Wonders never crease
The Crumpled City Junior map is an ingenious innovation for heavy-handed children who want a say in how they spend their holiday. In addition to basic information about a place, child-friendly graphics and family-friendly sites recommended by parents who live in the city enable children to help plan the trip. The map is printed on a lightweight material and is waterproof, resistant to rips and needs no folding - it can be stuffed into the smallest pocket without damage. Maps are available for major cities including London, New York, Berlin, Hong Kong and Paris. HK$130 at Sidewalk, 4-6 Gough Street, Central; tel: 2850 7121 and Dymocks, 7 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung; tel: 2791 9110.
Warm and fuzzy
A cuddly heat pad makes a cute bedtime companion in the winter months and takes the chill off cold bed sheets. This panda heat pad is filled with heat-holding flax seeds and can be quickly zapped in a microwave before use. It also doubles up as a natural aide to relieve aches and pains. HK$195 at G.O.D. outlets.
Education specialist Pearson is offering a trial Jamboree Storytime book set this month. Jamboree is an interactive play-based series of books designed for children aged three to four and four to five, who are beginning to learn English. As well as a story book, the kit includes an activity book with stickers and an interactive CD containing animation and music, designed to help children with pronunciation. HK$195, call the customer service hotline on 3181 0123 for stockists.
Sweeten the pot
Curling up with a mug of hot chocolate on a wintery night is one of life's simple pleasures, especially when it's jazzed up with sugary delights. Seasonal chocolate mixes from US-based gourmet food company Pelican Bay include toffee and fudge, candy cane fudge and marshmallow fudge varieties. All the mixes are made for two - and festively packaged so they don't need to be wrapped. HK$80 at Jellybean, Shop A, 138 Queen's Rd East, Wan Chai; tel: 2527 8600.