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Gift Ideas for First birthdays in Australia.

Gifts for One Year Olds

I love first birthdays. They are a sweet celebration of a little person and all that they are to become. We celebrate their personalities, we put thought into the childhood adventure that really truly begins and we also have a special place in our hearts for the mums and dads who have just witnessed the first year and who are most likely to have a big ol cry the night before as they kiss their little one's head goodnight.
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I have put together a list of special, some quirky, sweet and fun, but all Australian small business gift ideas that will be a keepsake but also a celebration of your little one.
Something to read, to wear, need and want. This concept may be familiar to to you already but it truly does help in narrowing down from the oodles of options and can be a good system for all birthdays. For this blog I will break it down into these categories (with a few bonuses) to make this easy.
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Something To Read 
~ Oh Baby, The Year you were Born (LINK)
This book is for the babies having their first birthdays in 2021. It may be a little for the mamas too. 2020 was a very different year for mamas to  have their little ones born. Mums group, park hangs, visitors and the normal "village" disappeared. This book will resonate with every mother who experienced it. It is full of many  familiar scenes appropriate to 2020. For a babies though they knew the slow and comforting home days with their parents.
Oh baby the year you were born
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~ A Book Sling/Bookshelf For The Budding Reader
Melbourne Mama Alicia makes the cutest but also handy sling bookshelves. these would make a great gift to display a child's growing book collection. I have a link HERE for you to check them out. Use the code HERITAGE too for 10% Off
House Of Bobbins Book sling
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~ 50 Questions, Birth Until 18 Years Journal
This Journal is not a baby book but instead a childhood journal. Every year around your child's birthday you set time to sit down with your child and ask them the same 50 questions. Your child will look forward to this every year but not only that you get to watch how much their big life goals and their everyday funny things change. What a great birthday tradition to start! You will find this journal linked HERE
50 Questions, birth until 18 years childhood journal
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More Book Suggestions
Did you know I have the best community on Instagram? I asked my mama community what their favourite books were on their kids shelves were and this is what they said: Room on the Broom, Whoever you are, Hairy Mclairy, Dinosaur roar, Pea + Nut, Big People Little Dreams series, Spot Books, Kisses by the Moon, Guess how much I love you, Each Peach Pair Plum, Dear Zoo, Noisy Farm, Goodnight Moon, Gruffalo, Peekaboo and ten little fingers and ten little toes!
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Something To Wear
~ A keepsake Outfit made out your child's artwork
Yes you read that right. Little Henrio turns yours child's finger paintings or a scribble into a cute little outfit to wear on the day. Scan or take a photo of an artwork and Lisa is able to print this onto fabric and make something that is truly unique and special.  The link to Lisa's Instagram is HERE and has kindly offered 10% off using the code Heritage10
Little Henrio artwork outfit
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~ Handmade Felted Shoes
My own Heidi owns a pair of felted shoes made by Gaia. They are very special and now that she has outgrown them have a special place in her keepsake box. I have loved watching the process that goes into these on Three Wildlings Instagram page and that care is felt when you have them in your hands too. Gaia has very kindly offered a discount too. Use the code HERITAGE and shop HERE
Three Wildlings Felted Shoes
More Favourite small businesses for special first birthday outfits.
I love Little Bears Growl little outfits for girls. For the Little boys I would shop at Elmzy and Co
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Something They Need
~A Dinner Set
Eco cubs sell a range of non toxic plant based dinner wear for kids that are becoming more confident at eating. Mums love the fact they look good and are dishwasher and microwave save too. Eco Cubs website is linked HERE
Eco Cubs Dinner sets
~Swimwear
I cant recommend Kicky Swim enough. They are durable, sun safe and in my own family we are handing them down between siblings as they are such good quality and the styles are very gender neutral. But look cute on little ladies and men. Shop Kicky Swim HERE
Kicky Swim
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~ New Hat
I think every mum would agree, Bed Head hats are hands down the best. They have a under chin strap, wide brims that don't flop and are perfect for day care and kindy too. Plus they look cute! Shop Bead Heads here
Bed Head Hats
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Something They Want
~ Birth Rainbow
This is a favourite of mine for a gift idea for a little 1 year old. Rachelle from Honeycomb Living makes personalised timber rainbow stackers. They are beautiful and  parents will love displaying on the shelves but their little ones will love stacking and playing with them. Personalisation is a great tool to help our young children feel a place of belonging and acceptance too.
Rachelle has offered you a 10% discount too using the code heritage_blankets. you can shop via this link
Honeycomb Living Birth Rainbows
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~Playsilks
Your little one's imagination will  soar for years to come with these Waldorf-inspired hand-dyed play silks. These gorgeous silks will delight the senses and have a multitude of uses. Melissa has very kindly popped up a discount code to use too! You can shop here with the discount code HERITAGE
Playsilks by works at play
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~Personalised bookends
I love these gorgeous bookends and I think they would make a special little addition to a first birthday present. You can shop here 
Bookends for kids rooms or nurserys
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~ Name Puzzle
Jess at Rainbow Earthlings has just released a new range of name puzzles. these would make a great 1 year old gift too! Shop the Here
Rainbow Earthlings Puzzles
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~Wooden Instruments
Wooden toys are always going to be special and something kept. Baby Noise is an Australian small business and they have a beautiful range of kids wooden instruments. The link is here
Baby Noise wooden instruments
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~ Natural Threading Set
Maddie and Me have just brought out a natural wooden threading set for little ones. These have so many neat uses too and can be used for more than threading. Here is the link
Threading set
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~ Self Propelled Swing
Boy oh boy!! These swings will be something that will be loved and used by your family but also future generations. I love these but also the family behind Windy Hill making them!! They are self propelled too so your child will soon be clever enough to hop on and swing it himself. what a child's dream! The link is Here
Windy Hill swings
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~ Betty Lou Baby
Betty Lou hand sew swaddle babies. These are so sweet as little cuddles or as a comfort. They have the option of having a crocheted bonnet or a turban as accessories too. The link is Here
Betty Lou swaddle baby
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~Miss Molly Wooden Toys
Miss Molly is a hand maker of heirloom quality wooden toys and puzzles for kids. These are gifts that you will absolutely gush over. soft colours and sweet illustrations are the feature. I wish I could pop a whole lot more photos here for you. But please hit the link here and check out the whole range. 
Miss Molly Toys
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Gifts That Are Not Physical
You could also consider gifts that are not physical. Organising a photography session, swimming lesson gift voucher or even a zoo pass also make really great gifts.
I hope this was helpful. I loved popping this together even though I feel like there are still so many other small Australian business I could features. I know each of these business have beautiful ethics, are real families and all wear their hearts on their sleeves.
So much love,
Kate xx
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What to include in a baby keepsake box

What to pop in your baby's Keepsake box

On my shelf in my kids room sits three wooden boxes each with my kids names in it. 

It is up on the shelf where they cant reach because the items contained therein are special, keepsakes and non replaceable. But every so often I pull a box down and we open it on the lounge room floor and we go through the photos and trinkets and you can see my kids eyes light up because they know that this box is all about them and they know how much we treasure them.

So where to start and what sorts of items could you put in in?

wooden and tin milestone keepsake boxes

There are so many beautiful business making memory boxes now and I will recommend a few so that you know where to start. But basically you can opt for an engraved wooden box, a wooden box with decal stickers on it or T-leaf collections have just brought out a stunning tin box

Wooden engraved keepsake box by this old love

This engraved wooden box was made by This Old Love (linked) and is a blue mountains based small business.

I personally own a box handmade and engraved by Harley co creative which is a  duo of besties that recently started their business her in the northern river, NSW. I love the size as it will fit everything in it

There is something about the smell of having a wooden  box. It adds to the senses and going down memory lane when you open that box.

My kids boxes are all wooden and sit on their special shelf in their room.

Printed tin keepsake box by tleaf collections

This printed tin keepsake box has me absolutely in love! Possibly if these had been on the market 4 years ago when Luas was little this would have been my pick and I would have these for all three of my kiddos now.

These are made by T-Leaf Collections (linked) who are a husband and wife team who are an absolute joy to watch in their business.

These are a white tin with your personalization printed on the lid and are a beautiful but safe place to store those precious items.

 

So what things are commonly found in keepsake boxes?

  • First shoes
  • Announcement plaque
  • Blanket
  • First rattle
  • Soft snuggly that was very loved
  • First outfit
  • A favourite bonnet and booties
  • A hair comb
  • Hospital wrist band
  • The little card that gets popped on the hospitals crib with their name and birth details
  • cards from their birth and first birthday.
  • You could also keep a curl from the first haircut!

 

What else that is special and unique that you could keep?

 unique items for your memory box

  • Coins from their birth year! The Royal Australian mint has a website here
  • An Ultrasound Picture/Pictures
  • A newspaper from the day they were born
  • Some photos, more on that below

 

 

Its pretty special to have a collection of photos in the box. I actually love the thought of having loose photos as they will never date. A photo book is another idea if its the right size. But honestly pop some loose photos in. A great place to buy loose high quality photos is Memorable Moments. they have an easy app too. This Aussie business prints your photos with a beautiful white edging (think the retro polaroid phot look) that you can have text added too or if your like me you will just want to handwrite on with the date and a few words.

Memorable moments have shared a discount code for you too!

Get 15% discount on Memorable Moments Retro prints. Use promo code in app: hbretros

Offer valid until Christmas order cut-off 8 Dec 2020 and cannot be combined with other offers. 

Download free photo printing app: https://memorablemomentsapp.com/download

 

 

But when its time to pick photos I know you will have so so many and its just plain mean for you to decide which ones to print. But this is where getting all those other photos popped on a usb disc will be good. T-Leaf do a beautiful personalized wooden usb disc boxes! you can check them out here

 

 

And remember too the sentimental and keepsake pieces don't just stop when they turn one. I know a lot of mums who have regrets on not having a keepsake box but the thing is you can start collecting things at anytime. I'm sure too that you can hustle u a few things from birth too.

  • School and sports awards
  • A photo from each holiday
  • A photo of them and their birthday cake every year
  • A photo from their first day of school
  • A birthday card from each year
  • Pictures of pets
  • Tickets and mementos from events and experiences
  • A very select few pieces of artwork
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How to take an announcement picture you will adore

How to take an announcement picture you will adore

Are you getting ready to welcome your little one?

Announcing your little ones arrival is something we all look forward to and put thought into because you get to do it once and its pretty special occasion sending out photos to loved ones and family to "meet" your little bundle.

I am completely humbled every time I am tagged in an announcement picture with your little one wrapped in a Heritage Blanket. This photo is the exact reason that Heritage Blankets was born. It was to have something that was timeless, beautiful and unique to honour how special and loved this little baby was.

These photos are all taken by the beautiful community or family that has grown here at Heritage Blankets. These photos, plus my tips will help you also take a photo and adore that photo for ever.

 

What should you take to the hospital to help take your photo?

✨An outfit.

Go with something plain, soft and fitting so that it shows of how little your newborn is. If you decide to make the outfit a chunky knit or something unique like a hand-me-down dress that you wore when you were born then make everything else plain so that your photo doesn't become busy.

I recommend Jamie k, sushoshki, or target for their little newborn fitted clothes. Or if you would like something unique then zobo the label has beautiful embroidered rompers too.

 

✨A head-band

A little floral crown or a petite bow for a little girl is so gorgeous! I love how a bow can draw the eye to the luscious newborn hair. For a little man, try a knitted bonnet. My recommendations for a headband would be Nature Crowns or you can shop actual photography headbands here that are made by Sarah

 

✨An announcement plaque.

We have just added wooden handmade announcement discs to the website. they have our pretty vintage rose design on them. Shop them Here. My other go to place to shop would be Zilvi

 

✨Blankets.

I recommend choosing too complementary blankets. You could use a knitted blanket with a plain Heritage Blanket. Or a plain background blankets with a pretty floral to wrap and lay your bub on top of.

 

Iron everything before you pack your hospital bag. And consider packing these items into a separate reusable bag to keep them separate and easy to pull out when you take your photos or when your photographer arrives.

 

Picking a good time.

When your bubs is finished having a little feed or is very content is perfect. Does your midwife come around and do rounds? Consider timing away from that visit. I know when I stayed in with my babies, mornings were filled with paediatrician, midwives, hearing checks etc, whereas afternoons were quiet.

 

Some simple but beautiful announcement pictures taken by the Heritage Blanket Community.

Simple Wrap and Headband

 This one is easy! Plus I think it has to be a favourite of mine. I promise you will love this photo and it will be one you will be taking until that little baby of yours decides to become a Houdini and unwrap herself!

I have a wrapping tutorial too for you so that you can see how easy it is to show of that beautiful lace. Watch that here

 Baby newborn photos in a basket

Im always having a look on marketplace for a cute baby basket! Baskets make a beautiful prop to take your photos in. Plus they make a good change table mat too! Either lay your baby on top of a Heritage Blanket or wrap up again like a burrito and take this photo

 

wrapped in a muslin

 

The Heritage Blanket makes a beautiful background too!!! It hides the ugly hospital sheets and give the photo a pretty backdrop. This is actually how I took my own Heidi's picture. Muslins can be really nice for showing of how tiny they are as they wrap more tightly too. The ones I used were made by my favourite Grubbee Kids

 

Newborn announcement baby pictures

 Of course this is an easy one. I especially love the photo here of Lily laying under her pink blanket. It really draws attention to the profile of her little face. It has to be a favourite of mine that I have been tagged in

 

 

 

 

Some photo taking tips for your camera.

Dont underestimate how good a phone camera can be! You just need to help it with picking good lighting and you will take a great photo. Pick a spot near the window in the natural light to move the hospital crib next to. Or use the beautiful white hospital sheets as a white and bright background too.

 

BEAUTIFUL photos are taken in nice light. 

~ pop baby in the natural light

~ do face baby towards the light, baby facing the shadow wont be a great photo

~ be aware of where your standing, you may place a shadow in the photo and this is something you dont want. 

If you have a big girl camera, ditch the auto setting and instead pick the aperture priority setting and turn the F stop down to the lowest it can go.

 

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Father's Day gift ideas for first time dads.

Father's Day gift ideas for first time dads.

I'm often asked if I have seen a certain product for someone made by a small business around. I think you all know I spend way too much time shopping via Instagram and I'm also blessed to be in some killer small business circles!

So here are my top gift Ideas for the Dad in your life.

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