From Toys to Treats: Grimsby and Cleethorpes Gift Guides for Kids and Pets

“Never work with kids or pets” …that’s the old saying isn’t it? Well, I say boo to that because I’m working with them both in today’s Christmas Gift Guide and I don’t care!!

Joking aside, I am really excited to announce the first of the Grimsby and Cleethorpes Gift Guides for 2021, which is of course Gifts for Kids and Pets. You might wonder why I’ve decided to merge together the Kids and Pets, but let’s be honest, pets are our kids aren’t they? So it just felt right to pull the two together.

I don’t have kids or pets, so on a personal level, I find it a nightmare buying gifts for my niece (aged 3) and my honourary nieces (aged 3 and almost 1), because I don’t have that personal insight of what they’re interested in or even what they do and don’t have. And because I am incredibly keen to support local, it’s great to see so many smaller businesses offer some really creative gifts for children and fluffy children. So, here are a few suggestions from independent businesses, all of which are based in Grimsby, Cleethorpes and/or surrounding areas:

BabaRoo Boxes

BabaRoo was recently shortlisted as a Sole Thriver at the 2021 Great Big Small Awards, and for the right reasons. Lorna’s Self Care boxes are the perfect gift for anyone and not just grown-ups, I think they are perfect for little minds too, because it is so important to remember their mental health, just as much as it is our own. I say this as someone who bought myself a box for my Lockdown birthday in 2020. If you love the trend for Christmas Eve boxes as much as I do, then BabaRoo has one for you. There are muslin cloths for the babas, unicorn pillows and hair grips for the slightly older ones and so much more.

If you prefer to shop in-person, BabaRoo products can be purchased from It Started with a Stitch in Abbeygate, Grimsby and Arttopia, in Cleethorpes.

Click the images below to purchase from BabaRoo…

Craft Indulgence by Julia

Craft Indulgence by Julia is the place to go if you’re looking for a traditional hand-painted gift for little ones. Julia offers a range of peg dolls, story stones and decorations that are UKCA tested*, giving you the confidence to buy safe toys for nieces, nephews etc.

Most items are made to order, with Julia accepting custom orders that can be any colour you choose, including making them look like the child’s friends and family members, Toys can also be personalised with names.

*UKCA marking came into effect on 1 January 2021, and replaced the CE marking which was previously used for toys. You can find out more about it, and its importance here: It’s also advisable to check the age suitability before purchasing any product.

DM Julia to order…

Fernside Fudge

Fernside Fudge – it’s all in the name isn’t it? If your little ones have a sweet tooth and you want to get them something a little bit different, then why not give Fernside Fudge a look? With flavours that are a little less “vanilla” and more Chocolate Orange, Lemon Meringue and lots of other really cool choices that children (of all ages!!) are guaranteed to love.

DM Fernside to order your fudgey treats in the Lincolnshire area.

Four Paws Bakery

Four Paws Bakery is the first pet-based business on our list, and one that Lily our family Labradoodle absolutely recommends! She had a Four Paws Bakery Cupcake from Just Good Cake, on Wellowgate a couple of months back and she loved it!

All pet treats are made from fresh ingredients and are doggo-approved!

Made in Grimsby

Made in Grimsby doesn’t just promote local businesses through my every-growing directory; I’m also dedicated to supporting Grimsby and Cleethorpes whilst spreading positivity. You’ll recognise my products by their bright and cheerful yellow and black branding and empowering statements.

My kids range of products include babygros and t-shirts and is designed to install pride in being Grimbarian from an early age!

Products are available from It Started with a Stitch in Abbeygate, Grimsby as well as Original Emporium, Cleethorpes.

Click on products to purchase, except the kids t-shirts and babygros which are currently exclusive to Original Emporium…

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Maisey Moo Gifts

Maisey Moo Gifts doesn’t just offer the cutest gifts for kids, I mean pets 😉 but also for pet mums and dads too. Choose Christmas treat cones or boxes, dog jumpers and festive bow ties for your furry friends. Or, Christmas fragrances, hand wash and dog breed Christmas cards for their human besties.

In fact, why not treat your favourite doggo to a Handmade Advent Calendar. But Lily the Labradoodle recommends the Dog Treat Box; she got them for Christmas 2020 and she loved them woof!

Maisey Moo Gifts can be bought from It Started with a Stitch in Abbeygate, Grimsby.

Click the images to purchase…

William and Rose

William and Rose Crafts is all about decorative gifts that are absolutely perfect for brightening up all areas of the home, including kids bedrooms. Available in a variety of colours and sizes, that will look great in any style of home. I feel like I’ve really watched William and Rose grow as a little business, starting as the Queen of Rainbows and Clouds, Jessica has expanded to include everything from cute cacti, wire words to candy cane tree decorations.

Grab these cuties from Original Emporium, Cleethorpes.

No matter what tastes your children and furry friends have, you have guaranteed to find something from a local business. There are absolutely no shortages when you shop local!

Leave a comment below recommending your favourite gifts for little ones!


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