Growing up, I never had a stocking, oh no I had a pillowcase that we could hang downstairs for Father Christmas to leave our gifts in. Yes all our gifts pretty much fitted in to a pillowcase, except for the large ones, like my Sindy house (which was pre loved and already assembled and covered in a bed sheet. This was something that carried on for me until Maxi was born when I made a Christmas Stocking for him and the following year when I made one for Mini too
So when Idealo, a UK based price comparison website asked me what I would buy for one of the boys with £75 for their Christmas presents, it reminded me of my childhood growing up and I accepted the challenge.
Why £75? Well Idealo have discovered the average spend of parents on their children at the festive period is now £168, whilst in 1995 it was only £75.
So they challenged me and other bloggers to put together our christmas list for one child for £75 and I decided to do one for Mini, so here is what I chose and why.
Dragon Hama bead box set £8.95
Mini loves all things crafty, but to be honest Hama beads have passed us buy and I thought that this selection would really excite him as he loves Dragons. Merry from Craft Merrily suggest this as the perfect set for a 5 year old lad, plus they are great for improving manual dexterity and hand eye co-ordination.
LEGO Creationary Game £22.40
We are huge LEGO fans and we have this on the Ipad and thought it would be fantastic to play together as a family. We hvae lots of LEGO games and find them to be perfectly suited to us and the boys. Plus we can always make up our own rules too.
LEGO City Truck £19.97
Mini is particular loves LEGO City, he has great fun building it with MadDad, sometimes this can take a few nights, but then he really plays with the sets once they are constructed. We have the airport and I thought this would be the perfect companion.
Wheres the Doctor book £4.49
Mini adores Wheres Wally and we have all the books and he loves Dr Who too, so this is pretty self explanitory really.
Boys activity book £3.99
Dark nights over winter time often means books, puzzels and crafting for us, so I hoped that this would be really interesting for MIni. His reading skills are great and I wanted to keep him occupied.
LEGO mini figures magnet kit £2.50
Can a boy ever have enough LEGO?
Bike horn £3.00
Mini is now riding his bike pretty efficiently without staibilizers and loves these old fashioned horns, so I though this would be a perfect small gift for him.
In total I spent just under £75.00 and I think that I got quite a large and varied selection for him, but I can see how parents would spend a lot more, especially when it comes to the cost of electronics and games. I tend to buy small things throughout the the year for the boys and I also ban TV with adverts during the build up to the festive period, as otherwise all I would hear is “Mummy, I want that”.
Did you have a stocking as a child? Do your children have one now?
Disclosure: Idealo purchased the items on my gift list for me for Christmas