If you know me at all, you probably know that I love giving books as baby shower gifts! (I also love giving adorable teeny little girl outfits, but that is only because I have never had a teeny little girl to play dress up with myself.) So, when I was approached by Stephanie from an Etsy shop called Smug N Stuff to review and give away one of her incredible board books, I was immediately on board (ha – see what I did there??).
However, these books are not your average board book. They are so much more! Each book is individually laser cut, natural, durable, and absolutely adorable. They are bound with metal rings and come in a cloth bag, making them so unique, and they can be personalized with a child’s name to make them truly one of a kind.
I could not be more excited to give mine away as a baby shower gift! I was just thinking the other day that if I had it to do all over again, I would definitely have requested a book-themed baby shower. We did ask my shower guests to bring books instead of cards (see the pic of my bump below as evidence), but I have seen so many cute ideas for this that I seriously wish Pinterest had been more than just a baby company when my baby was born.
As a side note, asking for books instead of cards (and you could do this for a first birthday party too) is honestly one of the BEST ways to begin building a library for your little one. Books often cost about the same as a card, it is a greener choice because you will eventually be throwing those cards away, and the best part is that the attendees can write notes in the book for you and your kiddo to read every time you open them for story time. What could be better?!
One of the most adorable things about these books from Smug N Stuff is that they can be turned into craft projects as well. Stephanie sells kits that you can use to paint the books yourself. Wouldn’t that be a great project for an older sibling or cousin to do to welcome the new baby?!
You will have to be careful though, if they are anything like my boys, they may not be so sure they want to give these books up. We had the tiger book sitting on the kitchen counter for a few days and my youngest probably asked me to read it to him six different times. The books are informative as well as cute! I had no idea that tigers are actually the biggest cat – see, this is why you need nonfiction books in your life, I swear I learn something from ours every day (you can read more about why we are obsessed with nonfiction here).
These books would also be great decor additions to a little one’s room. Smug N Stuff also offers many other darling creatures including an owl, a zebra, a koala, and many more. The pages of each book are made from natural birch wood, and their beautiful design would look great standing up on any bookshelf.
So if you are as excited about getting or giving one of these charming books as I am, head on over to my Instagram page – https://www.instagram.com/raisingboyswithbooks/ to find the details of the giveaway!
*Note – Giveaway is now closed.
Of course, even if you don’t win, you should head on over to the Smug N Stuff Etsy shop to purchase one for yourself or a new little bundle you are about to celebrate. Stephanie has even been nice enough to allow my readers to use a discount code for your purchase! Check out Stephanie’s birch wood Christmas ornaments and wreaths too, then enter the code SMUG10 at checkout.
Legal Note – Giveaway is in no way affiliated with Instagram or Etsy. Giveaway ends on Friday, August 3rd, 2018 at 10PM EDT. Open to US residents only – no PO boxes. Must be 18+ to win and no giveaway accounts.