The IKEA Pact

Do you heart IKEA?
I heart IKEA big time!
Do you know the only thing that could make IKEA better? IKEA trailer bikes! Look what IKEA offer their Danish customers? trailer bikes to take home their wares in an eco-fashion! And look how stylish they are. Oh IKEA – I would heart you even more if we could have some too 🙂 (I think the kids would fit nicely in the trailer….)

I think I have previously posted about my adoration of the swedish furniture giant, I mean for me it’s an entire day out just getting through kitchenware. Unfortunately I haven’t been since we moved to Brissy but today was the day as we needed to outfit the office for both The Daddy and my 2011 needs which meant new desks and chairs among other things. In keeping with my environmental side I would really have liked second hand desks but we needed two the same size, shape and colour which can be difficult to source at short notice so IKEA it had to be.

Any trip to IKEA is a herd experience, I take The Daddy as sherpa, and the kids do enjoy a dip in the ball pit when it hasn’t been used as a toilet and closed for disinfecting, so about 1 in every 3 trips. If I can’t ballpit them I go to plan B which is let them loose on the store (after all it’s their fault at this point that they are still with us) and I allow the children to aid in IKEA’s testing process on all display furniture. Many other shoppers have been heard remark ‘I WAS wondering whether that couch could stand incessant jumping by two preschoolers’ or ‘Ahhh, I’ve always wondered how many children could fit inside a wardrobe this size’, until we reach the kitchen section when I safely install them in a trolley, exhausted and unable to protest but still able to ask for anything they suspect might have been made with children in mind.

However, my trips to IKEA are NOT just a family affair. There exists ‘The IKEA Pact’. Started in Sydney with one of my closest friends Kylie – we each discovered that Rhodes was really freaking far from the inner west where we resided. I mean, we couldn’t just pop down the road to pick up a POANG armchair on a whim! If we really really wanted new storage solutions then we needed to traverse Parramatta Rd, and all that entails – PLUS we needed to deal with parking and it was ALWAYS a bad idea to go on the weekend and you USUALLY had to go at sparrows to beat the crowds…. SO – we made a Pact, if anyone planned an IKEA excursion we rang or emailed the other for a list – that way we got the little things that we couldn’t be bothered hitching the wagon train for.

When we moved to Brissy I discovered that again we didn’t live within spitting distance of IKEA so the pact was re-established with a local friend Ang, and today while I shopped for ourselves I spent a little extra time in the children’s section just for her 🙂

Do you have an IKEA Pact? or do you need something similar in your life?

** Please note this post is in no way sponsored by IKEA but if they’d like to send me free stuff I wouldn’t send it back, I’m like that**

Making a list and checking it twice

Ok, I am not one of those super organised people that write a list at the beginning of the year and then spend the next 12 months at every sale event ticking items off. In a way I wish I was – that would be so much more organised and less stress at the end of the year. My problem is that I really like shopping while there’s Christmas carols in the stores and the kids love the decorations – we visit Santa and we wrap pressys only on Christmas eve while watching carols. It’s last minute and we love it! But this year I’m slightly more organised – at least I know what I am going to get (mostly!)

So I thought I’d reach out to those last minuter’s like me who are looking for that perfect gift for someone – something unique or that doesn’t come from a Westfield 🙂 Here’s my list of must-have’s for Chrissy, and nearly all can be ordered online so you can save your trip to the stores for checking out the Chrissy windows!

This jewelry from Ellissa Nolan is gorgeous – I have numerous pieces and wear them daily, plus a good price for a totally unique and personal gift. These are my favourite pressies for birthdays and thank you gifts too!

For our daughter…. she’s getting a red headed doll from Cuckoo for Coco. I’m not sure that you would get an order through in time for Chrissy but stock of some dolls is available for shipping now at Sweet Creations or Unique Boutique ! Or plan birthdays for next year 🙂 Presenting Matilda

Cuckoo for Coco also does the most amazing mobiles – so if you’re looking for something super special for a baby, you can pick these up now……

Miles is getting a skateboard but have no idea where to get one for him – will have to start exploring that, but the kids also need new bike helmets, we have been planning Nutcase ones for sometime…..
What about these?

For the ultra-stylish, and the person you struggle to get the perfect gift for, you can’t go past these stunning linen tea towels from Puddin Head. Oh I’d love to open one of these Chrissy morning, but I don’t know which design I’d choose!

If your better half (or little one) is into bikes then wrap up a cycling cap from Rocket Fuel – they put style back onto two wheels! We already own several of these but am feeling a need to co-ordinate my summer riding outfits so some more could be on the cards….. Keep an eye out though – there were a whole lot of new caps added to the site on Sunday and today when I checked most of my favourites are already gone, so you’ll need to be quick when you see something you like!

Finally, to sate my obsession with little redheads I have found this from Indy and the Ninja – Tilly won’t wear it in her hair but there’ll be a badge available soon, hooray!! Check out all of their gorgeous hair accessories for little ones – I always struggle for gorgeous stocking fillers but these are just perfect!

So has that helped? I’d love to open any of these on Chrissy morning! Can you add to the list?