Absolutely Mama’s interior picks for the month ahead
BY HELEN BARON
The perfect Christmas pressie is one you enjoy looking at as much as your littles like playing with it – which is why this toy kitchen should be top of your list. Crafted from beech, it’s completely gender-neutral and you can even pick up matching accessories. Oui Chef!
Photograph your budding artist’s masterpiece and upload the file to the doodlespot app, where their latest work can be given a title, framed to keep and immortalised forever. The trouble’s in the choosing!
Prices start at €40; getdoodlespot.com
Gift bags don’t get much more festive than this. Available in minty or burgundy shades, it’s a beautiful replacement for printed wrapping paper and sellotape – which can’t be recycled.
BAG IT UP
Owl & Otter
A custom Christmas sack is just the thing to make Santa’s visit this year that little extra special. This one comes with a handy loop for hanging and features a festive reindeer motif – plus your babe’s name, of course.
Introducing the gorgeous, doll-sized rattan ‘Kuku’ crib. Made from natural bamboo, you’ll want to pair with the matching quilted organic Fruitanica bedding, to give dollies the royal treatment.
PRETTY IN PRINT
They don’t make duvet covers – or pillowcases. In fact, Swedish Linens deal in sheets only, giving the humble base the respect it deserves. Choose from a stylish selection of prints and hues for baskets, cradles, cribs, toddler and junior beds.
Long recognised as a tastemaker in children’s clothing and lifestyle accessories, Cissy Wears recently moved its base of operations from south of the river to just about the hippest retail spot in London: Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross.
The area is full of amazing restaurants, cafes, institutions and events, meaning that a visit to Cissy Wears can now become part of a proper day out (and we thoroughly recommend you check out the Illustrator’s Museum around the corner if you have little ones in tow).
Stop by the shop in the near future and you’ll find a handpicked selection of babies’ and kids’ clothing from some of the best and most exciting brands in the business, including Fish & Kids, Caramel, Bayiri and Sem Label. Pretty much every piece is covetable, and the shop itself is arranged so artfully as to make browsing an absolute joy.
Aside from apparel, you’ll find a range of design-led home accessories, choice bits of parenting kit (such as Danish brand Bibs’ super cute pacifiers – ideal stocking-fillers) and a superb selection of sustainable (and aesthetically pleasing) toys. In fact, it’s not overstating it to say that you could easily do most of your Christmas shopping here, all in one go.
Of course, if you live further afield you can always access Cissy Wears’ collections online – but the Coal Drops Yard store is an experience in itself. If you’re heading into town for some festive shopping any time soon, make sure it’s on your itinerary.