Birthday Gifts

So what do you get for a child’s gift when you are not sure what they already have at home?

Well craft items are always a good idea. They get used up and therefore need replacing; they also give a child on their own, or with assistance, something to do away from technology!

We have a large selection of craft ideas as gifts. Suitable ages range from finger paints for the very young, to silk painting kits for the tweens and teens and so much in between. Collage kits, paper bead making kit, sand art, origami art, beading…………… we can even gift wrap whether you purchase in store or on line.




We have at last taken delivery of some gorgeous Olliella baskets and their Holdie House.

The Mini Chari baskets are designed so well to fit the front of a bike, tricycle or scooter and to then be carried as a shoulder bag. Children love putting things in and out of baskets and Olliella really do make the most beautiful.

The Piki baskets are designed as a miniature picnic basket and again, allow small people to store and carry their precious items, a mini picnic or to help with the shopping.

Talking of shopping, the Luggy is a beautiful basket on wheels and absolutely perfect to take shopping!

All items will be online today, and available in the shop.Olliella-luggyOlliella-piki-baskets

New Stock


Exciting times as 2018 new stock arrives in the shop after our visits to the trade fairs.

We are still focussing on classic, good quality toys, wooden toys, and toys to inspire creativity and imagination. We have books from well known authors, and new titles that have proven popular when encouraging young people to read. Still on our shelves are the classics, as they make a perfect gift for any age.

The Bead It Bar has just launched in the shop. A great little activity to create a gift for oneself, a teacher, a relative or friend. Suitable for any age over 3years.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page as this is where we announce our Sunday morning workshops. We have some crafting and jewellrey making sessions being planned. Our Instagram page also shows images of new stock and any specials being offered.


Back to Basics


Having just returned from various trade fairs in both Sydney and Melbourne, there does certainly appear to be a bit of a trend towards quality, well made toys to keep, collect and pass on. Of course there will always be a market for a toy suiting the latest fad or relating to the latest blockbuster movie, but generally more families are moving towards the quality not quantity rule when it comes to buying toys.

Wooden toys are great. They not only last, but tend to be made by companies that have a desire to be ethical in both how they source their materials and how the toy is made. (of course plastics last, but not in the way we might want them to!) Children also learn how their toy originated; surely a much better story surrounded in nature rather than chemical processes.

Of course we don’t just sell wooden toys in the shop, but all our toys are sourced because of their quality, in most cases their ability to work for both boys and girls, and we try to find items that are not found everywhere else.

We hope that a visit to Gertrude & Henry is not just magical because of the way the shop looks, but also because children will treasure the gifts they get, or the toys they have saved up for.

We are excited about the new items that will be added to the store throughout the year, and we look forward to sharing that excitement with our customers.

Activity Sundays

At the shop we have now started our Sunday morning workshops for children.

On the 28th January we ran a beginners crochet class and now, on the 11th february we are doing cupcake decorating. See our Facebook page for details. It’s a great way for children to meet others in the area and to try something new.

We continue to introduce new items to the shop and online. Gifts, toys, books and party items. We can always put a selection of items together for birthday gifts as a little hamper – just call or email us for any special requests.



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Suddenly Christmas seems so far away already! The children are heading back to school and so begins the rounds of weekend birthday parties.

We have a large selection of suitable gifts in our creative section and for all the horse lovers, our Breyer model horse collection has been reduced.

In the shop we are busy preparing for our Sunday workshops. the first will be a ‘Learn to Crochet’ class and each participant (aged 8yrs+) will take home a finished bookmark. In the future we have authors visits, cake decorating, crafts and book club for all ages of children.

We are happy to take specific book orders for any children’s books and likewise, for any gifts we will do our very best to accomodate any special requests if you contact us by phone or email.

Happy New Year!

Hoping everyone had a good Christmas.

Online and instore we have our January sale. From 20% off certain products. It’s n ever too early to stock up for next Christmas, or to gather items for the ‘unexpected birthday party’ drawer!

We also have a lot of new stock, recently arrived or due in. We are lucky to be the first store in Australia to sell Arty Figures from Djeco and they are proving VERY popular in the shop for a wide range of ages – they will be added online very soon.

Our little bookshop continues to grow. We have a great selection of classics, board books, picture books, early readers and chapter books for ‘Young Adults’. You are encouraged to place orders with us for any books you may be searching for or a new release, we have access to publishers within Australia and international.

If you are local, keep an eye on our Facebook page for notice of our bookclub and art and craft workshops – coming soon!

Christmas around the corner!

I shan’t begin by giving a countdown of how many weekends left, there’s quite enough of that on social media, but I will begin by saying AAAAAAAaaaaaaaaagh!! CHRISTMAS IS COMING!

Haha, and relax………….

Truth is, time does go horribly fast at this time of the year, and if your preparations are well under way, you may want to know about our new range of party goods from the always adorable Meri Meri.

Straight from England we have paper cups and plates, cake toppers and cupcake decorating kits, reindeer stickers, advent calendars and crackers/bonbons.

Party-Picks     Santa-Reindeer-Crackers       Santa-plates-Meri-Meri


Don’t forget, click and collect is available for all those lucky enough to live near by.

Hampers for Children


We now have our first three choices of hampers for children, prepared and ready to sell, online or in store.

So exciting for a child to open a box – or in this case a delightful, fastening and reusable case – and find lots of little gifts inside.

Our Retro Hamper should keep many generations of the family reminiscing for hours. lots of fun for boys and girls. Classic toys and games that continue to entertain decades after they first became popular.

The Travel Games Hamper has a number of activities to keep children entertained whilst in planes, trains or automobiles. Great for taking on holiday or even for ideas to occupy at the table in a restaurant. Perfect to carry around contained in their own handy case.

A peek inside the cute Unicorn Hamper reveals a number of special treasures for the unicorn lover. Gifts created by the popular English company Meri Meri as well as a few sparkly surprises.

Look out for our next batch of special Children’s Hampers coming very soon.Hamper-Travel-RedUnicorn-Hamper-Red


As children we would always have a halloween party. Not so much the trick or treating side of things, but games like bob apple and dressing up. We’d make decorations and have some spooky fun, nothing gruesome or truly scary.

Our range of halloween party goods and decorations from English designers Meri-Meri, is certainly spooky fun! From cat napkins and bat cups to funny hanging skeletons and huge bat balloons.

Halloween doesn’t have to be a scary time, or a time for copious amounts of lollies and trick or treats, but a perfect excuse to have a gathering with friends and family and some childish fun!

View our range online or in store.