PuddleDucks – Quality by Design

When we started PuddleDucks seven years ago, we scouted around for the best kids waterproof gear from Scandanavia.  We were determined to find waterproofs that would really work and would last. After looking at a number of manufacturers we selected Abeko from Sweden as our supplier of choice.  We liked the look and quality of their gear and were impressed that the children’s clothes were designed specifically for the needs of children.  Abeko’s 60 years of experience in manufacturing rainwear was also reasssuring for our new business as quality was key right for us from the start.  There were cheaper options out there but they simply didn’t compare.  We decided to spend a couple more Euro and go for gear that ‘Does what it says on the tin!’ Looking back, we definitely made the right choice!  And it seems that our customers certainly agree with us.  Over the years we have constantly heard how delighted our customers are with the quality and durability of our gear.  Many customers can’t believe that their first set of waterproofs are still going strong years later having been passed down from one sibling to another!  Here are just some of the comments we’ve recieved from customers about the Abeko waterproofs.

The superb quality of the Abeko gear is not created by accident. Abeko have been manufacturing quality waterproofs in Sweden for over 60 years. They use the very best materials, the best manufacturing processes and carry our rigerous testing on the gear.

The tests are carried our on all the products before they are approved.  New materials, seams, tape systems, welds and construction methods all have to be passed by Abeko Labs to prove their worth. They don’t go easy on the clothing! They scratch it, stretch it, wash it, measure it and cut it before the gear can pass the tests.  They test all their products and ideas. Everything has to be passed by Abeko Labs. Have a look at the photos below of just two of these tests.

So by buying Abeko at PuddleDucks you can be sure that you are buying the best quality waterproofs in the world.

Abeko Button Testing Machine

Abeko Watertightness Testing Machine

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Win PuddleDucks vouchers with Tweekaboo

We’re very proud to sponsor the latest competition on Tweekaboo to win one of three €50 PuddleDucks vouchers. To enter just follow this link and enter the competition on the tweekaboo Facebook page. The competition closes on January 27th.

Tweekaboo is a photo and video diary that tells the story of your child’s life. It merges your phone’s camera with an online digital diary. It allows you to upload the priceless photos and videos captured on your phone to create a private diary telling the story of your child’s early years.


Main features:

  • Capture texts, photos and videos with your phone.
  • Save them to your secure, private online diary.
  • Share them with family and friends within tweekaboo’s private social network or on Facebook and Twitter.

Coming Soon: Print photobooks, Greeting cards, Birthday invitations & more. Order photos straight from your phone.

How to Use:

Simply snap a photo or video with tweekaboo’s inbuilt camera or upload directly from your phone’s photo album. Your photos and videos can be tagged for easy organisation and sharing facilities are categorized for ease of use.

It is currently available as an iPhone App with an Android App due to be released soon.

Check out all the details about tweekaboo at www.tweekaboo.com

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Christmas Delivery at PuddleDucks

It isn’t long now to the big day but there’s still time to get that practical pressie from PuddleDucks in time for Christmas. To guarantee delivery for Christmas the last posting date for Express Post to Ireland is Wednesday December 21st. For delivery to the UK, the last posting date is Friday December 18th. If you are in any doubt about whether your order will get to you by Christmas, please call us on 021 4372917 or email us at info@puddleducks.ie

And don’t forget, we also offer a Gift Wrapping and Gift Voucher service.

And finally …. a very Happy Christmas to all our customers and friends from Suzanne and Aedan at PuddleDucks!

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PuddleDuck-ers Out and About 14

The latest in our PuddleDuck-ers Out and About series comes to us from Eleanor Heffernan showing her 2 fellas Cian and Oisín, having great fun in their new PuddleDucks gear.

Over to Eleanor “I would like to say thank you for my order, received impeccably packed and in zip time too. my two boys (Oisin, 13 months, Cian, 3 in December) have worn them daily since they arrived on Thursday. They look really great on, nice and baggy and bright and have been just right for mucking about in the front garden without Mammy feeling slightly stressed about just how damp they are getting.”

Thanks so much Eleanor, Oisín and Cian. Here’s some lovely photos of the lads in their gear:

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Our Christmas Competition – Win Santa’s Rooftop Scramble

It’s Christmas time again and this year we have another great Christmas competition for you. You could win one of two prizes of this year’s hottest board game, Santa’s Rooftop Scramble, courtesy of Luz Java.  This Irish made game offers endless hours of fun for all the family and with a retail price of just €19,99, it’s sure to be a winner with families looking for real value this Christmas.

To enter our competition just answer this simple question.

What nationwide toy store chain is selling Santa’s Rooftop Scramble?

You can find out the answer below.

Just email your answer together with your name to us at competition@puddleducks.ie

Competition Terms & Conditions:

  • Closing Date: 11th December 2011  ** Note competition now closed!!
  • Just one entry per family please
  • Winners will be drawn at random

Here’s all the info about Santa’s Rooftop Scramble:

Multiple award winning couple Noel Donegan and Luz Java have reached new heights with their latest addition to the market.

“Santa’s Rooftop Scramble,” their new board game is already a top seller this year in Smyth’s Toys.

This inventive and enterprising couple have an impressive catalog of awards to their name;

  • Dream Toy
  • Creative Toy of the year
  • Good Toy Guide Gold Medal Winners
  • MAX – IT Award winners
  • Science Museum – Smart Play Award winners

Santa’s Rooftop Scramble offers endless hours of fun for all the family and with a retail price of just €19,99 its sure to be a winner with families looking for real value this Christmas.

Noel said ” It’s important in these financially challenging times to offer real value to already hard pressed families.”  Noel and Luz made a decision to settle on a reduced profit margin by manufacturing Santa’s Rooftop Scramble, here in Ireland as opposed to China. Noel Said ” Hasbro Ireland did a marvelous job on the manufacturing as you would expect from one of the worlds leading toy manufacturers.

“We are proud to be supporting Irish manufacturing and Irish jobs,”added Luz.

Whether you are 5 years old or 95 years old Santa’s Rooftop Scramble is a joy to play and a wonderful way to get everyone together for some magical and fun filled family time.

And as if that was not enough Santa’s Rooftop Scramble has another great surprise waiting for you when you open the box. Inside is a competition leaflet that allows you to send your picture and your name to Noel and Luz. If you are the lucky winner of the competition then Noel and Luz will have your picture illustrated and included alongside your name as one of the letter to Santa cards to be included in the next production run of Santa’s Rooftop scramble.

To see the cards and how you can be “immortalized,” in a best selling board game log onto www.luzjava.com

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PuddleDucks Pre-Christmas Fleece Sale

The weather’s getting a bit chilly and at PuddleDucks we have the gear to keep the kids warm and cosy in the winter weather. We have some super fleeces ranging from lovely soft pile fleeces, to fun and funky fleeces and great quality kids thermals.

And we have a special pre-Christmas discount off our range of Fleeces and Thermals for you. When ordering online just use the discount code “COSY” and you’ll get 10% off the price. Not only do the Fleeces keep the kids warm but they’d also make great Christmas presents (we do gift wrapping too!). This offer is open until December 3rd.

See all our Fleeces and Thermals here.

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PuddleDuckers Out and About 13

The latest in our series of “PuddleDuckers Out and About” has been sent to us by our customer and good friend of PuddleDucks, Roseanne Smith showing her two nippers having an “a-maze-ing” time at Greenan Farm Maze. The lads are wearing our Blue Impact Jacket, High Visibility Dungarees and High Visibility Jacket.

Thanks Roseanne for sharing the photo. If you’d like to share some photos of your kids having fun in their PuddleDucks, please send them to us at photos@puddleDucks.ie.

PuddleDucks Out and About

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Our Slogan Competition – as a Duck-shaped Word Cloud !!

We’ve taken all the words in the entries for our Slogan Competition and have put them together in a duck-shaped word cloud. We think it shows off nicely what PuddleDucks is all about!

You can now vote for your favourite slogan on our Facebook page.

The word cloud was produced using Tagxedo.

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PuddleDucks Gear: Best in Test

We’ve always known that the the quality of our rain gear from our Swedish suppliers, Abeko is of fantastic quality. Lots of lots of our customers have told us so.

But now it has been proven that the Abeko gear is the best in an independent test undertaken in Sweden. It came out top in a test among 10 different Swedish manufacturers.

It’s nice to know that we sell the best.

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Your Feedback – Customer Reviews, June 2011

We are always very appreciative of the customer reviews we receive on our website telling us what you think of our products and service.  If you’d like to give us feedback,  please enter them directly on our home page or send them to us at reviews@puddleducks.ie.

Here are some reviews we received during June 2011.

Great customer service, great quality products.

Emily D., Dublin

The extra tough rainwear continues to be fantastic solution for the kid that does everything. Comfortable, light, zipped and 2 yrs on nearly as good as the day it arrived. So we bought another set and they are better still! Only downside is that there are not dungarees for the older versions.. As for service, despatched same day as described and with a personal touch, love it.

Sorcha, Cork

My son loved his new raincoat and they were very excited that it was raining the morning the package arrived so they could wear them to school. Hopefully they won’t get too much use this summer though!

Lorna, Co. Carlow

My daughter loves this raincoat, bright and colourful, comfortable to wear, pink!, it ticks all the boxes – thank you 🙂

Lorna,  Co. Carlow

I have bought fleeces and waterproof gear for our kids from PuddleDucks for the past 2 years now and we are delighted with them. The fleeces are very good quality and they are fun clothes too … our son really loves the one with the tractor noise. The service from the PuddleDucks team is extremely efficient and we always received our order (in Ireland) the very next day. I have recommended PuddleDucks to other members of our family as well and I will always buy their products with great pleasure knowing we get great quality and service from an Irish based website.

Adriana, Co. Meath

Best money that I’ve spent. Have wasted money on cheaper products in the past that didn’t last or didn’t work. The puddleducks are the beesknees, the kids are happy out and so am I.

Emma D., Co. Wexford

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