Online and in the shops: Royal treatment

Britain’s Prince George, who celebrated his first birthday this week, has captured hearts with his chubby cheeks and first steps. 

While the royal tot was expected to receive the traditional luxury baby gifts, palace sources hinted his parents would also appreciate personalised keepsakes and toys. One great gift for a one-year-old is the super-cute Australian-designed Wheelybug. These have been around for a good number of years now but the bright and friendly little animals continue to be an instant attraction for little ones. The multi-award winning ride-on is safe to use from baby’s first steps and goes backwards, forwards, sideways and round and round, €72 from www.cherishme.ie

Plum choice: Each Peach Pear Plum I Spy Tom Thumb... Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s much-loved picture book features a memorable rhyme and beautifully detailed illustrations. This lovely gift set includes both the bestselling board book and nine colourful picture blocks, to read and play with your little one; €14.99 from www.littleones.ie

Walking tall: Shoobees is an Irish company that was set up by Louise Pearce Hogan when her son was having trouble negotiating the wood and tiled floors while starting to walk. She struggled to find affordable and suitable footwear for him and so developed her own brand. Shoobees are available in a soft natural leather, with suede non-slip soles, elasticated ankles and come in four sizes 0-24 months, prices from 11, and are now widely stocked in maternity stores. The Shoobees Gift Box has just been re launched at a price of €17.99 (plus postage €4). The box contains a pair of soft leather baby shoes in the 6-12 months size and a cute cotton t-shirt with matching motif. Gift boxes come in six styles: Puppy, train, rocket/star, butterfly, poppy, and purple flower. They are available online only at www.shoobees.ie

Sweet arrival: Chocolates for mum (or dad?) and a keepsake for your little one — Skelligs Chocolates has a range of very pretty handpainted boxes that come filled with 175g of handmade truffles. Each Baby Boy or Baby Girl drum is customised with three important pieces of information: Name, date of birth, and birth weight. The drums are €22.50 and can be ordered on www.skelligschocolate.com

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