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25 November

Next sleeveless drape top


Price: From £16, Next

Mumsnetters say: "It looks like average workwear, but the draping is brilliant, it's very flattering over the waist, the V neckline gives a hint of cleavage (in a nice way) and it's long enough." BrendaandEddie

"I have this top, along with five other women at work so far - everyone agrees it would seem." Diddlydokey

"Oh yes, I have that top in black and grey. I wear it with a vest underneath as I don’t have much boob - I like it." thriftychicken

Ilse Jacobson boots


Price: From £35.19, Amazon 

Mumsnetters say: "I've had some for five years and they're really good. They come up big - I sized down and there's still room for chunky socks. Oh and they're totally waterproof and extremely durable." FrustratedFrugal

"I have a tall pair and a short pair - I thoroughly love them. Very waterproof and actually comfortable to walk long distances in." pocketandsweet

"I have massive calves and these wellies are the only ones I have ever found which I can comfortably fit into - I love them!" LondonHuffyPuffy

River Island 'Molly' jeggings


Price: From £17, River Island

Mumsnetters say: "I got some from River Island last week. They are baggier than I thought they were going to be, but super comfy and they look good." mammmamia

"The Molly jeggings are fab. I have a pair in a lovely pale grey." IShouldBeSoLurky

"River Island Molly jeggings are awesome." Freya888

18 November

Minions Fart Blaster


Price: £17.99, Smyths Toys

Mumsnetters say: "My son got a Fart Blaster for his birthday. It was the most popular gift and we all got loads of laughs from it. Go on, you know you want to!" randomcatname

"I bought one for a friend's four-year-old son, it was a big hit with him and his older brother. They loved blasting each other with it and also setting the timer to 'trick' people. It's still played with now." MyNewBearTotoro

"We have the Fart Blaster - it's great. There's a lot of rubbish toys about, but this one has been well-used in our house." Bubbletree4

Star Wars Lego models and sets


Price: From £8.99, Smyths Toys

Mumsnetters say: "My husband still gets a Lego set every Christmas! It's Star Wars this year." TheOnlyPink

"We love all Lego but Star Wars is probably the favourite. We have an elaborate game running at the moment involving bits from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Lego City." LikeASoulWithoutAMind

"My children have had lots over the years. The Endor Rebel Camp was very popular and this year we've bought them the Death Star as a surprise." atticusclaw2

Amazon Fire TV Stick


Price: £34.99, Amazon

Mumsnetters say: "If you have Netflix, what about getting an Amazon Fire TV Stick? I've just bought one and it's bloody amazing." VinoTime

"We have a Fire Stick and it's great. Not the easiest thing to use <understates wildly> though my 11-year-old son seems to manage perfectly fine." LibidinousSwine

"I've just got a Fire TV Stick and it's bloody fab. It can connect into your HDMI port, which most TVs have." VinoTime

Electronic Starter Kit for Raspberry Pi


Price: From £15, Amazon

Mumsnetters say: "My son loves his Raspberry Pi." LittleMissGreen

"We have a Raspberry Pi. The biggest problem we had was that you get used to using a modern computer and the Pi is just so much slower." GardeningWithDynamite

"My daughter's in year two and she uses the Scratch programme at school. I think my husband likes it the most in our house." MumOfTheMoment

Galt Marble Run


Price: From £9, Amazon

Mumsnetters say: "The Galt marble runs are superb. We have two sets and friends have them too - we all love them." TheSkiingGardener

"Another vote for the Galt Mega Marble Run. It builds really strong structures easily and is very forgiving with gravity-defying, child-designed towers." Bimblywibble

"Galt - hands down wins." May09Bump

Furby, Furblings and Furby Booms


Price: From £12.99, Amazon

Mumsnetters say: "Furby was a great success last year and still gets played with loads - feels like one of the family in fact. They're surprisingly charming and sweet. I've bought a Furbling to go with it for this year." MerryHippogriffs

"My five-year-old daughter loves hers and used to play with it a lot, especially alongside the app. We had two last Christmas - as my niece got one too - and they were hilarious when interacting together." Binxboosandme

"I think the new ones change personality according to how you treat them and can be played with alongside an app, so they're more interactive." beaucoupdemojo

11 November

Imaginext Castle


Price: £89.99, Amazon

Mumsnetters say: "We've got the Imaginext Castle - bloody brilliant." Palomb

"Imaginext is awesome and you can add extras later, like more knights or the dragon - the dragon is amazing!" Athrawes

"It's really robust and the kids all love it." 5madthings

George at Asda Wooden Dolls House


Price: £35, Asda

Mumsnetters say: "We bought an Asda dolls house four years ago and it's still going strong." GerrardWinstanley

"We got the Asda one - it's lovely! We put it on a coffee table and put some Poundshop fairy lights in there because it is dark. For £35 quid you can't really go wrong." PeppaPigStinks

"My daughter has the Asda dolls house with the furniture set. I found it to be good quality for the price and she loves it." Mynameismary123

Ikea Role Play Kitchen


Price: £65, Ikea 

Mumsnetters say: "My mother-in-law got one for our daughter. The taps turn and the hob lights up - it's pretty cool." ChristmasZombie

"I was looking for one for my daughter's birthday and settled on the Ikea one in the end - I really like it." chanie44

"We got the Ikea kitchen for our son and added a kettle (lights up and makes boiling sounds), blender (motor runs) and toaster (toast pops up) from Sainsbury's. The accessories were only about £6 in the sale." WaitingForMe

Amazon Kindle Fire


Price: From £49.99, Amazon

Mumsnetters say: "I've bought each of my kids a new Kindle Fire tablet. I've had a play on them myself and I'm quite impressed. You can get the tablet, a great rubber case (that would be £20 anyway), a year's freetime subscription and a two-year guarantee, all for £80 - which is a pretty good deal I think." cornflakes91

"My daughter had a Kindle Fire for her ninth birthday and it's served her well. Although it drains battery more quickly now (two years later)."  fairyjasmine

"Kindle Fire has excellent parental controls." YouCantBeSadHoldingACupcake

Baby Annabell doll


Price: £24.99, Smyths Toys 

Mumsnetters say: "Baby Annabell is loved in our house. My daughter isn't massively into baby dolls so we just have the one. She goes through phases of playing with it or enjoying other toys - but Annabell has a special place in her heart." kiwidreamer

"I've bought it for my three-year-old for Christmas mainly as it cries tears but doesn't wee!" carrietwick

"My daughter has Annabell and she cries, giggles, snores, burps and is generally really very sweet!" kiwidreamer

Pretend & Play School Set


Price: £30, Great Little Trading Co. 

Mumsnetters say: "My youngest daughter was given the learning resources set last Christmas and has played with it all year. She loves it, and her sister plays with it too. It packs up neatly which is useful." jj21

"We bought this for our daughter for Christmas when she was six - she loved it and it's been played with loads." elvisthehamster

"They are brilliant." Partybugs

4 November

Benefit They're Real mascara

Price: £19.50, Boots

Mumsnetters say: "My new favourite mascara. It doesn't budge, looks good and isn't too false. I have a brown and a black version. You need an excellent make-up remover though as it's difficult to get off." iwantgin

"I second the Benefit mascara. No flakes for me and it gives a nice length." mintbiscuit

"Benefit They're Real - it stays in place and doesn't clump. I tried Lancome Doll Eyes but it mostly ended up under my eyes." MotherOfFlagons

Collectif dresses

Price: from £7, Collectif

Mumsnetters say: "I have just this minute bought yet another dress from this website! I may have a bit of a Collectif problem - but their clothes are just so nicely cut (for me anyway) and look amazing." MmeGuillotine

"Amazing dresses! Ideal for the curvy lady looking for something unique." rockabillyruby82

"I also recommend Collectif." NotTodaySatan

Boots SmoothSkin IPL hair reducer

Price: £299, Boots

Mumsnetters say: "I am loving my Boots SmoothSkin - after four treatments I have noticed a massive difference. I skipped last week and hardly have any growth. Astonishing." IsaBisaBuildsaBoat

"I've been delighted with the SmoothSkin. I saw a woman umming and aahing over it in-store the other day and told her to go for it!" LeftMyRidingCropInTheMortuary

"I'm extremely pleased with the results. My bikini line used to go down the inside of my thigh and round the back of my knees - now it's nearly all gone, as are my armpit hairs!" Berthatydfil

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