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Welcome to the Nature Baby Journal, a thoughtfully curated world of information for parents and parents to be. Inspiration, products and ideas that will nurture you, your baby and the environment.
Christmas is such a special and joyous time of year for families, however it can also sometimes be one that is overwhelming, expensive and stressful. We have put together some information about gifting simply this Christmas, hoping it makes it easier and more enjoyable for you & your little ones.
Baby’s first ChristmasYour baby’s first Christmas is a very monumental and special time for them (and you too!). We recommend a simple and timeless gift to mark little one’s first Christmas. Something that is sentimental, useful and has an heirloom quality to use and pass down through generations. Some of our favourite picks are the willow rattle, blankets, a wooden trolley (NZ only), or lambskin booties for a white Christmas.
Wear, sleep, care, play
A great way of gifting simply to little ones this Christmas could be gifting one item from each of the following categories:
WearSomething practical for the season ahead. Maybe a classic bodysuit, a swimsuit for seaside adventures, or a warm woolly cardigan for cool winter nights.
SleepAs babies spend the majority of the first weeks and months of life sleeping, a durable, soft and beautiful item of sleepwear makes for the perfect little useful gift…pyjamas, a sleeping bag, swaddles or sheets are a few of our favourite ideas.
CareSomething a little more practical that you might need at home. This is a good time to take stock of what you might be missing from your care cabinet and fill this need with a special little gift such as botanical skincare, a bib, or soft muslin face wipes.
PlaySomething fun for your little one to play with on Christmas Day, and years to come. Our favourites are the beautiful Margaret Ostheimer wooden animals, handmade & handpainted for nursery decor or imaginative play. Our Hugg a Planets are both a fun and educational toy, teaching little one where family or friends may be, near and far at Christmas time.
Gift to another
Christmas can be an incredibly tough time for families. If you can spare, a wonderful way to gift this season can be to gift to someone in need. Our proceeds of Christmas wrapping in store will go to our friends at Littlemore, as well as online purchases having the option to add a donation at the cart for the month of December. Some other wonderful (Auckland-based) organisations you can help or donate to this Christmas are Auckland City Mission and the Aunties.
We hope that this helps to give you some ideas for simple giving this festive season. Pop over here for our Christmas Gift Guide for themed collections for your little ones.
Peace, love, joy xx Nb
Here in New Zealand, we are used to Christmas marking the beginning of summer holidays, ocean swims, and outdoor barbecues. But on the journal this Christmas Eve, we have the lovely Nicolette telling us about how her & her little ones will be spending Christmas in the Ozarks, USA.
We were inspired by an article from our friends Well Made Clothes on having a more sustainable Christmas, so we too have put together some ideas on how we can make a few changes this year.
The lovely Jodi Wilson shares some words on her family Christmas traditions, and how to slow down in the busy season.
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