Gift for Harry Potter Fans
Harry Potter Wands from Jakks Pacific
If you’re looking for a magical gift for young Harry Potter fans then treat them to a Wizard Training Wand from Jakks Pacific.
Children can master the spells from the wizarding world with these eyecatching new Harry Potter Wizard Training Wands. With 11 different spells to learn within the spell training guide, each of the four training wands recognises movement to know when you have correctly cast your spell!
Responding with interactive sounds and lights to guide you in the art of spell casting, the Wizard Training wands assortment includes Harry Potter’s Wand, Hermione Granger’s Wand, Albus Dumbledore’s Wand, and Lord Voldemort’s Wand. Each includes five modes of play: two modes of standalone play and three modes to play with a friend.
Practice on your own using Spell Training or Free Play mode or get ready for battle with multi-player Spell Practice, Dumbledore’s Army and Wizard Tag modes. A light-up button allows you to select which mode to play.
Challenge yourself to learn all of the famous Wizarding World spells within the Training Wands spell book including Locomotor, Alohomora, Incendio, Ventus, Tarantallegra, Metelojinx, Revelio, Finite Incantatem, Arresto Momentum, Wingardium Leviosa and Mimblewimble!
Available from Argos www.argos.co.uk nationwide priced at around £24.99.
Collect each of the Harry Potter Wizard Training Wands for children to play their your own or with friends and family!
Strictly Come Dancing Gift
Strictly Come Dancing Board Game
from John Adams
Get ready to demonstrate your dancing skills and Strictly knowledge with the first ever Strictly Come Dancing Board Game!
Based on the much-loved TV treasure, Strictly Come Dancing: The Board Game (RRP £29.99) is ready to make family games nights fab-u-lous this Christmas!
Capturing all the excitement of the popular BBC show, pair with an in-game professional dancer and journey through training answering trivia questions, taking on fun challenges and performing mini dance offs.
The two players that make it to the game’s ‘live final show’ can perform a dance in true Strictly style to one of the six tunes that are played on the revolving glitterball speaker, or take on the finger Cha Cha challenge.
Fellow competitors vote and the voice of Strictly Judge Craig Revel Horwood gives a score from the glitterball speaker. The finalist with the most votes wins the game and gets to waltz away with the in game glitterball speaker as the trophy.
It doesn’t matter if you’re “a dance disaster, darling” or an aspiring ballroom beauty, Strictly Come Dancing: The Board Game is the perfect addition to your Saturday night in. Families and Strictly fans looking for an entertaining and immersive board game experience will be in for a treat.
So grab the glitter, put on your dancing shoes and get ready to play! The question is, will you score a perfect 10?
The Strictly Come Dancing Board Game is suitable for players aged 8 years and over and is available now from all good toy retailers and online. The glitterball speaker included in the game requires 3 x AAA batteries (not included).
For more information about the game visit www.johnadams.co.uk
Craft Sets for Christmas
Get Creative with Eraser Studio
Get crafty at Christmas with Eraser Studio from John Adams.
Make your own colourful erasers with mouldable magic clay.
Perfect for pencil cases and stationery enthusiasts. Create, collect and erase!
Choose from an exciting selection of Eraser Studio sets including Fairy Garden, Unicorn Collection, Little Pets, Fashion Time, and Cute Charms.
Suitable for children aged 8 and over. Simply fill the moulds with the magic clay, bake them, collect them and use the finished erasers at school or to help you with drawing and colouring activities.
For more information and to see the full range click on www.johnadams.co.uk
Disney Gift for Children
Sing & Sparkle Ariel
Bring Disney’s adorable little mermaid to life at Christmas with the delightful new Disney Sing & Sparkle Ariel Doll.
Disney’s Sing & Sparkle Ariel sparkles from tiara to tail. Rotate Ariel to see the beautiful glitter float in her translucent tail. Press Ariel’s seashell necklace to hear phrases and sing, “Part of Your World” and “Under the Sea” as her tail creates a beautiful light show under water.
Suitable for ages 3 and over. 3 AAA batteries are included. RRP is £34.99.
For more information about Sing & Sparkle Ariel visit www.amazon.co.uk
Word Game for Christmas
Clearly a Winner
This brand new version of the world’s favourite word game is bound to catch the eye, with its stunning design and innovative features.
Scrabble Glass Edition features a solid rotating board made from tempered glass, so it is both safe and stylish.
The 100 specially moulded tiles have a silicon backing so they won’t move when the board is turned, and the set is complemented by moulded white racks and a white cotton bag. RRP is £99.99.
Scrabble Glass Edition is available to buy now from Amazon
We’re also giving one away in our Best Photograph of the Month Competition!
You’ll find entry details and more information on the Our Friends page.
Colouring at Christmas
Whimsical Fashion Colouring Book
Get colouring and release your inner fashionista with The Whimsical Fashion Colouring Book by Natasha Itzcovitz. Perfect for a rainy day or a break from the TV or your mobile phone, this stylish colouring book is ideal for all the family to enjoy, whatever your age!
This unique colouring book includes 100 beautifully drawn fashion illustrations to spark the imagination of everyone who enjoys fashion, history and style. You don’t need to be able to draw, the book is packed with stunning pictures for you to colour in!
Illustrations in the book include historical characters, cute animals, fairytale princesses, pirates, people with interesting pastimes and professions, and fashionable street style characters.
A delightful Christmas gift for children and adult relaxation. Enjoy colouring on the train, while you wait for a meal in a restaurant, sitting at an airport. It’s the perfect boredom buster. Order your copy now! Price is £8.99.
The Whimsical Fashion Colouring Book is published by Troubador.
Buy it now at Amazon
Cute Gift for Animal Lovers
AniMagic Puppies Make Adorable Pets
Meet Woofles and Waggles – the latest pups to join the AniMagic kennels!
Woofles My Playful Puppy features amazing life-like movement and responds to his very own bone accessory.
If you give it a squeak, he’ll reach excitedly – just like a real puppy! He also loves being stroked, cuddled and talked to – he’s the perfect cuddly companion!
Waggles My Wigglin’ Pup is your very own wiggling, waggling, walking sausage dog! He wiggles his bum and wags his tail as he trots along happily – he’s your new best friend!
AniMagic Woofles and Waggles are suitable for children aged 3 and over. The puppies require 3 x AA batteries which are included with each adorable puppy.
Available from all good toy shops and Amazon.
AniMagic Woofles www.amazon.co.uk
AniMagic Waggles www.amazon.co.uk
Historical Christmas Gifts
Gifts to Treasure from Historic Royal Palaces Shop
This spectacular Handpainted Tower of London Chess Set has been hand carved in the UK and features some of the most well known Tower of London residents including the Ravens.
The royal palace and fortress of the Tower of London, founded by William the Conqueror shortly after 1066, is one of the world’s most famous and spectacular castles. Known for housing the Crown Jewels, its Yeoman Warders (‘Beefeaters’) and its ravens, the Tower is today the most visited historic site in Britain.
This elegant chess set is handmade in the UK and includes the chess pieces only. Presented in its own red gift box, price is £500.00.
Team it up with this exquisite Black And White Chessboard With Legs. Handmade in the UK, this exquisite chess wood has been crafted from solid wood and features a stunning marquetry.
The Chessboard comes complete with its own canvas carry bag. Choose from Black and White or Brown and White. Price is £175.00.
This mouthwatering box of Royal Palace Crest Luxury Chocolates will make a charming Christmas gift for a relative, work colleague or friends.
Exclusively designed for Historic Royal Palaces, this decadent chocolate box features a delicious range of salted butter, fondant, fruit pastes, praline, and caramel chocolates.
Handmade in the UK these traditional chocolates feature the Palace Crest design and will add a regal touch to any dinner party. Price is £14.99 for 200g.
Historic Royal Palaces has a wonderful range of cuddly toys but I couldn’t resist this adorable Henry VIII Tudor Teddy Bear.
Cuddle up with one of England’s most iconic monarch’s with this exclusive and super soft Henry VIII teddy bear. Henry VIII was the second king during the Tudor dynasty and is one of the most recognisable monarchs in history.
This plush bear is super soft and has removable clothing for easy care. Dimensions are 25cm x 15cm x 15cm. Price is £14.99.
Surprise someone special with this Crown of India gold plated charm bracelet.
This delightful gold bracelet takes its inspiration from the Crown of India which is part of the Crown Jewels collection at the Tower of London. The crown was only ever worn once by George V in 19II.
Exclusively available from Historic Royal Palaces, the bracelet is 18ct gold plated and features faux pearl decorations and decorative stones for an enchanting effect. Delivered with a small card gift box. Price is £35.00.
For more information about gifts to buy from Historic Royal Palaces Shop click on www.historicroyalpalaces.com
Gifts for Family and Friends
Christmas Gifts from Prezzybox
Prezzybox offers a fabulous range of gifts for all your Christmas shopping needs. There’s something for everyone.
This Personalised Prosecco & Chocolates set would make a delightful Christmas gift for family and friends.
The sleek black bottle looks stylish with its silver label (this is made from water resistant paper stock with waterproof inks and is highly resistant to scratching). It can hold any name and message of your choice. The gift set also includes a box of 16 scrumptious truffles to enjoy with the Prosecco. Price is £39.95.
The Harry Potter Platform 9 3/4 Watch will make a special gift for Harry Potter fans. The perfect way to stay on time, this stylish wristwatch comes straight out of the magical Harry Potter universe.
Especially handy if you’re forgetting which of Kings Crosses’ walls you’re supposed to be bombing through, the watch face sports a reminder for you to head to platform 9 3/4. Price is £24.99.
This magical Unicorn Powerbank will make a welcome give for anyone who is out and about a lot and needs to keep their mobile phone charged up and ready for use.
The unicorn powerbank is compatible with micro USB and smartphones including the iPhone 5 and 6. Simply use it with your charging cable, and plug one side into your phone and the other into the base of the unicorn’s head.
It has a charging time of up to 2 hours so you can bring this unicorn in your pocket or bag and be confident your phone won’t die when you’re out all day. Price is £14.99.
Get crafty with the Disney Frozen Crochet Kit. Use the kit to crochet the famous Disney characters from Frozen. This pack allows you to create all 12 charters including Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Sven.
The pack contains everything you need including a crochet hook, yarn for two characters, stuffing, eyes, tapestry needle and instruction booklet. Price is £19.99.
Flamingo Slippers are the perfect gift for anyone who is pink and fluffy. These cute slippers have a darker pink base with a baby pink fluffy top.
Two adorable flamingo heads look out from the top of the slippers and come complete with beady eyes and black beaks. The one size UK 4-11 will fit most feet and keep them warm and cosy. Price is £14.99.
For more information and to buy your gifts visit www.prezzybox.com
Festive Christmas Decorations
Get Boozy at Christmas with Spirit Filled Baubles
‘Tis the season to be merry and what better way to get into the Christmas spirit than with The Lakes Distillery Spirit of Christmas Craft Spirit Filled Baubles from First 4 Hampers (www.first4hampers.com).
These stylish plastic baubles are decorated with ribbon ties and filled with The Lakes Distillery’s expertly distilled gin, vodka and The ONE blended whisky.
As easy on the eye as they are on the palate, these baubles are perfect to enjoy while decorating your Christmas tree or make a gorgeous stocking filler.
British Whisky Baubles
The ONE British Blended Whisky is the first and only blend of whiskies from each country in the British Isles.
Each blend includes at least one whisky from England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
The Lakes Gin Baubles
The Lakes Gin is made with wild Cumbrian juniper and evokes the refreshing taste of the Cumbrian Fells.
A mixed pack of six 5cl baubles is available including two containing The Lakes Gin baubles, two containing The Lakes Damson Gin Liqueur with notes of cherries, plums, juniper and hints of spice, and two containing The Lakes Sloe Gin with hints raspberry jam, cinnamon and orange.
The Lakes Vodka
The Lakes Vodka is triple distilled vodka made from the crystal clear waters of the River Derwent and is the only vodka distilled in Cumbria.
A mix pack of six 5cl baubles is available containing two baubles with The Lakes Vodka, two with Salted Caramel Vodka Liqueur and two with Espresso Vodka Liqueur.
These elegant bauble gift sets are all created and distilled in the heart of the beautiful and wild Lake District, supplied by the Lakes Distillery in Cumbria.
Each bauble is lovingly filled with your favourite spirit for the ultimate seasonal enjoyment.
Delicious as a festive tipple in front of a cosy fire or to admire on your sparkling tree, this beautiful bauble set would make a welcome gift for friends and family or as a special treat for yourself to enjoy this Christmas.
Beautifully boxed, the baubles are available from www.first4hampers.com
Prices are £17.95 for a single 20cl bauble or £29.95 for a box of six 5cl baubles.
Enjoy your Spirit Baubles when you are entertaining, and make this Christmas really special.
The Lakes Distillery Spirit of Christmas Craft Spirit Filled Baubles are available to buy now from www.first4hampers.com
Educational Christmas Gifts
Give Them The World This Christmas
We all wish we could give our children the world and this Christmas you really can! With Oregon Scientific Smart Globes, kids can travel millions of miles with just a touch. They’ll love exploring a whole world of learning, unlocking facts galore, then taking on fun games and challenges.
All Smart Globes offer 3D Augmented Reality content, but which will you choose for a much-loved young adventurer who means the world to you?
Oregon Scientific Smart Globe Myth
This awe-inspiring new addition is the perfect gift for little explorers and aspiring astronomers, acting as globe, night light AND bedtime story provider extraordinaire!
In day mode, the globe offers a detailed map of the world and at the touch of a button, select night mode to watch it transform into an illuminated map of constellations and planets, ideal for children who find a nightlight soothing. Use a smartphone or tablet to unlock 3D augmented reality content including animals, landmarks, dinosaurs and more.
Kids can even take on fun challenges to show off what they’ve learned! This amazing globe even has built in audio content such as fun facts, 12 zodiac stories and 10 fairy tales, including Little Red Riding Hood, The Gingerbread Man and The Three Little Pigs! RRP: £39.99, Age: 5+
Oregon Scientific Smart Globe Air
Get ready for the first INFLATABLE addition to the Smart Globe range! At less than £10 this Smart Globe offers incredible value for money and inflates in a matter of seconds.
This 28cm diameter inflatable globe can be used as a normal beach ball, or placed in the portable stand included. Use a smartphone or tablet to unlock 3D augmented reality content including animals, landmarks, dinosaurs and more! RRP: £9.99, Age: 3
Oregon Scientific Smart Globe Explorer
Use a tablet or smartphone to enjoy 3D Augmented Reality features, including landscapes, animals, landmarks and even dinosaurs! The Smart Learning Pen unlocks a wealth of information about continents, capitals, populations, geography, culture and more.
Open the globe up to reveal the earth’s core and solar system, also brought to life through AR content and The Smart Learning Pen!
This globe is the gift that keeps on teaching, with three age range settings: 5 to 8, 9 to 14 and 15. A game panel displays the UK and Ireland in greater detail. Children can play inbuilt games and challenges solo or work as a team. RRP: £129.99, Age: 5+
Oregon Scientific Smart Globe Adventure
Use a tablet or smartphone to enjoy 3D Augmented Reality features, including landscapes, animals, landmarks and even dinosaurs! The Smart Learning Pen unlocks a wealth of fun and fascinating information about continents, capitals, populations, geography, culture and more.
A game panel displays the UK and Ireland in greater detail. Children can play inbuilt games and challenges solo or work as a team. RRP: £59.99, Suitable for age: 5+
Oregon Scientific Smart Globe Starry
In day mode, children can explore the earth’s surface with clearly labelled countries, capitals, cities and natural features. In night mode it transforms into an illuminated map of constellations and planets, ideal for children who find a night light soothing.
Using a tablet or smartphone, unlock Augmented Reality content including animals, landmarks, dinosaurs and weather facts. Plus, there’s extra fun to be had exploring flags and taking on fun challenges. RRP: £29.99, Age: 5+
Oregon Scientific Smart Globe stockists include www.oregonscientific.co.uk, Amazon, Hamleys, and selected Smyths and Rymans stores.