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

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

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

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


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