The excited faces of children on the run up to Christmas is why the magic is just so special. Finding unique gifts that are fun, educational and practical can be tricky, but I’ve put together some of my top gift recommendations for children this year. Personalised gifts for children add that extra touch, especially when they get to an age where they can read their own name. Who doesn’t love a gift with your name on? Most of these gifts inspire children to use their imagination to explore the world of magic and creativity.
Minene Fabric Storage Box with Lid (£30) – Minene is probably best known for its incredibly useful storage boxes and baskets. As soon as you become a parent you learn how important it is to become effective with your storage. Space is often limited and life with babies/children comes with a lot of different things, including: clothes, toys, bedding, dressing up, games etc. So, why not make that storage pretty as well as convenient? This is where Minene step in, they have baskets and boxes in a beautiful range of patterns and designs, perfect for every room in your house. We have a grey chevron basket in the living room with Poppy’s toys in, a grey star small storage box with lid in her bedroom with bibs in and this large storage box with lid in pink white flowers under Isabella’s bed. They’re just so useful, can be flattened down to store away if needed and are made from soft material making them ideal for children’s bedroom. This storage box with lid is available in over 12 different patterns, so head over to the Minene website to find the perfect match to your child’s bedroom.
Don’t you just hate when you end up with a collection of crumbs and fluff in your child’s pushchair or car seat? If you’re lucky, it’ll look something like this:
At worst, you won’t want to touch that stuff without a pair of gloves. This is where the Minene pushchair liner comes in!
I recently procured the opportunity to try one for Autumn. I’m so excited that I won’t have to spend ages trying to scrub bits of biscuit off of her pushchair anymore, or have to work out how to get those little crumbs out of that crevice.
I’ll discuss designs a little further later, but as it’s October I’m getting very excited about Halloween! As such, I chose the black and grey ghost patterned liner:
Autumn’s pushchair is red and grey, so I thought it’d match well with it too.
These pushchair liners are designed to be universal, allowing them to fit most pushchairs. They can also be used in car seats! As you can see from the picture below, they have plenty of slits in them to allow the harnesses of a variety of pushchairs and car seats to be pulled through.
It fitted my Quinny Zapp Xtra 2 very well, using the bottom slit and the second slits from the top.
As you can see from the back of the liner, there is also an elasticated band at the back:
The pushchair liners are made of 100% cotton and feel fantastic quality. I thought it was going to be soft, but I didn’t realise quite how soft! The amount of padding feels as though it’ll make Autumn’s pushchair much more comfortable for her.
Perhaps best of all, it’s machine washable! Woohoo, no more scrubbing stubborn pieces of biscuit off (except for on the straps)!
The packaging also says that it’s azo free. I didn’t know what that meant, so I googled it. In a nutshell, it means that the dyes used are free of carcinogens (nasty potentially cancer causing chemicals). Well, that reassurance is what’s really the best thing about this product to me. I always worry about what my baby is exposed to.
As previously mentioned, I am pleased that I won’t have to worry about crumbs and scrubbing when it comes to the pushchair liner. If it’s just crumbs, I should be able to just brush them off. If it’s anything more, I can whip it off fairly quickly and pop it in the washing machine.
One of the best things about pushchair liners is that they give your pushchair a new look! I took a photo of my daughter and shared it with a friend the other day and she actually thought I had a new pushchair! They’re pretty affordable too, so if you were that way inclined, you could get a couple and change them around.
At the time of writing, there are several patterned designs available on Minene’s website, some of which are reversible!
As much as I love my pushchair, I have been known to look longingly at patterned ones from time to time. However, this liner makes ours more interesting and I’m not so bothered anymore. By the way, if patterns aren’t your thing or you DO have a patterned pushchair and think the above liners would be a little too much, there are plain liners available too!
We’ve been on a couple of test drives with our pushchair liner. You can see that with the design of my pushchair, it flares out a little but still looks great and very comfortable!
It looks like both of us are happy with it!
You can take a better look at it in this short video review I recorded:
Disclosure: I received a Minene pushchair liner in exchange for this review. As always, all views and opinions are honest and my own.
Designed with kids in mind, our new Minene rug collection is full of colour and made of 100% soft cotton. At 140 x 80cm, they are ideal for kids to relax and play! Our impressive selection include themed designs and educational styles that can help them learn their ABC’s. A kid’s rug can really tie a room together.