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July 27, 2013

12 more beautiful baby presents, from £2.72

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.

12 best baby presents via WeeBirdy.com

1. Hot air balloon wall stickers, £18 from Belle & Boo.
2. Lil sock baby rattle, £13.59 from Chickabiddy Baby Boutique’s Etsy shop.
3. Rubber duck diaper cover knitting pattern, £2.72 for an instant downloadable PDF from Easy Care Knits’ Etsy shop.
4. Baby bird mobile in gender-neutral hues, £66.58 from Baby Jives Co’s Etsy shop.
5. Knitted wrap cardigan, now AU$27.48 by Pure Baby.
6. Maple crochet teething rings, £11.55 from Apple n Amos’s Etsy shop.
7. Baby blue diaper covers, £14.95 from Mabel’s Etsy shop.
8. Personalised alphabet block print, £25 from Ruka-Ruka.
9. Ducky tee, AU$24.95 from Seed.
10. Sea breeze bonnet, US$48 from Misha and Puff
11. Pink forest ballet slippers, £29.21 from Evie Lala’s Etsy shop.
12. Boo and friends boys mug, £6 from Belle & Boo.

It’s a week of babies and kids on Wee Birdy! Make sure you haven’t missed:
A wee tour: My modern vintage baby’s room
Top 12 affordable art prints for children’s rooms
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

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July 24, 2013

The best 12 presents for baby girls

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!)

12 Best Presents for a Baby Girl via WeeBirdy.com

1. Pink plush angel bunny, £14 from Petit Home.
2. Oh Baby! Girl letterpress card, AU$6.95 from Lark.
3. Toshi floral muslin wraps, AU$29.95 each from My Messy Room.
4. Pink canvas crib shoes with brogued leather, £22.42 from Ajalor’s Etsy shop.
5. Short sleeve angle wing onesie, US$56 from Marie Chantal.
6. Modern bird mobile, £114.14 from Baby Jives Co’s Etsy shop.
7. Maileg Princess & the Pea, £58.99 from Camel & Yak.
8. Flossie romper, now £40 from Marie Chantal.
9. Knitted beanie with tassels, AU$14.98 from Pure Baby.
10. Liberty print orange chive bloomers, AU$12.95 from Liberty.
11. Stoff Matroyschka, €42.90 from Pink Milk.
12. Boo and Friends girls mug, £6 from Belle & Boo.

What’s your favourite present for newborn babies?

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October 23, 2012

Wee finds: the best tea sets for kids

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!

I rounded up the top 12 tea sets for kids over on Kidspot. Here are some of my favourites:

Clockwise from top: Children’s retro rose floral tea set, $41.91 from Not on the High Street; Schylling traditional tin tea set, $24.95 from Peanut Gallery; Bear tin tea set, $57 from Down That Little Lane; Belle & Boo Dollies tea set, $59.95 from Lark; and Nathalie Lete Vilac tea set US$50 from Opening Ceremony.

Read the full round-up over on Kidspot here.

* Thanks to Eeni Meeni Miini Moh for gifting Harry this very smart shirt and shorts, and to Scruffy Dog for gifting him these adorable red sandals. Loving these two Aussie fashion labels for kids.

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March 23, 2012

Wee finds: 5 brilliant new things I’m loving for Easter

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.

The exquisite collection of hand-painted chocolate eggs feature Wilson’s distinctive and much-loved hand-drawn illustrations. I love the charming owl and pussycat set, as well as the Matryoshka-style Food Chain Easter egg. The packaging is equally sublime.
1. Hand-painted Rococo chocolate egg in bone china egg cup, £9.95.
2. Hand-painted Rococo chocolate egg with three Rococo ganaches inside, £17.50.
3. Hand-painted solid Rococo chocolate egg in Owl and Pussycat design, £13.95.
4. Hand-painted Rococo chocolate egg in lamb and bunny design, £17.50. each.
5. Food chain chocolate eggs with Donna Wilson designs, £55.

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.

This Easter, Mandy has created a rather lovely collection of embossed tins, which are the perfect size for a handful of mini eggs. I adore the tin basket and the bunny tote bags as well, which are just the thing for an Easter egg hunt. They are available from Lark in Australia and Belle & Boo in the UK.
1. Easter basket tin, £3 from Belle & Boo.
2-5. Easter tins in assorted designs AU$7.95 each from Lark.

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.

In the meantime, I’m loving F&M’s old-fashioned Jubilee silk egg box, £125, which features a garland of flowers and a keepsake hat pan, as well as their Faberge-inspired egg biscuits (above left) and the divine nest of birds’ eggs gingerbread biscuits (above right), which are actually modelled on real birds’ eggs, namely the magpie, chaffinch, guillemot and osprey.

4. Biscuiteers
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…

Click here to check out my top 10 Easter books for babies and children.
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