Maria Soxbo is a Stockholm based freelance journalist with a background as editor-in-chief of two lifestyle magazines, as well as acting editorial director of ELLE Sweden. She’s also the author of one of Sweden’s oldest design blogs, Husligheter. Right now she works and blogs from home, a 1930s house south of Stockholm, with her 8 months old twins keeping her busy.
I love great design for kids and Etsy is the perfect place to find gifts for friends with newborns, as well as stuff for your own kids’ rooms, closets and Christmas stockings. And don’t forget to check for great party decorations and invitations when your kids’ birthdays are coming up!
Gifts for Newborns:
What’s more fun than shopping for newborn babies? Although I try to buy something besides baby clothes. Since they grow so fast at the beginning, it’s more fun to give something they can keep for life – or at least use for a little longer. It’s always great to give something personalised too!
1. Personalised Baby Block by BLOCKSetc 2. Woodland Fox Stuffed Animal Toy by TidwellHollowFriends 3. Personalised Cloud Wall Hanging by southernskyart 4. Organic Custom Made Baby Blanket by Saravadesign 5. Queen Giraffe Custom Made Baby Print by LeoLittleLion
Clothing for Toddlers:
I think baby clothes should be comfy and soft above all, and I prefer funky prints and classic stripes to anything too cutesy. I also love unisex clothes – my 8-month old twins (a boy and a girl) share clothes. I don’t sew though – too bad since there are a LOT of great patterns out there.
Since I blog about design and home decor, my kids’ room is just as much fun to decorate as the rest of the house. I like kids’ rooms and nurseries to be cosy and colourful but not too hysterical. A great way to do that is to choose vintage inspired, muted colours – and why not put a vintage print on the wall?
Everything doesn’t have to be plastic in your kids’ toy box! I try to find fun and pretty wooden toys, crochet cuddly animals and anything that stimulate your kids’ fantasy. If possible, I try to find stuff that’s eco-friendly too.
Themed parties are always a hit with kids, but just making an effort with the decorations and invitations goes a long way. Let’s party!
1. Printable Party Cones by sweetsanity 2. Candy Buffet Decorations by BeautifulPaperCrafts 3. Custom Made Cake Toppers & Wraps by maryhadalittleparty 4. Red Polka Dot Moustache Party Straw by thepartypenguin