Editors’ picks – what we’re loving in May

Check out the best things we've found for the month ahead, from animal cushions to an arty-crafty book and all things Jubilee!


MyHaus Octopus, Owl and Tiger Cushions, £39.95 each

This month Cassandra’s feeling rather torn when it comes to choosing a favourite…


“A cushion and huggable toy in one, any one of these could be a welcome addition to an animal-loving child’s room. All three critters have so much personality, it’s tough to pick a fave… possibly Owl, with its touch of retro charm. Or Octopus for the bold colour pop. Or Tiger, for an excuse to growl!”

Available from MyHaus


Great British Bear – The New Jubilee Kit, £16

Sophie adores this fantastic kit that’ll help you create a handmade keepsake for your family to treasure long after the summer celebrations…

“This set is so cute! You get everything you need to make this adorable bear. It comes with step-by-step instructions and is a great way to learn basic knitting skills. What’s more, each bear will turn out slightly different, so you’ve got yourself something unique.”

Available from Gift Horse Kits


Set of 6 Vintage Soldier Skittles, £8.95

Ellen’s loving this quirky wooden soldier skittles game and is already planning her first competitive match…

“I love the vintage look of this games set, but I’ll have to brush up on my skittle skills if I’m going to be crowned champion at my local Jubilee street party. Kids, it’s game on!”

Available from dotcomgiftshop.com


Team GB Trunki, £40

This month Emma’s struggling to hide the fact that she’s VERY excited about the summer celebrations…

“What a fun way for kids to show off their sporting spirit. I think children will love pretending they’re professional sports stars as they ride around on one of these. You might get some athelete-worthy muscles pulling them around, too!”

Available from Trunki


Blue Union Jack Gift Set, £32

With a keen eye for fashion, Ellen’s been busy finding the perfect gift set for little ones to mark a very British year…

“This organic cotton t-shirt and super-cute leather booties gift set is the prefect pressie for a Jubilee baby.”

Available from Daisy Roots


Kids’ Slim Princess Lavander Havaianas, £18

Emma’s thoughts have started to turn to warm weather so these Havaianas really caught her eye…

“Little princesses will go crazy for these Disney Havaianas. And for those who don’t royally love pink, there are Batman or Cars prints. Now we just need that sunshine!”

Available from Havaianas


Boon Nanner, £8.99

We’ll all go to Sophie’s for our fruit-fix this summer! She scored a sneak peek at this awesome banana slicer not due out for a couple more months…

“What a cool kitchen gadget! I love the name and it’s a brilliant way to make eating fruit more exciting for kids.”

Available from July 2012 from Boon UK


Commemorative Heinz Beanz and Heinz Spaghetti tins, £0.60-£0.69

Susie’s got her eye on these cool Heinz tins based on designs from when the Queen first came to the throne…

“A firm family favourite with a Jubilee twist – what a brilliant idea. Mums will love the price, too!”

Available now from Fortnum & Mason and from mid-May in supermarkets nationwide


Doodlepedia DK, £8.99

Cassandra has the whole office intrigued with this fab find, ideal for kids aged 7 to 12 years…

“A brilliant book packed with lots of games and bite-size facts. The quality of the book is excellent and the breadth of subjects to be explored is great. Perfect for budding artists.”

Available from 1st May from DK


Little Learners, Mary Had A Little Lamb, £3.99

Emma’s rather taken with this cute book that comes complete with a lamb finger puppet…

“The picture doesn’t do this wonderful nursery rhyme book justice as the lamb’s head is a 3D finger puppet! Great for little hands keen to grab and touch. This quickly becomes very interactive.”


Available from Parragon

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