It’s hard to believe that the Holiday season is almost here! Whether you have babies, kids, or tweens, we have gift giving suggestions for everyone on your list. We’ve rounded up our favourite holiday toys, clothes & more for our annual 2017 Holiday Gift Guide below, including many local businesses who are committed to ensuring our families have access to healthy, active, and eco-friendly products. And our guide is out earlier this year to give you lots of time for online shopping!
The best news is that we’re also giving away one of every item featured in this guide (over $5,000 in prizes) at our Holiday Facebook Party on Thursday, November 16th at 8 pm PST, including a Springfree Trampoline, a Samsung Smart TV, and family admission to some of the best holiday events and attractions across Vancouver’s Lower Mainland (check out our 2017 Vancouver Holiday Events Guide for details).
To RSVP for the online party, just visit our Healthy Family Expo 2018 Facebook Event and click “GOING”. Then join us online on that Facebook Event page on November 16th at 8 pm for your chance to win $5,000+ in prizes. Happy holidays from our families to yours!
Springfree Trampoline is the smart holiday gift that delivers for the entire family. With tgoma, the backyard trampoline is transformed into the world’s first outdoor interactive game system, designed to help kids go outside & be active. Plus, these trampolines are constructed out of the highest quality materials & are designed to withstand even the harshest conditions so you can jump all year long – even in the snow! The smart springless design has not only changed the way trampolines work but it has eliminated the impact areas most commonly related to injuries.
Buy it here: Springfree Coquitlam, 1300 Woolridge Street, 604-757-6499 or www.springfree.ca
Hot Deal: Black Friday specials hit their website Nov 17th!
What better time to cozy up in your PJs by the fire as a family than during school winter holidays?! It’s a great season to dedicate lots of time to family board game nights, karaoke and movie nights, and a recent favourite in our home is the Planet Earth DVD series from London Drugs. The whole family is mesmerized by this incredible documentary that showcases the wonders of our natural world from the highest mountains to the deepest oceans – and it’s even more spectacular when you watch it on one of the many available editions of the Samsung Smart TV from London Drugs! This TV & DVD combo is the perfect pairing for a family gift this holiday season.
Buy it here: www.londondrugs.com
West Coast Kids has you covered for the holidays with baby gifts, toys for toddlers, gifts for mama & more! With local stores in Vancouver & Richmond and a fantastic website, West Coast Kids is dedicated to making shopping a positive & fun experience for you and your family of all ages both in-person and online. This Herschel Strand Sprout Diaper Bag full of baby items from Earth Baby Outfitters is the perfect gift for a new parent or a mom-to-be! The highly versatile duffle bag can be worn over the shoulder and features a unique snap-down design. Pair that with a beautiful crib sheet & baby clothes from Earth Baby Outfitters, and you’re all set with a winning gift for under the tree. Their Babies’ Biker One Piece is seriously the cutest thing around – the perfect one piece for stylish babies complete with a biker jacket look!
Buy it here: www.westcoastkids.ca
Facebook Party Prize: Herschel Strand Sprout Diaper Bag filled with an Earth Baby Outfitters crib sheet & baby clothes ($150+ value).
Maplelea provides a distinctively Canadian play experience featuring a collection of 18″ dolls with story journals and accessories that celebrate our country’s spirit and identity. Each of the 7 Maplelea Girls comes with a 64-page story journal in which she shares details about her life and the part of Canada she calls home. We love that they’re adventurous girls with unique personalities, interests and dreams. Bring their stories to life with outfits & accessories designed just for them! And if you’re looking for a more customized option for your child, choose from a variety of Maplelea Friend dolls with different hair, eye and skin-tone combinations. Check out our recent video & blog review of the whole Maplelea family and you’ll see why these dolls are the perfect gift for your kids this holiday season!
Buy it here: www.maplelea.com
Facebook Party Prize: A lovely Maplelea Doll or Friend of Your Choice! ($99 value)
BC Playthings is a unique, family-owned toy store in North Vancouver that is known as the best local place to find creative & multi-use toys for kids. Magna-Tiles are one of their best-selling products, especially around the holiday season, and we can understand why! They are innovative, magnetic building tiles that are designed to hold a child’s interest and attention from a young age right up to pre-teens, build critical developmental skills and promote imaginative play and creativity. The starter Magna-Tile kits includes a range of coloured pieces, and these glow-in-the-dark 32-piece kits make for a great stand-alone gift or an add-on to expand an existing collection. Hours of fun for the whole family!
Buy it here: www.bcplaythings.com
Hot Deal: Mention Healthy Family Expo Gift Guide in store for 10% off store-wide until December 31st.
Facebook Party Prize: 32 pc. set of Glow-In-The-Dark Magna-Tiles ($69.99 value)
Based in British Columbia, Mia’s Moccs was founded in early 2016 by a mother-daughter duo, Kim and Alyssia. Mia’s Moccs was created to offer stylish leather moccasins for babies and toddlers at affordable prices. Each pair of moccasins are designed in Canada and are lovingly and ethically handmade overseas. Each pair have leather soles for durability and sanitary reasons, as they’re easy to wipe clean, and a cushy insole to provide extra protection and comfort. Bigger sizes now include rubber soles for extra traction. Mia’s Moccs has been awarded the Nanny Robina Seal of Approval, after extensive product testing by Canadian celebrities, parenting experts, doctors and moms. The perfect gift this holiday season!
Buy it here: www.miasmoccs.com
Hot Deal: Use code GIFTGUIDE15 for 15% off regular priced items until December 31st
Facebook Party Prize: $100 credit to Mia’s Moccs online store
Active Baby is a leading online Canadian baby stores with convenient locations for local parents in Langley and North Vancouver! We love that they have not only test driven their products themselves, but also talk to thousands of parents each year for their feedback, comments and recommendation on what they like and don’t like. A top pick from Active Baby this holiday season is the world’s first 2-in-1 ScooterBike. This double-function kick scooter and push bike was designed to maximize fun within one product, created with the help of kids and experts in Austria. It transforms instantly using a revolutionary twist mechanism and a patented safety adjustment clip. So easy, so much fun, and super adaptable as kids grow & learn!
Buy it here: www.activebaby.ca
Facebook Party Prize: Scoot & Ride Push Bike/Scooter ($230 value)
Get Christmas all wrapped up with a fabulous keepsake capturing your child or family’s precious fingerprints, hand prints, footprints or doodles in fine silver! Smallprint offers an extensive range of jewelry & accessories that capture your loved ones’ prints for all time. No molds are used, so your final pieces have actually been touched by your loved ones! Mahnaz offers her services to people across the Lower Mainland, and the pieces are handmade and hand inscribed with names and ages of your loved ones. Perfect present for parents, grandparents & BFFs too!
Buy it here: www.smallprint.com
Facebook Party Prize: Medium-sized Original Fingerprint pendant on a fine silver chain ($150.00 value)
Little Bean + Co is Vancouver’s first mobile children’s boutique that is now full time store, and online! They carry some of the best locally-made products incorporated with your favourite staple brands, focusing on fashion, function, and quality. Little Bean + Co has put together the perfect every day bag for mom on the go, including some of their most popular products! You can find everything in store and get free shipping for online purchases over $50!
Buy it here: www.littlebeanxco.com
Facebook Party Prize: The perfect packed bag for a new mom on the go, full of their most popular items! ($250 Value)
Locally-based SheWolf Designs is a modern, high quality active wear fashion line for toddlers to adults. Inspired by our natural surroundings and committed to a totally Canadian-designed and made product, SheWolf Designs has created a line of leggings, skirts, beanies and tops that combine comfort & style! Their unique prints are favourites for the young and young at heart, and moms & kids can have matching designs! How cool is that?!
Buy it here: www.shewolfdesignsonline.com
Facebook Party Prize: $75 gift certificate
Let the feast begin! Whether it is baking in the oven or cooking on the stove, it’s time to prepare your favourite meal for the family! This kitchen is the perfect height for children aged 3+, and we are sure that your young chef will enjoy the bright colors and all the wooden utensils in this kitchen set. It’s just one of the many options in the Tender Leaf Toys product line that promotes learning through play – some of our other favourites include their Cosmic Rocket Set and Smoothie Maker). They are traditional in concept but contemporary in design, and with their unique blend of soft cotton fabric, gentle non-toxic water stain combined with sustainable rubber wood & high quality plywood, Tender Leaf toys makes the perfect gift this holiday season. For every tree that becomes a beautiful toy, another is replanted. All toys can be pre-ordered now through their website and will be available for delivery across Vancouver’s Lower Mainland in time for Christmas 2017!
Buy it here: www.tenderleaftoys.ca
Facebook Party Prize: Cherry Pie Kitchen ($189.99 value)