Children – the main cause of restless nights but the best reason for getting up early in the morning.

Kids have been through a lot this year, with disruptions to their education and being unable to enjoy play-time with friends, amongst many other major changes to typical everyday life.

Your home is the place they can feel safe and comfortable, and they truly deserve some of these fabulous additions from local shops to add to their existing collections.

The team here at Visit Newbury has provided a list below of recommended items, to treat your child, nephew or granddaughter to this Christmas.

Books from Waterstones

Both Tiger Tiger, Burning Bright! And Blue Planet II are beautifully illustrated books perfect for both parent and child to enjoy. 

Tiger Tiger, Burning Bright! illustrated by Britta Teckentrup, is part of the National Trust’s Poetry Collections. Featuring a poem for each day of the year, each has been carefully selected by Fiona Water and celebrates the animal kingdom through a diverse range of poetry, from Lewis Carroll to Grace Nichols. 

Equally, BBC Earth’s Blue Planet II by Leisa Stewart-Sharpe, dives deep into the ocean and is a highly-informative book exploring the 71% of the world’s untouched oceans. Accompanying the award-winning TV series, neither mum, dad nor child will want to put this one down.  

Order online for delivery.

Wooden Works From Between the Lines

These pastel coloured bookends are the perfect pair for adding an on-trend feature to any little girl or boy’s room. With Between the Lines also offering an array of beautiful children’s books, there’s no better gift to accompany these wooden bear bookends.  

Additionally, after a tough year for healthcare, introduce children to the more practical side of medicine with this vintage style Doctor’s bag. The child-sized Medical Case is a soft fabric full of wooden medical instruments and bottles that are easy to wipe-clean (and to demonstrate good practice- of course!). The set includes a toy stethoscope, thermometer, syringe, blood pressure gauge, ear scope, reflex hammer, scissors, and two medicine bottles. 

Available online for home delivery.

Classics from The Entertainer

With these two retro classics, can you ever get it wrong?  

This 790-piece classic Lego set contains building blocks in over 33 different colours and comes in a storage box that will be on the wish lists of budding builders across the nation.  For some real Lego-building inspiration, be sure to head to Parkway Shopping to see their fabulous festive display, built entirely out of the classic building blocks!

Alternatively, if you’re searching for a game to get the whole family involved and up on their feet, Twister is your answer. A nostalgic game for any family member, introduce your kids to those same fond feelings of the game this Christmas! 

Available online for home delivery.

Gadgets and Jammies from M&S

It’s hard to beat a good pair of Christmas jim-jams, especially when they’re as soft and cosy as these 100% cotton ones from M&S. With over 10 cute Christmassy designs to choose from, they’re even more likeable when you realise you can buy two pairs for only £15, too!  

As practical and warm as pyjamas may be, every child wishes to open up a gadget come Christmas morning. And this durable VTECH camera lets them do exactly that. Coming in both blue and pink, kids will go wild taking their very own snaps over the course of Christmas Day and well into the new year and beyond.  

Available online for delivery and click and collect.

Get Crafty with Ugly Duckling

Whether it’s baby’s first, third or thirteenth Christmas- it’s never too late to put their own stamp on a bauble (footprint not obligatory!). This Bauble To-Go from The Ugly Duckling Pottery Café allows your child to add their own touch to the family Christmas tree. Why not get one for the whole family so that you each have your own special bauble on the tree? 

Furthermore, this glowing Gingerbread House can be painted as a team or alone and can be kept as a little keepsake light to use over Christmas for many more years to come. Eventually, when you pull it out of the Christmas box in 10 years time, you can remind your little one of the time when they were, well, a little more little! 

Available to order online for delivery or click and collect.

Luxury Gifts from JoJo Maman Bebe

This deluxe scooter is available in blue, pink and purple and has three LED wheels that light-up as they scoot, requiring no batteries and no hassle. Additionally, with adjustable handlebars, an increased 32kg weight limit and a new and improved wear and tear formula on the paint work, the scooter can grow with the kids- meaning they’ll get many more years out of it.   

Furthermore, meet this genius new audio system for children called the Tonie Box. This special sound box introduces children to a whole new world of audiobooks, music and educational fun.  With seven-hours of battery life, this smart little system has an automatic shut-off feature for when bedtime story ends, with other exciting features that can be completely controlled by you online. Let the audio adventure begin!  

Available online for home delivery.

Personalised Alphabet Prints from Arty Farty Stuff

Both of these prints are upgraded varieties of local artist Tim Furr’s bestselling Pre-historic and Animal Alphabet A3 prints.

These personalised versions are made to order with a name or message of your choice, with further hand-drawn images added to the mount. 

A unique and special gift for the child that has everything, which will you choose? 

Home delivery available.

Kid’s Room Gifts from Temptation Gifts

The word ‘Kawaii’ in Japanese means cute or beautiful and is used in Japanese culture to describe animals or people. Characters such as Hello Kitty and Pikachu from Pokémon are some of the most famous examples. Typical features are normally characterised by their bright colours, large eyes and a childlike appearance. The same can be seen here, in Disaster Design’s lifelike fruit lamps, which add a cute feature to any child’s bedroom.  

For cold winter months, this Wild Warmer Giraffe Hot Water Bottle is perfect for snuggling into. Its unique design is 64cm long, meaning it heats up the whole bed in a short space of time and ensures your kids have a good night’s sleep for longer- a big tick off everyone’s list! 

Available online with home delivery available.

Musical Gifts from Robert Dyas

Two super-fun gifts for kids this Christmas, usually expected from mad Aunty Maureen (though this is not obligatory)!  

The Elgento E26013 Candy Catcher, currently on sale for only £24.99, brings the seaside amusement arcade experience into the home. It plays authentic style arcade music (not even annoying), to add to the atmosphere whilst using the plastic 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins provided to operate the sweet grabber. For an extra special treat, fill the machine with all their favourite sweeties before wrapping it up! 

Adding to the musical fun is this Frozen 2 themed Disney Karaoke machine. Both compact and lightweight, songs and music can easily be streamed using the wireless function, micro SD/TF card, the USB slot or the Aux-in jack (cable not included) to connect any external audio player. 

Connect the microphone (included) and start the show! 

Available online for delivery and click and collect.

Gifts for Outdoors from Wilkos

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The Christmas gifts on every child’s wish list.  

This Pop Up Goal makes the perfect gift to encourage kids to get outdoors and be active, sending a message that exercise is FUN.  At 7ft x 5 ft, it’s plenty big enough for that all-important goal practice, and practical enough to be easily transported to take on days out or to have a socially distanced kick-about with Grandad. After all, he’ll have been waiting long enough for it during lockdown!  

Additionally, this 12ft trampoline is designed specifically to give you peace of mind by protecting your child’s safety with netting and EPE foam surrounds.  Watch for hours as your children keep themselves entertained channelling their inner-gymnast , or simply having a good old bounce. And when they’re finished and you fancy a quick go- we promise we won’t tell anyone! 

Home delivery and click and collect available.

To help you to support local this Christmas, please click here for a list of both independent and national businesses operating in one form or another throughout this lockdown and visit our blog page local gift inspiration.

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