I’m on a bit of a roll with baby presents right now, and I thought you might like to see the rest of my pastel-hued favourites. Most of these presents I’ve sourced from Etsy, which is actually one of the best online shopping destinations for baby gifts.
Prices start at £2.72 – if you knit the nappy cover yourself! I’ve thrown in the odd bright present because pastels mixed with brights is bang on-trend right now. So if you’re after a contemporary nursery, add a splash of yellow or red to your pastel mix.
My favourite present? Definitely the hand-knitted personalised dolly rattles (no. 2) by Chickabiddy, via Etsy. I’ve given many a sock doll rattle to my friends’ new babies. They make such a sweet little present and a nice little keepsake.
It’s a week of baby and kids on Wee Birdy! Here’s my round-up of the best 12 presents for baby girls (I had it ready to go an option when the royal prince arrived, but thought it was too cute not to share, anyway!)
As you may already suspect, we rather like having tea parties at our place. Here’s Harry showing his teddy how it’s done. I loved playing with my tea set when I was little, so there was no way that Harry was going to miss out. I picked up this little wooden set from Aldi, and it came complete with miniature wooden tea bags, wooden donuts and sliceable wooden tea cake. Swish!
1. Donna Wilson for Rococo Chocolates
Lovely London-based chocolate shop Rococo have always been innovative with their creative Easter collections, and this year is no exception, teaming up with British textile designer-extraordinaire Donna Wilson.
2. Belle & Boo
British illustrator Mandy Sutcliffe’s adorable Belle & Boo brand has grown exponentially since I first featured them on Wee Birdy years ago. The charming vintage-inspired children’s characters now inhabit a wondrous woodland world filled with bunnies, hot-air balloons and birds – of course – and appear on everything from book plates to dinner plates.
3. Fortnum & Mason
As regular Wee Birdy readers will know, I’m a huge fan of London heritage department store, Fortnum & Mason. I’ve also been a long-time admirer of their beautiful Easter eggs traditionally decorated with handmade sugar flowers, bees and ladybirds.
F&M have just released a video with their head chocolatier demonstrating the time and care that goes into each hand-decorated Easter egg.
This year, they’ve collaborated with British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood for the packaging of their Easter collection. The designed sleeves are lovely, but does anyone else yearn for a little more Westwood inside the packaging, à la Rocco/Donna Wilson?
Can you just imagine a collection of Westwood-designed hand-decorated eggs? Her signature orb would be an obvious starting point, but I can also imagine tartan and lace designs and all sorts of wonderful Westwood possibilities. I guess I’ll just have to dream on.
Everyone knows that Biscuiteers does a smashing range of themed iced biscuits. But this year they’ve launched a range of gorgeous hand-decorated chocolate eggs, which can be personalised with your own message.
Starting at £25, personalised eggs need to be ordered 24 hours in advance. I’m also loving their Union Jack egg, which is particularly timely for the Jubilee year and their festive Easter cake, which is packaged in a rather lovely keepsake tin.
5. Haigh’s Chocolates
I’ve searched high and low in Australia for an exciting new Easter collection and Haigh’s never fails in delivering high-quality chocolately goodness.
I love the new muted earthy colour palette of their trademark hand-foiled eggs (above). This year Haigh’s have released a limited-edition hand-decorated egg with swirls of white and dark chocolate (AU$21.50). Their Easter collection also includes hot-cross bun chocolates with spicy fudge centre enrobed in dark chocolate, as well as an adorable line-up of chickens, ducks, hens, fish and bilbies. And I can’t resist Haigh’s chocolate freckles – they’re truly the best in the world.
What are your favourite Easter eggs? Have you seen something special in a shop near you? Tell me all about it in the comments below…