Welcome to Part Two of my Christmas Gift guide for Mamas and Minis. Part one was all about getting the littles looking just right and getting them reading exciting stories.
In this part I'm discussing toys and bits for you and your mama friends.
I’ve recently discovered a product that I know I love, without it even arriving yet! Started by Claire Russell, a Mum and early years’ specialist, Play Hooray offers a selection of ideas for your little ones, from a Messy Play Kit to a Christmas Calendar to get your minis feeling festive. But my fav, and one I’ve ordered for my boys for Christmas, is the Play Prompts pack. It’s a little tin containing 100 cards with ideas for activities, they come in a few different options (there’s one especially for babies), and it helps us parents find different and creative things for our children to do, often without spending any money, using just our imaginations and these wonderful cards. They may be simple ideas, such as creating a coloured water station, but I love the idea of pulling one out of the tin and doing it that day with my children.
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Now I’m obviously not going to write a gift idea blog post without including some of Mini Maison's must-haves. Nursery décor doesn’t just have to be about bedding and pictures, we stock some awesome products that any little one would be happy to receive on Christmas morning. We’ve got a few ultimate gifts, starting with our bestselling Jersey Ball Pits. They’re so popular and with a cut-off date of around the end of November / start of December you need to be ordering them NOW. They come in round or square and in a selection of colours, plus you can pick the ball colours that you want them to come with. If you love your living room to vaguely resemble an adult space rather than a play room, then this is the product for you.
We are also mega-proud stockists of Wildfire Teepees, the coolest kids brand in town - the collection started off with the black and white teepees and now includes a range of monochrome prints as well as with coordinating accessories including bean bags, playmats and storage bags. All of which you can buy from Mini Maison.
These hideouts are for boys and girls and will look great in playrooms, bedrooms or living spaces.
If you're looking for inspiration of the smaller kind, both in terms of size and price, then Mini Maison has recently become a stockist of uber-cool US brand, Wee Gallery.
The range is mostly monochrome, which is fab because baby’s can only see black and white for a while, and is designed to help your baby develop. The Wild set of Play Blocks feature illustrations and letters... perfect for building up and knocking down. Wee Galley's organic sensory ball has been specifically designed to include different textures, contrasts, taggies and the rattle inside will delight your little one. The soft book, also pictured above, is so cute and definitely deserves its 'soft' title. With a selection of animal pictures this will delight any babe. There's more to the collection so head to the shop section of the site for a full nosey.
If it’s beautiful illustrations that you’re after, then our collection by The Fox in the Attic will have you hooked, with rattles and soft cushions these make such a beautiful addition to your baby’s nursery. Head over quick though as stocks are limited and selling fast from this fab brand.
Our personalised products are creeping up our bestsellers list and we’re incredibly proud to be able to offer our customers something different to other retailers. Our personalised name signs are available in neon-style or in the wood colour of your choice and make for wonderful baby gifts. Alternatively treat yourself or another "grown up", because really these look fab in any room.
We've got more neon lights arriving in clouds, hearts, lightning bolts and 'love' in the next week, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled.
If you’re not sure where to start them head over to the shop now and search the Christmas category for our selection.
Cottage Toys are soooo Instagram worthy. Beautiful wooden pieces, timeless designs and fun to play with… all in one hit. For the scandi lover in you, there’s a bamboo toy kitchen that I've earmarked, in plain bamboo with matching cooking utensils. This definitely fits the bill of kids’ toys not looking out of place in your living area. I’ve yet to find a child that doesn’t love playing with in a toy kitchen and appearing in front of you with a ‘cup of tea’ or ‘slice of cake’ for you to eat... too cute. This kitchen is priced at £102.
So that's my round-up of toys that I hope has shown you some brands and toys that you may not have heard of before, or bought from before.
Of course, a list of must-haves for Mamas wouldn't be complete without mentioning Selfish Mother. Not only is it a great platform for mother's voices but they sell the coolest jumpers and tees in the land, with their Good Tees collection. With over £200,000 donated to charities (calculated at July 2016)... that's £10 per adult product. How amazing is that?!
Selfish Mother have collborated with Poppy Delevingne for a Christmas collection for Save The Children, designed by Cheryl Rawlings. And this is our top pick of the bunch:
Perfect for cooking and / or eating Christmas lunch in. And if you're buying for yourself, make sure yours arrives before Christmas Jumper Day on 16th December!