I really enjoy picking out gifts for Frida. She is into so many different things at the moment, choices feel potentially limitless. This year I’ve gone for things which I hope will bring her joy through deep play, just as her other toys do.
Our family celebrates both Christmas and Chanukah, so we will be giving her gifts for both festivals. For Christmas, we will be giving Frida one toy and one book under the tree, and a stocking containing some smaller toys. For Chanukah, she will recieve a gift every night for the eight days (though these will also be from family, and not all will be big).
Christmas stocking. In Frida’s stocking she will find:
- Okonorm modelling clay – we love this modelling clay, it genuinely doesn’t dry out and the colours are natural.
- White Sarah’s Silk – perfect for snowy play scenes!
- Ostheimer grass – this looks wonderful for imaginative play.
- Ostheimer rabbit – Frida has a growing collection of little wooden rabbits that she really enjoys playing with. This one is so cute!
- Lush “butterbear” bath bomb – I think Frida will enjoy this in her bath.
- Holztiger marten – Frida seems to really like small animal toys, so I feel confident this sweet marten will be well received.
- Holztiger tiger cub – Frida already has a big tiger, so I’m sure she will be delighted to have a cub too.
- Grimms natural pram and Grimms pink baby – this looks like the perfect addition to her Grimms doll family and dolls’ house.
I loved putting together her stocking and hope that she enjoys it!
Ostheimer well. This will be Frida’s “tree gift” this year. One of our beloved local gardens has an old well in it, so when I first saw this well many months ago I knew it would make the perfect Christmas gift for her. I am really looking forward to seeing how she uses it in her play.
The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker. I can’t wait for Frida to find this under the tree! This is the second Story Orchestra book; the first (Four Seasons, with music from Vivaldi) has been one of Frida’s constant favourites. The beautiful illustrations and snippets of classical music make for the most enchanting books, and I think she will love this as much as Four Seasons.
Maileg matchbox mice (we went for the “Christmas Mum and Dad Mice” and the “Little Sister Mouse“. Frida will be getting these for her Chanukah gift, along with some chocolate coins as tradition dictates. I have been umming and ahhing about buying these for Frida for a while; they are quite different to the toys we usually buy – and not very Montessori! – but I just know that she will love them.
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos. Frida, unsurprisingly, has for a long time been interested in Frida Kahlo. She has a good grasp of her life story, and often when we talk about her she asks me about the pets that Frida Kahlo had. I was therefore so delighted to find this book – it looks absolutely perfect! I am really looking forward to Frida opening this for Chanukah so that I have an excuse to read it too.
You may have noticed that we’re not giving Frida many books, considering how much I talk about them! The simple reason is that I tend to buy and give Frida books throughout the year (as I do for myself, ahem). However most of the other children I am buying for will be getting beautiful books rather than toys.
What are you looking forward to gifting your child this year?
I have a couple more wintry posts planned over the next few weeks on how we will be celebrating Christmas as a secular family, and some tips for a greener Christmas. Have you seen my Montessori-friendly gift guide, my list of things to make and do this winter, my Waldorf star tutorial, and my list of winter books we are enjoying?