Do you have any little people to buy for this year? There are loads of mass-produced samey toys around for babies and kids, so why not consider getting something handmade? Here are my top picks for babies and kids from Etsy.
1. Morris little owl, US$40 from Wassupbrothers.
2. Organic colorful little worm teething toy, US$10 from BoutiqueBeauties.
3. The Owl & the Pussy Cat went to Sea Paper Craft, US$15 from Ellen Giggenbach.
4. Newborn and toddler girls’ dress, US$36 from April Scott.
5. Mario baby onuses set of three, US$42 from The Wishing Elephant.
6. Hippopotamus pillow, US$150 from Austin Plush.
7. Edie fawn print, US$14 from TinyFawn.
8. Boys shirt-little chef, US$55 from WildThingsDresses.
9. Chevron stripe sailboat, US$20 from Tweet Toys.
10. Fox felt mask for kids, EUR18.15 from Frida’s Tierchen.
11. 10 minifigure people crayons, US$2.80 from Posh Paper Creations.
12. Party bunting newborn dress, US$40 April Scott.
13. Peggy retro doll, made with original vintage fabrics, £35 from Alice Apple.
14. Baby white elephant mobile, made to order, US$109 from Patricija Garden.
15. Waldorf toy rainbow forest, US$24 from Applenamos.
16. Pretend felt veg box, £23 from Mummy Made It Me.
17. Balance birds, US$65 from Mama May I Handmade Learning Toys.
18. Hand-knitted children’s sweater, EUR67 from KuDum.
19. Crochet amigurumi rabbit toy, AU$30 from RosieOK.
Don’t miss that perfect present! Click here for my 2012 Etsy Christmas Gift Guide.
Have you got a little one to buy for this year? Anything take your fancy? Let me know in the comments below!
I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen a really gorgeous little frock for a three-year-old and wished there was a version in my size. And apparently I’m not alone. It was only last week at my local childrenswear shop that I discovered that the lovely tiny wee toddler’s frock in the gorgeous tropical print had also been the object of many a grown woman’s affection. And – hurrah! – word had got around that Zimmermann had a dress in the exact same print. For (much) bigger girls.
So I’m delighted to hear that UK childrenswear designers Poppy Children have responded to popular demand for adult versions of their delightful vintage-inspired kids frocks with the launch of their first womenswear collection. Featuring Poppy’s trademark storybook illustrations, the collection is inspired by a 1950s aesthetic and is available in a range of prints, styles and sizes (10-18).
Naturally, I adore their new London print, which also features on a range of frocks for little girls. Each dress comes with its own story book about Poppy and Fred’s adventures in London. I love that the vintage-inspired design features a thoroughly modern London, complete with the Gherkin, London Eye and a wandering giraffe. The collection is made in the UK and is one hundred per-cent cotton.
My favourite style is the Beatrice dress, which is superbly flattering with three-quarter length sleeves, a wide bateau neckline at the front and a V at the back, which can be worn either way and is available in five colour ways, for £129.99. Ladies can also purchase a matching petticoat for extra swoosh factor, as well as a pair of stripey cotton tights for winter.
The London print is also available on the Millie dress for girls, which features a Peter Pan collar and looks ridiculously adorable with a matching little cardigan. It would make a super-sweet London-themed bridesmaid’s frock, and it comes in sizes 0 to seven years for £62.50. There is also a range of matching fluffy petticoats and darling stripey tights for little ones.
According to Instagram, this is what the past week in my life looked like:
- I found the world’s prettiest babycinno at Flood Street Carousel in Leichhardt, a superb toddler-friendly cafe in Sydney. Books, toys, a magnetic alphabet wall and a retro Space Invaders arcade table – fun for kids big and small.
- I attended the launch of Iconic Kids at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo and discovered the sweetest Spring collection by Bebe by Minihaha (shirring, ruffles and vintage-inspired floral prints for baby girls), as well a very cute mum-and-bub gorilla. So pleased to find that many of the zoo’s original buildings and structures are still around, including the heritage-listed Indian elephant temple, which was built in 1916.
- I loved Napoleon Perdis‘ new collection of hand-poured candles, available exclusively from his Life.Style homewares store in Sydney’s Woollahra. That’s the limited-edition Fig candle on my bathroom window sill.
- I spent Sunday morning making miniature play-dough hats for Harry’s animal figurines. How awesome is play-dough, and having an excuse to play with it as an adult? I’m going to make my own batch of play-dough this week using this awesome no-cook recipe.
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Here’s a global round-up of some of my favourite non-chocolate Easter presents for babies and kids this year:
1. The World of Peter Rabbit – The Complete Collection of Original Tales 1-23 by Beatrix Potter, £85.40 from my UK Amazon shop.
2. Rocking rabbit white by Bjorn Dahlstrom for Playsam, AU$297 from Top 3 by Design.
3. Wooden eco-friendly easter bunny toy, US$14 from Imagination Kids’ Etsy shop.
4. Liberty Bashful Bunny, AU$21.95 from Lark.
5. A Bunny in a Teapot print, US$24 from Make it Awesome’s Etsy shop.
6. Kid’s rabbit bib in mint, AU$29, from Lark.
7. Desk bunny scissors & clip holder white, AU$30 from Papier D’Amore.
8. Good Bunny temporary tattoo by Lisa Congdon for Tattly Designy Temporary Tattoos, US$5 from Tattly.
9. Woodland Bunnies Icy Pole Makers, AU$12.95 from Lark.
10. Breakfast express bone china eggcup, toast rack and salt&pepper shakers, £19.95 from Blank London.
11. V&A ‘Rabbits’ Childrens Dress, £20 from the V&A shop.
Do you give babies and kids presents for Easter? What are your favourite gifts?
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