Osian has recently received two lovely gifts from My Very Own Gift Company. Who are a company that specialises in gorgeous hand crafted personalised gifts for children. There's a lovely little video on their website, which show gives a great insight to their products, and showcases them all in use.
Firstly, Osian received a personalised place mat. Which comes in the option of two designs, and both come in either pink or blue. I decided to go for the contemporary design. The top centre of the mat is personalised with Osian's name, his date of birth, star sign and a message from me. You can choose your own message, but I just couldn't think of any, so My Very Own Gift Company helped me by giving me a list as inspiration, and I ended up choosing one from the list. The mat's filled with the alphabet, and an object along with each letter. The letters are written in upper and lower case, then underneath it says a word beginning with that letter, e.g. 'f is for flag'. For some reason I thought the mat would be quite thin, but it's thick and of good quality. It's easily wiped clean and has plenty room for Osian's cutlery, plate and drink. The mat's also handy to use when Osian's colouring, especially with felt tips, as he makes such a mess with those at the moment.
Secondly, Osian received a gorgeous personalised encyclopaedia. I love all things personalised, and I'm a huge fan of children's book, so I was very excited to see this book. It's Osian's first book like this, and he loves it. The cover's lovely and colourful, filled with pictures, and titled Osian Wyn's encyclopaedia. The book comes in either hard or soft covering. The first page includes a little poem and a personalised message. Again, I was given a list of messages as inspiration. I fell in love with a Dr. Seuss quote from the list, so opted for that as the message. The main content of the book is a page for each letter of Osian's name. On the left hand page, there's his full name, with a letter highlighted in blue and that's the letter that the page is designated to. On the right hand page, there is four different words beginning with the particular letter, including a beautifully illustrated picture and short description. In each description, the word being described is highlighted blue. I can imagine this being a useful tool when a child's learning to read.
If a letter comes up twice, there are different objects are on each set page for that letter. In our case, the letter N comes up twice, one page includes net, nose, night and nut. Whilst the other includes nail, nest, necklace and newspaper. For words such as nail, both definitions are included.
The last page is filled with the alphabet, with a word and picture for each letter. This is Osian's favourite page, he sits there pointing to the different pictures asking 'what's that', then hands it to me because it's my turn to ask him. He knew the animals and foods before hand, but he's become familiar with many of the other objects, and can nearly name the whole page.
Overall, I'm very impressed by both the book and mat, we both really like them. I love how colourful they both are, the quality can't be faulted, and I love that they're hand crafted. Osian really likes the both of them. He enjoys using his mat, and can spend ages pointing at all the different things. Whilst book's become a firm favourite of his, we've read it many a time before bed, and also looked through it during the day. I think the books going to be very useful in teaching Osian about the spelling of his name, and understanding the concept of different letters.
I think both would make a lovely Christmas or birthday present, for children of all ages. The encyclopaedia could also be great as a gift for children starting school.
Osian's book's definitely going to be kept as a keepsake. Actually, as will the mat, I don't think I could ever part with either of them, they're just too lovely.
Osian telling us what noise the elephant in the book makes
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Disclosure - We were sent the book and mat for the purpose of an honest review, all words and opinions are my own.