Minefield Christmas Picks

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So it’s happened, Halloween and Bonfire Night are over and we’re all in a sugar coma on the sofa when you start to panic about planning Christmas! But fear not, The Minefield is here to help you stuff those stockings with a few great holiday gift ideas.

If you haven’t already, you can check out our existing recommendations on toys and gender stereotypes in the Help & Hints section of the site as well as also our piece on the influence of toys and gendered play.

You can also check out other great sites such as Let Toys Be Toys and A Mighty Girl for other great toy, book and clothing resources.

There’s also some good retailers specialising in toys with an interest toward learning and exploration such as Fun Learning, Whirligig and Daisy Daisy.

We love these Maganatiles sets. Versatile and fairly hard wearing these simple magnetic tiles can be played with construction style or on the fridge for are more artful approach. Another alternative with a slightly lighter price tag are Magformers from Fun Learning.

Goldieblox – A much beloved toy here at The Minefield these creative and fun sets promote concepts of engineering through the use of storytelling and fun characters. Each set can build multiple ways so you get a lot of play for your money.

Winter Woolies – Check out Tootsa McGinty for some gorgeous knits, bright and fun for both boys and girls. They’ll have you wishing they came in your size (oh wait they do!)

If the doll’s house is starting to look a little overly pinkified these days why not try these alternatives.

DC Superhero Girls – A remaking of the female comic book characters (both good and bad) places them into a superhero high school setting. This girl gang come in the form of a series of animated shorts and game apps as well as dolls and action figures. Unavailable in the U.K. for the moment there are also DC Superhero Girls Lego sets coming in the new year that we are particularly excited about.

Lottie dolls – Lottie is the girl who does everything. These awesome, suffragette inspired dolls have a body shape based on the proportions of a 9 year old girl. From fossil hunting and star gazing to butterfly catching and ballet class there is a Lottie doll for everyone.

Lego is always a favourite we love some of these sets: Lego Wonder Woman SetLego Elves Dragon SanctuaryLego Juniors Recycling TruckLego Star Wars Rey’s SpeederLego Star Wars Sergeant Jyn ErsoLego City Advent Calendar.

Books

Little People Big Dreams have created a beautiful and easy to follow group of biographies about interesting women. So far the series contains Maya Angelou, Frida Kahlo, Coco Chanel and Amelia Earhart.

The Pearl Power books are a nice way to bring up some simple conversations about toys, gender, same sex relationships and advertising without being heavy handed. Created by the founder of I Love Mel who also carry an awesome assortment of gifts and books for kids including this fabulous Feminist t-shirt.

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls – This awesome kickstarter project is soon to be readily available – you can order your copy now and learn more about the project; it’s conception, creation and funding. Your donations will help fund charity projects across the world to empower and educate girls.

Check out A Mighty Girl and Let Books Be Books for more awesome book suggestions.

Something for the STEM kids at Fun Learning. A Butterfly Garden – this wonderful kit enables children to experience the metamorphosis of caterpillars into butterflies. Grow Your Own Crystal Tree, kids binoculars, an early years science kit  – Primary Science Lab Set and some great stocking fillers.

 

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