Need holiday gift ideas? It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is almost here! Babies, kids, tweens, parents – we have holiday gift-giving suggestions for everyone on your list. We’ve rounded up our favourite toys & treats from local businesses who are committed to ensuring our families have access to the best healthy, active, and eco-friendly products, services & experiences! Our Holiday Gift Guide, presented by London Drugs, is out early to give you lots of time for planning & shopping ahead. And we know everyone could use some extra holiday cheer this year, so we’re counting down the days until our annual online Holiday Facebook Party on Nov 18th!
At this year’s Holiday Facebook Party for BC residents, we’re giving away over $3,000 in prizes from the businesses featured in this gift guide, including an Instant Pot Air Fryer and custom holiday photo products from London Drugs, plus delicious stocking stuffer ideas for grown-ups & experience gifts for the whole family! To RSVP, just visit our HOLIDAY FACEBOOK PARTY event page and click “GOING”. Then join us online on that Facebook Event page on November 18th at 8 pm PST for your chance to win over $3,000 in prizes!
HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR FAMILIES
It has been difficult to stay connected with family and friends this year. That’s why it’s especially important to make your gift-giving personal and from the heart. Photo gifts that show your love are perfect for 2021. We love the puzzle and playing card options from London Drugs Photo Lab. They also have T-shirts, coasters, coin banks, keychains, mugs & even blankets. The holidays will be upon us in the blink of an eye! It happens every year – you think you have lots of time, and then suddenly, you’re scrambling to get everything ticked off your shopping list. Get ahead of the game this year and create your personalized gifts quickly & easily through London Drugs Photo Lab!
London Drugs is the best source for kitchen health hacks to start your family on a healthier and more eco-focused path. The Instant Pot Air Fryer Vortex Plus is sleek, fast, versatile, and convenient, perfect for the family on the go. With EvenCrisp technology for crispy, tender results every time whip up all your favorite finger foods with less oil and no mess. Use the preset smart programmes to easily air fry, roast, broil, bake, reheat or dehydrate. Reheat leftovers in a flash. You can even dehydrate your own jerky, fruit strips and kale chips. If your family and friends don’t have an Air Fryer yet, it’s time to get them set up with one this holiday season!
Did you ever get a gift as a kid and when you opened it it was full of lots of little gifts? That’s what it’s like to receive a gift basket from Whole Foods Market. The grown-up version of the most wonderful Christmas surprise! A wonderful way to say “I LOVE YOU FOODIE!” Whole Foods Market seeks out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintains the strictest quality standards in the industry, and has an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture. Add to that the excitement and fun they bring to shopping for groceries, and you start to get a sense of what Whole Foods Market is all about. From teachers and friends, to family members and special neighbours who could use some holiday cheer this year, custom gift baskets from Whole Foods Market are the perfect holiday treat for everyone on your list!
Maplelea® is distinctly Canadian, featuring gorgeous 18-inch dolls with story journals, outfits, and accessories that celebrate our country’s spirit and identity! Based on the knowledge that toys can be powerful educational tools, Maplelea was developed to enlighten and entertain children. Their mission is to make a difference in the lives of Canadian children by providing age-appropriate dolls and activity products that promote creative play and active lifestyles while fostering a love and interest in Canadian culture, heritage & geography. Their Maplelea&ME! dolls allow kids to choose from a variety of different hair, eye, and skin-tone combinations, create their own stories, and personalize with accessories. Our kids have been Maplelea fans for years now! Get free standard shipping on orders over $75 with code HEALTHYFAMILY21.
What better gift than a good night’s sleep? Juno by Goodmorning.com is a mattress with everything you need shipped right to your door, balancing cushioning and support with a medium-firm feel that supports all sleep styles. Starting at just $329, the Juno mattress includes a 120-night sleep trial, 15-year warranty, and free shipping & returns. We love that the breathable gel memory foam helps us stay cool and comfortable throughout the night and the high-density support foam provides exceptional motion isolation and edge support. The fact that you can try Juno in the comfort of your home for up to 120 nights with free returns makes it a truly risk-free gift-giving win. Juno is proudly made in Canada, exclusively for Canadians!
Give a busy family member or friend the gift of delicious healthy meals from Well Fed! With our hectic schedules, Well Fed regularly comes to the rescue. They are a boutique food studio in beautiful North Vancouver that offers frozen meals to go, an elementary school lunch program, fundraising opportunities, and kids cooking camps. kids camps. They create a monthly menu with new seasonal features as well as favourites that are available all the time – delivered right to doorsteps in Vancouver, Burnaby, and across the North Shore. We always have Well Fed meals in our freezer for busy school nights, and are so grateful that they provide meal solutions and inspiration for the time-starved who still want to eat well!
Turn a family memory into a masterpiece! Your family or friends will love to create their own paint-by-number work of art that will become the gift they will treasure forever. Paintillio creates custom paint-by-number kits and collaborative murals for Y-O-U to paint. They turn any photo/image into high-quality, hyper-realistic paint-by-numbers of any size for your next event or at home project. Each kit includes everything you need, including one canvas print to paint, numbered set of acrylic paints, paintbrushes, magnifying glass, canvas cloth and instructions! Bring your people together to connect and create with custom paint-by-number canvases and murals that feature your favourite photos. We love this as a family experience gift for holiday gatherings or as a winter project for someone special.
The Clean Crate Company offers a convenient and unique Subscription Box that is designed to make your life a little cleaner and a little easier, while also bringing some joy to your daily household routine! We love that their products are sourced exclusively from Canadian brands; and are all top-quality, effective, non-toxic, and eco-friendly. Check out their Add-On Shop for a wide selection of sustainable, Canadian Made home essentials that are great eco-friendly gifts for the holidays, or take advantage of their free Canada-wide shipping and send a Gift Crate to a loved one this season. The Clean Crate Company is helping Canadian households make simple changes towards a healthier home and a happier planet!
Give the young kids on your list that special doll or stuffy that will be loved for years and years! ThreadBear toys & gifts are designed to be treasured and passed down to future generations. Their beautifully designed aprons, tabards, soft toys, and mini tote bags are developed with a strong focus on child development, physical, social, creative, and imaginative play for the inquiring minds of children. We love the gentle designs that will never go out of style. ThreadBear Design is proud to be a Seed Partner with Eden Reforestation Projects. For every order placed they will plant 10 trees in areas around the world badly affected by deforestation. Sounds like a win-win for families and Mother Nature!
We love this new My Forest Floor open-ended play tinker tray box for little ones to sort, stack, and arrange their woodland treasures. The lid is removable and can be turned around and used as a chalkboard to create your forest floor! It’s just one of the many options in the Tender Leaf Toys product line that promotes learning through play. Some of our kids’ favourites include their stunning dollhouses, kitchens & workbenches, and fruity blender. They are traditional in concept but contemporary in design, with a unique blend of soft cotton fabric, gentle non-toxic water stain, sustainable rubberwood & high-quality plywood. And we love that for every tree that becomes a beautiful toy, another is replanted!
The perfect gift for the chocolate lover on your list… 7 decadent flavours in one beautifully packaged bag for easy gift giving! From creamy Cranberry & Orange to deep dark Mighty Mint and Cardamom Latte, all the right flavours for this special season. This gorgeous gift from The Good Chocolatier includes seven chocolate bars, each with a different flavour and texture that will satisfy your taste buds every single day. The Good Chocolatier creates fine chocolates right here in Vancouver including raw chocolate, dark chocolate and vegan chocolate. We love that each bar is handcrafted with premium organic and fair trade ingredients, and that they also offer Artisan Chocolate Making Workshops!
Do you have a Tween or Teen Girl on your holiday gift list? Ruby Crate is a new subscription box that is the perfect gift for the special girl in your life! Sure to delight, it is filled with gems – treasures of beauty, style & self-expression to be enjoyed each season. Each crate is bursting with up to 8 new and unique beauty and skin products, cool accessories, and much more. Custom curated Ruby Crates arrive 4 times per year delivered right to your front door coinciding with the seasons. The Winter Ruby Crates are the perfect gift under the tree. Choose between a Year-Long Subscription or a One-Time Gift Crate. They’ll be packed full of fun products that will help celebrate the season and will arrive just in time for the holidays!
One of the best ways for kids to grow inside is for them to get outside with Wild | Life! Resilience, independence & leadership are just a few of the skills that kids can learn when they spend time outdoors – and hey, what if it was fun, interesting, and easy?! Wild | Life delivers monthly outdoor-themed boxes to get kids outdoors more often. Each monthly kit contains quality tools, unique outdoor activities, a nature-inspired craft, and a pin to collect and celebrate each new adventure, all aligned to Canadian curriculum outcomes. This outdoor adventure kit is ideal for kids 8+ independently and for younger kids with parental supervision. And you’ll want to check out their 3 NEW Holiday Adventure Kits that are ideal as a holiday gift or a stocking stuffer!
Kids of all ages love the extensive line of gorgeous Folkmanis puppets & finger puppets available at BC Playthings. Whether your little one is into lions, bears, bunnies, squirrels, puppies, frogs, turtles, sea creatures…you name it, and BC Playthings likely has it in puppet form! Folkmanis puppets are designed for children’s hands and are excellent for story-time stimulation. BC Playthings knows how to help you find just the right gift for any child on your list. Their unique, family-owned toy store in North Vancouver is the best local place to find creative & multi-use toys for kids, with shipping now available across Canada. We love their ongoing commitment to sharing their love of toys that inspire hours of creativity & inquisitive fun!
Capture your loved one’s precious prints in silver! Smallprint Vancouver North specializes in capturing the fingerprints, hand/foot and pawprints, drawings, and actual handwriting of your loved ones into sterling silver keepsake jewelry. Each piece is handcrafted by Mahnaz in her North Vancouver studio. Do you have a favourite drawing from your children or a handwritten card that you cherish? Let Smallprint Vancouver North transform those special keepsakes into silver for you to wear and keep close every day. We treasure our High Five + Little Kicker pendants that we have from Smallprint Vancouver North and we have loved giving keepsake items to the grandparents and other relatives!
Give the gift of a calm and relaxed home! The subtle scents of candles from Canyon Candle Co. evoke the natural elements of our local forests and canyons. Handcrafted in North Vancouver, BC, these candles are made with eco soy wax that is scented with essential + fine fragrance oils, and are phthalate + paraben-free. Founder Nicole brings a fresh and modern style to each candle that reflects a love of luxury and simplicity. We are loving the Timberline scent at the moment! With notes of fresh juniper, fir, eucalyptus, balsam & spruce, this candle creates the perfect, festive, holiday ambiance. And their Limited Edition Holiday Trio Set with three candles in Glenwood, Lodge, and Timberline would make the perfect gift for your loved ones!
Wondering what to do with the kids in Metro Vancouver this weekend, or what to make for dinner? You can find it at HealthyFamilyLiving.com! From the Sunshine Coast to the Fraser Valley, we’re the best online resource for busy parents looking for practical tips for healthy, active, sustainable living. For the latest on family events, outdoor adventures, birthday parties, camps & classes and kid-approved recipes, follow us on Facebook and sign-up for our parent-approved e-newsletter!