Wooden Alphabet Puzzle
SPEND: £50 Tiny Me
SAVE: £6.99 Sainsbury’s
In my previous life as a fashion editor I spent a lot of time matching catwalk fashion looks up with copycat items on the high-street. Or, working out what high street buys the latest celebrity was wearing.
Now, while I still dabble in this skill now and again – and it is a skill believe me (as most items have to have 5 points of difference to be made without any legal comeback – so that’s why sleeves/hems are altered, colours are different and embellishments are added etc). I have started to do it with toys.
Yes, TOYS! It seems I can’t seem to switch off that part of my brain that goes ‘ooh I have seen that somewhere else..’
So, here’s what I have spotted so far. Whether your want to spend or save all these finds are worthy of a place in any kids toy box.
SPEND: £71 The Great Little Trading Company
SAVE: £16 Ikea
Pull & Pull Wooden Animal
SPEND: Squirrel £26 Janod
SAVE: Duck £16.95 Hape
SPEND: £19.20 Mouse in a Box
SAVE: £4 Wilkinson’s
Starter Train Set
SPEND: £22.95 Plan Toys
SAVE: £11.99 Brio
Country Cottage Dollhouse and furniture
SPEND: Sophies House £110; furniture £25 per room set all Le Toy Van
SAVE: Rosebud village house £80; furniture £15 per room set all Early Learning Centre
Classic building blocks
SPEND: £39.99 Uncle Goose at Toyella
SAVE: £15 John Lewis