Gift Ideas

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

Gift Ideas 03 - Small & Stylish | DESIGN IS YAY

It’s difficult to find a gift for someone who lives far away. One of the reasons is because shipping could be more expensive than the goods itself. Here are some stylish gifts that can fit inside a mailbox.

1. A [ Luggage Tag ] is a great gift for someone who loves to travel. Or better yet, someone who you’re hoping to visit you someday | Sportscraft
2. These cute little [ Pinback Buttons ] are perfect for customising totes and shirts | Okapi Illustration
3. If your loved one is a clean freak, he/she will surely love a set of stylish and light-weight [ Felt Coasters ] | Cotton & Flax
4. Stay in style, even when snoozing with this [ Linen Cat Sleep Mask ] | Julia Wine
5. Letterpress printed [ Shopping List Notepad ] will definitely come in handy | Arminho

Unique Wedding Gift Ideas | DESIGN IS YAY!

Not everyone will be excited to receive pots and pans or egyptian gazillion thread sheets for their wedding gifts. Etsy has been the go-to website for people who prefers one of a kind things that cannot be bought in a department store. Here are my Etsy finds for unique wedding gifts:

1. There are so many awesome illustrators out there who offers the service of creating custom portrait illustrations. Pick your favourite illustration style and request them to do an illustration of the happy couple.
2. These fragrant dolls will be a cute and good-smelling addition to their new abode.
3. An Address stamp is a must have for any new couple. They will need it for sending those Thank You cards, or for any other mail-sending occasions.
4. This fabric-printed hoop art will be perfect for those couple who love adventures.
5. Man and Woman tea towel pair that they will NOT want to use for the kitchen!

custom portrait | fragrant dolls | address stamp | hoop art | tea towel pair