Nappy Cakes

Whilst pondering and searching for some unique or interesting baby gifts for the seven ladies I know right now who are pregnant I was reminded of the baby shower staple: the nappy cake. These have been around for a little while now (since my friends starting having babies at least 3 or 4 years ago, I had no need to know about them prior to this!). I admit you can make some kind of cute stuff out of face washers and socks and onesies but to purchase these in a store I find they are always extremely over-priced for what is essentially a gift of three pairs of socks and a beanie! The nappy cake is really taking this concept to the next level I think. They are tiers of nappies (diapers for our American friends) usually adorned with various other baby trinkets and a giant bow.

What I cannot understand now is how people still think this classifies as a ‘unique’ baby shower gift. These are not unique, they have been around for ever and therefore they are trending down. When you put a little more thought into the concept it’s really not that much of a practical gift anyway. Nappies taken out of their packet, touched by ‘x’ number of people who are assemling the ‘cake’ then ogled and touched by everyone at the baby shower who thinks it’s just ‘so charming and clever’. Realistically, are you going to want to put these nappies on your newborn? I’m sure I’ll be the same so not throwing stones here but most new mums meticulously wash every item of clothing and disinfect every household surface before bringing the new arrival home so why would they want to put ‘dirty nappies’ on their new bundle of joy? Baby showers are a great time for receiving practical gifts that you will actually use and that will save you a little bit of time and money (commodoties that are in short supply with an infant!) so please don’t waste your money on one of these monstrosities. Or, if you still like the idea of them, then have fun shopping with the links provided!

nappy cakes

Left to right: Best Diaper Cakes, E Diaper Cakes, Design-N-Wrap.

Keep Calm

Keep Calm and THINK OF SOMETHING NEW TO DESIGN! This one may should go without saying! These have been in existence since the Second World War! The British Government started producing the original Keep Calm and Carry On posters in 1939 for some morale boosting PR. Interestingly enough the Keep Calm and Carry On poster was the third and final in the series and was never actually used as they were intended to be displayed when Germany invaded Britain. Most were then destroyed at the end of the war and only a relative handful remain. Sure, it would be great to purchase one of the original war time posters but the recent influx since 2000 of various Keep Calm and… seems to have taken the shine off.

Yes, there are many funny ones going around and I admit some certainly give me a chuckle. But please stop brandishing iPad covers, coffee mugs and the like with some inane nonsense trying to cling to the dying last few dollars you can make off getting these products mass produced in China and sold to those living 5 years in the past. A quick google shows that many are paired with yesterday’s pop culture icons and therefore prove my point all over again. Keep Calm and find the next trend to saturate the market with. These posters are going down but here is a reminder of what we will be leaving behind.

keep calm posters

Owls

Owls are everywhere! Owl jewellery, owl bookends, owl cushions, owl wall art, owl lamps, owl cups… well you get the idea! It is for this very reason that owls are going down. Owl overload, the market is saturated, it cannot take much more! I still believe birds in general may stay on trend but it’s time to mix it up, pick a new bird, or pick a variety of birds to try and slow down the demise of the next one. Sparrows have stood the test of time for a while now but seem to be reserved for those with an admiration for ink. How about crows for a change of pace perhaps? So long as nothing comes with audio I could get onboard with that.

owl

Image from pinterest.