Buying gifts for children get’s harder each year so here’s a few different ideas for your little ones.

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Gifts for Kids

Can a skull lead a rock band? Boris can!
Boris and the Dumb Skulls’,

the new children’s book in the Ramion collection

Age 7+

Boris and the Dumb Skulls

Griselda the witch has been drinking too much evil spirit. Boris her pet skull and the dim daft dwarves are fed up of being bullied by her. They decide to form a punk rock band and seek fame and fortune. But just before they leave for their first gig two of Griselda’s dead ancestors break out of their glass tanks beneath the ruined tower. Fifi Vicomtesse de Grunch is very keen on dancing. Her husband the Vicomte expresses his feelings towards Fifi’s dancing partners with a spanner. Not surprisingly the boys’ father comes to regret dancing with her.
When Griselda arrives at The Polhill Arms to reclaim her property (Boris and the dwarves)things do not work out as she expects (perhaps even Griselda is not totally beyond redemption), but unfortunately the evil spirit is still working inside her: it has not forgotten her ghastly plan of how to fill the larder.

A new series of books to educate children on the world of work.
What do the grown-ups do?
Bronze medal winner 2014 for BEST SERIES NON-FICTION Moonbeam
Children’s Book Awards
Fiona the Doctor and Richard the Vet published 28th October 2014

Fiona the Doctor

Fiona the Doctor
Fiona the Doctor shows the Mackenzie children the equipment in the doctor’s bag used to help diagnose a patient’s problem: the stethoscope, the otoscope, the oximeter – a doctor’s life is full of long words. They learn about the differences between blood pressure and pulse, systolic and diastolic, GPs and specialists, and even why people get smelly feet! They also learn that doctors have their own jokes!
Richard the Vet

Richard the Vet
Richard is a large animal vet. Specialised in equines (horses), he spends most of his time between farms and stables. His hours are long but he loves his job. On their adventure, the children learn how Richard helps farmers to manage their prize bulls, how horses’ teeth never stop growing, how to remove rotten teeth and how to avoid getting kicked!



BANANAGRAMS® (RRP £14.99 ages 7-107) – the anagram game that drives you bananas! Requiring no pencil, paper or board,BANANAGRAMS comes in a small portable banana-shaped pouch and is perfect fun for all the family, at home or on the go. Created by a word game-obsessed family of three generations, BANANAGRAMS is a labour of love that has quickly become an international phenomenon and firm favourite with celebrities including the cast of ITV’s Downton Abbey, Dame Judi Dench, Scarlett Johansson, Caroline Flack, Cher Lloyd and Matt Edmondson.


APPLETTERS (RRP: £15.99 ages 5+) – the core-skills word game that makes learning fun! Spelling, concentration and strategic thinking… Parents and educators agree that playing Appletters develops all these core skills and more! Ideal for early readers, the game sees players work together to build a ‘word worm’… As you add new words to the head and tail, the word worm gets longer and the game gets harder! But stay on your toes: while the worm twists and turns, your aim stays the same: you want to be the first player to use all your tiles – and win! Appletters is an addictive game for ages 5+. It comes with instructions for three extra challenge games…. So clear the table, unzip the apple-shaped carry case and prepare for a great family game!


PAIRSinPEARS (RRP: £15.99 ages 3+) – build words, match patterns, have fun… And learn! PAIRSinPEARS contains a range of games that adapts as your family grows up. It’s packed with eight engaging, educational activities for children of varying ages, PLUS two competitive word games for advanced players. For pre-readers, PAIRSinPEARS helps developmental learning with the games ‘Pattern Grouping’ and ‘Letter Hunt’. Early-readers enjoy the wordplay activities ‘Rhyming’ and ‘Fill in the Blank’… And it gets even juicier for older children with two fast, furious games in which each player races to build pairs of words in grids. PAIRSinPEARS comes with ten games in total, and boasts something for everyone.


ZIP-IT (RRP £14.99 ages 7+) – the high-speed two-player word race you can play anyplace! Compact enough to enjoy on an airplane tray-table, ZIP-IT is the super-fast game for super-small spaces… Simply throw your cubes and use the letters to make a word grid as fast as you can. But hurry! Your opponent is racing to do the same… It’s the best out of ten and each round lasts just a few seconds, so you have to stay sharp. ZIP-IT comes in a unique score-keeping travel pouch that lets you track who’s winning! ZIP-IT… Be the first to zip to 10 – then race all over again!


FRUITOMINOES (RRP £14.99 ages 3+) – Fruitominoes takes classic dominoes and gives them a fresh, fruity twist. Deliciously colourful images of fruit instead of dots means the time-tested game now appeals to children too… It even works for kids that are too young to count! Fruitominoes are beautifully crafted and come in a portable fabric pouch that goes just about anywhere you go… Connect the fruit and connect your family with Fruitominoes!


JUMBO BANANAGRAMS and JUMBO ZIP-IT (RRP £49.99 each,  ages 7+) – You asked for them, you got them! Jumbo BANANAGRAMSis terrific for indoor, outdoor and classroom play. Each of the 144 three-inch square tiles is waterproof, washable and flexible. The set comes in a giant, banana-like tote bag. Play BANANAGRAMS as usual or put the bunch further away for a run-around version that exercises minds and bodies! Jumbo ZIP-IT is the exhilarating high-speed word race that uses 24 beautiful wooden cubes. The two-inch square lettered blocks pack into a handy carrying pouch… And the pouch helps keep track of the score! Both jumbo games are perfect for innovative play in the garden or playground, but equally fun on the living room floor or in the classroom.

 Bananagrams Book

Published on 9 October, the Collins Little Book of BANANAGRAMS sees the BANANAGRAMS bunch reveal all their secret hints, tips and winning ways in a ground-breaking new book for word-game fans. This great little book contains all the insider secrets to help players become Top Banana, with a foreword by BANANAGRAMS fan Dame Judi Dench.


Written by BANANAGRAMS fanatic, and the brand’s creative consultant, Deej Johnson, along with word-game champion, Mark Nyman,Collins Little Book of BANANAGRAMS is packed with curious words and fascinating facts. It’s the perfect gift for word

lovers and BANANAGRAMS players of all ages, all over the world, and includes:


  • 135 proper nouns that you CAN play – in any word game
  • Two ways to turn tiles that save VITAL seconds when someone shouts “PEEL”!
  • 19 games you can play with BANANAGRAMS tiles
  • Abbreviations you ARE allowed to use in word games
  • The best answer to the question: UK or US spellings?


Since being created around the family table of founder Rena Nathanson, BANANAGRAMS has become one of the most popular games in the world, selling over 6 million copies worldwide and becoming the bestselling toy of all time on This great Collins Little Book is specifically designed to match the fast and furious nature of BANANAGRAMS game play, perfect to keep in your pocket to get some tips before a game and to stop any monkey business from other players!


BANANAGRAMS’ Rena Nathanson comments, “The actual blood, sweat and tears of the whole BANANAGRAMS bunch have gone into this unique little book. It’s been months in the making and the end result is a must-have for word-game fans all over the world: we’ve all fed in our secret strategies and ways to win, which Deej has successfully turned into an engaging and bananatastic tome. He’s also worked hard to create brand new ways to play and uncovered some quirky words to help get BANANAGRAMS players out of sticky situations. Mark’s word-game-play credentials and knowledge of winning words add an extra layer of expertise.”


Collins Little Book of BANANAGRAMS by Deej Johnson and Mark Nyman

ISBN 9780007588305. 9th October 2014. £6.99. 150×100. Format HB.

Ebook: 9780007588312. £2.99

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All games in the Bananagrams range are available to on the High Street at independent toy and book stores as well as John Lewis, WH Smith, Waterstones, a range of supermarkets and at For more information, visit


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Transformers come in all different sizes and price budgets from £9.99 – £89.99, Argos have a huge range. They will keep the kids occupied for many hours, giving you a bit of peace and quiet.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze
Celebrate Christmas Turtles style by taking Ninjitsu to a whole new level!

New York’s heroes in a half shelf are back in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze, which is a new, side-scrolling action-adventure video game that bridges the gap between season 2 and season 3 of Nickelodeon’s popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hit animated series for home and hand-held consoles. Shredder, Tiger Claw and a new army of mutants threaten the streets of New York, forcing Leonardo,
Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo to take action into their own hands. It’s time to shell up with the lean, mean, green fighting machines of Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael.
Join your favourite heroes this Christmas in the exciting game that fans of the animated series won’t
want to miss!
Release date: 31st October
PEGI Rating: 12
Available Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, 3DS
RRP: £29.99

Skylanders Trap Team
Get ready to capture evil and unleash good this festive season with family favourite,Skylanders Trap Team

Skylanders Trap Team is now also available on tablets, marking the first time a full Skylanders® game will be available on iPad®, Kindle Fire and Android tablets. The tablet version of the game delivers the same experience with console-quality graphics and comes with its own high performance controller meaning you can play Skylanders wherever the fancy takes you!
Release date: 10th October
PEGI Rating: 7
Available Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii and
Nintendo 3DS
Starter Pack – £64.99
Traps – £5.99
Single / Core Characters – £9.99
Minis – £14.99 (2 pack)
Trapmasters – £14.99

Make Your Own Pony – £5
Make Your Own Pony
Simple sewing kit to make a soft pony that’s ideal for beginners. All of the felt pieces come pre-cut in the shapes necessary to complete the project. Follow the easy instructions and sew the pieces together using the needle and thread included in the set. The box contains felts, thread, yarns, buttons, ball lace, googly eyes, a needle and stuffing.
Crafty Books – £5-10
Fashion Designer
Selection of 11 books with different skills including Fashion Designer Activity book that’s packed with fashion design tips and advice. The book comes with a colour wheel to help match skin colour and hair tones to different coloured clothes as well as a selection of clothing stencils for designing new looks and outfits. The first half of the book helps the reader match the outfit stencils to different fashions, whereas the second half of the book is filled with blank templates ready to be dressed up and styled. Other themes include Dinosaur, Magic Tricks, Nail Art, Juggle, Balloon Modelling
Chocolart Sweet Creatures
Chocolate creature making kit with six animal moulds and a selection of colourful foil wrappers. Following the instructions enclosed, users can melt down chocolate and carefully spoon it into the animal moulds provided. After 30 minutes in the fridge, the cooled chocolate animal shapes become solid and are ready to be wrapped up in the matching foil sheets. Moulds and foil wrap designs include a rabbit, butterfly, bear, penguin, fish and ladybird. Comes with 225g of ready-to-melt chocolate in three bags.
Miss Magic Set – £12
Miss Magic
Magic set comprising of pink props for young female magic fans. This box set features 58 magic tricks, including card tricks, the disappearing ball and the magic nail box, but every component is supplied in the same matching pink colour. Even the magic wand has a pink body tipped with silver endings, ensuring its appeal with younger magicians who prefer things to be a little more girly.
My Magical Mermaid – £12
Following on from the huge success of 2013’s Robo Fish, the toy innovators at Zuru have produced their next big best seller, Robo Mermaids! Place this mermaid in water and her tail will swish from side to side, allowing her to swim exactly like magical mermaids as seen in popular fantasy films. She can swim in two different positions thanks to the weighted metal band included with the set. Wrap it around her tail and she will swim vertically, moving up and down in the water, but place it on her head as a tiara and she will swim horizontally, performing a backstroke. There are three different Robo Mermaids available, Pearl, Shelly and Cassie, each one sporting a different hair colour and tail design.
Bump N Go Bubble Train – Winner of Gold Medal Independent Toy Awards – £15
Bubble Train
Brightly coloured train toy that moves along the ground, makes noises and blows bubbles from its chimney. When activated, the train rolls forward whilst making chugging train noises, producing a vast and continuous plume of bubbles. It’s almost cartoon like in appearance, able to capture the imagination of children from the shelf or after the briefest of demonstrations. This fantastic Bubble Train has been designed and built exclusively forTobar and makes a stand-out addition to any toy collection.
Snugglesaurus – £15
Dinosaur soft toys that let out a mighty roar when squeezed. These adorable plush toys are incredibly huggable and covered with felt features including teeth, spines and claws. Press the button on its belly to trigger a mighty dino-like roar that has an impressively piercing shriek to it.
Portable Wooden Farm and Pixie Play Sets
Wooden Farm
Pixie toy playset with a mushroom shaped carry case. The wooden case contains a number of accessories but also opens out to double up as a pixie house play area. Inside are a pair of pixie figures as well as a variety of toadstool furniture items including a bed, table, two stools and a drawer.

Disclosure. I have been sent the books for the purpose of this Gifts for Kids #ChristmasGiftGuide.

Westin Gourmet

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