We all know Christmas isn’t going to be quite the same this year. It feels like we’re all trying to guess at what to expect but I think it’s easy to say we won’t be getting out and about as much as usual. That got me thinking about indoor activities to entertain the whole family, stuff to keep the kids occupied for hours, and crafty things to stimulate your mind. So, here’s what I’ll be buying for “new normal” festive season.
Whole Family Fun
Christmas Name Game Party Hats, Postbox Party
Post-Christmas dinner, this party hat game is simple one for all ages to get involved with. Everyone dons a hat with name card and asks questions to the rest of the players in order to figure out who they are.
The Sock Game, The Sock Game
I’m very curious about this game. It’s a family team game where you spin the spinner and race to find items that are inside the sock. It’s a game that its founders have been playing every Christmas since the 80s and are now selling it in game shops across the UK.
Family Conversation Prompt Cards, Three Boys Rock
A lovely one to kick-start family conversations around the table, these prompt cards are a great way to get the kids talking and forming opinions on a variety of topics.
Beat That!, Serendipity Presents
Relieve some of that pent of energy taking part in a bonkers game of Beat That! Players must complete a series of wacky challenges involving random objects — think ping pong balls, chopsticks and cups. It’s definitely one that’ll have everyone laughing!
To Keep The Kids Quiet
Christmas Special, Doodle Dents
Hit a festive note with these lovely Santa, Rudolph and Snowman doodles from Doodle Dents. A good one to keep them busy while you’re cooking or for the post presents ‘what shall I do now…?’ question.
World Map Pillowcase – Colour In & Learn, Eat Sleep Doodle
Educational, creative and washable! Let them run wild colouring in countries, famous landmarks and exotic animals, then pop it in the wash ready for the next world tour.
Personalised Christmas Eve Crafts Letterbox Gift Set, Little Lulubel
I love to have something special in mind for Christmas Eve and these Little Lulubel letterbox gifts are a fab idea. It includes a Make Your Own Mask set, instant snow and sweets. Perfect to send to nieces and nephews you might not be able to see this Christmas.
Create Your Own Snappy Shark Head, Clockwork Solider
Time for some chill and concentration in building this Snappy Shark Head. It will look brilliant on their bedroom wall afterwards too!
SmartMats Set 1 A3, Smart Mat Kids
SmartMats are ingenious for keeping the kids entertained wherever you go. The sheets are suitable for each age group (2-4, 5-7, and 8+).
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Harriet Versus The Galaxy Gift Set, Parrot Street Book Club
Books are brilliant gifts but a book with an activity pack, pin badge and bookmark? Even better! The activity book is a great way for kids to dive deeper into the adventure story.
Sesame Street Play Dough Kit, Made To Play Bins
Learn and play with Sesame Street! These homemade, organic play dough sets from Made To Play Bins will keep the little ones occupied for hours.
Handwritten letter from Father Christmas, The Christmas Letter Co.
All kids love to sit down and write a letter to Santa and receiving a response is really the icing on the cake. The Christmas Letter Co. allows you to add personal details and is closed with a wax seal to make things all the more authentic.
For The Adults
Mesmerise 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle, Pieces of the Puzzle
I’m sure the kids would be on-board with this one for all of five minutes, then it’ll be over to you to complete this beautiful ‘Mesmerise’ swirl jigsaw.
Sproutword (2 – 4 player box), Sprout & Gerkhin
Calling Scrabble fans! Here’s something new to get the cogs ticking. Sproutword involves making and changing words to create winning combinations.
Luca Pom Hat Knitting Kit, Stitch & Story
£28 (was £35)
A Stitch & Story set is a lovely one to challenge yourself to make something new and something you’ll actually wear. I’m loving the hats but the scarves, blankets and sweaters are fantastic too.
Curious Creatures: A Colouring Book Adventure, Millie Marotta
Colouring books for adults were all the rage a few years ago but I still find a spot of colouring therapeutic. Millie Marotta’s illustrations are beautiful.
Three Month Cocktail Kit Subscription, Taste Cocktails
Who knows what the next few months will bring? If it’s expertise in cocktail-making, I will try not to complain too much!
British Isles Counties and Sea Areas Puzzle, Heirloom Wooden Puzzles
Test your knowledge on the UK (or rather learn about where the different counties are!) with this sweet wooden Heirloom puzzle.
For more Christmas inspiration, here’s what to buy a man who is hard to buy for, how to treat your tween this festive season and things to keep everyone entertained for a potential lockdown Christmas.
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