Last week I lucked out and won a Blabla doll from Giving Gifts.
I let my Rainbow pick which one she wanted. Personally I would have went with this guy (Peeko), but she chose Lee Lee Plum.
If I had any sense I would have picked out a Blabla doll and then tucked it away for a Christmas gift. As it was though, Rainbow had a blast picking out her doll and waiting for her to arrive.
Lee Lee arrived in today’s mail and was an instant hit. Rainbow insisted on toting her everywhere. I was really impressed by the quality of this doll. She is so amazingly soft and cuddly. The seams and stitching appear to be quite sturdy. I think she is going to hold up well. I love that she’s machine washable. Rainbow likes the bright colours and the crazy pink knobs on the top of Ms. Plum’s head, which she insists are extra ears.
I was impressed with how quickly it arrived. I love that Giving Gifts is a Canadian company, so you don’t have to worry about paying duty. The card that came in the package reminded me that my Blabla doll was hand knit by women in Peru that are ”paid fairly for their work and treated with respect”. Also it is “made with natural fibers, 100% exceptional quality very soft cotton”. Also with every purchase Giving Gifts makes a donation to help build the new Abetavu children’s village in Uganda.
Lee Lee Plum retails for $36. Would I have bought her if I didn’t win her? To be honest, probably not. But now, having touched the doll and seen her in person, I would definitely consider purchasing another Blabla doll as a gift. I can’t get over how soft, squishy, yet sturdy the doll is and I love the unique shapes.
The bird shaped handknit baby rattles in the Blabla line also look adorable. I’m seriously considering picking one up for Rocket.
I will definitely be checking Giving Gifts out when choosing my Christmas gifts this year. I made sure to sign up for their email newsletter, which promises subscriber only coupons and sales info.
Where to find it?
Blabla Dolls are available in Canada through www.givinggifts.ca. Prices range from $21 for 6″ rattle a to $46 for a 22″ long-legged doll.