1. Something to readThe little ladies love books and are always pleased to add new ones to the collection so I make sure there are a few in each pile.
2. Something to cuddle
We always have something cuddly poking out the top of their stockings, they love to take their new buddy to bed with them on Christmas day.
3. Something to build
It's really nice to have a little project to do on Christmas day or over the Christmas period so I like to include something like Lego or Duplo so the girls have something to build.
4. Something to wear
The little ladies love a party dress so we always get them a dress to wear on Christmas Day, matching if I can.
5. Something they need
There is always something they need like good old pants and socks, hats, gloves, scarves or PJ's which make lovely gifts. Fun table wear such as cups or drinks bottles always go down well.
6. Something to play imaginatively with
The girls favourite toys are the ones that encourage imaginative play like Playmobil, a doll, play figures or items for their play kitchen and shop. They love to collect things like this and adding to an existing collection means there is usually a space for it when everything gets tidied away after Christmas.
7. Something to get creative with
The little ladies love making and sticking, they have a free access art area in their playroom which does mean we get through vast amounts of pens, paper and stickers. Tiger and Paperchase are my go to places for cute notepads and sticker sheets.
8. Something that is a treat
The girls get so excited by novelty chocolate like a big chocolate reindeer or snowman, a chocolate variety box and a bag of chocolate coins is always a winner too!
9. Something to play with
A game or puzzle is a really nice addition to the present pile as it's something we can play together as a family.
10. Something to watch
The little ladies are really into Disney movies in a big way and there are always ones to add to the collection, it's lovely for them to be able to watch their favourites whenever they like and is a great excuse (as if you need one!) to snuggle up on the sofa for some much needed quiet time over the busy Christmas period.
11. Something for the bath
Bath toys are great stocking fillers and something that always need replacing, the girls enjoy having something new and exciting to take in the tub.
12. Something they have asked for
We always write a Christmas list to Santa and the girls can choose one thing each or more if we are stuck for ideas. That way the magic is there but also the lovely surprise as they un-wrap things they weren't expecting making it super exciting especially as Santa seems to know them so well :)
I hope that helps you if you're planning your Christmas shopping. I find it keeps me really focused and stops me spending an absolute fortune too and means that all the gifts are played with, used and appreciated. Let me know if you have any top tips for Christmas shopping in the comments below.