Our Christmas wish lists with Smyths Toys

I can remember as a child, in the weeks months leading up to Christmas, how me and my brother would lie on the floor, felt tip pens in our hands, circling every single thing we wanted from the big pile of catalogues stored under the stairs. I still remember that agonising decision over what to put on my list, the biggest decision I had made all year, whether to ask for Pop Star Sindy or Hair Salon Barbie…

And my children are no different. 

From the minute that the Smyths catalogue came through our door last week, the children quite literally haven’t put it down. In fact within seconds of snatching it up, all three of the youngest had taken a pen and were already circling the many, many, toys which they would like for Christmas this year.

The girls were so excited to go through it, page by page, telling each other about all of the amazing things Father Christmas would be bringing this year.

But not quite as happy when I reminded them that Father Christmas has limited funds and can’t bring everything from the catalogue!!

After much deliberation, Eva announced that she had made up her mind and would like a Glitter Garden Hatchimal, just to add to her collection of regular Hatchimals.

Megan would like a Kiddizoom Duo Camera so that she can take photos just like mummy!

And I didn’t even need to ask Harry what he would like, as he has been telling me for the last six weeks on repeat……a Paw Patrol Look Out Tower!

When I told the children that Father Christmas only brought presents for very well behaved boys and girls they couldn’t wait to show me just how good they could be, something I will be taking full advantage of from now until Christmas!

You can request a copy of the Smyths catalogue via their website so that when the time comes to start your Christmas shopping, you might just have a list as long as mine!!

*** This is a collaborative post ***





  1. October 3, 2017 / 5:51 pm

    Smyths Toys seem to have such an awesome range of toys on offer this year, no matter what the child loves!

    • Laura Dove
      October 4, 2017 / 11:23 am

      They really do! My kids love going to their store! xx

  2. October 3, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    Brilliant! Me and my brother used to do exactly the same and spend hours going through the big book of dreams! Your kids look like they had lots of fun choosing!

    • Laura Dove
      October 4, 2017 / 11:23 am

      Haha I think every child did this! My kids wont’ put it down! xx

  3. October 3, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    I received a copy of the Smyths catalogue recently, and have been looking through at baby toys for our new granddaughter. I can not wait to start buying toys for her x

    • Laura Dove
      October 4, 2017 / 11:19 am

      AHh it must be lovely to have a grand child to spoil! xx

  4. October 3, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    I used to do this as well when I was a kid,we would get the Sears catalog and circle all the Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars we wanted….such a great memory!

    • Laura Dove
      October 4, 2017 / 11:16 am

      Haha yes, I think every child does it, and even some grown ups….! xx

  5. October 3, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    Love the pic when they get all excited then they look disappointed because they can’t have all the catalogue :)))) So sweet.

    • Laura Dove
      October 4, 2017 / 11:14 am

      Hahah thanks Linda! xx

  6. October 3, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    I used to love looking through all the catalogues and making massive Christmas lists when I was a little girl. I still do now, to be honest. lol. x

    • Laura Dove
      October 4, 2017 / 11:01 am

      Haha me too! xx

  7. October 3, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    Great post! I used to always look through the catalogues to make my christmas wish lists as a kid! This year my daughter has asked for a barbie playset, some lego friends to add to her collection and a new scooter!

    • Laura Dove
      October 4, 2017 / 11:00 am

      Ooh sounds like you have your list all set! I need to get a move on! xx

  8. October 3, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    Your little ones are adorable! I got super nostalgic looking that these photos – I used to spend WEEKS in front of catalogs, circling exactly what I wanted!

    • Laura Dove
      October 4, 2017 / 10:59 am

      Haha me too! It was so much fun, I still do it now with a gift guide! xx

  9. October 4, 2017 / 7:16 am

    I remember looking through catalogues as a kid and circling what I wanted for Christmas, this brings back a lot of memories x

    • Laura Dove
      October 4, 2017 / 10:55 am

      It’s a rite of passage I’m sure! xx

  10. October 4, 2017 / 9:55 am

    Awww your girls are just so gorgeous! this reminds me of me and my sister going through the Argos catalogue when we were kids, we used to cut out everything we wanted and stick it on a big piece of paper! Lol Such happy memories! I’m going to request a Smyths catalogue now, my kids need some ideas x

    • Laura Dove
      October 4, 2017 / 10:49 am

      Yes we did that too! It was more fun than having the actual toys!! xx

  11. October 4, 2017 / 10:17 am

    Caspian would be with Harry on this one! ? And anything PJ Masks. Love the pictures xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 4, 2017 / 10:48 am

      Haha yes, he also wants every PJ Mask toy going! xx

  12. October 4, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    I have gone through the Smyths catalogue and it’s surely a treasure trove of wide ranging toys. Loved them

    • Laura Dove
      October 4, 2017 / 2:05 pm

      Yes! There are so many amazing toys out these days too! xx

  13. October 4, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    I love smyths toys, they have such a vast range of toys.

    • Laura Dove
      October 4, 2017 / 2:05 pm

      Me too, I end up buying way more than what I went in for though! xx

  14. October 4, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    Oh yes, the Smyths Catalogue is a definite favourite in our house. In fact, Seren has already circled everything she wants out of it.

    • Laura Dove
      October 4, 2017 / 2:02 pm

      Haha yes, there isn’t one thing left uncircled in ours!! xx

  15. October 4, 2017 / 3:30 pm

    Your kids look adorable. We have a festival called Diwali which is sort of like Christmas for Hindus and I remember how excited I used to be to get presents! Smyths seems to have great toys 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      October 5, 2017 / 6:36 pm

      Ahh yes I love to hear about Diwali, the festival of light right? xx

  16. October 4, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    This is the second Smyth’s toys post I’ve read today..lol. It’s hard to think of xmas but the truth is, it’s coming quicker than we can say Father Christmas. Luckily I do all my xmas shopping in the summer so I really don’t buy too much closer to xmas. Still I’ll keep this in mind for any last minute gifts for my favourite little girl or boy 🙂

  17. October 4, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    Oh the nostalgia! I used to love making my selection to put on santas letter hihi

    • Laura Dove
      October 4, 2017 / 4:12 pm

      Me too! It’s all part of the build up! xx

  18. October 4, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    My little boy has also been going through the Smyths catalogue – the Paw Patrol lookout is also on his list! He was so excited last week when he received an item to review that he’d actually marked in the Smyths catalogue, haha! Hope Santa brings the girls some of the items they want

    • Laura Dove
      October 5, 2017 / 6:35 pm

      Harry is obsessed with the look out tower, fortunately I won it in a raffle at BlogOn last month – woohoo! xx

  19. October 4, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    It’s such a fabulous catalogue, isn’t it! My lot have loved flicking through our one! x

    • Laura Dove
      October 5, 2017 / 5:48 pm

      Yes, I just wish they hadn’t circled quite so many things…hah! xx

  20. October 4, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    Yes, our catalogue came through the door and Finlay set about telling me he basically wanted everything. I have managed to narrow it down to a few Transformers!

    • Laura Dove
      October 5, 2017 / 5:44 pm

      Ahh transformers! My eldest used to love those! xx

  21. October 4, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    We caved in last week & got T a glittery Hatchimal. We have no will power so it will be another look through the Smyths catalogue for what Santa can bring. We also like to cut up old catalogues to make collages after they have been used too!

    • Laura Dove
      October 5, 2017 / 5:42 pm

      Ahh Eva is desperate for it, I know I will give in and get her it too! xx

  22. October 4, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    I thought looking through a catalogue was the best thing ever as a kid – folding down the pages that had something you wanted on it. Love that Megan wants to be just like mummy too

    • Laura Dove
      October 5, 2017 / 5:42 pm

      It really was the most fun, I miss those days!! xx

  23. October 5, 2017 / 4:29 am

    I probably should get one catalogue for my nephews! Christmas is just around the corner and we love to spoil them! That way it would be easier!

    • Laura Dove
      October 5, 2017 / 5:40 pm

      Yes, I think having a list is always way easier! xx

  24. October 5, 2017 / 7:22 am

    We’re currently trying to decide what to get our little one for Christmas this year…. She’s only 2, so choices are a bit limited. But we’ll definitely get something from Smyths

    • Laura Dove
      October 5, 2017 / 5:40 pm

      Get yourself the Smyths catalogue! You’ll have a list a mile long, hehe! xx

  25. Blair villanueva
    October 5, 2017 / 8:19 am

    Thanks for sharing us another gift idea for this holiday. Am pretty surr my little sistet will like Smyths 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      October 5, 2017 / 5:38 pm

      It’s a great toy store! xx

  26. October 5, 2017 / 8:30 am

    I think the paw patrol look out centre will be on my sons wishlist too.

    • Laura Dove
      October 5, 2017 / 5:38 pm

      Good luck! xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 5, 2017 / 5:35 pm

      My girls literally want EVERYTHING!!!! Haha! xx

  27. October 5, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    Who didn’t love looking at catalogues and picking out the best toys in the run-up to Christmas? I know I did (and still do!)

    • Laura Dove
      October 5, 2017 / 5:30 pm

      Haha me too!! xx

  28. October 5, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    I love Smyths as a one stop shop. It’s so convenient knowing you can get all the toys and games from one place!

  29. October 5, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    Smyths really do have everything don’t they! I have fond memories our scouring catalogues when I was little and how exciting it is. My boys get carried away choosing but it gives me a good idea of what they want at least 🙂 x

    • Laura Dove
      October 6, 2017 / 4:58 pm

      Haha mine too, they think that Father Christmas has way more money than he does!! xx

  30. October 5, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    These kiddos are so darn adorable, I can’t get past their cute expressions! Will have to check out Smyths for when my baby grows older

    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • Laura Dove
      October 6, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      Thank you! It’s a fab store! xx

  31. October 5, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    Oh I am sure Harry will get his Christmas wish this year. Ive not seen one of these catalogues!! I am thinking it maybe the sensible way to shop this year I can’t stand shopping with a toddler! x

    • Laura Dove
      October 6, 2017 / 4:52 pm

      Haha I have a feeling he will…if his behaviour improves!! Get them to choose from the catalogue and order on line, it’s the only way! xx

  32. October 5, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    We love a catalogue too and my girls have had great pleasure it showing me what they would like. I like it as it does make my life easier, especially when grandparents ask for ideas. I have a feeling Harry dreams will come true!

    • Laura Dove
      October 6, 2017 / 4:44 pm

      Haha I think you might be right!!! xx

  33. October 5, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    This brought back memories, we used to spend HOURS circling everything in my Mum’s catalogue. I might actually pick up a catalogue or two (including this one!) in the hope it keeps mine quiet for a while!

    • Laura Dove
      October 6, 2017 / 4:41 pm

      Yes! It certainly keeps them quiet!! xx

  34. October 5, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    We have three kids in our house and FOUR Smyths toy catalogues!! We went to our local Smyths here in Cardiff so my middle child could spend his birthday money and they all insisted on picking up their own copy. And then one came through the post too – I must be on their mailing list! It’s something I used to love as a child though – going through the toy catalogues! x

    • Laura Dove
      October 6, 2017 / 4:41 pm

      Haha I can imagine, we have two and they have circled different toys in each! xx

  35. October 6, 2017 / 2:32 am

    I remember looking through catalogs too when I was little and dog-earing nearly every page! I’ll have to check out this one from Smyths. I have grandchildren to buy for now and Christmas is so much fun. x

    • Laura Dove
      October 6, 2017 / 4:39 pm

      Ahh I bet! My parents go a little crazy spoiling our kids, but I think that’s what grandparents do! xx

  36. suchi
    October 6, 2017 / 2:42 am

    My daughter looking through catalogues as a kid and circling what I wanted for Christmas! Your pics are so adorable!

    • Laura Dove
      October 6, 2017 / 4:39 pm

      Thank you so much, Christmas catalogues are so exciting at that age! xx

  37. October 6, 2017 / 3:04 am

    Isn’t it great how we can use Father Christmas or Santa Claus as a way to get our kids to behave at least for a few months.

    • Laura Dove
      October 6, 2017 / 4:34 pm

      Hah yes! My favourite threat! xx

  38. October 6, 2017 / 8:43 am

    The look of pure joy, concentration or deliberation on their faces is so adorable! It’s hard work having fun!

    • Laura Dove
      October 6, 2017 / 4:18 pm

      Thanks Emily, it’s serious business choosing which toys they want! xx

  39. October 6, 2017 / 11:55 am

    These photos are so cute! I used to love going through the catalogues at Christmas, I haven’t stated giving them to the boys yet. I can imagine they would want more than is in Father Christmas’s budget!

    • Laura Dove
      October 6, 2017 / 4:16 pm

      Yes!! Maybe just tear out the most expensive pages, hehe! xx

  40. October 6, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    Oscar is absolutely OBSESSED with the Smyths catalogue at the moment. I think he wants at least one thing from every page 😉

    Louise x

    • Laura Dove
      October 6, 2017 / 4:15 pm

      Haha yes mine too, between that and the adverts on tv, they want EVERYTHING! xx

  41. October 6, 2017 / 4:55 pm

    ah I used to love going through the catalogues as a kid and marking pretty much everything! Hope they keep up that good behaviour for you! xx

  42. October 6, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    Smyths toys look great and so colorful. Kids would really love these toys. I would love to choose from catalogue. Hopefully I can get it in my country.

    • Laura Dove
      October 7, 2017 / 1:41 pm

      Ooh fingers crossed, they have the best toys! xx

  43. October 6, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    My children are exactly the same – they love the Smyths catalogue and will spend hours looking at it making lists of what they would like.

    • Laura Dove
      October 7, 2017 / 1:15 pm

      Haha yes, I think that’s all the fun of the build up to Christmas! xx

  44. October 7, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    I swear, as soon as September starts I’m all about Christmas! I literally cannot wait 🙂 Lovely inspiration what to get to my nephews!

    • Laura Dove
      October 7, 2017 / 4:58 pm

      Haha me too! I always try to spread the cost as long as possible! xx

  45. October 7, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    Oh fab, I’ve just requested a catalogue as my girls love nothing more than going through and tinging all the different things that they fancy. We love Smyths but there isn’t one that close to our new home. Mich x

  46. October 8, 2017 / 5:55 am

    Look at their faces, there is some SERIOUS decision making going on there! We have had the catalogue through too and it’s Freddie’s bed time reading. I think every page is corner marked!!

    • Laura Dove
      October 8, 2017 / 8:37 pm

      Haha yes, it’s a tough choice when you’re a child! xx

  47. October 8, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    What a good selection, mine are paw patrol crazy and have asked for more paw patrol stuff and Hatchimals too x

  48. October 9, 2017 / 5:25 am

    Lovely kids. I think they are too busy choosing which toy to pick. And I guess they are having a hard time which 1 to have.

    • Laura Dove
      October 9, 2017 / 8:16 am

      Haha yes, it’s a big decision to make! xx

  49. Elizabeth O
    October 9, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    This Smyths toy looks so adorable. They look so cute for choosing which toy will they pick.

    • Laura Dove
      October 9, 2017 / 4:14 pm

      Hehe they are obsessed with the catalogue, roll on Christmas!! xx

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