Finding that special gift for your loved ones year after year is not an easy feat. With snow much to do during the busy holiday season, we’ve compiled the ultimate family gift giving guide once again this year so you can shop sans drop.
DANDY FOR DADS
Leatherman® Skeletool® CX: The Skeletool® CX has only the most necessary of multi-tool features, because sometimes that’s all you need. With a 154 centimetre stainless steel blade, pliers, bit driver, pocket clip and carabiner/bottle opener, you’re set. Lightweight, low volume, perfect size. For more information, visit www.leatherman.com.
Gerber® Pro Golf Auto Tool: This divot repair tool is the perfect companion when out on the course. Its slim design and pocket clip allows it to be carried in a way that works for you. The automatic deployment makes repairing divots with one hand a breeze. For more information, visit www.gerbergear.com.
MERRY FOR MOMS
Lisa Leonard Designs® Family Tree Necklace: The Family Tree Necklace is an organic pewter disc strung with a freshwater pearl on a sterling silver-filled link chain. A whimsical tree is hand-stamped in the middle, and the names of each member of your sweet family are stamped around the edge. For more information, visit www.lisaleonardonline.com.
SoYoung Charlie Bag: Designed to hold everything you need for a trip to the playground or a day at work. The bag can hold 13” laptops for working parents, yoga mats for fitness enthusiasts and baby items. Converts to a backpack. Features a laminated change mat, removable key clip and shoulder strap with detachable comfort grip padding straps. For more information, visit www.soyoung.ca.
HIP WITHOUT HIPSTER
7 A.M.® ENFANT Le sac igloo®: Featuring 5-point harness openings, Le sac igloo® can be easily adapted to strollers and car seats. The hood zips down and can lay flat on a stroller or car seat. The water-repellent shell protects kids from snow, rain and wind. Premium fiber insulation and a soft cotton lining provide ultimate comfort. For more information, visit www.7amenfant.com.
TOP TOYS FOR YOUNG BOYS & GIRLS
Hot Wheels® Triple Track Twister Set: Gear up for endless thrills with continuous racing and nonstop stunt action. Choose your path: safe passage or wild thrills! When the claw grabs a vehicle, the rotating arms lift it up and drop it off on a higher track so the race keeps on going. For more information, visit www.mattel.ca.
Kawaii Crush™ Best Friends Forever Day and Night Slumber Party Pack: BFFs Morning Glory Go Go and Luna Lite Night Night are having a slumber party! Have the ultimate sleepover with rainbow and star themed sleeping bags, pillows, robes and even face masks. For more information, visit www.kawaiicrush.com.
Barbie® Dreamhouse™: Barbie®’s 3-storey home is perfect for sharing meals and entertaining friends. Hit the kitchen on the first floor to create a fun meal with luxe stainless steel appliances. Barbie® and guests can use the bathroom featuring a light-up mirror and “flushing” toilet. Take the elevator to the third floor for more fun with a TV that “flips” channels and a great balcony. For more information, visit www.mattel.ca.
Little Passports™ A Global Adventure™ World Edition: Every month, the globetrotting characters Sam and Sofia visit a new country and send your child an exciting package in the mail including a letter, fun and unique souvenirs, stickers, photos, access to online games/activities in the Boarding Zone and more! For more information, visit www.littlepassports.com.
Imaginext® New Batcave: Batman can use rotating walkways to leave the Batcomputer and access different areas. He can fly out on the Batwing or slide down the Batpole to ride out on the Batcycle through a garage-style door. This set comes with Batman, a Flight Suit, a Batwing, a Batcycle and 2 projectiles. For more information, visit www.mattel.ca.
Thomas & Friends™ Trackmaster™ Quest for the Crown: Thomas will need to power through the old walls that block his way, make it over the missing track and climb to the top near the castle turret. This set comes with Thomas, a Cargo Car, King’s Crown and a Multi-Level Track. For more information, visit www.mattel.ca.
TINKER WITH THESE TOYS
littleBits Starter Kit: The best way to begin your littleBits experience. It’s a set of 10 color-coded modules that snap together magnetically to create larger circuits, guaranteed to keep kids (or you) occupied for hours. The kit includes everything you need to start making your own interactive creations. If you ever stop playing, pack everything away in the snappy magnetic case. For more information, visit www.littlebits.com.
LEGO® Minecraft: Build a mini model of the game that’s sweeping the Internet with a LEGO® microbuild version of Minecraft! This build features a cool design with lots of 1 x 1 tiles and 2 buildable Micromob characters: Steve and Creeper. Contains 480 pieces. For more information, visit www.mastermindtoys.com.
TOUGH TO PLEASE TWEENS & TEENS
Yvolution Y Fliker F3 (Pre-teen): The Y Fliker Flow series, a new family of revolutionary, patented 3-wheeled scooters, will get kids up and active! Riders move their hips and legs from side to side (just like downhill skiing) to get going and keep moving (no more kicking the pavement like 2-wheeled scooters!). Its lightweight and sleek design allows this free-style scooter to perform smooth carving and drifting actions. For more information, visit www.yvolution.com.
CROW Watches Lush Classic: Features a large rounded edge analog face with hour, minute and second hand. With its industry leading water rating of 5ATM (165 feet), you can swim in these time-tested watches, and are topped off with CROW’s signature exchangeable silicon skin-like straps. Weighs only 2 ounces and adjusts to anyone’s wrist size. For more information, visit www.crowwatches.com.
GEAR ON THE GO
LÄSSIG Car Wrap-To-Go: A parent’s dream! The Car Wrap-to-Go keeps little feet off the upholstery and lets kids organize all their gear in fun pockets and compartments. For more information, visit www.lassigusa.com.
7 A.M.® ENFANT Rotundo: Features 6 interior pockets for compact storage, secure drawstring for easy fastening, and hook and loop straps to attach to any stroller. The lightweight zippered pouch opens widely, allowing easy access for organizing all family essentials. The stand-alone base adds multi-use functionality. For more information, visit www.7amenfant.com.
Svan™ Totseat® The Original Portable Child Seat for Babies Who Lunch: The Totseat can be easily adapted to fit a variety of adult chairs and provides perfect seating for babies and toddlers. Created with input from safety experts, pediatricians and physiotherapists, it fastens high across the back of a chair and features a 3-point adjustable safety harness for comfort and safety. For more information, visit www.svan.com.
Sun 7 Designs: A Calgary-based business creating one-of-a-kind custom designed personalized Minkee baby blankets. You can have your blanket customized with a name, birth date and design. All blankets are double-sided, which gives you the option of a blanket with 1 or 2 colors. Available in 4 different sizes ranging from newborn to age 12. For more information, visit www.sun7designs.com.
Stonz Booties: An ingenious children’s shoe that stays on securely, slips on easily over other clothing and protects little feet and dangling ankles from inclement weather. Versatile enough to be worn both outdoors and indoors throughout several weather seasons. For more information, visit www.stonzwear.com.
Lamaze® Garden Bug Foot Finder and Wrist Rattle Set: Baby-soft wrist rattles and foot finders encourage discovery. Bright patterns and faces, with fun sounds to reward exploration. Ideal for developing hand-to-eye coordination skills. For more information, visit www.mastermindtoys.com.
Vulli Chan, Pie and Gnon: Cousins to the popular Sophie la Girafe®. The adorable family of natural rubber, mushroom-shaped teethers consist of Chan: A blue natural rubber teething toy with a nub on his head; Pie: A pink mushroom-shaped baby toy with round ears & square feet for chewing pleasure; and Gnon: A yellow soft natural baby grasping toy with a funky ring on her head, perfect for baby hands to grasp and soothing sore gums. For more information, visit www.toysrus.ca.
Melissa is the Copy Editor for Calgary’s Child Magazine.
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