London Mums Christmas Gift Guide 2021
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- Published on Thursday, 09 December 2021 17:41
- Last Updated on 10 January 2022
- Monica Costa
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The long awaited Christmas Gift Guide 2021 compiled by London Mums is finally here. I hope you agree with our choice of presents. Not mainstream, but definitely our favourite ones.
KidiZoom Studio (5 – 12 years)
RRP: £62.99| Available from: The Entertainer, Argos
Possibly the best kids’ gift of all this Christmas. Children can be the star of their very own video and entertain themselves a lot over the festive season. This high-definition video camera kit comes with a green screen with 20 animated backgrounds, a tripod, and everything else a pre-teen needs to create the video of their dreams. There’s scope for a lot of imagination games in which kids can pretend to host a show, give tours, create disappearing illusions and trick shots, or shoot how-to videos. The kit includes everything needed to create a TV shows. The green screen is useful to make special effects. All recording is in high definition. The camera comes with a tripod and flappable lens too, so there are plenty of ways to play. There are lots of kid-friendly features to help you create amazing videos wherever you go!
Gifts for mum, baby and toddler
The best hub to get robust toys and practical gifts for mum, baby and toddler is Hippychick which recently won Best Independent Retailer. LONDON MUMS can shop with 20% discount code LONDON20 from www.hippychick.com
Personalised Cushions from Asda Photo
Freshen up your home with our high-quality personalised cushion. Add your own photos and text to design your own photo cushion. With a variety of shapes and designs to choose from (including the popular square cushion and the trendy personalised sequin cushion), we are sure you will find a cushion that matches your style and interior decor.
RRP: From £14
Unlike traditional headphones, myFirst headphones use bone conduction technology to transmit sounds via the cheekbones. The technology leaves ears open to the surrounding sounds, meaning parents can get their child’s attention and most importantly, allows a child to listen to music and still be alert to their surroundings.
The headphones are wireless and can be connected via Bluetooth smartphones, tablets, or even watches to play music or audio from 15meteres away. They are unbreakable and featherlight weighing just 26 grams. Once fully charged they can be on standby for 480 hours and playback for 5 hours. They are water-resistant to IP66 meaning they can survive whatever a child does to them. The audio is set to an appropriate volume, ensuring safe levels of listening to the child, not harming their ears, whilst being loud enough for them to enjoy their sounds without being closed off from the outside world. Designed with parents in mind, the headphones mean that parents can effectively communicate with children, whilst allowing a child to enjoy their own space in a safe environment. The myFirst Headphones BC Wireless cost £75 from myFirst.Tech
You can catch loveable rogue Peter Rabbit this Christmas in heart-warming family favourite films Peter Rabbit & Peter Rabbit 2. Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.
BUMPER FIDGET BOX
The perfect gift for fidget lovers, also great for party favours all year round. Each box has 24 great fidget toys.
RRP: Around £12 ages 3+
HGL FIDGET ADVENT CALENDAR
Fidget fun every day in the countdown to Christmas adding up to 24 great fidget toys
RRP: around £20
www.amazon.co.uk – ages 3+
Great for families with older children and teens, this classic game is reinvented and interactive – high tech fun and scary too! Ages 8+
ANIMIGOS FANCY FRENCH BULLDOG
A perfect pet and a safe bet for Christmas! Take your new pet for walkies and watch as your new pup walks forward and barks! Grooming brush included too.
RRP: Around £29.99 – ages 18mths+
BB JUNIOR SPLASH N PLAY SUBMARINE PROJECTOR
Multi award winning bath toy for toddlers, lights up and projects images onto the bottom of the bath whilst floating on the surface.
Suitable for ages 1-3yrs.
RRP: Around £14.99
Edie and the Box of Flits – Adventure book set
A magical modern classic set in London, all about friendship, family and noticing the little things in life.
Available from http://smarturl.it/EdieBoxofFlits
VIGIL is the adrenaline-fuelled thriller starring Suranne Jones investing a murder on board a Trident submarine. Available to buy now on DVD.
SWICILY launches limited edition Christmas Gift
SWICILY, an organic grape sugar substitute, is celebrating the launch of ‘Home Sweet Home’, 202 limited edition boxes containing a signed and numbered print by Magnum photographer Cristina de Middel and a bottle of SWICILY.
The print will be of museum quality and 17 x 17 cm in size and signed by the artist. The work of De Middel has been displayed at San Francisco MoMa, the Tate and she has completed commissions for Vogue, Christian Dior and the Nobel Prize Foundation. Cristina De Middel is making a name for herself as a disruptive, contemporary photographer who captures images that are impulsive, positive and unconventional.
The launch of SWICILY’s first limited edition box is to support the brand’s social engagement surrounding the immigration crisis in the Mediterranean. ‘Home Sweet Home’ is set to be a series of images from De Middel around the theme of home and family. The art project will in its turn fund a parallel initiative run by the African Artists Foundation in Lagos, Nigeria with the support of visionary curator Nwagbogu.
Available for purchase on the SWICILY site, the first edition will be priced at £222 GBP. This was a conscious choice by the brand as the number 222 is the number of grapes usaed to produce each bottle. According to numerology, 22 is also a powerful figure that turns dreams into reality and is perfectly balanced.
To further support the ‘Home Sweet Home’ project, Christina de Middel has donated her work and will sign and number each print. The edition will be limited to 202 boxes, each containing a signed print and a bottle of SWICILY.
The limited edition gift will also be available at SWICILY Chelsea and other curated points of sale in NYC, Madrid and Lagos.
As the ‘Home Sweet Home’ series is centred around themes of home, SWICILY ensures that the production of its product is ethical and protects its home. The brand constantly reviews its manufacturing processes across as many sectors as possible.
SWICILY, a unique artisan sugar substitute, was founded by Patricia de Middel. SWICILY is grown organically and ethically by local farmers in Sicily and is a liquid sugar alternative. Currently, SWICILY is available in 250ml bottles. The production of the product is based on ancient Mediterranean traditions and utilises the natural sweetness of grapes. The natural nectar of the grapes is unprocessed, which allows the product to retain its nutrients and vitamins and lower its glycemic load. This ensures the product can retain its sweet taste whilst lowering its calories.
On her product, Patricia de Middel said: “I wanted to put my years of experience in growing and developing businesses into showing how an ethical food company could become successful. In SWICILY, we aim to end the love/hate relationship with sugar and encourage the world to enjoy a healthier, more luxurious experience of food.”
SWICILY has received international acclaim from prominent figures in the food industry, such as private chef Miguel Jensen and Sindy Lazo, winner of the first US MasterChef Latina. From online giant Amazon to gourmet boutiques in Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and France, SWICILY is available for purchase all over the world. Most significantly, however, SWICILYhas been welcomed into homes in Sicily and has become a part of local Sicilian cooking.
The timing of the launch of the limited edition print and SWICILY product will no doubt be welcomed by individuals searching for unique and meaningful Christmas presents.
For more information on the box, visit the SWICILY website https://swicily.com/
Explanation of SWICILY Christmas Gift:
LINDOR INTRODUCES DOUBLE CHOCOLATE
Introducing their most indulgent chocolate yet, world renowned premium chocolate
LINDT Chocolate Shops offer a line of exclusive products not available in supermarkets.
LINDT has launched an online Chocolate Shop www.
Cosy Christmas Gift Ideas from Bedroom Athletics
Slipper brand Bedroom Athletics has some super fluffy, comfy and stylish options for keeping feet warm and comforted this Christmas. There are some great options for Christmas Gifting for everyone.
Slingbacks are Back
This time they come with all the fluffiest faux fur you can imagine, keeping your feet looking super stylish and toasty warm, while still getting your toes out.
The Camila combines the fluffiest luxury faux fur with the style statement of a slingback.
Made with luxury faux fur uppers and lining for extra comfort and warmth, the elasticated slingback ensures a secure and comfortable fit. The high-density memory foam cushioned foot bed and non-slip branded durable sole makes it a very versatile slipper.
Priced at just £25 they’re available in Artic Hare and Black Wolf.
Borg Fleece Pair
Part of the growing Borg fleece collection, Vanessa and Nathalie offer two variations of an easy to wear, super soft slipper. The high-quality faux sheepskin Borg fleece upper and lining offers a real sheepskin alternative at a great price. Available in neutral and natural shades, these two popular styles are priced at just £20 each
Easy, slouch boots
The super soft Ursula boots have a short, relaxed style with ruched back, making them easy to pull on and off. The snow-tipped Sherpa fleece upper has a washed look and comes with a contrast faux fur lining. Available in Washed black and Washed Peacoat Navy they’re priced at £20.
Brand new for 2021 and reflecting a return of the ‘puffa look’ the Billie for women and Damon for men both have generous quilted felt uppers giving them a super squishy and comfy feel. Luxury faux fur lining provides extra comfort and warmth in these stylish closed back slippers.
The Billie for women comes in cream marl with cream faux fur lining and chestnut trim or grey marl with pink faux fur lining and pink trim. A high-density memory foam cushioned foot bed and metal brand rivet detail gives the Billie an extra luxe feeling at just £20.
The Damon for men has a grey marl faux fur lining, high density memory foam cushioned foot bed, non-slip branded sole and comes in grey marl, chocolate marl and navy marl. Priced at just £25.
Sherpa Fleece Style
Super soft and super laid back, Sherpa fleece is hard-wearing and has a relaxed and contemporary vibe.
The Gyllenhaal Mules are made from snow-tipped Sherpa fleece so they’re super soft and great for indoor or outdoor wear. They have a self-colour lined footbed with high-density memory foam cushioning, plus a non-slip branded durable sole. They come in Washed Peacoat Navy, Washed Black and Washed Dark Chocolate. Priced at just £20.
The McQueen men’s slipper boot in a classic lumberjack style check Sherpa fleece upper has a cosy teddy fleece lining, decorative zig-zag contrast stitch detail on the sidewall and a genuine suede branded zip pull closure and embroidered logo. Priced at just £30 they come in Navy/Chocolate Check and Black Check.
The full collection of slippers and loungewear is available at www.bedroomathletics.com
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums