We’ve always been big on recommending personalized gifts for people asking us for great baby gift ideas. Personalization makes any gift extra thoughtful, turns nearly anything into a keepsake, and it doesn’t even have to cost a fortune. So my latest find to add to the recommendation list are the personalized baby shoes from UK Etsy shop Born Bespoke. Samantha Gillan’s sweet, entirely handmade leather baby booties are fit for a royal prince or princess, but priced for many of us commoners, which I like.
The styles range from not-at-all-scary dinosaurs to the cutest birds and woodland creatures, birth signs and classically simple monograms, hearts, and stars. I also really like the idea of the shop’s mix and match storytelling baby shoes, which allows you to pair images like a princess and a frog, or a dragon and a castle for an instant imagination starter for toddlers or older babies.
On the bottom of each shoe, you can add a name, a birth date, a nickname, or a short message. In fact, Samantha welcomes custom orders of any kind, which is wonderful.
Now, I admit that it’s not the most traditional kind of personalization, but if someone had embroidered Don’t lose this! on the bottom of my second daughter’s baby shoes I’d have laughed for a week.