Help a reader out – Australiana gift ideas for kids

Help a reader out – Australiana gift ideas for kids

The lovely Sammie from The Annoyed Thyroid messaged me this week asking for some gift advice: "Can you help me with some Australiana gifts? I need something for a one year old, a nine year old and an eleven year old, all boys. I'm open to all ideas but it just can't...

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Gift Grapevine gift guides: Gift ideas for 1 year olds

Gift Grapevine gift guides: Gift ideas for 1 year olds

  Stuck with what to buy a 1 year old this Christmas? Here are some fun and practical gift ideas that a 1 year old and his or her Mum will love. Nothing is sponsored here – these gift ideas are ones I love to give (and ones I would love to give!).             Pyjamas...

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Best books for babies

Best books for babies

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.”
Garrison Keillor (American writer and broadcaster)

I’m a bit of a nut when it comes to kids books. You’re never too young (or old!) to enjoy them. Each night, when my kids tire of running around and finally manage to sit still, I love nothing more than cuddling up together and reading their current favourites.

I usually follow the gift giving rule of “if in doubt, give a book”. For very young kids, I find board books are the way to go. My toddler tornedos aren’t exactly gentle creatures. As much as I have tried to teach them to be gentle with their books, I have found that board books have stood the test of time rather than their flimsy paperback counterparts (especially the lift the flap variety).

Here are a few books that have been favourites with Miss TT and Mr TT and their friends when they were very young. These are the ones that I actually don’t mind reading again and again…..

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