Jubilympic Pretty Things
- Published on Monday, 28 May 2012 17:40
- Last Updated on 03 July 2012
- Monica Costa
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2012 promises to be a momentous Jubilympic year and the countdown to London 2012 is in full swing! 2012 will not only see London hosting the world’s largest sporting event this summer, but we will also all be celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. So it’s little wonder we have lots of reasons to get out the bunting and organise a street party or two. And naturally our iconic Union Jack will be in evidence literally everywhere. Here is a list of the most fashionable Jubilympic Pretty Things London Mums have found around the Capital and tested for you! Call it kitsch, but we love the quintessential of Britishness, THE BEST OF BRITISH! See if you agree with us. 🙂
MUST HAVE ITEMS FOR KIDS
Very classy scooters! Our favorite scooters ever! But Union Jack design makes them even cooler…. Scooters are also the best way to take kids around London during the Jubilee celebrations. And the Union Jack helmet will make them very visible in the crowd although lots of Union Jacks will be around this helmet is very shiny and extremely eye-catching.
Babies born this Jubilympic year deserve this posh rattle. Really soft and good quality toy. RRP £22.50
KITCHENALIA: Best of British novelty kitchenware
Paladone www.paladone.com has created a Jubilee range that creates fun in the kitchen. These pieces are great for display as well as for practical purposes.
Best of British Electronic Scale
Why not get your kitchen looking good for the Jubilympic celebrations this summer with the new Best of British range, a real celebration of patriotism by Salter. These products will be a great tribute to the street party style that is sure to sweep the nation in 2012. This scale, for example, is the most stylist scale we have come across so far! If you want the WOW factor in your kitchen this is the item you need! When conjuring up stately sweets or doing a bit of British baking, start with measuring out ingredients the Imperial weigh (or Metric if you prefer!). These scales are easy to clean and store, and will be sure to attract attention in any kitchen. RRP £22 Available from www.salterhousewares.com or contact Salter on +44 1732 360 783.
Here is another stunning item for your Jubilympic kitchen 🙂 Whilst sipping a glass of bubbly to toast our regal ruler for her 60 years on the Throne, make sure your savoury bites are under control with this Best of British Timer! With its missed alarm feature and loud beeper sound you can be sure your culinary skills won’t be a disappointment. RRP £15 Available from www.salterhousewares.com or contact Salter on +44 1732 360 783.
Decorate your afternoon tea tables at your Jubilee Street Party with Union Jack themed ceramic range by T&G Woodware
Designed exclusively in the UK by the T&G Design Team the range has a cool vintage look and will add the finishing touches to any “Street Party”.
The range evokes nostalgic memories of days gone by with its patriotic colours and vintage look, ideal for a “Street Party”.
From Tea Pots, plates, sugar bowls to cake stand and aprons, you can fin a whole range in unique vintage Union Jack designs. Stockist www.tg-woodware.com
Jubilee Commemorative die cast limited edition sets of Routemaster buses, mini and royal carriages (By corgi a Hornby product)
Even girls will love these limited edition vehicles made specially to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. They are actually collection pieces but it will be hard to keep little hands off them 🙂
Hornby Hobbies Ltd., the classic British toy brand and Official London 2012 product supplier, has created an extensive range of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games souvenir Hornby train sets, Corgi die-cast toys, figurines and key rings. Whether it’s a high end authentically detailed limited edition piece, the start of a ‘Collect them all’ series or a lasting memento to the greatest sporting event on earth, there really is something for everyone! www.hornby.com
The special range of London 2012 Great British Classic Vehicles is fast becoming the Olympic souvenir of choice. The five piece collection features some of the most iconic British vehicles in history; the Routemaster bus, Black Cab, Classic Mini, Concorde and tube train. The vehicles are decorated with either Union flags in London 2012 colours or the London 2012 emblem, (RRP £9.99).
The ‘Destination London 2012 Taxi Collection’ is an assortment of 40 London 2012-inspired die-cast taxis that each represents a different London 2012 Olympic or Paralympic sport. Four taxis are being released every three months in the build up to the games, with the first 20 already available. Each taxi comes complete with a miniature collect them all leaflet and individually numbered products to aid the ‘search and collect’. Hornby will be supporting this collection with a range of 40 real life liveried taxis out and about on the London roads from now until Games time – so you really can have a miniature piece of history (RRP £4.99).
And if that’s not enough young children will love to find one of the miniature die-cast replicas of the official London 2012 mascots Wenlock and Mandeville in their stocking this Christmas. The Mascots have been dressed up as recognisable London characters The Queen’s Guard, a Police Officer and a Beefeater, (RRP £9.99).
Fulanitos, the popular brand from Mexico, continues to inspire and engage girls around the world. This summer the beloved brand launches a Special Edition character called “Rosie” to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Rosie, the Jubilee princess, is a limited edition doll set to join the Fulanitos family. When she is out on Royal engagements she has red hair and wears her bright and bold Union Jack dress and her tiara, when she is at home entertaining she has softer lilac hair and a pastel Union Jack dress. She’s a modern princess in every sense and will inspire little girls to have fun. RRP £14.50 direct from Fulanitos.
My 1st JCB Talking Joey JCB 2012 Special Edition with Union Jack colours
RRP £10 Available from Boots, Amazon.com and The Brilliant Gift Shop
My 1st JCB Talking Joey JCB 2012 Special Edition is a special edition talking JCB with fun phrases and an articulated scoop.
Carddies are card people to colour and go! Made of durable high quality card, the recently launched themed sets come in small boxes that are ideal for handbags. They contain a selection of card people to colour in with plastic bases to stand them us against a themed backdrop. The SPORTS set features different Olympic sportspeople against a stadium backdrop and the LONDON set features the Queen, a Beefeater, policeman etc. They will inspire kids and keep them entertained for ages. Each set comes with 12 coloured pencils and all characters and backdrops are hand drawn. These products are manufactured in the UK!!! RRP £8.99 from www.carddies.com
MUMS’ JUBILYMPIC ESSENTIALS
BRIT PLUCKER SET
Professional Grade Tweezer & Magnifying Metal Mirror: Simply stylish to have it in your handbag this Jubilympic summer! We love it! www.madbeauty.com
I LOVE…BEST OF BRITISH 2 IN 1 BUBBLE BATH & SHOWER CREME
This shower cream must be the best product for bathing we have ever tried this year. To celebrate 2012 as ‘The Best of British’, with the Olympics, Queen’s Jubilee and Wimbledon all in one year, I Love… cosmetics have repackaged a popular product in a great looking Union Jack design. The smell of strawberries is so natural and tempting that makes you feel wanting to give yourself a bite after the bath 🙂 Great value for money! RRP £2.05 for a super size 500ml from Superdrug and other stockists. www.ilovecosmetics.eu
You can update your Jubilympic look by giving your nails a glitter finish and be reassured that this will be your biggest fashion statement this season. RRP £3.99, exclusively from Superdrug stores nationwide or from
These NUDE SATIN BALLERINA slippers are so cute you almost want to save them for display. They’re very comfy too.
JUBILYMPIC BABY & TODDLER ESSENTIALS
Probably the best looking reusable nappies this year. The new designs of these washable nappies have been specially commissioned to celebrate the 2012 Olympics and Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. Priceless to see those little bottoms all stylish this summer 🙂
Go and ‘spread a Little Nappiness’ on London 2012! www.totsbots.com
Inch Blue soft shoes for babies and toddlers:
Very smart and unique limited edition soft leather shoes made for a special Olympics ‘London Collection’. The leather is the softest we have ever come across. The shoes now range from 0 – 6 years (perfect as kindergarten shoes in the bigger sizes) RRP £18 – £19. www.inch-blue.com
This Original Splash About Union Jack Happy Nappy is the most fashionable item in baby world during London 2012. We absolutely love it. The Happy Nappy is the only swim nappy recommended by baby swim schools across the country, with the snug leg and waistband preventing any unwanted accidents. Swimming is not only a fun activity for your tot, it is also proven to improve muscle development and coordination. www.splashabout.com
The ultimate combination of a bib and a scarf, that tots can wear all day has just launched their Union Jack themed addition. This will provide babies and toddlers with the ultimate accessory to show their support for team GB this summer. RRP: £10 www.skibz.co.uk
CELEBRATES THE 2012 LONDON OLYMPIC GAMES AND THE DIAMOND JUBILEE WITH A HOST OF
‘COOL BRITANNIA’ BOOKS
Essential book-azine to find your way around all Olympic venues and all the sport disciplines at London 2012. The guide is also filled with very interesting facts and amusing anecdotes that will ensure fun while following the Games whether you have tickets or simply watch them on TV. www.magbooks.com
Great little story of William and Kate love story and fairytale wedding. Limited copies of 100 only. Another charming, whimsical musical tale from Little Birdsong for young children. This beautiful tale is based on the love and endurance of Prince William and Kate as they meet and eventually marry. The story offers masses of traditional songs, poems and yet again, comes with stunning pictures depicting their adventures and romance. RRP £5.99 www.littlebirdsong.co.uk
The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog Goes for Gold!, Jeremy Strong
RRP £5.99 (7+ years)
Streaker, everyone’s favourite hundred-mile-an-hour dog, is back in a hilarious new tale by the ‘King of Comedy’ Jeremy Strong! This book is really well written and easy to read for kids as well as funny for mums and their kids to enjoy even together. We loved it! My 5 year old son liked it so much that made an extra effort to try and read it by himself! Well, that for me it’s the best feedback!
The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog is Jeremy Strong’s bestselling series and the original tale of Streaker and his madcap escapades won the Red House Children’s Book Award. Six adventures on and Streaker hasn’t calmed down one bit and is still as uncontrollable as ever!
The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter
To celebrate the 2012 Olympics, Penguin Children’s Books has published a special edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit. This unique edition of Beatrix Potter’s much-loved classic tale has a specially embossed Union Jack cover, and will be available for one year only, making it the perfect souvenir for the Olympic Games and Beatrix Potter fans alike.
Charles Dickens: A Ladybird Book
RRP £4.99 (12+ years)
First published in 1965, this is a classic Ladybird hardback book, packed with information about one of the greatest storytellers the world has ever known. This new edition, published to mark the 200th anniversary of Dickens’ birth, is exactly the same as the original, with matching endpapers, a dust jacket and beautifully reproduced images.
The story of Dickens, the events of his life and the characters he created are illustrated with twenty-four beautiful full-page pictures.
A fantastic follow-up to the hugely popular Royal Wedding: William and Kate Dress-Up Dolly Book, this year you can be patriotic with Diamond Jubilee: The Royals Dress-Up Dolly Book. The book contains a formal and casual outfit each for the Queen and Prince Phillip, Charles and Camilla, William and Kate and not forgetting Harry and the Corgis. What better way to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II than dressing her and members of the Royal Family in an array of regal, and sometimes cheeky, outfits!
The BFG, Roald Dahl
A wonderful new cover by Quentin Blake for the much-loved The BFG’s 30th anniversary to tie-in with our Cool Britannia theme of 2012. Every night, when the world is sleeping, big gruesome giants guzzle up whoppsy-whiffling human beans. And there’s only one giant who can stop them: the BFG. He’s the kindest giant there is and, with his friend Sophie in his top pocket, he sets out to rid the world of the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater and all their rotsome friends forever. RRP £6.99 (7-11 years)
Join your favourite slightly bossy little pig, as Peppa prepares to meet the Queen. A perfect storybook to share with your little piggies at home in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee! After seeing the Queen in person at a special Richmond Park event, this book makes even more sense to my 5 year old son. Very special book to encourage children to be interested in modern history.
HM Queen Elizabeth II – A Ladybird Book
The Queen’s 60-year reign has seen many changes but her reputation as the worlds most famous and beloved monarch continues to this day.
Read about her early childhood, coronation, family life, and the way she has shaped the modern monarchy over the last sixty years. There are also fascinating facts about the number of Prime Ministers and leaders she’s known, all the countries visited her official portraits and more! It’s really easy to read but extremely educational. A collectable memorabilia from this Jubilympic year for sure!
This is the perfect book to start getting our London children to learn about their capital. Check our review here https://londonmumsmagazine.com/2012/muddle-london
Book by C. M. Gillott. RRP £6.99. Great fun story featuring a London bus and taxis. No need to say that this is an amazing Jubilympic memorabilia. 🙂 It’s written by a London dad so copies are all limited editions. Grab yours at www.star789.co.uk
What better way to get in the mood for a great British celebration than a party. If you are planning to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with friends and family and you are going to hold a street party these handmade treats are essential nicely presented in some iconic British Jubilee gift boxes.
There’s the Royal Crown collection, London Black Cab, Union Jacks and even the famous Big Red London Bus. These boxes each contain 9 delicious handmade Belgian chocolates.
Our other boxes are a little more regal with iconic queens heads and crowns. Chose from the Royal Union Jack collection with white chocolate celebration slab or the Chocolate Fit for a Queen box with delicious white and milk chocolate royal crowns with a show stopping pink and white chocolate slab in the middle.
Mouth-watering chocolate especially created for this Jubilympic British summer! The Lindt quality never disappoints me and with this special edition selection the packaging is amazing, very quintessentially British.
Union Jack Seat Insert
To commemorate London 2012 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Brother Max has launched a limited edition seat insert for its Scoop highchair. RRP £49.99 www.brothermax.com
JUBILEE PHOTO BOOK
How often in life do you get to experience a Diamond Jubilee? It’s a fantastic reason to celebrate and break out the bunting. Whenever there’s a party we tend to get snapping and start taking lots of photos. To help you treasure those special moments http://Albelli.co.uk have create a special template for the Jubilee and for the Olympics (be aware that the Jubilee template is only available to PC users). You can put all your fantastic and fun photos into the book and have a keepsake to treasure forever.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums