Heading to a baby shower? Blabla makes some especially nice blankets and mobiles that would be a welcome addition to anyone’s nursery. Wry and whimsical hand embroidered cats and birds frolic under stars and flowers on their blankets, and the colors are lively without being overly bright. Our favorite is the Mistigiri design ($98), a hand woven alpaca, wool, and acrylic blend.
All of Blabla’s goods are hand knitted by artisans in Peru, and the craft that goes into the products is readily evident in the sweetly nostalgic mobiles they make. Pigs fly atop whales, cows dance on birds, and jungle animals swing on knitted vines. Prices range from $42 to smaller mobiles to $110 for the more intricate versions. Besides giving a present that’s unique, gifting your friends a Blabla blanket or mobile will hopefully be one more inducement to help their little ones sleep through the night or at least entertain themselves while the adults nap. -Amara>