This time of year, Christmas is coming up fast and parents are making the tough choices about what to get their littles this year. We’re pretty biased about personalized gifts being one of parents favourite holiday gifts, but we reached out to some of our favourite family bloggers to ask for their non-personalized gift picks for this year.
“Gift shopping is often tricky. Over the years I’ve made a conscious decision to go for quality over brightly coloured plastic that breaks after a quick play. I know that supporting local businesses is really important too, since that money goes right back into the community we live in. I’ve found a few really nice brands and local companies that I’m always excited to shop from and one of my favourites is Little Wagon Co. They’re a fun, modern, comfortable & gender neutral clothing inspired by all the little ones in our lives. Every piece is hand drawn & hand printed with love in Vancouver, BC. They’re always super-soft and will last for plenty of washes (my daughter manages to get paint, food, mud, and more paint on hers). They all have positive messages like ‘I’ve got this’ or ‘radiate good vibes’. My daughter and I actually have matching ones from their collection and we love to wear them at the same time.”
“In my opinion, the hottest baby gift of the season is the Cloud B Peaceful Panda. This adorable stuffed bear lets parents use the benefits of background noise to help promote better sleep for little ones. For newborns, the bear can sit beside the crib as he plays one of eight sounds and melodies. And toddlers and preschool children will love cuddling up close with the bear at bedtime!”
“The hottest baby gift this season is most definitely a Swaddlenot. I just recently learned of these and wish I had them for all 8 of my babies. Swaddlenot is a Canadian company, which I’m proud to support and it’s a safe alternative to a swaddle. When I was pregnant with all my kids I collected swaddles which lead to multiple piles of them (normally really expensive muslin swaddles) and I soon realized they weren’t worth the money. The Swaddlenot is worth the money, will keep babies safe and is the perfect gift for any baby or expectant mama this holiday season!”
“As first time (expecting) parents, we’re in full on “nesting mode” in our house! We’ve been spending all of our free time cleaning and organizing – getting everything ready for the baby’s arrival. Heavy emphasis on the organizing. We’re fully expecting life to flip upside down once baby arrives, so having as much organized ahead of time will hopefully make life a little easier for us. I’m a big fan of everything having its place, so I love the idea of personalized baskets and hampers for storage.”
“With an infant, the hottest baby gift is always one that grows with baby – or keeps them occupied for hours on end! Since we already have something that does the trick to keep her amused, we’re going with a gift that grows with Izzy. We’re gifting Isabelle with a cuddle + kind doll, specifically Eloise the Elephant, for her first Christmas. The message behind the dolls really spoke to me: each doll is handcrafted by female artisans in Peru, providing them with a sustainable, fair trade income. Each doll is one of a kind and will grow with baby – it’s not a toy that she’ll tire of after a couple of months. Along with supporting female artisans, each doll also provides 10 meals to children in need – including in Canada. So, along with being a beautiful gift, it’s also one you can feel good about gifting.”
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This post was written by Rebecca Lander