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Christmas Gift Guide for Nannies and Child Carers

November 30, 2017 | Leave a Comment

As Christmas time approaches, its time to think about suitable gift ideas to give you your nanny or child carer.

It is nice to reward your nanny or child carer with a special Christmas gift to thank them for all their hard work in the year. Whether you have a permanent, live in nanny, a part time daily nanny, or an occasional babysitter, they should be rewarded with something something to show your appreciation.

So, if you are stuck for ideas or looking for some inspiration, check out our gift guide. A range of ideas depending on your budget/ how much you are willing to spend.

Christmas Gift Ideas:

A great place to start is to have a think about what they love or what there passion is. For example, if they love tea you could buy them a selection of different flavored teas, or if they are a coffee drinker, you could get them a travel coffee thermos to take on the school runs. Consider what they enjoy doing and see if you can relate a gift to it.

A Hamper/ a selection of their favourite things

Know your Nanny! Take a note of their interests. Have a think about what your nanny/ child carer loves and enjoy. Personalise it with special gifts that they will LOVE. Consider what their favorite type of food is, what they love to drink, what they love to do in their free time or what their favourite genre of book is. Gather together a few items and put it together as a gift. You may decide organise it in a special box or hamper. Go the extra mile and make it look special.

Extra pay or Christmas Bonus

You may decide that you don’t want to give a gift but instead feel that giving a little extra pay or a Christmas bonus is more appropriate. This is a great gift to show how much your appreciate all the work that they have put in over the past year.

A Gift Voucher

If you are unsure of a gift that they might like, consider a gift voucher for their favourite place to shop, place to eat or place to visit. A great gift for those who are tricky to buy for.

A book by their favourite author

If you know what your nannies favourite author or genre of book is, check out your local book store and see if you can find one they will love. A gift that has shown thought and time is one that will be appreciated.

Show Tickets

Does your Nanny love to go to the theatre? A trip to see a show is something they can look forward to.

Homemade Gifts from the Children

If you are looking for a gift that is a little more personal, then getting your children to make something special is perfect. This is the ideal gift option for a temporary nanny or part time nanny or babysitter. It shows how much you care, with out having to spend a lot of money.

Ideas:

  • DIY Photo frame displaying a special memories captured
  • Decorate a plate, cup, bowl with children’s hand/foot prints.

A Nanny Diary

As we approach a new year, give the gift of a nanny diary. The perfect place for a nanny to make notes of their charge and keep employers up to date with key information relating to their child. This is a great gift for those child carers who look after young children and is always greatly received.

Whatever you decide to get your Nanny or child carer make sure you do it in time for Christmas Day. Don’t forget to allow them time off to relax and recuperate and to feel fresh for the new year ahead.

Training Courses

If your Nanny is a keen learner then why not give them the gift of a training course to expand their skills and knowledge. Harmony at Home have a fantastic range of childcare courses that are perfect for all nannies and child carers. Giving the gift of a training course gives nannies the opportunity to develop their knowledge and can help to progress their career.

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2017

Perfect Christmas Gifts for Children from Harmony at Home Children’s Boutique

October 24, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Harmony at Home Children’s Eco Boutique – Christmas Gifts!

Calling all parents! Christmas is just around the corner! Many children will soon be writing out their Christmas lists and letters to Father Christmas packed full of gifts and toys that they want for Christmas this year.

For many, it may be too early to start to think about Christmas and buying presents. However, gifts and toys do not come cheap, with tech toys becoming one of the ever growing trend for children this year.

With new technology being introduced into our daily lives, many children are wanting the latest gadgets on the market. However, with this being said, many children still love to receive toys and games to play with. Harmony at Home Children’s Eco Boutique has a fantastic selection for you.

Discover our full range of toys and gifts for children of all ages HERE!

Here are our top 10 toys and gifts that are perfect for Christmas this year:

  1. Wooden Dolls House – £144.00

Dimensions D:350mm H:630mm W:440mm

This gorgeous fully painted and decorated wooden dolls house is set to make the ideal Christmas present for all children aged 3 years plus. Beautifully decorated in a stunning pastel colour scheme of white, mint and green, children will be sure to fall in love. This fantastic gift idea is set to captivate children’s imaginations.

You can’t have an unfurnished dolls house, which is why this one also includes 32 pieces of wooden furniture including a welsh dresser, a table, chairs, bunk beds and a kitchen sink unit with an oven and hob. Crockery and toys are also included to allow children’s imaginations to really be creative.

To make this gift extra special, Harmony at Home Children’s Eco Boutique can also personalise it for you with your child’s name.

  1. Children’s Wooden Pirate Ship – £34.95 – £39.95

Dimensions: D170mm X H300mm X L290mm

A fantastic wooden pirate ship with beautiful illustrations perfect for your little pirates aged 18months plus this Christmas. Let your children be the captain of their own pirate ship with this fun wooden boat with all the needed features included.

2 pirates, a fabric sail, a flag, a toy cannon, a turning helm, and sliding panels all allow your children to let their imaginations run wild and become their very own pirate.

To make this gift extra special, Harmony at Home Children’s Eco Boutique can also personalise it for you with your child’s name.

  1. Wooden Shopping Till – £36.99 – £41.99

If your children love imaginative play, this is the ideal Christmas gift for them! This wooden shopping till encourages fun filled play times allowing children to pretend to be a shop owner or shopper.

This wooden till comes with all the features of a real-life cash till. With a moving till drawer, buttons, a scanner, 4 wooden cards to be placed in the display, play money and a till roll to write on, children have the opportunity to have fun creating their very own shopping role play.

To make this gift extra special, Harmony at Home Children’s Eco Boutique can also personalise it for you with your child’s name.

  1. Wooden Farm House – £18.99 – £23.99

Dimensions Approximately = 17X14X 13cm

Let your little ones become little farmers this Christmas with their very own wooden farm play house. This adorable farm house makes the perfect gift for children 18 months old plus. To accompany the farm house, 6 different farm animals to play with; a cow, goose, horse, rabbit, hen and a dog.

This lovely farm house has 2 floors for the animals to explore or they can simply roam around outside. Let your children become their own farmer with this great toy!

To make this gift extra special, Harmony at Home Children’s Eco Boutique can also personalise it for you with your child’s name.

  1. Wooden Ice Cream Van Shape Sorter – £26.99 – £29.99

Dimensions: Approximately 25X14X15cm

A brightly coloured ice cream van shape sorter will make the perfect Christmas gift for children aged 3 years plus. This fun toy can be driven around and also comes with 5 chunky wooden shapes which can fit through the various shape holes to keep children entertained. Once all the shapes have been sorted into the correct holes, the roof slides of to retrieve the shapes and the fun can start all over again.

To make this gift extra special, Harmony at Home Children’s Eco Boutique can also personalise it for you with your child’s name.

  1. Song Bird Music Box – £19.50 – £24.50

A beautifully designed music box that is perfect to allow your children to keep their ‘treasures’ safe with plenty of room to fit necklaces, bracelets and more. Suitable for all children aged 3 years plus and makes the ideal Christmas gift for young girls.

This gorgeous song bird music box is decorated with bird and when opened, a bird can be found dancing to ‘Le temps des cerises’ by ‘Antoine Renard’.

To make this gift extra special, Harmony at Home Children’s Eco Boutique can also personalise it for you with your child’s name.

  1. Cascading Wooden Cars – £19.90 – £24.90

Dimensions Approximately = 14 cm x 12 cm x 47 cm

Hours of fun can be had this Christmas with this super exciting game suitable for ages 2 years plus. Watch 4 different coloured cars zoom down the track. Once one car reaches the bottom, start the race all over again.

To make this gift extra special, Harmony at Home Children’s Eco Boutique can also personalise it for you with your child’s name.

  1. Wooden Fire Truck – £32.50 – £37.50

This wooden fire truck is perfect for your little fire fighters this Christmas. Decorated in a brightly coloured red, this wooden truck comes complete with 2 fire fighter figurines and has a moving ladder and basket. Lots of fun is waiting to be had with this truck!

To make this gift extra special, Harmony at Home Children’s Eco Boutique can  also personalise it for you with your child’s name.

  1. Wooden School Bus – £25.99 – £30.00

A beautiful wooden school bus makes the ideal Christmas gift for your little vehicle enthusiasts. Complete with 12 multi-coloured figurines that fit perfectly into the seats of the bus allowing children’s minds to be filled with creativity. Lots of fun is waiting to be had with this toy, playing and pretending to drive the bus. With a removable lid, children can to get into character and enjoy being in charge of their very own bus.

To make this gift extra special, Harmony at Home Children’s Eco Boutique can also personalise it for you with your child’s name.

  1. Wooden Noah’s Ark – £32.99 – £37.99

Dimensions Approximately = 27X16X22 cm

This super colourful wooden Noah’s Ark makes the perfect Christmas present for all young children. This toy allows children to put their imagination to the test with 18 parts included as well as Noah and his wife.

To make this gift extra special, Harmony at Home Children’s Eco Boutique can also personalise it for you with your child’s name.

 

So, if you are looking for the perfect Christmas gift or are stuck for ideas, head to Harmony at Home Children’s Eco Boutique or check out their website for a spectacular range of gifts and toys.

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2017

Perfect chocolate free Easter gifts for children

April 6, 2017 | Leave a Comment

Perfect Easter gifts ideas for children, that are chocolate free!

Chocolate and Easter go hand in hand. Buying an Easter egg is just easy and simple, and is usually what is expected. Children love chocolate so it makes the ideal gift to give.

However, sometimes it is nice to mix it up and give them something else to enjoy. Maybe something practical or something they will treasure. It can hard knowing what is the perfect gift to give a child or young person for Easter that is chocolate free.

Harmony at Home Children’s Boutique have some stunning gifts that are suitable for any occasion.

Here are a few gift ideas that can be found on the Harmony at Home Children’s Boutique website or in store that are perfect to swap the chocolate Easter Egg for:

Pens

Harmony at Home Children’s boutique have a great selection of felt tip pens available. These make the ideal gift for children of any age and are responsibly priced so you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank on a gift.

Including:

Felt tip pens available in 3 different ranges of colours:

These packs all contain a great selection of felt tips. 10 great colours to choose from that are ideal for making a picture ‘pop’. These work as a fabulous gift for all children, especially those who love to be creative. Each pack of pens costs £9.50. A great value present that works well on its own or accompanied with a colouring book.

In addition to the felt tips, there are also a selection of fun markers to choose from…

These are perfect to add that special touch to a picture. A fantastic selection of 6 markers that are sure to keep children happy. These are available to buy each for £9.95.

Scratch Boards:

If you are looking for an arty Easter gift that is perfect for children who love to get creative, then scratch boards are ideal. You just have to scratch away the board following the lines, to reveal the colours underneath.

Harmony at Home Children Boutique have a fantastic choice of boards to choose from, all priced at £7.99.

Including:

  • Halcyon Nights – Suitable for children aged 7 – 13 years
  • Full Moon – Suitable for children aged 7 – 13 years
  • Ondine – Suitable for children aged 7 – 13 years
  • Dinosaurs – Suitable for children aged 6 – 10 years

Stencils:

Stencils are the ideal gifts for all children and make the perfect gift replacement for an Easter egg. These are perfect for all children and are sure to keep them entertained on long car journeys or trips away over the Easter Holidays.

Harmony at Home Children’s Boutique have some fantastic stencil themes to choose from, all priced at £7.95:

  • Fairies – Suitable for children aged 5 – 9 years.
  • Dancers – Suitable for children aged 5 – 9 years
  • Horses – Suitable for children aged 5 – 9 years
  • Knights and Dragons – Suitable for children aged 3 – 6 years.

Colour in fancy dress outfit:

This really is as exciting as it sounds! Not only do children get to colour in their own fancy dress outfit, they are then able to wear and show off their creation. This fantastic gift is available in 2 different styles.

You can choose from:

Pirate – £8.99

Super Hero – £8.99

Children are sure to love this and is the perfect gift to keep children busy and occupied over the Easter holidays. It is ideal for days that are spent at home or when the weather is not looking particularly good.

Bunny Costume set

This makes the perfect Easter gift and is suitable for all children aged 4 years plus. This 3 piece costume containing bunny ears, a pink bow and white tail, allows children to dress up and get in the mood for Easter.

This will make the perfect present for anyone who loves to dress up and will be a great addition to the fancy dress box. Whats even better, is the price! This 3 piece bunny costume set is available to buy for £4.95. A great alternative to a chocolate Easter egg, that children will still love.

Wooden farm house:

This wooden farm house is the ideal gift to give to younger children instead of an Easter egg. This is a classic wooden toy and will be sure to keep young children entertained. This is the ideal gift for children aged 3 years plus and is priced at just £27.99.

All the familiar farmyard animals that you would expect to find are included; a horse, a sheep, a cow, a pig, a duck and a chicken. Also included is the farmer along side his wife, a wooden fence and 2 wooden trees. The farm house opens up to allow children to be creative and ensures lots of fun is had. All this allows children to explore their imaginations and pretend to be in charge and run a farm.

To make this gift extra special, there is an option to have it personalized with your child’s name. This is the perfect option to finish of a gift. This really is a toy that children will love and cherish.

Eggling – Grow it yourself mini garden egg kit:

This really is as exciting as it sounds. Swap the chocolate egg for one which you can grow something out of. This is the perfect gift to give to all children and it will encourage them to look after and care for something, giving them the sense of responsibility.

All they have to do it crack open the top of the eggling, just like you would a normal egg, add some water to bring it to life, and place in an area with some sunlight. It really couldn’t be simpler. The seeds have already been planted and spares are also provided. This is such a fantastic Easter gift idea for children that gives them a little bit of responsibility.

The tricky part comes in choosing the eggling. With 4 different ones to choose from, it can be hard to just pick one.

Harmony at Home Children’s Boutique have a selection of 4 Egglings to choose from, all priced at £7.99

  • Strawberry
  • Sunflowers
  • Lavender
  • Basil

Sew me up lamb:

This really is the perfect Easter gift for children. Recommended for children 8 years +.

This fantastic craft kit gift comes with the lamb, already to be stitched to life, a plastic needle, thread and a plastic feeding bottle so you are able to care for it once brought to life. What more could you want from a gift. This is perfect to keep children entertained over the Easter holidays, especially on the days where the sun is not shinning! It also gives them the opportunity to learn how to sew. For only £10.99, you really can not go wrong with this fantastic gift.

So, this Easter, think out side the box. If you are in need of an Easter gift, try to resist the traditional egg. Check out the Harmony at Home Children’s Boutique website, where there is lots to discover.

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2017

Letters to Father Christmas – an activity for Nannies

November 28, 2016 | Leave a Comment

Don’t forget to write your letter to Father Christmas, so that he can tell his Elves exactly what to make! This will need to be written and sent as early as possible to give his Elves enough time, and the deadline is Friday 9th December, so please make sure you have sent him a letter by this date. Father Christmas has said that he will do his very best to respond to each and every one of you.

Please send it to the address below so that Santa receives your letter:

Santa/Father Christmas,

Santa’s Grotto,

Reindeerland,

XM4 5HQ

Please make sure that you send your letter to the correct address and that it is stamped correctly! Don’t forget to include your full name and address so that Father Christmas can respond to you.

Father Christmas is busy making his list of who has been good. He is very busy preparing his sleigh for his long journey with his reindeer’s. He is very excited to deliver your presents on Christmas Eve and would like to remind us all to be good, and not to forget his Mince Pie and Carrot for Rudolph!

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5 fun rainy day activities

August 19, 2016 | Leave a Comment

The summer holidays are among us, the sun has been shining and playtime activities have been fun. However, the weather can always change and you don’t want your day to be ruined. Here are 5 fun rainy day activities just in case summer goes a little bit wet for a day or two:

1.Baking

Every child loves making and eating cakes, so why don’t you fill your day with baking? However, you don’t simply have to bake unhealthy treats, all over the internet there are healthy alternatives for cakes and family meals. Use baking to help teach your children about healthy eating, show them that making healthy treats is just as fun and tasty. Therefore making a rainy day educational as well as fun.

2. Creating a play

Being stuck indoors can get boring or children become hyperactive. Use their energy by getting them to organize, create and act out a play. They use their imagination, by making props and teaching them to work together to put on a performance. They can spend a whole day preparing the play, and end their day by performing. Everyone can work together, and they can have their own job throughout the day that will help create a great performance at the end.

3. Puppets

Puppets are known to engage children and be an effective resource in multiple different ways. As a result of this, making puppets can be a fun activity and they can also be used to create a play. They can also be used to create good behaviour by getting tasks done around the house. They also make play time more magical. Therefore creating puppets benefits children and yourself.

4. Marble run

You may have odd pieces of the classic marble run game hanging around the house, some bits lost or broken, but your children are insistent on playing. You can make marble run more fun by creating your own marble run track. Grab old loo rolls, tubes and empty containers and get building. Have fun creating your own track and changing it as many times as you wish. Create a competition by creating more than one track and have a prize for the winner of the best marble run.

5. Simple activities

Board games, reading books and playing with their favourite toys. If you have had a nice sunny morning but the afternoon has gone wet and cold you could make a den and spend the afternoon watching films and spending time together playing in the den.

The summer holidays do not have to be expensive. You can use your everyday home resources to create fun, and even bring out old games that you enjoyed as a child and teach them to your children. Remember to keep things simple.

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