PUBLISHED: 17:57 27 November 2013 | UPDATED: 17:57 27 November 2013
When Lianne Webster was tasked with choosing a gift for a pregnant colleague about to start her maternity leave, she was hit with a great idea – and now she and her sister Claire have launched it is a business.
Mummy’s Little Bundle creates baskets of carefully selected gifts for mum and baby, from pampering treats to practical items for new parents and their little ones.
“I always seem to be responsible for organising collections at work so this time I decided to put together a big basket of pampering products and my friend really loved it. My sister Claire thought it was really fantastic and a great idea for a new venture, so we both enrolled on a local business course and decided to go for it. I love being creative and she has a great business head, so we are a good team,” says Lianne.
Customers can choose from specific bundles – such as night time, bath time and play time bundles for babies and pampering baskets for mums-to-be and new mums – or can create their own personalised baskets, with something to suit all budgets.
“We did a lot of work with new mums and women who were pregnant, asking what things they would like as gifts and doing various surveys. We want the baskets to be of the highest quality, to be really original and to feel really special when they are received,” says Lianne, who works for Lotus Cars and lives in Wymondham. “I really love our baby bath time bundle, which comes with all natural baby products, a rubber duck and a really cute hooded towel.”
Lianne and Claire, who works for the NHS and lives at Queens Hills, near Norwich, are committed to supporting other Norfolk producers and designers, and use 100pc natural pampering products.
“We really wanted to work with other local businesses, to help promote them and to ensure we are as environmentally friendly as possible. Our baskets are locally sourced, as are our beautiful bath oils and pampering products, our little wooden tags and as many other things we can find.
“It was important to us that everything in the basket - and the basket itself - would have a use. We line them with a blanket or a baby towel and the packaging is also part of the present, we pad it out and wrap things with reusable baby essentials like muslin cloths, nappies or cotton wool.”
The girls have also joined forces with a nearby cup cake company and florist and offer locally sourced truffles to give baskets a sense of indulgence. The gifts are delivered by hand in Norfolk and they have already received orders from overseas.
“We have even sent a basket to Princess Kate and baby George, although this was gift from us, not an order,” laughs Lianne. Mummy’s Little Bundle, Cringleford Stores, 65 Intwood Road, Cringleford, NR4 6AA; www.mummyslittlebundle.com