Ar­ti­sanal gifts made easy

Next time you have to buy a gift, veer away from the norm and check out these quirky brands and on­line stores – we’re sure you’ll be as enamoured as we are. By the TOM Kids team

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Check out these busi­nesses ped­dling cute and quirky items that are also prac­ti­cal

The Map Hat­ter

Car­tophiles (yes, this is a real word; it refers to a per­son with an in­ter­est in maps), re­joice! The Map Hat­ter is where you’ll find a fan­tas­tic range of map-in­spired ar­ti­sanal gifts sourced from all over the world. Their world maps are printed on cer­ti­fied For­est Stew­ard­ship Coun­cil (FSC) pa­per so you know you’re pay­ing for qual­ity. In an age where a kid’s idea of a good gift is an elec­tronic de­vice or games con­sole, get­ting some­thing like a Colum­bus Globe – which you can change colour ac­cord­ing to your mood – or a World Map Ta­ble Cloth – that kids can colour while learn­ing about what coun­try goes where – is a breath of fresh air. Mean­while, the mag­netic map where you can mark the places you want to visit is the per­fect gift for the he arm­chair trav­eller. Bonus: The Map Hat­ter’s wrap­ping pa­per is al­most too cool to gift wrap with th and fea­tures prints of old maps, old fash­ioned anatomy y posters, the pe­ri­odic ic ta­ble and even the Snellen chart! Or­der on­line and check out their site for in­for­ma­tion on which mar­ket they’ll be at next.


Cot­ton Pines

Founded by two young par­ents in 2015, Cot­ton Pines ex­ude a min­i­mal­ist ap­peal. If you’re look­ing to solve the messy play­room co­nun­drum, we rec­om­mend get­ting the mul­ti­func­tional Cot­ton Pines stor­age sacks – it fea­tures slick prints; is made from thick, durable ma­te­rial; and serves as an ef­fec­tive toy stor­age so­lu­tion, fash­ion­able play mat and a laun­dry bag (while trav­el­ling). Made from 100 per­cent cot­ton and soft ma­te­rial, it pro­vides pad­ding from the hard floor and a safe place for baby to crawl, roll, play and sleep on; you can even bring it to your next pic­nic. Apart from this hugely pop­u­lar prod­uct, Cot­ton Pines also has plushies, baby blan­kets and place­mats fea­tur­ing de­light­ful prints and are well priced for the qual­ity. For those for whom min­i­mal­ist dé­cor rules the home, check out the site and we’re sure you’ll be or­der­ing some­thing soon.


Hello Deer

Hello Deer by café and cup­cake chain Won­der­milk stocks a bit of every­thing for ev­ery­one to suit ev­ery bud­get. What started out as a party space in 2012 is now also a suc­cess­ful busi­ness sell­ing ar­ti­sanal gifts cov­er­ing ac­ces­sories, home dé­cor and kids’ prod­ucts. Pe­ruse items such as tote bags with cheeky state­ments, charm­ing light boxes and home goods in ad­di­tion to plenty of quirky T-shirts and baby clothes. How’s this for a gift idea – cus­tomised gift boxes fea­tur­ing a selec­tion of Hello Deer prod­ucts from cook­ies and greet­ing cards to tote bags and cute mis­cel­la­neous odds and ends. Find the per­fect present for a friend, your kids, or even your­self! Apart from whim­si­cal gifts, par­ent com­pany Won­der­milk also churns out beau­ti­ful cakes and reg­u­larly hosts art mar­kets fea­tur­ing up-and-com­ing lo­cal brands. To shop Hello Deer, you can ei­ther head to their shop in PJ or on­line.

37 Jalan SS 21/1A, Da­mansara Utama, PJ (03 7728 6101/ilove­won­der­milk. com).


This life­style la­bel fo­cuses on high qual­ity, eth­i­cally sourced tow­els, blan­kets, throws and caf­tans made from Turk­ish cot­ton. Peshtemals are tra­di­tional Turk­ish tow­els that were orig­i­nally used in Turk­ish baths and had dif­fer­ent print colours de­not­ing the dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try. The Real.m ver­sion is made with cot­ton bamboo fi­bre from a farm that is GMO free, and coloured us­ing nat­u­ral veg­etable dye. The tow­els come in dif­fer­ent sizes and in a range of colours from clas­sic neu­trals to gor­geous bright colours. Throws and blan­kets are the ideal travel com­pan­ion and are mul­ti­func­tional so you can use them to cover a sofa, as a blan­ket, beach towel or even to wrap your lit­tle one in. The caf­tans are also ver­sa­tile – beach coverup one day, over a pair of jeans the next for that boho chic look. The fab­ric used is very light, dries quickly, sur­pris­ingly highly ab­sorbent, and can be ma­chine washed. Best of all, they make ex­cel­lent gifts.

Black Milk Project

When it comes to cre­ativ­ity, the Black Milk Project has it in spades. Es­tab­lished in 2013, this on­line re­tailer stocks and cre­ates cus­tom gifts suit­able for kids and those who are into whim­si­cal de­signs. Choose from a per­son­alised line of tees and rompers from the Mimpi and Wild & Whim­si­cal col­lec­tions fea­tur­ing cute char­ac­ters such as owls, cats, uni­corns (of course) and more. The art work is truly lovely and the cloth­ing is made from 100 per­cent cot­ton ma­te­ri­als with ir­ri­ta­tion-free but­ton pop­pers and non-toxic fab­ric paint, mak­ing ideal gifts for ba­bies and tod­dlers. There are also wa­ter­colour paint­ings and dig­i­tal prints that would brighten any kid’s room. Check out the plush cush­ions in the shape of duri­ans, curry puffs, ba­con and even ang ku kuih – if you’re look­ing for a quirky gift, these are def­i­nitely it! black­milkpro­

Lit­tle Trop­i­cal

What do you get when you put colour­ful pom poms and fringes, hes­sian com­bined with an ar­ray of vi­brant fab­ric, and tas­sels ga­lore to­gether? A cool lit­tle brand called Lit­tle Trop­i­cal where all things flamingo, pineap­ple and whim­si­cal come to­gether in a col­lec­tion of bags, clutches, baby bibs, fab­ric bas­kets and baby head­bands. If there was one word to de­scribe these items, it would be ‘happy’. From the water­melon print on the baby bib to the uniquely cus­tomised round rat­tan bag (all the rage right now), ev­ery prod­uct has ob­vi­ously been cre­ated and cu­rated care­fully. If you’re look­ing for a dis­tinc­tive gift for some­one who loves bright colours and the whole boho chic vibe, you can’t go wrong with a pretty clutch or fab­ric bas­ket to put all those bits you never know what to do with – any­thing with pom poms is a win­ner. Watch out for Lit­tle Trop­i­cal at bazaars or get in touch via Face­book or Instagram (@mylit­tletrop­i­cal) to pur­chase these items.­tletrop­i­cal

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