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Christmas Competition

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Take a quick break from your Christmas Shopping

Enter the Little Grippers Christmas Competition to WIN 2 pairs of our
Warm and Cosy Kids WELLY SOCKS that STAY UP
in all conditions!

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Enter to Win

Entering the Competition is SIMPLE

Like the Little Grippers Facebook Page¬†ūüĎć
Share the Christmas Competition post¬†‚̧ԳŹ
Comment on the Christmas Competition post tagging a mud lover¬†ūüėČ

For more chances to win, enter via Twitter and Instagram

Last entries 18.12.18

No social media ‚Äď don‚Äôt worry.

Email your entry to sales@littlegrippers.co.uk with the subject Christmas Competition and you will be added to the draw.

Once you have entered, don’t forget to take a look at the rest of our products all with STAY ON TECHNOLOGY

Perfect for¬†stocking fillers ‚Äď and our Christmas Bonus to you, is 15% off EVERYTHING using the code below.

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Autumn is here to stay….

Today we packed away our flip flops and sandals…. it’s been the longest summer ever, but we¬†are still sad to see the summer clothes and footwear being stored ready for next year.

But on the plus side Autumn is here and what can be better than walks in the sunshine, breathing in the crisp air with crunchy leaves under your feet?¬† As the leaves turn red and then brown we watch with delight as the weather changes and we get to¬†adapt our wardrobe to wear our chunky knitwear and snug boots, so if like us, you are stock piling the logs for cosy nights in front of the fire and buying gloves like mad because you know that the minute you need them they will have all sold out….. check what else you need and make sure you are prepared.

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So don’t forget to grab your cosy¬†socks too, because you know the warmest, snuggliest, funnest ones always sell out before Christmas (always a Christmas Stocking filler in the Little Grippers house for young and old). We have the perfect welly socks for your little ones, from ages 1 through to 8 years, our welly socks are tall so perfect for keeping those legs as well as feet nice and warm, and with their towelling backing they are cosy, soft and very very comfortable.¬† It goes without saying that our Little Grippers innovative Stay On Technology also features on our welly socks, and so they STAY UP for the entire day meaning that your child will no longer be coming to you every 10 minutes to ask you to find their socks in their boots and pull them up for the millionth time that day!

 

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So get yourself ready because with the beginning of Autumn those exciting chilly nights will be here before you know it – Bonfire and Fireworks night as well as Halloween will see your little ones out in the cold and the dark. So keep them warm and brave when all the ghosts, ghouls and excitement gets too much for them.

 

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For your littlest ones, our Warm and Cosy Baby Socks are great for newborns up to 12 months old, with a cosy terry towelling inner there’s no need to worry¬†if they¬†pull off their shoes or boots when out in the buggy or pram, the Warm and Cosy Baby socks with Stay On Technology will keep them toasty warm, and there’s no way they will be pulling their socks off too!

 

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SUMMER SALE NOW ON

There’s no denying it, 2018 has been a year of contrast, from our super long UK winter with freezing temperatures, snow days off school and lots and lots of rain, to our hose pipe ban summer where droughts and forest fires are becoming the norm, and it’s only August!!

The world’s weather is going mad, and so are the team here at Little Grippers……..

We have decided to treat all you lovely customers with a whopping 85% off some of our baby socks. Let’s see if we can persuade you to get ready for the Autumn with a summer sale including every single one of our award winning single hanging baby socks, now all at a teeny tiny 50 pence per pair!!!

 

 

SUMMER SALE BABY SOCKS

 

Not only that but we’ve included our Welly Boot Socks too…. these have been knocked down in price by 40%… so whether you are off to a festival with the little ones, or just getting ready for winter, take a peek and grab some for the future, because at this price we are expecting them to be gone in no time at all.

Click on the SHOP button to see what other treats there are!

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Right, now we are off to find a pool with a unicorn shaped lilo and a much needed lie down……!

Happy Summer Everyone

xxx 

 

Little Grippers is GDPR Compliant

If your in-box is bursting with a million GDPR emails lately from every company you have ever visited on line, this is for one reason – the laws have changed – and for the better, you now get to reduce the amount of spam you receive from all companies big and small and protect your personal data and the deadline is the 25th May 2018.

GDPR (General Data and Protection Regulations) has replaced the old Data Protection Act and seeing as this was older than a lot of people now on line, this has got to be better.  As we share a million tiny bits of data each and every day, whether it be a direct share such as social media post, or indirectly by accepting cookies on a website, this new law lets us know exactly what, when and why we are sharing this.

As a small family business we take the responsibility of looking after our customers extremely seriously, this is why we strive to deliver excellent products and service at all times and it’s why we treat the responsibility of holding your data with the utmost care.

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Please take a look at our updated privacy policy, it outlines what data we hold, how we use it and how we keep it safe.

We try to keep our email and telephone communication with our customers to the necessary minimum and only broadcast news and offers that are truly relevant and add value, if you no longer wish to receive emails from us you can find an unsubscribe link at the bottom of most emails we send, one click and your settings will immediately be updated, or you can email us directly on sales@littlegrippers.co.uk or call 0115 9374303 and we will update our files immediately.

And if you haven’t had an email from us recently – please re subscribe on the home page and we will add you back onto our new GDPR approved list! Don’t miss out on our next SALE or BIG NEWS announcements

Love

Little Grippers x

 

 

 

 

USA Soccer Season Competition is here

Win our competition to kit your local kids soccer team out in Little Grippers Sport Socks with Stay On Technology and give them a head start for the new season.

Why would you want to win them??

Because Little Grippers socks are designed with our unique Stay On Technology ‚Äď a very thin layer of dermatologist approved hypoallergenic clear silicon applied to the inside cuff of each sock by specially developed robots. This nearly invisible layer uses the natural properties of silicon to¬†sit on the skin without stickiness, which ensures that Little Grippers socks stay comfortable, On and Up and In Place all day and all match long.

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Little Grippers Sports Socks are performance enhancing socks made of a breathable blend of polyester and spandex and are specifically designed for active young athletes. They are unisex and come in four sizes designed to fit athletes from age 4 through high school.

To win 12 pairs of our socks that STAY UP for the whole game simply enter by commenting your kids team name and state below.

For more chances of winning head over to our Instagram, Facebook USA, and Twitter accounts give us a like, comment on the competition posts and tag/share it amongst your team mates and other soccer moms and dads, the more people that vote for your team, the more chance you have of winning!!

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Our USA Soccer Season Competition ends on the 30th April with winners announced on this site the 2nd May 2018.

Good Luck everyone!

 

 

Little Grippers regular competition T&C’s apply.

 

Little Grippers are a School Run Must Have

Little Grippers are the only socks this gorgeous blue eyed boy wears.

He is a sock removal monster of epic proportions, but our¬†#stayontechnology‘s keeping his feet warm on the school run today!

We have lowered the prices of some of our patterned baby socks,¬†both in the Little Grippers Shop¬†and also over on Amazon.co.uk¬†where you will find the ‘red and blue star’ pairs seen on our Blue Eyed model.

Head over and grab yourself a bargain before they sell out.

 

 

MASSIVE Christmas Giveaway worth over £145

With Christmas on the horizon, we have teamed up with Stadia Sports to bring you the perfect giveaway for a football-lover: A bag of 10 Mitre Malmo Training Footballs, great for helping to improve any player’s performance and 5 pairs of the innovative Stay On Technology that is the Little Grippers Sports Socks!

Perfect for your aspiring football star, or a whole 5 A-Side team!!

And what better timing…..¬† Enter below and then take a look at our other ideas for your Football Mad kids and what to get them for Christmas.

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Want to get your hands on this huge giveaway, prizes worth over £145?

To enter, simply sign up for the Little Grippers newsletter on our homepage, and comment on this blog post or register at Stadia Sports.

Alternatively, if you are a social butterfly, you can also enter on Little Grippers’ Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit the social profile of your choice to find out how to enter and do so as many times as you wish. 

The winner will be announced on the 14th December, on our blog post Top 10 Gift Ideas for Football Crazy Kids.

Stay tuned – you might be the lucky one getting your hands on the prizes!

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T&C’s apply*¬†¬†Dependant on stock availability the Little Grippers Football Sock colour and size may be specified¬†by the competition winner, see the full range here.

10 Perfect Gift Ideas for Football Crazy Children

Do you have football mad children? And no clue what to get them this Christmas? Well, we have come up with a great list full of fun items which every football mad little one will absolutely love! So sit back and relax because we have you covered!

 

1.    Bring Football To Their Bedroom

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Every child who loves football would love a football themed room, and what better way to bring the great game into their room than with personalised football wall stickers? This is a fun way to customise their bedroom and keep it within the football theme! You can customise to include any name you like! Click here to find out where you can get this great football inspired gift!

 

2.    Football Goals for the Garden РStadia Sports

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Every football fanatic wants their very own set of goals, so that they can practice their penalties or even just to have a great family game on Christmas day. A football goal in the garden is the dream present for any football mad child! Football goals are available in a range of sizes, and are a simple way to not only provide hours of fun and encourage exercise, but allow children to develop their football skills at home.

 

3.    Personalised Boot Bag

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These fun personalised boot bags bring a new take on labelling your belongings. Children love personalised items and having their name in big letters on their very own boot bag is a great gift! Plus it’s a practical way to make sure they don’t get it mixed up with the other kids that play for their team!  These colourful boot bags are the perfect combination of both fun and practicality!

 

4.    Reflex Soccer Swing Ball

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Swing Ball has been a great game which has provided fun for families for many years! But Soccer Swing Ball is a whole new take on this traditional game and perfect for any young football fan! This great game will not only provide hours of outdoor fun, but it also provides heaps of exercise and is ideal for practising ball skills!

 

5.    Little Grippers Football Socks

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When you think of Christmas gifts, you think of socks! But these are socks with a difference! Little Grippers are great for football mad kids! They have a unique Stay on Technology which keeps them in place for an entire football match. Not only that but they come in so many fun colours and are a great addition to any football fans pile of football inspired presents!

 

6.       Footballs РStadia Sports

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What does every football mad child want for Christmas? A football, though a seemingly simple idea, footballs come in all different shapes, sizes and even colours! So why not buy a professional standard football for your little one so they can practice their football skills whilst pretending that they’re playing for their favourite team!

 

7.    Mitre Scriball

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The Mitre Scriball combines everything that is fun from both football and doodles! This ball comes with five different coloured pens which allow you to make it your own. You can scribble, doodle, draw and make it your own then take it out into the garden and use it for your very own game of Scriball football!

 

8.    Books!

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There are plenty of football books available ranging from team annuals to Horrid Henry and the Football Friend. But one of our personal favourites is the personalised Ladybird Book of Football. These stories can be personalised so that your very own football fan appears in the story. Not only will their name appear on the front cover but it will also show up in some of the images! The perfect present for any football fanatic!

 

9.    Personalised Football

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Children love to play football on the playground but with so many different games going on at one time it can be easy to pick up the wrong ball. Well not anymore! Your little football fans will never lose their ball on the playground again, with this personalised Mitre football.

10.   Subbuteo

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Subbuteo is a great game, which is fun for the whole family. This classic table football game can be enjoyed by many generations of children and their parents. The fast moving table top football board game is great for football fans of all ages!

 

In addition, perth child care centres foundation for the development of skills needed to excel in life. So, in a home-away-from-home environment, our fun & friendly team encourages every child to learn and discover through play-based hands-on experiences. So come explore with us and see what makes Little Peoples Place, the place for young minds to thrive.

So what are you waiting for – click away and get Christmas all wrapped up for all those Football Crazy Kids, as easy as 3 – 2 – 1¬† Go! ūüôā

 

 

MASSIVE Christmas Giveaway worth over £145 РWINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

 

 

Wow what a HUGE number of entries we have received on our website, Facebook, Twitter and across Stadia Sports social media too. Thank you to everyone who liked, shared and told their friends about our competition which ended on the 14th December.

 

It gives us great pleasure to announce that the winner is……

Paul Moxey via Twitter

Paul, please contact us with your address, and the size and colour of sport socks that you would like to receive.

 

From everyone on the Little Grippers and Stadia Sports Team

Well Done and have a very Merry Christmas!!

 

BLACK FRIDAY HIDDEN DISCOUNT CODE

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday hysteria is here again and to celebrate Little Grippers have put on a HUGE Sale on so many products we have lost count. Each year it gets BIGGER AND BETTER.

But for you, our special, loyal fans and followers we would like to treat you to an extra special Black Friday discount code. So find yourself a bargain, then at the checkout enter the below code for an extra 20%* off your socks with #stayontechnologyBlack Friday Logo 3

So what are you waiting for………….. except the start time on Friday 24th November!¬†ūüėČ

Log into your account and look at all the socks we have to offer, all with the unique Little Grippers Stay On Technology keeping your kids socks On, Up and In Place ALL DAY LONG!!

 

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More reasons I need to buy Little Grippers on Black Friday?

  1. Christmas Presents for kids that love sports – how many football, rugby or hockey fans do you have in your household? Now they can have the best stocking fillers ūüėČ
  2. Baby Shower gifts – Little Grippers are perfect for new parents who love presents that they actually need
  3. Welly Socks just in case your kids dreams come true and we have a White Christmas
  4. Top up on your School Socks, because there are only a few certainties in life; death, taxes and the fact that your kids will come home with holes in their uniform no matter how much you nag them to be careful!!

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Don’t forget the code – bfcm20wkend

 

Happy Shopping!!

Rachel and the Little Grippers Team xx

 

 

Keep up to date with news by following Little Grippers on Facebook or Twitter

 

T&C’s – 20%* discount code applies to products in all categories whether in the sale or full price item, but does not include plain baby socks or multi packs of any kind. Socks not included in the promotion may still be purchased in the same transaction, discount will be calculated at checkout and applied solely to promotional socks. Postage charges apply as normal. Black Friday/Cyber Monday promotion runs from 24/11/17 00:04 to 27/11/17 23:57¬†UK Time but may be withdrawn at any time.¬†Limited stock availability.¬† *Saving you up to 52% is the highest total discount from the original selling price, this includes the sale price plus the additional coupon code discount. Coupon code is limited use to once per customer. Cannot be used in conjunction with other coupon codes.

Knocking the socks OFF the competition

It’s the 4th year in a row that we have entered and won the Baby Footwear Awards with Mumii UK and we could not be prouder.

Mumii UK¬†are a very much trusted parenting website giving parents the best advice for everything from blankets to buggy’s and everything in between. Each year they run their Best Baby and Toddler Gear Awards, a huge event where hundreds of brands send in their products to firstly¬†be judged by a panel and¬†hopefully Shortlisted before parents and children put them through their paces and try them out for real, then give their very¬†truthful and brutal feedback.

It’s this totally honest feedback that ranks the Shortlisted products and decides who gets the coveted awards of GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE.¬† In the last 5 years Little Grippers have won GOLD and SILVER numerous times.¬† In¬† 2014 Mumii UK also launched their Consumer awards where parents get to vote for their favourite brands, and it’s this Consumer Award that Little Grippers have a 100% record. That’s correct, we have won it, each and every year.¬† We are so thankful to all of our followers, customers and fans.

We know that so many of you love our Socks with Stay On Technology and that there is nothing else on the market that can truly compete.¬† Buying a sock that does what it is supposed to and STAYS ON your little ones toes, shouldn’t be a conversation, but it is, and we know that Little Grippers have given you the answer.¬† Winning the¬†SILVER Mumii UK Award¬†this year especially when “¬†Sock Ons¬†“, a¬† well established product to keep baby socks on, were also shortlisted but didn’t make the awards podium, makes this years award even more special.

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A SPECIAL THANK YOU – A discount code

We know that our socks, are a little more expensive in comparison to the average high street brand, that’s because Little Grippers are¬†not¬†your average high street sock, our¬†high quality¬†and our¬†Stay On Technology¬†means that customers return to us time and time again.

We know that the cost has put some customers off their first purchase of Little Grippers, however we would like to convince you to give us a try.

So as a hello to all of our potentially new customers who never knew whether to take the plunge or not. To all of you Mumii UK followers, and also as a BIG thank you to all of our loyal customers, some of which are now on your second and third baby, we would like to offer you all a¬†HUGE¬†discount code of¬†80%¬†OFF¬†any of our fantastic patterned baby and toddler socks.¬† All with¬†our innovative hypoallergenic, dermatologist approved¬†#stayontechnology¬†.¬† Please take a look and don’t forget to use designsecret80 at the checkout.

The code can be used on any of our patterned baby socks, but be quick, there are limited numbers available.

80% OFF Discount Code

We would love to hear from you and see pictures of your little ones wearing our socks, you can follow Little Grippers on Facebook or Twitter or contact us via email at rachel@littlegrippers.co.uk

Enjoy your discount code, and Happy Shopping

Rachel  and the Little Grippers Team xx

 

 

T&C’s – 80% discount only applies to patterned baby socks seen in promotional image, does not include plain baby socks or multi packs, does not include warm and cosy baby socks. Sports/welly/school socks are not included in the promotion. Socks not included in the promotion may still be purchased in the same transaction, discount will be calculated at checkout and applied solely to promotional baby socks. Postage charges apply as normal.

Raise Funds for your School with Little Grippers

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As parents with kids at Infant, Junior and Senior school we know that your PTA is probably constantly asking parents to put their hands in their pockets to raise money and funds for things like Playgrounds, Sports Equipment or Trips out. If like the owners of Little Grippers you have 5 kids, then every cake stall, school disco or summer fair comes at a high price. But what if parents could raise money for your school without spending anything extra? At no cost to the school?

Well we think we have an answer, for every purchase of our Little Grippers School or Sport Socks we will give them a 5% discount AND donate money back directly to the school.

Why would we want our school children to be wearing Little Grippers for class or sports? Well our socks STAY UP all day long! Yes thats right, they stay up, so your school will be the smartest in the area even at 3pm! All of our socks have our unique Stay On Technology applied directly to the inside of the sock cuff, the technology is a very thin almost invisible layer of hypoallergenic dermatologist approved silicon suitable for all skin types, which sits on the child’s skin keeping the socks in place. And as the technology renews itself with every wash, it lasts the lifetime of the garment.

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What Colours Do You Sell?

School Socks for Girls, we sell Knee High and Over the Knee in Black, White, Grey and Navy. For boys we sell Knee High Black and Grey.  All of our socks are plain with no stripes or patterns meaning that they meet most school uniform policies.

For our Sport Socks we have a range of colours, including Black, White, Red, Navy, Royal Blue, Pink and Flouro Lime. ¬†But don’t forget they don’t need to be buying these purely for school, even if they are buying them for their local team, as long as they input the coupon code, your school will benefit.

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So How Will It Work?

  • Schools that sign up, will receive a personalised coupon code for parents to use
  • Parents purchase School or Sport Socks from littlegrippers.com with a 5% discount using their schools personalised coupon code
  • For every pair or pack purchased Little Grippers will donate up to ¬£2¬†back to the school
  • Funds accrued¬†from Little Grippers will be transferred on a 3 monthly basis directly to the School or PTA funds

How Much Can We Raise For Our Funds?

There is no limit, either in the number of pairs that your parents buy, or the time in which they need to purchase them from.  We are happy to set this up immediately so you can include the coupon code in your end of school year newsletter or other communications and then it can run for the whole school year.

So don’t delay, contact us and we will get your campaign started.

Contact rachel@littlegrippers.co.uk to sign up, it’s as easy as that!!

Baby Shower Gift Guide

Spring is in the air, and so it seems are Baby Showers Рwe have been invited to 3 this year already.  So if you thought it was just an American idea that would pass, think again, with Baby Showers now becoming the norm both in the UK and the USA, and after having 5 children people often ask us what to buy.

Here are our rules for coming up with a special idea:

      Buy something useful

We all love cuddly teddies but really how many does one baby need.  Ask the parents to be if there is anything specific they need, cot bedding, a moses basket, even baby bottles or nappy creams will be gratefully received.  Having a baby is an expensive business, and every little helps.

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      Buy something that no one else will buy

Hundreds of ultra cute newborn baby grows¬†are great, but won’t last long. If you want to gift baby clothes, then purchase an outfit for when the baby is a little older, but remember the seasons, there’s no point in having a really cute summer dress in the middle of winter. ¬†Also try and buy from a brand that is unique or innovative, and not readily available in the main high street stores, Baby Socks from Little Grippers with the unique Stay On Technology which keeps the babies socks on all day long, even if they are true wrigglers, is a great gift.

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      A memento to keep for ever

With all of our children we were given baby books, they are beautiful, sentimental and something to cherish, but a word of warning from personal experience, the first child will have a lovely book where you have taken the time and love to complete it and it will be an amazing keepsake for years to come, but the second, third or forth child may¬†be lucky if the birthday is actually filled in…. Filling Mums with even more “Mum Guilt”

Instead we recommend buying something that can be put on the wall for everyone to see, such as a voucher towards a photographic shoot (there are always lots on the flash sale websites) but if you are local to Nottingham then we highly recommend Caroline and Karl from LOVE Photography, a husband and wife team who make you and your family feel totally relaxed so they can get the best possible pictures of you all.

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We love anything personalised, and this beautiful Photo Frame box set from April Rose Keepsakes is a must. These are all hand made to order in the UK and come in a variety of different colours, simply contact Lynsey and she will organise a gift that everyone would be glad to receive.

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     Buy something for the new Mum

But don’t make the mistake of a pamper bath set, with a newborn baby the chance of the new Mom being able to lounge in a hot luxurious bath for hours on end is very small. ¬†Instead treat her to gorgeous smelling shower gels, scrubs¬†or 5 minute face masks to make her feel better in the spare time that she will actually have.

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For your chance to get 15% off at April Rose Keepsakes, just let them know that you found out about them from the people who developed the baby socks that don’t come off….. Little Grippers ūüôā

 

Stuck for ideas on what all Mums-to-be would be grateful for? Follow the Little Grippers go to rules

Football Mad Kids? Here are our Top Gift Ideas

 

 

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Whether you are thinking about Christmas or have a Birthday coming up.  There are a huge amount of products on the market for your Football Mad Kids, and it can all be a bit overwhelming.

Little Grippers have put together their Top Gift Ideas to help you, whether your child is 4 or 14, there is definitely something here for you to buy from the comfort of your sofa.

Ball Skills with a Twist

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Football and colouring, a perfect combination! Mitre have won the day with this fun mini football – Scriball – There are 3 different designs to chose from all based on a fantasy universe of amazing football skills.

Buy on line from Mitre direct, prices start from just £10

Collect it! Colour it! Play it!

 

Perfect for Lazy Days

 

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Everyone loves a Onesie, check out Bathrobes UK for their personalised extra soft Cotton Polyester fabric onesie.

We love the idea of the kids having their name and number on the back, and they will too

It comes in a multitude of colours, not just black, and you can also chose the colour of the wording, including stop press, Gold Metallic!

And it doesn’t cost the earth at just ¬£17.50 plus postage you can order yours from bathrobesuk

 

Stretch their Brain

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Want the kids to exercise their brains as well as their legs, then this is the game for you. Not only does the BrainBox Football Memory Game test their memory, but it helps to boost their concentration skills.

Suitable for kids from approx 8 years and up, it is suitable for almost all of the family, in fact kids can even play this on their own.

We found it in John Lewis for £9.99

 

#StayOnTechnology NOT your Average Pair of Football Socks

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If your child loves to be the first to wear something new in their school or team, or love innovative products then Little Grippers Sport Socks are a perfect gift. With a special #StayOnTechnology inside the cuff which makes the socks Stay Up and In Place all day long, the kids will never miss the winning shot because they are pulling their socks up.

Hypoallergenic and Dermatologist approved, adults can be sure that Little Grippers are suitable for all children.

Available to buy from £7.50 direct from Little Grippers

Stay On Technology – keeping socks On, Up and In Place for the entire tournament!

 

Books and More Books

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Books, books, books, we LOVE books and although we are so very glad that Horrid Henry is not our child we love to read about him and his antics.  Available to buy from all good bookshops, including The Book People, who have it on offer at the moment from £2.99, so bag yourself a bargain and encourage your kids to read.

We also couldn’t resist these sticker books from Usbourne, give our kids a sticker book and they are entertained for hours, we highly recommend the Usbourne Sticker books as even very young kids can peel them off without help, giving Mum and Dad a few minutes of peace and quiet…….

 

Slogan T’s to get the Message Across

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We love a kids slogan T-Shirt, there are hundreds on the internet, and we found these on the print4ustore via eBay for just £7.99, available right up to 13 years of age in a variety of colours you are spoilt for choice.

 

Become a Super Star Trickster!

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But if you are looking for something even bigger and better as a main present, then you can not go wrong with the Flick Urban Training Aid. We have seen this on line for sale from many different outlets including Argos and John Lewis, however Newitts have it on sale for £82.80.

With its unique front and rear ramps and the net in the middle your child can develop a huge number of new skills with our without a partner to play with.

Check the many videos on youtube of kids and adults improving their ball control, touch and volleying techniques as well as most importantly having fun!

 

We hope we’ve given you at least a couple of ideas to add to the obvious Club Kit that all kids love to have, for more articles by Little Grippers visit our Press page or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

 

Back To School Promotion

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To celebrate the start of the long summer holidays, we thought we would give you a sneaky discount code to spend on our School and Sports socks all ready for September.

What better way to start the next school year, than with a smart new uniform, but if your socks let you down by ending up around your ankles part way through the day, the whole expense of the quality skirts, shirts, jumpers and even blazers is thrown out of the window when your socks look a mess. ¬†Little Grippers #stayontechnology solves this issue, and your kids will be spick and span from morning til night (we can’t do anything about the mud or paint though I’m afraid).

Anyway to take advantage of our Back To School Promotion enter the code below at the checkout and you will receive a 15% discount on your order.

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Enter GECKOBTS16 at the checkout and get 15% off all School and Sports Socks‪ with our unique Stay On Technology

 

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*The promotional code applies to School and Sport socks only.  Little Grippers reserves the right to end the promotion at any time, without prior notification.

5 Star Feedback

When asked what one returning customer thought of Little Grippers as a company and a product here is what they wrote:

“I have been a Little Grippers customer and fan for over three years now. They are consistently of fantastic quality and clearly have a business ethos of putting the customers needs at the fore front of all their ideas.¬†

Their customer service is second to none and Little Grippers are always my first thought for that special gift for newborns as well as my own son. It’s a memorable/fun gift for new parents, especially those yet to experience the ‘where’s the other sock?’ drama as you get to grips with 10 tiny wriggly toes! I have bought around 6 sets over the last few years.¬†

They’ve proven to be a hit with everyone I know and friends have become new customers as a result.¬†

The transition into the adult sock market seems a given, they have gone from strength to strength and I am certain will continue that way. Their business acumen and skill of understanding their unique product will see them continue to soar, I am sure. 

I continue to watch the expansion of their company with interest and excitement and have only this weekend ordered another gift box for the ¬†first baby of a close friend!”

But don’t just take their word for it, after all that is just the opinion of one parent.

Take a look at our feedback scores on Amazon and the awards which we are so very proud of.

Amazon Feedback May 2016A huge thank you to all of our customers, and especially those who give us their feedback and help spread the word about Little Grippers and our socks all with #StayOnTechnology

Rachel ūüôā

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A Brand Created in the UK

So here we go, the story of Little Grippers, how we started and the reason we state that we are a Brand Created in the UK on some of our socks and Made in the UK on others.

Little Grippers was created by us below, a married couple with between us 50 years of experience in the textile industry.

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When we started 30+ years ago for Adrien and almost 20 years ago for me (Rachel – Ahem please note that I am the younger one…) we worked with and for companies who made fabrics in the UK, designed garments here, and produced them all in the UK. Sadly times have changed and the company that we used to work for who had 17 UK garment making factories supporting thousands of families with an income eventually had only one, and although they expanded across the world to many different countries and continents the company eventually went under too.

But we have not been put off with the decline in the UK to such an extent that when we developed Little Grippers we instantly went off shore, after all some of the most amazing and inspiring inventions and brands have come from the UK.

So here we are based, all of our design is done in the UK, and all of the unique and innovative Stay On Technology that was first developed in the East Midlands is still here and applied to each and every one of our socks in the UK before being packaged (again in the UK… sorry if I am getting boring) and then sent out to you our lovely customers who are based all over the world (Thank you!). ¬†There is only 1 robot in the whole world who can apply our Stay On Technology, and this can not be easily replicated what ever you hear, people have been trying ever since it was launched and have¬†not come close to the unique properties of being hypoallergenic, thin enough to let the skin breathe and also renewing itself with every wash therefore lasting the life time of the garment – it simply does not wash off either. ¬†So with all this, we are proud to call ourselves a brand CREATED IN THE UK.

Romantically or you could say idealistically we would love to have all of our socks totally produced here in the UK, and with all of our sourcing know-how, have tried, but sadly as customers moved off shore in the last 20 years, so did the experience and the machinery.  There is only one amazing factory that we have found in the UK that can produce the high quality, durable standard that we require to be a Little Grippers sock, and they are specialised in producing Sport Socks, even supplying some of the Premiership and the Championship teams and fans.  Over the past couple of years we have developed a sound relationship with them and are very proud to be able to say that all of our Sport Socks are MADE IN THE UK.

So what about our Baby, School and Welly Socks, well for a number of years, prior even to the idea of Little Grippers, we were working with a first class factory in Bangladesh, whose quality, factory and ethics are second to none, supplying the leading retailers in the UK, across Europe and in the USA, there was no other partner for us to bring along on the Little Grippers journey, they have been very supportive, after all setting up a new brand with its initial small orders is never an easy ride. We are truly grateful to them for persevering and believing in us where other factories would have turned us away.

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So there you have it, we are very proud to be a Brand Created in the UK.

If you are reading this and are a UK sock manufacturer who can produce consistently high quality, great fitting socks of any kind, we would LOVE to hear from you, after all there are always new ideas and collections being added to the range and you never know where the next path of the award winning  #stayontechnology sock journey will take us.

Thanks for reading and supporting us.
Rachel ūüôā

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#StayOnTechnology Saves the Day

The Daily Mails’¬†MailOnline Femail put our socks and their #StayOnTechnology to the toughest test of all, play dates, soft play and even muddy puddles – Little Grippers 3 v Harriet 0

Check out how Little Grippers conquered a very active toddler.  Stay On Technology wins the day!

#BlackFriday Competition

Black Friday is traditionally the Friday after Thanksgiving in America, and starts the Christmas Shopping season off.  Traditionally only a USA madness, Black Friday has now spread to the UK.  Thank you Asda and Walmart!! In black friday there are a lot of crazy offers and discounts, I got a crazy offer for some lol coaching sessions for an incredible price!

Well at Little Grippers we offer great value for an amazing product all year round, including our 3 pair packs on BABY SOCKS, and our twin packs on our SPORT SOCKS, not to mention the week long 5 pair pack of SCHOOL SOCKS.

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Not to be outdone, we have joined in with Black Friday and have run a give-away instead, who wants to buy something when you can win it for free ūüôā

So we thought we would offer you all the chance to win 1 of 5 pairs of our SPORT SOCKS with Stay On Technology.

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Our Sports Socks are designed to Stay Up for the entire tournament!  Gone are the days of children constantly pulling their sports socks up during a match.

Our Sports Socks are fully functional, with everything you would expect from a truly technical Sports Sock including Elasticated Ribbed Ankle Support, Micro Venting, Elasticated Foot Support, Flat Toe Seam, Padded Sole and Contour Fit

Our unique dermatologist approved hypoallergenic Stay On Technology is applied by robots inside the top of the socks to keep them in place.  Each sock has its size clearly knitted on the foot for easy pairing and its own little secret, our trendy Gecko hidden under the foot.

They are available in a range of colours and sizes for children aged 3 years to late teens.

 

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What better day to announce the winners than #CyberMonday!

Congratulations to our winners who entered via Facebook and Twitter, they are Amy Tidd, Laura Lou Dobney, Lorraine Foster, Simon Knuckey and Nathalie Taylor.

Please check out the range and contact us before Christmas to confirm which colour and size you would like for your child.

Prizes will be sent out within 14 days at the very latest.  Hopefully you will get them in time to put under the tree!!

 

Congratulations and thanks for entering our give-away.  We promise to bring you more in 2016!

#Spotted – our socks in Real People Magazine

No plug (for us anyway), just our cute Baby Socks #Spotted in Real People Magazine.

Our Ballerina socks are being cutely modelled by Caitlin, a little girl who was born into very difficult circumstances, she was suffering from Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) which is a type of brain damage that occurs when an infant’s brain doesn’t receive enough oxygen and blood.

You can read the full story in the magazine Real People, on the ITV News website and on Caitlins Cooling Cause website and help Caitlins Mum to raise vital money to provide more cooling machines to help neonatal wards save more babies.

Donate Here and keep in contact with Caitlins Cooling Cause on Facebook

 

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Fresh Find says Earnshaw’s

Honoured to be featured this month in the hugely popular industry publication Earnshaw’s. They recommend Little Grippers as one of their Fresh Finds in America.

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Earnshaw’s has proudly served as the voice of the children’s fashion and juvenile product industry for nearly a century in the USA.  Thousands of retailers and brand executives rely on the magazine, both in print and online, to hone their retail strategies and merchandising techniques, keep their assortments fresh and stay on top of the latest trends, technology and industry news. (Ask us for testimonials.)

Earnshaw‚Äôs¬†is also the only audited trade magazine in the children‚Äôs market. Their circulation rate is verified every issue by BPA Worldwide, the magazine industry‚Äôs leading resource for verified audience data. That means their magazines are mailed to more than 13,00 subscribers‚ÄĒguaranteed.

In addition to its award-winning print publication, Earnshaw’s also reaches thousands of followers on Facebook and Twitter, and many thousands more with its e-blasts, digital magazine and daily blog.

Award-winning, influential and insightful, Earnshaw’s continues to uphold its legacy as the children industry’s leading media resource.

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#WIN with HelloCanvas and Little Grippers

At Little Grippers we love babies feet, well to be honest babies everything, but we especially love to see those toes, but when its a bit cold, or they are out and about, we love to see them covered up in our Little Grippers Baby Socks with Stay On Technology. ¬†After all what’s the point of putting socks on them to keep them warm if all they do is fall off or be pulled off within minutes! ¬†Back to babies toes, how many times have you seen images of the cutest photos on the internet and thought I am going to do that with my baby?

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Actually, how many photos of your gorgeous little ones do you take on a daily basis??

Well if you are anything like the Little Grippers Family then it will be thousands each and every year, hundreds of the kids growing up, the kids playing, the kids with their friends, and the kids with their Dad, and very few of the kids with their Mum! I am always the one behind the camera, and therefore the one who tends to not feature in the pics.  But what ever you take pictures of, what do you do with them once you have taken them? Leave them on your phone/camera, upload them to Facebook, share them on Instagram or Twitter? How many of us actually print them out, put them in frames or put them on the wall? I know I would love to update our walls with new photos, but never seem to have the time to do anything about it.

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So whether you have amazing shots of your newborns, photos of your child on their first day of school, or of them playing football for the local team, we would like to give you the chance to do something with one of those amazing pictures that are fast becoming forgotten about on your PC somewhere. We have teamed up with HelloCanvas to bring you a bumper giveaway.

If you have never heard of HelloCanvas before, they were¬†founded in 2004 and are now the largest producer of canvas prints in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe! This is only possible because of their customers’ trust in their company, in combination with their enthusiastic team of 53 emplo¬≠yees, who work each day with tremen¬≠dous dedication and with lots of joy to deliver a great product. They thrive to deliver the best possible quality to you, while offering a great customer service at the same time. There mantra is “We love our job, we love our products and we love to work for you!”

They not only produce beautiful canvas prints, floating frames but also their NEW special HD Metal prints.

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We are offering you the chance to win 1 of 5 canvases with an image of your choice, and the added bonus of a choice between a Little Grippers Baby Gift Box or one of our Sport Socks Twin Packs.

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So if you would like a chance to win, leave a comment below and head over to HelloCanvas to enter.

Good Luck x

The competition runs until the 27th May and winners will be announced at the end of May.

For more chances to win you can also enter via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

P.S. Watch this space, we will be launching our new Welly Socks with Stay On Technology in time for the Festival Season!!

 

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

The following winners were selected at random:

Jo Harvey 

C Clarke 

Elsa K.Delgado-Angulo 

Kellie Jayne Bowers 

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Please get in contact with us at rachel@littlegrippers.co.uk, and in the meantime check out the Little Grippers range and select your prize

 

 

 

 

Take the Little Grippers #FloorChallenge!!

Have you heard of the Little Grippers Stay On Technology #FloorChallenge ?

Well TheBabyView.com Mums have tried it and YES it works!! 

Check out the review and then why don’t you have a go and see for yourself? All you need is a pair of Little Grippers Baby or Toddler Socks, and a child of course!

Plus if you send in a video of your #FloorChallenge, we will send you a free gift!!

Visit Youtube.com/LittleGrippersUK and have a look at the Little Grippers kids doing the #FloorChallenge to see how it’s done!

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Little Grippers are put to the ultimate test – a trip to the Mall!

The “Real Moms Real Views” group of Moms tried our Little Grippers Baby Socks and put them to the ultimate test – no shoes and a trip round the mall in a buggy! What else is there for a child to do whilst sat there, except play with their feet….. well in this case the constant trying to remove her socks didn’t work!

Check out the blog at realmomsrealviews.com

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Esther confesses her top pet peeve!

Esther at Cool Mom Picks has thrown a fortune away in tiny baby socks which have been lost along the way, but now with Little Grippers her problems are over.

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You can see the rest of the article at Cool Mom Picks and find out what else the Cool Moms have to say or listen to one of their many Podcasts

Thank you Esther for giving Little Grippers the Thumbs up!

Little Grippers Now Available in Eastern Europe

If you live in Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Croatia, or Poland and are looking to buy Little Grippers Baby or Sport Socks, then head over to Vivre.ro who have our products for sale for a limited time.

And don’t forget you can also buy them directly from us at¬†littlegrippers.com, we ship to most places in the world!!

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Countdown to Christmas! Week 2

So in this, our 2nd week of our Christmas Countdown we are looking at the decade of the shoulder pads, neon clothing, leg warmers, Madonna, Top Gun and vast over spending and the start of true commercialism. It is the 1980’s. Follow us as we take a trip down memory lane, and look at the most popular toys of the 1980’s and in particular the best selling toy from 1984.

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So apart from the garishness of the times it was perhaps the best decade to be a young child in (I can say that as I , Mrs Grippers spent the vast majority of my pre teenage years in the 1980’s).

Children in the 80’s were at the forefront of the computer gaming industry, at the beginning of the 1980’s we had the ZX Spectrum 48K with games such as Frogger and Pac Man. I remember playing them sitting in front of the lounge TV, the only TV in the house, and waiting an age for them to load.

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At the end of the 1980’s technology had come a million miles since the LED’s of the 1970’s, and in 1989 the Gameboy was released and everyone I know (including my Mum and Dad) became obsessed with fitting tiny blocks into different shaped holes, yes that’s right Tetris was born, and so were a generation of hand held gaming addicts whose thumbs now had a new purpose, well into the 90’s and beyond!

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Along with electronic computer games coming on in leaps and bounds so did electronic toys such as remote controlled cars, and games such as operation, of course kids can also play now a days in the phones and tablets that have many games for any to enjoy, with this devices you can even do money online if you use comparethebets mobile app to do the right bets all the time.

But it was a Japanese manufacturer who caught the imagination of children with a new range of toys including innocent cars, trains, planes and even buildings that changed into either Autobots or Decepticons Robots.

With headlines such as “More Than Meets The Eye” and “Robots In Disguise” Transformers became a number one toy of the 1908‚Äôs.

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But the biggest selling Toy of 1984 was a cute cuddly bear that had magic powers coming from its belly button!!! Indeed in 1984 my Mum describes the mad rush to buy Care Bears all over the country as being exactly like the horrific images and videos we saw only 11 days ago with the madness that has arrived in the UK that is Black Friday.

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Thankfully my Mum didn’t win the fight to buy me the Pink Care Bear (Cheer Bear) for Christmas that everyone wanted, instead I received a yellow Funshine Bear, and then for my Birthday a couple of months later I received Green Good Luck Bear.  I say thankfully, because I think this somehow managed to shape me into adult life, funny as it sounds, not having the same as everyone else was suddenly cool and made me realise that being different was actually a very good thing!! Since then I have never followed the crowd (unless I wanted too).

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However there is one toy that tops the Care Bears for the 80’s and although it wasn’t the biggest selling toy in 1984 it made up for it in other years.

It was the famous Rubiks Cube.  I can imagine that every household had one of these, and I can also imagine that like myself and my brother, that the coloured stickers were constantly peeled off by kids and replaced in the correct position when you just couldn’t do it…..! Shhh please don’t tell my Mum and Dad……

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Next week we will be looking at the beginning of the next century and all things TV and Movie led.

In the meantime check out our competition on our blog, or over on Facebook and Twitter and bag yourself £100 worth of Toys R Us Vouchers!!

 

A Thanksgiving Tradition

 

 

Thanksgiving is an American and Canadian Tradition, celebrating the bringing in of the Harvest from the previous years work. And is celebrated on the 2nd Monday in October in Canada and the 4th Thursday of November in America.

Here is an insight into how it is celebrated over the in states by the LIttle Grippers USA family.

Written by Little Grippers USA’s¬†Liz Smith

 

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Over the river and through the wood,

To Grandmother’s house we go.

The horse knows the way

To carry the sleigh

Through the white and drifted snow!

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Over the river and through the wood,

Oh how the wind does blow!

It stings the toes and bites the nose

As over the ground we go.

These are verses of the song my mother would sing as we traveled the interstate highway in our green station wagon, on our way to my grandparents‚Äô house for Thanksgiving. We certainly didn‚Äôt have horses or a sleigh- but when my mom was a little girl her family did. They had a barn full of horses, wagons, carts, and a sleigh. She and her brothers would bundle up in blankets as their father encouraged the horses to race across the snow – with the promise of a steaming mug of hot chocolate at the end of the ride. Her grandparents lived nearby and they could ride ‚Äúover the river and through the wood‚ÄĚ to visit. She often talks about those idyllic days, when the entire family gathered at every holiday, and no one lived farther than could be traveled by horse-power.

When I was a little girl we lived in the snow belt of upstate New York and I remember my father shoveling the snow into piles that reached way over my head on either side of the path to our front door. My brothers and I spent hours playing in the snow: sledding, building snow men and snow forts, making snow angels. Winter in the northeastern United States meant snow and quite often we had snow before Thanksgiving.

Perhaps this is why I always associate Thanksgiving with the cold ‚Äď and love the cozy feeling of sitting in front of the fire, cracking open walnuts, with the smell of the turkey roasting in the oven, and the pumpkin pies baking. I love Thanksgiving. There are no gifts to buy, and the focus is on family, friends, gratitude, and counting our blessings. Yes, there is a big meal to prepare, often for 10 or more people, but the Thanksgiving menu, while extensive, is quite simple due to tradition. In my family, and many others, there is little creativity needed to plan Thanksgiving dinner.

Turkey is a definitely required ‚Äď although we tried Turducken one year (similar to a Three Bird roast in the UK). I‚Äôm not sure if it was due to the departure from expectations, or unappetizing visual presentation of a boneless hen inside a boneless duck inside a boneless turkey ‚Äď all filled with a highly seasoned stuffing ‚Äď but it was not a hit. ¬†This year for the first time, I have ordered a farm fresh turkey. On Tuesday afternoon I will stop at the farm stand and pick up a turkey which was running around the farm just that morning. I can‚Äôt wait to find out if there is an improvement in flavor, or if anyone even notices.

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We have prepared stuffing the way my dad likes it for my entire life. Dad prefers his stuffing without any sage or seasoning of any kind other than salt and pepper. So I take two loaves of white bread, toast the slices lightly, and cut them into cubes. Thanksgiving morning I saute onions and diced apples in a lot of butter, add the cubes, lots of salt and pepper, enough chicken broth to moisten, and if I’m feeling daring I put some into the turkey and cook the rest separately. I have read all the warnings about how stuffing in the bird is unsafe because you can’t be sure it’s cooked properly and therefore could give all your guests food poisoning Рbut stuffing is infinitely better if it’s soaked up the turkey juices so we take our chances.

No garlic smashed potatoes for us. We have a minimalist approach to mashed potatoes. Boil them until soft, add butter and cream, salt and pepper, and mash to desired consistency. For us that means there are still some lumps to give texture ‚Äď we don‚Äôt want our mashed potatoes as smooth as baby food.

You won‚Äôt find jellied cranberry sauce in the shape of the can on my table.¬†My mom always makes the cranberry sauce¬†‚Äď just a couple of bags of cranberries boiled in orange juice with lots of sugar and a bit of cinnamon. Delicious! And she also brings a dish of squash ‚Äď nothing fancy, just a bit of salt, pepper, and some butter.

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We do like to have a bit of green on the table. This year I might get creative and do a dish of Brussels sprouts with Balsamic vinegar. Don’t know how the folks will react- and I probably will have a Green Bean Casserole as back-up. You know the one, it’s found on the Campbell’s mushroom soup can and involves canned green beans and French’s French Fried Onions. The recipe was developed by the Campbell’s Soup Company in 1955 and has been a staple in our family as long as I can remember.

Dessert is the one area where I can inject some creativity ‚Äď although it‚Äôs always pie and each guest has a favorite. My dad loves mince pie, which his mother made when he was young, and at that time the pies were truer to their British origins and actually contained meat and suet. These days a mince pie is made with dried fruit, sugar, molasses, lots of spices, and perhaps some rum. I buy them already made, or if I‚Äôm feeling adventurous I have put together a crust with a jar of mince meat, but one day I might feel ambitious enough to try this recipe from Martha Stewart.

Pumpkin pie is probably the most traditional Thanksgiving dessert, and the top request of my mom and son, so I always make at least one. And I always make at least one pecan pie- my personal favorite.

I have hosted our family‚Äôs Thanksgiving dinner for the last decade or more ‚Äď this is one of the times when I fervently wish I had a sister! This year we‚Äôll be 11 at the table, and we are the epitome of the American blended family. We‚Äôll have an 81-year span from the youngest (our 10-year-old daughter) to the oldest (my dad, intrepid at 91). We‚Äôll include friends, family, step-children, in-laws, grandparents, parents, and siblings.

I am feeling a sense of relief that Thanksgiving is upon us this year. We have lots to be thankful for ‚Äď our family has endured illness, surgeries, and even death in just the last couple of months ‚Äď and now everyone is mending well. The kids are all doing well at their various pursuits, and we even have a baby coming ‚Äď due on Christmas day. Thanksgiving Day is an annual reminder for us to slow down the pace and spend time with loved ones. And to remember that we are truly blessed!

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Remember, Remember the Fifth of November

So when I was little I always looked forward to Guy Fawkes Night, for me as a child it meant a huge bonfire at our local Rugby Club or School on which we burnt our ‘Penny for the Guy’, with amazing fireworks, hot dogs, toffee apples, and sparklers all celebrated with family and friends wrapped up head to toe in a hundred layers because the clocks had just gone back and the nights were drawing in and all of a sudden it was freezing cold.

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Well not a lot has changed in the 30 or so years, we still go to a organised local event, with a huge bonfire and fireworks, although the fireworks are a million times better than they used to be, many more, louder and bigger ones, and the weather isn’t as cold as I remember it being. One thing that has changed is the name, which is correct I am not sure, but in our house we now call it Bonfire Night.

We tend to make a big deal about the 5th of November (or the Saturday nearest to it…) in the Little Grippers household, with friends over before hand for the kids to play together, a huge feast of typical bonfire night foods including sausages, minted mushy peas (this is a Nottingham tradition that we didn’t mind adopting!!), corn on the cob and potato wedges. Tiffin and Toffee apples were wolfed down by the kids, who for them the toffee apples were a new experience (shhh don’t tell the dentist!).

Our nearest event is organised by our local Scout Group, it is a great family night and very well organised. ¬†The Beavers make the Guy Fawkes to go on the top of the bonfire, but I no longer see any other children with their home made Guy Fawkes, and not for 20 or so years have I seen any child ask for a “Penny for the Guy Miss?” sitting outside their local pub or shop. ¬†Is this due to Trick or Treat becoming ever so popular? With the huge amounts of sweets being collected on Halloween (we have enough to last the whole year!) why would any child go to the effort and expense of making a Guy Fawkes now a days?

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Now these are all traditions, but where did they start and what is it all about? Well if you are one of our many customers across the world then you may never have heard about Guy Fawkes, the Gun Powder Plot and Bonfire Night. To wonder why we light Bonfires across the country, burn a man on the top called Guy and set off hundreds of fireworks, as a strange custom would not be a silly question.¬† Well here is my quick history lesson (but be warned I wasn’t particularly good at History at school….)

In 1603 James I became King. Prior to his reign Queen Elizabeth I had persecuted Catholics across the land, and it was hoped that James I would be more tolerant and give more equal rights to Catholics, especially as his mother had been Catholic. However this did not appear to be the case, and a number of men grouped together and planned the Gun Powder Plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill the King and over throw his parliament on the 5th November 1605.  The plot was the most ambitious plot ever made, and consisted of placing 36 barrels of gun powder in a cellar below the Houses of Parliament in London.  The plot may have succeeded had it not been for a letter sent from one of the gang, to his friend Lord Monteagle, warning him not to attend the opening of parliament on the 5th November.

Guy Fawkes was caught red handed in the cellar, and was arrested and executed for his part in the plot.  Whether Guy Fawkes was the instigator of the whole plot or simply the man set to light the powder, is debated by historians, but one thing that everyone knows, is that he is the most infamous of the Gun Powder Plot Gang.  On the very same night, in celebration of the fact that the Houses of Parliament and the King did not fall foal to the plot, bonfires were lit across the country with and without effigies of Guy Fawkes.  And every year since 1605 the same tradition has been followed.

In later years fireworks were added as part of the celebration, and they grow bigger and better each and every year.

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Well, what ever the history, or the reasons behind the traditions, we love Bonfire Night, the family get together, and the fun we all have. So next year the Little Grippers parents will be encouraging the kids to make their own Guy Fawkes, not to stand on the street asking for money, but just for fun!!

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For those of you not old enough to remember the nursery rhyme about the Gun Powder Plot here is the whole thing:

Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder treason and plot.
We see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!

Guy Fawkes, guy, t’was his intent
To blow up king and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below
To prove old England’s overthrow.

By god’s mercy he was catch’d
With a darkened lantern and burning match.
So, holler boys, holler boys, Let the bells ring.
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.

And what shall we do with him?
Burn him!

Amazon is the new Market Place of choice for many

Everyone knows that if you want to buy anything on the internet, the first port of call for many of us is Amazon.  With its wide range of choice, a window into new brands that we have never heard of and in many cases quick delivery, Amazon is becoming the Market Place of choice for many customers.

Here at Little Grippers we aim to offer choice for customers and your shopping experiences, whether you prefer to wonder round the beautiful independent boutiques in your local town, visit various independent pop up markets, or have it be directly delivered to your door via the web, through www.littlegrippers.com,  Amazon, or other retail websites, we know that you will not be dissapointed with your purchase and shopping experience.

We ship to all over the world from www.littlegrippers.com to the UK through www.amazon.co.uk and to the USA through www.amazon.com all from our offices and warehouse here in Nottinghamshire UK

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We pride ourselves on our serivce, quality of product, speed of delivery and after sales customer service.  And it has not gone unnoticed, thank you to everyone who takes the time to rate our products and send us comments, we appreciate each and every one.

 

Here are a few comments we have received recently on our amazon.co.uk account all giving us 5 Stars out of 5:

Great product, socks that stay up, Yayyyyy

– My tall 13 year old granddaughter says they are great. They fit her size 8 (adult size 8) foot and reach her knees and the important bonus is she said they stay up all day. It is good to know socks like these are available as we had spent weeks trawling the shops looking for socks to fit her. Look no more these are the best. A great buy.

– Just what my granddaughter needed for school. Prompt delivery.

– Never seen socks like these before but they are very good and my daughter thinks they are very grown up.

– Arrived quickly lovely socks exactly as described thankyou

– Ordered for my Granddaughter, she has very slim legs and these socks really do stay up! Lovely quality, not sure how they will wash over time, but definitely 5 star up to now.

– Great product, these sports socks really work and stayed up throughout my training session. No more bending down to pull annoying socks up from around my ankles. Will be buying more, thanks Little Grippers!

Fabulous item and quick delivery. Thank you.

РReceived quicker than expected. Perfect. First pair of socks my son actually wants to wear! 

– Item arrived just a couple of days after placing my order. Most impressed with speed and efficiency.

Very good quality even after washing. keeps my son warm under his school trousers

 

We LOVE customer feedback, and are very grateful to all of our customers, we would also LOVE it if you sent us pictures of your little or not so little ones wearing their Little Grippers, each picture will be promoted on our website and/or facebook page, so please get snapping and send us your pictures.

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A Busy Busy Summer!

Flat out is one way to describe the Little Grippers 2014 summer!

We have been designing display units, picking, and packing  our School Socks all ready for Back To School in the Top 20 BHS stores in the UK which are selling well even before the Back To School Panic!

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Launching Little Grippers across the Atlantic in the States so that American babies and children are no longer struggling with lost or untidy socks!  If you are in America, you can now buy directly from the Little Grippers website and pay in dollars.

Being discovered and loved in Italy, and now working with a number of Italian Bloggers, including La Borsa Di Mary Poppins whilst we get Amazon Italy on the case to sell our Baby and School Socks for all of the Bambino and Bambini out there!!

And right back at the beginning of July we attended the fabulous Independent Kidswear Show where we met a number of lovely independent retailers who now stock our Socks with Stay On Technology including Sweathearts Childrenswear in Newton-Le-Willows

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We are now patiently waiting to find out if we have won a Mumii Best Baby and Toddler Gear Award for our Baby Socks, keep your fingers crossed for us!

To Top it all off we are extremley proud to have won another coveted Bizzie Baby GOLD award, this time for our Boys Knee High School Socks.  They are selling fast, so avoid the Back to School Panic and buy yours now!

Phew, that’s it for the moment………

But watch this space ūüôā

 

Drown Prevention Awareness Week

When our little ones were born, we were determined to ensure that our children learnt to be happpy, relaxed and safe in the water from an early age.  We therefore joined our local Water Babies swimming lessons which started when they were tiny and finish as they go to school being able to swim totally unaided in the pool or sea.

Well next week is Drown Prevention Awareness Week in the UK and the Water Babies Team has put together this Fact Sheet as a good guide.

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You can find out about your local Water Babies Lessons here, or if you are local to the Little Grippers HQ in Nottinghamshire you can e-mail Marie Smith directly at Marie.Smith@waterbabies.co.uk

We would highly recommend teaching your baby to swim from as young an age as possible.  Here are 2 of the Little Grippers Family Babies happy in the water at about 8 months old.

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Sock of Choice for Mummy Of Two

Mummy of Two blogger Tami Anderson ranked number 128 in Tots 100 Parent Blogs, discovered that Little Grippers are now “her sock of choice” for her little girl, and once she’s at school, she will be buying Little Grippers School Socks too!

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To see the review and catch up with Tami’s other news, visit¬†mummyoftwo.com

We don’t just make baby socks

This weeks review comes from UKMums.tv who realized that we don’t just make Baby Socks with Stay On Technology, and has now bought our Sports Socks too!!

 

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You can read the review and see what else UKMums.tv have been up to at www.ukmums.tv

Looking for a Useful Baby Shower Gift? Try Nonabox!

Do you struggle with what to buy for the ever increasingly popular ‘Baby Shower’, or do you simply want to treat yourself to a surpirse gift for your little ones every month? Well if so why not give the Nonabox concept a try.

What is Nonabox we hear you cry.  Well here is how they describe themselves:

Nonabox accompanies you through your pregnancy and your baby’s first two years.

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Every month we send a box full of specially selected top-quality products, chosen for youand reflecting your stage of motherhood, from pregnancy through your baby‚Äôs first two years… The total value of the box is always superior to that of the subscription cost!

We only chose brands that stand out for their quality and usefulness

We do not allow brands to pay to collaborate with Nonabox. It is the experiences of real mothers and your reviews that fill Nonaboxes.

Only £25 a month and p&p is always free!

Each month we renew your subscription automatically. There is no retention period so you cancel your subscription whenever you want. It is a great opportunity!

 

We were delighted to be included in the Nonabox for March in the UK.

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Nonabox is not just available in the UK, it is spread across Europe including Austria, Germany, Italy, and Spain.

In March 2014 every parent received a beautifully presented box packed full of useful desirable products, including:

Little Grippers – Baby Socks with Stay On Technology /¬†Jack N’Jill – Toothpaste

Faye and Lou РMuslins / Viking Toys РMini Chubbies

Pasito a Pasito РSpoon / Templar Publishing РYou, by Emma Dodd

Goodies РRed Berry Burst Rice Cakes / Mam РAnti-Colic Bottle

Mam РFirst Toothbrush / Nonabox РLove Cards

 

To purchase a gift, or to become a monthly subscriber of Nonabox please vist their website nonabox.co.uk or nonabox.com if you live outside of the UK. The March box is still available!

It is definelty value for money, and you get to trial some amazing brands. You will not be disappointed!!

And The PB Dad’s Thumbs Up Award goes to….?

Check out the latest edition of the Prima Baby and Pregnancy Magazine, our Baby Socks have received the sort after¬†PB¬†Dad’s Thumbs Up Award¬†from¬†Tim Glanfield¬†the¬†Editor¬†of the¬†Radio Times.

Thank you Tim!

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New for Spring

Spring is now well and truly here, with daffodils and crocuses popping up everywhere and a glorious weekend of sun and blue skies, doesn’t everything seem better. Isn’t it magical how a little bit of sun and vitamin D flowing through our veins makes us feel more relaxed and happy!

And what a perfect time to launch our new Spring Collections, with our gorgeous colour palettes and trendy designs your little ones will be blossoming in our baby and toddler socks all with Stay On Technology.

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Whether you have a budding explorer who loves our Jungle inspired sock or a little flower who will look adorable in our ballet shoe design, there is something for everyone.

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Check them out at littlegrippers.co.uk/product-category/baby-toddler/

Little Grippers Sports Socks Given the Thumbs Up by Scottish Mum

The amazing Scottish Mum Ranked Number 47 out of Tots 100 Top UK Bloggers has reviewed our Little Grippers Sports Socks with a very positive outcome, THEY STAY UP РALL THE TIME!!

 

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To visit the Scottish Mum Blog and find out more click here

Little Grippers is 1 Today!!

ONE YEAR AND COUNTING

Wow they say time flies when you have children, but I can absolutely say that it flies equally as fast when you have a new business (and children) too!

Little Grippers launched ONE YEAR AGO and what a lot has happened in that short space of time.

We launched at the Childrens Trade Show Bubble London with a stand at the back of a small room with lots of other new brands and we had no idea what to expect.  We were busy from the word go!

Our first range consisted simply of 4 School Socks and 1 Baby Sock in 4 traditional pastel colours, since then we have had a number of new products and colourways and at the end of February we launch our new Spring Range for 2014 which will see our colours and styles increase even further.  In our first year our new products included Designs on the Baby Socks, a new Warm and Cosy Towelling Baby Sock, our innovative Sports Socks and shortly we will be launching our first Welly Socks, all with our unique and innovative Stay On Technology.

So after year 1, yes, we are still here, and bigger and better than ever with a Bumper Year of Awards behind us.

In December the brand was awarded the ‚ÄėMums Love Award‚Äô by Babyworld.co.uk and a further Silver placement in the Bizziebaby Awards 2012/13 for our market leading, innovative children‚Äôs socks with ‚ÄėStay On Technology‚Äô.¬† Little Grippers also achieved a top five placement in Campaign Magazine‚Äôs Top 10 Radio Ads 2013 alongside the likes of Dove, Volkswagen, Dept for Transport and Phillips. ¬† Have a listen to our ads¬†here¬†and decide for yourself.

Our founder, Rachel Pettiford, won second place in the Work for Mums 2013 Marvellous Mumpreneur Awards, whilst the company was shortlisted in the Nursery Trader Awards 2013 and received a nomination for two awards in the Mumpreneur Awards and the LBP Awards 2013.   In addition, Little Grippers socks also received a Gold and Silver placement for their Baby and Girls School Sock ranges earlier in the year as part of the Bizziebaby Awards 2012/13.

Commenting on the awards, Co-founder Adrien Pettiford, says: ‚ÄúWe are delighted to have received such recognition for our business and products within our first trading year. The parent tested awards are particularly important to us as they really stand as testament to our products innovation and quality.¬† Receiving not one, but three five star reviews from Babyworld.co.uk testers was really encouraging and similarly to have been placed three times in the Bizziebaby Awards 2012/13 really affirms our commitment to producing solutions based products that solve age-old frustrations‚ÄĚ.

Since launching back in January 2013, we have recieved a large amount of publicity including Local and National Press a well as featuring on Radion Stations including the BBC and a large number of reviews from some very talented Bloggers.

We would like to thank everyone who beleived in us from the beginning, our fantastic 50 boutiques for taking the decision to stock us and most importantly of all, all of our customers who return again and again to buy more of our Little Grippers Socks.

 

So what is next for 2014 and Little Grippers?  

Well first we launch our new Welly Socks and add more designs and colours to the Baby Collection in time for the warmer months in the UK. ¬†And at the same time we launch Little Grippers USA!! ¬†By the end of the year you will have also got to know Daisy and ‘The Land of the Lost Socks’ a little better……. Shhh our lips are sealed…..

Watch this space, we hope you come with us and continue on the Little Grippers Journey!

The Little Grippers Family xx

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Evidence Proves that Smart School Uniforms Increase Grades

We have always believed that a smart school uniform gives pupils a sense of pride, and encourages them to work hard to succeed at school, well now there is evidence to support this.

The Daily Mail published this article at the beginning of the year:

Smart school uniforms linked to academic success of UK’s schools

Pupils in seven out of ten of England’s top State schools wear blazers and ties, research revealed last night.

Figures published by the Tories show that the majority of the 100 comprehensives and grammars with the best results impose a traditional uniform policy.

Education spokesman Michael Gove said it provides compelling evidence that a smart dress code leads to academic success – as well as helping teachers enforce discipline and giving them the ease of utilize a software like the ClassDojo to help organize the classroom.

The figures were drawn from a list of the top schools for GCSE achievement. Just one school – at number 100 – has no uniform policy at all, while 14 insist on ties but allow jumpers instead of blazers.

Among faith schools, the link was even stronger – with 19 of the top 20 stipulating blazers.

The jackets, sporting the school crest, are commonplace in independent schools, but have been replaced by casual sweatshirts in many comprehensives.

Mr Gove, the Shadow Schools Secretary, has called for all state schools to copy the ethos of the best.

A Tory government under David Cameron would encourage state schools to introduce the blazer as a key element of their dress code.

They would not be forced to do so, but Ofsted inspectors would mark schools which have blazers as the “gold standard”.

The Tories would also monitor the price of blazers – often the most expensive item on the uniform shopping list – to make sure poorer parents were not excluded from dressing their children properly.

Mr Gove argues that a blazer can be bought for as little as £29 in some shops and can last for more than one school year.

The moves are part of a policy to champion what is best about the top schools, including sitting in rows, standing up when a teacher enters the classroom and addressing them by their proper title.

Schools would also be expected to appoint prefects and head boys and girls.

Following the grammar schools row last spring, which triggered several months of misfortune for the Tories, Mr Cameron has tried seize back the agenda on education.

Mr Gove said last night that smart uniforms improve pride and promote a sense of belonging among pupils.

He added: “It is no coincidence that many of the best-performing state schools have proper school uniforms.

“A smart dress code encourages a culture of respect in the classroom which makes it easier for teachers to ensure proper discipline.

“Unless we can sort out the problems with discipline and behaviour in schools, our children will be ill-equipped for the future.”

Three of the top four schools – which had a 100 per cent A* to C pass rate at GCSE – have blazers. They are Thomas Telford School, Telford, the Priory LSST, Lincoln and Guru Nanak Sikh School in Hillingdon.

The fourth, Brooke Weston College near Corby, Northamptonshire, requires children to wear a shirt and tie, but does not have blazers.

There has been anecdotal evidence of smart uniforms increasing standards – but the Tory research shows for the first time the clear link between dress code and academic success.

GCSE passes at Fulham Cross School in West London rose from 42 per cent to 53 per cent after a uniform was introduced, with headmistress Carol Jones saying blazers instilled “an incredible sense of pride”.

See the article here:  www.dailymail.co.uk

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Help keep your child looking smart in their blazers, ties, skirts and shorts with our Little Grippers School Socks with Stay On Technology, keeping them up, smart and tidy all day long! 

Top 10 Radio Ads for 2013….. Little Grippers 5th!!

During the Back To School period in 2013 we ran our Radio Adverts across the East Midlands introducing you all to Daisy, the star of “The Land of the Lost Socks” the story behind Little Grippers.

We are delighted to announce that we came 5th in the Campaign Lives Top 10 UK Radio Ads for 2013, beating brilliant adverts from companies such as Warburtons, Weetabix and Transport for London.  Winning the title of best Radio Ad was Dove followed by Volkswagon.

If you missed the ads, you can hear the first of  4 parts here.  Parts 2, 3 and 4 can also be heard on our Youtube channel.

Watch this space as the book The Land of the Lost Socks is in work and due to be published in 2014!!