Smiggle opens it’s 100th UK Store

Smiggle an Australian stationery brand has hit the UK by storm over the last year or so, with it’s 100th store opening last weekend at the Drake Circus shopping centre in Plymouth.  I was invited along to take a look around and see what exciting goodies the store has to offer as although I’ve heard and seen glimpses of the store online I’ve never actually visited one in person.

The first thing you can’t fail to notice as you enter the store are the neatly lined rows of brightly coloured goods, almost so many you don’t know where to look first.  It’s like being a kid in a sweet shop as you eye up the rows of treats wondering which one to choose first.  The shop is very pleasing on the eye and although similar items are spread across the store they are displayed in a colour coded manner.

Whether you want pink, purple, blue or aqua, Smiggle has it all but not only are their products colourful, they are oozing with fun designs and unusual features that stand out from traditional stationery products.  The range of pencil cases is vast and they are packed with cute details that it’s hard to choose between them.  I thought the range of drinks bottles were particularly fun and quirky being made of squeezy silicone that can be rolled up when empty to save space!

Not only do they have lots of bright and pastel colours but they also have a vast range of blues, greens and blacks so there really is something to suit everyone’s tastes. They had a good selection of lunch bags that looked really cool and perfect for keeping your food protected ready for lunchtimes.

Something I haven’t mentioned is that a lot of the products are actually scented with fun fruity fragrances,  you can’t fail to pick up something without having a sniff, making it that much more appealing to drop into your basket to buy.  Of the more unusual products that I spotted were some fun glittery silicone digital watches that display the time when you press them and some funky headphones that kids will love.  There were also some fun animal shaped water spray fans to keep you cool in the Summer, I really liked these as did my children.

A new range to hit Smiggle shops is ‘besties’, a collection of six limited edition character pencil cases and key rings in pastel shades with cute faces.  We tried out a key ring below which was scented in strawberry and we can’t stop sniffing it!

A really different style of pencil case which will really keep you organised is the one above, a small carry style bag with a handle and zip up pocket on the back.  You can unzip three sizes to reveal a fold out section with four sides to slot all of your pens and pencils into – no more searching around in the deep depths of a traditional pencil case for your favourite pen.  We also tried the Neon scented gel pens which as you can imagine smell very fruity.  Each come in a different shade and fruit scent and they also come in a handy snap close case.  They also work incredibly well giving a really vibrant shade to write with.

Overall I’m really impressed with Smiggle, not only for the amazingly bright and scented range of products available but also the quality seems to be good, the pens are lovely to write with, the pencil cases are well thought out with lots of zips and pockets and the keyrings among other things smell delicious.

Whether you are young or a little bit older and love stationery then be sure to check out your nearest Smiggle store for a really fun stationery experience that can’t fail to make you smile with it’s bright, happy vibe.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

Father’s Day Craft Ideas with Baker Ross

With Father’s Day around the corner it’s time to get the kids busy making cute little presents and the perfect place to find some simple to use Father’s Day craft kits for this purpose is Baker Ross.  With ready cut pieces which simply require assembling and decorating, children will love creating something to give to their daddy.

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These delightful wooden kits above are perfect for Father’s Day crafts or any other occasion in fact and my two children couldn’t wait to start decorating.  You really can use anything you want to decorate, paint, pens, sequins, glitter glue and come up with numerous designs.  My two started with the tool box kits which require simple assembly and then they simply painted them.  It was actually grandad’s birthday last week so they made the first ones for him and filled them with chocolate bars and will make the other ones in the set for daddy for Father’s Day.

baker ross 4The boxes looked bright and effective once complete and would make a great desk tidy or such like when given as a gift.

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We then moved onto the keyrings which come in a variety of pre cut shapes, already attached to a keyring.  All these require are some colour and creative designs to make them a great simple gift for kids to pass onto to adults for any occasion.

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The children loved sitting colouring these in and deciding which members of the family they were going to give each one to.

baker ross 3We also had a pack of Braiding cords, which I have to say I haven’t seen or done since my childhood.  I couldn’t wait to show Miss M how they are done and completed this pink and purple one to show her.  With so many colours in the pack you can really create any colour scheme you want to, and she is now working on a blue and white one for daddy which is about half way through.  Great little activity to get little fingers to practice their fine motor skills on!

baker ross 6As usual we’ve loved the Baker Ross craft supplies and they have provided hours of fun for the children.  Also some great kits that can be used for Father’s Day crafts too!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.