer Doll - Rikki   Approx £11.00
- Bandai Harumika for 4 years +, includes a 15cm tall doll (4 to choose from), stickers, accessories, 2 ribbons, 3 pieces of fabrics and a stylus; accessorise the doll by placing fabrics around her and slip the ends into the back using the stylus.

The new Harumika range is definitely appealing to the young fashion designers! Not only do they get to be creative with the designs, they can also play with the dolls afterwards. There are also playsets to collect to test the young ones their interior design skills! A great craft and design kit for children who are into fashion.


children craft, bird cage, paper craft

children craft, bird cage, paper craft

dotcomgiftshop Make Your Own Little Garden   £5.95
- Includes precut double sided illustrations, double sided sticky tape, stickers, cotton cord and instructions

Have some Easter craft fun with children who loves to stick things together with this craft kit to make a beautiful bird cage! Thefinished product is a quality bird cage with a cute birdie inside, and pretty decorations too! It's fairly easy to make for children as well, but adults might need to help with building the cage.


felt craft, felt owl, felt craft kit

dotcomgiftshop Make Your Own Feltcraft Pretty Owls Craft Kit   £4.95
- Craft kit to make 2 owls, includes all materials except needle

This craft kit is more suitable for older children and above who can handle needle work, although it's fairly fun to make and Abby who's 6 wants to make one herself too, so I've reserved the pink owl materials for her, but I'll most likely have to do most of the sewing for her.

The felt provided is a bit stiffer but thicker as well, so if you don't want to use glue as suggested at various places in the instruction, it's still easy to sew the pieces onto the main body without showing the thread at the top. I've altered the design for the eyes a bit as I like to make it look silly!


Egglings, Easter egg, Easter grow your own
Left: Spicy Red Pepper, Lavender and Wild Strawberry Egglings

Egglings, Easter egg, Easter grow your own
Left:  I accidentally cracked the top right egg too much. The trick is to gently tap along the line you want to crack using the edge of the spoon, not the back of the spoon!
Eggling   Approx £6.99 each
- A selection of herbs and flowers grown from ceramic eggs; each box comes with 1 sealed ceramic egg filled with soil and seeds, ceramic tray, a packet of extra seeds and a manual; gently crack the top of the ceramic shell with the edge of a spoon, then keep the soil moist and under the sun

I love these Egglings so much I bought 2 other ones from Amazon UK! Find Me a Gift still have 3 types of Egglings available for ordering, so buy yours while stock last! It does seem to take a while to germinate especially when there is a lack of sun, but when I was about to give up, I found something growing from one of the egg! It could either be wild strawberry or lavender (I didn't want to use a marker on the egg shell nor tray so it's a guess work for me). It's really exciting to see something grow from them and they look really good on the window sill!

These will make fab Easter gifts for anyone, even the not so green finger ones like me!


Easter chocolate, chocolate flower, flower smells like chocolate

Easter chocolate, chocolate flower, flower smells like chocolate

Find Me a Gift Grow Your Own Chocolate Scented Flowers   £9.99
- Kit contains 2 packets of yellow daisy flower seeds, 4 compost discs, 4 coconut husk pots, and 4 lolly stick markers; soak the compost discs until they fluff up fully in the coconut husk pots, and divide the seeds amongst the pots 

As water does leak through the coconut husk pots, you'll need to put them on top of some trays before you start watering them. Out of all the seeds I did manage to get 2 growing, although 1 wilted before the leaves can open up. I'm not giving the others up though as you'll never know, with the warmer weather coming they might just bloom! I'm really interested in finding out whether the yellow daisy flowers will indeed smell like chocolate, but even if I can't proof it just yet, it's still a lovely novelty gift for this Easter!

For a chance to win Find Me a Gift's 7" chocolate pizza, do enter the giveaway below!


Tatty Teddy & My Blue Nose Friends, Tatty Teddy Scratch and Sparkle, Tatty Teddy Craft

Tatty Teddy & My Blue Nose Friends, Tatty Teddy Scratch and Sparkle, Tatty Teddy Craft

John Adams Tatty Teddy & My Blue Nose Friends Scratch & Sparkle   Approx £11.00
- Suitable for 5 years +, includes materials for 12 projects, stickers and a tool; use the tool to scrape off the special surfaces on each card to reveal sparkly designs or surprises, or draw your own design using the tool on the special surfaces, then make them into cards, garland, bookmark etc

We love Tatty Teddy and his Blue Nose Friends! This craft kit is perfect for the little fans! We love the beads for the garland and Abby's favourite had to be the scratching bit to reveal hidden pictures underneath. The Blue Nose Friends are ever so cute, perfect to decorate a child's room this Easter!


Chocolates

Lekue Easter chocolate mould, 3D chocolate egg mould, 3D chocolate rabbit mould

Lekue Easter chocolate mould, 3D chocolate egg mould, 3D chocolate rabbit mould

Lekue Easter chocolate mould, 3D chocolate egg mould, 3D chocolate rabbit mould

Lekue Easter chocolate mould, 3D chocolate egg mould, 3D chocolate rabbit mould

Lekue 3D Easter Mould (Egg + Rabbit)   18.50 Euros
- Makes a 3D egg and 3D rabbit; includes ideas and recipe; 100% platinum silicone

Make your own 3D Easter chocolates with this mould! I love how the chocolate comes out sharp and flat, and if you plan well (see my half decorated egg? Not so well planned there!) you can get some really nice designs, like using coloured white chocolate! The mould comes with a sheet of ideas for different patterns too to inspire you. Do make sure you flatten the top with a metal spatula or something before putting it in the fridge to set or you'll get a bumpy chocolate like mine! It takes approx 150-180g of chocolate to make 1 egg and 1 rabbit. I only used 100g so only managed to make half a rabbit!

I recommend getting a jam thermometer as well if you don't have one as tempering chocolate requires the perfect temperature to make it crisp and shiny. I'm sure I haven't got it perfectly right but apart from not being very shiny, it actually looks good enough to gift I think!

You can use these 3D eggs to decorate cakes or make them into lollipops as well. See Lekue's website (blue link above) for more ideas.


Easter chocolate, Easter gift set, Easter bunny

Sugarpoke Happy Bunny Gift Set   £13.99 including p&p
- Includes a milk chocolate bunny (50g), 20 solid milk chocolate mini eggs, heart shaped marshmallows (100g) and a card of your choice with your message in it

This yummy gift set is gonna make anyone happy! I like it that you can personalise the gift set with a card of your choice printed on quality paper, and add a message too so it can be delivered straight to the person's house. They have a wide range of gift sets and a lot of them are letterbox friendly. Their 1st class post is free as well so the price you see is what you'll be paying (unless you want to upgrade to a faster delivery of course). The chocolate and marshmallows are delicious, and I had to keep the kids away from them before they eat them all in a go!

For a chance to win their quirky Bacon 'n' Eggs gift set, enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post! Visit their website to start sugarpoking someone!


Gifts

Easter bunny headband, Easter outfit accessories, Easter rabbit ears

ASDA Bunny Ears Headband   £1

I had to include this fluffy bunny ears headband on the guide as it's so cute! It's very affordable too! I couldn't find it online but they should be available in stores.


children sterling silver charm bracelet, Goldsmiths Little Wishes, Easter charm

children sterling silver charm bracelet, Goldsmiths Little Wishes, Easter charm

Goldsmiths Little Wishes Silver Charm Bracelet (£29.00) with Silver Rabbit Charm  (£19.00)
- 925 Sterling Silver; adjustable one size bracelet; clasp on charm price range from £19.00 to £29.00; earrings, bangles and necklaces also available in the range 

Goldsmiths's new Little Wishes children jewellery range contains a range of collectible charms for children to collect, with each charm representing something memorable. Why not start your child's collection with this cute little bunny for this Easter? The rabbit feels solid, and the bracelet fits Abby perfectly with a dangly chain, and I can just about fit it around my wrist, making it a perfect keepsake bracelet that grows with the child. Abby is already saving up money for her next charm - the silver Ferris Wheel!


Build-a-Bear Rabbit, Make Your Own Easter Bunny, Easter Rabbit Plush

Build-a-Bear Rabbit, Make Your Own Easter Bunny, Easter Rabbit Plush
Dress and accessories excluded

Build-a-Bear Rabbit, Make Your Own Easter Bunny, Easter Rabbit Plush
Easter Build-a-Bear Buddies

Build-a-Bear Workshop Pretty Petals Bunny   £16.50
- 41cm tall bunny, can be bought online or made at the workshop

Isn't she charming? We absolutely love her colourful petal pattern, so Easter and Spring-like! Wouldn't it make a lovely present by taking your child to Build-a-Bear shop and let them make their own Easter Bunny/ Lamb? Abby love Petal dressed, though I love her just the way she is. We adore their other "bears" in their Easter range, especially the Build-a-Bear Buddies (£8.00), and even their softy Easter Baskets (£2-4) are cute!


Disney Sofia the First Magican Tea Time Game, Disney Sofia the First, Tea party game

Disney Sofia the First Magican Tea Time Game, Disney Sofia the First, Tea party game
Left: Game set up, together with another 1 to 3 place settings and tea cups

Esdevium Games Disney Sofia the First Magical Tea Time Game   rrp £14.99
- Suitable for 3 years+, 2 -4 players; includes 1 air puffer teapot, 4 colour changing teacups, a game board, 4 4 place settings, 3 fairy headmistress plates, 36 treat tiles and 1 game rules manual
- Players take turn to choose a treat from the game board and turn it over, and do the action based on the colour or pattern at the back of each treat. The player with most treats at the end of the game wins

This game is perfect for children to play during Easter! Not only can they have their own tea party with gorgeous and some never seen before treats, the game teaches them manners as well while they have lots of giggly fun! Oh yes, a curtsey, a thank you and no elbows on the table are just some basic manners a lady or gentleman must learn!

The game is colourful and very attractive, and it's so satisfying when one wins all the treats from a fairy headmistress' plate! I can imagine the kids all dressed in their posh Easter outfits and act all lady/ gentlemen like and giggling while trying to blow at the teacups!


Jungle Speed Safari, jungle animal game, children game

Jungle Speed Safari, jungle animal game, children game
Left: Game set up for 4 players

Esdevium Games Jungle Speed Safari   rrp £14.99
- Suitable for 5 years+, 2-6 players; includes a draw string bag, 5 food totems, 42 cards (12 white cards, 15 blue cards, 5 red cards, 5 chameleon cards and 5 hunter cards
- Players each take turn to open the top of their pile of cards, and all players act according to what card is opened up, including fighting over the correct totem. The player with most opened cards at the end wins

Another great game to play with friends and family during the Easter holiday! It's fast pace and hilarious! Not only do you have to fight over the correct totem (it's funny when someone grabs the wrong one!), you'll also have to act like the angry animals and protect your own score cards when the hunter is out stealing cards! It was very funny when hubby protected his own score pile when he was suppose to be stealing others'! I'm sure this game will fill your Easter with lots of fun and laughter!


Doc McStuffin Fuzzy-Felt, Disney Doc McStuffin game, doctor role-play game

Doc McStuffin Fuzzy-Felt, Disney Doc McStuffin game, doctor role-play game

John Adams Doc McStuffins Fuzzy-Felt   Approx £11.00
- Suitable for 3 years+, over 100 felt pieces including Doc McStuffins characters

Re-play favourite scenes from the popular Disney show Doc McStuffins using this quality fuzzy-felt kit! It also encourage children's imagination to create their own scenes, you'll never know, they might just prove themselves worthy to be the next Doc McStuffins show director!


Disney Sofia the First puzzle, Jumbo Games puzzles, Disney Sofia the first puzzle for travelling

Jumbo Disney Sofia the First 4 in 1 Shaped Puzzles   £7.99
- Suitable for 3 years+; box has a handle, making it easy to carry around during travels; each puzzle comes with a cardboard stencil where children can use as a guideline to piece the puzzle inside

If you are planning to travel this Easter holiday with your toddler who happens to be a Disney Princess fan, then you must get this puzzle! The travel case makes it easy to carry the puzzles around and there are 4 to make to keep them entertained! The stencil helps young children piece the puzzle together easier too, or you can challenge the slightly older ones to do them without the stencil!


Moshi Monsters, Baby Moshling, Moshi Monsters Easter Egg

Moshi Monsters Baby Moshlings   Approx £8.00
- Suitable for 4 years+, comes with a set of 4 eggs, each set with random baby moshlings

An adorable Easter eggs collection! Aren't these baby moshlings cute?! And they can add to your Moshi Monsters collection too! You get 4 baby moshlings in each pack, perhaps you can use them for Easter egg hunt!


Easter gifts for babies, baby rabbit clothes, baby rabbit costume

My 1st Years Bunny Sleepsuit, Hat, Comforter & Rattle Set   £40.00
- Available in 3 sizes up to 12 months, sleepsuit and comforter can be personalised

Know anyone who has an Easter baby, or want to buy something for a baby to celebrate Easter? Dress them up as little bunnies with this gift set which also includes a cute bunny comforter and rattle! No... I'm not broody at all!


Easter bunny, Easter rabbit, rabbit soft toy for babies

My 1st Years Personalised Fluffy the Bunny Toy   £20.00
- Suitable for newborns, 25cm in height

We have a My 1st Year's teddy and it's ever so lovely against the skin! I expect that Fluffy the Bunny has the same kind of quality and it would make a perfect personalised cuddly toy for babies!

This year, My 1st Years are donating 5% of all Easter Bunny Baby Gifts to the bunny sanctuary Rabbit Residence Rescue. Check this video out for more information! Buy a bunny to save a real bunny this Easter!


Tatty Teddy Blue Nose Friends soft toys, Tatty Teddy beanies, blue nose friends plush

Tatty Teddy and My Blue Nose Friends Soft Toy   £5.00 each
- 4 inch tall, assorted designs; 

These poor cuties needs a home! These super soft cuddlies are perfect for little hands to hold, and they come in a range of pretty pastel colours! They make great collectibles too! Clay's favourite is Wombat the Koala and Abby's is Aimee the love bird. I want the Puffer Fish!


TOMY Hide n Squeak Eggs, Easter eggs for babies and toddlers, play to learn Easter

TOMY Hide n Squeak Eggs, Easter eggs for babies and toddlers, play to learn Easter

TOMY Hide n Squeak Eggs, Easter eggs for babies and toddlers, play to learn Easter

TOMY Infant and Toddler Hide 'n' Squeak Eggs   £7.49
- Suitable for 12 months+, comes with a box and 6 eggs; each egg has a shape at the bottom that slots into the matching shape in the egg box, shell with coloured facial expression and matching coloured chicks inside. Chicks can be pressed down to make chirping noises

I think this is the educational Easter toy to go for for toddlers! Not only are these chicks in eggs cute, they really help teaching young children colour and shape matching. I had great fun testing Clay out in different ways with these eggs, for example putting the egg shells on the wrong chicks and ask him to find the correct match, or test him the colour names, and he was giggling all the way! He kept saying "Again! Again!" as he loved the games so much!


Now you have a chance to win one of the box of eggs home too, simply enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below.


Easter rabbit, Easter Bunny, Peter Rabbit soft toy

Easter rabbit, Easter Bunny, Peter Rabbit soft toy

Vivid Imaginations Peter Rabbit Collectible Plush Toy   £6.99
- Suitable for 3 years+; approx 6 inches tall

Cute, soft and absolutely cuddly, perfect for preschoolers to hold and carry him wherever they go! Peter Rabbit's bag can hold something tiny, and Clay likes to put his tiny keepsakes (a button or sticky jewel for example) in there while he sleeps with him! A quality and famous "Easter bunny" for the young ones!


Wow Toys chirpy chick, Wow toys dinky dino, Easter egg

Wow Toys chirpy chick, Wow toys dinky dino, Easter egg

Wow Toys My Chirpy Chick   rrp £4.99
- Suitable for 1 to 5 years old; there is My Dinky Dino version as well; place Chirpy Chick or Dinky Dino in the middle of the egg and press them down to hear them chirp

A good sized egg for this Easter at pocket money value! If you don't fancy chocolate, you can certainly consider the cute egg as a gift. The egg is colourful with cute patterns inside and out, and the chick is easy for little hands to hold. The chirpy sound is realistic too!

For a chance to win both Chirpy Chick and Dinky Dino, simply enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below



Giveaway

Please note that this giveaway ends after Easter so you'll get your prize after, but I'm sure you and your family will still enjoy the prizes!

In random order:

1.
Find Me a Gift Happy Easter Chocolate Pizza
(£11.95)
- 7 inch chocolate pizza with Belgian milk chocolate base, topped with mini candy coated chocolate eggs, Spring coloured rainbow drops, milk chocolate curls and handmade chocolate Easter bunnies.
- Can be personalised with a message up to 50 characters














2.
 Sugarpoke "Bacon 'n' Eggs" Gift Set
(£8.99)
- Fits through letterbox
- Includes 55g Percy Gingerbread Pig with icing sugar, a bag of 20 mini eggs and a card of your choice and a personal message printed in the card










3.
Wow Toys My Chirpy Chick and My Dinky Dino
(£9.98 total)
- Suitable for 1 to 5 years old; place Chirpy Chick or Dinky Dino in the middle of the egg and press them down to hear them chirp









4.
TOMY Infant and Toddler Hide 'n' Squeak Eggs
(£7.49)
- Suitable for 12 months+, comes with a box and 6 eggs; each egg has a shape at the bottom that slots into the matching shape in the egg box, shell with coloured facial expression and matching coloured chicks inside. Chicks can be pressed down to make chirping noises



5.
Bunny Jump Game
(rrp £19.99)
- Suitable for 5 years+, 2-4 players
- Abailable in Toys R Us at the end of April
- Includes a bunny, 4 baskets, 12 carrots, spinner and carrot field; Each player takes turn to pull out carrots, when bunny jump, catch it to win extra carrots. Winner with most carrots at the end wins




6.
Heat Holders Children Socks x 2 (Colours varies)
(£10.00 total)
- 2.3tog long thermal socks, suitable for wellies

















7.
Pl-ug Build Your Own Den Kit
(£15.00)
- Suitable for 5 years+, includes 2 hooks, 2 clamps, 2 suckers, 4 clips and a Keep Out sign
- Connect the parts with the clips which holds the corners of a bedsheet, and either hook it on chairs, clamp them on tables or stick them against a window
- Review to follow











Deadline: Sunday 4th May 2014 midnight (where 12:01am is Monday)



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