Every year it seems like it gets harder and harder to find just the right gift to surprise and delight the special people in my life. That’s why I’ve put together this gift guide for you! Here’s where you’ll find my suggestions for fun, practical, and eco-friendly gifts and stocking stuffers. I’ll be adding more gift ideas, reviews, idea roundups, and giveaways as we go, so follow along to find the perfect present!
Omaïki is celebrating 10 years of Canadian cloth this year! We love their new winter prints seen above: Woodlogs, Nordic Christmas, Rosegold, and Marble. Omaïki’s newly redesigned one size AIÖ2 fits babies 8-35 pounds and is so simple to use, it’s perfect for first-time parents, babysitters, or daycare. Pair one of these high-quality, made in Canada diapers with a matching On the GÖ Wetbag for the ultimate in convenience!
Made from 100% Lenzing Modal, a luxuriously soft, lightweight, and sustainable fabric made from beechwood fiber, HUMAN + MOTHER baby wraps make a great gift for socially-conscious, stylish, and on-the go parents. These beautiful Canadian-made wraps allow moms and dads to get into baby wearing without sacrificing style and comfort. The fabric is custom woven and dyed locally, and it won’t pill or stretch out of shape. $3 from the sale of every wrap is donated to Midwives for Haiti and Circle of Health International. Free shipping on orders over $60.
We love to give holiday and winter-themed books, and we’ve picked a selection from our friends at Raincoast Books to share with you! Featuring John Lennon’s Imagine, a wordless winter adventure, a New York Times children’s bestseller, a novel blend of cultural traditions, and a new sleigh for Santa.
Mastermind Toys has just released their Dream Big Holiday Gift Guide full of fabulous gift ideas for dreamers of any age. LEGO Star Wars BB-8, Our Generation dolls and accessories, and kid-friendly board games like Dr. Eureka and Labyrinth make our list this year.
You can never go wrong with creative pretend play and Playmobil. Fans of How to Train Your Dragon will love playing with Drago’s ship (it really floats!) and its dragon cage, functioning crossbows, Drago figure, sailor, spears, torch, and other accessories. Or pick up Santa’s Workshop Advent Calendar and count down the days to Christmas with a Playmobil treat every day.
You can never go wrong with books for Christmas! Owlkids Books has been publishing children’s magazines and books for over 40 years, and we’ve chosen a selection of their quality children’s books perfect for gifting to any child from toddlers up to preteens.
VTech has so many toys for all the girls and boys this holiday. Kids can grab the wheel and explore beginning letters, counting, problem solving, logic and memory while playing 15 games with Lightning McQueen and his friends, or explore an underwater world with the Go! Go! Smart Friends Shimmering Seashell Castle.
Give the gift of intrigue and adventure! A Mail Order Mystery is a story for kids that unfolds through a series of installments that come in the mail. Envelopes can come from anyone, anywhere, any time, and they may contain letters, newspaper articles, top-secret files, made-up magazines, wax-sealed missions, or hand-written notes. They could include keys, locks, maps, puzzles to solve, codes to crack, and clues of all kinds. All is revealed in the final mailing, a grand finale that includes an artifact or collection of keepsakes unique enough to be a cherished memento of the Mail Order Mystery experience.
Make biking or snow sports more fun this winter! ParaWild creates helmet accessories that attach to your child’s regular helmet with industrial Velcro. Their designs are inspired by endangered animals and a portion goes to animal conservation.
Foster your child’s curious mind with a selection of reference books from DK books. Delve into the wonders of the natural world, learn the science behind amazing optical illusions, and explore 13 1/2 things to know about everything.
With three locations in Vancouver and one in downtown Victoria, Kaboodles has been the Neighbourhood Toy Store since 1980. From traditional classics to the downright zany, each toy, game, and puzzle is carefully selected based on quality, play value, and “fun-quotient.” Awesome personal service and their whimsical atmosphere make Kaboodles Toy Store a welcome place for kids and adults alike!
Snowflake is looking for a place to call home this Christmas, but only you and your loved ones can help in this delightful personalized book. Up to 9 different family members can help Snowflake on her journey. As the final page is turned, you’ll find a charming pull-out-and-keep ornament for your tree – perfectly framing your family’s names in the book beneath.
Limeapple’s soft and snuggly mermaid tail blankets are perfect for holiday cuddles! Shop Limeapple’s 12 Days of Christmas Sale from December 1-12 for incredible deals and steals. There’s a new special every day, including a special deal on mermaid tail on December 5th.
“10x smaller and just as safe!” mifold is the most advanced, compact and portable booster seat ever invented. The mifold is so small it can fit in your glove box or purse so you always have it handy for safer car travel. This travel booster seat has foam padding technology for extra comfort, and meets all child booster seat safety regulations in the United States, Canada, and Europe. mifold’s new booster seat is engineered to be the most convenient car seat option for all of your traveling needs this holiday season.
ToiletTree’s Face and Body Brush Sytem is an advanced cleansing tool to help polish away dull skin, stimulate skin renewal, reduce the appearance of problem areas, and gently exfoliate away impurities leaving wonderfully cleaner, softer, radiant looking skin. Comes with four interchangeable rotating heads (2 face brushes, 1 large body brush, and 1 pumice sphere for tough foot skin) that cleanse and exfoliate skin from head to toe.
Find your keys, find your purse, find your phone! Find like a pro with Tile’s most powerful Bluetooth tracker yet, the Tile Pro Series. It’s twice as loud, has twice the range and is waterproof up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. To find anything you put a Tile on, just open the app. Ring it if it’s nearby, check the map for its last known location, or ask the Tile community to help you find it.
Check out these traditional gifts of frankincense and myrrh from all-natural made in Canada Crawford Skin Care. Frankincense Hand Cream with essential oils of frankincense and myrrh, calendula, lemon, and lavender nourishes and protects without being greasy so it’s perfect for hardworking mom hands. Neroli + Frankincense Body Lotion is made with essential oils of frankincense and neroli, coconut oil, avocado oil, and shea butter to leave skin smooth and hydrated, while the orange blossom scent helps calm stressed out moms and fussy babies too!
These soft and silky monogrammed kimono-sleeve robes are billed as a bridesmaid gift, but a comfortable robe makes a thoughtful holiday present too. Available in more than 25 colours, each machine washable robe is thick enough not to be see-through and comes with both an attached sash and an inner tie. Personalize her robe with embroidered initials, her name, or rhinestones!
If you’re looking to splurge a little this Christmas, consider a beautiful diamond ring or a pair of classic diamond stud earrings. PrimeStyle offers many cuts and settings of designer diamond jewelry and can even manufacture your custom one-of-a-kind ring for the perfect gift.
These rose gold beauties from Starbucks will make anyone feel like a million bucks while enjoying their favourite drinks at home or on the go! This fresh and feminine look comes in a rose gold scales stainless tumbler, rose gold stainless mug, and rose gold stainless cold cup.
Surprise someone special with this smart countertop garden. Grow fresh herbs, vegetables, salad greens, flowers, and more in water, not soil. The interactive LCD screen control panel reminds you when to add water and nutrients, and the kit includes a 7-pod gourmet herb seed kit containing Genovese basil, Thai basil, thyme, mint, curly parsley, chives and dill.
This beautiful embossed journal is handcrafted from eco-friendly leather and recycled paper. The large 7″ x 10″ size is perfect to use for a personal diary, scrapbook, sketchbook, or photo album. Pages are refillable.
A unique gift for the sharp-dressed man with a conscience! Society Socks brings together bold and expressive style with social impact in a men’s sock subscription box. For each pair of socks sold, a pair is donated to those in need. Pick a one, three, six, or twelve month subscription for a gift that also gives back. Free shipping worldwide!
Great gift idea for foodies, dads, and BBQ fans! The Sirius handle-mounted barbecue grill light has 10 super bright LED lights that will illuminate your grill’s entire surface, making this a great gift for any grill master this holiday season. Grill anytime, anywhere! Get 15% off with code ZHOLIDAY_WCM15 until January 15, 2018.
Aside from a classic watch, cuff links are the only men’s accessory that is both functional and ornamental. This Cuff Is Enough set from Groovy Groomsmen Gifts comes with a pair of geometric cufflinks you can personalize with your initial. Its gleaming geometric design will never go out of style, and the swivel-back closure will ensure they stay in place. Comes in a decorative box perfect for gift giving.
Your phone is your lifeline, protect it with the right case! Macfixit Australia’s online store has the largest range of Apple-related upgrades and accessories in Australia. With hundreds of styles and models, including Griffin, LifeProof, Moshi, Nomad, Otterbox, Urban Armor Gear, and Twelve South, I bet there’s a case that will please someone on your list. Ships to New Zealand, US, and the EU.
Butter up your man this Christmas with a 4-pack of DuckButter beard oil. Comes in 4 scents: Beard Commander, Forrest Ranger, Metro Spice, and Cool Mint. Made in the USA with natural and organic ingredients to nourish and protect. Also available in a gift set with a beard brush and comb.
Get ready for all your holiday celebrations and visitors with a deep clean. Dyson’s new Ball Animal 2 vacuum has the best suction of any vacuum out there to tackle those tough cleaning jobs like dust, hair, and allergens, even in homes with pets and kids.
We all have those hard-to-shop-for people on our list! If you’re on the hunt for a unique and unforgettable gift this Christmas, check out the gift experiences at Breakaway Experiences where you can find once-in-a-lifetime and bucket list experiences, from pampering spa packages and craft beer tours, to outdoor adventures like rock climbing and flying lessons.
Inspired by the technology NASA uses to keep its International Space Station clean, VentiFresh is an eco-friendly, high-tech odor eliminator three times more effective than baking soda. Just plug it in and the UV photocatalyst technology removes odors on a molecular level without maintenance or filter changes. Place VentiFresh in your cat litter box, trash cans, gym lockers, fridge, diaper pail, shoe closet, and more. Ships worldwide!
Featuring the fierce dragon perched atop Gringotts Wizarding Bank from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, this Christmas ornament lets you add a magical twist to your holidays. Attach to a light string on your tree to illuminate the windows.
TempleSox change the colour and improve the fit of your eyewear. These patented stretchy sleeves come in a variety of colours and prints for both adult and children’s glasses.
When you combine rainbows + unicorns + poo emojis, you get magical and magnificent Poo-nicorns! Clip Poo-nicorn PlushiPalz or Droplings onto your backpack and take your new best friend everywhere you go, or snuggle and cuddle with larger Poo-nicorn Plushiez and pillows.
Creative kids can write special notes, etch jazzy doodles, and make their own exciting masterpieces with these rainbow Mini Scratch Art Notes. Includes 125 mini notes, a wooden stylus, and a handy “desktop dispenser” box to keep it all organized.
Made of non-toxic, food-grade wax and hand-knitting yarn, Wikki Stix are a unique creative activity toy. Bend them, twist them, stick them! Allergy-friendly Wikki Stix are free from latex, gluten, peanut and other nut oils or byproducts. Perfect for crafts and practicing fine motor skills.
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