Finlee and Me

One Australian online store that I keep coming back to for gift inspiration is the fabulous Finlee and Me. I love that it sells some of my favourite toys like Tegu wooden magnetic blocks, Kinetic sand, flash cards by the gorgeous Two Little Ducklings and I adore their Montessori toys too. But also available are on trend toys like Homely Creatures Dollhouse which I saw at Life Instyle in Sydney and is utterly fabulous!  With a focus towards toys that are wooden, sensory and ones that harness a child’s imagination, Angela has found a niche in toys for the Australian kids market.

It is the little details that keeps you coming back. When you start doing a search through the site you realise how many things you have  always needed but never found in the one website. Angela, the owner, a mother herself, has truly taken the time to research her products and find things relevant to the modern mama. I have been looking for a large wall decal for the days of the week so I can help to stay on top of all the kids activities, tick, yes, they have 3 different styles available.

They have loads of fab gifts for babies to kids as well as practical essentials for travel, nursery, preschool and bath time.  So please check it out if you want some inspiring, unique, high quality toys that are affordable.

I have my eye on a few cool things for the boys like the following:

Tap Tap Hammering set: my son plays with one at school and thinks it is the best thing, apart from when another kid in his class tried to poke his eye out with the hammer! $24.95

A-Z flash cards and building blocks – two of my fave things together in one toy! What more can you ask for? $49.95

Idea boxes – such a fun idea for the whole family. Beats the idiot box! $22.95

Coloured cups and balls – i love these Montessori toys which help children to understand colours, develop fine motor skills and generally have a lot of fun, not to mention wooden! $26.95

Rainbow sound blocks – I have always adored these but never got around to getting them for my boys but they would make a great 1st birthday present! $54.95

Angela also writes a great blog which you can find on the website and she has some great ideas for keeping the kids amused with arts, cooking and science.

Check Finlee and Me out here for your next birthday gift or baby shower gift!

My Little Ballerina – Christmas gift guide

Inspired by those gorgeous little girls who love to dress up and dance and twirl in their tutus all day long. This one is for you!

My Little Ballerina GG 2014 KGT

1. Studio Escargot Ballerina Doll. Ages 3+

2. Tiger Tribe Ballerina musical jewellery box. Age 3 years+

3. Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle. Ages 3-6 years.

4. Hubble and Duke Gold ballet moccasins. Ages 0+

5. thepoppytree “Little Dancer Ballet Girl” print. Age 0+

6. Manuala De Juan Charlotte T-bar pink patent leopard shoes,  Ages 2+

7.  Hubble and Duke Plie Jete Pirouette t-shirt, denim bloomers and knee high socks. Ages 0+ to 6 years.

8. Tiger Tribe Magna Carry Ballet Concert playbook. Ages 3+

9.  Tutu Du Monde Swan Queen Tutu Dress. Ages 2+

10. Tutu Du Monde  Blushing Violet headband- Fraise. Ages 2+

NB:- as the prices for all the products are across different currencies, I have not included these in the gift guide.