Nowadays, children’s Christmas lists are more likely to contain the latest gadgets and gizmos than the sort of good old fashioned toys that we used to find hidden under the tree.
That’s why it’s such a refreshing change to try and buy something a bit different for your little ones this Christmas, and one of our favourite handmade gifts that we’ve seen growing in popularity recently is the children’s teepee.
One of the leading suppliers of children’s teepees here in the UK is Just for Tiny People, whose business really took off after securing investment from Deborah Meaden on TV’s Dragon’s Den.
We spoke to them to find out exactly why teepees are so in demand for Christmas 2016.
A magical play space
The main appeal of children’s teepees is that they provide a magical and safe space for your children to relax and play in.
Once they enter their teepee, children really do disappear into their own world, where their imagination is the only limit!
The teepee can be used to play with their friends, sit and get lost in their favourite book, or maybe even have a quick snooze!
We believe that as great as technology is, it can have adverse medical effects on children, so we should be reducing its role in playtime and letting children’s imaginations take over, and the teepees suit this perfectly.
In fact, grown-ups often love them just as much as little people!
Beautiful handcrafted designs
Another great thing about teepees is that they’re often handmade from beautiful fabrics, making them a great alternative to the many mass produced gifts that we see so often on the high street.
The designs are of course based on the traditional Native American tents which were constructed using animal skin and wooden poles, but thankfully, these ones are hand stitched using the finest fabrics and materials, in various colourful and whimsical designs.
Knowing that your child’s gift has been loving crafted with care and dedication by a real person really adds something to the gift and makes it feel special to you!
The various gorgeous designs mean that they are a really cute touch to your child’s bedroom, or indeed whichever room of the house you choose to have them in (they can even be set up outside during summer!).
The fabrics themselves are soft but hardwearing, and can be accessorised with floor mats and rugs, soft cushions, and even some fairy lighting if you wish.
A sense of independence
Your children’s teepee will also allow them their own independent space in which to play in and develop without mum and dad.
However, while for all intents and purposes it’ll seem to them like they’re in another world, in reality they’re still close enough to keep an eye on.
And perhaps best of all, while your little ones are getting lost in their own little world, mum and dad get a little bit of peace and quiet!
You can learn more about encouraging independent play in this post from Peaceful Parents, Confident Kids.
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