Hide The Bags #5: It’s Christmas!

Okay, okay…so it’s not quite Christmas but we are DEFINITELY now in December and that means all you Mums and Dads are probably busy scouring the shops and the web for those special gifts to make the big day magical. Some of you won’t have started, and some of you will smugly be admiring your parcels already wrapped, stockings stuffed. Either way, there will definitely be a lot of hiding of bags going on in homes everywhere.

If like me, you’ve been in training for this all  year by hiding your own accidental purchases, you’ll be fine.

This is such a special post to write…#hidethebags has so far been filled with sneaky treats for Mummy, but there has never been more joy in bag hiding than at this time of year. It is so true that to give means so much more than to receive. Never have we loved giving more, than when seeing the smiles on your own children’s faces on Christmas morning, hopefully.

Coming from a humungous family (with three sets of Grandparents), and having a second daughter, we have really, really struggled with ideas this year. Bike, kitchen, trampoline, scooter, camera, tablet have all been done over the birthdays and Chrimbos before. Our house is overflowing with books, toys, clothes, so we have really held back on the spending for spendings sake.

Here’s a few of the favourite bits I’ve found so far. Have fun shopping…try not to stress…and remember they don’t understand the concept of value yet…so make the most of it 😉

1.Christmas Day dresses. Zara kids. £19.99 / £10.99 (Images courtesy of www.zara.com)

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I know some parents who don’t buy in to giving clothes as presents. Although I do love picking up the girls every day bits and pieces throughout the year, courtesy of Sainsburys mostly, Christmas is a time for something special. As a child I always unwrapped a special outfit for Christmas Day from under the tree. The whole family would be dressed up in our new finery, at home for a glam Christmas Day. I will forever picture my Mum getting the Turkey out of the oven dressed in a sparkly embellished dress. If you can’t look lovely for Christmas, when can you?

I have learnt already, that there isn’t much point in getting the crushed velvet Christmas dresses, both girls had for their first Christmas, so now we opt for something more ‘wearable’. Having just discovered Zara kids, I was spoilt for choice. I did finally decide on these two dresses which will get plenty of wear.

2. Jumpers. Zara kids. £12.99 / £12.99 (Images courtesy of www.zara.com)

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Told you I had discovered Zara kids. So, we’ve established a Christmas outfit is a necessity…but something a little more every day needs to sneak in there too. I couldn’t resist these two cosy jumpers. I  bought a little larger so they should get good use. Buy online to experience the Zara packaging porn. If you like that kind of thing…you’ll be in carbboard box heaven.

3. Dolls house, ASDA, £35 (Image courtesy of www.ASDA.com)

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If you’re looking for the wow factor gift, but don’t want the WTF factor price tag, this one is a gem. Big box, big dolls house, small price. Tigs is at the stage where any type of miniature figure and house will entertain her for hours. She is just going to love this. Also available equally bargaintastic accessories.

4. Personalised Santa Sack, Not on the highstreet, £22 (Image courtesy of www.notonthehighstreet.com)

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I’ve been lusting after these Santa sacks for years. As we are pretty sure the family is now complete, we invested in a couple of these  which will see the girls through a childhood, or even lifetime, of Christmases. Bit posher than the pillowcases I had as a child, but along the same nostalgic line.

5. Happy land fantasy castle, ELC, £40 (reduced to £20). (Image courtesy of www.elc.co.uk)

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Who doesn’t love a bit of happyland? Fit for any age group, played with for years, and sibling safe (Eldest can play with baby safely chewing on heads etc).  It’s a tough job to resist trying to own the whole collection! Having learnt that girls seem to have an undeniable affinity to pink, princesses and make believe, we think this princess castle will still be played with by dangermouse when the rest of the happyland has long gone. I got it at a bargain half price too.

6. Tall tape, Memoriesofgrowingup.co, £10.99 (Image courtesy of www.memoriesofgrowingup.com)

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I spotted this on our very own #coolmumclub Linky last week courtesy of somethingcrunchymummy. Thanks for the tip! A gorgeous unique stocking filler that not only the girls will love, but we’ll treasure too.  I’ve pinned this to my brilliant baby stuff board as it’d make a great baby shower, new baby or christening gift too.

10. Elsa singing doll with microphone, £34.99, Argos (picture courtesy of www. Argos.co.uk)

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A late addition to the ever growing pile of boxes…we felt Tigs presents needed a little something else…so a quick look at the top presents list brought us to this little number. It took some convincing Mr G, mainly because we already have a number of ‘Let it Go’ playing toys…that drive him mad. Us girls, well we never get sick of it! You can buy it here.

11. Hippychick Wheelybug Mouse, small, £44.99, Whinstanleys pramworld

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We had pretty much decided on getting Dangermouse the ladybird wooden ride on by Wheelybugs…and whilst scouring for a bargain online, stumbled across this little number which was just MADE for her. Dangermouse (on mouse) on wheels. It’s going to be fun…it could be even more regrettable than the singing Elsa doll…BUT it’s Christmas, she’ll love it, and that is what it’s all about.

Have fun spoiling them rotten. And make sure you #hidethebags better than ever!

x MMT

Do you have any ideas for small girls for Christmas? What are you getting your kids this year? Do you go mad? Or is less more?…

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20 thoughts on “Hide The Bags #5: It’s Christmas!

  1. kaylaloves Reply

    I love that little santa sack!! I got one for my little guy but it isn’t personalized, sadly. #MarvMondays

  2. Something Crunchy Mummy Reply

    Thank you so much for the mention! So glad you like them xx

  3. newmummyblogcom Reply

    I love those Zara dresses, so cute! And that mouse is fab! We got baby H a ride in zebra from vtech for her birthday and she LOVES it. #fartglitter

  4. Becky Pink Reply

    Aw what a lovely collection {reaches for credit card}! I love the outfits – I always buy clothes for presents too, and luckily my two love dresses so it’s a real treat for them anyway! I got the Asda play shop for my two year old as we are having problems finding things for her as she gets all of Ava’s cast offs! It was half price at £17.50, such a steal! I am really having to hide the bags though as my two inquisitive little madams have already found a few things! Oops! Becky x #LovelyThings

  5. Becky, Cuddle Fairy Reply

    I love the Zara skirt & top outfit. It’s so adorable. And, the Elsa microphone is a fab idea. My daughter would adore it. Our daughter has a doll house like the one above & she really loves it. #fartglitter x

  6. reimerandruby Reply

    Lovely list! My little girl loves frozen, so she’s getting a lot of else and anna toys… she will also be getting a doll house which is still in box now hiding under our bed, the fun we get hiding things from kids, isn’t it? #lovelythings

  7. mumisthewordblog Reply

    I love the dolls house, that is so precious. The tall tape is great too…I might even purchase it. I love little things like that #lovelythings

  8. Agent Spitback Reply

    The Zara dresses are lovely! I wish my daughter was still young enough to let me dress her LOL. This year is proving to be trickier with the older children – I would probably buy books for them. There is nothing like going on an adventure and saving the world! The Santa sacks look good too!

  9. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows Reply

    Looks like you found some fab pressies. I’m sure your tot will be thrilled come Christmas morning. My mum was usually a last minute scrambler. The one year she was organised she hid things so well we were finding forgotten presents for months after.
    Thanks for linking up to #fartglitter

  10. Life as mum Reply

    I am loving every single one of those gifts you have put up. I especially love the two tops xxx

    1. MMT Reply

      Let’s hope they do! I’m sure they will 🙂 being A mum is so much fun at Christmas x x x

  11. Robyn Reply

    Great to hear that you’re putting all your bag hiding throughout the year to good use now that Christmas is upon us 😉 I love the dolls house, that would have been my dream gift as a little girl. My family also used to get dressed up in our best clothes for Christmas day at home, but the tradition has slid a little bit as my sister and I have gotten older and let the family down a bit by turning up in jeans!

  12. Kaye Reply

    Love love love! I bought one of those sacks for A this year and I can’t wait to make it a Christmas tradition by putting it out on Xmas Eve! My friends little girl has the mouse and absolutely loves it. #bestandworst

  13. martynkitney Reply

    This is fab! Really love the collection especially the mouse! #bestandworst

  14. Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap) Reply

    Lovely list hun. I’ve been sneaking stuff into my bags and into the buggy so my gremlin doesn’t see! I must admit I have bought some clothes for her too!! I really love the dolls house 🙂 Have a fab lead up to Christmas and thanks for linking to #bestandworst x

  15. Laura's Lovely Blog Reply

    I agree I just love buying presents for the children, I could get carried away! I love the little doll’s house and the mouse ride on – gorgeous. Thanks for linking up to #lovelythings

  16. Agent Spitback Reply

    Thanks for sharing with #abitofeverything

  17. My Petit Canard Reply

    Hi Sarah, I love this post!! So many great ideas :-). I am definitely guilty for buying bits and pieces in autumn, completely forgetting about them and the discovering them in December and realising that I’ve gone a little bit overboard. But like you said, if you cant spoilt them at christmas, when can you?! I love the dolls house and the christmas day outfits are a must :-). Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Emily

  18. Mrs Tubbs Reply

    The Tubblet loved Happyland! She’d play with it for hours. Didn’t know they still made it!

    1. MMT Reply

      Yep, still going strong! We have quite a collection already which feature quite heavily in my blog images!! There’s a happyland scene for every subject… Thanks for stopping by x

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