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Each day we will choose a few of our favourite present ideas from the Alternative Shopping Guide for the whole family. Check back tomorrow for more lovely goodies, or just browse our product guide for ideas

Something for Babies
Something for BabiesIvory Fleece Rocking Lamb
Life size Ivory Fleece Rocking Lamb. Hand made from natural materials in the UK. Age guide is APX newborn to 3 years. Made from solid timber and genuine luxury fleece. The fleece is hand shaped and stitched and is tied on so it is easily removed for machine washing if required.

Something for Toddlers
Something for BabiesLion Cub Name Plate

This lion cub name plate is on a royal blue background, with silver letters. I can make it either with a name or with the addition of …’s room.

Available from Dream Scene Gifts

Something for Little Kids
Something for BabiesCirca Calendar

Circa is to time, as the abacus is to numbers.
Like the abacus, Circa uses the same principles of breaking down learning into bite size chunks, such that children can learn at their own pace.

Available from Circa Calendar

Art Nouveau Workshop

The Djeco Art Nouveau Workshop is a stunningly beautiful colour by numbers (well colours actually) for older children that teaches this classic art style.Colourful, funky, stylish and wonderful this will make a great gift and the finished work will look fantastic on any wall.

Available from Great Gifts 4 Kids
Something for Tweens
Something for BabiesMarvel Superhero Children’s Suitcase on Wheels

A perfect case for boys, covered in their favourite comic strip superheros, x-men, hulk, spiderman and more.  This retro superhero suitcase is a great size and well built. There is a fully extendable 23″ handle, two wheels for towing and two handles for carrying, one on the side and one on the top.

Available from Kids Do Travel

Something for Teens
Something for BabiesPersonalised Colour-Changing Bedside Cube

The Wireless Bedside Cube is 40 x 40 x 40cm. The Personalised Bedside Cube comes with a rechargeable lithium battery and multifunction remote control. The wireless colour changing bedside cube once charged provides you with over 8 hours of lighting with 3 levels of brightness and many colours, providing fun lighting when reading their bedtime story or simply as a night light perhaps. 

Available from Jusi Colour

Something for Adults
Something for BabiesSponsor a Friend

For a gift with a difference why not sponsor a horse for your friend or relative? For just 25 a year you will receive a glossy photograph, certificate of your sponsorship, and history of me, an invite to visit me and some Remus goodies (car sticker and badge) and then twice a year, an update on my progress.

Available from Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary

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