Need holiday gift ideas? It’s hard to believe that the Holiday season is almost here! Whether you have babies, kids, or tweens, we have holiday gift giving suggestions for everyone on your list. We’ve rounded up our favourite holiday toys, clothes & more for our annual Holiday Gift Guide below. We’ve included local businesses who are committed to ensuring our families have access to the best healthy, active, and eco-friendly products. And our guide is out early 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! That means over $5,000 in prizes will be given away at our Holiday Facebook Party on Thursday, November 15th at 8 pm PST, including a Springfree Trampoline, your own Maplelea Doll, a super cool drone, and family admission to our favourite holiday events and attractions across Metro Vancouver (check out our 2018 Metro Vancouver Holiday Events Guide).
To RSVP for the party, just visit our Healthy Family Expo 2019 Facebook Event and click “GOING” or “INTERESTED”. Then join us online on that Facebook Event page on November 15th 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. 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. How excited would your kids be to wake up to a Springfree Trampoline on Christmas morning?!
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!
Older kids and kids-at-heart with a flair for cool tech will love this fantastic mid-size drone loaded up with all the high tech goodies, including Wifi First Person View, VR Glasses compatible, HD Camera and video, Altitude Hold, 3-speed settings & one key return to home. This gadget is android, IOS & VR compatible, automatically maintains altitude so you can enjoy the view without worry, and comes equipped with a wide-angle camera for detailed photos & videos. And you can get up to 100m of range with Wi-Fi connectivity in unobstructed conditions. Show your family that you are still the coolest gift giver with this baby under the tree!
Buy it here: www.londondrugs.com
Facebook Party Prize: Cobra Mid WiFi FPV Drone ($200 value)
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 recommendations on what they like and don’t like. A top pick from Active Baby this holiday season is the “Hello Europe” Dwinguler Playmat. Take your children on a trip around Europe…from the comfort of a play mat! A trip to the ski spots in the Alps is a must and you could meet Santa if you travel a bit to the North. Introduce them to the joy of gondola rides through the magical rivers of Italy and let them walk around the castles of Europe. And on the reverse side you’ll find puppies, bunnies, ducklings, lambs, butterflies & birds enjoying a sunny meadow day. The mat’s rich colors and endearing graphics will make this one a hit with kids of all ages!
Buy it here: www.activebaby.ca
Facebook Party Prize: “Hello Europe” Dwinguler Playmat ($229 value)
Maplelea® is distinctly Canadian, featuring premium 18 inch dolls with story journals, outfits and accessories that celebrate our country’s spirit and identity! Based on the knowledge that toys and books can be powerful educational tools, Maplelea was developed with a primary objective to enlighten and entertain children. Their mission is to make a difference in the lives of Canadian children by providing age-appropriate dolls and activity products that promote creative play and healthy, active lifestyles, while fostering a love and interest in Canadian culture, heritage and geography. 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 of your choice! ($115 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. And they’ve just moved into a much bigger space in Edgemont Village with SO MANY TOYS! We love this classic wooden train set with a technology twist from Brio. The train engine has battery powered lights and sounds, the faster it’s pushed the more light and train sounds it will make. Crafted with incredible detail, this set will bring children into a play world taken straight from the real world. The two Brio passengers check the Metro map board, buy their tickets at the ticket kiosk and board their train through the sliding doors on the train cars. This 20 piece set has a light and sounds train engine, two passenger cars with sliding doors, detailed Metro Station and more. Hours of pretend play fun!
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:
Brio Metro Railway Set ($92.99 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 have been seen on Breakfast Television Toronto, and awarded the Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval and Nanny Robina Seal of Approval. 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
Spawn Cycles is a family owned and operated company based in Squamish, BC, Canada between the mountain biking meccas of Vancouver’s North Shore and Whistler. They are driven by the goal to build the World’s Best Kids’ Bikes! We love that they build amazing bikes for kids who love to ride and want to be actively exploring the trails with their families. The Tengu 12″ balance bike is perfect for your little ripper! This is the way young kids were meant to learn to ride – skip the awkward training wheel phase altogether as their balance improves dramatically. And most importantly, they’ve added a tektro v-brake and a tiny, reach-adjustable, easy-action lever that help kids stay in control as they gain speed riding down hills. The Spawn Cycles team took a look at balance bikes currently out in the market and have built on a great concept!
Buy it here: www.spawncycles.com
Facebook Party Prize: Spawn Cycles Tengu 12″ Balance bike ($225 value)
The most popular playmat in Korea is now available in Canada with an incredible playpen-like attachment! Waterproof and free from toxic chemicals, this multi-purpose guard castle with extra-thick playmat can be used as a play-pen, ball pool, toddler bed and much more. A great choice for modern & contemporary homes with lots of beautiful colour choices, and we love that it comes with a removable centre divider! It’s truly safe both inside and out, with eco-friendly high-density PE inner foam and patented premium PU leather. It’s the first eco-certified mat in Korea, and the smart foldable design lets kids also turn it into a tunnel to crawl through during playtime! Perfect gift for babies & toddlers this holiday season. Don’t miss their Black Friday sale starting November 15th!
Buy it here: www.wunderkids.ca
Facebook Party Prize: Alzip Guard Castle & Play Mat ($645 value)
Capture your loved one’s precious prints in silver! Smallprint Vancouver North specializes in creating pure silver keepsakes using fingerprints, hand/footprints, drawings or actual handwriting of your loved ones. This is a great opportunity to start your Christmas shopping! Simply bring your loved ones to one of Mahnaz’s pop ups around town or to her home studio in North Vancouver and she will capture their unique fingerprints or hand/footprints. She then handcrafts a unique sterling silver keepsake especially for you! Can’t bring them with you? No worries – you can take the prints yourself at home (only exception – Original Fingerprints). Or design something special featuring their drawing or handwriting! If you already have prints, just bring them to a pop up or scan / email them to Mahnaz!
Buy it here: Facebook or connect with Mahnaz at 778-865-3774 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook Party Prize: Medium-sized Original Fingerprint pendant on a fine silver chain ($150.00 value)
Give your child the dollhouse of his or her dreams with this fully furnished and decorated Bluebird Villa! This beautiful house offers all round play as it is open on all sides and can turn on a clever swivel base. The Villa is constructed from the finest grade plywood for durability, has three floors and eight rooms and is hand painted with non-toxic water stain. 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, with a unique blend of soft cotton fabric, gentle non-toxic water stain, sustainable rubber wood & high quality plywood. And we love that for every tree that becomes a beautiful toy, another is replanted!
Buy it here: www.tenderleaftoys.ca
Facebook Party Prize: Bluebird Villa ($230 value)
The humble mason jar gets a gorgeous make-over from the Mason Jar Merchant. We love their bright & cheerful designs that would be perfect for each person on your holiday shopping list! The tumblers come in a range of sizes with a re-usable straw so you can cut your carbon footprint in style. They also offer many eco-friendly accessories such as stainless steel straws, flip lids or baby bottle nipples to add to jars. And these are great for families on the go – just throw a flat wide mouth canning lid under the straw lid of your drinking jar and it’s instantly sealed and leak-proof. Our kids went crazy for the rainbow unicorn theme…who wouldn’t?! Definitely a stocking stuffer win!
Buy it here: www.masonjarmerchant.com
Facebook Party Prize: A $75 credit for online shopping at Mason Jar Merchant.
Stars of the hit TV series Scout & the Gumboot Kids and Daisy & the Gumboot Kids, Scout & Daisy’s characters have finally come to life in person as beautiful, ethically hand-made stuffies! With thoughtful details like cuddly fabrics and removable clothing, we have no doubt that these whimsical stuffies will become your child’s new best friends…ours have snuggled with them every night for the past week! Scout & Daisy stuffies will be available for purchase online very soon, just in time for holiday season orders (stay tuned for details!). We know that any kiddo would be thrilled to find Scout & Daisy under the Christmas tree this year!
Buy it here: www.gumbootkids.com
Facebook Party Prize: Scout & Daisy Stuffies + Jessie Farrell’s 3 Children’s Albums ($ 75 value)
Give a busy friend the gift of delicious healthy meals from Well Fed! With our hectic schedules, Well Fed comes to the rescue. They are a boutique food studio in beautiful North Vancouver that offers frozen meals to go, elementary school lunch program, meal assembly classes and private cooking classes. In the meal assembly classes, they measure and prepare all of the ingredients ahead of time, so all you need to do is assemble the meals while you sip on wine. You’ll head home with 6 delicious and healthy family-sized entrees that you pop in your freezer. It’s that easy and fun. What a great “experience gift” idea!
Buy it here: www.wellfedstudio.com
Facebook Party Prize: Meal Assembly Class ($228 Value)
Simple designs and feel good messaging is what NO DRAMA is all about. Designed in BC, this new brand is ready to share its quirky sense of humour with everyone! We especially love the vegan friendly PU leather backpacks with vintage animal illustrations, as well as the the classic cotton tees & infant rompers. You will find something for everyone on your list and have all your shopping done with no drama at all!
Buy it here: www.etsy.com/shop/NoDramaClothingCo
Facebook Party Prize: One Stand Tall, Be Proud Backpack (large)($68 Value)