There’s something very gentle about Blue Brontide’s range of ethically sourced, sustainable baby accessories. Gender neutral, each piece is made from renewables, is organic, and are designed to be passed on and on and on. Their wooden tableware for babies makes a lovely heritage present – each piece will last for years, and the designs are enchanting (we love the fox-shaped plate). Their silicone placemats are a beautifully simple and quiet take on an item that usually only comes in shouting colours. Blue Brontide are an environmentally aware company – even the packaging they use to send their products out in is biodegradable.
For a truly unique, one-of-a-kind gift, head to Bizzie Bee. Their beautiful baltic amber, hazel wood and crystal necklaces, anklets, fiddle beads and teething rings are designed and hand-made in St Ives, Cornwall. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, and you can custom order your own variant – choose a combination of crystals to reflect a meaning close to your or the baby’s parents. The alkaline hazel wood gives an artisan look to the pieces, sitting alongside the Baltic amber and crystals. Each piece is hand-strung in St Ives, which means the construction is sound and safe.
Planet Apple Toys
Choose a present that will last a lifetime at Planet Apple Toys, stockists of wooden games, eco-friendly toys and ethical gifts. Their handmade soft toys make adorable gifts for really tiny babies; they’re designed to last and each is completely unique. The Lanka Kade wooden cars, tractors and fire engines are designed for little fingers and great for wheely fans over ten months, while the Melissa and Doug seaside-themed squirters will make bath times as much fun as beach times.
Easy Mom and Baby
A very small, family-owned company, Easy Mom and Baby are brilliant for bamboo and natural health products. Every item has been tried, tested and loved by the company staff. We think that the giant-sized, bamboo swaddle blankets make a great, practical gift for new mums and babies. The baby bonding bracelet is also a thoughtful present for anyone who’s just had a child – they’re made of rose quartz which is thought to protect mothers during pregnancy and childbirth, and they’re practical for tired mums – switch it from wrist to wrist to remind yourself where baby nursed last.
Little Herbs do things very simply; they make products with as few ingredients as possible, using the purest organic oils and effective, locally-grown herbs, they don’t test on animals, they send out products as quickly as they can, and their oils, balms, butters and salves work. They have some lovely gift hampers; the Baby Blessings gift set includes a balm, oil, soak, salve and muslin, all packed in a beautiful keepsake box, while their Baby Love set includes teething beads, baby bath, baby balm and an organic muslin.