From Kool & Child (Nanaimo)
Preschool: Magna-Tiles. Magna-Tiles® were invented to teach children about shapes through play. Magnetic tiles in geometric shapes available in translucent, glow-in-the dark, and solid colours. $34.99-$167.99.
Children: Plus-Plus Construction Blocks. The “hashtag” construction system. Made in Denmark, these solid little construction blocks can be used for 2-D and 3-D construction. $9.99-$69.99.
Juvenile/Teen: Slapzi. Think fast and react quickly. The clue is a word and the answer is an image. With multiple ways to play, this is a great multi-age group card game. $29.99.
Adult: Canadian Trivia—150th Edition. Canadian Trivia 150th Limited Edition is a fun and informative way for know-it-alls to test their knowledge of Canada. Geography, History, Arts, and General knowledge questions cover the 150 years of Canada. $29.99.
From Momease Baby Boutique
Baby: The Padraig Cottage Baby Slippers handmade in BC with pure wool. Dyed and crocheted by hand. Extra soft sheepskin lining and tough leather soles for long lasting comfort. The Baby Slipper has the elasticity to stay put without being overly constrictive on young growing feet. Newborn to toddler sizes. $32+.
Baby: Skip Hop Explore & More 3-Stage Activity Centre. Easy to assemble, with toys that can be positioned anywhere for baby, it features a 360-degree rotating seat that turns and stretches for bouncing. Discovery Window lets baby see their feet while they play. As baby grows, activity centre converts for easy cruising—ultimately becoming a clean, sturdy table for colouring, playing and more. $169.99.
Toddler: Farm Hoppers Bouncy Toy. Will keep your little one amused for hours—and wear them out for bedtime! These inflatable bouncy animals are whimsically fun, and brightly coloured with soft, easy-to-grip ears or horns for children to hold while they bounce around. Made from a high quality, BPA-free plastic, and can help with core muscle development as well as coordination skills while having fun. Pump included. $35.99.
Child: The Hape Toys Gourmet Kitchen. An all-in-one wooden kitchen that inspires mini chefs to cook everywhere and everything. Encouraging collaborative & creative play, the Gourmet Kitchen can be combined with the Hape Gourmet Fridge, food & other cooking accessories for the complete ‘mini chef’ experience! $159.99.
From The Mothering Touch Centre
Baby: Rotating Music Box by Hape Toys. Ages Newborn+. A soothing and gentle toy that will encourage young children to explore and experience music in a fun way, the colourful Rotating Music Box is ideal for newborns and up. $27.99.
Baby: The Wimzle by Fat Brain Toys. Ages 6M+. The Wimzle is the perfect unique sensory toy. Full of spinning, textured, squishy features, little hands will love to explore every twist and turn. $19.99.
Baby/Preschool: Rollobie by Fat Brain Toys. Ages 12M+. Rollobie is an adorable sensory toy. Turn her horns to change her eyes from awake to asleep. Send her rolling across the floor to hear the hidden rattle. $19.99.
Baby/Preschool: Stacking Music Set by Hape Toys. Ages 18M+. Make wonderful music and explore melody and rhythm with this innovative set. Children can stack the differently sized blocks, exploring music and shapes as they play. $49.99.
From National Geographic Store—IMAX Theatre
Preschool: Trans Truck Transforming Construction Vehicles. Half truck, half awesome action figure. Models include bulldozer, cement mixer, excavator, crane and dump truck. Set combines to make one huge figure. $22.99.
Children: Soapstone Carving Kits. Designed and made by local carvers, studio stone kits will inspire creativity in up and coming artists. Kits contain everything you need to make your own soapstone carving. $32.99.
Juvenile/Teen: IMAX BluRays and DVDs. Over 25 titles on for 50 per cent off. Coral Reef Adventure, Dolphins, Hurricane on the Bayou, and Dinosaurs. Something for everyone. BluRays regularly $29.99; DVDs regularly $24.99.
Adult: IMAX Victoria Annual Pass. Where will you go this year? It could be almost anywhere. Unlimited documentaries in 2D and 3D. $5 Hollywood films and exclusive perks. $51.25.
Baby/Preschool: Gro-clock. Give the gift of a good night’s sleep to the parent on your list. The Gro-clock uses fun images of the stars and sun to communicate when to go back to sleep and when it’s time to get up. Parents set the clock to display a cheerful smiley sun at progressively later times of morning, training the child to get up only once they “see the sun”. SRP: $59.95.
Baby/Preschool: Gro Friends Breathable Toys. A perfect cuddly companion for baby with soft, velour graspable hands and made of a breathable, hypoallergenic fabric to make snuggle time even more snuggly. SRP: $24.95
Baby/Preschool: Bumbo Playtop Safari. Convert any smooth surface to a safari play time with the playtop Safari Suction Tray. The Tray easily suctions to the Bumbo trays, highchair trays and tabletops for endless entertainment. With its included bead maze, mirrored book, elephant toy and spinning ball, it’s a good thing there’s a snack and cup holder to keep refreshments close at hand. SRP: $34.95
Baby/Preschool: Ollie the Owl. Ollie is a unique and adorable sleep aid with built in CrySensor technology, helping baby (and Mum and Dad) to get quality ZZZ’s every night. The latest must have baby sleep essential, Ollie will grow up with little ones and become their trusty sleeping companion, whether on the move, at home or staying with their grandparents. SRP: $59.95.
From Pumpkin Pie Kids (Nanaimo)
Baby/Preschool: Great Pretenders Fire Breathing Dragon. Fire breathing dragon costume featuring quilted dragon wings, textured velour scale-like material and dragon hood. Ages 3-5 years. $44.99.
Baby/Preschool: Djeco Glitter Box Glitter Dress. Glitter board art kit with four dream dresses that you can decorate with sequins. $23.99.
Children: Family Pastimes Co-Operative Games: Ogres & Elves. Play together to get the ogres and elves to share their treasures. Requires tricky teamwork with each game increasing in difficulty. For ages 7-adult. $14.99.
From Toying Around
Preschool: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, Illustrated by Axel Scheffler. A funny read aloud bedtime story. Is there a scary creature in the deep, dark wood? One brave little mouse doesn’t think so. 24pgs. $24.99.
Children: Unlikely Friendships for Kids by Jennifer S. Hollan. Hardcover books for children ages 7 and up. Each features five compelling stories like The Monkey and the Dove. A perfect gift for young animal lovers. 48pgs. $12.99.
Juvenile: Oh Yikes! History’s Grossest, Wackiest Moments by Joy Masoff. An illustrated encyclopedia of history’s messiest, dumbest, grossest and weirdest moments. 306pgs. $22.95.
From Victoria Bug Zoo
Baby/Preschool: Finger and hand puppets. From one-finger ladybug puppets to whole-hand hermit crabs, our arthropod puppets will make you wish you had more fingers. $4-35.
Children: Bug Collecting Kits. Inspire a future field biologist. Various collection kits include nets and other collecting devices, binoculars, magnifying glasses and viewing containers. $5-10.
Juvenile/Teen: Starter microscope sets. For the budding young scientist, a first glimpse through a microscope can reveal a world of wonder. $15.99.
Adult: Attracting Beneficial Bugs to your Garden by Jessica Walliser. This refreshing book delves into the fascinating relationships between insects and plants and will help you make your own insect-friendly garden. $31.95. 240pgs.•
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