THE INDIA BABY BLANKET KNIT KIT
THE TIDDLER JUMPER KNIT KIT
This fab kit, the Tiddler Jumper by our favourite local knit-wear designer, Jane Reay (based in East Lothian) is an absolute classic beauty for anyone with kids (not just brand new parents!). This is a step on from our usual kits so this makes a great gift for an existing knitter. You have your very own new baby? Why not get this kit and give it to your favourite knitting friend and then let them give you back the jumper to put on your little one! Win-win!
Pure Genius. Until you have a small baby in your life you cannot imagine the trauma of teething. For you and the baby. Teething babies are like small devil monsters - they cry, they whine, they get a fever, they do horrible poos they can't make up their minds about anything. It's an absolute nightmare and you'd actually do anything to make it stop! But what is this? Yummikeys is an East Lothian based micro-business who have taken key munching next level. These amazing necklaces are a gift for parent and baby alike. Put it on, let baby munch on it and feel happy. Everyone will love you for it.
STELLA AND STOKES JEWELLERY
When I was a new mum I got given one of these gorgeous bangles by Diane. Diane is based in Glasgow and makes gorgeous, modern and fab silver jewellery. All totally made from scratch from hand they are just fabulous presents for the new parent. Get their new kiddy's name engraved on a charm and just get giving! You can't go wrong with a Stella and Stokes gift... Where's mine??
LAURA THOMAS GOODIES
Sometimes new parents just want you to think about them for a while. It can be hard being a parent, it sometimes seems like you have just become some sort of extension of your new baby rather than a person in your own right! I think it's only right to put baby-stuff to one side for a minute and give them lovely things that are just for them. Laura has about a billion lovely things on her website so you really won't be able to go wrong with a gift from this East Lothian lady.
CAN TO CANDLE
ALL (no exceptions here) new parents (and, to be honest, parents of any age!) need a bit of rest and relaxation. Kerry is a sublime candle maker and her gorgeous smellies are the absolute best thing to tip you from raging loon to zenned out grown up. She is based in Midlothian, designs and pours the gorgeous soy wax candlers herself and, if that weren't enough, she even runs fabulous workshops for those looking for some time out from the hustle and bustle of parental responsibilities.
FRONTIERS SPLASH OUT
Probably the best womenswear and menswear shops in all of Edinburgh (sorry if you're not local to Edinburgh - they do have websites!). When your friend / other half is feeling frazzled after beautiful baby has messed with their head overnight for 3 months in a row and you think they might be feeling like a sack of potatoes and they've barely changed out of pyjamas since the big day you need to get them a bit of a life lift. Just go splash the cash, take them somewhere where every item in the shop is 100% desirable and they don't care if they're the colour of old porridge or there's a bit of baby drool on their shoulder (don't tell them!) because that new jumper / pair of jeans / shoes / bag will help put their frazzled life back on track 101%. Independent shops with gorge collections will put a smile on any new parent's face. Even if it's only for five minutes until little Billy spews on the new shoes...
So there we go. A collection of superb gifts for all of you who know a new parent who needs a little bit of TLC this Christmas. You'll probably pick up a few goodies for yourself from this list too! So many.
If you buy from anyone on this list please know that you'll be supporting small businesses in the UK and I think we need that more than ever now. We'd like to say thank you for your support and wish you a very merry Christmas and winter season. Remember...a gift from a small business is not just for Christmas - we love our customers at any time of the year!!!
All the best
The Knit Kit Company