With Black Friday sales kickstarting this week, we wanted to spotlight a few special Canadian brands well worth considering as the holiday shopping season begins. Supporting local brands and makers while securing unique and top quality gifts, that's a good deal, right?!
Check out our Holiday Gift Guide featuring kids' toys by Canadian brands below.
1. Giant Dominoes by My Giant Games
These Giant Dominoes are great for both indoor or outdoor use. Teach your child math concepts, matching, and creative play. The jumbo size makes them great for kids of all ages. Included are 28 Giant Dominoes measuring 6x3 inches, a storage bag, and rules and instructions.
Use code JAGAMES to get 25% off! (valid until Dec 31, 2022)
2. Kitchen Helper by True Little North
The Learning tower is designed according to Montessori furniture principles of independence building. It allows little ones in your lives to enjoy being a part of the activities in the kitchen in a safe and fun way.
We love that it’s super easy to assemble and it has an easy mechanism that allows you to adjust the height as your child grows. True Little North uses FSC-certified plywood, which is responsibly sourced, as well as Eco-Friendly Packaging. Made in Canada. Maximum weight - 120 lbs.
3. Holiday Toy Box by Jenny & Andy
Jenny & Andy’s Holiday Toy Box is the perfect made-in-Canada gift this holiday season. Alongside our goodies that fill the box, we’ve also included access to ideas for creative kids' crafts to upcycle the box itself. To help ensure baby's playtime routine is full of fun and help with developmental milestones, inside this gift set, you'll find:
Designed for small hands to grasp, crinkle and crunch! Engage in sensory play as baby begins to recognize sound and texture through simple sensory stimulation. Machine washable and made with GOTS-certified organic cotton.
Plush Rattle Cube
Designed to aid in the development of hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and cognitive ability. Use this soft and gentle toy to engage in sensory play as baby begins to recognize sound and texture. Machine washable and made of GOTS-certified organic cotton and hemp with a handle for easy grip.
Affirming positive messages are acts of kindness and love towards oneself, allowing children to build self-esteem with a lifetime impact. The set includes: 10 cards - 2 introduction/instructional cards, 6 positive affirmations with the signature Jenny & Andy panda print, and 2 blank cards to create your affirmations!
Dough Parlour Dough
This Disney® Frozen® inspired Frosty Scoops by Dough Parlour is a beautiful pastel minty-blue colour with silver glitter, AND is scented like Marshmallows! It’s handcrafted in Canada and made from 100% non-toxic ingredients.
Embossed Acrylic Roller
Embossed rolling pins are the perfect play dough accessory. Laster etched with fun designs and simple for kids to use.
These resin numbers are great for introducing numbers and practicing counting. Also a great addition to play dough for both sensory play and improving cognitive skills.
Plus one of the following books:
- ABC Roar by Chiêu Anh Urban
- Hide and Seek (in the house) by Lucie Brunellière
- LMNO PEAS by Keith Baker
- This Little Piggy by Emily Bannister
4. Double-sided Tracing Board by Campbell’s Custom Carvings
These Alphabet Tracing Boards are a wonderful way to introduce letters and writing to your child. There are upper case letters on the front and lower case letters on the back. You can even use rice, felt balls or play dough for an added sensory bonus!
Practice a wide range of skills like:
- Fine motor skills/ dexterity
- Pre-writing skills
- Concentration and focus
- Visual-spatial skills
- Creativity and drawing skills
Each board is 16 inches by 7 inches and made of durable hardwood.
5. Donut Teether by LouLouLollipop
We love donuts, and this donut teether makes for a great stocking stuffer! LouLouLollipop’s silicone donut teether is made of 100% premium quality food-grade silicone and features nubby textures on both sides to soothe sore gums. Silicone is more durable than plastic and and doesn’t break down into microplastics or produce harmful by-products.
We love that it’s dishwasher safe and free of BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead and cadmium. All of their teethers are third-party tested for ASTM & CSPIA safety compliance.
6. Marble and Black play mat by Coco Bean
Coco Bean’s luxury baby mats are for both baby and mom to enjoy. With its design of soft raised sides and a soft foam base it allows baby to have a space to relax and play, even on hard surfaces like tiled floor and hard wood.
The arches have space for a total of 10 hanging toys to spark your baby’s attention and develop motor skills and hand eye coordination. We love that the bars are removable, making the mat multi-functional - great for tummy time! It’s made from 100% cotton and is machine washable.
- Soft foam base (39" x 39")
- Removable, reversible cover
- 5 toys (cloud, rabbit ears, 2 shapes, star)
- Calico bag