With 1.54 million viewers, The Late Late Toy Show was the most watched TV show in Ireland in 2013.
One of the show traditions which gets the most publicity is the Christmas jumper worn by the host and this year, Ryan Tubridy asked viewers to knit him a jumper to wear on tonight’s programme. The collection from Funky Christmas Jumpers has grown again for 2014, with new adult designs including Super Elf (€49.99) and jumpers for children including the popular navy and red Rudolph the Ryandeer (€29.99); www.FunkyChristmasJumpers.com
Advent calendars: Tots can countdown to Christmas with the first Advent calendars from WOW Toys. Both the WOW Wonderland and WOW Town Advent calendars are suitable for children from age 12 months to five years of age, encouraging counting and storytelling skills. They include 24 WOW figures and toys which can be matched with the numbers on the fold down play scenes to make a Christmas world. The calendars are €27.99 and available from toy stores. WOW’s durable toys for toddlers don’t require batteries and are PVC-free. Other Christmas recommendations this year include Flip ‘n’ Tip Fred, Casey Camper Van and and Dino Adventure; www.wowtoys.com
Children’s books: A new book for children aged 5-10 years, ‘Jackie Dorey Stories’ has been launched by Cork author and artist, Elizabeth Giles. Also known as ‘Granny Woodfort’, the 82-year-old great-grandmother has compiled a collection of her favourite stories about Jackie Dorey, featuring an eccentric family of tiny people who live at the bottom of a beech tree. The stories, with titles such as ‘The Blackberry Jam Story’ and ‘The Wool Gathering’ have been passed down through generations of the Giles family. Jackie Dorey Stories is available for purchase at Bandon Books Plus and other local bookshops, €11.50; www.shedels.weebly.com
Room makeovers: If you are planning a Christmas makeover for your child’s room, IKEA is a good source of storage, lighting and other accessories at affordable prices. The Dansa Disco Ball, 30 will create a fun atmosphere for parties and sleepovers and uses LEDs which consume up to 85% less energy, while the Vantad rug, 40 also has built in LED lighting, with three settings to create a catwalk.
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