It’s started. September is here again, and so begins the descent into winter and the countdown to Christmas.
Each year there are five tell tale signs that summer is long gone, and that winter and Christmas are on the way:
- The rain and drizzle returns and that spare bedroom, which has spent the last few months being just that, gradually reverts to its previous use as an indoor drying area, full of damp clothes and towering clothes horses.
- You begin to appreciate how much easier it was to be woken up at 5.45am when the sun had already risen.
- Tubs of Heroes, Quality Street and Roses start to appear in the supermarkets at discount prices, just in case you fancy piling on the Christmas pounds in good time before the big day.
- You get that familiar sinking feeling when you realise that once again you failed to book the Santa Express/Winter Wonderland Experience/Afternoon tea with Santa/Pantomime back in May (yes, May!) and so now, the highlight of the run up to Christmas for your children will be when Santa Claus (aka Jake’s grandad) visits playgroup. Again.
- You make a point of popping into Smyths for their new toy catalogue so that you can start to plan your Christmas shopping, but also so that your children can begin putting together their Christmas lists. Because if they don’t start them now, they won’t be able to remind you what they want, every single day, for the next 12 weeks.
While I can’t do anything about the first four points, I’m going to at least save myself some time this year by ordering the Smyths catalogue online instead.
At over 328 pages, this year’s Smyths catalogue offers a huge selection of toys, outdoor play equipment, video games and baby products. Having children, nieces and nephews ranging from 5 months to 11 years old, I tend to use Smyths as a one-stop shop for all their Christmas presents, and I intend to do so for a little while yet, as it saves me so much time. Being able to browse the catalogue beforehand also makes it so much quicker and easier to come up with ideas for everyone.
Little B is a huge fan of Smyths and already has her eye on a few things, mostly of the unicorn-mermaid-princess variety. She placed an order with me back in July for this Swimming Adventures Ariel toy and shows no sign of forgetting about it.
To be honest, anything that detracts from her ongoing obsession with all things My Little Pony is welcome in our house.
Purely from a selfish perspective, I’m planning to introduce Little B to Playmobil this Christmas. I’ve been waiting for this moment for almost 4 years. I loved Playmobil as a child and still think it’s brilliant for imaginative play, so I really want her to experience it. Smyths has a great range of Playmobil and I’m torn between the aquarium and the pony farm, as I’m sure she’d love them both. Decisions decisions!
Of course we will also be buying for Little W for the first time this year. Until now, he’s really just been inheriting his big sister’s toys, so it seems only fair that he should finally get a few new things at Christmas! Smyths has so much choice when it comes to baby toys, and I’ve had my eye on this baby walker from Vtech for a while. The front panel is detachable, so little ones are still able to play with it even before they start walking, making it great value for money.
And of course, you can never go wrong with a Fisher Price shape sorter.
There’s an even greater range of toys in the Smyths catalogue, so whether you’re looking for drones or dolls, Lego or slime, Barbie, or even a Ponycycle Unicorn Ride-on (yes, they have it!) be sure to order your catalogue here this week!
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