For under-twos, they really aren't aware of the festivities, and would be just as happy with some crinkly paper as a big fancy toy. But from two onwards, children do have definite preferences.
So here are some last minute recommendations for toys your under-fives will love:
First up is Night Night Timmy, featuring the popular CBeebies star of Timmy Time. Lie this Timmy down at bedtime and you'll see that he's tired – his eyes close and he starts to snore. Additionally, when his hand is pressed he'll 'baa' a welcome at you, meaning that toddlers will have a friend to talk to and hold hands with when mum and dad aren't around. How cute!
This is a beautiful range of mainly wooden and cloth toys for younger children. These are classic toys with a twist, which will stand up to any amount of bashing by toddlers.
My 1st JCB
Everyone has a first JCB, right? What, you mean you don't? Man, you've been missing out – check out these guys. Includes a truck called Elvis, a must for every toy box.
I know some parents get snooty about 'character' toys, but the truth is that little children do get genuinely excited about toys that they already recognise. Don't assume that a character from a TV show or film will diminish a toy's worth – sometimes these are the toys that children get most attached to and can be a great stimulus to role play games.
Top new picks from the Disney range this year are: Winnie The Pooh Light 'n Learn Spinning Top (£16.99 from Argos); Disney Princess Magical Music Laptop (£34.99 from Amazon and Early Learning Centre) and the Handy Manny Learning Phone (shown here £14.99 from Sainsbury's, Amazon)
Some cool clothes
Because under-fives don't really need that many toys, and do tend to grow at an alarming rate, this can be a good time of year to kit them out with some smart new togs. I love these Star Wars tops from Fabric Flavours and the rest of the range is just as cool, as it includes the Gruffalo, Sesame Street and Mr Men.
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