Toys for your expanding family with House of Fraser – Christmas Shopping ideas

With November almost behind us it’s time for us to accept that Christmas
is just around the corner – Ok, so I know a lot of you may have accepted that
already, you may have had your tree up since mid November or you might be
singing carols in the shower but, me, well until December arrives I’m a little
reluctant to get in to the festive spirit.
That said, there’s one part of the season that I embrace early, and
that’s the part which has me buying up bargains from October time so that the
present buying aspect isn’t sprung on me mid December, so that I can spread the
cost and so that I can feel like I’m not going to go loopy when I run out of
ideas and ‘Arg it’s nearly here!’.
This year we’ve still only got Ethan and Skye to buy for (littles wise)
but with our impending third child very much on the horizon (eek only 13 weeks
to go until due date!) I’ve really been thinking about how we’ll have to deal
with Christmas in the coming years. Oliver is going to, without a doubt,
inherit a lot of toys from his big brother, but it’ll still be nice to make
sure he has some new things, of his own, when the festive period comes
around. 
When House of Fraser asked
me to look at some gift ideas from their toys section I
took it as an opportunity to show how you really can cater for your growing
family without becoming destitute. And I think you’ll agree I managed to do
quite well for a spot over £30 (£30.20 to be precise).

And this is what I got for the money. I think, for £30.20, this is quite
the bargain toy haul and I managed to cover gifts for all three of the children
within that – Ok so it’s hardly the whole of their budget, but considering the
cost I think it’s safe to see that it Is possible to add to your family and not
go bankrupt to cover Christmas (phew!).

For Skye I picked this Ella Doll – With
baby Oliver as an imminent addition to our family she’s started showing a
bigger interest in baby dolls so I thought this was a lovely way for her to
have practice giving cuddles and pushing a doll around in the toy buggy we have
here, on her visits. The Ella doll has a soft body with plastic arms, leg and
head which makes her lovely for cuddling but also with quite a realistic baby
look. Her eyes close when you lay her down, and one of her thumbs fits in her
mouth which is rather cute. For £10 I think this is rather a good bargain, and
I think we’ll have a very happy girl when she opens her gifts on her weekend
here, following Christmas. 
For Ethan I picked up this Star Wars ‘Destroyer Droid’ figure
and two Minecraft Mystery Minis.
Both of these items are, unfortunately, out of stock at the moment but it’s
well worth checking out what other fantastic toys are available from other such
popular franchises (There’s some awesome Minecraft figure sets and Star Wars
toys are really popular at the moment due to the upcoming release) and keeping
an eye out for when these come back in to stock.
The Destroyer Droid was an absolute bargain at £5, in the sale, and the
Minecraft minis make a sweet little stocking filler at £4 each. I know, I’m a
naughty Mummy, I opened the minis without him, but rather than saving them for
stocking fillers I realised these would be great to take the place of some
chocolates in the advent calendar that Grandma has made him so they needed to
be open for that (thankfully we didn’t get any duplicates for the ones we’ve
already got).
Lastly I picked up these two, brightly coloured, toys for Oliver. I know
he doesn’t need them This Christmas but they’re a great example of affordable
toys you can get for a little one’s first Christmas. I’ve never heard of
Playgro before but they’re definitely a brand to keep an eye out for as the
toys seem really well made and I love the different moving parts, bright
colours and different sounds and textures. 
Sadly I can’t link to these as they’re no longer on the site (This
really is the time of year where you’ve got to snap up bargains asap!) but I’d
definitely recommend checking out the baby section, and if you see this brand
at all they’re well worth looking at. The shaker was £3.20 in the sale and the
ball was £4 in the sale. 
So that’s what I got for my £30.20. And that’s just a small example of
the sorts of things that you can pick up from sites/stores such as House of
Fraser; even though it’s normally a place I equate to high end, they do have
bargains too! Your first Christmas with a new addition may be daunting if
you’re shopping on a budget, but don’t give up hope, there’s always a bargain
to be found so just take your time and buy in advance and you’ll be sure to be
able to cater for your growing family without breaking the bank. 

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