Christmas Gift Guide 2015: For the Boys

I have to say I’m now really excited for Christmas, the tree is decorated, we’ve been to Emmy’s School Nativity and the parties are planned for next week. Most of the presents are hidden away – they just need wrapping and putting under the tree on Christmas Eve.

I have been searching around for the past few months trying to find perfect gifts for all our younger family members, here I am sharing a selection of our buys, a few things which I’ve seen at recent events and a few of our recently sent review items and of course a few from the kids ‘Mummy, I want that.  Can you write it on my list please?’ list.
Now I hate separating toys into boys and girls toys (It’s not something I do here – Emmy and Harry happily both play with the same toys regardless of colour etc.) however for simplicity and to help those of you searching for specific family members I have separated them for you here.


This is an adorable wooden tool set which comes in a personalised wooden case to keep them all safe and secure (and help keep the tidy too).  Whether it is to copy Daddy (or in our household Mummy when she has had enough of waiting for Daddy to fix it) or whether they fancy being the next Bob the Builder – there comes a time that everyone (boys and girls) feel the need to fix everything, to take it apart and then put it back together again.
Of course you won’t want to hand over the Power Drill or the hammer just yet so this is the next best thing.  There are 12 wooden tools including a Drill, Set Square, Screw Driver, Hammer, Wrench, Spanner and many more.  All perfectly crafted from wood to look just like real tools.  A perfect size for small hands.
You can personalise the case with any name up to 16 characters and then underneath you can add any message up to 25 characters, or of course you can have without a message.  Available from
A great introduction to the world of Scalextric racing for kids 3+, featuring an easy-to-assemble figure-of-eight track.
The two rally cars and adjustable power hand-controllers are colour coded in red and yellow to match chevrons on the circuit. Magnatraction technology helps to keep the cars on the track, and variable hand-controllers allow the speed of racing to be adjusted depending on skill level.
My First Scalextric is fully compatible with other Micro Scalextric range of sets and cars, allowing you to extend your track and add new cars – the possibilities are endless!
You can read our full review here.
It’s another busy day in Sodor and Thomas is Zooming Along at Brendam Docks by Mega Bloks Thomas & Friends!
Your little conductor can supervise all the activity at the bustling port, as the new motorised Thomas the Tank Engine actually chuffs along the dock’s looping tracks. Send Thomas through the Sodor Shipping Co. warehouse, past the checkpoints, under the coal chute, and over the elevated bridge.
Cranky the Crane is there to help too, with his working lifting hook for heavy loads. But the two are happiest when working together, and when Thomas passes by, Cranky starts to spin! Build the docks and track, and use the stickers to add detail to blocks. It’s all in a day’s work with Thomas and Cranky!
You can see our review of this here, a great toy with many building possibilities – follow the instructions or do your own thing!
The Alaska JR is the perfect footwear for playing in the snow or for splashing in muddles, with a shell construction to ensure feet are kept dry and snug. They feature an easy pull-on design and stretch cord lace these are ideal for winter adventures and perfect for little ones to be able to put
on and do up themselves in a hurry.
  • Durable textile upper, delivers breathability and comfort during wear
  • Shell construction for winter protection
  • Stretch cord lace with easy on/off child-friendly design
  • Padded lining for comfort and insulation
  • Lightweight, podded outsole for traction and protection

4GEE Robin Tablet

The Robin is the world’s first 4G connected tablet designed specifically for parents and their children.

The device comes with all the shows and apps kids love including compelling content from Hopster TV as well as smart, easy-to-use parental-controls, so children can safely explore the internet wherever they are. The Robin also features an especially robust design and superfast 4G connectivity for use on the move or at home.

The Robin comes with over 40 pre-loaded games, educational apps and eBooks, including hits such as Fruit Ninja and Berry Rush. New content can easily be downloaded through Google Play, with every new piece of content requiring approval by the parent before children can access.

The Robin comes with a specially designed child-proof bumper case and offers the perfect introductory tablet experience for children.  Kurio powered the Robin features the Android 5.1 operating system, a quad-core processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory – with additional storage space (up to 32GB) available via a Micro SD card slot.  It has a 7-inch display and front and rear 2MP cameras.

Available on pay as you go (£129.99 for the tablet) or monthly price plans starting from £15 a month.

Moochies Smart Phone Watch – £79.99

Moochies are phones for kids which are worn exactly like a watch.  They come in four colours (Black, Orange, Pink and Blue), a Moochie is a durable phone and watch combination which allows two-way communication between parents and children.

This watch works alongside the free Moochies app which is downloaded to the parents phone, it enables parents to be in touch with their children at all times of the day, wherever they are – obviously this wont be used during school times but could be useful, if they want to pop to a friends after school or have after school clubs (or even dreaded detention!).  We have used this when we have been on BIG days out – for example trips to London.  While my children are too young to have their own phone, and I definitely wouldn’t allow it just yet, it has been very good for a little reassurance and added peace of mind should they wander off out of site or get separated from us.

It works with a sim card, just like a mobile phone – Moochies watches allow children to ring two pre-set phone numbers (We have mine and Paul’s set to this), and it also allows up to 20 people to ring them – this isn’t a feature I’ve set up just yet as it isn’t needed for children as young as mine but the reassurance is only numbers pre-approved by the parents are able to call.

It features a SOS button, which once pressed alerts the app holder (Paul and I) that the child is in trouble and it sends a 15 second recording of all the sounds around the child straight to the parent’s phone so they can hear what is happening.  The watch is also GPS trackable, which means the app holder (parents) can see where their child is at any time when they are wearing this watch – this isn’t  a feature I can see myself using much as you do need to be able to trust your children and teach them boundaries but it is rather nice to know the feature is there should you lose them in a busy place for example.

You can set pre-determined ‘safe zones’ which means if your child ventures out of that set zone you are alerted to this.

Just like a normal watch it displays the time in digital form.

  • GPS tracking
  • Ingoing and outgoing calls
  • Standby time 4 days, talk time 360 minutes
  • ‘Safe zone’ control
  • SOS Button with 15 second recoding function
  • LED Screen (0.64 OLED)
  • Strap made of high quality silicon material 
  • Splash proof design
  • Available in black, pink, blue, orange
  • IOS 7 and above, android 4 and above compatible
  • 3 to 12 years recommended
Chad Valley Wooden Castle with Accessories – £49.99 currently on offer in Argos for £24.99

Fuel your little one’s imagination with this detailed Wooden Castle, featuring a fort, 3 cannon balls and a catapult. Raise the drawbridge and defend the walls with 4 articulated figures with arrows and capture any enemy knights in the hanging cage. Complete with a playmat, they’ll have hours of fun with this set.

Includes hanging cage and ladder, big and small catapult with 3 cannon balls, a fort and 4 articulated figures with arrows and playmat.

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