Review: Wraptious – Affordable And Unique Gifts For Art Lovers

I love making gift guides for special loved ones featuring my new favourite finds. I especially like it when a product or idea combines art with ethical standards. When Wraptious contacted me to review one of their product and their site, I didn’t know too much about them. Wraptious sells award-winning gift items supporting artists. The first thing I came across, was their competition they run twice a  year. They invite artists to join them and upload their work which gets shared and voted on by the public. This year’s shortlist has been already selected and the shorlisted artists’ designs are available in their online store. Wraptious currently works with more than thirty artists: painters, illustrators, photographers and designers. The artist community is expanding, thanks to the competition too.

What really makes Wraptious ethical in my eyes is their manifesto, which is promoting independent art. Directly supporting their artists, who receive a share of each sale. Yes, this means, a percentage of each sale goes directly into the artist’s pocket. The best way to support independent art: buy it. Also, all their products are produced in the UK and on recycled or sustainable resources where possible. 

Learning all this, I was really looking forward receiving my cushion I picked from their collection. It was hard to pick, but I chose a cushion designed by Paul Robbins:

Take a look at the details, such a lovely piece!

Though Wraptious has a lovely selection of cushion designs, I fell in love with this one for the first sight. I love the yellow background highlighting all the hypnotisingly beautiful colours of the bear’s head. The colours are strikingly vivid, I have used no filter on the photo above. This cushion is available in two sizes: 45 cm x 45 cm and 60 cm x 60 cm. The cover is made of super soft and velvety vegan-suede.

The same design is also available printed on gallery-quality original print, in case you’d like to coordinate or highlight them.

My top tip:  grab 2-3 pieces of quality art products from the same artist to turn a simple room into a stylish living space. Given the affordable prices what Wraptious provides, it’s easily doable.

Prices start at £22.95 (cover only).

 

I received this product to review it and publish my honest, unbiased opinion.

 

One Messy Mama

Christmas present ideas – favourite eco-friendly toys

Christmas is around the corner so let’s start the long-waited (or dreaded) shopping season with gift ideas for the little monsters. These will be surely amusing for bubbas 0-2 years and eco-savvy parents equally.

When it comes to baby and toddler toys, there are so many brands, shops and reviews as starts in the sky. You probably are getting a lot of  them too: traditional toys from Grandma (“I used to buy this for you – remember? – it was soooo hard to get one!” Sure, I remember mum, I was 15 moths old), gender neutral toys from your hipster friends, and random unwanted/overflow toys from others (you’ll pass them over to someone else too, just need to be careful not to recycle it within the same circle of friends or family). But somehow, just somehow, you’re not getting the toys you wanted for the kid.

  • Recycled plastic toys. Probably my favourite maker is Green Toys These are made of plastic (easy to clean) but they are made of 100% recycled plastic. No BPA, PVC, Phthalates, or external coatings. Which is great, because they are basically re-used waste material to create these fabulous, colorful toys. They are also mainly gender neutral designs, however there is a little pink dump truck for girls (or boys, why not), and that’s pretty cool, me thinks. I discovered these when we spent a holiday in California visiting family and friends. They are available in the UK too. Bobcat has the green Recycling Truck. image
  • Arts and crafts. OkoNorm is a German company producing eco-friendly crayons and paints for kids. We’ve got Nawaro Wax Crayons (picture 1.) from www.Greenweez.co.uk and these are great for little fingers to grab them and also less worry if they put them into their mouth. (Like Bobcat does it, still.) They cost you not much more expensive than any other high street brand. Also really like Crayon Rocks Bag 16 piece (picture 2.) sold at babypur.co.uk because they are really cute shapes, and it’s very presentable again in the little sack.

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  • Natural rubber. You have probably heard about Sophie the Giraffe. The French company has a whole range of Sophie products, not just the famous teether. I love these little balls: So’Pure Sophie la girafe Balls (picture 3.) I buy them every time I have to put a new baby hamper together or as a small baby shower present, and Bobcat has them of course and still plays with them at 19 months old – they are toy balls after all and always all over the place! I also like Lanco’s products for babies and small toddlers made of 100% natural rubber produced by the Hevea tree. Lanco Ocean Bath Toy Set (picture 4.) is probably the cutest of the range, from babypur.co.uk
  • Wooden toys. Classics, when it comes to eco-friendly toys. You just need to make sure that the sourced wood is ethical. They are lovely, and last long. I found some really cute and quirky ones, bit unusual, compared to the old-time favourite set of blocks and rocking horses. Like Chicken Puzzle from Plan Toys (buy it on greatgizmos.co.uk – picture 1.). Or this little wooden stacking toy, made from forest-friendly wood and free from toxic varnish & paint from DiscoveroO: Magnetic Rocket (picture 2.)I think Santa Claus will get one for Bobcat. It looks really cool and can you spot the passengers. A man, a monkey and an alien! Brilliant! Notonthehighstreet.com also a good source for traditional wooden toys, Bobcat has the Set of 4 Pull Back Racing Cars (picture 3.) since was only a few month old, they were great when he was practicing his grasping/pinching fine motor movements. Pull along toys are also a classic way to use wood, like this cute colourful rabbit: Pull Along Rabbit (picture 4.) I, for one prefer colourful toys and so do the kiddos, apparently. Make a small child choose between a colourful toy and a “trendy” pale grey/beige/natural coloured toy. So then.image
  • Soft toys. Crocheted soft toys are great presents for babies and small toddlers. This one is a rattle toy: Chrocheted Octopus Rattle from Pebble (picture 1.) It’s handmade, fair trade and 100% cotton. (From birdkids.co.uk) Another absolute favourite is the organic cuddly toys of Apple Tree. They are so cute and well designed that it’s almost a mission to pick a favourite. I’d go with this cute cuddly bear: Little Cubby Picnic Pal (picture 2.) The San Francisco based company (another reason for me to love them) use 100% organic cotton and non-toxic fillers to produce these cuties. They are available on Amazon.co.uk. A new and pleseant discovery the soft toy range of Kenana.co.uk. I love the the very realistic Bundu line, especially the zebras: Bundu Zebra (picture 3.) because they are looking like zebras! According to them: products are made in Kenya through our Kenana Knitters and they have been made using environmentally friendly processes, 100% natural and organic materials. image