What would you get from Cath Kidston if you had to?

(44 Posts)
Rooners Thu 02-Jan-14 10:09:54

I have got a gift card from an internet refund in store last summer.

I went and bought a bag the other day but don't really like it (in fact I got two, and don't like either)

So they are going back
but what to actually get? I get the feeling a lot of it is overpriced, under-quality stuff that's just basically fashionable tat, but what I like to buy is stuff that is nice quality, and not just 'image' based - something that is good and will last.

So what would you recommend from Cath's? I have got about £65 to spend.

Moln Thu 02-Jan-14 10:16:16

A sewing box, mostly because I need one, and as mine sits on a open shelf it'd be good for it to look nice. It is however madly overpriced.

Other than that I need to replace my address book so that also. Failing that mugs, I quite like the shape and size of them in Cath Kidson.

That's it really.

buttercrumble Thu 02-Jan-14 10:18:47

A jumper , dd has a couple of lovely ones which have washed really nicely

Onesleeptillwembley Thu 02-Jan-14 10:19:24

Save the card and give it as a gift to someone that likes that shite stuff.

Moodykat Thu 02-Jan-14 10:19:46

I agree with the mug vote! Although you'd need a few for £65!

LemonDough Thu 02-Jan-14 10:19:54


madamecake Thu 02-Jan-14 10:20:53

Not a fan of Cath Kidston either.
Would probably get a spotty tablecloth, tea towels or some cushions to throw on the bed.

SuperStrength Thu 02-Jan-14 10:21:14


curlew Thu 02-Jan-14 10:26:51

Do you have any baby presents to buy? The baby gros are lovely.

A dressing gown?

One of the big tote bag things? I quite like those.

I think you're wrong about quality, by the way- overpriced and "safely trendy" yes - but in my experience the quality is good.

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Thu 02-Jan-14 10:28:05

Yes I'd buy a tablecloth. They're quite nice and quite expensive.

pictish Thu 02-Jan-14 10:28:11

Was just looking at the site there. I'm not a huge Kidston fan really, but I would have no trouble spending £65.

However...wtf is a toast plate?

Honestly they'll say anything to sell something. A fucking toast plate?

ZeroSomeGameThingy Thu 02-Jan-14 10:29:28


The penguin ones are very jaunty - and there are some rather nice retro flower prints or polka dots. Brushed cotton. They do last. I've been buying them for other people for a few years - this year my DM reciprocated and gave me some for Christmas.

But I've found it very easy to ignore everything else....

SundaySimmons Thu 02-Jan-14 10:32:16

I'd be stuck. I don't like the majority of her stuff but last year I bought a navy velvet bag from there and it is very nice. I got it because I was with my sons girlfriend and we went in the shop as she gets a student discount!

All the floral stuff is very twee and I'd get easily bored.

I've just looked at the website and can only see the Stanley salt and pepper shakers that would amuse me for a short while


If you don't see anything you like, I would buy things in the sale that you know other people would like and keep them as standby gifts.

pictish Thu 02-Jan-14 10:32:24

Love these though!
They're not to everyonbe's taste I'm sure, but I think they are very cute.

SundaySimmons Thu 02-Jan-14 10:33:56

Another Stanley item


For a money box it's not that big and over priced

Rooners Thu 02-Jan-14 10:34:36

Oh pyjamas sounds Okay. Tablecloths - I will have a look, though I don't use a table really and I know the baby would be great at that trick where you pull the corner and everything falls off grin

I think the quality is generally Ok but things like, the bags not being lined (some of the more plasticy ones, like the horsey tote) and some clothes not being lined, that sort of thing annoys me. They have a lot of reviews saying 'this skirt should be lined at this price, you shouldn't get away with it!' and so on.

Mugs are great I agree.
I will wander into town and see what is left. The bags I got are lovely quality and a good size, but I find myself a bit embarrassed at the flowery prints, because it's what we were into when we were doing our GCSEs about 25 years ago and I can't bring myself to revisit post Victorian stuff grin

Rooners Thu 02-Jan-14 10:35:33

Oh and thankyou so much for all the suggestions - wasn't expecting so many good ideas!

(I don't know anyone who shops there, so can't really pass it on)

deirdrae Thu 02-Jan-14 10:36:02

Quality is good. But I wouldn't buy a bag, they're everywhere.

SundaySimmons Thu 02-Jan-14 10:43:10

I have to say that when we were out shopping (I'd taken my son and his girlfriend out for the day to Cardiff), that the Cath kidston shop was heaving and there was a queue for the till, so she is obviously very popular.

I've just seen this

I'm in the wrong business, I should be making those and selling at a tremendous profit instead!

Rooners Thu 02-Jan-14 10:50:46

This is it, the stuff is nice but for the price it is a bit, well, it's just overpriced basically.

The only thing I REALLY like is the digital wallpaper. That's like £150 a roll I think or something though.

I like the big spotty bags but they had run out in the nicer colours.

Lurleene Thu 02-Jan-14 10:52:44

How about luggage? The shop sells some pretty weekend / overnight bags for around that price mark.

madmomma Thu 02-Jan-14 10:53:31

the bird print is lovely. I'd get a purse in that print. Or maybe the weekend bag

Kikithecat Thu 02-Jan-14 11:45:18

A duvet set should use up your £65

Pancakeflipper Thu 02-Jan-14 11:46:35

Sewing box. I am not a CK fan but I love my sewing box.

Rooners Thu 02-Jan-14 11:47:51

I think I am all bagged out really but the holdalls are really nice.

I also like the Space duvet set but it looks to be sold out. I wonder if the shop has got any left.

It's a bit ££ but if you've got to spend the money on something, it makes sense to get something nice.

Rooners Thu 02-Jan-14 11:48:33

The sewing boxes are beautiful. I just inherited about 20 tons of old sewing equipment, button tins and material from my Granny though so not sure I can take any more!

Dancingqueen17 Thu 02-Jan-14 15:45:08

Bedding looks nice til you have to launder it, then it looks crap without precision ironing. Quite like the towels and also like the bird prints scarf or brolly.

greeneyes1978 Thu 02-Jan-14 15:59:12

Get the mushroom dress, it's so cool!

BillyBanter Thu 02-Jan-14 16:11:03

I had no idea they did such a big range.

penguin pjs
mushroom dress
bird dress

Allthingsprettyreturns Thu 02-Jan-14 18:15:45

Tablet case
Travel pass holder

HermioneWeasley Thu 02-Jan-14 18:17:31

Won't use up £65, but I am evangelical about the
Christmas Organiser

Beaverfeaver Thu 02-Jan-14 19:59:12

Dog bed

Rubybrazilianwax Thu 02-Jan-14 21:20:31

Pjs or dressing gown. Their clothes are dire

collywobble Thu 02-Jan-14 21:24:09

The plimsolls are great quality and made by converse apparently.

Emo76 Thu 02-Jan-14 21:28:25

tea towels, oven glove and oil cloth to herald in spring!

nothing to wear.

SconeForAStroll Thu 02-Jan-14 21:37:25

I got the Stanley salt and pepper shakers for Christmas. They are v.nice.

The big mugs are great, a really good amount of tea but I don't have anything else.

FallonColby Thu 02-Jan-14 21:38:11

You are right it is tat and I would be really hard pushed to buy anything. I would probably use the money to stock up on presents for others- how about some pjs or back packs for little ones.

joanofarchitrave Thu 02-Jan-14 21:41:00

If you have any tiny nieces with birthdays coming up, the tea set in a little suitcase is really sweet.

CointreauVersial Thu 02-Jan-14 22:40:38

I really want a sewing box, but they are a bit pricey.

Wuxiapian Thu 02-Jan-14 23:23:13

The wool scarves are lovely.

Bumbez Thu 02-Jan-14 23:27:09

I have some bone china mugs that are still going strong 8 years on!

I have a pair of pjs (well, the trousers), and a thin cotton dressing gown. Love both. Also have a zip up Kindle pouch. I like the baby stuff - do you know anyone pregnant who you might need to buy a gift for?

Picturesinthefirelight Thu 02-Jan-14 23:33:23

I just bought dd the duck egg duvet cover as it matches her room but I hate the pink flowery stuff

StarlightMcKingsThree Thu 02-Jan-14 23:37:09

Soap. It's practical and doesn't look shite when unwrapped like most of their stuff.

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