These days, bringing the family together is more of a challenge than ever. Many of us live far away from our loved ones, relying on video calls and chat groups to check in. Even when we’re close by, our hectic schedules can keep us apart. Work, school and extracurriculars take so much time that it’s hard to get everyone around the same table. But, as our new Christmas video shows, it doesn’t have to be that way.
Our video tells the story of a long-distance family that finds new ways to make memories, even though they’re miles apart. We want to help you and your family do the same this year, no matter how busy or far-flung you all are. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of five simple ways to bring the family together this Christmas.
Matching outfits for the whole gang
Get everyone ready for Christmas with matching pyjamas and robes. Our pink and blue checked pyjama sets and oh-so-fluffy robes are made just the same for grown-ups and kids, so everyone can look alike in festive family photos. To make each outfit even more fun, all our robes and PJs can be personalised free of charge with names, surnames or monograms.
Matching outfits are an effortless way to bring on some Christmas spirit and a sense of togetherness – when you shop at My 1st Years, all it takes is a few clicks. Kids get so excited for a chance to dress like Mummy and Daddy, and Skype calls with relatives are even more fun when everyone’s dressed alike!
Personalised gifts for far-away family
When you’re sending a gift to someone a long way away, you want that gift to be all the more meaningful. It’s how you express your love when you’re not there to do it in person. Personalising your Christmas gifts is a way to make them truly special. Gifts at My 1st Years can be customised with the recipient’s name or a loving message they will treasure for years to come. They’ll know you had them and only them in mind when you picked out the perfect present.
We offer personalisable gifts for children of all ages, from the softest soft toys, blankets and booties to carefully-crafted wooden rockers and one-of-a-kind storybooks. We also carry a wide range of gifts for adults, including a selection of keepsake custom photo frames. Send your favourite photos of your little ones to their grandparents, aunties and uncles, so they can feel close from a distance.
All hands on deck to deck the halls
When it comes to putting the decorations up, make a day of it with the whole family. Even toddlers can get involved: let them loose with plain paper bunting and some festive red and green finger paints. Older kids will have fun cutting out snowflakes for the windows, and they’re sure to have strong opinions on where you should put the tree!
Even if you’ve got no time for crafts, decking the halls can still become a precious memory. Gift your child a beautiful bauble, personalised with their very own name. It will always be theirs to hang on the tree every Christmas, even when they’re all grown up. Be sure to have a camera at the ready when it’s time to turn the lights on: you can share their delight with all your friends and family on social media.
Cooking up some Christmas spirit
Cooking and baking together is a wonderful way to spend time with little ones at Christmas. Start teaching them valuable skills, encourage a lifetime of healthy habits and have tons of fun while you’re at it! Kids love getting hands-on with mixing, rolling and of course taste-testing festive desserts. If you’re too busy for baking, get them to help out with dinner. What’s important is spending time together and working towards a common goal.
Make the experience even more memorable by presenting your little chef with a personalised baking set. It will give them a real sense of ownership and pride. Wrap up their creations securely and pop them in the post. Granny and Granddad will be delighted with a surprise batch of Christmas biscuits whipped up by their very favourite person.
Picking out pressies together
Even the most harried parents still have to make time to choose gifts. Instead of seeing it as one more item on your to-do list, bring the fun back by getting your children involved. Children as young as three can participate in choosing and wrapping gifts. But don’t take the risk of tantrums in heaving shopping centres – get cosy on the sofa together and spend an afternoon shopping online.
Let children choose the messages you add to personalised Christmas gifts. Of course, the spelling might be all wrong and the words could come out a little strange, but that’s what makes a gift special. Loving relatives will treasure every word, knowing it came straight from the heart.
When you stop to think about it, each day is filled with tiny, precious chances to bring the family together, at Christmas and beyond. When you shop with My 1st Years at Christmas, connecting and sharing the love becomes easier than ever.