Last Minute Shopper's Gift Guide

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With Christmas only 9 days away (I know I can’t believe it either!), I’m helping all you last minute shoppers find the best items for the most important people on your list! What if I told you that you could go to 1 store and find it ALL. Gifts for your nieces, teachers, pregnant sister, difficult to shop for husband, parents and grandparents? Check out my gift ideas below, ALL available in store or online at Indigo! I’ve covering The Gamer, The Beauty Obsessed, The Entertainer, The Kids, The Relaxer… and a few more :).

Something For Everyone

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A cookbook, a guide to running an empire, some stationery to stay organized and a bit of Elmo. Finding a thoughtful book for ANYONE on your holiday shopping list is a breeze at Indigo!

  1. CRAVINGS: HUNGRY FOR MORE: THE MOST delicious recipes with easy and simple steps to follow. This cook book is perfect for anyone who loves incredible food.

  2. START WITH WHY: HOW GREAT LEADERS INSPIRE EVERYONE TO TAKE ACTION: Help the go getter in your lift find the inspiration to be a better leader and to inspire those around them, including colleagues and customers!

  3. INNER TRUTH PAD - I HAVE TO DO WHAT: For the student, the parent, the organizer. This will make chores, homework and tasks easy to keep track of!

  4. ELMO'S LITTLE LIBRARY (SESAME STREET): For the little reader in your home, this series of 4 books reinvents nursery rhymes while fitting perfectly in their little hands! Perfect for road trips and vacations, the books pack neatly away in a little box that they will not want to leave behind.

Something For the Kids

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Whether you’re shopping for a future pro athlete, a scientist or an Elmo obsessed toddler, Indigo has the best of the best with prices that can’t be beat!

  1. NHL GOAL AND 2 STICK SET: This collapsible net that can be easily stored comes with 2 hokey sticks and a foam ball that will keep kids happy and parents happier. It can be put away so there’s no clutter but will also keep your little hockey fan busy for hours!

  2. DELUXE CLASSIC PEG PUZZLE BUNDLE by Melissa and Doug: Known for their quality and educational children’s toys, these peg puzzles are perfect for the learning toddler. The pegs make it easy for their little hands to grab, and these wooden puzzles are durable and colourful which will mean hours and years of fun! Melissa & Doug make some of the cutest toys around. Click here to see their entire collection at Indigo.

  3. FIRE FLYER, RRRROLL MODELS by B. Toys: A favourite brand in our home, B. Toys not only makes colourful and fun toys, they give a portion back to charity, use non toxic dyes and sustainable materials. This fire engine roars, moves on its own, lights up and comes with 2 fire men and a movable ladder so that your kid’s imagination can run wild! Click here to see the entire B. Toys collection at Indigo.

  4. SESAME STREET GEAR: Books, costumes, hoodies, stuffed animals and toys. Indigo is the place to go for everything Sesame Street! Whether you’re looking for a TICKLE ME ELMO, a P IS FOR POTTY! potty training book or a MUSIC PLAYER STORYBOOK, Indigo has it all!

Something For The Competitive Gamer

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For the competitive or playful person in your life, get them a stylish game that won’t spend it’s time in a closet! You’ll be the hit at every party when you show up with one of these games!

  1. CLASSIC DARTBOARD: Whether you’re an amateur or a pro, get every party started with a fun game of darts! This set includes a large dartboard, darts and instructions for the newbies!

  2. TABLETOP AIR HOCKEY: It can be set up on any hard surface and will have people lining up to play! It bring the classic arcade game right into your home! This set includes 2 strikers, 2 goals and a battery powered puck for that authentic air hockey experience!

  3. SIX-IN-ONE WOODEN GAMES COMPENDIUM: 6 of the best known board games, including checkers, chess and pick up sticks, come packed in this easy-to-bring-anywhere board game!

  4. 5 IN 1 WOODEN GAMES SET: a perfect stocking stuffer, this 5-in-1 wooden games set includes backgammon, chess, checkers, dominoes and pick up sticks.

Something For the Relaxer

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We have one of these in our lives… the person that either loves taking spa like baths… or the person that should spend more time relaxing! Help that person make the most of the holiday season with these spa-like essentials!

  1. SILVER BIRCH & JUNIPER MERCURY 3-WICK CANDLE and POURED GLASS CANDLE: This fresh and unique aroma will transport you to a world where holiday shopping and wrapping is done and there is no cooking left to do!! Guaranteed to please even the pickiest of people, the 3 wick candle is a beautiful centre piece for any table this season, while the smaller candle makes the perfect stocking stuffer!

  2. DETOX BATH SALTS: These 100% natural bath salts are formulated with lavender and eucalyptus essential oils and highly detoxifying Cambrian Blue clay. Just a handful of them will help to clear the mind and body… exactly what everyone needs this season! They also come in a CALM formulation.

  3. THYMES EUCALYPTUS HAND LOTION: The perfect stocking stuffer or gift for a teacher! Made with skin-conditioning jojoba oil, honey and soothing aloe vera, it has the most beautiful scent.

  4. THYMES EUCALYPTUS BATH SALTS: This single use package of bath salts is a great stocking stuffer and will help anyone forget their day’s stresses. It comes in an array of scents, such as Lavender, Goldleaf Gardenia and Aqua Corraline.

Something For The Tea Drinker

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The tea aficionado in your life will think that they’ve seen it all, until you gift them these items that will blow their mind!

  1. NUDE RASPBERRY HONEY: Available in stores (but worth the trip to your local Indigo), this smooth raspberry honey gives your tea the perfect extra kick that it needs. It’s subtle and not overpowering, but the hint of raspberry will make you wonder how you’ve ever lived with just regular honey before!

  2. TEA DROPS BOOST TEA SPRINKLES: These sprinkles that include a blend of organic matcha, ginger, and lemon can just be added to water and magically dissolve! No steeping or waiting necessary! This is, by far, one of the coolest presentations for tea that I’ve ever seen!

  3. TEA FORTE - WORLD OF TEAS: Available in stores, these loose teas from across the world in single serve packages mean that you can take your favourite teas on the go! You’ll travel from Morocco to China to Japan and enjoy every bold flavour in this box set.

  4. PERFECT TEA MUG - HOLIDAY PLAID: A perfect gift for dad, this large tea mug that includes a lid and removable infuser, will keep him enjoying his favourite tea all winter long!

Something For the Hostess

Spoil the hostess with the mostest by gifting them items that will not only make entertaining easier, but also more stylish!

  1. GREY MARBLE & WOOD COASTERS and WHITE TERRAZZO & MARBLE RECTANGULAR BOARD: More than just a kitchen accessory, this marble board and set of coasters are decorative pieces that will impress any hostess!

  2. AURIA GEO ULTRASONIC DIFFUSER and AURIA DIFFUSER OIL BLEND FOREST: This gorgeous ceramic silver diffuser is a statement piece in any room, and combined with one of the many Auria Diffuser Oil Blends, they will turn any space into a relaxing escape!

  3. CUT GLASS LOWBALL: With gold trim and conversation starting wit, this set of glasses will be a hit at any party! With sayings like: “dare to be fabulous”, “meet me under the mistletoe”, “pleased as punch”, “cheers daring”, they are perfect for any gathering!

  4. ROUND MARBLE BOARD – YUMMY and GOLD CHEESE MARKERS - SET OF 5: Looking for a gift that will leave someone speechless? This beautiful white marble platter with gold accents is the perfect gift, and if you really want to splurge, pair it with this unique set of cheese markers!

Something For The Beauty Product Obsessed

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We all have a friend or family member that loves to pamper themselves, so help them this holiday season by gifting them the best of the best!

  1. LAPCOS VARIETY SKINCARE PACK: This set includes 7 masks and 1 exfoliating pad that addresses a different skin issue every day of the week!

  2. ILLUME GIFT SET - BEST DAY EVER, WHITE BERGAMOT: This gift set includes a rollerball fragrance, hand creme and lip balm with a mix of mix of grapefruit blossom, blue fig, sparkling blackberries, bergamot, waterlily, lotus flower, cedarwood, crisp vetiver and cool white musk!

  3. ILLUME BAR SOAP - HEY GIRL HEY, COCONUT MILK MANGO: A perfect stocking stuffer, this bar of soap will become a necessity in every beauty routine. It’s smell is devine and it leaves your skin feeling soft and refreshed!

  4. AWAKENING GINSENG AND EUCALYPTUS UNDER EYE MASK: Available in store, these under eye gel pads, made in Korea, are enriched with 12 hydrating extracts which leave the skin around your eyes feeling revived and replenished!

I wish I could say that I covered everything Indigo has to offer… but I could spend weeks writing gift guides filled with unique and beautiful items! Head over to their store or visit their site to take advantage on amazing holiday sales! I would love to see what you pick out so don’t forget to tag me on Instagram in your pictures!

This blog post was written in collaboration with with Indigo.

All thoughts and opinions (as always) are 100% my own.

Baby and Toddler Gift Ideas from Kidz District!

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… good quality toys for kids is really hard to find. I was super lucky to discover some of my favourite brands when Zane was younger so I know which ones to stick to the second time around! If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know that I’ve been getting toys from Kidz District since Zane was only a few months old! His first toy was the Dolce Musical Giraffe (read my full review here) and it’s made it through 2 years of love from Zane and will be passed along to baby #2 :).

I got my hands on a few more of their toys and think that these need to be on all of your holiday shopping lists if you don’t already own them!!!

VERTIPLAY WALL TOYS

You can say “bye!” to clutter on the floor thanks to this GENIUS line of Vertiplay Wall Toys that stick to your walls (without damaging the paint!). We tried out the Tree Top Adventure and the Musical Rail Track but there are many others! Appropriate for ages 2+, these toys will keep them busy and occupied while leaving your floors clear of toys! They’re stimulating, educational and fit in with any decor! Click here to see the entire collection.

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ORIBEL PORTAPLAY - WONDERLAND ADVENTURES

If you’re looking for an activity centre that can REALLY grow with your child, this is it! This PortaPlay is good for ages 5 months - 5 years! It easily converts from an activity centre with a ton of educational and stimulating toys, to a flat top table for colouring and other activities! Don’t forget to add on the matching stools (they come 2 in a pack!). A bonus? The activity centre and table have easily folding/collapsible legs so it can be transported and folded away. Check out the activity centre here. 

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Dolce - Pull Along Elephant

If you’re looking for a cuddly new entertaining bestie for your little one, look no further! The Pull Along Elephant from Dolce will help your mini develop relationship skills while walking and having a blast with their new best friend. The elephant has a squeaker in his tummy and crinkly ears that your toddler with love, along with a teether and wheels so that he zooms across the floor! Thankfully, the wheels easily come off, so your toddler can bring their best friend with them for nap time! Click here to learn more or click here to see the entire Dolce Collection.

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I only covered a few of my favourites from Kidz District! Click here to visit their website to see everything else they offer!

Gifts That Give Back All Year Round

With the holidays around the corner, I think it’s more important than ever to try to give back this holiday season and it can start with what’s on your shopping list! This year I’m making an effort to be very selective with the companies that I choose to buy gifts from and My B Toys is one that made the cut. For starters, they care about our earth (which is an initiative that I haven’t seen from any other toy company). They scrutinize every piece to ensure its impact on our children’s world is as light as possible - they use recyclable materials and their boxes and packaging are designed to be reused and some can even be reversed to become gift wrap! Even the ink on their packaging is soy-based and their varnishes are water-based. They then go a step farther and give a portion of every sale to Free The Children which has built over 650 schools in communities around the world, providing education to 50,000 children every day. If you still need another reason to support them, their toys are just THE CUTEST. Below are the items that we chose for Zane and for our newest addition that’s due in April! Their toys are available at Target and Amazon.

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Ribbit-tat-tat

Recommended for children 2 years +. it’s won multiple awards and is a frog inspired drum! There are beats from around the world, Ribbit-tat-tat from B toys is a frog-inspired toddler drum set and the winner of multiple awards! With its sturdy, toddler-proof construction, this frog toy drum is the perfect way to introduce music to babies and toddlers. There’s a retractable microphone where you can sing along, a voice changer and other games programmed in it! It will keep you and your mini entertained for hours :). Click here for more info!

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Fire Flyer

This isn’t your ordinary fire truck! It lights up, vibrates and moves on it’s own! It has an extendable fire hose and even a ladder that goes up and down! Zane looooves trucks and cars so this was a no brainer win for us! Click here for more info!

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Wonders Above

This is an acitivity that I am SO excited for. Whenever you shop for a new baby, there are always a few things you find that you can’t believe you lived without before. This is one of them! We had an activity for Zane but it was hard and often I felt he was uncomfortable on the floor when he was on it. This one is SO quilted and soft that your mini could even take a nap on it! It has 5 sensory toys hanging from the arc and it’s machine washable! Click here to learn more!

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Magical Mellow-Zzzs

This is mobile any expecting mom NEEDS this season. It’s a musical mobile with a magical light show that will have your baby soothed and calm. The light show covers every hue of the rainbow with the sweetest melodies. You can take it along and hang it from a car seat, an activity mat or a crib! The bonus? It’s SAFE! This baby musical mobile toy is BPA and phthalates free. Made of a Super soft and safe fabric! packaging is recyclable and recycled, with soy-based inks. Click here to learn more!

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Chewy Chews peace

This is the perfect firth teether for your little one! It has an adorable peace sign shape, is a beautiful color and will easily be held by your mini! It’s only available in stores!

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Start Your Holiday Shopping With Funrise Toys!

With the holiday season just around the corner… I’ve decided to help you all out by rounding up some awesome gifts well before the madness of shopping begins so you can get a head start on your shopping!

Zane is almost 2 years old so he’s at an age where I buy him a cool and fun toy and he ends up being more interested in the box (parent reality). So I’m always pleasantly surprised when I find a toy that catches his attention and that becomes a favourite of his! I couldn’t wait to share with you Zane’s current obsessions (which I know your minis will LOVE too!). He lives, breathes, eats and would sleep (if I let him) with these toys!

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HERODRIVE™ DC Super Friends Collection and TONKA Power Movers.

They are sturdy (Zane-proof) toys that light up, move and have his imagination running wild. He can pretend to be Batman as he zooms around the house with his bat mobile! It features lights, engine sounds, and music that bring the action to life! The Batmobile transforms into race mode by pushing the windshield forward to make the wings pop out. Zane can push the logo on the hood for unique Batman sounds, then push it again to send the Batman Racer racing forward with its cape flying behind!

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Zane can also be the master of a construction site with his new dump truck that has lights, real engine sounds and even a realistic backup sound! The rugged Dump Truck features new Motion Drive Technology allowing for fun and intuitive play that brings the action to life!

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They’re fun to play with, they were easy for him to figure out how to use and they are big enough that they don’t fit under my couch (mom win)!!!!

You can check out the whole HERODRIVE™ DC Super Friends Collection here.

And the TONKA Power Movers here.

Make sure to tag me in the pics of your minis playing with their new toys! There’s nothing better than a smiling, happy and entertained toddler.


Top Recommended Books for Toddlers - by YOU!

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I put up a poll on my Instagram a few weeks ago asking you for your top recommended books for toddlers! Who better to recommend books than fellow mamas? Take advantage of the awesome shipping promo they have going on right now: every book ships for free all summer long for plum membersfrom Indigo.ca and stock up on the adorable books below! Missed my poll? No problem! Add a comment below with any books that I missed so we can check them out!

1. THE LITTLE BLUE BOX OF BRIGHT AND EARLY BOARD BOOKS BY DR. SEUSS

Inside this adorable blue box (with a handle that your mini will love), include the 4 books:  Hop on Pop; Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!; Ten Apples Up On Top!; and The Shape of Me and Other Stuff. They survived 2 weeks with my son undamaged so these books will withstand any child lol. Click here to visit Indigo to learn more.

2. SING A SONG OF MOTHER GOOSE

 

All of your fave childhood nursery rhymes are in this adorable hard covered book including: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star; Humpty Dumpty; Little Miss Muffet; Rockabye Baby; Sing a Song of Sixpence; Ladybird; Pussycat, Pussycat; Jack and Jill; Baa Baa Black Sheep; Hey Diddle Diddle; Rain, Rain, Go Away; Mary Had a Little Lamb; Pat A Cake and Hickory Dickory Dock. Click here to visit Indigo to learn more!

3. DR. SEUSS'S 100 FIRST WORDS

I was curious how many other words Zane could learn before saying Mama LOL. This board book has bright and bold colours that your mini will LOVE. Click here to learn more.

4. ADVENTURES WITH BAREFOOT CRITTERS

Learning the alphabet is fun with these little critters and this adorably illustrated board book. Click here to learn more!

5. DINOSAUR DANCE!

From the best selling author Sandra Boynton, this colourful and fun board book is all about.... dancing dinosaurs! What else!? Click here to learn more!

6. THE LION INSIDE

A beautiful book with a powerful message: We all have a lion and a mouse inside. Click here to learn more.

7. I LIKE MYSELF!

This book about self-esteem encourages children to love themselves! Such a great read and an important message to start teaching your children at any age. Click here to learn more.

8. ORDINARY PEOPLE CHANGE THE WORLD GIFT SET

This New York Times best selling series is all about what makes a Hero. Click here to learn more.

9. GIRAFFES CAN'T DANCE

Gerald the giraffe just wants to dance! With his long legs, it's harder than you think. When he finally receives encouragement from a friend, he realizes he can do it! This book is an inspiration for kids who dream big! Click here to learn more.

10. CHICKA CHICKA BOOM BOOM

This lively alphabet rhyme makes learning the alphabet fun! Click here to learn more.

Don't forget to take advantage of free shipping on every book all summer long for plum members at Indigo.ca!

Make a Gazillion Memories This Summer!

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With BBQ season finally here, I've found the MUST have products to keep children entertained: the Gazillion Bubbles Collection! Their bubble machines and wands will keep children of all ages busy and playing outside, instead of in front of the TV. Make a Gazillion memories this summer with Gazillion Bubbles! Their top secret bubble solution makes the brightest and most colourful bubbles that are eco-friendly, safe, non-toxic and won't stain clothing or furniture!

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The Gazillion Bubbles Tornado is a must have for any backyard or patio. You turn on this machine and there are literally hundreds of bubbles within seconds! It's light weight and affordable so I'm even going to bring mine to the park this summer! Be prepared to be the favourite parent in the neighbourhood with this machine!

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Their bubble wands are just as fun! Zane had a blast chasing the bubbles and this is definitely something I'm going to keep in our stroller all summer. Gazillion Bubbles also has Crazy Wands (scroll down for a few pics) which are for kids a bit older than Zane but I think they would also make such awesome loot bag ideas if you're planning a birthday party this summer!

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Gazillion Bubbles products are available for purchase in Canada at Walmart & TRU Canada

Best Wooden Toys Under $20

If you follow my blog then you know I love children's wooden toys and the ones we have are among Zane's favourite.  I've rounded up the best on Amazon for under $20! Let me know if you have any other amazing finds that should be added to my list! Click the image or product links below for more info :)

Promotes hand-eye coordination and concepts of colour and size.

Colourful skill-building toy for toddlers and preschoolers. Promotes hand-eye coordination

Promotes hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills

Promotes colour and shape recognition and problem-solving skills.

Promotes hand-eye coordination, counting, sorting, colour recognition, and problem-solving skills.

Promotes colour recognition and hand-eye coordination.

Improves fine motor skills and colour and shape recognition

Great for hand-eye coordination and imaginative play

Features numbers, letters and pictures to identify for vocabulary-building

Brightly colored, smooth-sanded pieces help build early shape, color, and size differentiation skills

Promotes counting, colour recognition, fine motor skills, and early math skills.

Learn the theory of balance through balancing the scale and train your baby's hands-on ability

Encourages counting, sorting, pretend play, and an interest in food and nutrition.