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Best Gifts for Kids

Although today’s children live in a digital age consumers are increasingly keen to buy traditional toys that encourage imaginative, battery free fun. Parents and grandparents often

prefer gifts they understand and identify with and there’s no doubt traditional toys spark a sense of nostalgia that is hugely appealing to shoppers. A good example of the return to old-

fashioned fun are the hand knitted finger puppets from Leeds based company, Little Fingy, which are ethically sourced and also help raise cash for charity. Managing director, Dale Woodcock said: “I came up with the idea in 2008 after a visit to Peru, I brought back some puppets and people went mad for them. We then worked closely with the knitters on the designs and on improving the quality of the puppets to get the fantastic detail we have today.” The puppets

are made in the Andean regions of South America. Dale said:

“We really wanted to give something back and Little Fingy donates ten per cent of its profits to charities including Oxfam. This means support for

the knitters’ communities and also money goes to our own Little Fingy fund

...we then worked closely with the knitters on the

designs and on improving the quality... Giftware Review May/June 2014 27 Traditional fun in a digital age

that donates puppets to children’s charities and underprivileged children around the globe.” But the company has

not abandoned new technologies, completely understanding that children must still be part of today’s modern environment. There are online competitions for enthusiasts to post their own puppet videos on its Facebook page – a great way to remain current with a traditional toy. Another example of

a techno free gift is the I- Wood range from Hamburg based company, Donkey Products. Florian Berger, Director, came up with the idea to keep his daughter happy. He said: “It’s a great way of keeping children entertained and included but also relevant in the modern world.” Donkey Products aims to “introduce children to state-of- the-art technology as early as possible. Of

course, purely

ecologic!”. The stylish wooden laptop, tablet and smart phones,

designed by Bea Seggering and Donkey Creative Lab, are 100% natural, with blackboards in the place of the screen. Tendence 2013 ‘What Children Want’ comments: “If the little ones are not yet allowed to use

mummy’s or daddy’s mobile, they can now at least create their own smartphone apps using chalk and a sponge.”

Journey of discovery

New in 2014, From You To Me’sMum & Me and Dad & Me are award-winning gift journals designed to get parents and children writing about the stuff they care about – in tandem. Parent and child write, doodle or draw together and explore their lives on a warm and affirming journey of discovery. The vibrant design and double ribbon make the journals easy to use and suitable for 7+ years. Visit: t: 01225 866225

Bright and cheerful

While Isla Sleeps designs and makes beautiful gifts for children, personalised to make them truly special. The range of eye catching designs, using bright and cheerful fabrics, includes duffel bags and cushions as well as practical items such as towels and swim bags. Handmade in the UK, the company is committed to producing high quality gifts that are thoughtful to give and delightful to receive. Visit: t: 07985166842

Pretty play-tent

Primrose Cottage is every little girl’s dream. You can’t help but fall in love with this exquisite new play-tent from Babyface. Ladybirds, butterflies and beautiful flowers are appliqued and embroidered all around and the red gingham roof has the cutest scalloped edging. Darling curtains hang on the two front windows and the door, with its heart shape cutout, can be rolled and tied back. Made from 100% cotton. Size: W100cm x D74cm x H110cm. RRP £185. Visit: e:

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