Christmas Gift Guide – For Little Ones With Fashion Sense
Hello and welcome to the first of the My Milo And Me Christmas gift guides 2016! Yes, there are high street shops and well known brands with generic options galore (and who doesn’t just dash to John Lewis on Christmas Eve and bulk buy a lot of tat in the hope Grandma might like it?) but this is all about shopping small, independent and individual.
Throughout the year, I try my hardest to make sure Milo wears clothes from mama-led brands and his room’s jam-packed with items curated by some of the ace-est boutiques social media brought in to my life a couple of weeks in to mummydom, when I suddenly realised OH MY GOSH MOTHERHOOD ON INSTAGRAM IS A STYLISTIC TREASURE TROVE.
In the lead up to the 25th, as you go about your merry Christmas shopping way, I’ll be popping up gift guides showcasing a whole load of wonderful brands and I’m kicking off with clothes. Leggings, cutesy tees, boutiques etc, all the fun stuff! Please, please remember all these brands are run by people just like you and they require support. They’re very often mums wanting to change career after having a baby, dads helping out in the evenings after a full day at work and more often than not, parents taking a real financial plunge. Get investigating, see if there’s anyone you might like following/buying from and enjoy! And even if you don’t fancy snapping anything up for Christmas, there’s always the rest of the year; all of these accounts are worth a follow.
Let’s get started!
The Bright Company
Matching, family pyjamas you hear? Dreadful you think. WRONG. The Bright Company are true testament to the well known saying ‘the family who wear matching pyjamas at Christmas together, stay together’ and so last year, we snapped three sets up. Greg was less than thrilled at the prospect, but now absolutely loves them and was actually all chirpy the other night when we happened to be wearing them at the same time ‘oh look, we’re matching!’ Really great quality, simple and stylish designs, uber cosy. During the summer, this brand also gave donations from each sale of their MAMA pyjamas to Water Aid so not only could you treat yourself, but you knew you were doing something charitable too. Sleeping easy indeed. (@thebrightcompany or snoop at their selection at their official site here)
I don’t know-know Gem, but I feel like I know-know Gem, y’know? Mum to Sam, Gemma, makes some of the coolest, funkiest leggings, bibs, tees around and doesn’t source any old print, lemme tell you. Milo’s got a pair of leggings which rock a Viking design and if ONE more adult asks me where I got them from… well, I won’t do anything but my point here is that they’re stand-out amazing. Abstract, homemade and full of fun. Everything’s a total bargain and Gem hosts regular sales and giveaways so she’s definitely a mama to follow (@dribblemonsters and while no, there’s no official site, DM does also exist on Facebook)
Bree And Bella
I first found B&B back in the summer when they kindly offered to send me over some items for Milo and boy am I glad they did. Their feed’s really clean and swish and their clothes mirror this entirely. From beyond stylish backpacks, awesome crayon sets to adorable bloomers and leggings, it’s no wonder these guys have already graced Tatler, Vogue & Baby London (prices not reflective by the way, they’re still incredibly affordable) and Rachel is so incredibly friendly, she’ll give you any advice you might need when it comes to orders. These are a brand I always recommend to new mamas. (@breeandbella_boutique or check out their official site here)
Fred & Noah
F&N have featured in Milo’s wardrobe for some time now; based on the fact their clothes are ace quality, comfortable, a dream to wash and streeeeetch (which makes me oh so happy because I dread the three monthly ship-out of all the clothes my baby no longer fits in, sob). Run by husband and wife team (Nat and Dan), this brand has already won a huge stack of awards based on the fact they’re bloody marvellous. Milo was rocking a pair of their monochrome leggings for Strictly filming (when there was that article in the papers) and I was happy to band around how fab their unisex clothes are because I’m very proud to shop with them. Another firm favourite who I always recommend to fellow mums (@fredandnoah or peek at their official site here)
Tamara makes leggings and tees, has already featured in Vogue despite still building her brand & features a whole host of stand-out unisex prints. I love all her stuff because it’s cheerful, bright, I know I can hand it all down to whatever child I may pop out next and it washes really well too (which, as we all know, is bloody important). Milo particularly likes his mustard racoons leggings and I can totally understand why; I’D wear must racoon leggings if someone would just only bloody make them (@harlamdreams or have a nosey at their official site here)
The reason I love Pip’s Parcels is quite simply because I love tie-dye and this mama led brand does it very, very well, I even snapped up a few bundles for my niece and nephew. Michaela (Mum to Pip) does the tie-dyeing herself and it’s not just bog standard; she makes tees with your little one’s initials, quirks up baby grows and if you’re after some monochrome, you can’t go wrong with my absolute favourite, Midnight Black Spots. Also, being this creative with a toddler and while pregnant deserves a medal. And a large following. (@pipsparcels on Insta, and while they *don’t* yet have an official site, you can find them on Facebook too)
Well Grounded Co
Founded by Jenny, this is a brand with enthusiasm, attitude and welly. Everything is unique and in no way fast fashion; here’s clothes you’ll be wanting to pass on from child to child and they’ll stand the test of time. With exclusively commissioned artists and simple patterns which are perfectly unisex, I love dressing Milo in her products because they’re not garish but still individual; the Black Arrow Print Zip Jacket is a real hit here. (You can spot them at @wellgroundedkids on Insta or ogle what’s on offer over at their official site here)
Another newbie to Milo’s ever growing wardrobe and this mum of two’s shot right up to the top half of the leaderboard. Firstly, one pair of leggings we were sent featured PENGUINS holding BALLOONS (what’s better than THAT?) and secondly, they only use eco friendly dyes. There’s also no fiddly poppers on their beautiful sleep suits, just one simple zip for ease and hey presto; if that’s not a reason to shop with this mama, I don’t know what is (@lilcubs or have a butcher’s hook at their official site here)
Buddy And The Bear
This little brand has actually shut it’s doors until February but they’re well worth a follow all the same. Focusing on originality they’ve posted to say they’re looking to phase out buying in patterns and this mama has gone and designed her own prints ready to sell in 2017! I love nothing more than finding really individual items; you can often see a lot of independent brands using the same designs so this news is very much welcomed. (@buddyandthebear or pop on down to their official site here)
Panda & Ping
Panda & Ping are named after two childhood toys and founded by Pippa who has a background in retail and marketing. Now juggling two children, this mum makes beautiful sleepwear, blankets and bedding with dreamy designs perfect for little boys or girls. Items come in a super soft drawstring bag and I think they make an absolutely awesome gift for any baby. No horrid polyester here; everything’s a total comfort and baby soft (@pandaandping or venture over to their official site here)
Ah, oui oui! (Sorry) WB was founded by Ettie, who sews everything from her home in Paris (she’s also a French primary school teacher). If you’re after a stylish feed and some monochrome magic then she comes very highly recommended and she’s genuinely, by FAR, the best when it comes to quality. I almost hate washing Milo’s Wex tees because I don’t want to ruin how lovely and soft they are. We snapped up the Miam Miam and L’Artiste designs; take a gander @wexbaby on Instagram and keep an eye out for their official site (hopefully!) soon. They deserve a big ol’ following.
Bear And Babe
Run by Sheffield based, Mary; this is all about homemade and colourful. Mary’s a nanny by day and a mum of two, meaning she knows a thing or ten about what’s needed for functional yet fun clothing and she’s got some awesome Christmas designs ready. Last orders are 9th December so run to @bearandbabe on Instagram pronto if you’re keen to get buying! One of Milo’s favourite things to wear on our dog walks is the Fleece Polar Bear hoodie, it’s so cosy and warm. Real quality clothing I’d buy again and again and while they don’t yet have an official site you can find all their goodies here on Etsy.
So there we have it! Just a mini selection of some independents who’ve caught my eye recently. Over the next week I’m going to be showcasing some brands you’ll want to check out if you’re buying for a mum, online boutiques to head to, toys, books and plenty, plenty more. Shopping small is so much fun and so, so worth it. I’m always happy to check out whatever suggestions you guys have got so feel free to point me in their direction. And happy browsing!