I am so excited for Benjamin's first Christmas. He is clueless, of course, but with a baby in the house it feels like Christmas is re-infused with so much magic. I'm also grateful that, despite my complaints about maternity leave, I am off for the whole of December so I can really make the most of it and prepare a lovely Christmas for the whole family. I've almost finished my Christmas shopping, the earliest I've ever done so thanks to all my free(ish) time so I thought I'd share what we're buying Benjamin for his first ever Christmas presents.
We didn't want to go all out, because he really won't know what's going on so spending lots of money seems a bit wasteful - especially whilst I am on the aforementioned maternity leave. But, his birthday isn't until July so this also seems a good opportunity to get a few bits to see him through until then. I don't think he'll need all that many toys until he's slightly older - he's been happy with the same three on repeat for the past few months - but a few extras in our rotation probably won't go amiss. Whilst I can still choose for him, we have gone for mostly wooden toys that, in my opinion, look much nicer than plastic ones and will hopefully be a bit more durable. This activity cube feels like it'll provide hours of fun, whilst these stackable rainbow rings are as much a kid-friendly ornament as they are a toy, don't you think?
Benjamin has been growing at a rate of knots, so he's about to grow out of most of his clothes. We thought Christmas would be a good opportunity to replenish his wardrobe, so I've bought him a couple of sets of sleepsuits (these bear-themed ones and these fox-themed ones), although I'm a bit concerned we might need to open them before Christmas at this rate... Whilst he's growing so fast, I don't want to buy him too much for each stage so I have to stop myself buying all of the gorgeous, colourful jumpers at (where else?) John Lewis, too. I love him in yellow, so this is my favourite, but I'm also a big fan of these squirrels, too.
And, of course, is it Christmas without books? We took a trip to The Little Bookshop in Chapel Allerton on Sunday and picked up Mog's Christmas and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, although I had to restrain myself from all of the amazing books they had. I could easily have bought at least ten more, including one written by real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield and an absolutely gorgeous copy of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone. If you're a Leeds local, do visit them if you have a little one to buy books for - it's an absolute gem.
On top of that, we've asked for bath toys and a jumper/walker-type situation to try and keep him contained once he's a little bit more mobile (and to amuse him, of course). Paul likes this Batmobile-style one whilst I prefer something a little more compact like this one. So, all in all, he'll be thoroughly spoilt without even knowing it!