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The kids are alright (with these great gifts)

By Monika Sofrenovic
Marketing Specialist

Happy holiday moments start here 

Remember that sense of joy and wonder you felt as a child, right around this time of year? Now’s your chance to relive all those warm and fuzzy memories—and make some new ones—with the littles in your life. We’re back with even more great .CA gift ideas guaranteed to surprise and delight. Browse brilliant books, cozy n’ cuddly clothes, hand-made wooden toys and games.

For the beginner bookworm on your list! Practice Reader Books are specially designed to help parents support their kids in learning all the basic building blocks they’ll need to succeed at reading—from letter shapes and sounds, to spelling and meaning. Give a truly priceless gift to parents and littles alike and watch them discover a whole literary world together. 

Price range: $

Spoil the littles in your life (and the adults, too) with Euro style. Little Pepites carries a specially selected collection of ecological and ethically responsible clothes and accessories from European brands. Start browsing the baby section and you’ll be trapped in a vortex of adorableness. Soft, cozy and colourful rule the day here!

Price range: $$-$$$

It’s probably safe to consider Kol Kid Toronto’s treasure trove of all things children. If you’re looking to surprise and delight the tiny humans in your life, you’re in the right place. Start by exploring Kol Kid’s excellent selection of high-quality wood toys for infants, then dive into cuddly winter clothing and snazzy room décor.

Price range: $$-$$$

Studies show classical music does wonders for babies, from boosting brain development, to reducing stress and promoting proper sleep. Moka—an ultra-cute n’ cuddly stuffy—plays real classical tracks (performed and recorded in Quebec, to boot!), letting kids snuggle up and drift off to dreamland with the warm sounds of piano, violin and cello.

Price range: $-$$

For the tiny tots on your list that have places to go. Scoot and Ride’s Highwaykick 1 scooter features a stable, three-wheeled design that lets even the littlest of littles move around, while sitting securely and comfortably. Then, once those littles become not-so-little, the scooter easily transforms from a ride-on to a kickboard. A very slick set of wheels, indeed!

Price range: $$$

Stratford, Prince Edward Island’s Little Warrior Boutique offers a hand-picked selection of Canadian-made and eco-friendly essentials for minis and their mamas. Shop everything from teethers, toys and cozy sleepwear, to fourth trimester self-care products—like bath soaks and bottom balm—for newly minted moms.

Price range: $-$$$

This is puzzling with a positive message. Kid Unified—a woman-owned, social enterprise—produces high-quality puzzles that are 100% hand made in Canada from recycled materials. The puzzles themselves are bilingual and designed to help promote diversity and equality through play. With every piece, kids get to see a colourful, vibrant community come together.

Price range: $$

Looking for something that entertains, inspires AND educates? Now, that’s what we call the “Perfect Kid’s Gift Trifecta.” You’re likely to find it with Telegraph Road Entertainment. They’re a leading Canadian publisher and distributer of educational and activity products. So, you’ll find plenty to keep young minds occupied, like Daniel the Beaver search-and-find adventures, as well as Paw Patrol and Sesame Street colouring and activity books.

Price range: $-$$

The best toys are timeless! Toy Maker of Lunenburg creates safe, eco-friendly, Canadian-made wood toys, games and brain teasers designed to spark imagination and creativity. Plus, their durable construction means these toys can be passed down to future generations.   

Price range: $$

Know someone vying for the “Best Dressed Baby” award? Have a look at OLE design. They offer a range of adorable, thoughtfully made,modern baby apparel and accessories. Every stitch of clothing is handcrafted from the highest quality sustainable textiles, so you can be sure the little ones on your list will be comfortable AND stylish too.

Price range: $$

Toronto-based Wood Wood Toys gathers the finest wooden toys from around the world, with a special focus on finding forever homes for previously loved toys. So, check out their refurbished collection for some unique gems or explore their Canadian collection of wooden toys you won’t find anywhere else! 

Price range: $ – $$

New moms need a little extra love and care—especially in the days and weeks after birth. Ottawa-based Mom Friends has created a line of thoughtful, practical postpartum care kits chock-full of hand-picked products to help moms rest and truly recover.  

Price range: $ – $$

Get ready to play smarter! Wonder Box is a monthly subscription service for kids ages four and up that delivers boxes of STEAM (Science – Technology – Engineering – Art – Math) toys to your door every month. It’s a brilliant way for the little ones on your list to spend hours exploring, learning and feeding their curiosity.  

Price range: $$ – $$$

 Get the little one on your list their favourite hat! Little Buck specializes in creating high-quality, ethically made snapback caps, toques and beanies for tots. It’s adult fashion—but made for miniature heads! Little Buck also offers a line of stylish swimwear that’s created from recycled plastic bottles.  

Price range: $ – $$

Made in Montreal, Quebec, Play Snow offers rigid, plastic igloos that’ll safely support snow and can be assembled in about 20 minutes. So, the kids on your list can create  epic snow forts this winter—without the safety risk of falling snow and ice. Sounds like a win-win to us!  

Price range: $$$

For the eco-conscious new parents on your list, Kingston, Ontario’s Go Greenbaby specializes in natural products for families. From pregnancy and postpartum wear to sustainable children’s toys, every product is carefully chosen to be high quality—and earth-friendly.  

Price range: $ – $$$

 Since 1977, the Rocking Horse in Owen Sound, Ontario, has been serving up a massive selection of cool and classic toys, games, puzzles and more. In fact, they’re the longest-running independent toy store in Canada. Browse their toy collections by age, price and category—and zero in on the perfect playthings for every kid on your list.   

Price range: $ – $$

The X-Tails book series has you joining a group of animal friends on a series of high-octane outdoor adventures as they learn key lessons about friendships, staying safe, protecting the environment and more. These books are a great way to inspire the kids on your list to read, be active and get outdoors.  

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That’s kids and parents crossed off your list! Santa’s got nothing on you. Next, check out CIRA’s full .CA gift guide for even more excellent recommendations for your loved ones!

About the author
Monika Sofrenovic

Monika Sofrenovic is the Marketing Specialist at CIRA. She is a recent graduate of Carleton University with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Marketing.