Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Low-Cost Christmas Gift Guide PART 7

If you haven't read part 1 - 6 you can do so here.

21. Useful info about: Jumbo
'The red elephant has been the Jumbo trademark for games and puzzles since 1976. The elephant first appeared in the Hausemann & Hötte logo for the first time in 1936. Around that time, they were selling wooden toys under the name Jumbo. The quality was perceived to be strong enough to withstand the weight of an elephant standing on the wooden toys and the name – Jumbo - and the red elephant have been used ever since'.

I was contacted to see if I would like to review one of Jumbo's toys, I had a look at the wide choice of puzzles they had to offer and I choose the Peppa Pig puzzle & colour because firstly Alesha adores Peppa Pig, "what kid doesn't"? And secondly because it was more her age range at 3years +.

My little miss moo AKA Alesha got very excited when she saw me unwrapping a Peppa Peppa item, she wanted it there and then, so we took the 24 piece jigsaw puzzle and the 4 crayons out of the bag and got to work joining the pieces together.
It was lovely to watch her using her cognitive skills by thinking what piece goes where?

Alesha had loads of fun with this puzzle, after she had coloured it all in there was no need to bin it because the crayons are wipe able so we just wiped the puzzle nice and clean, ready for round 2!

This puzzle retails at £14.99 and can purchased from Argos, Toys R Us, Tesco, Smyths, Mothercare and MANY MANY more!

Here are some other puzzles from Jumbo that would make an ideal Christmas present, Starline for girls £14.99, Starline for boys £12.99, Anti-Virus £17.99, Disney Pixar Cars puzzle & colour £12.99.

22. Useful info about: Cox and Cox
Fiona Cox and Lizzie Thornton-Allan launched Cox & Cox Mailorder in 1999. Cox and Cox has now substantially grown into the current inspirational and unique format with great PR, marketing and loyal customers. The personally chosen products have a nostalgic and retro feel aimed at individually-minded customers who trust the choices offered by Cox & Cox and do not want ‘mass-produced’.

We received the doggy bank from Cox and Cox last week, It's not really my thing so I gave it to my partner to test out (and play with). It's a great little gadget, you pop loose change into the dog bowl and in seconds the dog eats it! Its really realistic to watch and makes saving fun. Our daughter Alesha has now started saving with it, she will ask for penny's and then ask to put them in the dog bank.
Its great for gadget people who like saving or people just looking for something funky!  Its now sat on our sitting-room sideboard and all the spare penny's go into it.

I would recommend this to anybody as I feel its a fantastic little Christmas gift. 
The only downfall is the price, the doggy bank retails at £18.50 and I would only be willing to pay around £14.00 for this item.

Why not pop on over to to see what other products they stock.

23. Useful info about: Build-A-Bear-Workshop
'At Build-A-Bear Workshop®, our mission is to bring the Teddy Bear to life. The Teddy Bear brings to mind warm thoughts about our childhood, about friendship, about trust and comfort, and also about love. Build-A-Bear Workshop embodies those thoughts in how we run our business everyday'.

Alesha was sent one of the new arrivals for 2012, Eric the penguin from Happy Feet 2.

There is also three other teddies that are new for 2012, Sock Monkey and family favourites Snoopy Flying Ace and Alvin.
Alesha was really pleased to see the new member of our household, he came suited and booted for winter, with his hat, scarf and woolly jumper!

These really are the ideal gift gift for a little one, why not take them to one of the many Build-A-Bear workshops, you can find your nearest store here

Build-A-Bear Workshop® is the place for Christmas gifting.  With gifts that give back, classic friends and traditional Christmas favourites, personalised gifts with sound, stocking stuffers and more - there’s something for everyone on the list and for every budget.  Fulfill gift requests with one-stop shopping at any of the more than 50 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores in the UK or online at 

Build-A-Bear teddies never look cheap, they are good quality bears and made to grow with your child!

24. Useful info about: Clintons
When I think of Christmas and birthday cards, Clintons is always the first to pop into my mind. 
And this year is no different, so as you've guessed I bought my Christmas cards and Alesha's birthday card from the one and only Clintons!

We were sent some lovely Clintons products and Clintons did it again, lived up to their name! I was really pleased with the box of Family Assortment Christmas cards which included 15 high quality cards for only £1. 
I collect Me To You's so I was over the moon to find 3 scented Christmas Me To You candle's, the pack of candle's only cost's £9.99, a perfect present for a Me To You collector, right?

Give a little Christmas joy to the little ones in your life with one of these cute gifts, Roofle Reindeer for £9.99 or Rosy Robin for £6.99. Alesha was sent both soft toy's and she adores them, whenever we get a visitor she has to show them her reindeer. Lovely gift's at reasonable prices.
Take the stress out of Christmas shopping this year by visiting Clintons – the high street haven that meets every gift, card and wrapping need

Clintons has a range of gifts available at affordable prices for all of the family! What’s more, you can purchase your cards and gift wrap all in the same store - leaving you with more time to enjoy the festivities.

To help your money go further, Clintons is offering customers exclusive bargains from now until Christmas Eve including:

·         Buy one get one half price on Calendars, Advent Calendars and Diaries (cheapest item half price. Offer can be mixed and matched with Calendars and Advent Calendars buy not Diaries)
·         Buy one get one half price on boxes of Christmas cards (cheapest item half price, excluding charity cards)
·         Buy one get one half price on all Christmas wrapping paper and accessories (cheapest item half price)
·         Me To You Tatty Teddy Bear Offer - £100 now only £50
·         Me To You Tatty Teddy Bear Offer £50 now only £25   

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