First birthdays are synonymous with heirloom gifts so I've spent the past few months collecting a few treasured keepsakes for Percy.
If I'm being completely honest, Percy only cares for the dustpan and broom, crinkly paper and my wallet so I've bought gifts that will hopefully be adored when he's a little bigger. Instead of following my gift giving rule of something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read, I've opted for two special gifts that will last for years to come and are uniquely Percy's (rare considering he's the third child).
I enlisted the help of a talented quiltmaker to make him something that will be warm and comforting for years to come and I went on the hunt for a sweet wooden toy that was handmade and perfect for little hands.
Helle from Lucas Loves Cars promoted her new range of Milton Ashby toys a few weeks ago and I was sold from first glance. Handmade in Melbourne from beech and maple and finished with natural oils, the Milton Ashby collection comes packaged in a gorgeous silver tin that will be the perfect place to keep birthday cards and first drawings.
The helicopter is superbly made. I find that many wooden toys are cumbersome and far too heavy for little ones but the Milton Ashby collection is sturdy yet light. As a bonus, it's soft and smooth; a lovely, tactile experience.
Lucas Loves Cars has been a long-time sponsor of this space and I respect Helle's dedication to stock quality Australian brands, including Milton Ashby. "I stock products and brands that I believe in," she says. "There are some fabulous Australian toy designers out there and they're creating really beautiful products. I love working with emerging businesses like Milton Ashby and it's a pleasure to know that we're helping each other succeed."
Helle has a strong customer base who adore her collection so she's reached a point where she knows exactly what her clients want for their kids. "My customers want beautiful, quality toys (of the car, automobile, plane, helicopter and dinosaur variety) that are made to last and are delivered within days of ordering," she says.
To celebrate Percy's birthday, Lucas Loves Cars is offering one reader a beautiful blue helicopter. To enter this giveaway, simply comment and tell us what you think the perfect 1st birthday gift is. Open to Australian and NZ readers, winner will be announced on Percy's birthday, March 9th. Good luck!
Comments closed. The winner is M - absolutely adore the charm bracelet idea. We hope your little boy loves his helicopter x
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