For being so little, babies sure do travel with a lot of stuff! Between diapers, wipes, toys, extra clothes, the sound machine, etc., I end up giving up half my suitcase to my daughter when we go out of town. So when it came time to think of a Christmas gift for my brother- and sister-in-law (who are expecting their first baby at the end of February), I knew just what to get. Baby luggage is a gift to the parents as much as it is a gift to the little one. I’ve wanted to blog about this adorable suitcase ever since I bought it, but since I personalized it with the baby’s name, which wasn’t public knowledge until last week, I’ve had to wait. . . until now!
I searched everywhere for cute children’s luggage that I could personalize. Pottery Barn Kids has adorable luggage, but it’s pretty expensive (regular price $79.50-$124.50, depending on the piece and the size). I was also looking for something small and fun, something they could use for baby clothes now and he could use for toys later. I pictured their little man wheeling this behind him through the airport on the way to Disney World, filled with fun stuff for the flight. I finally found exactly what I was looking for on Etsy (not a big surprise—LOVE Etsy for this type of thing!).
Vickie Toalson with Deerpath Designs specializes in customized gifts, including this Stephen Joseph rolling luggage. I blogged about the Stephen Joseph backpacks a while back, and the luggage is just as adorable! There are designs for boys and girls, and Vickie can personalize them in a variety of colors and fonts. The embroidery turned out great, and the whole thing ended up costing about $53, including personalization and shipping. Now their little guy is all set for his first trip, and mom and dad won’t have to share their suitcase. . . at least not as much of it!