All posts tagged: toys

Meet Mike, the cutest night light

“This is Mike, and he’s going to be your new friend, especially in the dark”, – this is how I introduced this uber-cute night lamp to a 2-year old son of my good friends. Not only entertaining, it’s also useful – it’s designed to teach kids to be comfortable in the dark. As a small child myself, I remember being afraid to walk around my room in the dark when I couldn’t sleep. And the worst thing ever was to have a nightmare, wake up and then be afraid to open my eyes, in case “the monsters” were still nearby! I wish I had something like this back then –  it would have saved my mum a lot of sleepless nights, like when I would force her to come in to my room (after shouting pretty loudly “M-o-o-o-o-m”) and wait patiently till I fall asleep again. This lamp is portable and made from soft plastic, which is durable enough to withstand years of “abuse” (dragging it around, bashing against the hard floors…you get the idea), …

“Tiny drone, giant power”? Agreed!

The description of this fun toy on the Red5 website is quite a statement – “TINY DRONE. GIANT POWER.”. For something costing under £30, that’s a lot attitude. But hey, it’s actually true, you can take my word for it. During one of my latest gift hunts, I was seriously lacking inspiration (it happens to me ever so often) – “What do I get a 9-year old boy?!”. You see, I’m completely detached from their world of mobile games and swimming lessons, so I really struggle to relate. One good place that seems to always work for me is Selfridges on Oxford Street in London. There’s always something happening: new brands to discover, fancy sweets to taste and promising face creams to sample. Resisting the temptation of their beauty hall, I headed straight downstairs to the Red5 stall, which claims to be “the ultimate gadget shop” (they really aren’t modest, are they!). Packed with quirky stuff, from Minion toys to army watches, there are tons of ideas for everyone who loves technology. I almost got these …

Masterfully curated gifts for the little ones: Igloo

I am not a parent myself, but I do feel their pain when friends and family bring piles of uber-cute stuff, like bear onesies and octopus-shaped bath toys (??! Right…). Call me judgemental, but we get our perceptions of what babies want from TV adverts, so why are we surprised that Mothercare and Mamas&Papas flog thousands of such uninspiring items every day? Well, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are places that value originality above marketing, for example a lovely little chain of shops called Igloo. I discovered it last week, before visiting my friends and their two year old boy. As soon as I walked in, I felt that Igloo was a creation of a very curious and fearless team, who managed to combine new trendy items with old-school favourites I used to play with back in the days. For example, there are adorable grey t-shirt for girls (it doesn’t always have to be pink) and clever science toys shipped from the States (check out their website, it’s crazily good). I went …