I really struggle each year with buying Christmas gifts for children. With a limited budget, to buy any decent or good quality toy for £10 seems impossible nowadays and I am constantly amazed by how expensive toys such as Lego are! Also after you have a few children you tend to amass a good amount of toys and each Christmas I eye the toy basket with fear as the plastic seems to be spilling over into the whole house and although I hate throwing anything away, there is only so long you can keep broken toys and those whose batteries you've *ahem* not replaced, so I hate giving plastic toys, especially ones with loads of packaging (a huge bugbear of mine!)
I want to buy nice presents that mean something that the child will value and this year my thoughts turned to 'experiences' what could I buy that a child could 'do'? I looked at various tickets for shows or entry to places, which were all quite expensive so after a lightbulb moment in the middle of the night I remembered that a local riding stables did gift vouchers.
Perfect, it means we've shopped local too! I couldn't just give the children a voucher, so I bought these rather beautiful Schleich horses, so the children have something to unwrap. I just hope they like them.