If you’re looking for really unique Christmas gifts for kids, furniture designer Nell Beale has added some hopping, roaring and leaping to her children’s range.

So if her breath-taking children’s fairytale wardrobes are something to be coveted, you can still invest in some of these smaller scale pieces of a four legged nature to get the CoucouManou feel into your home.



The Leaping Hares and Bumbling Bears bookends are based on a design Nell created for Harrods years ago. These lovely bookends are just delightful with the hare and bear silhouettes coming in block colours sat on a natural wood block.

Spinning off from the bookends, there are a range of cut out animal shapes, Les Animaux. Chunky enough to stand up on their own, they are 10cm tall and a lovely size for imaginative play or as decorative items.  Les Animaux come in sets of four – the African range with an elephant, rhino, hippo and lion and the European range with a bear, a sheep, a cat and a hare. Or you can email to arrange a bespoke set if you wish!

Coming wrapped lovingly in coloured tissue, both ranges are made from birch plywood, and as with all CoucouManou products, the paints are non-toxic and the wax is toulene free so absolutely child friendly in every way.

CoucouManou bookends (£29 a pair) and CoucouManou Les Animaux (£35 for a set of 4) are available at www.coucoumanou.com