Online and shops: Vintage style-rag dolls

* QUICK THINKERS: Quick! You have 30 Seconds to describe the words on a card… 30 Seconds is a quick-thinking, fast-talking description game that’s great fun for parties and sleepovers.

Developed for the Irish market by Cork company Woodland Games Ltd, this game has been growing in popularity since its release in December 2010 and a Junior version has just been launched in time for Christmas. Suitable for ages 7+ and three or more players, junior 30 Seconds costs €29.99;

* MIDWIVES AID: Ghana’s maternal mortality rate is alarmingly high with an estimated 75 women dying each week during pregnancy and childbirth. The Care for Mums gift, (€20) from Oxfam Unwrapped will help to train midwives and ensure thousands of mums get the help and support they need. There are also gifts sets to choose from, including Care for Mums with Shea Body Butter (€43) or A Clutch of Chicks and Chocolate (€20) with a box of Fair Trade milk chocolates from Divine and the gift of chicks providing eggs for families affected by poverty in Zimbabwe. Unwrapped gifts can be purchased online, in your local Oxfam shop, and by phone on 1850-304055. Simply check out the website and to ensure Christmas delivery order by Dec 17.

* BEDTIME READS: Looking for some books for bedtime reading? This year one of the gifts Eason recommend is My Little Box of Bedtime Stories. Join Ginger Kitten, Alfie Bear and Little Kai the Tiger as they snuggle up to sleep in this cosy carry case, with five soothing bedtime books for ages 3+, now reduced to €6.99 at

* DOLLS MAGIC: For a traditional gift for a little girl how about these vintage style-rag dolls from Little Ones in Ennis? All the dolls are handmade from 100% cotton and cost €17.99, suitable for ages 3+; order online at And don’t forget that if you are visiting IKEA between now and Dec 23, for every soft toy you buy, €1 goes to UNICEF to buy schoolbooks for children;


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