Gift-Giving Made Easy: Holiday Gift Guide
‘Tis the season for trying to figure out what do you get your partner who has everything, what to tell people to get the kids that won’t just give you more clutter and stress, and what the heck to put on your own wishlist. It’s also a time for joy and family and all that jazz, of course, but this post is all about gift-giving, and making it easier.
When I polled our members, I learned what I’d suspected: that moms are responsible for the majority of the holiday shopping. With everything else going on, holiday shopping can seem like a chore. Despite LOVING the season, I too started to feel that way a few years ago. Then I decided that I would not step foot in a mall. I would shop locally and support other moms as much as I could. And now, you can do it too. Mamas & Co. has some amazing mamas offering great things to help make gift-giving easy.
Have a browse through this year’s gift guide, featuring 20 Mamas & Co. member businesses. Below, you can find ideas for mamas (i.e. for YOUR list), babies and kids, and everyone else.
Swell Made Co. offers paper goods and gifts that make a statement. Add a little gold and sass to your life with greeting cards, wall prints, tote bags, pendants, key chains, and more.
Tired of your wardrobe? Feeling like you have so many clothes, yet so little options? Ask for a virtual or in person consultation with Your Shop Girl to find your style and fall back in love with your clothes again.
Finally get that necklace featuring your kids’ names that you’ve been admiring on your friends. Take a peak at the different styles that Marmalade Designs and Citrus Silver have to offer and add a special piece to your wish list.
Treat yourself to premium skincare with Rodan+Fields products from Rebecca Porter. Ask her about her special discount to all Mamas & Co. members!
Give the gift that keeps on giving – the Healthy Moms Toronto Discount Card. Save on organic mattresses and linens, health and wellness services, nutritional supplements, organic meat and produce, baby items, organic skincare products and so much more. For just $25, there are over 200 participating local and online businesses with new ones being added each week.
For Babies and Kids
Piano or violin lessons at Upper Beaches Music School or group music classes with Love Notes School of Music will enrich your child's life by growing their love for music. And when you hear them play, you'll feel the joy too.
Kids love seeing their name in print, so why not give them a personalized print from Sunny Rhino Designs to hang in their room!
Modern Rascals offers unique, durable, and beautiful kids’ clothes made ethically and responsibly. Perfect for the kid who wants to stand out at the playground.
Looking for unique dolls, blocks, and crafts? At Fidoodle, everything is built from natural and recyclable materials like wood, cardboard, paper and organic cotton and each modern design is constructed to ignite play, story-telling and the continuation of creation.
Small Brown Dog Company creates custom growth charts and other wooden creations to personalize a child’s room.
For Everyone Else
For an experiential gift, check out Looking Glass Adventures – a family-friendly escape game on the Danforth in Toronto.
Skin to Skin Goods offers specially curated all-natural and Canadian-made skin care products for him, her, and little ones.
Arbonne is now offering a holiday-inspired limited-time collection of bath, body, make-up and nutrition products. Mamas & Co. members can order through Meghan Krmpotic and receive a 20% discount, free wrapping and gift basket options at 35% off.
Wild Canary Studio creates beautiful watercolor prints and custom pet portraits for any room in the home.
Treat the culinary guru in your life to a collection of high-quality organic spices from My Spice Box. Then be sure to invite yourself over for dinner.
Every busy parent will love a gift from Farm to Table Meals. They deliver healthy, family-friendly meals to help answer the question “what are we going to have for dinner tonight?!”
Thirty One offers a one-stop shop for thoughtful, personalized gifts. From home accessories to totes to stationary, there are lots of great options for teachers’ and host gifts.
Upcycled wool mittens make a perfect gift this season! Have a look at the collection by BlissfulSew for anyone on your list.
I hope this encourages you to shop outside the big box stores and give something a little different this year. Let us know how it goes!
Emma Rohmann is a co-leader of Mamas & Co and founder of Green at Home.