Cash-strapped parents return to traditional birthday parties - September 7th

Has anyone read this article in the Telegraph?

More nostalgic experiences, which embrace the cheaper entertainment of the past, are back in vogue thanks to the ‘make it yourself’ trend and tightening family finances.
Family games are enjoying a resurgence, including ‘pass the parcel’ and ‘pin the tail on the donkey’, along with group activities such as baking cakes, according to a report in the Financial Times.

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 Cash-strapped parents return to traditional birthday parties - September 7th

Happy Birthday Clementine Toys - May 2011

Clementine Toys retail shop celebrated its 1st birthday on 14th May. Unlike our website the shop is still a baby! Thank you to everyone who made our birthday go with a swing and a pop! Well done to Brian and Jane who won the Clementine Goody bag in the Treasure Hunt competition and don't forget you have one more week to enter the cake colouring/decorating competition - another lovely prize up for grabs!
Happy Birthday Clementine Toys - May 2011
Over the moon - March 2010

Over the moon - March 2010

We love quality. So when we discover innovative and original products that are truly beneficial for parents and children alike we are over the moon. This month we are all really happy because we have found Hippychick waterproof clothing! The widely recognised Hippychick brand encompasses ‘in house’ products together with externally sourced and distributed lines which meet our strict criteria of quality, practicality and durability. This range of waterproof, breathable all weather clothing is tough and hard wearing for boys, pretty and practical for girls. ORDER NOW to ensure your children are warm and dry but outside having fun!

To keep cosy and snug inside we have extended our range of Beautiful baby shoes from Shoo Shoos! These award winning shoes from Shoo Shoos have gently elasticated ankles which mean they are easy to put on and stay put without pinching or marking but cannot be pulled off. Non-slip soles & no laces to tie-up or trip over help promote confident first steps and safe walking. All trainer-type shoes have decorative laces only. Natural soft nappa leathers allow feet to breathe and what's more - they are hand washable in cold water.

Keep on Growing! - April 2009

We are very pleased to announce that we are growing the team here at Clementine Toys. Marie has now moved full time to working on ours (and your!) accounts. This has allowed Nicky to join our team and she now runs the order processing, packing and despatch side of things. As a mum of two, Nicky knows how important toys are and with her fantastic eye for detail, she is committed to making sure your orders are dealt with as speedily and as efficiently as possible.

The promised range of childrens books is now in stock and proving to be a extremely popular addition to our range. With everything from childrens classic fairy tales, through to story books and junior encyclopedias, we are confident we have something for everyone. You can see the full range in our Books section.

Looking over the horizon....- January 2009

Looking over the horizon....- January 2009
We love making plans. We are also passionate about providing products that will last and will grow with your child. That's why we are very excited about our latest plan to introduce a range of childrens books. Specially selected hardback, softback and bath friendly books will complement our range of toys, leading nicely from playtime to storytime. We will be stocking classics, contemporary and fun books across a range of ages so your library can grow with your child. We hope the first books will be available by the end of February 2009 and we would love to hear from you if you have any favourites, any classics you would love to see or any much loved stories from your childhood. You can email us on info@clementinetoys.com

The Story so far...- March 2008

Clementine Toys is a truly family run business based in Southampton, Hampshire. The idea for a traditional toy business began in 2001 when Lucy and Mike Bishop went on a trip to a German Christmas Market in Cologne. In the shadow of the great cathedral there, they were dazzled by the sheer number of high quality, traditional toys on display. Having brought gifts for all their friends with young families, the response was phenomenal. Cries of "We have looked everywhere for toys like this" and " "We love traditional wooden toys" encouraged them to establish an internet based business they could run from home so they could spend time with their family.

From this little acorn, a great oak is growing, and Clementine Toys has gone from strength to strength. Offering only the very best quality traditional wooden toys to parents desperate for an alternative to the disposable, plastic culture we live in today. Focussing on Fair Trade, Organic and sustainable products, with a minimum of packaging, Clementine Toys are committed to providing toys that are educational, durable, stimulating but most of all...FUN!

The team has grown rapidly and Marie (mother of three) now runs all the order processing, packing and dispatch. She cares about every order and has a real desire to ensure that your toys reach you in the fastest possible time and in perfect condition.

The best advertising we can get is from our many very satisfied customers recommending us to all their friends and family. Every company these days also needs professional help to ensure they reach as wide an audience as possible so we have Alexia (mother of three - congratulations Alexia!) to deal with the promotion, marketing and advertising of Clementine Toys.

Then last, but by no means least is Thomas Bishop (aged 11 months). As Chief Toy Tester he provides a very valuable opinion and casts a critical eye over all our products.

About Us

About Us

At Clementine Toys, we want to provide you with an alternative to the highly commercial, over packaged toys provided by many high street stores.

Our wooden toys are made to last and are a delight to hand down through the family. We place considerable emphasis on safety ensuring all our toys are certified to the CE standard and above.

Throughout our range of toys, the impact on the environment has been considered. A large proportion of our wooden toys are sourced from Fair Trade suppliers whose products are made from rubberwood from exhausted rubber plantations that are replanted every 10 - 15 years. The remainder use wood taken from sustainable forests.

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