Five last minute presents for under fives

If you are one of those parents that cannot resist a last minute something for your little one, or if you are looking for a small present for a neighbour or friend's child, like me, you will still be shopping right up to Christmas Day.

A last minute gift does not have to involve great expense or be something that will be played with for five minutes and forgotten.  There are lots of reasonably priced items out there and gifts that can even be made with the contents of your store cupboard.

All the gifts in our list cost less than ten pounds and will be well received by boys or girls.

Justin's Annual

If you have not heard of Justin Fletcher.  Where have you been? Not at our house obviously!  The star of Cbeebies, Justin presents a variety of shows all aimed at under 7s.  This is his first annual and it is full of things to make and do, as well as stories, activities and recipes.  As far as annuals go this one is a good one and will keep your children well occupied.  One that they will return to throughout the year.

Justin's Annual: The Official Justin Fletcher Annual 2013 (Faber & Faber) is £7.99 RRP and is widely available online and on the high street.

Candy Cane Playdough

One for you to make. The Artful Parent has an excellent recipe and instructions for lovely candy cane playdough.  Costing just pennies and made from the contents of your store cupboard.  If you are organised you could add a little cookie cutter like a gingerbread man or similar as a extra goodie.  They will love making play cakes and biscuits and it smells great too.

CBeebies: The Album

This is a fantastic double album that all CBeebies fans will love.  Containing lots of toddler favourites including theme tunes from In The Night Garden, Mike the Knight and Rastamouse.  It also contains the seasonal songs sung by the presenters.  In total there are an amazing 50 tracks making this CD great value for money.  Our favorite is Bestest in The Barn (from Charlie and Lola) to sing and dance to (well mummy's anyway).

CBeebies The Album (Little Demon) is priced from just £7.99 (Amazon) and is widely available online and on the high street.

DIY Baking Kit

Most children love to bake, I know Little D does and these days it is hard work tearing him away from the Postman Pat cake mix in the baking aisle.  It's Christmas so why not indulge that passion and buy a themed cake mix (usually under £1.50) a wooden spoon, sprinkles,  a bun tin or similar, as you do you last minute supermarket shop.  Nicely wrapped up your child will love it.


I know this seems a bit of a cop out, but what child doesn't enjoy chocolate for breakfast on Christmas morning?  It's traditional.  If the child has siblings you can even make it a game and include a hat, scarf and gloves (in the child's size) and a knife and fork and a dice so they can play Dog's Dinner.

We were sent Cbeebies The Album and Justin's Annual free of charge for review.  All opinions are our own.