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Dec 7, 2018

The best gifts are not always… things.


Last week’s newsletter on smart toys was a popular one! If you missed it, it’s here.

Discussions in the Kinfo office have turned to giving kids Christmas presents with meaning. We want to teach our kids empathy, educate them, open their horizons…

Are these the answer?

We’ll be feeling even more charitable next week, writing about how, when and where you can donate toys and clothes to great causes over the festive period.

Get involved and help other families give back to others. Add any local charities you are supporting here.

H&M Unicef Teeshirt

Be cool and charitable, the two really do go hand in hand, by donating to UNICEF. A mum has recommended H&M teeshirts and sweaters in aid of the global children’s charity. We are applauding and simultaneously rushing to the online shop as stocks won’t last!!

AQUILA Magazine

Science, maths and puzzles will make an ideal present for some brain boxes out there. The ultimate intelligent read for inquisitive kids is, says our tipper: “interactive, full of interesting information and fun, creative activities. Well worth the subscription”. Subscribe and buy back issues at half price. Amazing!


Charity begins at home, but so does creativity! Teach the littles to appreciate fine-tuning puppets, masks and paintings early enough and hopefully you’ll fire their imaginations for life. There are great reductions for 3month+ subscriptions for ages 3-8. Order as a Christmas gift card and you’ll be sent a free box with a card that parents can redeem.

Headspace: Meditation

Kids can’t sleep, won’t sleep? Have a break from groundhog day bedtime routines by subscribing to this app. One dad raves about it, as do millions of other users. Who knew that engaging kids in the basics of mindfulness would get them sleeping like babies? If you don’t believe us, read this. One month costs £9.99, you can cancel anytime. 

iFLY Indoor Skydiving

A mum of 2 girls is so pleased with their present that she’s shared the idea. (We’d never heard about this before – this is what Kinfo app is all about!). Free-fall simulation in a vertical wind tunnel can be enjoyed by kids as young as 3. Gift vouchers offering 40% off a starter lesson can be found here.


We hear many great things about these classes – recommended by a few parents already – so we’re thrilled that 3 new (north London) venues have opened. To celebrate, they are offering a 15% discount on the cost of holiday sessions (usually £40 per child), or one free class if you sign up for a term. Just say that you are coming from Kinfo 🙂

Amazon Echo Dot

Intelligent assistance will be BIG one day, and this little gadget is a good starting point for families. Set reminders, play music, listen to stories and be in step with the future, says a dad of 2. Music artists are getting in on the action. Ask Alexa to “Open Little Mix Triple A” for an interactive quiz that will amuse young fans.

You Are Awesome

“Earn your success and try, try and try again,” says this mum of 1. A good read for any little girl adopting a new-year-new-me confidence mantra who needs a little gentle encouragement to think big.

Camp Bestival

This former Isle of Wight fun-filled family festival is now in Dorset and after a tough year weather-wise, they are returning with bells on. “So much to do you won’t have time to do it all,” says our mum of 2. If you gift it for Christmas you’ll get a load of stocking fillers with your ticket. Or, you can spread the costs with a payment planspread over up to 7 months.

National Centre for Circus Arts

The popularity of circus training continues to rise and this internationally renowned centre in east London even offers degrees in the subject. Start them young, courses for ages 2+ are here. “My daughter had a fantastic time learning juggling, tightrope, trapeze… we thought it was very good value.”


Have you been jingling those festive bells to our Perfect Christmas PlaylistFind us on Spotify, or access them from Kinfo app or here.

Check Out Our Latest Podcast!
While you drive your kids around their various parties and clubs, listen to “The Importance of Teaching Independent Play” on the app (7 mins). Mr Kinfo’s recommendation is the 3rd in our series by expert Noel Janis-Norton.


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