Because all my friends have children, and many of them at that, my rule is that I only buy Christmas presents for my five godchildren, as otherwise where do you draw the line? I would be buying well over thirty presents each December. So five seems about manageable, although I have to be honest and say that it’s only once they get to around four years old or so that I start to take an active interest: I’m just not great with very small children, not having had any of my own.
But now that three of my godchildren are a little older, I’m getting into this whole present buying business with more relish. And I do think the whole point of godparent presents is to be wholly indulgent, with a whiff of luxurious unsuitability hanging around. I know this guide may be a little late for organised people, but show me a single godparent in London who *totally* has their act together on the Christmas present buying front.…AND we still have ten days to go!
Admittedly, I do find my first goddaughter Amelia the easiest: I just buy her all the things I longed for as a child.
So, Amelia, who is six and loves ballet, is getting this pretty net petti-skirt, which I think I would have walked over hot coals for at her age. The nicest ones are from Angel’s Face, (who also sell to lots of stores, but better to go direct, I think) although you can buy them all over these days, with prices ranging from £20-£50. (Angel’s Face also sell adult versions too.)
I am obsessed by Japanese Kigu animal suits for both adults & children at the moment. Introduced to me by my old assistant Dominique, I love that they aren’t fitted-to-the-body onesies, but made extra baggy on purpose for playing in. This tiger suit is headed for godson no 2, Edward, aged five, and godson no 1, Oliver, aged 8, is getting a wolf. Find them at www.kigu.co.uk £34.99
I read about Lottie Dolls* in The Guardian, and was immediately drawn to the fact that they are dolls with more normal proportions. I’m not exactly a fan of the sweater girl, legs up to armpits, unachievable doll ideal for little girls. Lovely Lottie Dolls have flat chests, proportionate limbs and don’t look like they’ll be heading down the Playboy Mansion as a career choice. Sure they still look Bambis with their big eyes, but if one is going down the doll route I think they are a much, much better option. It’s Amelia’s birthday just before Christmas, so this is for her too. Spring Celebration Ballet | Lottie Doll £17.99
And, of course, I couldn’t resist the matching dog accessory kit Biscuit the Beagle
Isabel and George were born this year, so they’ll probably get clothes, or books for their future. (George is getting Now We are Six and When We Were Very Young in hardback, with the original Ernest Shepherd illustrations, along with matching Winne the Pooh & The House at Pooh Corner, for his Christening present (which was a few weeks ago), which is what i also bought for Amelia’s Christening present.)
*Bit more info on the Lottie Dolls: Arklu who make them are a startup British company, totally self-funded and consisting of only 2 people. They also run a monthly ongoing fashion competition, to crowdsource a new outfit for Lottie: http://www.lottie.com/win