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December 11, 2013

33 gorgeous designer presents for under $50 (£30)

33 Designer Presents for Under $50 via Wee Birdy

Being on a budget for Christmas presents doesn’t mean you have to steer clear of luxe names like Comme des Garcons, Vivienne Westwood, Lanvin, Mulberry and Dior. There are lots of little luxuries around that make special presents for people you want to treat, starting at £11. Here’s my round-up of the good stuff for under 50 bucks. Amazing!

1. Marc by Marc Jacobs set of five skinny rubber bangles, AU$36.55 from Shopbop.
2. Nars lip gloss in Wonder, £17.50 from Liberty.
3. Marc by Marc Jacobs Mareika tulip-printed iPhone 5 cover, $42.76 from Net-a-Porter.
4. Marc by Marc Jacobs Heathrow trompe l’oeil neoprene tablet case, $33.13 from Shopbop.
5. House of Harlow 1960 sunburst button earrings, $39.98 from Shopbop.
6. Kate Spade New York small square stud earrings, $43.41 from Shopbop.
7. Marc by Marc Jacobs cutout daisy stud earrings, $47.98 from Shopbop.
8. Vivienne Westwood Sigg bottle no.3, €25 from Vivienne Westwood.
9. Orla Kiely flower stripe hand towel, $24.95 from Lark.
10. Aesop protective lip balm SPF30, AU$19 from Aesop.
11. Vivienne Westwood Peace Not War handkerchief, €25 from Vivienne Westwood.
12. Paul Smith multi-striped socks, £17 from Selfridges.
13. Ted Baker Geoboy repeat pocket square, £25 from Selfridges.
14. Karen Walker narrow enamel bangle, $35 from Karen Walker.
15. Kate Spade New York Penny for Your Thoughts journal, $27.42 from Shopbop.
16. Jonathan Adler Utopia cat mug, $29.70 from Shopbop.
17. Shu Uemura Takashi Murakami collection lip & cheek tint colour, £20 from Selfridges.
18. Paul & Joe hair and body mist, £12 from Selfridges.
19. Smythson gilded wafer pencil, £20 from Smythson.
20. Lancome Hypnôse ultra dazzling eyeshadow limited Christmas edition, £21 from Selfridges.
21. Smythson Bond Street Blue kings correspondence cards, £11 from Smythson.
22. Vivienne Westwood black Orb tights, €20 from Vivienne Westwood.
23. Paul & Joe Body powder, £25 from Selfridges.
24. Maison Martin Margiela ostrich feather pen, $49.66 from Net-a-Porter.
25. Dior Duo Manucure Bijoux gold nail lacquer base & crystal pearls, £30 from Selfridges.
26. Dior Diorific Vernis nail polish, £20 from Selfridges.
27. Liberty London pink speckle print frill knickers, £20 from Liberty.
28. Aspinal London post box key ring, £25 from Selfridges.
29. Mulberry A6 notebook, £20 from Mulberry.
30. Lanvin set of two rubber luggage tags, $49.66 from Net-a-porter.
31. Bobbi Brown Everyday pretty lip & eye palette, £24 from Selfridges.
32. Comme Des Garcons fragrance Series 8 eau de toilette in Grapefruit Energy C, £25 from Liberty.
33. Stella smooth bikini briefs, US$14 from Stella McCartney.

Prefer handmade? I’ve got that sorted, too. Head straight to my Christmas present guides on Etsy for the best of the bunch.

Disclosure: Some, but not all, of these links are with affiliate programs, which helps to support Wee Birdy. Please note that affiliate links do not influence my edit of lovely things. I don’t put crap on Wee Birdy, yo.


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November 28, 2013

Shopping in Melbourne: Spare Room Project and Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here 2014 Calendar via WeeBirdy.com

If you’re in Melbourne right now, you might like to pop along tonight to the historic Nicholas Building in the CBD (a Wee Birdy favourite) for the opening of the Spare Room Project. Hosted and curated by Melbourne designer Matthew Thomson of Mattt (another Wee Birdy fave), the shop-within-a-shop brings together some of Melbourne’s leading designer-makers including Beci Orpin, Ask Alice, Sandra Eterovic and Victoria Mason Jewellery.

Ask Alice Calendar 2014 via WeeBirdy.com

It’s perfect timing for picking up some lovely Christmas presents. You’ll also get to meet the makers and ten per cent of all proceeds go to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Super-lovely!

The shopping event will also coincide with the launch of the Ask Alice ‘Wish You Were Here’ calendar and print exhibition, which will be donating 100 per cent of all profits to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. If you’re a fan of Ask Alice’s extraordinarily sweet range of stationery and prints, you will love the 2014 calendar. Sass Cocker, the lovely lady behind Ask Alice, has brought together 12 international artists to illustrate the theme of ‘Wish You Were Here’ for her annual charity calendar.

Capetown from Ask Alice Calendar 2014-Jan
Sydney from Ask Alice Calendar 2014-Feb
Tokyo from AskAliceCalendar2014-Feb

I’ve illustrated this post with some of the artworks from the calendar, including Cape Town by Studio Muti, Sydney by James Gulliver Hancock and Tokyo by Masako Kubo. If you’re out of town, you can still purchase the calendar online here. I think it’s hands-down the Best Calendar for 2014. Nice one, Ask Alice!

matt SHOP
Third Floor, Nicholas Building
Corner Flinders Lane & Swanston Street
Melbourne

Opening hours:
Thursday 28 November to Saturday 30 November
10am to 6pm (9pm Thursday and Friday)


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November 23, 2013

My Etsy Picks for Christmas: Presents for Teen Boys

Teen boys can be a bit tricky when it comes to presents. It’s hard to find something that ticks all the right cool, fun and original boxes. Hopefully my round-up of the best Etsy buys will help, including a skinny knit tie, creepy/cool chalkboard skull and a little something for Big Bang Theory fans.

Click through on the image to see the full list.

Now is the time to order all your presents from Etsy if you want them in time for Christmas, so hop to it!

Head over here for all of my Etsy Christmas present guides. Do you have an awesome present idea for teen boys?

Disclosure: Wee Birdy is a member of the Etsy affiliate program.

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November 19, 2013

My Etsy Picks for Christmas: Presents for Teen Girls

Hmmm, this could very well be my own wishlist, so perhaps I’m projecting my inner-teen just a tad. But I really do love all of things I’ve cherry-picked in this wee collection of original presents for teenage girls. From the bargain confetti nail polish to the candy-print leggings, there’s a whole lot of handmade gorgeousness to love. Click through on the image to see the full list.

Now is the time to order all your presents from Etsy if you want them in time for Christmas, so hop to it!

Head over here for all of my Etsy Christmas present guides. What do you think?

Disclosure: Wee Birdy is a member of the Etsy affiliate program.

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November 18, 2013

Xmas presents to order now from Etsy: Rose gold

I’m back – and just in time too! Suddenly it’s November 18 and Christmas is scarily just around the corner. This time of the year always snowballs for me, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like they can’t keep up.

I feel I need to apologise for being kinda quiet on Wee Birdy this year. We had a few unexpected hurdles and life with my wee toddler man has taken precedence. I’ve also been editing the Craft section for Tuts+, and just a few weeks ago we up and sold our wee flat! And we’ve just bought a house … in the bush!

We move in just before Christmas, and in the meantime I’m a tad frantic with renovation plans and packing and moving.

But I couldn’t miss my favourite part of the Wee Birdy calendar – my annual Christmas present guides. I’ve been cherry-picking my favourite buys for the past few months, and I was super-chuffed when the lovely Etsy folks came a-knocking, asking me to put together my favourite Etsy picks for the brand new Wee Birdy Etsy page.

I can’t wait to share all favourite Etsy discoveries with you over the next week in my annual Christmas present guide.

For starters, I’ve chosen rose-gold as one of this year’s hottest trends for my present guide. Just click on the image above to check out all of my picks on Etsy. Let me know what you think!

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts. X

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July 25, 2013

Top 12 affordable art prints for babies and kids

Decorating a child’s room can feel a tad overwhelming when there are so many options available. And let’s not even mention wave of confusion – and sensory overload, once you start wading through Pinterest. If you’re not quite brave to go down the wallpaper route, you might want to consider a collection of beautiful art prints. It’s a certainly more flexible and affordable option for adding colour, detail and interest – and prints are perfect for renters.

But where to start? I’ve curated my top 12 favourite art prints, which would make wonderfully vibrant additions to any child’s room.

Lesley Barnes V&A Museum of Childhood print via WeeBirdy.comTop 12 Affordable Children's Art Prints via WeeBirdy.com

1. Lesley Barnes ‘Imagination’ print, £12 from the V&A Museum of Childhood.
2. Jamie Nash I’d Like to Be A Red Bus Driver hand-pulled silkscreen printed, £35 + p&p from I’d Like to Be.
3. Hello Marine ‘Une Pomme’ limited edition print of 100, AU$44 from Hello Polly.

Top 12 Children's Art Prints via WeeBirdy.com
4. Bianca Gomez ‘Bonjour’ art print, AU$30 from Hello Polly.
5. Amyisla McCombie ‘Grand Old Duke of York’ limited edition print of 100, £26.73 from Amyisla Illustration’s Etsy shop.
6. Paul Thurlby alphabet giclee prints, signed and numbered limited edition print of 200, £45 from Paul Thurlby.
7. Hello DODO Lion Party art print, £10 from Hello DODO’s Etsy shop.
8. Ashley Percival ‘Biking Animal Friends’ print, £26.72 from Ashely Percival’s Etsy shop.

Top 12 art prints for children's rooms via WeeBirdy.comTop 12 art prints for children's rooms via WeeBirdy.com
9. Made by Cecilie ‘The Queen’ print, AU$24.95 by children’s dept from Down that Little Lane.
10. Camila Lundsten ‘Rain Littlephant’ art print, AU$36 from Hello Polly.
11. Hanna Melin ’10 Birds’ art print, AU$35 from Hello Polly.
12. Missy Minzy ‘I Love You Long Time’ archival art print, AU$40 from Down that Little Lane.

It’s a week of babies and kids on Wee Birdy! Make sure you haven’t missed:
Wee find: Laikonik once-a-year baby record books
19 clever ways to transform a kid’s room with wallpaper
The 12 best presents for baby girls
A wee historic royal baby exhibition
The 12 best presents for baby boys

Did you have a favourite print or painting in your room when you were little? What’s your favourite work now?


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