Shopping Tips: The Right Gifts for a Newborn Baby

The recent birth of the third in line to the throne has ignited excitement in people all over the world, with Will and Kate having a healthy baby boy to begin their family together. With the new baby being given the moniker George Alexander Louis, baby fever has already reached new heights, with social networks being swamped with the news.

Of course, the Royals aren’t the only people to have had a baby on the 22nd July and whether you’re a lucky parent or you’re close to someone who is, it’s an ideal time to treat the newborn to a couple of gifts to celebrate their arrival.

It’s easy to get carried away with shopping for a new baby; the cutesy items almost jumping off the rails and landing in your trolley, so an element of sense will be required unless you have plenty of money to splash. What does a newborn baby need? Most expectant parents will already be well stocked on many of the essentials and unless you’ve been proactive and asked about what they actually need you will be spoilt for choice once you get to the shops.

Baby blankets are a great gift for newborn. While the current heatwave means chances of needing one are pretty slim, we all know how quickly the weather can turn. George’s range of baby blankets will appeal to most tastes and with luxuriously soft cotton fabrics, baby will feel cosy, warm and most of all, content.

Bibs and Muslin Squares are a lifesaver with new babies, with muslins continuing to be useful way into toddlerhood in some cases. Bibs are a popular addition to any baby gift parcel but chances are, they will all come in use.

Nappy Cakes are a fun take on a typical baby gift that can be given during baby showers or following the baby’s birth. Nappies will always be needed and form the basics of the cake creating the shape while adding other goodies, such as toiletries, booties, bibs or comforters, before wrapping it up in one big, elaborate display.

Clothes will always be welcome but remember that newborns won’t require too many outfits before they grow out of them. If you do choose to buy an outfit or two, buy them in different sizes so that the new baby can grow into them, rather than it sitting in their wardrobe with its label still attached.

Starter Parks are a great way to buy a matching set for the little one, including bodysuit, top, sleepsuit, hat, bib and mittens – perfect if you’re a little overwhelmed and you’re not sure what to buy for them.

Shopping for babies is great fun, with so much to choose from at George at ASDA. Before you head for the checkout with your micro-purchases, pop by the flower aisle and pick up a bunch as well as a lovely box of chocolates – the new mum will certainly appreciate the thought, seeing as though she’s been through so much too!

Pin on the Fun: Brooches are Back by “Celebrity Stylist” Anya Sarre

Luxurious accents and dazzling accessories are what fall fashion is all about this year! From the fashion show runways to the shelves on Main Street, clothes are getting the deluxe treatment with bold rhinestone trims and gorgeous bejeweled detailing. All the shimmering goodness is something everyone can get excited about!

One of the hottest trends this season lets you get in on the glittery action too. Adding a jewel encrusted brooch or two to your outfit can be a wonderful way to get your daily dose of sparkle.



At one time brooches did have a reputation for being old. There is a distinct retro feel about these pretty decorative pins and they were a favorite accessory of our grandmothers’ generation; however, brooches have made a big comeback and they are feminine, flirty, and fabulous. From chunky jeweled pins to delicate filigree ornaments, nothing spruces up an outfit quite like a shiny bauble. This Fall is the perfect chance to break out your vintage brooches and try wearing them in fun, creative ways.



Kate looks elegant wearing a brooch

Brooches are in essence jewelry for your clothes. Wear some girly pins to add some ladylike charm to otherwise boyish pieces. Blazers and button down shirts are staple fashion items for the autumn months. Dress them up with brooches full of gems and pearls to create a very fashionable contrast of masculine and feminine energy.

Start with a neutral colored blazer; black or cream are always great choices. Layer your blazer over a plain t-shirt and a pair of jewel-toned slacks or jeans. Pin a gemstone brooch onto the blazer lapel and complete the entire outfit with a black headband and some cute ankle boots or other comfortable shoes.



Use your best brooches to add some personalized flavor to your fall wardrobe. When the weather starts getting colder, we start bundling up in our coats, scarves, hats, and sweaters. This gives us the perfect opportunity for some brooch magic. Simply pin one on anywhere you want a bit of sparkle or decoration.

Brooches are absolutely fabulous because you can mix and match them with your favorite clothes, creating an infinite number of unique and stylish outfits. Brooches are such an interesting addition to your style, they are almost always guaranteed to be a conversation starter. Fasten a gemstone brooch to your favorite hat to give it some Fall fashion glam or use it as a clasp for your scarf.  You’ll keep the chills away and look amazing.




This article was written by contributing {guest} writer Anya Sarre


 Anya Sarre is one of Hollywood’s most influential trendsetters. A nationally recognized celebrity stylist, Sarre is known for her impeccable eye and ability to tie any look together with the perfect accessory.  Named “Best Television Fashion Stylist” for her appearances on Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and countless other media outlets, Sarre is the goto fashion expert for Hollywood’s biggest celebrities.