Stockings can be surprising – and we all love Christmas surprises!

Prices correct at time of writing.

LUXURY, HAND-KNITTED, PERSONALISED CHRISTMAS STOCKING FROM WOMBLE KNITS

First, you need a stocking! This gorgeously cuddly number is knitted in soft acrylic wool with a fluffy white cuff and fluffy white pompoms dangling from the end of the hanging loop. It’s wonderfully stretchy, meaning it will accommodate all sorts of oddly shaped presents!

Available in a range of colours including blue, pink, green and red, you can personalise it with the name of your choice – make sure you get one for each child and grown-up child as there may be fighting otherwise….! (If you don’t choose a name, it will simply read ‘Noel’.)

Hand knitted by Anna Funnell, this is one present to give just before Christmas!

Price: was £38, now £19 from Womble Knits via Etsy.com

LOVE MY HORSE BRACELET FROM EQUETECH

For all pony-mad young ladies, this chunky chain bracelet comes with attached heart tag, featuring a ‘LIVE, LOVE, RIDE’ engraving and a contemporary horse head. Made from quality stainless Steel, it has an adjustable 7″ chain.

Equetech is a family run business founded in 1992 and based in Buckinghamshire.

Price: £7.95 from www.equetech.com

PERSONALISED POLKA REINDEER SMALL MUG FROM EMMA BRIDGEWATER

Imagine drinking hot chocolate on Christmas morning from a mug with your own name on it! Matching plates are also available (if you want toast with the hot choc!).

Although now a household name Emma Bridgewater remains an independent company founded by Emma in 1984, and she still believes everyday kitchen china sits right at the heart of our lives: each cup, bowl, jug, and plate holds our personal stories, reflecting shared moments, enriching us as we eat and drink together.

Price: £14.95 from www.emmabridgewater.co.uk

THE ANIMALS OBSERVATORY MULTI BLOW PONY BOBBLE HAT FROM ALEX AND ALEXA

Add a sense of fun to their winter look with this Blow Pony hat from The Animal Observatory. Woven from a cosy wool blend, its multi-coloured design features a ribbed hem that can be turned up with a bright yellow bobble atop the head. A winter warmer they’ll never want to take off.

Price: was £40 now £30 from alexandalexa.com

JOHNNY THE HORSE PUPPET FROM PEPINO PUPPETS

Give them their own horse with this friendly toy puppet genuinely designed with a charming character. It’s made of mostly natural materials with some parts made from recycled material. Because of detachable strings it can be used like a soft toy as well.

Each puppet character already has its own name. But it’s up to your kids name them as they like of course 🙂 They can also be personalised with a short but sweet story for each puppet to include your child’s name.

Plenty of other animal puppets also available.

Price: £34 from Pepino Puppets via etsy.com

SMILE CHARACTER WELLY LINERS FROM JOULES

Nobody likes cold feet, especially when you’re out to enjoy a full day at the races! So a good pair of welly liners are a must. These Smiley Characters have 3D ears and faces, designed to fold and peep over welly tops. Available in Navy Shark and Green Dinosaur.

Joules was founded in 1989 when Tom Joule set about reinventing traditional British clothing by adding twists to classic pieces. After floating the company on the stock market in 2016, Tom is now Joules’ Chief Brand Officer, keeping the company true to its original values.

Price: £12.95 from www.joules.com

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