The countdown is on with weeks to go until Christmas Day!
We love Christmas here at Sydney Mums Group and putting together our Christmas Gift Guide is the only excuse we need for some serious retail therapy of our own! Dive in and fill your own stocking, or get some great ideas for the best-ever Christmas wishlist for your nearest and dearest.
Precious April is a gorgeous vintage clothing boutique brand founded by a Mum who was inspired to celebrate every child, with hand-picked and elegant designs using the highest quality natural fabrics. From cute bloomers, to floral dresses, jumpers and cardigans, on trend knee-high socks and even tutu skirts, Precious April has the perfect Spring/Summer wardrobe for your little princess. They even have eco-friendly packaging!
If you haven't heard of Magformers, you're in for a treat. All their sets consist of geometric shapes and they snap together with neodymium magnets safely encapsulated in very strong welded BPA-free ABS plastic. This means they are extremely strong and can withstand years of construction play (and multiple kids). The range is huge, with sets from 18 months old to age 99 and comes in a variety of sizes and themes.
We've done the hard work for you and found the best sets for the best price:
If you have a little one to buy for this Christmas, the plush toy Orbys are a great choice! You'll find Unicorns, Ladybugs, Lions, Frogs, Monkeys, Parrots and many more designs to choose from. Each animal toy has been designed and developed in Portugal, with an intriguing range of fabrics and colours to make each toy unique and interesting for little hands and minds.
For selfie loving kids, or those with a growing passion for capturing moments the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera the perfect gift. The Min 9 allows kids to instantly print memories and enjoy them for time to come. It features a selfie mirror on the front next to the lens so that you can check your framing before you click. It also comes with a close up lens attachment and a built-in flash for bright and clear images.
Here are some afforable accessories to complement the Instax Mini 9 Camera:
Ahoy! Kids 3 years and olders will simply love this 20-piece Pirate Ship Sand and Water Table! With lots of individual pieces and many moving parts, this activity table will take your kids into a world of pirates, sand, sea and everything else in between.
Kids will have a whale of a time playing with the boat slide, spinning wheel, rotating sand bucket and more as they take on the role of the captain of the ship. Better still, use the Table and sand mould to create sand castles for more whimsical imaginations.
20-piece Pirate Ship Sand and Water Table - $45.95
If your kids are Frozen-fanatics, you can't go past these newly released Frozen toys!
The LEGO DUPLO Disney Frozen Ice Castle for kids 2 years and older and includes 3 LEGO DUPLO mini-doll figures: Anna, Elsa and Olaf and a special button-operated light brick provides multicolored illumination for the castle
A family favourite, The Cranium Board Game is lots of fun and gives kids and adults a chance to show off their talents. Players team up to cruise around the board completing activities in 4 color-coded categories: Creative Cat, Data Head, Star Performer, and Word Worm. One team picks a card from the category that matches their space on the board, and must successfully complete the activity before time runs out. The first team to reach the Cranium Central space and complete one last challenge wins! Recommended for ages 16 and older.
The perfect tech for kids, Kidizoom Smartwatch by VTECH lets them take pictures, videos, play games, tell time and more. With a stylish design, this durable smartwatch includes 55 digital and analog customizable watch faces to help kids learn to tell time. It also features two cameras that allow kids to capture everything from action video to selfies that can be customised in the Silly Yourself app and made into new watch faces. Kids can also use the watch's motion sensor for active play challenges or to track steps.
The Kidizoom is a great multifunction watch like Mum & Dad's, designed just for kids! It is available in black, blue, pink, purple and camoflage.
How would you like to shop from the comfort of your own home, avoid the crowds, and get Mum a double gift this Christmas? Qantas Shopping allows you to earn up to 15 Qantas points on every dollar, as well as giving Qantas Frequent Flyers the opportunity to get closer than ever to that dream family holiday, all while doing Christmas shopping online.
It's a win-win! To get started and earn more points on every shop, head to Qantas Shopping and watch your Frequent Flyer points soar.
Qantas Shopping - Bonus Points available from Country Road, David Jones, Dyson, Jets Swimwear, Kate Spade, Lululemon, Myer, Saba, Tiffany & Co. and many more!
Mumma Etc’s foundation ring sling is hand dyed, handwoven and is all about minimalist, yet beautiful ‘instagrammable’ aesthetics. Each Mumma Etc. sling is designed to enhance each precious moment with your child, encouraging mum to keep baby close, and therefore connect and bond. It also makes a perfect gift for a stylish new mumma!
The International Hip Displaysia Institute acknowledges the Mumma Etc Ring Sling as a “hip-healthy” product when used as directed. Mumma Etc slings also comply with the ASTM and CPSIA international safety standards.
The Dyson Airwrap styler is a ground-breaking new hair-styling tool that will change the way Mum does her hair.
With a powerful digital motor and a range of attachments to create almost any look, Mum will be ready in next to no time! The biggest bonus of the Dyson Airwrap is that it doesn't use extreme heat, so Mums hair will stay healthier and provide longer lasting hairstyles.
The Fitbit Inspire Fitness Tracker is the perfect gift for any fitness-loving Mum who is also fashion conscious and wants to track her hard-earned steps. This Fitbit features sleep tracking, five days of battery life, allows to Mum to receive notifications and call/sms updates and is water resistant up to 50 metres.
These beautiful and reusable SoL Cups are made from hand-blown glass, and are 100% plastic, BPA and chemical free. All 12oz cups fit up to 354ml and are also dishwasher and microwave safe. All SoL Cups come beautifully boxed with a silicon lid and sleeve. They also come in a range of different colours Mum will love!
Apple TV is every Dad's streaming paradise. Apple TV 4K will let Dad watch movies and shows in amazing 4K HDR (now with immersive sound from Dolby Atmos). It streams your favorite sports, news, and TV channels live. Has great content from apps like Apple TV , Disney , Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Fox Sports. And thanks to Siri, Dad can control it all with just his voice!
A Travel Scratch Map is an on trend way to display artwork in your home with meaning. Dad can mark each country he has traveled and even plan the next getaway! Simply 'scratch' the foil map to reveal the coloured world map underneath. The map is printed on 250gsm thick paper and comes in a sleek, hard tube casing with magnifying glass and scratch tools.
Dad will love these Bose wireless headphones, with three levels of world-class noise cancellation for better listening experience in any environment, bluetooth pairing, personalised settings, access to future updates and more through the Bose Connect app. Any Dad will be able to clear away the distractions of the world, and focus on what matters most.
The GoPro HERO 7 is the perfect camera for Dad to use on adventures big and small. It’s built tough and totally waterproof—just grab it and go for it. The smooth 4K video and vibrant WDR photos make every moment look amazing and GPS will let Dad track how fast, high and far he went. With an intuitive touch screen, it’s simple to jump right in and get great shots. Plus, all photos and videos move right to the GoPro app for easy sharing with family. From beach days to vacays to good times with the family, this is a great gift for the adventurous Dad.
These adorable Perfect Petzzz puppies and kittens are the perfect gift for kids and older families members as they offer the companionship of a real pet, without the hassle and expense. The life-like animals even breathe like real animals! They are also 100% synthetic and contain no animal products; perfect for those with allergies.
Give your grandparents the gift of family this Christmas with an AncestryDNA Kit! The kit will test for their ethnic mix and discover distant relatives with a simple DNA test. Once they've taken the test, AncestryDNA will search their global network of AncestryDNA members and identify the people who share your families DNA. There's no limit to what your family might learn. The DNA results are only the beginning.
For tea lovers, this pack has a daily dose of tea, prepped to take your grandparents from the first cup of the day till the last. Start things off with a cup of good vibes care of the Morning Sunshine tea blend, refresh the afternoon with French Earl Grey, and settle into sleepy mode with Sleep Tight tea. The box contains 3 tea mini cubes of 8 teabags is is sure to be a hit this Christmas.
The Sydney Youth Orchestra Summer School program is now open for applications. This week long program is open to ALL school-aged students in NSW, but be quick to book as the deadline is fast approaching!
It is never too late to enrol your child in a Learn to Swim program at your local City of Sydney aquatic centre. With 5 locations available, there is sure to be one that is convenient for all Sydney residents.
Oahu is a dream holiday destination for Sydney families, with endless water activities, idyllic beaches to explore and of course, amazing food. Hi5 Tours Hawaii has the island tour to show you the best of Oahu and more.
Do you want to learn how to knit? Or have recently started and would like to meet some new friends to share your creativity with, all while having a good chat? Sydney Knitting Club has classes for you.
There is no better place for children and teens to let their imaginations run wild these school holidays, than the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), which has holiday programs on offer throughout Sydney.