Category: Toys

Choose your own adventure

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The other day, Millie wrote her name. Not scribble that kind of looked like a word, but M-I-L-L-I-E. She has been doing Ms for a little while but surprised me when she wrote her entire name on a Christmas card.

I sincerely think its because she sees her name often written on things and can recognise the individual letters and recreate what she sees. Clever clogs. When a package of Hippo Blue goodies was delivered, I’m not sure if it was Millie or I who was happier to see her name as the lead character in a storybook, on the top of a beautiful Christmas jigsaw puzzle and gift stickers and on the cover of her very own ‘Millie’ activity book.

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Where to shop online for the kids this Christmas

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I’ve just come back from a major shopping mall. It’s only November and I’m already in a tinsel-induced tizz. It was utter madness. The crazed clamber for a parking spot and the queue to buy or visit Santa has begun. Already. Did I mention it’s November?

So with that in mind, and to help spread the Christmas cheer to some of my fave small business owners by encouraging you to shop small and shop local, I’ve compiled a handy little guide to the BESTEST places to shop online this Chrissy. I’ll be purchasing a lot of my gifts this festive season from these stores. In the past I’ve bought some of our most treasured trinkets, outfits and shoes from these stores and every one of them rocks.

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Where Santa goes to shop

There’s 40,000 square metres of Giftorium goodness across all Myer stores this year, leaving little chance for anyone not to find the perfect pressies this Christmas.

Offering more than 2.5 million products, Giftorium has toys, homewares, games and puzzles, fashion and cosmetics all grouped into seven themed areas. I plan to take my list to level 6 of Myer Melbourne and tick off all my Chrissy shopping in one afternoon. I’m super confident it can be done!

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Tree Change Dolls a happy toy story

Quite a few of my friends with children have liked a social media post that introduces the beautiful Tree Change Dolls.

Hobart’s Sonia Singh recycles, repairs and then upcycles dolls that are no longer played with.

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Tree Change Dolls after their makeunder. PIC: treechangedolls.com.au

But instead of brushing their hair and fixing the doll’s existing wardrobe, Sonia removes the glittery make-up and spindly heels and dresses them in miniature handmade clothing and sandals or gumboots for a more natural style.

The results are amazing.

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Hippity hoppity, your Easter gift hunt stops here

There’s been a bit of a lapse in my excitement levels at Easter for many years now (mostly due to the fact journalists have to work over the long weekend – the news doesn’t stop, people!)

It’s brilliant when you’re a kid and do Easter egg hunts. But once you’re old enough to buy choccy when you please it’s not quite as thrilling.

But fast-forward a few years and I’m on maternity leave, Millie is 19 months and full of wonder and I’m getting ready for a happy Easter. The thrill is back!

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