Gift Ideas

I love the idea of stocking stuffers. They may not be as meaningful and expensive as your main gift, but they still bring little bits of cheer to the christmas morning gift-unwrapping ritual. Or if you’re short on the gift budget this year, these 5 printable stocking stuffers won’t cost you any money (except maybe paper and printer ink), and they are a lot of fun!

5 Stocking Stuffer Ideas

1. Reindeer Colouring Cards
This would be perfect for the little ones. It can also be an activity to do after your christmas feast!

2. Instagram Photo Gift Box
If your friend is an insta-addict, he/she is going to appreciate having their instagram photos printed and packaged in this cute instagram-inspired gift box. Printing instagram photos are easier than you think! You can also set a theme: wedding photos, he and she photos, pet photos, children photos, food photos, and many more.

3. Matryoshka Memory Game
They are so cheerful and fun, makes these matryoshka cards the perfect stocking stuffer!

4. Pocket Books
With three covers to print, all you need is some paper for the insert and stapler or just tie them up with twine to bind, just like what I did.

5. Retro Recipe Cards
For the cooks with a lot of secret recipes, they can finally write them down and have them as keepsake.

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Etsy shops never failed to impress me. Just when I thought I have seen all the greatest etsy shops out there, there will always be another one that pops up and steal my heart. Here are 5 etsy shops to follow and lust over:

1. Jessiiii

jesiiii | 5 etsy shops to follow | DESIGN IS YAY

I follow @jesiiii on instagram and I have been her fan ever since. Her work is the perfect definition of quirky and whimsical.

2. Katy Pillinger Designs

KatyPillingerDesigns | 5 etsy shops to follow | DESIGN IS YAY

I am such a sucker for things with cute faces. If your guy is sporting a beard like mine, chances are he might look like one of these magnets created by Katy Pillinger Designs.

3. Maple and Cotton

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Aaaaw…. Corgi! I don’t have one, but this stamp makes me want one, just so I could buy one of these!

4. O With Double Dots

O With Double Dots   | 5 etsy shops to follow | DESIGN IS YAY

All of their Pinata are super cute with unique shapes like this rainbow and clouds one here, and I love that all of them has that “sleeping but smiling” facial expression.

5. Shop Sparkly Pony

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Your cold and flu just got *a little* better.

{Photos are taken from each of the respective shops.}

Newborn Gift Ideas | GIFT IDEAS 05 | DESIGN IS YAY!

I’m definitely not a baby person. I don’t squeal in delight when I see one and I don’t get all teary and congratulatory when I hear someone announcing the gender of her baby (I mean, chances are the baby is ALWAYS going to be either a boy or a girl. So where’s the surprise?).

However, I have to admit that when someone really really dear to me give birth to their long-awaited bundle of joy, it brings happiness to my heart. And I LOVE shopping for baby gifts!!! I mean, looking at all those cute pattern and characters on those cute itsy bitsy dresses, shoes, socks… and not to mention… PLUSHIES! I recently picked a few items for a friend’s baby hamper, and nearly bought the cute monkey plush for myself. Thank goodness I still have self-control :D

Anyway….. here are some of my favourite new born baby gift ideas.

1. [ Animal Alphabet Giclee Print ] is such a fitting print for a nursery, created by one of my favourite illustrator, Supercrafti

2. [ Wooden Dress Hanger ] with hair colour that you can personalise, by Red Hand Gang

3. [ Striped Cotton Bloomers ] (apparently they’re pants that baby can wear to cover up their diaper. I never knew they have such a cute name – bloomers!) by Swallow’s Return

4. Cute babies will look even cuter holding this [ Egbert the Elephant Plush ] by Sara Carr

5. Imagine these [ Organic Cotton Raindrop Baby Shoes ] on those tiny little feet, by Growing Up Wild

Mother's Day 2014 Gift Ideas | DESIGN IS YAY!

Mothers drive us crazy sometimes with their unreasonable worrying, nagging and making our littlest wrong-doings seem catastrophic. But being the person who takes care of us even before we existed, that’s makes them very special ladies. Here are some gift ideas for that second most special day of the year for mothers (first one being her birthday. Birthdays are much more special).

1. Perpetuate mom’s favourite recipes in this wooden [ Heirloom Recipe Box ] by Little Low.
2. No matter how old she is, mom will look super stylish in Kate Spade New York‘s [ Espadrille Maise Bag ].
3. [ Custom Illustration Print ] of your mom with this special floral layout by Pippa Paper is definitely the perfect and affordable gift for Mother’s Day (or any other days).
4. The colour of this Bodum [ Chambord Teapot ] is so cute! via Peter of Kensington
5. How beautiful is this Polkadot Posy [ Melamine Cup ]! Mom will love it because they’re unbreakable. via Lark.

Happy 101st Birthday, Canberra! Canberra is the capital city of Australia. For years, the poor thing have been dissed and dismissed by other cities in Australia for being boring. Ever since its centenary birthday last year, Canberra is trying to prove otherwise. They even came up with a brand new logo to proof that they are CBR (Confident, Bold, Ready). After living in Canberra for the past two years, I have to say this city has a lot of hidden surprises. This city certainly has a number of awesome designers, a lot of great art & design related events and you can definitely find GREAT coffee when you’re in town.

Here are some of my favourite Canberra design picks, including Canberra-related cards, prints, tea towel, cushion cover and a cook book!


Canberra Design Picks | DESIGN IS YAY!

1. Supertrooper Studio ; 2. Ink and Weave ; 3 & 7. Newcastle Productions ; 4. Capital Cookbook ; 5 & 6. Able and Game