Six unique gifts invented by Scottish parents to add to your child’s Christmas list
As parents, it is always nice to be able to give your child something unique for Christmas.
And at a time when supporting local businesses is more important than ever, why not go for something from a Scottish company?
In recent years, some Scottish parents have let their entrepreneurial spirit shine after discovering gaps in the market for children’s toys and gifts.
We’ve rounded up six of the best, most unique gifts your child could want to wake up to on Christmas morning – and they’re all homemade here in Scotland.
Cheeky Chompers was started by two Midlothian moms who appeared with their product – a teething bib called the Neckerchew – on Dragon’s Den in 2013.
Since then, the women Amy and Julie have grown their business and now offer a range of products including teething rings, blankets, bibs and quilts.
Prices range from Â£ 8.99 to Â£ 48.99 depending on the product.
DOVA – The DOVA is a play couch for kids to build dens, pirate ships, planes, trains, or whatever their little imaginations desire.
As well as transforming into anything with its modular eight-piece design, the sleek sofa can also be seated for movie nights or transformed into a double bed for last-minute sleepovers.
The DOVA was created by two Glasgow moms, Rhona Madigan and Corrine Spencer, who came up with the concept while on lockdown trying to find toys that enrich learning and play for their children, but also at home.
The DOVA is Â£ 385
Turtle pack is a swimming aid invented by entrepreneur Michael Harkins of Livingston.
Scottish father Michael has teamed up with his childhood crime-fighting superheroes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, via Nickelodeon, and ViacomCBS Consumer Products to develop the flotation device.
Michael, 28, a former swimming instructor developed the original Turtle Pack Swimming Aid, a turtle shell-shaped float that keeps the child’s arms free to learn proper swimming technique, while still at university.
After tagging it with TMNT, the swim aid now gives kids the option to dress up as Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello or Leonardo while swimming safely.
The original Turtle pack costs Â£ 49.99 or Â£ 39.99 for the TMNT version.
Yummikeys – the only metal baby toy keys on the UK market.
They are designed to be more like real keys in terms of feel.
The Yummikeys were created by Scottish mother Elsbeth after her husband dropped their car and house keys in the sewers while on vacation at the airport. Weeks later, Elsbeth says the spare set was also missing – this time the culprit was their eight-month-old son Hamish, who was obsessed with chewing on the keys.
Elsbeth realized that aside from the enormous inconvenience of constantly losing the keys her baby was playing with, having him put dirty house keys in or near her mouth probably wasn’t safe – so she conceived. his, suitable for children.
So if you know a key obsessed baby then this is the gift for them!
Yummikeys start at Â£ 25.50 or Â£ 35.50 to personalize them with an engraved message.
Z-rod – Created by Edinburgh school teacher Euan Lind and promotes fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination etc.
This 3D building and shaking toy encourages kids to use their imaginations while teaching them problem-solving skills.
The Stem-z is available for Â£ 24
Legal design studio
Legal design studio – Luxury mother / baby clothing line created by Glasgow mum of two Gill, who was already a clothing designer but was increasingly concerned with the culture of the quick throwaway and the lack of empathy or care for the people who make our clothes.
Gill has focused on his growing full-time business from January 2020 and, in an effort to maintain local production, employs freelance machinists who can work hours that accommodate their personal family life.
The products vary in price.