The ultimate heirloom toy

For a while there, I was finding the word ‘bespoke’ a little over-used. To me, something simply handmade to order wasn’t ‘bespoke enough’ – there has to be a ‘made-to-measure’ or personalisation of the item to truly be bespoke. This gift for babies wins the bespoke title.

Made by RUX, New York, the Cameo rattle is hand-carved with the facial profile of a newborn’s parents and then engraved with the newborn’s name on the handle. The rattle is made of maple wood and finished in baby-safe tung oil. I think you’ll agree it pretty much defines ‘bespoke’. You certainly wouldn’t want this treasure flung out of the pram!

The Cameo rattle is US$180 and is available through AhaLife, which ships to Australia. Be aware that the rattles take approximately five weeks to carve, plus delivery time.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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