This shopping guide is all about the babies!! We’ve compiled our favorite Christmas gift ideas for the littles in your life – some that baby will love and some that mom and dad will love. We don’t know about your house, but at our houses it looks like a toy hurricane blew through most days and because of that we tried to make the buying guide not only practical, but learning based as well. As you know, we also love supporting local and Canadian based businesses. Let us know if you have any must-have items for the upcoming holiday season. We are always looking for new ideas. Happy shopping!
- Minimoc Warm Shoes these adorable little Mocs will keep babies toes nice and warm all winter. Designed and made in Vancouver, Minimocs actually stay on your little ones feet so there is no getting home and realizing you are down a shoe.
- Play Cube these baby development cubes are great for hours of endless and developmental play. With different activities on each side these cubes provide hours of entertainment and help to develop babies fine motor skills, coordination and ability to problem solve. The cubes also encourage your little one to practice standing. Sooo many positives in one little cube!!
- Anything from the Canadian company The Wild Kids Apparel, we like this Finn the Fox onesie. All of the designs are created by boss babe, Adrianne. She even screen prints each one herself! Each character is thoutfully given a name and they are all oh so cute! As you are looking through her site check out the soft toys and ornaments, perfect stocking stuffers!
- Discovery Toys is an amazing company that focuses on learning based toys. We have spent hours, from 9 months old to 2 years and beyond playing with the Castle Marbleworks toy. The entire catalogue is filled with great gift ideas.
- Story time is so much more fun when kids can read their own names in the story. These personalized books by Wonderbly make awesome gifts for kids of all ages. Our personal favorite – The Girl Who Lost Her Name.
- The MEC Ursus Bunting Suit is great for outdoor babies. It is one piece and has fold over cuffs for hands and feet – much easier than gloves for babies and easy to transition from stroller use to walking babes who also need to wear boots.
- Otherware is a sweatshop free company that sells amazing teething products, as well as a variety of Scandinavian inspired tableware for kids and many other gorgeous items. All teething beads are made with 100% food-grade silicone or organic untreated maple wood. They are non-toxic and Canadian sourced and the packaging is 100% recyclable and contains NO Plastic.
- Cuddle + Kind stuffed animals are not only adorable but each purchase allows for 10 meals to be delivered to children in need around the world. There is an entire collection to choose from, and their website gives great details about their cause and their reach.
- Bee Love is the tale of a little bee with a hungry heart. What he yearns for, very much, mirrors what we have all desired. His Queen Bee Mother imparts her wisdom and allows her son to discover what matters most in life. Written by #yyc’s Kristin Hallet and illustrated by Mandy Stobo this little book will soon become one of your child’s favorites and proceeds from the book go towards saving the bees!
- For the child that loves to build, this toy has really lasted the test of time (I remember using these as a kid some 30 years ago). While they have certainly evolved over the years, Mega Bloks has a variety of products for all age categories and abilities. The website has a “play by age” feature whereby you can click on the age of the child you are buying for and it suggests products to chose from. A great way to make shopping easy and efficient – a win-win for everyone.