11 useful gift ideas for kids
Want to avoid the pointless plastic-fest and buy local for the kids this year? Check out these tot-to-teen ideas, all from wonderful West Country indie businesses.
On the case
A brilliant activity case from Devon company that converts from a wipeable oilcloth bag, to a cushioned worktop (great for long journeys) and easel, stuffed full of puzzles, colouring and paper-games, with plane-friendly scissors, pencils and ruler included. With a handy pocket for storing their masterpieces. Also available in red and blue.
The kindest cut
Sick of scraping spaghetti off the Lino? Tidy up their teatime with a classic David Mellor cutlery set from Somerset company Lincoln House, colour-coded to help with learning, ergonomic and suitable for ages 3-8.
Time to learn
This quality wooden teaching clock from Boo’s Toys in Dorset includes 13 model cards with the digital format on one side and analog on the other, so young ‘uns can learn to tell the time on both reading systems.
This 2019 best-seller from Bath’s My Small World is for anyone who loves all things ballet, or loves cats, or who loves mice – or (and if this is true then you’ve hit gift Nirvana) all THREE – then you absolutely can’t miss out on Maileg’s Cat and Mouse in their Dancing room shoebox.
A cute set of silver and gold studs studs for your little flower, handcrafted and designed in Devon. Comes in a beautiful gift box and with free delivery.
Slippers for nippers
Banish cold tootsies with these 100% sheepskin slippers from Cornwall’s Celtic & Co, available in nine cute colours so you’re bound to find something for even the fussiest feet.
Feel the burn
Want to drop a humorous hint to the teenage dirtbag in your life? Whether you trust him or her to light it I leave to you, but if you do it’s bye-bye eau de minging football socks, hello fresh linen. Burn time 50 hours. Available from Devon store Ginger Zebra.
Take the register
Fob them off with fake dosh for as long as you can with this Skandi-Style wooden till from Dorset’s Cherryade, complete with buttons to press, a board for writing prices on, and a card reader with two cards.
Ride ’em cowboy
The perfect solution for the fashion-forward teen who still loves to get down and dirty – snakeskin-style wellingtons. Genius idea from two sisters based in Dorset & Warks. Size 36 – 41 so you could get yourself a matching pair. Almost tempted just to see my daughter’s face on Christmas day.
Fuel the sky-high ambitions of young readers (age 4-8) with this hardback tale of aerial derring do, filled with beautiful illustrations. Arrives wrapped in tissue and in eco-friendly packaging from Devon’s Ginger Zebra.
Bit special this washbag, but likely to last forever as it’s made from durable sailcloth that’s been saved from landfill by Topsham’s Sails & Canvas, and you can get it stitched with their initials. One to treasure, me hearty.