It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is almost here! We have holiday gift-giving suggestions for everyone on your list. We’ve rounded up our favourite things from businesses that are committed to ensuring our families have access to the best healthy, active, and eco-friendly products, services & experiences!
Our Holiday Gift Guide is out early this year to give you lots of time for planning & shopping. And for some extra holiday cheer, we’re counting down the days until our annual online Holiday Instagram LIVE Party on Nov 16th with over $5000 in prizes to be won!
2023 holiday gift guide for families
Maplelea® is distinctly Canadian, featuring gorgeous 18-inch dolls with story journals, outfits, and accessories that celebrate our country’s spirit and identity! Maplelea was developed to enlighten and entertain children. Their mission is to provide 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!
How beautiful are these moon cake bath bombs?! We can fell our holiday stresses melting away! At RavenSong Soap & Candle Company, you'll find gorgeous bath products & luxury cold-pressed artisan soap made entirely by hand in small batches. We love that they use Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Olive Oils, and other food-quality oils in their soap along with other skin-loving additions like oatmeal, botanicals, clays, and dead sea salt. All products are scented with pure essential oils or high-quality fragrances. Handmade soap is an affordable, yet luxurious way to pamper your loved one for the holidays and every day.
Our top pick for children's clothing this holiday season is the gorgeous line from Belan.J! This incredible clothing brand based in Vancouver, BC, is full of beautifully designed products made with premium bamboo fabric & cozy knits. They have so many gorgeous products including bamboo sleep sacs, sleepers, and quilted blankets. You can order Belan.J items online for home delivery, pick up from their showroom in Surrey, or in-store at one of Active Baby's convenient locations in North Vancouver, Langley, or Kitsilano - our go-to local store for top-quality nursery items, clothing, car seats, strollers, toys, gifts and more!
Kids love these unique puzzles depicting beautiful Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia from Butzi Kids! Created from original artwork, look for Vancouver and Whistler’s wonderful landmarks and sights that make both places an adventure to explore and enjoy, like favourite ski runs, the Peak to Peak Gondola, BC Place, and Science World. And then you can make mealtime fun with the matching Vancouver and Whistler placements from Butzi Kids – there’s always something to discover and talk about. Perfect for local kids and visitors alike. Our kids love them and we've sent them to friends in faraway places as gifts!
Kids aged 6+ will love all of the amazing Lego kits from BC Playthings! They can spend hours building, rebuilding, and playing. And their huge selection of puzzles, games, puppets, magnatiles, and other toys that allow for open-ended play is incredible. The awesome staff at BC Playthings knows how to help you find just the right gift for any child on your list. They're a unique, family-owned toy store in North Vancouver that is known as the best local place to find creative & multi-use toys for kids, with shipping now available to homes across Canada. We love their ongoing commitment to sharing their love of toys that inspire hours of creative & inquisitive fun!
Capture your loved one’s precious prints in silver! Smallprint Vancouver 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. Smallprint Vancouver creates these beautiful pendants by capturing your loved ones' actual touch in silver. We treasure our High Five + Little Kicker pendants that we have from Smallprint Vancouver and we have loved giving keepsake items to the grandparents and other relatives as birthday and Christmas gifts over the years!
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!