Lifesaver gift ideas for teenagers
VALENTINE’S DAY TREATS FOR THE MINIS IN YOUR LIFE
There are few things I cherish more than the little ones in my life and the enormous energy, love and creativity they bring. When my little niece Olive smiles, my whole world turns to sunshine. It’s a privilege to watch her grow and when she’s older, I’d love for her to look back and remember the small tokens I gave her to show her just how much she means to me. Do you have little people in your life you’d love to remind? Here are some wonderful ways to show them.
Valentines ‘love’ beaded bracelets, by Percy and Roo: Kidpreneur superstar Millie named her bracelet brand after her pets Percy and Ruby. We stock them in our Work/Shop and for every one sold a donation goes to Battersea Cats and Dogs. These brightly coloured beads are making the world of difference, and are a great way to declare love, too.
Lots of love art box, by LoLA – Lots of Lovely Art: Artists have always fallen head over heels for the shape of the heart. I love that LoLA’s special art boxes for children explore the history of our favourite loving symbols and provide the tools needed to bring them to colourful life.
2 x the villa envelope and its heart glasses, by Cut & Make: I’ve had my eyes on these for a while… Handcrafted in Berlin by illustrator Kate, these die-cut notecards and envelopes, complete with colourful specs, make a fun way to tell little people a secret something you love about them.
Marshmallow hearts, by Candy House Sweets: These fluffy treats are the perfect addition to a hot chocolate of dreams. They’re also a big factor as to why Olive likes being at Auntie Holly’s so much. Doesn’t the lovely jar remind you of beautiful traditional sweet shops?
Heart shaped pencils, by Present & Correct: If you love someone little (or ok, your desk), then these heart shaped pencils are an ideal find. I might even add some to a mini bouquet for the small stationery lovers in my life. They have quality HB leads that can be sharpened with a regular sharpener and are available in red or white.
Mini heartbreaker, by Bennita Adair George: How fun are these? Bennita’s personality-filled products are cleverly made with Jesmonite which helps her achieve her signature marbled style. These stackers are super practical for storing away little odds and ends, too. Rescued snails, secret love notes and other important items no doubt…
Loved pennant flag, by House of Hooray: Being loved might be the greatest feeling in the world, so it’s no surprise we want to shout about it. This bright reminder is hand stitched in Yorkshire and can be pinned with pride to the bedroom wall of your most favourite little person.
Limited edition heart crayons, by Crayon Box: Crayon Box was a bronze winner in the Junior Design Awards 20/21 and it’s easy to see why. How cool are these cheerful heart crayons? They’re non-toxic and the perfect size for tiny hands. Gosh, I wish I was three again…
Be my valentine flag wand, by KGH Illustrates: Love is magic and your little ones are going to have a ball waving this candy pink flag high. Founder Kimberley is such a talented illustrator that you can commission her to create bespoke portraits, too.
Love 21 lilac t-shirt for kids, by Dandy Star: Dandy Star is a trailblazer in printed kids’ clothing, and this neon pink and lilac t-shirt is in their signature retro style. It’s funky and fluorescent and is one of Olive’s firm favourites (as you can tell by her grin). It’s a win.
Edible gift note biscuit and edible ink pen, by Enchanting Bakes: This might just be the most glorious handwritten note one could ever receive, mainly because it’s written by you (in edible ink) and entirely made of biscuit. Lovely Griselda is as inventive as Willy Wonka himself.
Love heart piñata, by Pinyatay: This party game is so beautifully made I’d have a hard time hitting it, but I just know the minis will have a riot with these. They’re completely customisable and you can fill them with their favourite treats — what’s not to love?
The tiny heartbreak crew t-shirt, by What Ted Wore: Founder Lucy wanted to create stand-out designs for her t-shirts for children and wow has she succeeded with these spectacular stripy tees. They’re made of the softest cotton too, so they’re just as comfortable as they are cute.
Loved party hat, by Hadley Paper Goods: If you want to make someone small feel ten feet tall, look no further than these beautiful, adjustable crowns. As well as looking lovely, they’re made from an eco-friendly blend of recycled paper and citrus peel so you’ll be championing eco-friendliness, too.
Loved sweater in sunny, by Young Double: These lemon sweaters by Young Double’s endlessly cool founder Rox Webster will bring some sunshine to your mini’s wardrobe. They’re handprinted, so each one is as unique as the little superstar wearing it.
‘You’re Loved’ jar, by The Sugar Boy: When my son Harry created his brand, I’ll admit my heart was as full as his lovely jars. It was even more so when he told me that £1 from each pot sold supports the Campaign to End Loneliness. Proud Mum moment.