Little Pickle’s First Christmas Present Ideas

First Christmas Present Ideas

Having children at Christmas brings with it a whole new magical dimension; there’s nothing more special than your baby’s first brush with the festive season and all the glitter and lametta that it brings!

Baby's 1st Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year so for babies first Christmas do you go for practical gifts to be played with or personalised keepsakes to be looked at from a distance? Do you put money into a savings account for when they’re older or do you go all out and fill the tree with gift upon gift?

Below is a range of gift ideas for babies aged 0-12 months – with a budget to suit all;

  • My 1st Years do a wide range of lovely personalised items; one of our favourites is this pull along caterpillar which can have up to six letters printed on it to give it that extra special touch.
  • Photoshoot – around Christmas, many photographers offer ‘mini’ sessions so you can have professional photos done of your little one – you could then make them into Christmas cards or printed and framed as gifts.
  • Toybox – you’re bound to get an abundance of toys so why not treat your little one to a toybox to keep them all in?
  • Sophie the giraffe – are you even a parent if you haven’t succumbed and purchased this glorified dog chew toy?! You can get Sophie on her own boxed or in various gift sets with smaller teethers, rattles and a book. If baby is still gummy, it will be a saviour when those pearly whites start making their appearance. Sophie Giraffe
  • Personalised teddy bear – What baby doesn’t love a teddy bear to snuggle up with? If you’re looking for a bit more of a keepsake gift as opposed to an everyday teddy, the Steiff range includes soft bears as well as classic and limited edition bears…which come delivered in a beautiful box too.
  • Books – It’s never too early to get your children into books! Usborne do a great range of ‘Baby’s Very First’ and ‘That’s not my…’ which have touchy feely bits on them. Or you can never go wrong with timeless classics like The Hungry Caterpillar or Guess how much I love you. That's Not My Books

 

  • Musical instrument set –there is no better sound than a baby laughing at the shaking of a maraca or tambourine or the joy of watching them bash a stick to a little round drum. Note: maybe buy yourself some ear defenders!
  • Sensory toys – most toys get put into little one’s mouths or just held in in their little fists so ensure the toy you pick has got a bit of texture to it. Whether it be a light up cube, a crinkly cuddly, a bobble ball or a baby-safe mirror, you won’t go far wrong.
    Sensory Toy
  • Stacking cups – a pretty inexpensive toy, but one that is loved by all children. Babies enjoy banging them together to make noise or knocking them down, once they’ve been stacked up for them. Later on they can be used to hide toys under and play ‘peek-a-boo’ with!

Stacking Cups

  • Hand /feet prints – there are many craft centres who offer hand and feet paintings on to pottery. Why not get a trinket box, coaster or butter dish printed with babies hand print?

 

  • When celebrating such a monumental event as a first Christmas, it is perfectly acceptable to go completely OTT, so buy up those ‘Baby’s first Christmas’ vests, babygros and bib sets…heck buy the full Santa/Elf costume too!

Though babies first Christmas is a milestone event to us as parents to them they will be more interested in the boxes and wrapping paper than the gift that is inside! We’re holding a number of markets in December, why not pop down and see if you can pick up some new/nearly new bargains at a fraction of their retail price?

Written by Jess from Prosecco Mum you can find her on all the socials below

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Our Team - Laura

Introducing our Organisers – Laura

Introducing our Organiser Laura
Where I run markets – Melksham, Chippenham and Corsham Bigger and Little Pickles Markets.
What item I can’t live without other than my family? My mobile phone I guess 🙈
How many children do I have? 2 girls. Ava and Elsie! Yes, their initials are A+E!!!
If I woke up tomorrow what animal would I be? Well, an insect I would be a fly- who would want to be a fly on the wall !!!!
Favourite place to be- Making memories and have fun with my girls. 💕
Favourite children’s book. ? Each peach pear plum. A fav of mine when I was young.
Cinema or fancy restaurant? Both. Eat first then afilm!!
Spring, summer, autumn or winter? Got to be winter having fun in the snow ⛄
One thing I always carry in my handbag? Food for the kids!!!
One bit of information I wish I had known before parenting? It’s the hardest yet most rewarding job in the world xx
Best bargain found at Little Pickles ? 2 kites in a Tin for £1. Hours of fun with the kids.

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Little Pickles Market Owner

Mummy Pickle – Little Pickles Markets Owner

Welcome to our new series introducing you to the team behind Little Pickles Markets, starting off with Me, Jessamine aka Mummy Pickle. Proud owner and founder, I have spent the last 7 years helping families save and recoup money whilst raising their young families.

Right question time, if you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

Where do you run Markets? – I oversee the running of the whole of Little Pickles Market, so I spend most of my time behind a computer screen. But you will see me popping up at events in Bournemouth, Swindon, Frome and Bradford on Avon. Plus at some of the Wiltshire/Somerset Bigger Pickles Markets as a buyer too.

What is the item you can’t live without other than your family?  – Argh, I really don’t want to say this but it has to be my phone. I am a snap happy Mum forever capturing my children as they grow. But also always on hand to answer emails and keep up with my social media too.

How many children do you have? – I like to keep myself busy so have 5 not so Little Pickles. They are now all school-aged, 4, 6, 8, 11 and 16. I have 4 daughters and just 1 very outnumbered son.

If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, what animal would you choose to be and why? – It would have to be a Giraffe, it is my favourite animal. I would love to overlook the rest of the world from way up high.

Where is your favourite place to be and why? – On a sunny warm beach with my 5 pickles, switched off the outside world. Early this year we went to Cornwall and made some lovely memories that we all cherish.  

Mummy Pickles Family 

What is your favourite children’s book? – Totally random, but I loved the Where’s Spot books when I was a kid and when my Pickles were younger they loved them too, shame they have grown out of them too quick!

Cinema or fancy restaurant? – As I have a history for almost nodding off in the cinema, it’s got to be eating a lovely fancy dinner with friends.  

Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter and let us know why? – Summer, summer, summer, did you guess I love summer!!! Even though the weather isn’t always guaranteed in this country, the light evenings make my days feel longer. Meaning the kids and I have longer to go and explore.

Name one thing you always carry in your handbag? – My purse, with 5 children it is constantly taking a battering or I always leave it to the last minute to fill up the car or I need an emergency chocolate fix to see me through the day.

One bit of information you wish you’d known before becoming a parent? – Every child is different and even though you can pick up bits of advice, each model (Little Pickle) doesn’t come with their unique manual, so it may be a case of trial and error to get things right. Trust your instincts and try not to doubt yourself.

Enough from me look out for the next team members answers in the coming weeks.

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October Half Term Ideas

October Half Term Ideas

The beginning of October has gone and my children only have 8 more days at school before it’s half term!! How did that happen? I am now racking my brains for ideas how to keep the Pickles entertained. So thought I would share my October Half Term Ideas with you all.

It will be nice to have a week and a half again with no routine. No 6 am wake ups to get my eldest 2 to the bus stop by 7.30am.

Now I need to decide what we are going to do with the days that the pickles are off school. Well, my bank balance is still recovering from the summer holiday. Plus having to buy school uniform, shoes and bus passes, for the kids return to work last month. Also with the festivities only 11 weeks away (Sorry, if like me you are trying to ignore this!) I will be watching the pennies to go towards Christmas surprises.

Luckily we have National Trust Membership and lots of NT properties close to home. If the weather is fine we can go and explore some of the houses and gardens at local NT properties. One of our favourite NT properties is Stourhead, it always looks lovely in the autumn so definitely worth a trip. 

Not a National Trust member then I’m sure you will have a nearby park or woods. Where you will still go and have some autumn fun. If the leaves are dry the Pickles can collect a bag full of leaves and twigs as they make lovely pictures, this will give us an indoor activity if we have a wet day.  Although I am not a fan of walking in the rain I will have to brace myself if it’s  rainy as we all of wellies, raincoats and the 2 littlest Pickles both have rain trousers thanks to Dry Kids.

Now that the Pickles are a bit older on a fine day we will go the park with some bats and balls to have a game of rounders or cricket, although we don’t stick to the rules or are too strict on scoring as this prevents battles. It’s just so that they can all run around to let off steam and wear them out.

We have a subscription to Now TV  so love to have a film marathon, with buckets full of popcorn. Nothing like a lovely lazy film afternoon to relax and recharge our batteries.

When I was little we used to have indoor picnics on autumn afternoons. If you cook with your Pickles then this could fill a lot of the day as you could make cakes, sausage rolls, cheese straws etc with them and then have these at the picnic. Cooking isn’t my thing so I will get the picnic bits at the supermarket or just raid the fridge and do with what we have at home. 

I think am going to try an Indoor Treasure Hunt if it’s the weather isn’t on our side this Half Term. Now my children’s rooms are always untidy. It seems that as soon as I finish tidying it and walk downstairs the toys and books throw themselves on the floor!! So I am going to make a list, for each Pickle. For example, they can find a Barbie with clothes on, a red car. They will have to collect 10 things each and get a prize for doing it nothing massive. But before they get their prize they will have put their items away in the right place 1st.

My last saving grace for a wet half term is our local scrapstore. The pickles can go and have a rummage, picking up all sorts of bits for crafting, including big sheets of paper to stick the bits onto. At our local one, we can fill a bag full of goodies for a minimal fee. Coming home with enough to keep the Pickles amused for ages. There are now Scrapstores all over the UK, so I’m sure there is one local to you.

Well, I hope these ideas will help you have a great half term. I have now reminded myself of all the great things we can do and am actually looking forward to having the Pickles at home again.

Written by Jessamine aka Mummy Pickle, you can follow our families half term adventures over in Instagram

 

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Prosecco Mum

Prosecco Mum’s review of Little Pickles Market

Guest Post – Check out Jess from Prosecco Mum, review and thoughts on Little Pickles Market

Prosecco Mum

One of the things I’ve learnt since becoming a mum is that babies don’t tend to wear clothes for long before they suddenly go through those bloody ‘growth spurts’ and burst out of clothes quicker than you can say, Michelin Man. 


So I’m a huge fan of Nearly New Baby Sales where you can pick up new, or as good as new, bargains for a fraction of their original price!


I have sold at a fair few Little Pickles Markets now and not only do I realise my children have a better wardrobe than me and are the new reason I teeter on bankruptcy each month but I realise how spoilt they are; rows and rows of clothes all hung on rails still with tags on, shoes that haven’t even been unclipped and every gizmo and gadget, you can guarantee they’ve had it. Well, probably not quite so much with Arlo, poor second child, I learnt my lesson with him and he still parades round with pink muslins and pink bibs on. But gender neutral clothing’s all the rage now, isn’t it?!


I don’t tend to buy clothes at these things but the last time I was selling I had a quick peruse at some of the other stallholders bits before the frenzied buyers burst through the door, and I managed to pick up a Gro Clock (I’m glad I brought it second hand because it doesn’t bloody work for Sofia she just bursts in at the crack of dawn saying “my clocks still blue mummy”) and a Maxi Cosi Family Fix base – that was a real bargain. On other occasions I have picked up some nearly new Clarks shoes for Sofia for nursery and a brand new bike seat, even though neither of us own a bike…but, you never know, maybe one day – and it was a bargain!

 

Today I sold at the Eastleigh market which is held at Fleming Park leisure centre – it’s a really busy market and ran from 10.30-12, so long enough to be constantly busy and not enough time to get bored or take up a whole day! The queue was out the door and around the carpark and I people’s faces were peeping through the door at 10am, which heaped the pressure on as I frantically tried to unload my jumbo bags full of one man’s treasure.

I had a great day today, I made over £200 and the best bit, is unlike carboot sales, people are all here for one thing; baby stuff so every person walking round is a potential buyer of your items. I was selling to make money, of course, but also to start ridding the house of bags and bags of bits that I’d accumulated over the past 3.5 years. By 11am my stall had quite literally been ransacked and I’d sold the big items such as the Sleepyhead, baby bath, baby carrier, stroller pushchair and shedloads of clothes. Also, unlike a carboot sale it’s all inside which is a real bonus as it will never be ‘rained off’ and you’ll always be warm and dry!

So what was the key to today’s success? 

  • Having a mixture of items – clothes, toys, books as well as some of the bigger items as mentioned 
  • It probably also helped that I had both boys and girls clothing; though obviously if you only have one, there’s not much you can do about that!
  • Pricing the items right – in hindsight I probably did the Sleepyhead too cheap but it’s gone now and no longer residing in the kids playroom, the clothes I marked anything from 50p (for leggings, tights and baby vests) up to £7 (for brand new with tags John Lewis/Gap/Ted Baker type items) and everything in between
  • Be prepared – I mark up all clothing labels with brand, size and price, it not only makes it easier for the people looking but also for me when selling!
  • Presentation – I always think that even though it’s a second hand/nearly new sale, it doesn’t mean that everything should look shabby….myself included! 
  • Good quality items – I only sell things I’d be happy to buy myself and I am fussy. So I do wash, iron and hang all of my clothes ahead of the sale.

Do you visit nearly new sales? Have you ever been to a Little Pickles market before?

You can see where your nearest market is by clicking here, and you never know I might see you at one if you’re local!

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