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Francesca Mifsud is the savvy business brain behind Island Bebe – the online parenting platform offering local information, inspiration, and guidance for local parents and child carers on the island. With Christmas just around the corner, we’re so happy Francesca found time to chat to us about her top We Are Not A Shop picks. Find out what she selected, below.

Francesca, we’re thrilled to have you with us today. Since we’re all gearing up for Christmas, could you talk us through some of your favourite festive picks?

I’d love to. The first thing I spotted was this alphabet storybook, which would make the perfect Christmas gift for my son. This is his first proper Christmas (he’s only 15 months old) so he’s experiencing everything for the first time, and we’d like to make it as memorable as possible.

Then, I went for this dog shampoo – which is self-explanatory really. My dog’s a total princess so it felt appropriate. She’s a very chilled, lazy, Labrador and we constantly spoil her with 5-star treatment. She’ll definitely enjoy this.

I also love this Christmas wreath. I’ve been on the lookout for a wreath for a while, and this one instantly caught my eye. It’s a gorgeous colour and will look great hung on my front door.

I wasn’t planning on buying anything for the men in my life, but the man flu recovery kit seemed like an ideal, tongue-in-cheek, stocking filler. I couldn’t not get it.

This set of pearls is beautiful, too. The pieces on We Are Not A Shop are so classic and elegant, you can really wear them with anything.

Then, I’m constantly searching for stocking fillers for the family, so this Christmas mug was right up my street. After all, everyone needs a holiday mug, don’t they?

Finally, I selected this squeaky chicken for my dog (I told you she’s spoilt). My son is always stealing her toys so it’s only fair that I find her replacements. I chose this dog tag for her too. Not that she needs it; she never leaves our side!

Did you pick any items with someone specific in mind?

I did indeed. It’s hard not to when all I’ve been thinking about is Christmas shopping.

So, I picked the book for my son, the dog items for…my dog, the man flu recovery kit for my father, and, finally, the pearls for my mother. I think she’ll adore them.

We know this is a tough question, but do you have a favourite item?

It’s probably a tie between the wreath and the pearls.

We love those, too! And is there anything you would personally like to receive as a Christmas gift?

A day to sleep! Jokes aside, I’d have to say this pair of handcrafted earrings. I rarely treat myself to jewellery, but I wouldn’t say no to receiving them as a gift.

How would you describe We Are Not A Shop to someone who doesn’t know about it?

A unique place to find something different for the special people in your life.

Now, what do you like about the We Are Not A Shop concept?

That the products are so original – you really don’t find pieces like this everywhere. The website is wonderfully curated with a fantastic mix of items for anyone to enjoy. And I love the fact that it’s all for charity, of course.

Would you recommend We Are Not A Shop to a friend?

Yes, all day every day.

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