Gift Guide: Children | Village Green

Gift Guide: Children

We've rounded up some of the very best present ideas for children from small local businesses, based in our part of the world.  These all offer postal delivery, so you can send a special treat to the babies, toddlers, tweens and teens that you know and love.

By clicking on the photos, it will take you straight to the products. 

Don't forget to buy early to avoid the rush and to feel super organised. 

There are more gift guides on the website and more being added each week, here.

  

The detail in the Pond Life card is fascinating for small people and has been a popular one to send for new babies.

 

Children + toys = mess. Solution: stow them away in a straw basket (the toys not the children). 

 

From our local willow grower and weaver, this dragonfly would look beautiful in a nursery or child’s bedroom. 

 

Bath time just got a little calmer with this lavender soap.  A nerve soother for parents too. 

 

If you’re still to get a Christmas stocking, Bobbin & Bear is taking orders over on Instagram for handmade stockings made from tweed and Liberty fabric which can be personalised but the last day for orders is 30 November so get a wriggle on. 

 

These teething toys are my go-to present for newborns but the company who makes them also do feeding necklaces for baby to play with while feeding. Genius idea.

 

A great newborn present which isn’t clothes!  These sensory and development boards are engaging and stimulating for babies from birth. 

 

These animal jamboree prints are ideal for a nursery or child’s bedroom.  There's also a range incorporating Edinburgh landmarks.  Just gorgeous.  

When my children were very little, they had various hand me down clothes from friends which they would be obsessed with, even though the clothes were too big for them.  I wish these kids belts were in my life back then.

 

Children love doing grown up jobs including helping in the kitchen, these safe knives for children, mean your nerves are a little less frazzled after a ‘helping’ session.   

A huge range of toys for preschoolers from Wooden Toys Edinburgh, an independent toy shop which sells some of the well known brands but they also work closely with local artisans selling  lots of handmade wooden toys and gifts.

 

 

 

Coastal Kids has clothing for mini adventurers from 0 months to 13 years.  They also have lots of little treasures to be uncovered from toys to gifts and accessories. The shop in North Berwick also has a range of adults clothes which is handy when you end up buying presents for yourself. Just me?

 

These handmade characters are classified as art dolls as they truly are works of art and therefore delicate although it’s recommended for 3+ years. Never mind the children, this is on my list.

 

A children's positive mindset and activity journal to help the child learn about gratitude, mindfulness and positivity while building resilience and deeper family connections.  It's great for imagination, exploration and creativity while being lots of fun.

Recommended for 10 years +, this applique kit is a great introduction to sewing for young crafters from The Crafty Kit Company (the very same that you see in John Lewis is an East Lothian company).

 

Keep teens or tweens hands busy and off their phone, plus have something to show for their efforts by gifting them a knitting kit to make a bobble hat. 

 

Or to distract hands that would rather be texting, they could make a fabulous scarf

 

I’ll be getting my teen a pair of these pyjama bottoms. If they’re going to in their comfies all day, might as well make it pleasing on the eye.  Plus: Pockets!  Actually, might just add another pair to the basket for me. 

 

Hope you and the littlies get everything you hope for, 

Natalie x

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