"Christmas gift ideas for boys and girls kids"

Last week I shared some cute gift ideas for baby boys and baby girls.  Today I’ve rounded up some fun and stylish gifts for kids.  I have decided to do a combined kids list for boy and girl because I think so much stuff is appropriate for both sexes as it should be.  Most of these gifts can easily be for boy or girl (maybe not the pink bunny coat though!).  So with that in mind I’ve gathered some fun toys, games, decor and more.  One of my favourites is that balancing bench; wish I’d had that as a kid!  Here are some of my top ideas for kids gifts this Christmas:

1. play tent | 2. bunny ears coat | 3. star print rucksack | 4. pear poster | 5. jungle animals stamp set | 6. wooden sushi set | 7. pear shaped dolls house | 8. bear plate | 9. baby bear rug | 10. architectural blocks puzzle | 11. wooden jungle safari set | 12. wooden toy camera | 13. sparkly mouse ear headband | 14. starry apron sets | 15. balancing bench | 16. grumpy tomato soft toy | 17. cloud lamp | 18. wooden bowling set | 19. set of two tree socks

"velveteen kids pratham collection"

I recently came across a kids clothing brand that not only creates beautiful clothes but also has a genuine desire to give back especially to kids less fortunate.  With the festive season coming up, it’s very much a time for giving and Velveteen has taken this thought and created a limited edition range of beautiful festive pieces where 100% of profits will go to support children’s education in India.  Being Indian and having lived there for many years, I’ve known and met many, many kids who don’t get the education they deserve so to see a company trying to help this cause really resonated with me. 

"pastel party dresses for girls""pastel blue girls dress party""pastel girly party dresses"

This limited edition range includes floaty dresses, pretty tops and shimmery skirts in soft pastel shades.  All the pieces are beautiful and perfect for the party season.  For the festive season I know Anya would always pick a girly dress especially one that allows you to twirl and swirl and Velveteen definitely know how to do understated and classy girly looks.  In addition to this range, Velveteen kids also offers their Autumn/Winter 2014 range that comes in striking deep colours like plum, charcoal and teal.  I’m loving their two-tone Nelly dress especially in the plum and camel combination.  And they’ve also got some adorable pieces for babies.

Velveteen’s limited edition flash sale runs from 28th November to December 2nd.  If the cause appeals to you and you want to help, just buy a gorgeous piece for your daughter knowing that 100% of profits will go towards educating a child in India.

"Christmas gift ideas for babies"

Yesterday I shared some adorable Christmas gift ideas for baby boys so today it’s the turn of baby girls.  I love putting lists like this together because there is so much adorable stuff out there for babies but that makes it difficult to choose just ten things.  This guide is more of a flavour of the types of things you can give like cozy clothes, sweet musical toys, or even gorgeous bath toys.  I hope you like the selections:

1. baby rabbit night light | 2. floating duck bath toys | 3. two-tone baby socks | 4. soft toy doll | 5. animal mittens and hat | 6. popcorn sweater | 7. stars mobile | 8. large snail musical soft toy | 9. face print dress | 10. wooden hedgehog toy

"Christmas gift ideas for babies"

When I recently asked on my facebook page if you would like a Christmas gift list this year, I got a big fat yes from many of you.  So today I start my Christmas 2014 gift ideas.  To kick off the gifts, I wanted to share some ideas for babies.  Babies can be hard to buy for because they don’t actually need anything other than love, milk and their mamas and dads.  But that doesn’t mean that we can’t spoil them anyway.  From sweet little toys to cute and cozy clothes, here are some Christmas gift ideas for little baby boys:

1. fish rattle | 2. animal mittens and hat | 3. knit trousers | 4. milk musical toy | 5. bear blanket | 6. bunny night light | 7. striped teddy soft toy | 8. cuddly panda | 9. crown sweater | 10. grey baby booties

"handmade doll giveaway"

With Christmas coming, it’s the perfect time to give.  So today it’s another giveaway.  This time for a gorgeous handmade doll that would make an adorable Christmas gift.  Read on for all the details.

"handmade dolls for kids"

Do you know pink nounou?  It’s a little studio in Portugal that makes the cutest handmade dolls and soft toys as well as sweet paper products like notebooks, posters and party invitations.  All these goodies are made by Ana who is a mum and a graphic designer.  Ana has a very distinctive style that is colourful and playful which is very appealing to kids but also to anyone young at heart.  I fell in love with Ana’s creations a long time ago because to put it simply, everything that Ana makes leaves you feeling happy. 

"unique handmade dolls"

Ana kindly sent Anya a doll too and Anya loves it.  It’s become her nightly sleeping companion and her daytime ‘friend’ so when I took it away to take pictures there were tears.  This doll is called Amelia and each one is different.  Different fabrics are used for the top and the bottom half of the doll to keep the dolls unique.  The doll has no loose bits so it’s not only great for little girls but for younger kids too and would make a lovely Christmas gift.

The prize:  The winner picked at random will win one Amelia doll.  The colour of the doll will be different from the one pictured as each doll is handmade and unique.

To enter:  Simply visit the ebabee shop and Pink Nounou and sign up to both the newsletters.  Then come back here and leave a comment below saying that you have done so. Your entry is only valid when all steps are completed. (Remember sometimes newsletter sign-up confirmation emails can go in your spam folder so do check there too)

One entry per person and this competition is open to all my readers worldwide. – YAY!  The competition closes at midnight (UK time) on Tuesday 25th November 2014.  Any entries after this time will not be counted.  The winner will be announced on this post and on my ebabee facebook page on Thursday 27th November.  Good luck!  

"winter boots for kids UK"

Every Winter I buy Anya a pair of boots.  I like to go for a style and colour that will go with everything so that I need only one pair.  This year I discovered a new online shop full of the most adorable Winter boots for kids.  Many of their styles and brands are ones that I haven’t seen in the UK so when they offered to send Anya a pair of boots my only problem was which pair to choose – they’re all so cute!  In the end we chose the orange Ocra boots which Anya loves.  They’re soft and are lined with fur making them very warm and cosy.  The orange colour is bright enough to please a child but not so bright as to clash with everything.  In fact the colour is quite unusual and hard to describe but I would call it a muted rusty orange that really can be worn with anything.

"European shoes for kids"

I adore little feet have the sweetest kids boot collection I’ve seen in a long time.  Lots of boots for boys, girls and toddlers by many European designers including a gorgeous brand which is new to me – Zecchino d’Oro.  The boys boots are no less stylish with colours ranging from soft greys to bright blues.  The green boys boot with the jigsaw puzzle imprint is one of my favourites and for girls I love those navy ones with gold hearts.  Aren’t they adorable?  I adore little feet are having a mid-season sale at the moment so there’s 25% off everything till the end of the month and they ship worldwide.  If you had to choose, which would you go for?

*I’ve linked up to Style Me Sunday’s Street Style.

"cream party blouse girls""polka dot tshirt ebabee shop""Christmas dresses for girls ebabee shop"

I’m so excited to share with you all the gorgeous new goodies in my shop.  Just in time for Christmas, there are beautiful new dresses, skirts and tops for the girls.  Equally exciting is the new range for boys.  So those of you with boys now have much more to choose from.  Yay!

Back to the new girls range, one of my favourite pieces is the unusual and stunning Erba dress (pictured above). With unexpected details like the herringbone trim on the skirt, this dress is truly striking.  It can be worn on it’s own or with something under for a layered look.  I love it so much that I might have to keep one for Anya as her Christmas dress.

"ebabee shop strapped boys trouser"

From the boys collection I have to highlight the strapped trouser.  Definitely one of my favourite pieces for a cool urban look.  While this may have been designed for boys, I would totally put this on a girl too.  For the boys, wear a dark polo neck under and for the girls, a white frilly blouse under would look so great.  Also new in for the boys are the very cute geometric dot trousers.  Both pieces are by Bien a Bien, one of the most understated and stylish brands from Korea – a favourite of mine.

I will let you discover the rest of the new stuff in my Ebabee shop.  I have fallen in love with each and every piece so I hope you will too.  I’ve had a few people ask me if any of the sold out items/sizes will be back in stock – the answer is sadly no.  All these Korean brands are produced in small quantities and once they’re gone, they’re gone.

I’ve linked up to Mummy’s Got Style Fashion Friday.

"fruit poster for kids room"

I spend half my life researching stuff on the net to share on this blog.  And often I come across delightful or funny little things that I want to share but they don’t really fit in to posts.  So once in a while I like to share them here.  My recent fun finds include this playful pear poster and here are the rest:

Add a little sparkle to your kids bedroom in under 10 minutes with this simple idea.

About to become a parent?  Practice these 11 (hilarious) steps and you’ll have mastered parenting!

Boys can wear polka dots too. How cool does he look?

This striking neon reindeer may be sold out why not try making it as a Christmas craft?

Your little boy will love you even more if you make this easy Washi tape DIY in his bedroom.

Don’t have space for a Christmas tree? Why not get creative with an alternate tree like this?

Have a great weekend all – x

"DIY Christmas advent calendar"

Last year the advent calendar I made for Anya was a huge hit.  She loved opening those boxes so much and since about June of this year she has been regularly asking when she could have another advent calendar.  Of course I was going to make her another one, just not in June!  I think the advent calendar may have been her favourite part of Christmas which is just as much about the build-up as it is about the day.

This year I’ve made it a bit earlier as I wanted to share it with you sooner and I hope you like it.  I was drawn to origami as I chanced across some lovely matt origami paper in a deep green.  So I thought why not make a forest of mini Christmas trees and that’s exactly what happened.  But of course I needed to find a place for the gifts and what better place than under the trees?

"DIY origami advent calendar""DIY Christmas tree advent calendar"

To make this DIY advent calendar you will need:

Origami paper – you can choose any colour but I went for two shades of green
Mini paper cups – they’re called souffle or sauce cups
Gold spray
Mini number stickers (or you could hand write the numbers on)

"DIY Christmas advent calendar 2014"

To start with make the trees.  I followed an origami tree tutorial that I found online.  It was a bit tricky at first but after the 2nd or 3rd tree it was really easy so stick with it.  I didn’t even need to look at the instructions after the 5th or 6th tree.  Follow the tutorial exactly but I added one more step.  I blu-tacked each fold of all the trees as I found that they flared out too much otherwise, and didn’t stand up quite as well as I wanted them to.

"make your own advent calendar"

Next take your mini paper cups – these are the little paper cups that you fill with ketchup and mayo.  They’re called soufflé cups and cost very little for loads of them.  I had them at home as I’ve used them in the past for Anya’s birthday parties to serve ketchup.  They make the perfect little pots to balance the trees on and of course to put your little gifts in.  Spray them gold – best to put them in a disposable cardboard box or similar otherwise they fly around when you spray as they’re so light.

"DIY advent calendar ideas"

Finally take your number stickers (if using) and stick them on.  Fill each pot with your little treat and place the tree on top.  That’s it – done!  You have an easy DIY advent calendar that looks so great.  Do you usually make your own advent calendars or do you buy them?

I have linked up to Honest Mum’s Brilliant blog posts

P.S. Have you checked out our new kids clothing shop yet?

{All photos by ebabee}

Three little pigs

November 11, 2014

"three little pigs soft toy"

Something very cute for you today.  Soft toys have become quite an obsession in this house of late.  Anya cannot go to bed without at least five to accompany her.  There’s often hardly any space left on the bed for her!  And each week her bed companions change so that ‘nobody feels left out’!  I like the reasoning of a five year old mind.

"maileg pig in a tin can"

With her birthday and Christmas being very close to each other, it always means I have to plan for more than one set of gifts to give her (if you can help it, never have a December baby).  Right now I’m thinking birthday gift and I’m loving these pigs softies.  From one of my favourite kids toy and decor shops, their collection of pig soft toys is second to none.  From baby bacon in a box to that pig in a tin.  How cute!  And while I maybe thinking birthday gift, that red pig is such a great Christmas present too.  My favourite though is the three little baby bacon in a box. They look good enough to eat (sorry, couldn’t resist)!

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