My All-Time Favorite Gifts Given & Received

It’s my birthday, so I’m sharing a list of all my favourite gifts that I’ve ever received or given.

As always, links are affiliate links. I made £26 in 2019 from this and I used that money to buy books for my sons for Christmas. The items listed here are ones we have given or received in the past and loved -or- things under our tree for Christmas this year. If the exact item wasn’t online, I chose the closest equivalent (that only happened for two things though).



Gift certificate to a favourite restaurant or cafe

Babysitting offer

Anything handmade!

Gift certificate for a fun class or experience, like wood working or wine tasting


Gift Sets

For kids: Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs BOOK + 18 Piece Dinosaurs In Tub

For anyone not living with their parents: Duct tape, gorilla tape, and WD40

Books for Toddlers & Kids

Help! My Dinosaurs are Lost in the City!

Best Word Book Ever

Elmer by David McKee

Noodle’s Knitting

Pokemon/Yu-Gi-Oh Card Binder

Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne

The Sea Book

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

The Secret of the Mansion (Trixie Belden #1) by Julie Campbell

The Clue in the Diary (Nancy Drew, Book 7) by Carolyn Keene

Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

The World of Peter Rabbit (The Original Peter Rabbit books 1-23) by Beatrix Potter

Goodnight Moon

How to Catch a Cold

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Dragons Love Tacos

Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel

Violet the Pilot

Alexander & the No Good Very Bad Day

No Bath Tonight


Gifts for Babies & Toddlers

Green Toys tea set (ours is still going strong after seven years)

Shape sorter ball  (ours is Tupperware brand)

Sophie Teether

Interactive Cube (this replaced the one we had)

Universal Buggy Rain Cover (it’s really nice)

Gifts for Kids When You Want to Punish the Parents

Parum Pum Pum – Toy Drum Kit with 7 Musical Instruments for Kids

Funtime PL2870 Jokes in a Tin Playset


Toys for Kids Who Don’t Put Stuff in Their Mouths

Banangrams Game  (fun for the whole family)

Schwinn Trike (ages 36 months and older, though our sons started using their one at 24 months)

Melissa & Doug Imaginative Play Baking Set

Skittles Bowling Set (ours is similar but no numbers)

TOMY Screwball Scramble Classic Retro Children’s Game

Transformers Robot Rescue Bot Headquarters

Dinosaur Lunch Bag

Shuffle Cluedo Card Game

Dinosaurs Top Trumps Card Game

Awesome Animals Top Trumps Card Game

Toy Garage

Creative Options Thread Organizer (Little known fact, this bobbin sorter actually is the perfect size for organising and storing Hot Wheels and Matchbox toy cars)

Peppa the Pig Campervan

Playmobil 6081 Summer Fun Summer Jet

Playmobil 6798 Wildlife Safari Truck with Lions

Wood Chess Set

STEM & Building Toys

LEGO Large Creative Brick Set with storage box

Wood train set

Wooden Gears and Cogs Board Set

MagFormers Magnetic Building Set

Snap Circuits Jr. – SC-100


STEM Books & Tools

Any dinosaur or evolutionary biology book by Dr. Ben Garrod (we have six or seven of them)


The Great Irish Science Book by Luke O’Neill

101 Great Science Experiments by Neil Ardley

Lift the Flap Periodic Table  (children’s book)

See Inside Inventions  (children’s book)

Mistakes that Worked (children’s book)

Iggy Peck, Architect (children’s book)


Art & Drawing

Rangebow Aqua Magic Water Doodle Drawing Travel Bag Mat and Magic Pens

STAEDTLER Noris Club Colouring Pencils

Art Set

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

Blank Comic Book


Dog Man, Minecraft & Video Games

Dog Man books by Dav Pilkey

Dog Man: Guide to Creating Comics in 3-D

Minecraft Joke Book

Minecraft Activity Book

How To Draw Minecraft For Kids

Microsoft Wireless Controller for Xbox One



LED Bluetooth Speaker

Projector (we’ve had three and this is our favourite)


Wireless Charging Pad


Books & Journals

The Complete Far Side Collection (BEST EVER)

Moleskin recipe journal (there are also ones for weddings and travel)

Brain Rules for Baby (the best book we read as expectant parents)

Rising Strong by Brené Brown

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown



Sweet Paul Eat and Make: Charming Recipes and Kitchen Crafts You Will Love

Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook: Strategies, Recipes, and Techniques of Classic Bistro Cooking

Wholesome by Catriona Redmond

Chapter One by Ross Lewis

Master it: How to cook today by Rory O’Connell

Apron Strings: Recipes from a Family Kitchen by Nessa Robbins

Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking -or- More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: 200 Brand-New, Budget-Friendly, Slow-Cooker Recipes -or- 365 Slow Cooker Suppers by Stephanie O’Dea


Crafts & Photography

Sewing Scissors

ArtBin thread spool organiser

Reflectors (I have this one and this one)

Knitting with Rainbows by Carol Feller

This Thing of Paper by Katie Westermann

Beekeeper – leather bangle & stitchmarker set (I have and love this!) by An Caitín Beag

Lacis Metal Jumbo Yarn Ball Winder

Island by Jane Richmond

Knitted Dinosaurs


Accessories & Clothing

Fingerless gloves (they work with smart phone use and show off manicures)

Cashmere sweaters (I still wear them)

Aran-style sweater (long enough to wear over leggings)

Classic Men’s button-down white shirt 

Pendleton National Park Stripe Socks (I love my pair of Great Smokey Mountains and would love to get Rainier, Crater Lake, Badlands, or Glacier)

Wool pea coat


Home & Practical Things

Amazon Basics Rechargable AA Batteries

Jumbo Command Hook

Filter-free Ionizing Air Cleaner (loved ours so much, we just got a second one)

Portable Car Jump Starter

Sugru Multi-Colour (Pack of 8)

LEGO Wonder Woman DC LED Key Light

VAX Carpet Cleaner (if you have kids or pets, get this)

Flipper Animal World Toothbrush Holder

Battery-powered camping lights (perfect to hang in that pesky closet without a built-in light)

Sweater Comb

Quirky PPVP1-WGUK Reclaim Outlets with Pivot Power


Baking & Cooking

Nonstick Pancake Pan

Cast Iron Core Dutch Oven (stovetop to oven to table – we don’t have one, I’ve wanted it for YEARS)

Faringdon 16cm Cake Tester

Tala Palette Knife

Kitchen Craft Sweetly Does It Cake Cutting Wire

Faringdon 25 X 34cm Stackable Cooling Racks – Set of 3

AmazonBasics Silicone Baking Mat – 2 Pack

Nordic Ware Honeycomb Pull-Apart Dessert Pan


What about you? What was the best gift you’ve given or received?

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