“Something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read.” Gift-giving, simplified.
The Little Ones
Gifts that stand the test of time are the best gifts to give. This Merino wool blanket from Bugaboo is exactly this kind of gift. This luxurious blanket is the perfect accessory for winter strolling, but come summer can be placed under a tree for lolling and relaxing. As little one grows, the blanket transitions to the perfect throw for the foot of their bed. $109.95, available at speciality baby stores across the country.
ABC books never grow old. This fun and illustrative alphabet book correlates each letter of the alphabet with an image from the Aga Khan Museum’s Permanent collection. $8.95, available online.
My little ones loved Little Bear and there is no question they would have loved to unwrap their very own plush Little Bear. $10, available online.
The same goes for this Dora the Explorer Diego Rescue Back Pack. $30, available online.
And for a precious little someone, Hey Pomelo’s handmade organic stroller blankets and quilts make truly exquisite gifts.
It’s not often I say this about screen time devices, but I love this idea for the kids. The LeapFrog Epic is the latest offering from the kids’ tech fave. The Epic is an Android-based tablet that you can customize for each child to make it age-appropriate, store favourite games, and set limits on time allowed per day. Parents can unlock a full web browser, so the Epic offers the tablet experience to all ages for a fraction of the price of “grown up” tablets. $159.
Bogs are my favourite boots for kids. The unique design allows them to be worn three seasons; protecting little feet from rain and cold. Because of this these boots win on price, wearability and storage – one less pair of boots to contend with! $95, available in a variety of colours and styles at retailers across the country or online.
Seriously, how fun are these gnome crayons? $15.95 for a set of 6, available at Shop AGO or online.
Oswald the Yeti ($28) loves a good hug and is eager to keep you company for years to come! Designed in-house and exclusive to Drake General Store or online.
Celebrating 40 years of Roger Hargreaves’ classic and quirky characters, this anniversary box set contains the first ten Mr. Men books in hardcover: Mr. Tickle, Mr. Greedy, Mr. Happy, Mr. Nosey, Mr. Sneeze, Mr. Bump, Mr. Snow, Mr. Messy, Mr. Topsy-Turvy, and Mr. Silly. $30, available at the Drake General Store or online.
I love a gift that keeps on giving. The Doodle Post is a monthly craft subscription that delivers all the supplies needed to make beautiful, age appropriate crafts that you will be proud to display. Variety of subscriptions available starting at $36 for 3 months.
Be ready for the next Polar Vortex with this adorable hat from Kombi, $25. Variety of styles available online at Kombi Canada.
Popcorn and movie nights go hand-in-hand. This Kettle Style Popcorn Popper from Hamilton Beach is uniquely made so that it pops into its own bowl and nests together for easy storage. The best part? It pops 24 cups per batch. That’s a lot of Netflix binging! $119.99, available at retailers across Canada.
Looking for an alternative to electronic games? Le Balancin is an addictive game that is sure to get them off-line for a few hours. $125, Shop AGO or online.
For a little sparkle and glitz, these inspiring bracelets by Foxy Originals fit the bill. Plated in 14 karat gold or silver, these are all made in Canada are are available online for $36.
This cross-body Woven Ridge bag made from heavy felt and leather from TOMS is a must-give gift because for every bag purchased, TOMS will help provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need. $98, available online.
Attracting mega celebrities from Method Man to Cara Delevigne and Hilary Duff to Lena Dunham, Tuck Shop Trading Co. is known for its City of Neighbourhood toque collection, which began in Toronto with 14 neighbourhoods. The iconic toques quickly spread to other Canadian cities in the Great White North including Montreal, Ottawa and London. $38, available at the Tuck Shop Co. online.