Archive for the ‘Gifts for Kids’ Category

Gorgeous New Products From Santoro

November 13, 2012

We are just loving all the new products from Santoro and it seems our customers like them too!!  We started off with a small sample of Santoro Gorjuss and Santoro Eclectic gifts, but they’ve been so popular over the last few months, that we have increased our selection. 

Just in are these cute Santoro Gorjuss Ruby Nest of Tins and these Santoro Gorjuss I Found My Family In A Book Accessory Case.  There are other  designs available in both of these products and loads of other Santoro goodies online at Hampton Blue.

Santoro Gorjuss Ruby Nest of 4 Tins, £12.99

Santoro Gorjuss Ruby Nest of 4 Tins, £12.99


Santoro Gorjuss I Found My Family In A Book Accessory Case, £7.99

Santoro Gorjuss I Found My Family In A Book Accessory Case, £7.99


Decodelire Bags and Accessories

August 23, 2012

We’re so excited to have received our first shipment of bags and compact mirrors from Decodelire.  The French company was established in 2004 and it was their aim to bring fun and funky designs to the world.  The bags are made from polypropylene and are waterproof, lightweight and very durable and off course covered in bright, colourful designs.  We’ve opted for the blue Parisienne and the pink and red Romantique collections.  What do you think?  Check out the full range on our website Hampton Blue.

Decodelire Fashion Shopper

Decodelire Fashion Shopper

Alternative Easter Gifts

April 13, 2011

Lanke Kade Hedgehog Jigsaw, £5.50

If you are looking for something different to give to kids this Easter, instead of the usual Easter eggs, then look no further.  This educational counting  jigsaw from Lanka Kade is perfect.
It is a  fair trade product made from rubber wood and is designed in the UK and handmade by small craft enterprises in
Sri Lanka.  We also stock a whale, fish and snail jigsaw.
Check out our Gifts for Kids category for more great ideas.

Keepsake box for a new baby

February 28, 2011

There’s a new baby in our family. My cousin’s daughter has had a little girl, which confused me at first. What relation is the new baby to me? Apparently she’s my first cousin, twice removed and third cousin to my two sons. I feel better for finally knowing that (although it seems the wrong way round to me).

Anyway, I love this East of India new baby gift box. Perfect for keeping all those little things you don’t want to throw out, but are not quite sure what to do with – like the hospital ID bracelet.

Keep a half-term journal

February 21, 2011

Journaling is good for you. That’s a fact. It makes you more appreciative of the present and it’s also great for looking back on and remembering the fun you had in the past.

I’ve started helping my 6-year-old to keep a diary when we go away on holiday and I’ve extended that to school holidays when we’re not going away, but just doing stuff at home.

Get a cute notebook and some fun pencils and get writing. You don’t have to be strict or serious – this isn’t homework! You can draw pictures, stick in bus tickets, leaves, etc. Even if, in the future, your kids aren’t interested in it, you certainly will be.

Half term entertainment

February 16, 2011

Half term has sneaked up on me again and, as if a week of trying to entertain the children isn’t hard enough, it’s the week before pay day so we’ll be stuck in the house most of the time.

This fabulous Pirate Jigsaw will definitely help. The painted wooden pieces can be made into lots of different pirate themed shapes and the 6-year-old will love helping the 2-year-old with it.

A secret Valentine..?

February 9, 2011

Bobbypin Thrift Compact Mirror

When I was a child – I can’t remember exactly how old I was, but let’s say 11 or 12 – I got a Valentine’s Card. I remember being thrilled at the moment I realised what it was, but then feeling a bit stupid. I didn’t think for a minute it was from an actual admirer; I thought it more likely it had been sent by my dad or one of my cousins.

My self-esteem issues aside, do you buy Valentine’s Gifts or send Valentine’s cards to people you’re not, you know, interested in romantically?  Even though I’m much older now, I’m still not sure whether it’s a sweet thing to do or kind of annoying. What do you think?

Keep crafting kids clean

January 12, 2011

My two sons are both mad for crafting. They love painting, sticking, cutting and drawing and I love doing it with them… but the mess. Oh, the mess.

I’ve put newspaper down on the floor, but they still manage to get anything they can all over themselves. So I love these hobby aprons, particularly the high neck and long sleeves. Also, they’re really cute.

Sparkly stocking fillers

December 15, 2010

It’s great to get a big Christmas gift, something you’ve been wanting all year, but it’s equally fun to have lots of little things to open. Here are a few of our favourites.

This gorgeous Lisbeth Dahl silver purse is embellished with stripes of silver sequins and glass beads on the front and glass beads on the back. It has a zip fastening and is lined with silver fabric and would be equally appreciated by tweens, teens or (alleged) grown-ups.

This embroidered butterfly heart mirror is one of those things that are so handy to have in your handbag, but which you probably never remember to buy for yourself.

This beautiful clear glass tealight holder with a metal handle with silver and clear bead detail is ideal for indoor or outdoor use. Perfect for adding a bit of atmosphere to Christmas evenings.

Last minute gifts for kids

December 13, 2010

No matter how organised a shopper you are, there will almost always be someone you’ve forgotten. Adults generally understand, but kids? Not so much. So make sure you have a few extras in, just in case.

I’m always going on about this tube of pencils, but I just love them. I would have been delighted to have been given them as a gift when I was a child.

Similarly, I can’t imagine any child not loving this Moulin Roty Amedee Duck, which is not only suitable from birth, but also comes in a gift bag – no wrapping required. Even better.