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SM reviews… Gifts from Personally Presented

Editor writes: “I struggle with gifts for my mother. Not only because she travels such a lot that her house is stuffed full of ‘curios‘ (ie tat!) from far-flung countries but also because she is prone to the dreaded ‘gift rehoming’ if something you’ve bought isn’t to her taste. In short: a nightmare! 

So when I was invited to check out Personally Presented – a website which is filled with lovely items which can all be personalised – I thought ‘heck, let’s start with the toughest cookie. 

The website allows you to search by person (ie Dad, Grandad etc) or by interest, occasion, gender – even by price if you’re doing Secret Santa. 

I started in the ‘foodie’ category of interests (cos even fuss-pots need to eat, right?) On the first search page, I spotted a lovely kids’ baking set with those hipster metal pails for ingredients and uber-cute engraved rolling pins. In short, an amazing gift for my kids, or any of their cousins, my godchildren or my kids’ friends. But not for their grandmother.

Next I spotted a really cute tray for dips, which my other half has been asking for since we were at a (child-free) friend’s house and they produced olives and nibbles on something similar. Snack envy, as it were. My mother would most likely just banish it to the back of the kitchen cupboard.

Then I saw a slate two-tiered cake stand, which I really coveted for myself. So many times I’ve presented cakes at mums meetups on the pop-up cardboard thing the bakery supplied and essentially have just ended up with soggy cardboard. This might have worked for my mother, except that she’s on some crazy no-sugar diet. #Whatever.

But then – the holy grail of gifts – I have literally never seen one of these anywhere before (and I’m sure my mother wouldn’t be able to say she could have got one cheaper in a streetmarket in Marrakech). What was this amazing thing? Well – a rolling pin. How is that so special? It could be personalised (in my case with the kids’ names) with inverted writing so that when you roll out pastry the message appears! Genius! And only 15quid with no extra charge for the engraving. 

I’d definitely go back to Personally Presented’s site (even for easier to shop for people!) – I do dabble with personalised gifts from Not On the High St but the product quality varies so much and I do find wading through all the options quite draining… “

Slick Mummy readers can get a 10% discount on all Personally Presented personalised gifts by using the code: slickmummy10

The code expires on 10/12/17

 

 

Shop aden+anais new range of buggy blankets…

classic stroller blanket in Rockstar design

Whilst aden+anais are known for their huge, multi-function muslins and equally huge cozy dream blankets, as anyone with a city-sized buggy knows, it’s all about having a blankie that tucks in little legs and keeps out the chill, but isn’t constantly snagging in the wheels or dragging in the dirt.

Enter the new range of aden+anais buggy blankets which are (ta-dah!) 70x70cm, made from wonderful soft four-layer muslin, come in some gorgeous, striking signature designs (including Rockstar, Leader of the Pack and Lovebirds) and – best of all – can just be chucked in the same warm wash as the rest of your child’s clothes if they do happen to fall on the pavement.

RRP £25 – shop online here.

(Psst: whilst you’re on aden+anais website, check out their amazing Black Friday deals!)

MORI introduce The Reindeer Collection

Inspired by the caring and gentle reindeer, MORI’s Winter holiday range has us dancing and prancing with festive spirit.

Created from organic cotton and bamboo, the collection includes supersoft pj’s and sleepsuits, adorable blankets and lovely keepsake stockings that can be personalised with up to ten characters.

At the moment MORI is marking #ThoughtfulFriday with discounts of up to 60% and new offers daily. So take advantage – it would be (ahem!) Rude-olph not to!

Shop the Reindeer collection online here.

SmarTrike unveils the SmarTfold700 smart trike

You might see how the title includes the word ‘smart’ a few times. We think the SmarTfold 700 is nothing short of genius.

The new travel-friendly trikes cleverly fold down to less than 85% of their original size. The new smarTfold 700 has all the features of the already popular and award-winning smarTfolds, but also includes: a padded, bi-directional reclining seat, ideal for little ones snoozing on the go, even more storage with two accessory bags included and perhaps the best new feature of all…the smarTfold 700 is now suitable for little ones as young as 6 months (and will last them up til three years!)

Get this one on Santa’s list pronto: they are available now in Mothercare, ELC and Smyths Toys Superstores, RRP £149.99 (but look out for Black Friday deals)

Preserve the memory of your child’s first steps with Bobux

Remember when your child took their first steps…? Erm – maybe you do, maybe you don’t – because let’s face it, once they are up on their feet and climbing on the coffee table it is essentially the beginning of the end. Or – the end of the beginning. And you’re so busy chasing them ’round and fitting locks onto cupboards and moving everything on shelves up one shelf higher that you completely forget to look at the date.

But Bobux have come to the rescue with a lovely keepsake dustbag, into which you can pop your child’s first walking/climbing/scrambling shoes once they have outgrown them and keep them for posterity, scribbling the date on the handy leather tag.

The bag comes with all shoes in the Bobux ‘Step Up’ range, including the award-winning Xplorer, which is lightweight and flexible; designed to help little ones progress up from a crawl.

For more info or to order visit the Bobux website.

Our pick of Xmas jumpers…

Gosh – is it really that time already..? Be festive and beat the Autumn chill, we say – these ones are too fab to just be worn on 25th December.

Marloe London unveils new accessories collection

Marloe London is one of our favourite brands; if you don’t own one of their blanket scarves already, honestly, put it on your Xmas wishlist (we promise you won’t regret owning one!)

We were delighted to see that Marloe has now added super chic totes and zip pouches to their range – which can be monogrammed or personalised with a name or date. Even more delightfully, why not customise yours with one of their brass initials, or (our fave) the brass whistle charm.

Shop online here (or give Santa the link…)

Rolling Stones x Colette – limited edition collaboration

Rolling Stones x Paris St Germain sweatshirt

Need a gift for the person who has everything? Check out very special limited-edition capsule collection which launches exclusively tomorrow in uber-hip Paris boutique Colette, celebrating The Rolling Stones NO FILTER European Tour, which closes in Paris this week.

Available from October 19-25th, the collection, created in partnership with Bravado, will include Paris Saint-Germain FC shirts, Moleskine notebooks and tour t-shirts – all bearing the cheeky tongue emblem.

Celebrate National Baby Swimming Week with a 15% discount from #MMHA17 Nominated Splash About

To celebrate National Baby Swimming Week, our favourite kids’ swimming brand Splash About is offering a 15% discount on its New Improved Happy Nappies (offer valid 16th-22nd October 2017 inclusive) and 15% off its range of full price baby wetsuits (offer runs 16th-31st October 2017) – just visit www.splashabout.com and enter code BSW17 at the checkout.

If you’re wondering what is ‘new and improved’ about the Happy Nappy design, well (apologies if you’re still eating toast) it all comes down to the leakage of poo. Basically, remove the stress of being that poolside parent shamefacedly confessing to their child’s ‘faecal accident’ from your life by dressing them in one of these. And they come in a whole range of gorgeous designs, to suit little ones with big personalities too!

Wild Things at Frugi – new collection launches today

Ethical childrenswear retailer Frugi has collaborated with Kirsty Hartley, inspiring designer, maker, and author of Wild Things; to create a bold and beautiful range of playful characters woven into imaginative everyday wear for little ones.

Introducing new characters including Felicity Fox, Peanut Penguin and Roary Tiger, all made from super soft GOTS certified organic cotton to create clothes that little ones just can’t wait to dress in each morning! In this NEW collaboration, you can find cord pinafore dresses with matching cord bags (a Frugi first!), a transformation of the famous Frugi snuggle fleeces, cord dungarees and a cosy button up jackets.

Suitable for ages 1-6 years, RRP: From £16 – £49. Available to buy from today at www.welovefrugi.com