Last-Minute Kris Kringle gifts from Hallmark

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Dec 222014


With Christmas only three sleeps away the time for online shopping is long gone, even a trip to the city maybe too much of an ask with such limited time left. Don’t worry, you can scoop up these gorgeous last-minute gifts and gorgeous stocking fillers from Hallmark just around the corner at your local newsagent, Target or gift store:

Itty Bitty Disney Princesses

If your daughter is as crazy about Disney princesses as my girls are she is sure to adore these gorgeous new Itti Bittys by Hallmark, aren’t they cute?

Itty Botty SuperheroesItty Bittys are cute and cuddly collectable mini dolls available in a range of iconic characters to suit boys and girls: from Marvel Superheroes to cheeky monsters Mike and Sulley, from Star Wars to Wizard of Oz, from Mickey and Minnie to Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, from Disney Princesses to Batman and Wonder Woman, there is a perfect Itty Bitty for everyone! Even Frozen’s hugely popular Anna and Elsa are making an appearance, just in time for Christmas.

Itty Bittys FrozenPriced at just RRP $7.99 per individual character Itty Bittys are a fun and affordable stocking filler that won’t break the bank. They’re the perfect size for little hands and small backpacks so they’re the ideal travel buddy for your upcoming school holiday trip. Just pop in to your local stockist to start your collection, be warned: Itty Bittys are so sweet they’re very hard to resist! You can tick off all your buddies on the Big List of Itty Bittys as you go.

To add a bit of extra magic to your Christmas celebrations Hallmarks has also released a special Northpole est. 1820 collection that will warm the hearts of everyone who believes. This delightful range of Northpole inspired gifts comes straight from Santa’s home and the elves’ workshop, no matter how old you are you can’t help but smile when you see what Hallmark has in store for you this festive season:

Find Me Santa SnowflakeWith so many presents to deliver in such a short amount of time it can’t be easy for Mr. Claus to remember everyone, after all he’s not that young anymore. Make sure you won’t miss out this Christmas by putting this super clever Find Me Santa Snowflake (RRP $9.95) up at the window. Personalise this pretty decoration with your child’s name and you can count on the glowing LED lights to signal Santa and tell him exactly where to find you.

Hallmark Light-a-MagicI know my children would have endless fun with these cool Light-a-Magic (RRP $19.99) decorations, they’re such a classic gift and gorgeous keepsake. Each unit plays two different Christmas tunes, add to that the beautiful lights and moving images and you’ve got the perfect traditional Christmas decoration that will be enjoyed year after year. You can even click the individual units together for a bigger Christmas story, the three Light-a-Magic decorations would make a great gift for siblings to share together.

Magic SnowballWe may not be able to experience a white Christmas here in Australia but that doesn’t need to stop you from enjoying a good old snowball fight. Hallmark’s Magic Snowball (RRP $3.95) is soft, fluffy and lights up with the colours of the Northern Lights as you throw it and the best part it is: it won’t melt! Get the family together and enjoy a toss of Northpole fun in the comfort of your own home for less than 5 bucks.

To find out more about Hallmark, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit

Oct 012011

If you are a regular reader of the Hip little one blog you might know that all my family lives in The Netherlands and because of that my children don’t get to see their grandparents very often. It has been almost 2 years since we last saw them and I can’t wait to see them again, just 2 more sleeps! As much as it will be fantastic for the kids to have them around it will also be very sad when they have to leave again 4 weeks later. The twins are at the age where they will hopefully remember some of the things about the time with their grandparents once they have gone, like how they took them to the beach, played games with them and read books together.

To help them remember some of those special moments I have got a Hallmark Recordable Storybook ready to be recorded by Opa. The Hallmark Recordable Storybooks are meant to be recorded by a parent, grandparent or another special person so that children can read the book and hear the story read out loud in a much loved, familiar voice even when that person is not around. I can just imagine the twins reading this storybook, laughing and listening to the sound of Opa’s voice as they turn the pages.

Unlike ordinary read-along-CD’s the sturdy, hardcover Hallmark Recordable Storybooks are cleverly designed to record and play page by page, not the whole story in one long hit. That way children will always hear what is written on the page they are looking at, even if they flick back and forth (which is what kids do). This feature promotes word recognition and leaves the child in control of the book instead of them trying to keep up with the recording.

The current Hallmark Recordable Storybook range consists of 10 different titles. From popular movie characters like Winnie the Pooh or Lightning McQueen to classic nursery rhymes like Hey Diddle Diddle and All The Ways I Love You, there is lots of choice. There are also fantastic Conversations to Keep books available that will record heartwarming questions and answers between child and parent or grandparent. Which parent would not enjoy revisiting those childhood conversations many years later?

To find out more about Hallmark Recordable Storybooks ($34.99), to take a closer look at the titles currently available and to purchase your favourite online go to or visit a Hallmark retailer near you.

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