Christmas Gift Guide: Gifts for GIRLS

Warning! This is a GIRLS’ zone only! This guide is brought to you by London Mums’ panel of testers!

FANCY DRESS COSTUMES


Princess costumes are popular all year round. Our favourite ones are from www.rubiesuk.com With a year which has seen a whole range of princess themed celebrations there will be countless times when little girls across the UK want to dress up as their favourite Disney Princess. Rubie’s has created a unmissable deal on the most popular princess costumes in the range; exclusively at Argos you can get one costume for £14.99 or two costumes for £19.99.

Monster High Halloween Doll Frankie


Monster High dolls’ fans will agree that Frankie and Cleo de Nile are the prettiest ‘Monsters’ of the range. While researching for this feature we have come across Boots online selling these dolls at the lowest prices at the moment. Not even on ebay you can find these dolls so cheap.

www.boots.com

Monster High Create a Monster Kit – Vampire/Sea Monster


This kit is the ideal present to provide hours of fun to the most creative of all Monster High super fans who can now build their own monsters by customising every single item. Again Boots online is THE cheapest retailer for the Monster High range this Xmas. www.boots.com

Lego Friends: Lego for girls

Olivia’s Speedboat

LEGO has extended the LEGO® Friends range with new themes of adventure and the great outdoors and is tipped to be one of the best Christmas toys for 2012. Adventurous LEGO Friends fans can take to the skies with the Heartlake Flying Club or jet off in Olivia’s Speedboat. LEGO Friends is the first LEGO building experience that has been fully tailored to girls’ tastes and interests, tapping into girl’s desire for realistic role-play, creativity, and a highly detailed, character-based world with the core values of LEGO building. RRP £9.99
www.legofriends.co.uk

Girls’ DVD: Prima Princessa Presents the Nutcracker

“Prima Princessa Presents The Nutcracker” is a 60-minute Christmas show for children ages 3-6. It features England’s world famous Birmingham Royal Ballet performing excerpts from “The Nutcracker”. The cartoon fairy Prima Princessa takes a group of real pre-school boys and girls on a magical Christmas journey to see a live performance of “The Nutcracker” ballet. She narrates the story so that children can really understand the plot, and then between acts, they return home and learn ballet steps from students at SAB the official academy of the New York City Ballet. After the show, the fun continues with bonus features of Holiday Freeze Dancing, Holiday Party with Gingerbread House Decorating, and fun Christmas Crafts!

This DVD is available on Amazon.co.UK. Two blogging mumpreneurs were inspired by their dance loving daughters to create a ballet DVD series just for kids, “Prima Princessa.” They came up with the idea a couple years ago on a play date with their girls and have been working day and night on it ever since. Taking a young child to the ballet can be not only expensive, but it is difficult for toddlers to sit still for a 3-hour performance.

The “Prima Princessa” series is specifically designed to expose 3-6 year old children to classical ballet through a fun interactive, animated, and educational experience, where they are encouraged to get up and dance along. www.PrimaPrincessa.com

CREATIVE FASHION

Girls all love dressing up and making dresses for their dolls too. We have fallen in love with these arty games that would make amazing xmas gifts to most girls particularly to those who love making their own dolls’ clothes.

Seedling has a Fashion Designers’ kit comprising of a manniquin (which is the size of a Barbie or Bratz doll), colourful textiles, cotton thread and needles as well as a notepad for little girls wanting to design next seasons’ catwalk trends. This is really amazing and we had lots of fun making some original dolls’ dresses. Seedling’s vast range of innovative craft kits aim to inspire little minds and encourage one’s own imagination by providing them with the tools and templates to design and create. Children (and adults) are promised to experience bursts of creativity, they never knew they had!

Alternatively if you don’t want your girl to use needles you can get Harumika sets which allow you to make amazing dolls’ clothes without sewing. These type of creative playing is really important to develop skills which at school are part of DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY.

Girls would learn while playing fun games for hours. Harumika is aimed at young girls and is immensely popular with budding fashionistas. Its simple design technique is easy to pick up and provides hours of creative fun. Young designers can now make miniature dress forms using Petite Harumika and take their fashion designs with them everywhere. There is no sewing, no scissors and no glue! All the materials and accessories are reusable so the possibilities are endless.
The Petite Harumika sets are £7.99 each and are suitable for children aged 6+. Harumika is available now from Argos, Toys R Us, Tesco, Asda, The Entertainer, Smyths, Toymaster and other good toy stores. Check out the full range on www.bandai.co.uk

TEDDY BEARS


Teddy Bears are always popular among girls. It’s a classic gift which fears no competition. We choose Build-A-Bear Workshop® to buy bears for their huge range of teddy bears and for the quality as well. In London the shops are amazing and provide lots of fun. So making a bear becomes a very special ritual. Check out our ultimate teddy bear experience.

The Christmas teddy, Vanilla Scented Christmas Cookie Bear, has a Christmas cookie smell which gets kids quickly in the Christmas mood.

Children can make their own Pudsey and Blush Bears supporting BBC Children in Need. This year £5 from every sale of Pudsey and Blush bear will go straight back to the BBC Children in Need charity and an additional £1 from the sale of the outfits including Pudsey’s casual jeans, classic Children in Need hoodie and high tops combination and Blush’s beary pretty polka dot skirt and sparkle trim flats.
Pudsey Bear retails at £15; Pudsey Bear t-shirt at £5; Pudsey Bear slippers at £4.50 each.

WINX CLUB

If I was a girl 🙂 this Christmas I would ask Father Christmas to bring me one of the stunning dolls from the Winx Club. There are six fashion-forward best friends in the range and they are all cute. Their stories are really unique, a bit different from the other TV characters plus they are a bit educational as they teach children to care for the environment and for their friends.


The Winx girls attend the finest fairy school in all the realms, Alfea College. This collection features the Winx Club girls dressed in fashions seen on the show, perfect for girls to recreate their favorite scene. These dolls also include a Winx “X” on their back allowing for magical transformation from girl to fairy. You can Collect all six Winx Club members; Bloom, Stella, Flora, Tecna, Musa and Aisha! These trendy fashions can be seen on the Winx Club Show.

LOTTIE, THE NEW BRITISH DOLL

Lottie is the British answer to Barbie and we at London Mums absolutely adore her. Her body is ‘childlike’ – as you might expect as she is aged nine; her dimensions (with the exception of her head) are based upon the average proportions for a girl aged nine. Lottie doesn’t wear makeup, jewellery or high heels either. Lottie is for girls aged 3 – 8; ie, a younger age group than, for example, Monster High dolls. She is super cute and has a sweet face as you can see from the pictures.

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