Stocking Fillers

Stocking Fillers

As a child, the most exciting part of Christmas was to wake up (at about 3am naturally) and find a stocking filled with little gifts at the bottom of my bed, “He’s been!” I would squeal before spending the next hour excitedly picking through the treasures Santa had left for me.

Fast forward to 2019 and the traditional tangerine in the toe of the stocking remains. The stocking itself is a fair bit smaller in size but filled with beautiful gifts that will last for years rather than the day.

In truth I could fill a stocking ten times over just from the bits we sell in-store! The final contents are still a work a progress but some of my absolute must-haves follow…

French toymakers Vilac have been producing heirloom toys for well over 100 years and their kaleidoscopes, telescopes and twisting acrobats are the perfect shape and size for stockings, for the more musically inclined the sweet animal maracas would make a wonderful addition.

 


Sonny Angel dolls are a hit with children and adult collectors alike and in the 2019 limited edition Christmas series they are wearing the cutest woolly jumpers, hats and mittens! We also have the Flower, Vegetable, Fruit, Animal, Caribbean and New York series as well as the Birthday special edition. Blind boxed, you could receive any one of the designs in any given series or, if you’re really lucky, one of the special secret versions!

 

We have been collecting Schleich figures for several years now and they get played with most days. Founded in 1935 Schleich is one of the most prolific toy manufacturers in Germany, famed for their realistic animal figures. We have a huge collection of farm and wild animals at home already already so all eyes are on the hand painted fantasy Bayala collection this Christmas and their beautiful unicorns and Pegasi.

Meri Meri make the most adorable hair slides, necklaces, stickers and temporary tattoos, both Christmas themed and beyond. They make for a fun and really inexpensive stocking addition. A more recent tradition here is to include a Christmas tree decoration in the stocking, Felt So Good and Amica make the most gorgeous hanging decs, Fairtrade and handmade in Nepal. The Felt So Good Seagull is predictably one of the best-sellers at our Brighton store but it will be the Sloth in a Santa hat wending its way to our house this Christmas.

 


I do of course have to include the one thing stocking sized that found its way into the letter to Santa. Maileg is a Danish brand of charming characters with the most beautiful attention to detail. The pocket size mice are particularly beautiful and amongst our expansive collection of characters and accessories you can find some Christmas themed cuties including the Fairy Little Sister Mouse with detachable wings, available in assorted colours and priced at just £15.

All of these gorgeous items (and many more besides) can be found both online and in our Brighton store, nestled amongst lots of beautiful independent retailers in Brighton’s North Laine. Well worth a Christmas shopping visit if you can find the time.

PlanToys - Sustainable Play

PlanToys - Sustainable Play

Environmentally responsible PlanToys is notable for making its toys from rubber wood, a sustainable by-product of the latex industry's harvesting of trees used for natural rubber production.

From first baby toys for tiny hands still mastering grip and coordination to puzzles, games and construction for more able, older children - the PlanToys collection is a pre-schooler's dream.

The stand-out item from the collection for us is the stunning rocking pegasus, this item could not be any more beautiful if it tried!

  

Other favourites for the tinies are these adorable animal racers in a duck, hen and bunny design.  With their numbered frontage they make perfect first, second and third birthday gifts or buy all three to race at the same time - 1,2,3 and they're off!

Beautiful bath time toys are surprisingly hard to find but PlanToys have excelled themselves with their arctic adventurers.  Of the walrus, penguin, polar bear and seal it has to be the new walrus that floats our boat!

For the budding builder in your life PlanToys have an awesome pounding bench which is suitable from just 12 months.  Once all the pegs are pounded children can simply turn the panel over to start the fun all over again!  And for those age 3+ this toolbox is pretty awesome - not only can you build amazing things but you can also have your own robot play buddy!  The set consists of 16 pieces and includes a hammer, wrench with screwdriver, nuts and bolts and the toolbox itself that can flip upside down and be transformed into a robot.

Of the games we have here which include a balancing cactus and feed a frog, it's the beehive game for the little one that's won our hearts - it helps to develop fine motor skills by matching the bee to its hive using the pincer grasp on the forceps and also reinforces colour recognition and counting, super cute!

Indulge yourself further with a look at our complete collection here or come visit our beautiful store in the heart of Brighton's North Laine area.

Perfect Party Dresses

We're firm believers that you don't necessarily need a party to roll out your best dress.  Our own offspring often supermarket shops looking ready for a tea party for the Queen, and why not?  Clothes can and should be fun, whatever the occasion!

The current favourite at home is Huxbaby's cherry cat ballet dress, it's a super cute design available in both black and shell and also comes in a bodysuit version for the tiniest of girls.

The Huxbaby cherry cat tulle skirt is also proving to be really popular and is surprisingly versatile, it looks as awesome dressed down with trainers, a tee and sweat top as it does with sparkly shoes and a pretty top.

For a truly festive feel MarMar Copenhagen have some luscious greens and sparkly golds that come together to make the perfect Christmas Day outfit.  Here we have an elegant version of the ballet skirt in a stunning leaf green, the lightweight mid length tulle skirt has an elasticated metallic gold waistband and is fully lined.  We've teamed it with this beautiful and super soft gold lurex cardigan with mother of pearl buttons and a single front pocket.

For a (much!) less conservative look take a walk on the wild side with Bang Bang Copenhagen, a high-fashion look that is functional as well as huge amounts of fun.  Some of our favourite picks this year are the animal inspired dresses that include cats, penguins, rabbits and swans.  These outfits can be tamed with some plain basics and accessories or made even more fierce with some of Bang Bang's super fun tights and socks. Personally we'd go all the way! 

Hugo Loves Tiki is another of our bold brands whose aesthetic includes striking graphics, European languages and cartoon-like illustrations.  This season has seen some gorgeous bow and collared dresses in some really fun prints such as soda cups, pink and red bunnies and cupcakes.  For the festive period though we think this striped print is perfect as it is so reminiscent of candy canes!


Indulge yourself further with a look at our complete collection here or come visit our beautiful store in the heart of Brighton's North Laine area.