Yesterday I was very honoured to become a Godmother to my friend Helen’s 16 week little boy. As most of you will know, I don’t have children yet and I really felt quite overwhelmed at the responsibility that lies before me, but it’s a role which I’m looking forward to and I hope gives me further insight and tips for babies in my own future! (Helen is akin to Super-Nanny when it comes to managing her little ones.)
However, my first responsibility was to find a gift! I was christened and I still have many of the gifts I was given then, but it has to be said that most of them are pretty impractical; things that I look at once in a blue moon rather than getting any use out of. I hate to give presents that are ‘dust gatherers’ as my Mum would say, but obviously the occasion requires something a touch more sentimental than a baby-grow.
Eventually I settled on a collection of books that I read as a child and remember my Mum reading to me or my sister. I figured it could be the beginning of his little library and I can add to it throughout his life, plus it has an intimate connection to me.
- Peepo! (Board Book)
- The Jolly Postman
- Alfie Gets in First
- Beatrix Potter Collection
- The Orchard Book of Aesop’s Fables
I could have gone on forever though, The BFG, Harry Potter, The Water Babies, The Velveteen Rabbit, The Little Match Girl…
Before I came to this decision however, I asked the almighty genius of my twitter followers and received so many brilliant suggestions, I thought I would use them for a gift guide in case any of you required some similar help in the future. Most of them would make great gifts for any celebration in fact.
- East of India Wooden Noah’s Ark Gift Box Set (suggested by Rachie)
- Personalised Sailing boat from NOTHS.com (suggested by Kim)
- Noah’s Ark Print from NOTHS.com (suggested by Becky Hay)
- Personalised print from Rabbit&Co (thanks Sophie!)
- Very Hungry Caterpillar Melamine plate bowl and mug set (suggested by LoveAudrey)
- Classic Books like Treasure Island (suggested by Zoe) or Winnie-the-Pooh (suggested by Becky Hay.)
- I also saw some really great Mr Men prints in Selfridges. I like the ‘Mr Cool’, but this ‘Mr Strong’ one is from John Lewis for £25.
Other suggestions included a course of swimming lessons, (genius Aisling!) a tree planted in his name, or wine that matures on his 21st. (I’m not sure I would have appreciated fine wine at 21, but good idea!)
After an enjoyable afternoon scouring a couple of book shops and feeling nostalgic – it’s amazing how many memories children’s books bring back, I thought I would ask you all to share the books you were read at bedtime as a child that bring back lovely memories?
Pssst! It’s a 3 post Monday! Pop back at 1pm to see who the winner of the Swoon Worthy Homewares giveaway was and then for a brilliant and ethical idea later on…