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27th March 2015

My Etsy Shopping List

I love browsing the website Etsy for cool buys for my boys. But as the site is filled with thousands of individual stores, run by thousands of individual sellers, sometimes I have to search for a while to find the best buys. So I thought I’d do the hard work for you and list the Etsy items (and stores) on my current wish list. Happy shopping…

 

ETSY collage

1 – Canvas Storage Boxes
Store Name: la creature and you
Store Location: Dublin. Ireland
What they sell: A range of stylish canvas storage boxes, in a choice of three different sizes. If you don’t like the gold stars, you can pick from a range of different colours, including pink and blue. I am coveting a set of these to hide the toys and tat on our bookshelf.
Price: from £6.75 each
Ships: Worldwide
Shop: Click here

2 – Printed T-Shirts
Store Name: Feeling Printy
Store Location: USA
What they sell: Lots of different hand printed T-shirts, with slogans including WILD CHILD, Little Bro, and handwritten numbers for celebrating birthdays. The T-Shirts are really nice quality (I have quite a few of them), wash well, and are very affordable too.
Price: from £7.61 each
Ships: Worldwide
Shop: Click here

3 – Tractor Cushions
Store Name: Button Owl Boutique
Store Location: London, UK
What they sell: Beautiful handmade felt cushions in fun shapes, including bumble bees, tractors, rockets, boats, elephants, and lots more. I have fallen in love with these cushions and I’m dreaming of throwing a selection onto the chair in Stanley’s bedroom.
Price: from £20 each
Ships: Worldwide
Shop: Click here

4 – Animal Map of the World
Store Name: Art Pause
Store Location: Coventry, UK
What they sell: A collection of stunning maps and cityscapes with different themes and colours, printed on high-quality coated paper. I love this animal-themed map, which is fun, stylish, and educational. It’s the kind of thing I would have stared at for hours as a child and memorised the animals and countries.
Price: £11.99
Ships: Various countries worldwide, including United Arab Emirates
Shop: Click here

5 – Table Cover Play Den
Store Name: cwtchecoo
Store Location: Swansea, Wales
What they sell: A very cool range of hand-stitched table covers that instantly transform your kitchen table into a den! Personally, I think this is ingenious!
Price: £85
Ships: Worldwide
Shop: Click here

6 – Ice Cream Print
Store Name: Paper Rainbow Prints
Store Location: Sevenoaks, UK
What they sell: Handmade screen prints in various colours and designs. Lots are perfect for a child’s bedroom, including this cool ice cream print.
Price: £20
Ships: Worldwide
Shop: Click here

7 – Cloud Wall Shelf
Store Name: Shop Littles
Store Location: United States
What they sell: Beautiful wooden decor for bedrooms and nurseries. For me, the highlight are the shelving units, with clouds and rainbows to pick from.
Price: £33.59
Ships: Worldwide
Shop: Click here

8 – Printed Leggings
Store Name: Fred & Noah
Store Location: Canewelon, United Kingdom
What they sell: A stylish and very unique collection of printed leggings for boys and girls. I am a big fan of the brand, as is my little chunk Wilfred!
Price: £12 each
Ships: Worldwide
Shop: Click here

9 – Teepee Play Tent
Store Name: Little Me Teepee
Store Location: Cardiff, United Kingdom
What they sell: Beautiful, beautiful play teepees for little people! These are the kind of play tents that add to, rather than distract from, your interior decoration. I really want one of these for my boys!
Price: £79
Ships: Worldwide
Shop: Click here



12th February 2015

My favourite places to shop for my boys

One thing I’ve heard repeated frequently from pregnant mummy friends is that it’s not as much fun to dress little boys. A lot of shops admittedly seem to give up on boys’ clothes, filling the rails of the girls’ aisles with pretty prints and classic shapes, so that you don’t have to spend a lot to dress  girls classically and beautifully. For the boys, however, there might be a few pairs of tracksuit bottoms, with a tacky embroidered logo on the pocket for good measure, and a couple of different choices of T-Shirts with neon cartoon characters emblazoned across them. So no; it isn’t always easy to shop for boys, but if you shop in the right places, it really can be just as much fun to dress them.

Here are my favourite places to shop for my boys. All 6 are available in the UK and 4 are available in the UAE (I highly recommend getting yourself a Shop & Ship account if you don’t already have one so you can ship the other 2 too).

TOP BOYS SHOPS

 

1 – ETSY. This online marketplace has a bit of a reputation for crafty, homemade buys – but you can pop anything into the search engine and discover some very cool buys for boys. The above three buys are all by UK sellers (Top, Leggings, and Downloadable Print) and cost very little. I’ve just ordered Wilfred this pair of leggings and another covered in monsters, oops. Shop here.

2 – H&M. You need to hunt through the rails of H&M to find the best bits, but I have dressed my boys from this store since they were a couple of months old. I usually go for the simple basics. Don’t expect them to last too long, as you get what you pay for in terms of quality. Shop the UK online store here. View the UAE collection here.

3 – NEXT. I’m a sucker for Next. I like the simplicity of a lot of their clothes and I love the fact that things are always comfortable. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t bear to put the boys in scratchy clothes that I would never dream of wearing against my own skin. The prices are very good too. Shop the UK online store here. Shop the UAE online store here.

4 – OFFICE. I get all Stanley’s shoes from Office. He lives in TOMS and Converse, which look cool but also support his feet. The TOMS are especially good, as he’s very independent, meaning he can put them on and take them off himself. If we lived in the UK, he would also be wearing Timberlands. Shop the UK online store here.

5 – GAP KIDS. Oh I love GAP Kids. Such simple, stylish pieces for boys. I just wish it was a bit cheaper, especially in Dubai where everything is inflated by another 30% – I just can’t bring myself to spend the equivalent of £30 on a pair of shorts. When the stuff goes on sale, however, I’m the first through the door. The 2-for-1 T-Shirt deals are also brilliant. Shop the UK online store here. Head into store if you are in the UAE.

6 – ZARA KIDS. Also a bit pricey, but really lovely for the odd piece for your boys’ wardrobes. There’s a real mixture of classic and quirky. The store is especially lovely when boys are teeny – and make sure you pop into Zara Home too, for the irresistible choice of baby blankets. Shop the UK online store here. Head into store if you are in the UAE.