I’m sure you’ve seen the meme by now: “When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a happy dance.” So this gift guide is designed to achieve three separate happy dances—the dance of the Canadian small-business owner who appreciates your order, your own sweet moves after checking something off your gift-giving list and the little jig of joy when someone you love unwraps your present!
Car Seat Ponchos from Mouse&Hatter Designs
Car seat ponchos are a MUST when it comes to car seat safety! This warm outer layer will keep your little one warm while keeping those straps and buckles as snug as they should be. The back of the poncho is lifted over the back of the car seat, so there is ZERO extra padding between your child and the seat. They are snug, warm AND safe.
Mouse&Hatter car seat ponchos include a layer of minky and a layer of anti-pill fleece. The poncho includes a hood and a convenient snap closure front. It also has snapped “sleeves” for a comfy fit outside of the car. Generally you should purchase a size up from the clothing size your child currently wears. Price varies by size.
Mouse&Hatter Designs offers only the best quality products and brings the convenience and practicality of grow-with-me children’s attire and the safety of car seat ponchos to parents everywhere. All items are handmade in Ottawa, Ontario.
Until December 25, 2017, take 15% off any purchase using code MamanLoup15.
Headbands and Bows from Baby Bird Creations
The Holiday Twill Trio Mini Collection is a simple and sparkly set of cotton bows that will perfectly accent your little one’s holiday wardrobe. Made with super-soft, one-size nylon headbands, these bows fit newborns through toddlers comfortably. The holiday collection retails for $23.00.
Baby Bird Creations is run by sisters Shannon and Stacey out of their homes in Edmonton, Alberta. The business focuses on providing modern, understated accessories for stylish little ones. The bows are inspired by their own tiny humans, and each one is handmade with love.
Maman Loup’s Den readers can save 10% on their orders (excluding subscriptions) using the code MAMANLOUP until December 4, 2017.
Slippers from Jack’s Mama’s Creations
The tall minky boots from Jack’s Mama’s Creations are their most popular item, and they start at just $25. Made with a microsuede outer sole with a fuzzy wool/acrylic blend inner sole, these booties go up to mid-calf, so they’ll keep little legs warm and won’t fall off. These are very popular with the babywearing community.
Jack’s Mama’s Creations is excited to be heading into its fourth year. Each year they grow bigger and take customer feedback to heart to improve their designs. Handmade in Edmonton, Alberta, these booties are a wonderful gift to give and receive.
Until December 25, 2017, take 15% off any purchase using code mamanloup.
Bunny Bottoms from Eenvoudig
These grow-with-me, harem-style pants are a perfect gift option, especially when buying for a child whose size you’re unsure of. Bunny Bottoms come in three sizes: 3–12 months, 9–36 months and 3–6 years. They range in price from $24 to $32.
By shopping with Eenvoudig during this holiday season, you are not only supporting a small, handmade business, you are also buying something original that’s made with love and quality fabrics.
Use the code Eenvoudig20 for 20% off until December 25, 2017.
Children’s Hoodies from Coton Vanille
Perfect for cooler weather, these exclusively designed hoodies are available in sizes 6–12 months, 12–24 months, 2–3 years and 4–5 years, and they retail for $37.99. From sushi to airplanes to unicorns, there’s a Coton Vanille hoodie to match your child’s sense of style.
Coton Vanille is a Canadian manufacturer of baby and children’s clothes. Their main products are Evolutive Pants and Evolutive Harem Pants, but their complete product range includes hoodies, T-shirts, tunics, bodysuits and accessories. Their products are trendy, comfortable, durable and what’s more, proudly Canadian-made.
Use coupon code mamanloup15 to save 15% off a purchase of $50 or more until March 1, 2018. Shipping is always free.
Best-Ever Bibs & Snack Bags from Bummis
Bummis’ Best-Ever Long-Sleeved Bibs are great for messy eaters and little artists alike. Made from the same waterproof fabrics as their diaper covers, the long sleeves provide full coverage.
Washer and dryer friendly, Bummis’ new Reusable Snack Bag is ideal for sandwiches, fruits, vegetables, cheese and cookies. Made in Canada with Canadian fabrics, just like the Best-Ever Bib, the snack bag opens wide for easy use and maintenance.
AppleCheeks UV Tees from Baby Footprint
Baby Footprint’s exclusive AppleCheeks Swim Tops are rated UV50+ and proven to block 97% more of both UVA and UVB solar rays. Sun protection without zinc or other chemicals? It’s all in the weave of the fabric! The swim tops are highly chlorine and salt resistant, giving years of trouble-free use. And the best part? They are made in British Columbia. Many colours and prints are available to match all the amazing swim diapers you love from AppleCheeks, and the largest size will easily fit children well out of diapers.
Baby Footprint is located in central Alberta and operates online, offering studio visits by appointment. They specialize in products that help minimize the footprint we leave on this earth, as well as items for the entire family, making parenting an easier task.
Use code gift2017 for $5 off an order over $50 (cannot be combined with other coupon codes).
Wooden Toys from Treeclub Kids
Treeclub Kids’ wooden teethers make a great first toy for infants, while their push toys, puzzles and wooden tools make great gifts for toddlers and young kids. Prices range from $18 to $50, so there’s an option for every budget.
Treeclub Kids is a family-run business. Made by a woodworking mom, all of the toys are handmade with attention to detail and quality. Their toys are also completely natural to boot, made from local hardwood and finished with food-grade oils and a little beeswax. These are wooden toys with a timeless appeal that will be enjoyed by kids for many years to come.
Until December 31, 2017, take 10% off any purchase using code mamanloup2017.
Hooded Bath Towels & Bath Ponchos from Öko Creations
When people ask me what I buy for the babies and children in my life, the answer is an Öko Creations towel. For newborns up to about one year old, I always give an Öko hooded towel. For toddlers up to about three years old, it’s the Öko poncho. What’s so great about these towels? Well sure, they’re made in Quebec with organic cotton under exceptional work conditions (I know, I’ve been to the workshop), but they’re also incredibly durable. Why wouldn’t I want to give a gift that lasts?
My son’s onto his fourth year with his poncho, and it is still perfect. It’s the only towel he uses. We even use it at swimming lessons. My daughter’s hooded towel is two years old now and still pristine. She actually carries it around like a blankie, even when its damp. (Much to my chagrin.) Because Öko’s towels are so thick and absorbent, you’ll never want to use any others. (I could easily dry myself with the baby-sized towel—if that’s not an endorsement, I don’t know what is!)
Use code 10giftguide2017 to save 10% on your order until November 30. (One use per client.)
Sleep Sacks from Wee Urban
Your little one will be cozy at night in the Wee Urban Premium Sleep Bag—the perfect solution to keep the blankets on and to help baby have a safe and restful sleep. Designed and made in Canada with the softest bamboo cotton, they feel like your favourite cozy sweatshirt.
Wee Urban designs a beautiful line of practical and minimalist products for the modern parent.
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Temporary Tattoos from PiCo
Run by two graphic-designer mothers, PiCo Tattoos is eager to create tattoos that their children and yours will wear proudly. Take a ride to the North Pole to visit bear and his friends, or say hi to the forest animals all ready for winter!
Pico’s Quebec-designed temporary tattoos are high quality, hypoallergenic, non-toxic and FDA-certified. Each package contains one 2″ x 4″ sheet.
These long-lasting, kid-safe temporary tattoos make perfect stocking stuffers!
Use promo code FreeShipping for free shipping!
Personalized Labels from Stick 2 Me
Santa wants your kids to stop losing all their stuff, so he’s choosing the Stick 2 Me Labels Full Size package: it includes 216 personalized labels with the perfect artwork to suit your child’s tastes.
Whether your children go to school or daycare, all their belongings must be identified. Using Stick 2 Me, you can create customized labels in three easy steps. These durable labels are a very useful solution for any busy parent and a great gift idea for family and friends. Stick 2 Me labels are waterproof and heat-resistant in the dishwasher, microwave, washing and drying machines. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.
Save $2 with the discount code BYE2017 until January 1, 2018.
Kids’ Undies from Melissa’s Makes
These comfy unisex undies are great for kids who wear size 4T–10 clothing. You won’t find a fun variety like Melissa has in stock at any big box store. The best part? These undies are elastic and wedgie-free—no embarrassed parents, no bum picking! Grab a single pair for $12–14 or a three-pack for $30–36.
Melissa has small-town values, believes in supporting Canadian businesses and handmade shops and encourages you to do the same. Founded in 2011, Melissa’s Makes has grown a lot over the past six years.
Use code MLD17 on Etsy to save 10% until December 15.
A Passion Like No Otter Tee from Momo & Sammy
This playful tee celebrates Canada’s passion for all things hockey and is perfect for any mini Canadian. A small family-run business, Momo & Sammy prints all their tees by hand with much care and attention. This shirt is available in black (size 2–6) and blue (size 2–8), and it retails for $20. It can be paired with a matching baby onesie so each family member can express their hockey pride!
If you’re looking for playful, modern, unique gifts for the whole family, look no further. The designs are meant to be playful, funny and above all, to make people smile.
Use code FREESHIPPING at checkout to get free shipping on any order!
Wooden Teething Rattles from Tiny Teethers
Tiny Teethers’ wooden teething rattle is the perfect teething toy. With two maple wood rings and soft silicone beads, it suits the preference of babies who like something a bit harder to teethe on. When the maple rings are clinked together, they make a sound that is sure to delight your little one!
Tiny Teethers designs silicone teething necklaces, pacifier clips and teethers. They’ve also discovered some very cool teethers designed by mamas that they’ve brought into their shop to offer you. You DON’T want to miss out on these great new products. They also have some pretty sweet discounts happening all through the holiday season.
Use code MAMAN25 to save 25% off all products until January 1, 2018.
Merino Base Layers and Pajamas from Wee Woolies
Gosh I love wool. So breathable, so cozy, so warm for cold winter nights! Wee Woollies’ made-in-Canada pajamas are made with 100% New Zealand merino and are great as pajamas AND base layers.
Wee Woollies uses the world’s best ZQ™ merino wool fibre, which has its own certification process to ensure sound farming and animal husbandry methods. All dyes and processes used in finishing the fabric are Bluesign® approved: their products contain only components that pass through processes that are harmless to people and the environment. Children’s sleepwear sold in Canada must pass stringent flammability testing, and some clothing is treated with chemicals to comply. Merino wool is naturally fire-resistant and Wee Woollies’ fabrics have passed the fire testing without any chemical treatment. How awesome is that?
Bath time Fun from Loot Toys
Bring magic and delight into what is often a battleground—your kids’ bath time. At Loot Toy Co., their mission is to create fun, skin-friendly bath products for kids. Loot bath products are multi-sensory experiences designed to engage kids and stimulate their imagination. Their products draw on sight, smell and touch to motivate kids to jump into the tub and stay there.
Loot Toys is committed to hand-making their products and sourcing their materials in North America. They operate two workshops in Vancouver, British Columbia and ship across Canada and the US.
Toques by Urban Mountain Knits
This toddler toque is great for winter. Hand knit in brioche style, it’s extra thick and extra squishy. Plus, who doesn’t love the giant pom-pom on top? With ready-to-ship and custom order options available, the toques retail for $30.
Shelley, the WAHM behind Urban Mountain Knits, is all about vibrant colours and adorable hand-knit and crocheted items for the littles in your life. She uses quality materials, and a whole lot of love goes into every item that goes out her door.
Calgarians can enjoy free local pick up (south Calgary) by entering code YYCLOCAL at checkout.
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