To help you choose the perfect gift for everyone on your list—from the littles to the bigs—here is a comprehensive guide to this year’s have to haves...all from local businesses, to boot! To find out more about each business, please refer to the ads in this issue.
From Kool & Child (Nanaimo)
Preschool: Big Fish Little Fish. Collect a school of little fish by remembering which big fish they’re hiding under and win. This game helps build memory, colour recognition and fine motor skills. Ages 3+. 1-4 players. $24.99.
Children: Keys to the Cast Game by Outset Media. A fast-paced fun-filled tile game based on strategy and luck, where your fortune rests on the turn of a key. Ages 7+. 2-4 players. $19.99.
Juvenile/Teen: Cat Crimes by Thinkfun. With a little problem solving you’ll be able to use paw prints, toy placement and other clues to figure out exactly where each Cat was sitting at the time of the crime. Ages 8+. Single player. $22.99.
Adult: Itzi Game. Be the first to match the right letter cards to the right clue cards. Great word game that’s fast-paced and simple to learn. Ages 8+. 2 to 8 players. $29.99.
From Maude Kids Decor
Baby: Unicorn Cuddle Friend from Fabelab. Animal Cuddles are soft little buddies for your little ones at naptime and when they need to feel secure. From Denmark brand Fabelab. $37.
Preschool: Olliella Strolley. A new kind of convertible, one that goes from being a stroller to a trolley with just a flip of a lid. Perfect for dolls, pretend play, fruits and veggies or for your little one to push around their favourite toys. $210.
Children: Olliella Holdie House. This lightweight toy house is perfect for toting about. Lightweight enough to be carried by a toddler and stylish enough to be loved by children of all ages. $98.
Adult: Cam Cam Copenhagen Stylish Diaper Bag. The bag is minimalistic and durable, and made to last past nursing time. It is designed for everyday purposes, and not made to look like traditional nursing or diaper bags. $149.
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 & 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, & 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: Cate & Levi. Soft and whimsical stuffed animals and puppets. The fanciful creatures are proudly handmade in Toronto, from premium reclaimed or recycled materials by a family-owned business. Sure to please all ages. $24.99-$49.99.
Baby: Puzzles, Puzzles and more Puzzles. The new Hape baby and toddler puzzles have arrived. They all have large knobs making it easy for small hands to grab onto. Their bright colours and simple shapes will delight young children while encouraging critical thinking, eye hand coordination and dexterity. $12.99.
Baby/Preschool: Bath toys by Hape. Turn every bath into a mini adventure. Make bath time squirting time with the fun plastic pump. Four built in nozzles that squirts water in a variety of fun shapes and patterns. While we are squirting, the Rock Pool Squirters and the Ocean Floor Squirters are great fun. They can be unscrewed and put into the dishwasher to clean.$12.99-$16.99.
Preschool: Orca Books, an independently owned Canadian children’s book publisher based in Victoria. The books are beautifully illustrated and many are written by local authors including Susan Musgrave and Lorna Crozier. These sturdy board books are sure to delight babies and toddlers. $9.95.
From National Geographic Store—IMAX Theatre
Preschool: Plus-Plus Big (for smaller hands). Designed and made in Denmark. BPA-free and phthalate-free. Learning Express 2018 Construction Toy of the Year. $14.99
Children: Plus-Plus One Shape with endless possibilities. This new kind of construction toy keeps kids entertained. These toys are portable, educational, fun and affordable. $12.99 - $39.99
Teen: Solar Robotikits. Transforms into 14 different modes, including crab, dog and zombie. Unique accessories make the robots move on land and water. Multi award winner $55.00
Adult: Placemats and Posters. High-quality laminated maps and placemats of Vancouver Island, Seattle and Vancouver. Beautiful colourful satellite images taken 710 km above the earth. $29.99 - $99.
From Pumpkin Pie
Baby/Children: KicKee Pants Pajamas: Christmas Cookies. Long sleeved pajamas from KicKee Pants Holiday Collection. These fitted PJ’s are snugly, cuddly, and soft. Safe for baby and big kid alike. 6M-14yrs. $40.99.
Baby/Preschool: Nooks Booties. Made from 100% New Zealand lambswool for comfort and breathability, and matched to a leather sole that’s both slip-resistant and rugged enough to be worn outdoors. A gentle elastic holds them in place and a soft inner sole provides the versatility to wear them barefoot. $44.99.
Preschool: World of Nature Memory Game by Crocodile Creek. Encourages observational, memory and matching skills. Create hours of family fun with these educational games. Each game includes 72 pieces that create 36 matching pairs. Appropriate for ages 3 and up and can be played with 2 to 4 players. $12.99.
Children: Under Sea Colouring Surprise by Djeco. Beautiful Mermaid-themed illustrated colouring kits designed by talented artists. This pack features 2 sets of 4 different wonderfully detailed pictures, each folded in such a way that when the folds are opened the drawing opens up to a surprising middle section. $5.99.
From Royal BC Museum
Children: Aliens Among Us by Alex Van Tol, Illustrated by Mike Deas. Learn all about invasive species in BC with this fun illustrated guide. Perfect for young scientists and nature lovers. PB. 128 pgs. $19.95.
Adult: Family Membership to the Royal BC Museum. Flash your membership card and the Royal BC Museum is amplified. Gain year-round access to the muesum and its feature exhibitions. $125.90.
From Sutubra Naturals and Organics
Baby/Children: Coco & Tini Bath Products. All natural baby bath and hair care line made in BC. Derived from 100% natural ingredients never tested on animals. Chemical free, and gentle on baby’s skin. $11.50.
Baby: Sun Coat Water-Based Nail Polish. The most natural nail polish on the market. Virtually odor-free, free of harsh chemicals, and peels off with ease. Lasts a couple days on the fingers, longer on the toes. $12-$19.
Adult: Trilogy Natural Skin Care. For moms. A prestigious line of skin care products from New Zealand. They use only the best of what nature has to offer, including their main ingredient—rose hip oil. $35-$80.
Adult: Buck NA•KED Shaving Products. For dads. A full line of natural shaving essentials for men with scents of cedar, sage, and amber. The subtle earthy scents will awaken the senses and soothe the skin for a perfect shave every time. $16-$25.
From Thistle & Wren
Baby: Jax & Lennon Everything Blanket, made from bamboo blend. Fabric is breathable and warm in beautiful fall colours, sized at approximately 40x40 its made to last. $42.
Children: Haven Kids Overalls in Dark Forest, these overalls are designed to be a grow with me style, fitting for many years, gender neutral. Made to make memories in. $60-$70.
Adult: Picot Collective Soy Candle in Honey Tobacco. This scent is Picot’s signature, made locally with the best ingredients, perfect for those who have sensitivities. Burns for 60 hours. $41.25.
Adult: Smash+Tess Romper. More specifically the Wednesday Romper in Shadow Grey. Made from bamboo blend. Fabric is breathable and versatile. With so many styles to choose from, it will become your new wardrobe staple. The Romperall almost perfectly matches Haven Kids Overalls for the perfect family photo. $120.
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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