I am known as ‘the gift buyer’ in my family. I was born with the knack of seeming to know just the right present to suit just the right person. Well, in reality I don’t consider it a knack at all. It’s pretty simple really – I just ask myself what makes the person I am buying for happy before I start shopping. Once I’ve worked that out all the rest falls into place without much effort.
When it comes to buying for younger kids and newborns, most of the time these days I’ll head straight on over to Not In Shops. Because they combine two things I love. Lovely handcrafted and personalised products that you can’t find in the shops and supporting people who are stepping outside of their comfort zone to make a living from their passions. That is great stuff and something I want to get behind.
Today I thought I’d introduce you to what I think is a perfect gift idea for toddlers or preschool aged little people – especially if you’re looking for something that will live in their hearts and minds for the rest of their lives. (Any grandma’s out there I am thinking of you!!) This book is totally adorable and the reason I know it will live in their hearts forever is because it’s all about their favourite subject – themselves.
The creators of Lost My Name take your child’s own name and use the letters to weave a story about a little person who wakes up having lost their name. They then go on a magical journey, meeting fabulous creatures, until they have collected all of the letters that make up their name. Can you imagine the joy on their faces when they start reading (or being read to) and realise they are the centre of attention in their very own book. Can’t you just see how their eyes will sparkle with surprise and joy?
A few months back Not In Shops sent me a copy of Lost My Name to review with my littlest pink. Admittedly she is seven now, so slightly older than the age group I’d recommend this book for, but she is still in love with it. The constant begging for me to let her take it to school for ‘show and tell’ has been a little wearing – but to be honest there is nothing more I love than kids getting excited about books, so I’ll let that pass. I think there is just something a little bit magical about having a book written about yourself.
This book would also make a very special newborn baby gift. Obviously, there are some complications here if you don’t know ahead of time what the baby is going to be named. But, if you’re able to wait off for a few days with the gift giving I think this is a perfect idea. We have a teacher at the girls school who is expecting in coming months and this is exactly what I am wanting to do for her.
If you like to find out more about Not In Shops or the Lost My Name book please head over to their website. The book costs $33.95 (including P&H) and the ordering process is very uncomplicated. All you have to do is complete the order form on the Not In Shops website with your child’s names and gender and then wait for it to arrive. I have found them very professional and received several emails updating me on our books printing and arrival times.
**I am an official Not In Shops blogger and love working with them to promote the beautiful and bespoke products to my readers.
Would you like to win a copy of Lost My Name for a little person at your house? Or maybe for someone else you’d like to inspire to love reading? Follow these easy-peasy steps to enter:
- In the comments below tell me about either a book from your own childhood that still lives on in your heart or the most beautiful or unusual name you have ever heard.
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- Disclaimer: This is a review and giveaway. I received a free copy of the Lost My Name book to enable this review.