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Christmas is coming and so is the Smyths catalogue!

It’s started. September is here again, and so begins the descent into winter and the countdown to Christmas.

Each year there are five tell tale signs that summer is long gone, and that winter and Christmas are on the way:

  1. The rain and drizzle returns and that spare bedroom, which has spent the last few months being just that, gradually reverts to its previous use as an indoor drying area, full of damp clothes and towering clothes horses.
  2. You begin to appreciate how much easier it was to be woken up at 5.45am when the sun had already risen.
  3. Tubs of Heroes, Quality Street and Roses start to appear in the supermarkets at discount prices, just in case you fancy piling on the Christmas pounds in good time before the big day.
  4. You get that familiar sinking feeling when you realise that once again you failed to book the Santa Express/Winter Wonderland Experience/Afternoon tea with Santa/Pantomime back in May (yes, May!) and so now, the highlight of the run up to Christmas for your children will be when Santa Claus (aka Jake’s grandad) visits playgroup. Again.
  5. You make a point of popping into Smyths for their new toy catalogue so that you can start to plan your Christmas shopping, but also so that your children can begin putting together their Christmas lists.  Because if they don’t start them now, they won’t be able to remind you what they want, every single day, for the next 12 weeks.

While I can’t do anything about the first four points, I’m going to at least save myself some time this year by ordering the Smyths catalogue online  instead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At over 328 pages, this year’s Smyths catalogue offers a huge selection of toys, outdoor play equipment, video games and baby products. Having children, nieces and nephews ranging from 5 months to 11 years old, I tend to use Smyths as a one-stop shop for all their Christmas presents, and I intend to do so for a little while yet, as it saves me so much time. Being able to browse the catalogue beforehand also makes it so much quicker and easier to come up with ideas for everyone.

Little B is a huge fan of Smyths and already has her eye on a few things, mostly of the unicorn-mermaid-princess variety. She placed an order with me back in July for this Swimming Adventures Ariel toy and shows no sign of forgetting about it. 

To be honest, anything that detracts from her ongoing obsession with all things My Little Pony is welcome in our house.

The highly anticipated Disney Princess Swimming Adventures Ariel. She really really swims in the bath, don’t you know…?

Purely from a selfish perspective, I’m planning to introduce Little B to Playmobil this Christmas. I’ve been waiting for this moment for almost 4 years. I loved Playmobil as a child and still think it’s brilliant for imaginative play, so I really want her to experience it. Smyths has a great range of Playmobil and I’m torn between the aquarium and the pony farm, as I’m sure she’d love them both. Decisions decisions!

 

Playmobil Family Fun Aquarium (Because I never had this one when I was little…)
Playmobil Country Pony Farm (Because I never had this one either….)

Of course we will also be buying for Little W for the first time this year.  Until now, he’s really just been inheriting his big sister’s toys, so it seems only fair that he should finally get a few new things at Christmas! Smyths has so much choice when it comes to baby toys, and I’ve had my eye on this baby walker from Vtech for a while. The front panel is detachable, so little ones are still able to play with it even before they start walking, making it great value for money.

Vtech First Steps Baby Walker (Not that we’re prepared for a toddler yet…)

And of course, you can never go wrong with a Fisher Price shape sorter.

Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Cookie Shape Surprise (Just because…)

There’s an even greater range of toys in the Smyths catalogue, so whether you’re looking for drones or dolls, Lego or slime, Barbie, or even a Ponycycle Unicorn Ride-on (yes, they have it!) be sure to order your catalogue here this week!

Probably won’t be letting my 3 year old see this one though….

 

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36 thoughts on “Christmas is coming and so is the Smyths catalogue!”

  1. I do love a good toys catalogue – especially the Xmas editions. I just love scrolling through with the kids and shortlisting what they want from ‘santa’. It’s so much easier to buy gifts that way x #StayClassyMama

    1. They’re great for that. The only thing is trying to make a shortlist from the billions of things my little girl thinks she wants….

  2. Toys! Christmas! This is my kind of post. Smyths is actually our go-to toy shop. It took us a few years to work out it existed, but when we did, there was no stopping us. We are very lucky to have one near us, so rather than ordering a catalogue, we let the little put together a wishlist after seeing the toys in person 🙂 Thank you for joining us for the #dreamteam x
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    1. We’d like to do that too, but I find it quite stressful taking our 3 year old to toy shops at the minute because she wants to buy EVERYTHING!

  3. Thank you for this, I’ve just been and requested a copy of the catalogue! My children say they want every single toy they see on tv so it’ll be really helpful to look through a catalogue with them and get a better idea of the things they actually really want! x #KCACOLS

  4. Yes it’s that time of the year we always check out symths catalogue always has fab toys Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

  5. You mentioned the C word so I am not really your friend as so disorganised but then find it easier these days now the children are much older but then again I also miss the bright and cheerful toys from yesteryear #TriumphantTales

  6. My little boy loves the Smyths catalogue. But then I can remember being the same with the Argos catalogue when I was little. They make a nice change from searching online at times. Thanks for sharing with #TriumphantTales.

  7. I’m not really in the christmas spirit yet particularly because it’s still summer weather in Portugal. I love your pics. I think my daughter really wants the mermaid doll. Thank you for sharing with #stayclassymama

    1. We have my daughter’s birthday in November too. I think I’m going to have plenty of ideas for both thanks to catalogues and TV adverts!

  8. This takes me back to the days of folded pages and big red circle around the gifts I wanted as a child. The Christmas Catalog season was great fun and I would spend hours looking through them.

    Honestly, I didn’t think that any stores had them any more and I think it is such a shame that even my kids don’t have the memories of looking through a Christmas Catalog.

    Great post! I have not heard of Smyth’s before so I am going to check it out!

    #KCACOLS

    1. It was always really exciting as a child, wasn’t it? Smyths is a great toy shop with loads of choice (although I’m rarely brave enough to take my little girl with me whenever I go because there’s always something she wants!).

  9. I absolutely love Smyths! Already made an order this morning and it’s definitely the place I’ll be doing most of my shopping this year.
    Thank you for linking up with #KCACOLS this week. Hope to see you again next week.

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