My Kids Christmas Gift Guide 2011

I love classic and vintage style toys for children. Often it’s the classics that they love the most and it’s even better if they are easy on the eye and well made enough to last more than one Christmas. Here is a little selection of some of my favourite children’s gifts for this year.

This rocking sheep is covered in real sheepskin to provide the most luxurious of riding experiences. It looks amazing too and would be a beautiful addition to any home. Rocking sheep, £295 at Whippet Grey.

This deer head is sure to brighten up any child’s bedroom and inject a bit of colourful fun. Deer head, £35 from Cox and Cox.

Show them how much you love them with this cute cushion. LOVE cushion, £35 from Graham and Green.

This adorable pull along elephant will delight your toddler and is a really gorgeous design. Sebra pull along elephant, £32.99 at Kidsen.

OK, this isn’t strictly a vintage design but how cool is this? I would have loved this when I was a child. Paint your own play castle, £99 by Green Rabbit at notonthehighstreet.com.

I absolutely adore this. Guaranteed to provide hours of fun if you don’t mind a mini aeroplane zooming around your house. Ride on plane by I Love Retro Toys, £95 at notonthehighstreet.com

This classic rabbit lamp is perfect for the nursery (or your front room…). Rabbit lamp, £49 by Caravan.

This folding sledge has a traditional look and is perfect for snowy weather. Sledge, £89.99 from Halfords.

Encourage mutiny in the ranks with this pirate dressing up set. Pirate set by Melissa and Doug, £19.99 from Kidsen.

Often it’s the simplest toys that go down the best and this wind up train is no exception. Wind up train, £9.95 at the Handpicked Collection.

Little children love to help out in the kitchen and this retro design baking set will help to fire their enthusiasm. Retro Red Spot Baking Set, £18.50 at Liberty.

My 18 month old son has one of these and he never tires of asking us again and again to wind it up to the tune of Pop Goes the Weasel. I, on the other hand…. A timeless classic. Jack in the Box, £17.95 from the Handpicked Collection.

For the budding ballerina, this classic tutu comes in several different colours and is sure to make your little girl feel like a princess. Tutu by Bugs and Fairies, £42 at notonthehighstreet.com.

This eco-friendly rocking bird chair is made from recycled wood and has a beautiful distressed patina as well as being uber cool. Royal Rocking Chair, £200 by Creme Anglaise at Bodie and Fou.

A wigwam will give them hours of fun and this one has a lovely vintage vibe. Wigwam, £62 from kidsplayroom.co.uk.

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Blackboards

My little boy Alfie is just beginning his first forays into creativity with chunky crayons and colourful chalks. Suffice to say, there is as much of his artwork on our walls and furniture as there is in his colouring book… One solution for those of us with an enthusiastically artistic toddler on our hands is to paint a whole wall with blackboard paint, giving your little one plenty of space to express themselves! If a whole wall is too much, try painting a piece of furniture in their room such as this storage box from IKEA.

Images via OhDeeDoh, RachelDenbrow and Rue Magazine.

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Candy stripes

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Robot bed linen by Ferm Living

Despite the leaps and bounds that have been made for equality between boys and girls, I still find it harder to find great kids stuff for boys than girls. Luckily things are changing fast thanks to the fabulous design streaming out of Sweden, Norway and Denmark. I love this quirky robot design bed linen, made from 100% organic cotton from one of my favourite Danish stores, Ferm Living.

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Birds of paradise

You might have noticed that I am a bit of a fan of wallpaper in children’s rooms. Children love colour and pattern and it is important that their room has plenty of both so that it really feels like their own space – a safe haven to grow and explore in. There are some truly fabulous wallpapers out there that have been designed especially with children in mind and I have featured a few here on Mini Maison already, but you don’t need to feel limited to designs for children.

This wallpaper by Cole & Son has been used in many a grown up space, but it is just as at home on the walls of a nursery thanks to its playful illustration of flamingos. Its beautiful design is fun yet sophisticated enough to take your child’s room through from nursery to teenager without needing to redecorate and you’ll earn your style credentials by choosing a stunning design by one of our most celebrated wallpaper manufacturers. It comes in several different colourways and each one looks as good as the next.

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King of the castle

This room is full of action-packed adventures just waiting to happen thanks to its fabulous retro cowboy and indian wallpaper and castle-themed bed. Plenty of colour and pattern keep the room colourful and fun, while the Eames rocker ties it all together with a shot of vibrant va-va-voom red!

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Sunshine stripes

Here’s a room to cheer up a gloomy winter’s day. A stripy ceiling in sunshine yellow provides a warm welcome to the day and will brighten up any child’s morning. Using wallpaper on ceilings is a great idea for children’s rooms – the more points of interest the better!

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