IT'S THE FIRST OF DECEMBER TOMORROW! Eeeeeeeee I can hardly believe it!
I love everything about Christmas; the decorations, the food, the vino (ahem), the spending-quality-time-with-friends-and-family, the crappy Crimbo movies on TV all day every day and most of all the SHOPPING!
I love buying presents for other people. Thinking really hard and finding that perfect gift is really important to me, as is spending my money at small, independent businesses instead of the huge money grabbing chains that are trying to take over the world.
Which is why I've put together this Christmas Gift Guide. It's a collection of ideas for presents and stocking fillers from some of my favourite small, independent online stores. Companies where the quality is out of this world and customer service is faultless - which is what shopping should be all about!
And the best bit? Because they are all owned and run by such lovely, lovely people, they are offering a special Modern Mummy festive discount just for you!
Poco Nido, makers of fabulous clothes, shoes and wellies for kids (you can see my review of their Owl Wellies here), was set up by Catherine - a footwear designer with fourteen years' experience and also a proud mum of two. Her aim? To create quality and super cool clothing for kids that won't break the bank.
Blue & red cat wellies, sizes 4-10, £20.00.
Poco Nido are offering Modern Mummy readers 15% off purchases and free Christmas giftwrap using the code '7SWANS'. Discount code valid up until 24th December 2012.
Little Genius Crafts
Little Genius Crafts is a very small and very new company that came up with a brilliant idea. No mess crafts for kids! Michelle sells fun, creative and educational, no mess craft kits for young children (age 3+). Each beautiful kit has been hand-made and contains everything you need to make a collage - the Christmas collage (pictured) comes with:
- An A4 strong card background to the collage;
- Two sheets of double layered card shapes waiting to be peeled off and put on the collage; and
- A bag of fun and educational facts about Christmas.
Michelle is currently offering £1 off craft kits, which usually retail at £8.99. To buy a kit at this discounted rate simply insert the code 0RQWTESP at the 'shopping cart summary'. If you wish to buy a kit as a gift she will write a personalised message to it's recipient (and save you paying postage twice!).
Slugs & Snails
Slugs & Snails are a small, family run business selling tights for boys! Boys, by nature, are busy, bold and robust and tights allow your child the freedom to bend and move freely and in a way that conventional leg wear just doesn’t allow.
Slugs & Snails tights are more than just tights. Their designs (unlike girl’s tights) don’t stop at the knee, which means that they can be worn with or without trousers. Each pair is made of soft, breathable combed cotton and comes with anti-slip soles to give grip to busy little feet. A pair would make a perfect stocking filler and will keep little legs extra cosy and warm this winter!
Slugs & Snails are offering Modern Mummy readers free shipping with the code Freeship (which will save you €3.50 on your order!). Valid until Christmas Eve.
Dot & Co
Dot&Co was founded by Annie Coherton, who had worked in the fashion industry for over 9 years and saw a gap in the market for a new brand of organic babywear. Annie wanted to sell fun and colourful clothes instead of the usual array of neutral shades and conventional designs.
Dot&Co garments are practical, functional and fun. For example, the reversible trousers can be worn twice before washing. In this day in age where we are all tightening our belts, this provides a cost effective solution whilst maintaining the brand’s exciting style. In addition, the integral mitts featured on each babygrow prevent little ones from accidentally scratching their faces, whilst keeping their hands nice and warm.
You all know I'm passionate about organic food and drink - and I am now a big fan of organic clothes. Why? Because organic cotton is a softer, natural material that is more comfortable against babies' skin. Quality is a given, and without the use of pesticides, you can have every confidence that you are contributing to a greener way of living. All of Dot & Co's garments are certified by the Soil Association.
Raspberry stripe babygrow, available in sizes 0-3months to 12-18months, £19.00
Dot & Co are offering Modern Mummy readers 20% off all online purchases this weekend only (30th November - 3rd December 2012) using the code MODERNMUMMY.
Another fabulous organic clothes store is KyNa Boutique which stocks fabulous brands such as Ava & Luc, Green Baby and OrganicZOO.
These designers have all been tried and tested so you can rest assured that not only do they look great, they are kind to your child's skin.
Having young children is tough, it's more than a full time job and getting them to try on clothes when you're out shopping is something that all parents dread. KyNa Boutique offers free UK delivery and free returns too - so you can place an order and have your purchases in a day or two and then anything that doesn't fit or doesn't look right on your child you can send back using the prepaid returns label. Brilliant.
KyNa Boutique are offering Modern Mummy readers a 10% discount using the code MODERNMUMMY. This offer runs from 30th November to 7th December 2012.
Scamp Personalised Baby Gifts
Super clever and crafty sisters Stacey and Jennifer set up Scamp at the beginning of 2010 after it proved difficult to find lovely, unusual and affordable items for their children's bedrooms. They sell absolutely beautiful handmade babygrows, blankets and bibs, cushions and nursery wall art ~ all of which make perfect Christmas presents for the small people in your life!
Available for £10.00 are these gorgeous personalised wooden Christmas decorations which are the perfect gift for a very special (or hard to buy for!) someone! Ideal as a keepsake to celebrate baby's first Christmas or a fabulous (and unique) gift for your little one's teacher.
The wooden decorations are laser cut into an angel or reindeer shape and then have a number of different personalised options available to be added on top. Both the angel and reindeer decoration have a very jolly red gingham ribbon tied onto it so it can be hung up straight onto the tree or on the mantlepiece.
Scamp Baby Gifts are offering Modern Mummy readers 15% off all purchases using the code MODERN15. This offer is available until 15 December 2012, which is the last date for placing personalised orders that are guaranteed to be received before Christmas.
Livie & Luca was formed in 2005 when friends, all new mums, compared notes and discovered there weren't any shoes on the market with the modern designs, flexible soles and affordable prices they craved. Deciding to create their own shoes, Livie & Luca was born, with the fitting tagline "Adorable shoes for adorable feet."
Their shoes certainly are adorable; made from brightly coloured leathers and in bold designs incorporating eco-friendly practices wherever possible they make the ultimate Christmas party shoe and there is something to suit everybody!
Pio Pio Rose shoes, sizes 3 - 9, £34.99
Livie & Luca are offering Modern Mummy readers 15% off using the code 'MODERNMUMMY'. (Code valid from today until 24 December 2012).
Morgan & Pink
And now for something completely different!
Us mamas need a special Christmas treat too - and what could be more lovely than some gorgeous jewellery, hand made in the UK using sterling silver, semi precious stones, freshwater pearls and beautiful glass beads. Perfect, and affordable, presents for friends, family, teachers - or even a gift for yourself!
Inspired by Joan Aiken's story 'A Necklace of Raindrops', these earrings were created to look like beautiful droplets of water. The drops are made from clear glass, which catch the light beautifully, and they hang from fine sterling silver chain. The hooks are also sterling silver.
Available here for £20.00 - and all jewellery comes gift wrapped!
Morgan & Pink are offering Modern Mummy readers a 10% discount for the period 1st to 15th December, using the code MMM10.
So what are you waiting for!? Eight fabulous shops, eight fabulous gift ideas and eight very generous discount codes! Happy shopping xoxox
This is NOT a sponsored post and I was not given any products in exchange for a review. This post was written for free, to help promote small independent businesses that I love.