SalonDooz: Makeover Time!

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Nov 182019

While most Australian kids are impatiently waiting for Christmas Day to arrive, our six half Dutchies are first counting down the days until Sinterklaas. With only 19 days to go until our special night the house is buzzing with excitement. The kids are making drawings and wish lists, we are baking (and eating) lots of pepernoten and watching Sinterklaas shows on the Dutch satellite. Of course there is also a line of empty shoes waiting for a small gift in the weeks leading up to Sinterklaas evening… it turns out Sinterklaas knows exactly how to reward well behaved little girls!

Whether you want to call them a stocking filler, shoe stuffer or a Christmas sack surprise, the gorgeous SalonDooz are a fantastic budget-friendly December gift for little HairDooz fans. If they loved the luscious locks of the HairDooz collectibles they are sure to be wowed by this brand new range of fragrant fashionistas in their hot pink oversized perfume bottles.

Twelve sweetly scented SalonDooz are waiting in their own mini-salon for a talented stylist to give them a makeover, do you have the magic touch? To get started simply press the spray nozzle to open the salon door and release your new friend  The attractive, brightly coloured packaging is both pretty on the outside and the inside featuring a large mirror and even a tiny catwalk so she can show off her new look once you’re finished.

All SalonDooz have their own signature style featuring colourful hair in eyecatcching dos, fabric clothes, shoes and fashion accessories you can actually take off and put back on. As you SalonDooz collection grow so will your salon wardrobe allowing you to mix, match and create many unique looks, just use your imagination. Underneath the perfume bottle you’ll find a secret compartment with a miniature accessory like a hair straightener, a comb, a brush or another special surprise.

This larger sister of the original HairDooz doll has a moveable head, legs and arms so you can style and pose your lovely client as you play. She can stand up and sit down by herself or you can seat her in her coloured salon chair. You can even use the included suction cup to attach your SalonDooz friends to a mirror or window, making her an ideal car-companion for upcoming holiday trips.

You can find SalonDooz at Kmart, Big W, Target, Toymate, Mr. Toys or Toyworld stores across Australia or online.

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Dec 102017


As for most families December is an expensive month for us, which is why I tend to stock up on gifts all year around. I get the larger, more expensive presents out of the way early and keep an ear out for any small last-minute wishes to give the big day that extra festive touch. If you’re looking for some cool stocking fillers that are both awesome and affordable look no further than Smiggle:

Whether your Christmas allowance is teeny tiny or you are living it large, Smiggle has a huge range of gift ideas to suit every budget. I especially love that they put practical gifts, like stationery for the new school year, in a funky jacket so the pieces are both unique and useful at the same time. Double win!

Take this magical Smiggle Triple Pencil Case Kit (RRP $34.95, ages 6+), a sparkling pencil case that’s totally in line with the current unicorn trend. It comes pre-filled with 18 markers, 17 colour pencils, 2 HB greyleads, 2 ink pens, a ruler, sharpener and eraser, making it a perfect art-pack for holiday projects at home and on the go. And after the Summer break it can become your child’s school pencil case, now that’s good value!

The cheeky Smiggle Christmas Pen Popper (RRP $5.95, ages 6+) sure takes the boring out of writing Christmas cards. Available in a sweet red reindeer and cute blue Christmas bear design these ballpoint pens are fitted with a secret lever… pull the little lever and pop goes the head! Don’t worry, a handy piece of string keeps the head from getting lost, so the kids can shoot and smile over and over again.

From little stories to Christmas wish lists, from secret diary entries to a holiday journal, with 160 lined pages the Smiggle Colour Blast Glitter Luxe A5 Notebook (RRP $16.95) has all the space your young writer needs, hidden between an eye-catching hardcover with glittery swirls (or is it swirly glitter?). A handy little loop on the side allows you to keep a pen or pencil on hand for when inspiration strikes.

This adorable Smiggle Spin It Yoyo (RRP $9.95, ages 6+) is one of those great ‘gift cupboard’ finds: every child loves a yoyo, it’s well priced and it suits any occasion. Birthday? Christmas stocking? Hurt your leg? Great report card? Here’s an awesome yoyo to brighten up your day. You can even brighten their day a bit more with the glow-in-the-dark Spin-It Yoyo, just spin it and go, then watch it glow.

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Boredom Buster in a Box

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Dec 052017

Crocodile Creek

I am sure you know what it is like: It’s almost time for bed when your cheeky preschooler decides to tip out an entire box of LEGO (there goes your 7 o’clock bedtime goal) or it’s almost dinnertime yet the kids want to start watching a long movie. I’ve found the best way to avoid the drama is by grouping together a selection of games that are fast and easy, that way your little ones know exactly where to go when there is only half an hour to spare. Miss 4 loves giving her brains a quick work-out with Crocodile Creek:

Packed in a cute storage container this Crocodile Creek 4-piece Mini Puzzle (Ages 3+) is a great little ‘boredom buster in a box’ for toddlers and pre-schoolers. The large cardboard pieces are easy to hold for small hands and I love how sturdy the box stands upright, that way kids can refer to the box lid as they go to help them complete the picture.

The images are bright and interesting and the balance is exactly right: tricky enough to challenge them but also clear enough not to be confusing (and therefore frustrating) for young players. Miss 4 did not need any help at all and by the time she completed the puzzle dinner was ready, perfect timing. Miss just-turned-2 also gave the circus puzzle a try, but I think for now fewer pieces would be a better fit. I would say the recommend age of 3+ is spot on.

Crocodile Creek mini puzzles are available in loads of different designs for boys and girls and come in 12 and 24 pieces, so there is an awesome puzzle for every child. Their pleasant price tag make them a fabulous stocking filler or small gift for a special little someone in your life this Christmas, while the compact size is ideal for holiday backpacks and suitcases.

To find out more about Childsmart and to browse the Crocodile Creek range visit or get social with @Childsmart on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

Nov 092017


Confession time: Call me a mean mum but sometimes I purposely choose a different route through the shopping centre so that my girls don’t get to pass our local Smiggle store. They are madly in love with everything Smiggle and can easily spend an hour admiring all the treasures in this fabulous shop, especially since the release of the gorgeous Smile with Smiggle collection. This wonderful range of fun, trendy and budget-friendly hair accessories, rings, bracelets, necklaces and more is every girl’s dream and there is so much to choose from!

As if these treasures are not already affordable enough, right now when you buy two, you get the third FREE on all ‘Smile with Smiggle’ jewellery. What a fantastic opportunity to stock up on stocking fillers without breaking your tight Christmas budget! Hurry, this great offer is valid for a limited time only. 

If your little lady is as crazy about unicorns as my girls are you are going to love this amazing prize pack the Smiggle team put together for one lucky Hip Little One reader:

There is no doubt about it, this magical Smile Unicorn Headband (RRP $14.95) is going to be a top seller this festive season. With unicorns being so incredibly popular right now this pretty number will be taking up no.1 spot on many wish lists, I know my girls would love it! Featuring silver sparkles and beautiful pink flowers this headband allows every little girl to turn into a real unicorn in the blink of an eye.

Trodding along the unicorn trail we come across this cute Smile Fabulous Earrings 3-pack (RRP $9.95, ages 6+), after all who can resist a sparkly unicorn! Made from hypo-allergenic materials and completely nickel-free, just like the rest of the Smile with Smiggle range, these sweet earrings are perfect for girls of all ages. There are loads of different earring designs to choose from and with 3 styles per set you can swap your earrings as often as you like.

Of course not every girl likes pink or purple, which is why Smiggle accessories come in a rainbow of colours. The Smile Dee Unicorn Necklace (RRP $12.95, ages 6+) is available in a mystical blue shade and comes with an adjustable ball-chain so you can create the perfect fit for you. Cupcakes, rainbows, owls, butterflies, cats… picking a favourite necklace from the range is not an easy task so I am glad I have four darling daughters to buy for.

When it comes to party bags and Christmas stockings I can highly recommend the Smiggle ring sets, with six different rings per pack they are excellent value for money and (if desired) you can easily split the sets up and treat multiple girls to a ring or two. The Smile Livvy Rings 6-pack (RRP $12.95, ages 6+) features flowers, love hearts, stars and jewels and the rings are slightly adjustable in size so you can’t go wrong there.

Last but not least, loyal Hip Little One readers will know by now how much I love charm bracelets and there is no shortage of delightful charms at Smiggle. The Smiggle charm bracelets are so well priced yet look a million dollars, they will be my go-to gift for upcoming birthdays. Sticking with the unicorn theme the Smile Daydream Bracelet (RRP $9.95, ages 6+) is an excellent match, I think we’ll have one very happy giveaway winner when she sees this!

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Everything But Flowers

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Oct 212016


After taking an entire suitcase filled with presents to The Netherlands to surprise my family and friends our big gift cupboard is looking worryingly bare. Being an organised person I normally keep my cupboard fully stocked so with Christmas just 9 weeks away I am on a (rather desperate!) hunt to replenish my stash with some gorgeous new finds.


If you are preparing for Christmas too but you dislike busy carparks and lining up at the checkout I’ve got the perfect solution for you: Everything but Flowers is your online address for, well, everything but flowers… it’s a fabulous Australian store filled with awesome gifts for young and old, colleague or neighbour, that’s your Christmas shopping sorted.

ebf-growth-chartI don’t know about you but I always get a little nostalgic around Christmas time, especially when I see how much my five little ones have grown during the year. This stunning Birds Growth Chart would make a very special gift for baby’s first Christmas, imagine taking your baby’s measurements every year on Christmas day. The adorable bird print by Charley Harper makes it a beautiful decor piece for the nursery and the neutral green colour is just the shade for the season too.

ebf-rucksackNow that the weather has finally started to warm up a little it won’t be long until the swimming season kicks off. Love a refreshing splash in the pool or jump in the sea? Simply pop your towel and bathers in this handy Whale Rucksack and you’re ready to go. It’s lightweight, easy to use, made from organic cotton and of course it looks awesome. Priced at less than $20 it’s a great Christmas gift idea that won’t break the bank.

nanoblock-london-busThese gorgeous Nanoblock building kits are a brilliant boredom buster for the Christmas holidays, how cute is the Nanoblock London Bus? From sweet bunnies and puppies to cool dinosaurs and motorcycles, there are currently 15 different Nanoblock designs to choose from so there is a perfect kit for every child. With prices starting at just $12.95 they are gentle on the family budget too, they would make an awesome stocking filler for children aged 8 and up.


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Last-Minute Kris Kringle gifts from Hallmark

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Dec 222014


With Christmas only three sleeps away the time for online shopping is long gone, even a trip to the city maybe too much of an ask with such limited time left. Don’t worry, you can scoop up these gorgeous last-minute gifts and gorgeous stocking fillers from Hallmark just around the corner at your local newsagent, Target or gift store:

Itty Bitty Disney Princesses

If your daughter is as crazy about Disney princesses as my girls are she is sure to adore these gorgeous new Itti Bittys by Hallmark, aren’t they cute?

Itty Botty SuperheroesItty Bittys are cute and cuddly collectable mini dolls available in a range of iconic characters to suit boys and girls: from Marvel Superheroes to cheeky monsters Mike and Sulley, from Star Wars to Wizard of Oz, from Mickey and Minnie to Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, from Disney Princesses to Batman and Wonder Woman, there is a perfect Itty Bitty for everyone! Even Frozen’s hugely popular Anna and Elsa are making an appearance, just in time for Christmas.

Itty Bittys FrozenPriced at just RRP $7.99 per individual character Itty Bittys are a fun and affordable stocking filler that won’t break the bank. They’re the perfect size for little hands and small backpacks so they’re the ideal travel buddy for your upcoming school holiday trip. Just pop in to your local stockist to start your collection, be warned: Itty Bittys are so sweet they’re very hard to resist! You can tick off all your buddies on the Big List of Itty Bittys as you go.

To add a bit of extra magic to your Christmas celebrations Hallmarks has also released a special Northpole est. 1820 collection that will warm the hearts of everyone who believes. This delightful range of Northpole inspired gifts comes straight from Santa’s home and the elves’ workshop, no matter how old you are you can’t help but smile when you see what Hallmark has in store for you this festive season:

Find Me Santa SnowflakeWith so many presents to deliver in such a short amount of time it can’t be easy for Mr. Claus to remember everyone, after all he’s not that young anymore. Make sure you won’t miss out this Christmas by putting this super clever Find Me Santa Snowflake (RRP $9.95) up at the window. Personalise this pretty decoration with your child’s name and you can count on the glowing LED lights to signal Santa and tell him exactly where to find you.

Hallmark Light-a-MagicI know my children would have endless fun with these cool Light-a-Magic (RRP $19.99) decorations, they’re such a classic gift and gorgeous keepsake. Each unit plays two different Christmas tunes, add to that the beautiful lights and moving images and you’ve got the perfect traditional Christmas decoration that will be enjoyed year after year. You can even click the individual units together for a bigger Christmas story, the three Light-a-Magic decorations would make a great gift for siblings to share together.

Magic SnowballWe may not be able to experience a white Christmas here in Australia but that doesn’t need to stop you from enjoying a good old snowball fight. Hallmark’s Magic Snowball (RRP $3.95) is soft, fluffy and lights up with the colours of the Northern Lights as you throw it and the best part it is: it won’t melt! Get the family together and enjoy a toss of Northpole fun in the comfort of your own home for less than 5 bucks.

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Dec 062014


Christmas Countdown – Day 6

Back in August I told you all about Smiggle Red and the response was overwhelming, it appears we have a huge group of Smiggle fans among us! We know Smiggle is always a hot favourite when it comes to Christmas gifts so you’ll be pleased to know that we’ve included them in our Christmas Countdown:

Smiggle Konnichiwa Christmas Prize Pack $100 Girl

Say Konnichiwa to the stylish new Smiggle Konnichiwa range, it’s colourful, fun and an absolutely top seller this festive season. There are so many cool Konnichiwa pieces available, there is something to suit every shopper and every budget.

Smiggle Pop Out Pencil CaseThe great thing about Smiggle is that their products are both cool and practical, children will love finding some Smiggle goodies under the tree and mums know that they will actually use them. Smiggle products make an excellent stocking filler for Christmas and a perfect back-school purchase at the same time. This Konnichiwa Pop Out Pencil Case (RRP $19.95) is full of funky features and selling like hot cakes.

Konnichiwa WatchesWho wouldn’t want to learn to read the time with one of these cool Konnichiwa Watches (RRP $17.95)? Kids will love the cool printed bands and big analogue face plate. The big metal clasp makes it easy for little hands to put on and take off and the plastic face is safe and sturdy for active children. There are 5 different Konnichiwa watches to choose from, which one do you like most?

Konnichiwa ErasersIf you’re looking for a small gift for your little student to hand out to class mates at the end of term or a sweet gift to add to your party bags make sure to drop in at your local Smiggle store. These adorable Konnichiwa Yum Yum Erasers cost a tiny $0.95 and look fabulous, you won’t find a cuter gift for less than a dollar anywhere else. There are plenty of other bargains like this available in store so your child’s pocket money goes a long way.

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