Welcome to the BG Christmas Gift Guide 2011. Austerity measures may be in place for Christmas this year, but that doesn’t mean you need to forgo the traditional stocking. And cheap needn’t mean nasty. We’ve trawled the web to find a myriad of mini treasures for less than a pound. Bookmark and refer back when you’ve got party bags to fill
These wooden twist and lock blocks are definitely going in Alfie’s stocking this year. £1, Looty Bag.
As are these. Lego + crayon = genius. 69p, Colour Me Fun.
I’ve raved about Tinti’s fun products before – what small child wouldn’t love their bath water turning a glorious shade of green? 95p, Myriad.
Tickseed is a favourite destination for party bag fillers. My pick is this miniature matchbox wooden set, based on a design from the 1940s, 60p.
I’m not entirely sure why, but small boys seem to love these metal clicker things (warning: quite annoying after a while!). 50p, Little Giggles.
I can’t imagine any little girl not being delighted with one of these bejewelled wooden rings. 95p, The Little Things.
Six fun colours of modelling clay – just keep it away from the carpet. 99p, After Noah.
Mmm, insects, got to love them. Take a closer look with this mini bug viewer. 75p, Toyday.
A puzzle is great in a stocking – love these little wooden animals. 50p, Hawkin’s Bazaar.
Another gorgeous bit of girliness in the form of these cute floral wooden bracelets. 79p, The Curious Caterpillar.
A classic trick to play on Dad on Boxing Day – the wooden finger trap. 30p, Jelly & Blancmange.
Ooh, a pencil. With a springy vehicle on top. Cool. £1, Little Cherry.
Most children will get a book or two on Christmas Day, so a bookmark is practical and pretty. 80p, Eco Party Bags.
I remember getting one of these wheel whizzers in my stocking as a child. Sometimes the old ones are the best. 60p, Eco Mojo.
And a funky wooden spinning top. These are one of my go to buys for party bags as they never fail to entertain. 75p, Party Ark.
Ikea does it again with these cheery little circus characters, 99p each.
Stickers always popular and Paperchase has a fantastic range. I particularly like this shopping-themed sheet, £1.
There’s so much goodness at Muji for Christmas – this origami paper makes a bright buy for craft projects at 95p.
Alfie is mad on snap at the moment and these traditional card games are an absolute bargain. 35p, Woolgar’s Toys.
Give a gift and save the planet – what’s not to love about seed stick matchbooks? I had them as wedding favours. 85p, Party Delights.
Sadly not online (why oh why?) but Danish Tiger Stores has lots of treats for minimum cash. Loving the juggling balls, £1.