I am going to mention the C word. It’s a month to go, its acceptable now. I have a couple of Christmas recommendation posts on the way. Not sponsored just shops and brands I buy from or want to buy from. As much as I love wildly discounted black friday bargains from gigantic retailers, you can’t beat a beautifully gift wrapped online shopping purchase arriving from a independent Irish shop.
The following nine online stores are all Irish, all independent and all amazing. I am pretty sure too that most of them are run by mothers of small children too, which is also pretty amazing. These online stores are the perfect place to visit if you are looking for a more unique gift for your child/godchild/niece/nephew/grandchild/ random child and you’re supporting independent, Irish businesses and mothers which is pretty cool too.
All website links are in the comments and I have linked to their Instagram pages because nowhere makes me want to spend money on children as much as Instagram does.
FRANK AND NORA
Frank and Nora – Possibly the best kids pyjama’s I have ever come across and I have purchased many many pairs of pyjama’s over the years. Frank and Nora is a design led lifestyle brand and all their products are made from 100% certified organic cotton. I can’t recommend these products more highly, so soft, so gorgeous and they really wash and wear well.
CHAOS + HARMONY
Chaos + Harmony have only recently opened their virtual doors to its new home selling bright and unusual kids apparel and decor. Some of the brands they stock include Sketch Inc, Tellkiddo and Pax and Heart. They stock some particularly gorgeous prints and storage bags for kids bedrooms or playrooms.
Mira Mira has a bricks and mortar store in Sandymount, D4 as well as a huge online store, a treasure trove of original clothes, toys, gifts and for children. Its the type of store that once you visit, whether online or in store, you want one of everything. Mira Mira only stocks brands who believe in ethical trading and they have sourced some of the most original brands for children from around the world.
The story behind Fable Heart is almost as lovely as their products. Northern Irish Mother Claire loved to take her two little girls to magical places through stories and dressing up. She stared off draping them in net curtains and then she started making capes and fabric crowns because she and her daughters believed in the magic of dressing up. The products that grew from this are nothing short of magic and now she employs local seamstresses to keep up with demand of her stunning crowns and capes. Magical is the only word to describe them.
Young Hearts is another new Irish online store about to celebrate its first Christmas in business. A family run online mini department store, Young Hearts, stock stylish designed products for babies, older children and mothers too. A recent addition to their product list is The Mini Post’s first collection of kids clothing, kids tshirts with Irish sayings. I want one of each for my kids. Love them.
Bold Bunny is the brain child of mother of two Ali Jones who started here company with a range of cards in 2011 and has now grown her contemporary designs into prints, textiles , stationary too. Hard to pick a favourite from Bold Bunny but I really really love the hooded jumpsuits and blankets and all of the Bold Bunny greeting cards are the ones you keep and frame after the celebration has passed.
Do you know what kids can never have enough of? Hats and Zaibob has some of the best ones. Slouchy beanines and caps with pom poms, these hats are deadly.
Lollipops and Daydreams
Lollipops and Daydreams are an Irish brand which both design and make gorgeous, bright, practical clothes here in Ireland. All items are handmade and the collections are a gorgeous mix of vintage and modern and affordable too. With clothes for both girls and boys the clothes “celebrate colour, print, pattern and all things beautiful”
FILL THEIR STOCKINGS
Fill Their Stockings is an online toy store that stock classic toys with a modern twist with gift ideas for children from newborns to teens. Their products include dolls, games, prints and more, all beautifully designed and beautiful to look at and no doubt play with. Do check them out if you are looking for more original or classic toys or stocking fillers this year.