Thursday, 16 February 2017

Jellycat - the Coolest Soft Toys in Town.

We have been buying Jellycat toys for the shop as long as I can remember, they are probably our oldest suppliers.  Coincidentally both my children were given Jellycat toys on their birth, (they were given many soft toys actually) but it was the Jellycat toys that they really loved.  They slept with them every night, they took them everywhere with them.  I like many parents had the heart stopping moment of realising we had lost Nellie, we rescued her from a lake, we searched every shop we had visited in San Francisco one afternoon, only to find her hiding behind the curtains in our hotel room.

My kids absolutely love their Jellycat toys today, 10 and nearly 9 years later......I snuck Nester and Nellie away for the day to meet the new Jellycat gang in store.  
Can you spot them? Nellie has been so snuggled she has had to have minor nose surgery but both have weathered the test of time, pretty well I think - here's Nester wearing his bathing shorts Granny made for our annual family trip to Southwold.  

So what makes Jellycat toys stand out from the crowd?  

The name Jellycat was dreamt up by a child who loved jellies and cats and giggled at the thought of the two together. The silliness of the name was a great reflection of the design and so it stuck!  Jellycat have been creating original and innovative soft toys in London since 1999.  All the toys are designed in the UK and combine luxurious fabrics with designs that are sometimes quirky, sometime cute but always with a little something different that makes them cool and appealing to adults too.

They always keep their collection current, launching 2 new collections each year.  The designs are full of humour,  responding to trends, innovations and sometimes even current affairs.  Their latest catalogue is filled with photographs which made me laugh out loud when I first saw them.  

Go on - name the movies......too easy?

Thursday, 9 February 2017

February is the month to Love


Phew, the January blues are at last behind us and February, the Month of love well underway. Hey it's time to think about Valentine's Day.  There's nothing sweet or fluffy about our Valentine Collection.  Just fun and fabulous ideas which, to be honest will go down well whether they're for your Valentine or best friend.  We have certainly ruffled a few feathers with our window display, if you haven't seen it yet - stop standing around like a Flamingo and hop on down, we'll find something to make you smile.

New in - Provocative candles from Filthy Velvet, perfect for Valentine's Day.

New in - Prosecco, Gin & Tonic and Black Pomegranate pampering products from Bath House.  

Light up Letters and the fun cinematic light box are still a winning option for those who want to spell it out, and for the free spirited we have a brand new range of angel winged jewellery and ceramics. Plus we have a huge range of Valentine's Day cards too.  Trust us we can help make your Valentine's Day dreams come true......we'll try our best anyway!

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Wings of Desire

We have gone the extra mile this Valentine's day to find something for your true love that isn't fluffy or saccharine.  We love the symbolism of the angel wing which has come to mean creative power, it is said that they bring good omens and offer protectiveness.  If all that sounds a bit hippy then just rest assured they look great too.


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

'Circular Thinking' - Brand new Jewellery Trend for SS17

The trend for Geometric Jewellery continues round and round with the emphasis this season on Circles. Here from Dansk Smykkekunst in Copenhagen is the first of our collections for this season.  It's a contemporary look, which will instantly update your style.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Bee good to yourself - Burt's Bees

It is important to us to know the story behind the products we sell.  We first came across the brand Burt's Bees back in the mid 90's when we were exhibiting our own ranges of China and Glass at the New York Gift Fair.  The fabulously funny folks from Burt's Bees were exhibiting opposite our booth.  They were always incredibly busy and we became familiar with their waxing lyrical stories of Burt, the wild-bearded and free-spirited founder and his Bees, how it all began - the roadside honey stand and beeswax candles at craft fairs.  The eccentric lover of nature who was more at home with his golden retrievers and 1960''s motorcycles enjoying the magic of living on the land in his converted turkey coop in Maine.


Sadly Burt passed away last year aged 80. His legacy of producing natural toiletries and cosmetics has become a best selling global beauty phenomenon. 



Burt's bees remains true to a very simple idea, what you put on your body should be made from the very best nature has to offer.  We have been selling Burt's Bees products for a few years now.  Our customers come back over and over for their favourite lip balms - give your lips a treat during this cold weather snap.  They'll thank you for it!

Friday, 23 December 2016

Christmas Tree Competition 2016 - The Winners

We have had a massive response to our competition this year and we loved looking through your entries, some tasteful, some inventive but all bauble brilliant!  The competition was so tough we have decided to award not one but 3 prizes this year.

Always a sucker for a bit of nostalgia we love this tree from Helen Andreou, with 15 years of our decorations embellishing every branch! Thanks so much for sending in your picture, please call in to receive a £25 voucher!


We thought Jodie Fernandez packed such a lot onto a small tree. We loved hearing about the children's favourite baubles too! Such fun, thanks for sending in your pictures we'd like to award you a runner up prize, please call in to collect your £25 voucher


.....and the £50 prize for overall winner goes to Sheila Dobey for this stunning tree.  We loved the traditional theme the shape and impressive size of the tree but mostly the lovely attention to detail, decorating with so many decorations.  It looks beautiful.  Thanks so much for sending in your picture.  Please call in to collect your £50 Gift Voucher.


Have a wonderful Christmas
Ian and Kathryn 
and the whole Map Gift Shop Team