Is it just us, or do you sometimes get in a bit of panic when you know you need to buy a (lovely, stylish obviously) gift for a newborn baby? It’s odd really, because we LOVE buying baby gifts (what’s not to love?), but there are just SO many gorgeous things out there, it can be a little overwhelming sometimes. And do you go for something to wear, or something for the nursery? The pressure is on to find the most stylish gift within your budget that you know will be happily received by a sleep-deprived mama. So we’ve (hopefully) taken any stress away with our tightly edited selection of our favourite gift ideas (for all budgets) in our Baby Gifts Shop. Just click and buy. Job done. One tip that we will share is that it’s no bad thing to stockpile gifts. You may think this sounds impersonal, but if something is that lovely, why not buy it for more than one baby? And it’s never a bad thing to have a little supply of gifts (whether for newborns or kids’ parties) tucked away to avoid that last-minute panic ‘trolley-dash’ which can then result in a less inspired choice. And we’ve also found a few ‘pricer’ items for people who want to group together to buy something for a friend or relative (I remember many envelopes coming round in my days at Glamour, which resulted in one lovely present from the office as someone headed off on their maternity leave. SC).
Anyone who follows us on Instagram will already know about my recent trip to Mamas & Papas in Westfield. And no, I wasn’t invited by them to go in to review it – I just happened to be in Westfield, and wanted to pop in as I knew they’d recently had a bit of a store makeover. I literally couldn’t believe my eyes. There were stylish (and affordable!!) temptations at every turn! I was particularly impressed by the nursery and bedroom accessories and the toys and gifts (the bird house (number 3) and the pom pom cot mobile (number 1) were probably my favourites – I’m actually considering stock-piling for baby gifts. Is that bad?). So this is what we’re focussing on today. Other favourites included this bunny head to hang on the wall (far less sinister than it sounds!); Miles The Squirrel; Daytime Dog; Daytime Doll. And you might remember from the post on Tabitha and Marlow’s bedroom a couple of weeks ago that I bought the cloud cushion for Marlow’s bed. Even the cards are adorable – this, this, this one are three of our favourites. Honestly there are actually too many things to include, so take a look for for yourself, or pop into the store next time you’re passing.
Oh, and I almost forgot, we have recently added a Baby Gifts shop to the site. We’ve carefully handpicked the most adorable baby gifts for all budgets (starting from just £10.00, and including some more substantial gifts ideas for friends/colleagues who want to club together to buy a mama-to-be a gorgeous gift). We have all bases covered. Take a look…
Imps & Elfs Jersey Sweatshirt (3 months-4 years), £25.35
This is still our favourite mini sweatshirt. And our current go-to baby gift (I’ve just bought two for girlfriends’ new babies, and they may not be the last – SC). Just to flag up one thing, it looks quite yellow in the pictures (above and on the Smallable website) – it’s actually much less so in person, more of an oatmeal colour. But no lessadorable! And perfect for a boy or a girl.
The sweetest sequin basket, (a tasteful) Batman sweatshirt, cool khaki cut-offs, the cutest crocheted dress (Tabitha’s is on its way), and probably one of our favourite logos tops of all time (we’ve already ordered a couple as gifts): the Little Shop has been re-stocked!
1. Zara Home Cotton Romper (0-6 months), £19.99 2. Petit Bateau Baby Cardigan (1-12 months), £45.00 3. Martin Pederson Baby Tights (6-18 months), £13.00 4. Billie Blush Rabbit Doll, £23.00
We can never resist a cute baby outfit, and frankly, who could possibly resist this cotton romper? Or it’s price tag?? And this adorable rabbit doll would make the loveliest newborn gift. Oh and of course, our favourite Boden baby cardigans are always on our ‘baby favourites’ list.
1. Huttelihut Baby Hat, £38.00 2. M&S Cotton Sleepsuits (sold as part of a set of three), £15.00-£16.00) 3. Clara & Macy Personalised First Christmas Star Decoration, £14.75 4. The Two Wagtails Personalised Baby’s First Christmas Card, £4.25 5. Trousselier Angel Bunny Rattle, £10.53 6. Next Knitted Booties, £6.00
Is it possible that Next have employed a group of lovely, kind-hearted grannies to make some of their baby knitwear this Christmas? It’s the only explanation for these handmade looking pom-pom booties (above) and this adorable cardigan (take a look at the back view, it’s so sweet). If like us, you’d rather avoid the reindeer and Christmas pudding outfits, they’re a simple way of adding some festive fashion (just the right amount in our opinion) to your baby’s first Christmas wardrobe.
Nicky & Sarah xx
ps: we just found this super-soft ‘Huge Howard Bear‘ (which has the year embroidered on his paw) from The White Company and think it would make the loveliest gift for a baby’s first Christmas. And it’s currently 50% off!
We love the cute star and stripe prints of Sleepy Doe pyjamas, and the fact that they’re designed and produced in the UK using sustainable and ethical manufacturing methods. But our favourite thing about this lovely new brand is their ‘doeliveries’: locally purchased products are delivered by founder Sophie Woodrow’s partner, Dan, on his bike!