Nov 152020
 

VTech

While having sisters is lots of fun, every now and then a girl needs a bit of quiet time away from her nosy siblings. Secret notes, locked diaries, little treasures… our four girls are generally great at sharing but some things are simply private property. So where do you tuck away your special belongings so your curious sisters can’t find them? VTech has your back:

From secret storage to special songs, from games to glowing lights, from tiny treasures to telling the time and more, the Secret Safe Treasure Chest (RRP $49.95, ages 6-11) is the ultimate all-in-one girls gift this Christmas.

Shaped like a sweet purple and pink jewellery box, this interactive Secret Safe is way too pretty to hide away in your wardrobe and deserves to take top spot on your bedside table. It even doubles as a talking alarm clock and you can change the clock front to suit your style, what a cool way to learn to read the time! When the alarm goes off you’ll hear your choice of sound or tune and the top of the chest lights up in beautiful rainbow colours.

On the inside the Treasure Chest offers a heart shaped mirror, a removable top tray to fit your smallest jewellery and a generous main compartment for more storage. Don’t worry, your valuables are well protected by your own unique password. Only the person who enters all four numbers or symbols correctly will be able to open this chest and unveil its bounty! Once the chest has been unlocked the light-up ring will show a colour display chosen by the owner. (Parents can rest assured: The secret code can be reset in case of emergency)

Aside from keeping your precious belongings safe from nosy sisters, there are plenty of other awesome features hidden in this treasure chest. The saying ‘It’s not all fun and games’ definitely doesn’t apply here but because this pink box is loads of fun AND it comes with 9 great games that teach important skills like spelling, logic and maths. Because the games use only the four gem buttons to control they are easy to learn even for young players yet they still get their brains working and different levels keeps things exciting.

Miss 7 especially loves testing and expanding her word knowledge by making as many four letter words as possible in Speedy Speller, and solving the mystery of the hidden butterfly in Hide and Seek. Miss 5 may not have excess to her sister’s precious goodies, but she is pretty chuffed that she can still play games without knowing the password. She enjoys practising her numbers in Order Challenge and she is a big fan of Magically Disappearing Cat.

Last but not least, the Secret Safe Treasure Chest comes preloaded with 20 different tunes in the Music Box and the ability to compose your own simple tracks in Music Creation with the use of the gem buttons. Stop, play, repeat and shuffle to enjoy a personalised musical experience. You can even use the Treasure Chest as a speaker by connecting an external music player like a phone or MP3 player, time to put all your favourite Christmas carols on repeat!

You can find the Secret Safe Treasure Chest right now at your local Big W store and select online stores and independent toy retailers across Australia.

To find out more about VTech, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.vtech.com.au.

Dec 232019
 

Smiggle

After spending the last 1.5 week cooped up inside with miserable kids surrounded by sick buckets I am very much feeling the Christmas stress. So much to do, so little time and only two sleeps left until the big day! So where does one go for awesome children’s gifts that are a guaranteed success? Smiggle of course!

At Smiggle they know exactly what’s hip and hot among the cool kids and this Christmas it’s all about the return of Anna and Elsa in Frozen 2. Whether you are team Anna or team Elsa, Smiggle has you covered with a wonderful range of Disney Frozen 2 goodies that is sure to make even the coldest of hearts melt in an instant:

Backpacks, lunchboxes, diaries, wallets… thanks to Smiggle you can take Anna and Elsa along wherever you go. It’s a close call between Anna’s pink and gold glitter hues or Elsa with her ice blue and silver shades, who is your favourite? If Elsa is your queen you can start the new school year in true Frozen style with the awesome Frozen 2 Elsa Pop Out Pencil Case (RRP $26.95).

Forget about boring pencil cases, this limited edition design is full of surprises. It has loads of secret slide-out drawers, flip-out flaps, blue buttons and cute compartments to store all your stationery. You can open the the top, the bottom and the sides and it even has a built-in pencil sharpener and calculator for those tricky math questions! Our miss 6 thinks the sparkling ‘melted ice’ in the top lid is pretty magical.

Smiggle’s 12-pack Scented Colouring Pencils (RRP $16.95) makes a great starting point for filling up that pencil case. Whip up a fragrant Christmas card for your family, create a welcome back artwork for your new teacher or record your holiday adventures in your diary using these 12 lovely colours. Each pencil has a unique scent that’s bursting to come out, simply rub to activate delicious fragrances like watermelon, donut, fairy floss and cinnamon.

Obviously the average temperature here in Australia is a little higher than in Arendelle, so hydration is an absolute must. With this pretty Frozen 2 Elsa Drink Bottle (RRP $19.95, 650ml) you will always have a fresh drink of water on hand, my kids pick transparent bottles so they can instantly see when it needs refilling (and I can see when it’s dirty). Mums love this bottle too because it has a removable straw for easy cleaning and is completely free from harmful BPA.

To find out more about Smiggle, to locate a Smiggle store near you or to order online visit www.smiggle.com.au.

For your chance to win a Smiggle ‘Frozen 2’ Prize Pack (RRP $63.85) containing the three products featured above (subject to availability) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Aug 232019
 

If you are a regular Hip Little One reader you may remember Jess Racklyeft’s gorgeous picture book ‘There’s Only One Mum Like You’, one of our favourite 2019 Mother’s Day finds. So many (grand)mothers were spoilt with this beautiful book and the story is being read and loved over and over again in homes all around the country. But what about the dads? Don’t worry, Affirm Press has them covered too:

‘There’s only one dad like you, Dad.
Caring, daring and wise.
Fixer of all that is broken;
builder of the best surprise’

There’s Only One Dad Like You (RRP $19.99) is a warm celebration of the special father (figures) in our lives. The fathers that fix, the papas who play, the protectors and problem solvers, the cooks and the craftsmen, the heroes and the helpers, no two dads are the same yet this book treasures them all.

Featuring Jess’ eye-catching water colour illustrations, a unique lay-out and delightful rhyme this picture book is guaranteed to speak to the children who read it and warm the hearts of the dads that receive it. You have one week left to get your hand on a copy, be quick!

To find out more about Affirm Press and to take a closer look at ‘There’s Only One Dad Like You’ by Jess Racklyeft visit www.affirmpress.com.au.

To find out more about Affirm Press, to take a closer look at ‘There’s Only One Mum Like You’ by Jess Racklyeft and to order a copy online visit www.affirmpress.com.au.

‘I Love My Mum Because’ giveaway

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Apr 142019
 

Pan Macmillan Australia

While everyone has their eye on school holidays, Easter and ANZAC Day it is easy to forget about Mother’s Day, which is rapidly creeping up on us. With only four weeks to go it’s time to start shopping, dropping hints for and/or creating the perfect gift for the special mum in your life or even just yourself! Personally I find nothing warms the heart like a handmade treasure and this is one unique gift that is guaranteed to make any mother melt:

Whether you have a mum, mama, mother or ma, a grandma, nan, oma or nonna, I Love My Mum Because (RRP $14.99) is the cutest keepsake book for all those special ladies. Go grab your crayons, pencils and markers and get started…

‘I Love My Mum Because’ invites little artists to become little authors, using their creative skills to tell the world why they love their mother. Across 31 pages children are encouraged to celebrate mum in ‘activity book’ style with colouring in pages (draw a picture of you and mum, decorate flowers for your mum, trace your hand, show your feelings in colours), little puzzles (spot the mum, match the mother-baby shapes) and of course write sweet notes to/about your mum (write a wish for your mum, describe your mum). The end result is a sweet gathering of personal love notes for mothers and no two books will ever be the same, just like mothers are all different too.

Thanks to the sturdy hardcover this precious book is sure to stand the test of time and will still be treasured by mums years from now. I think it makes a perfect Mother’s Day gift or birthday present: a joy to make and a joy to receive. Hip tip: If you’re a little softie like I am, keep a tissue box on hand when you read because you’ll need it!

To find out more about Pan Macmillan, to take a closer look at ‘I Love My Mum Because’ by Petra James and Alissa Dinallo to order your favourite titles online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of I Love My Mum Because (RRP $14.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Dec 192018
 

Whether you are a true blue Aussie or a curious tourist, Ballarat’s Sovereign Hill is an absolute must-see these school holidays. Travel back in time and find yourself in the 1800’s, surrounded by thousands of adventurers who travelled to the Australian goldfields in search of fortune. Wander through Main Street and meet the ‘locals’ wearing their old costumes, pan for real gold (and keep it!), visit an old school or theatre, catch a horse-drawn coach and so much more.

Sovereign Hill is a real family destination with great things to see and do (day and night!) for visitors of all ages, it’s an experience that’s absolutely worth the trip. The award-winning family tourist attraction is authentic and offers fantastic value for money. There are so many memories waiting to be made and the photo opportunities are countless! Don’t worry, even if you can’t make it to Sovereign Hill you can still own your own little momento of Australian history as the Sovereign Hill online store is filled with fabulous gifts, here are some of my favourites:

You don’t have to pan for gold to get your hands on a slice of the precious metal. From an adorable Floating Gold Bottle or Floating Gold Pendant to Glass/Gold Plated Native Animals or Wattle Design Jewellery, there are some beautiful gold souvenirs to choose from. My top pick is the Sovereign Hill Medallion, plated with Australian gold and mounted in Australian timber. What a special keepsake!

If you have a sweet tooth you are spoilt for choice with lots of delicious treats that would make a lovely souvenir to share at home (or just enjoy by yourself). Raspberry Drop Fudge, Raspberry Drop Chocolate Frogs and of course the famous boiled sweets that are hand-made the traditional way right there at Sovereign Hill, which one will you taste first? Prices start at just $1.50 so they make a lovely stocking filler for Christmas.

Speaking of Christmas, Sovereign Hill has put together five wonderful Gift Hampers that are perfect for families to share or as a company gift for the festive season. Each hamper contains a handpicked selection of Sovereign Hill goodies eg. sweets/lollies, chocolates, nougat, chutneys, jams, sauces, candles and more, it’s Sovereign Hill luxury at its best! Hamper prices range from $30-$100, so there is a fitting hamper for every occasion and every budget.

To find out more about Sovereign Hill, to book your tickets and to order your favourite souvenirs online visit www.sovereignhill.com.au.

For your chance to win a Sovereign Hill family pass (admits 2 adults + up to 4 children) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Dec 162018
 

Exisle Publishing

We all know kids enjoy finding a good book under the Christmas tree, but adults love a surprise book too! Most of us don’t have time for a lengthy novel, so a little book of quotes and inspirations is the perfect bite-size Christmas gift idea. If you are an animal lover or chook-keeper this cute Exisle Publishing is your ideal match:

From eggs to chicks and from hens to roosters, Cluck (RRP $29.99) celebrates all there is to love about chickens. Cluck bundles inspirational, amusing, wise and endearing chicken quotes from famous people like Oscar Wilde, C. S. Lewis and Mark Twain and other not so famous people, but each page is sure to strike a chord with real chicken-lovers.

The book’s handpicked collection of quotes and proverbs is accompanied by the most delightful photography of chickens in all shapes, sizes and colours. Whether you adore Plymouth Rocks and Orpingtons or prefer Welsummers and Silkies, with 160 pages to flick through there’s plenty of chicken goodness to make anyone go clucky.

Cluck is a beautiful hardcover book that will look right at home on a coffee table or in a waiting room, where people can enjoy a quick chuckle or two.

To find out more about Exisle Publishing, to take a closer look at Cluck and to order a copy online visit www.exislepublishing.com.au.

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Dec 022018
 

I am sure many mums will understand me when I say that I do not at all feel ready for these tweens years yet! The twins turned 10 in August and miss O. dived straight into it by having her ears pierced (after several years of begging!). She doesn’t go anywhere without her lipgloss and sprays perfume by the bottle, I wish she would stay little for a while longer! Thankfully she is not into makeup just yet but she has been having a ball experimenting at home with these tween-friendly gifts from Kooki U:

Designed and made right here in Australia Kooki U offers young Australian girls a cruelty free, mineral based cosmetic range that is affordable and fun. Happy kids, happy mum: Double win!

Whether you are into bright and colourful or neutral and subtle, Kooki U has everyone covered. Olivia is most definitely more the neutral type so this gorgeous Glam Powder (RRP $14.95) suits her perfectly, it adds a subtle touch of shimmery shine to cheeks, eyelids and lips and of course the pretty pink Kabuki Brush makes applying it extra special. Glam Powder is available in three shades: Sparkles, Blue Glow and Pink Glimmer.

Now that Summer has finally arrived it’s time to get out the nail polish and get those toe nails sandal ready. The Kooki U nail polish collection features bold neon colours, sweet pastels and glittery hues and you can even finish the look with some eye catching nail stickers, how awesome is that? When it comes to cleaning up the nail polish can be removed with Kooki U’s gentle moisturising, water-based nail polish remover with Aloe & Vitamin E.

With prices starting at just $1.50 Kooki U is a perfectly shopping destination for birthday presents, Christmas gifts, party favours and stocking fillers that won’t break the bank. You can also handpick your favourite Kooki U pieces and bundle your unique selection in one of the cute Kooki U gift tins, or save time and choose one of the pre-made Kooki U Gift Sets (RRP $19.95-$44.95) instead. The tins look fabulous and can later be used to store other little trinkets and treasures in too.

To find out more about Kooki U, to browse the range and to order online visit www.kookiu.com.au.

For your chance to win a Kooki U gift set of your choice (subject to availability) enter our giveaway below:

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