StorkUp is a fantastic online marketplace, which features a wide variety of retailers - hundreds in fact! - bringing you unusual and quirky ideas as well as all the big brands that we parents already know and trust. With thousands of baby and children's products in the online catalogue, including lots that you just won't find on the High Street, it is possible to put together a fantastic list of gift ideas for your little ones, as well as making an aide memoire of all those must-buys.
All you have to do to start making your lists, by clicking and adding Pinterest-style, is sign up to StorkUp and start collecting ideas. I promise you'll be hooked! With everything from children's fashion, mainstream and traditional toys, lovely decorative bits and pieces, to cloth nappies and maternitywear, every age group is covered. Plus you can get inspiration from other mums whose tastes you share, see what trends are making their mark, and even ask for advice and guidance in the social areas. This is shopping, but not as we know it: this is social shopping!
You can also add things from outside the main platform by installing the StorkUp button to your computer, so you can pop things on to your lists whenever you spot them online. A great organisational tool you'll use again and again. But with everything from small independent retailers - even some who make handmade clothes - to big names like Trunki and Mothercare, there is more than enough available in the current StorkUp catalogue to make a start on your lists today.
For us, we are already kindly being asked what we want/need for baby three when he/she arrives, so to be able to pull ideas together from all over the place into one online shopping 'list' really appeals to me. Like this gorgeous babygrow for example:
The ability to make as many lists as you want for different needs or occasions means you can populate them with everything you could possibly think of for your little ones, for example at the moment I have a new season must-buy list in my head, but being able to actually choose products and put them in my online list means less chance of my forgetting that essential raincoat or pair of tights!
One thing I love about the StorkUp ethos is their refusal to put things into rigid girl, boy or age-related categories, recognising that every child is different - unlike some High Street stores I could mention! So you can easily spot things your robot-mad daughter or polka dot-crazy son might like, just by searching on a keyword or two. Lara asked me to search 'party dress' as she is desperate for one, and this frothy, frilly tutu style caught her eye immediately. Duly added to the Lara list!
As for the girls' Christmas requests, well as I said you'll find the big brands on StorkUp too, like this Toot Toot garage which Sophia covets, and the currently ubiquitous Lalaloopsy dolls for Lara.
I have added a few things they won't have seen or thought of to the lists too, like this gorgeous mouse dress and tea set. It's so nice finding these unusual things on the site!
Do also have a look at the fun StorkUp blog which has some great features and ideas, as well as a highlighted 'Shop of the Week', and even some great competitions. You can also follow StorkUp on Twitter and Facebook, and find lots of their lovely products and ideas on Pinterest.
Happy shopping! What will you be adding to your lists?
With thousands of products from hundreds of retailers, you'll be spoilt for choice!