We track down the hippest stuff for the coolest kids
Little fashionistas will love this designer collection from Victoria Casal Couture – even though the prices might have mum and dad running for the hills. For those cool winter evenings, keep cosy in these adorable cashmere sweaters ranging in price from Dhs835 to a hefty Dhs1,210. Alternatively, if travel is on the family agenda, why not treat her to a gorgeous pink, Hello Kitty suitcase? At Dhs1,380, it’s the perfect accessory for jet-setting princesses. And, surely she’ll want to keep an eye on her time zones, so how about a watch to complete the look? We love this one with a rose and diamante face, a snip at Dhs1,375. Ahem.
From Victoria Casal Couture (04 324 4555).
Keep your little toughies warm and snug in these gorgeous hoodies.
Aeropostale check, Dhs160, Aeropostale (04 813 6111); PlayhouseKids grey skull, Dhs130 www.bubsboutique.com; Mischief, Dhs55 Marks and Spencer (04 206 6466); beige/black striped, Dhs103 Okaidi (04 232 5053); Red/grey striped, Dhs95, Marks and Spencer; Blue fishy, Dhs158, Aunty Ollie, www.auntyollie.com; Beige and tartan hoodie, Dhs89, Okaidi.
Did Santa over-do it with the pressies this year? If you’re knee-deep in toys and your kids’ playroom looks like a bomb site, restore some order with these beautifully designed, colourful and sturdy nylon drawers. The smaller boxes fit perfectly into Ikea modular shelving units – instantly converting disaster areas into organised, attractive furniture, while larger floor tubs are roomy enough to hold the entire teddy family and all their friends. Wipe-clean with leather handles, they come in a range of bright colours and funky patterns.
If you’re breastfeeding, the last things you want are bath and beauty products loaded with fake perfumes and chemicals. Look no further than the mother and baby range of products from L’Occitane. The all-natural ingredients are paraben, silicone, mineral oil and colourant free – and they’re great for the little one, too.
Cleansing gel Dhs99, lotion Dhs149, L’Occitane (04 368 5505).
Super-handy with its detachable sleeves that turn it into a rather fetching body-warmer, this red puffa coat from Jacardi is great for cooler climes, as well as Dubai’s own milder winters.
Dhs679, Jacadi (04 339 8422).
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Those experts at Pablosky have come up with a fab winter range of footwear that’s as fashionable as it is comfortable. Little fur-lined, lace-ups are guaranteed to keep girly toes toasty, while the super-duper red trainer-style shoes are ideal for the active boys in your life.
Boots Dhs395, trainers Dhs225, Pablosky (04 368 5085).
Wow – we’re bedazzled by these metallic, radio-controlled toys from Simba. Perfect for little poseurs, you won’t lose these in a hedge.
Tornado Attaxx helicopter, Dhs199, Desert Attaxx car, Dhs99, from toy stores across Dubai.
Fashion-conscious tweens should check out the latest head gear from Babyshop’s Posh range. Granted, it won’t keep their heads as warm as a woolly hat, but what’s a little chill when you’re the coolest kid on
Dhs35, Babyshop (04 266 1519).
Delight your little ones by making them the star of their own fairytale or super hero adventure with a personalised book. Boys will love a bedtime story of themselves saving the day with Spider-Man, while your little princesses can be sleeping beauties in their own right.
For older ones among us, the beautifully photographed book of children’s poems, compiled by Paul Thuysbaert, one of the UAE’s premier photographers, is a must. In this, the second of the Children of the Sun series, writer Piyu Majumbar uses rhyme, humour and delightful imagery to expertly capture what it’s like to grow up in the UAE. A stunning coffee table book that kids can dip into as well.
Star in a story, Dhs79, Rico’s gift kiosks, Dubai Festival City & Hamleys; Children of the Sun II, Dhs149, Magrudys (04 344 4009).
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