For The Little Ones
Make mom and dad happy this holiday and gift them this handmade wooden baby play gym from Etsy shop Caribou from Montreal, Quebec. It will be a welcome addition to the living room décor and baby will love it. Available from cariboumtl.etsy.com, $130
Sometimes words are all you need. This one-of-a-kind print from Etsy shop Squirrelly Minds Paper is available online from squirrellymindspaper.etsy.com for $12.25.
Imagine the little one in your life sleeping under the stars – literally. This hand-sewn organic cotton throw blanket can be personalized with names and dates of the ones you love. The perfect gift for the holiday that will last for generations to come! Available from SewnNatural.etsy.com, $185.
From under the stars to under the sea, lay her head on this mermaid pillow made from cotton and handmade by The Urban Hedgehog in Guelph, Ontario. Available from theurbanhedgehog.etsy.com, $30
Sorting shapes is fun and a great way to build fine motor skills. With HABA’s Zookeeper Sorting Box, children have twice as much fun! Just like in a real zoo, within every enclosure there is a slide: If pushed down, only the half wood shapes fit through the opening. If pushed upward, the opening is large enough for the whole wood shape. Available online, $34.99.
Learning Resources’ Snap-n-Learn™ Matching Dinos, kids snap together these cute dinos and spark an early love of learning about colors and shapes. These colorful dinosaurs mix and match together, so little learners have endless hours of fun while they build their fine motor skills. Entire set stores neatly away in the sturdy plastic bucket. Includes: 18 pieces (9 two-piece dinos). Available online, $19.99
For the budding chef, it might be time to move out of the play kitchen and take their fare on the road with the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Servin’ Up Fun Food Truck. Available at Toys “R” Us Canada and Walmart Canada, $99.99
An ideal gift for parents-to-be or for holiday drives, the Baby Dove Essentials Gift Set includes: Baby Dove Rich Moisture Tip to Toe Wash, Baby Dove Rich Moisture Baby Bar, Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Wipes, Baby Dove Rich Moisture Lotion. Available at Walmart and Jean Coutu, $16.99.
For The In Betweens
Kids always need toasty hands for fully enjoying the fun of winter! The Champion Junior Glove from KOMBI is just the glove for the job. Sure to keep hands warm and dry for the entire season. Available online from KOMBI, $55, various colours.
An experience is a gift that lasts! And why not celebrate the holidays by introducing the youth in your life to a Canadian institution – The Second City! After 4 years, the beloved puppet troupe is back on stage this December. Miracle on Mercer St. is a story of adventure and heart-warming lessons for all ages, especially for children ages 4- 12. Matinees start December 16th, child tickets are only $12.
We love board games, and Asmodee makes some of the most original games available. Dixit uses imaginative artwork on its cards that evoke stories, and the game requires players to describe what they’ve seen and try to match descriptions to the original story. The essence of the game is truly a creative experience, and unlike any other game we’ve played. Available here for $42. We also love Asmodee’s Spot It, Timeline, and Cardline.
For The Big Kids
Time for lift-off! Featuring super grip foot plates designed for ultimate comfort and control combined with a unique forward propelling motion, the Y Flyer is the ultimate wheeled toy for the active kid in your life! Available at Toys R Us, $199.99
These are not your grandmother’s roller skates! Yvolution’s Neon Street Rollers clip onto shoes, transforming them into wheeling wonders! Featuring LED technology, the wheels light up as they turn, giving off a neon glow. Available at Toys R Us, $49.99
For the budding architect, these Delux Dollhouse Kits from Lee Valley come with all the components precisely milled for a close fit. Absolutely no cheap die-cut or stamped parts! Pretty much everything is included to create these appointed dollhouses. Available in four different styles, they are recommended for kids who like building projects. This is an heirloom piece that will be cherished for years to come! Available from Lee Valley, pictured kit $349.00
For the kids who love to construct and who have built every Lego set ever made, try Metal Model Kits from Lee Valley. With a wide array of designs available, like from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, these kits allow kids to build intricate miniatures. For ages 14 and up. Available at Lee Valley, pricing starts at $14.95.
Nintendo does it again! Topping the wish list of kids with this year’s hottest gaming system Nintendo Switch! The Nintendo Switch system can transformed in a snap from an at-home console to a portable system so players can game anytime, anywhere! Available at Nintendo.com, $399.99