I have found the perfect personalised gift for preschoolers {Review and Giveaway} Congratulations Sarah.

August 8, 2015 · 23 comments

lost my name

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. 

the giveaway

lost my name review and giveaway

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:

  1. 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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  • Giveaway is open until Midnight  29th of August 2015
  • No entries will be accepted after this time.
  • All decision are final and based on skill not luck (not random draws here.)
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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.  

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amelia August 29, 2015 at 7:26 pm

As a child, I loved reading Enid Blyton’s “Amelia Jane” stories each night. Despite the mischievous nature of the lead character, I loved her because she had my name. I’d love to pass that feeling onto my own beautiful daughter.


2 Michelle August 28, 2015 at 10:40 pm

I loved reading the Topsy and Tim books with my Mum as a kid, we did so enjoy them.


3 Maria Stringer August 28, 2015 at 7:01 pm

My great nephew, a miracle baby arrived this week with a beautiful name of Ky.


4 Renee Ballantyne August 28, 2015 at 9:07 am

I always love Alice in Wonderland, the movie as a little one and as a book as I got older. I could always let my imagination run free and I know that my dreams would be great that night after watching the movie


5 Jen G August 24, 2015 at 11:46 am

This book sounds so sweet!

The very first book I remember having read to me – and memorising (after requesting that my mum read it to me over and over again) is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I used to love tracing my finger around the holes in the food, feeling where the caterpillar had eaten, and saying the words alongside my mum; ‘one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one salami …’.

My boys too love this book, and would treasure a book which has their own name in it.

Thanks for sharing your review!


6 Susan Jeans August 19, 2015 at 6:03 am

My grandson would be an ideal recipient of this book. He is four and fascinated with words and books. I heard a very unusual name the other day. I’m not sure exactly how it was spelt but it was Darcy-ella. I’m pretty sure it was all one word – but that covers the pronunciation. Good luck everyone.


7 Tara Greenfield August 17, 2015 at 4:38 pm

These are so beautiful!

My love of reading began when I was quite young and I absolutely adored the book “I want my Potty!”
It featured the Little Princess from the cartoons now on ABC2. I absolutely cannot stand that little brat in the cartoon now, but the book was fantastic!


8 Lara Daebritz August 13, 2015 at 10:30 pm

I have wonderful memories of reading the Milly Molly Mandy stories at my Nanna ‘ s as a child. Recollecting those stories brings back great memories of sleepovers at Nanna ‘ s and reading quietly in her big rocking chair with a cup of ‘ tea’ (looking back, I think it was more likely warm milk).


9 sarah mary August 13, 2015 at 7:19 am

I was an avid reader growing up but the book that had the biggest impact was Anne of green gables. My great Nan brought it for me and I can remember re reading it again and again.


10 Cate August 11, 2015 at 8:34 pm

My favourite book from my childhood was a book called, “Bears in the Night”. I loved it because it was the first book that made me feel like a ‘reader’-something which was important to a 4 year old who wanted to be like her older sisters. I knew the book off by heart and was so proud!


11 Diana O August 11, 2015 at 3:58 pm

The most beautiful name I’ve ever heard is Damiana, a gorgeous little girl about three years old with blonde ringlets and enormous blue eyes, her mother calling her name as she ran through the supermarket.


12 Amy August 11, 2015 at 3:24 pm

I loved The Magic Faraway Tree as a child. I was 9 years old & read it to my brother when he was a baby. He is 18 now and a bit old for me to read to but I do have 2 beautiful nephews & another on the way to continue to read to, & to this day I still love The Magic Faraway Tree! That book created a lifetime of love for books & reading.
I do not have any children of my own but I do love the name Annabelle. My mothers middle name is Ann & my grandmother’s name is Isobel so it’s a combination of both. To me it is the most beautiful name in the world because it’s a combination of my 2 favourite women ๐Ÿ™‚


13 Nic t. August 11, 2015 at 2:23 pm

I still have my Lottie and Lisa book from when I was young. My oldest has just finished reading it and loved it too!


14 sonya August 11, 2015 at 2:22 pm

I love the name Leica and just wish I could have more kids so I could use it!


15 Bel August 11, 2015 at 12:00 pm

I loved reading the Folk of the Faraway Tree and also The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. But basically any book had me intrigued as a child!
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16 Sarah Bowen August 11, 2015 at 9:10 am

When I was a child my favourite book was ‘The Eleventh Hour’ by Graeme Base. I loved finding all the clues and solving the secret codes. I still have my original copy of the book and recently introduced my son to it. I still think Graeme Base books are amazing, the illustrations are so detailed.
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17 Caz Filmer October 8, 2015 at 12:11 pm

So sorry for the late notice but Congratulation Sarah – your the winner of this giveaway. Can you email me the details to use and I’ll get it forwarded out to you.
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18 Sammie August 9, 2015 at 10:30 pm

Oh as a child, I loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and I still love it now. As an (ex) primary school teacher, I fell in love with so many more books for children, but Avocado Baby is now my far and away favourite. It’s my go-to baby gift but I love the idea of a book that can be personalised, especially for small people with out of the ordinary names!


19 Tegan August 9, 2015 at 4:18 pm

One of my favourite books from my childhood was The BFG. I’ve got a copy now, that I’m looking forward to sharing with my six year old.
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20 Jane Graven August 9, 2015 at 3:49 pm

What a lovely review. I like the sound of this Not In Shops and will surely check it out. My most favourite book memory is probably the Nancy Drew series – which I devoured as a young teen. There were hours spent laying on my bed enjoying her adventures. Sure hope my girls grow up with that same love of books. Would love to win this one for my youngest.


21 Elise August 8, 2015 at 7:03 pm

As a child, I love to read the James Aldridge book called “The true story of Lola McKellar”. It was an Australian book, about a young girl who’s real name was Lorelei. Both the book and the name stuck in my head for many years, and I loved the complexity of the character so much that the name became one that always seemed beautiful to me. So much so that I’ve named my second daughter Lorelei, because even 20 years later this name sticks with me! eliseellabban@hotmail.com


22 Louise Jones August 8, 2015 at 2:44 pm

How cute is that Caz! I know a little nephew on my Kris Kringle list this year who that would be perfect for! My favourite book from my childhood is Possum Magic. I don’t know why, I just loved how big and shiny the pages were, the pretty pictures and all the yummy food they got to eat! Pav and Vegemite Sandwiches and Lamingtons. Can’t complain about that.
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23 Shelly Mumdoha August 8, 2015 at 1:37 pm

Oh how adorable. Yes please. My little guy would love this A Lot. I had a lot of books as a child and so it’s hard to pick a fav. But for some reason I do love “Brown Bear Brown Bear”. That little song never seems to be far away from my mind these days. (Perhaps because I’ve been ODing my little man on it too.)


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