We thought long and hard about what to buy Baby H for her first birthday. But it can be hard to think of first birthday present ideas.
Researching first birthday present ideas
A first bookcase
So really, it wasn’t until a week after her birthday that I came up the idea of getting her a bookcase for her room. She’s always been fascinated by books – even as a babe in arms we would show her the big book case in our living room and the colours and textures of the spines would fascinate her. A quick search showed that were two main options- a ‘Sling’ bookcase made of cloth that stood on the floor (for approximately £40-£60), or a book case that could be attached to the wall, made by Tidy Books for £120.
I’ll be honest, I really wanted the cheaper option to be ‘the right thing’ to buy. But reading the reviews it seemed that the cloth bookshelves didn’t really last that long, or hold that many books. But there was still a big price gap with the Tidy Books bookcase being nearly twice the price Even despite the better reviews and the fact it could store more books, it was still a huge stretch of the budget.
So me being me, I spent the next few days trying to find it cheaper online. The RRR is £119.99. You can find it online for £99.99 on a few websites by doing a quick Google search and you can also find it on eBay. In the end I took the plunge and bought it from Amazon with free delivery as I had vouchers to use up.
So now that we own the book case what do we think?
Hopefully the photos will help explain, (ignoring the fact she’s not smiling for the camera!) but from the minute she saw it Anya was thrilled. She could see her books, reach up to them, practise standing up and pick out the books she wanted, all on her own.
- It came flat packed but was simple to assemble (with a little help from a nosey little person)
- Its quite slim so you can position it behind a door if you’re short on space in the bedroom or nursery.
- Friends and family can now also see how much she loves books and they like the idea of adding to her collection (‘here’s one for your book case’)
Would I change anything? The build quality is great and I love the letters on the front too. I wish I could have had a little more colour choice- maybe a bit more contemporary like lime green, hot pink, turquoise and purple. But I guess in other ways this is a classic that will last the years and look just as good in a boy’s bedroom too.
About this post
I’ve not been sponsored in anyway to write this post, I just wanted to share my views with people about it as its been such a great buy! You can visit their website here