Take a gander at gorgeous Uncle Goose blocks

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It’s always struck me as a little ridiculous how so many presents given to mark a special occasion in a baby’s life end up languishing in the back of a cupboard or collecting dust on top of a shelf because they’re considered ‘too good’ to use. Of course, I’m talking about all those Bunnykins-style fine china cup and bowl sets that have become a christening or first birthday staple. And don’t even get me started on silver spoons and pewter rattles.

So here’s our pick for a baby gift idea that has ‘heirloom’ stamped all over it while being something that tiny recipients can actually use. Take a look at the stunning range of Uncle Goose blocks.

These classic wooden blocks are handmade in Michigan in the US and have just arrived in Australia via Rose & Lily. The blocks are available in traditional or modern alphabet sets, a whimsical nursery rhyme set, a counting set and in intricate foreign language sets for bilingual bubbas learning Spanish, Russian, Polish, Danish, Hebrew, French, Swedish, Italian, German, Arabic or Dutch. There’s even a Braille version, sign language blocks and a set with Egyptian hieroglyphics.

I’ve fallen in love with the turn-of-the-century styling of the traditional alphabet blocks and have them pegged as a christening gift for my darling newborn nephew as well as a keepsake first-Christmas present for my own pending new arrival.

All blocks have bevelled edges so there’s no sharp corners to injure delicate gums and are embossed with child-safe inks. We especially love how you can buy single replacement blocks when one or two in your chosen set inevitably go missing.

Blocks range in price from $24 to $95 per set and have just landed in selected toy stores and baby boutiques in Melbourne and Sydney.

You can buy the alphabet block set direct from Uncle Goose Blocks Or visit their stockists page to find a retailer in your part of Australia.

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