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 19th!
At this year’s Holiday Facebook Party (open only to BC residents), we’re giving away over $3,000 in prizes from the businesses featured in this gift guide, including a Sodastream and custom holiday photo products from London Drugs, plus family passes to a number of Metro Vancouver holiday attractions that are able to safely open this year (check out our 2020 Metro Vancouver Holiday Events Guide). To RSVP for the party, just visit our HOLIDAY FACEBOOK PARTY event page and click “GOING”. Then join us online on that Facebook Event page on November 19th at 8 pm PST for your chance to win over $3,000 in prizes. Happy Holidays!
HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS
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 2020. 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 holiday shopping list. Get ahead of the game this year and create your personalized gifts quickly and 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. Are you interested in reducing the amount of plastic that your family discards every year, or thinking about cutting back on the amount of unhealthy carbonated drinks that you drink? A Sodastream machine from London Drugs can help you do both! Get the refreshing taste you’re looking for at home with an affordable machine, plus, you can return your empty co2 refills at any London Drugs location to receive a discount on your next co2 refill, adding to your savings. They carry Sodastream machines in so many fun colours that will go with any kitchen or office decor!
Custom Gift Baskets
from Whole Foods Market
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. And their new 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 (available Nov 21st). Our kids have been Maplelea fans for years now!
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Buy it here: www.maplelea.com
Connect: Facebook; Instagram; Pinterest
Facebook Party Prize: A Maplelea Girl or Maplelea&ME! doll of your choice ($115 value).
Have a smoothie fan on your holiday gift list? Even the most ardent smoothie lover can be short on time and too rushed in the mornings to enjoy their favourite treat…Justgo Smoothie is here with the perfect healthy holiday gift. Just add the contents of a frozen pouch to your blender or shaker cup with your favourite liquid and you’re on your way! Every ingredient in this 100% natural, plant-based superfood smoothie is organic or locally-sourced from sustainable producers and suppliers for maximum quality, with vegan protein options available. Whether you’d like to stay local with a BC berries blend or go on a taste vacation with the Kawaii tropical blend, there’s a flavour for everyone!
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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?! The Wild | Life delivers monthly outdoor-themed boxes to get kids outdoors more often. Each monthly supply drop (a.k.a 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.
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Give a busy family member or friend the gift of delicious healthy meals from Well Fed – or drop hints like crazy to your own family ?! 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, kids camps, and private cooking classes. They create a monthly menu with new features as well as favourites that are available all the time – delivered right to doorsteps in Vancouver, Burnaby and across the North Shore! All Well Fed meals are full of high-quality, whole, preservative-free ingredients, and they’re happy to accommodate special dietary restrictions or food allergies.
HOT DEAL: 10% off frozen meals to go with code HEALTHYFAMILY_2020. (Valid Nov 15 to Dec 15, 2020. Not valid with other offers)
One of our top picks for babies & toddlers from Active Baby this holiday season is the Babymoov Indoor & Outdoor Play Tent for babies & toddlers! Easy to set up in less than 5 minutes, this play tent is made of SPF 50+ fabric with plenty of ventilation & a comfortable waterproof base cushion. And their other popular holiday gifts include a huge assortment of Jellycat Stuffies, Kinderboards, and Candylab vehicles! Active Baby is a parent-run local baby boutique, with locations in North Vancouver, Langley & Kitsilano! They are committed to supplying local families with organic, top-quality products from nursery essentials, clothing, and accessories, to car seats, strollers, toys & more!
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Open up your child’s imagination with this dinosaur-themed wooden toy set! Also available in safari, woodland animals, farmyard animals, and coastal creatures, these wooden sets are 100% adorable! 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 the Smoothie Maker. 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. So many fun gift ideas for babies & young kids under the tree this year!
True NOSH offers perfect gift options for any foodies on your shopping list! We love that this Vancouver-based organic food & beverage company founded by a Registered Dietician uses wholesome fruits & vegetables sourced from local vendors with no added sugars, syrups, or artificial sweeteners. And they’re now teaching online private & group cooking classes via Zoom! Their Gluten-Free Dumpling Flour is grain-free & nut-free and perfect for dumplings and pancakes. And they also have a full line of delicious no-sugar sauces, drinks, and compotes, including Black Garlic with Black Bean & Ginger Sauce, refreshing Fig Lemonade, and Blueberry, Ginger & Chia Seed Compote. You can have a customized gift basket from True NOSH delivered straight to your loved ones this holiday season!
Everyone loves receiving something delicious to eat over the holidays. And your favourite snacks make a great gift or stocking stuffer! We love these healthy, gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, Kosher snacks from Wise Bites that are free of the top 11 allergens. This year their Holiday Gift Basket includes 4 bags of Soft Mini Cookies (Raspberry Pie, Apple Pie, Lemon & Chocolate), 4 packs of their delectable Small Treats (Fudgy Mint, Snowy Lemon, Cranberry Chocolate & Ginger Chocolate), crystallized ginger, and limited-edition FREE FROM artisan chocolates! All of their treats are manufactured in a dedicated facility in Richmond, BC. Yeah #supportlocal!
HOT DEAL: 15% off online with promo code HFHOLIDAY
Kids aged 8+ will love the Gravitrax interactive track system and marble run from BC Playthings! They can spend hours designing and building their own race tracks and experiment with gravity, magnetism, and kinetics to propel their ball to the finish. BC Playthings knows how to help you find just the right gift for any child on your list! BC Playthings is 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!
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Capture your loved one’s precious prints in silver! Smallprint Vancouver North specializes in creating pure silver keepsakes using fingerprints, hand & footprints, drawings, or actual handwriting of your loved ones. Did you know that they can also do paw-prints? Such a special way to celebrate the love of a favourite fur-baby, and easy to do from a distance just by emailing a photo of your pup’s paw! This is a great opportunity to really personalize your holiday gifts this year or to design something special to slip under the tree for yourself! Virtual appointments & outdoor studio appointments with strict sanitizing protocols.
HOT DEAL: Promo Code HFM2020 for 15% off your second order using the same prints
Buy it here: Facebook or connect with Mahnaz at 778-865-3774 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook Party Prize: 2 sterling silver letter dots (initial of your choice) and 2 birthstones on a ball chain necklace ($110 value)
Want to make the holidays extra sweet for someone special? How about a beautiful North Pole Holiday House from Truffle Pig Chocolate filled with assorted little individually wrapped piglets? Their farm to bar chocolate piglets are delicious and adorable! Truffle Pig Chocolate is on a mission to sweeten the world with chocolate! They proudly source their cacao directly from farmers and pay them a premium well above world market prices. Their Central American cacao is grown wildly, beyond organic, without the use of any fertilizers or pesticides. They have truly gone above and beyond to make sure their chocolate is made as ethically and deliciously as possible. Sweet!
If this year has taught us anything it’s that time together is priceless and memories are made when we focus on our loved ones. This holiday season we are excited to share with you a safe & exciting experience to enjoy in the safety of your own home! Locally-based Signed by Santa offers personalized letters from Santa, Christmas Eve Experience Boxes for kids, and Let It Snow Christmas Boxes for teens & adults, all designed to bring families together. Signed By Santa wants to help you to build magical memories and spread the gift of time with family by bringing Santa memories & holiday excitement straight to your home!
HOT DEAL: Use promo code NORTHPOLE2020 for 15% off your entire order before December 1st.
A special gift for the home is always welcome for the holidays, especially one that shows pride in craftsmanship like the pieces from Warren and Wayne Wood Co. We love the spirit of sustainability reflected in the unique coasters, trays & bath mats recycled from their larger custom furniture pieces. Perfect for holiday gifts and stocking stuffers! This dedicated small business is based out of Squamish, BC, and specializes in creating custom solid wood furniture and live edge tables to beautify and add character to any home. Reclaimed wood, live edge slabs, and solid hardwoods are used to create simple but elegant pieces that reflect your signature style and are built to last generations.
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!