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The Cool Kid's Gift Guide

Whether or not you're a parent, chances are there's a pint size recipient with discerning taste on your list. To help with the task (something more entertaining than the box and wrapping paper!) we called on some of the most stylish & cool moms in T.O. to share what's hot this season.

In my mind, the perfect kid-pleasing present comes to down to 3 questions: Is it fun? Will they get hours of enjoyment out of it? Will it do so without driving me crazy? The gifts on my shortlist this year achieve all 3, and are stylish to boot. Bonus.
— Sarah Francis, Real Life Runway.
  Mi Cielo 'Looks Like Mr. T' Onesie + Rattle Gift Set $40 at Brika. Roominate Château $55 at Chapters Indigo Sands Alive Play and Go Travel Kit $55 at Chapters Indigo. The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak $20 at Chapters Indigo. Bling 2o Sprinkles Snow Goggles $48 at Barney's New York. Visit Sarah's site Real Life Runway.

 

Mi Cielo 'Looks Like Mr. T' Onesie + Rattle Gift Set $40 at Brika.

Roominate Château $55 at Chapters Indigo

Sands Alive Play and Go Travel Kit $55 at Chapters Indigo.

The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak $20 at Chapters Indigo.

Bling 2o Sprinkles Snow Goggles $48 at Barney's New York.

Visit Sarah's site Real Life Runway.

I like getting something that will get some use ... It’s easy to fall into that trap of buying another toy but I like thinking outside of the box and getting creative!
— Lani Levy, Ani + Wren
  Ollie Jones Leggings $32 – Locally made! Kiwi Crate $20 monthly subscription. The Day the Crayons Quit $14 at Chapters Indigo. Personalized Camo Duffle Bag $34 at You Name It Baby. Anything Experiential – Tickets to the aquarium, ROM, Ontario Science Centre, cooking or art classes.  Lani's Tip:  create a little themed   on the activity so they receive something tangible. Visit Lani's maternity boutique Ani + Wren

 

Ollie Jones Leggings $32 – Locally made!

Kiwi Crate $20 monthly subscription.

The Day the Crayons Quit $14 at Chapters Indigo.

Personalized Camo Duffle Bag $34 at You Name It Baby.

Anything Experiential – Tickets to the aquarium, ROM, Ontario Science Centre, cooking or art classes. 

Lani's Tip:  create a little themed   on the activity so they receive something tangible.

Visit Lani's maternity boutique Ani + Wren

Shopping strategy: try to think outside of the wrapping paper - for gifts that will last well beyond the moment and the day.  Lots of people can buy the toys and tinker tot thingys...I want to be that one unexpected gift buyer who gets something that the receiver never even knew they wanted or needed.  I love subscriptions, charity items and financial contributions.  Yawn right?....think again!
— Angie Campanelli, Marilyn Denis Expert & Producer
Kiwi Crate $20 monthly subscription. National Geographic Kids subscription $15 for 10 issues. RESP Contribution iTunes Gift Card Strider Balance Bike $99-$289 at Balance Bikes Canada.ca Angie's Tip: It is never too soon to get kids thinking about and understanding money.  It isn't that exciting a gift per say but the conversations surrounding it (and getting kids all set up with the bank) are incredible gifts. You can catch Angie on The Marilyn Denis Show.

Kiwi Crate $20 monthly subscription.

National Geographic Kids subscription $15 for 10 issues.

RESP Contribution

iTunes Gift Card

Strider Balance Bike $99-$289 at Balance Bikes Canada.ca

Angie's Tip: It is never too soon to get kids thinking about and understanding money.  It isn't that exciting a gift per say but the conversations surrounding it (and getting kids all set up with the bank) are incredible gifts.

You can catch Angie on The Marilyn Denis Show.

Our gift giving strategy involves finding items that inspire our kids,
whether it be to dance, build or problem solve.
— Leigh, Me & Meg.
DIY Fort Kit from $10 at Saltwater Kids. Kiwi Crate $20 monthly subscription. BBOP Ball $30-$40 at Hearth Song. iHome Bluetooth Speaker $70 at Staples. Spot it! $14 at Mastermind Toys. Visit Leigh's (& Meg!) site Me & Meg.

DIY Fort Kit from $10 at Saltwater Kids.

Kiwi Crate $20 monthly subscription.

BBOP Ball $30-$40 at Hearth Song.

iHome Bluetooth Speaker $70 at Staples.

Spot it! $14 at Mastermind Toys.

Visit Leigh's (& Meg!) site Me & Meg.

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