In the third instalment of our gift guide, I want to focus on local. Tech and toys will come later, but for now, here are a few ideas to support businesses on the ground in Canada!
To continue the ‘shop local from a distance theme to our gift guide, here are a few more ideas from Canadian-owned businesses with great products. When you buy Canadian, you help to bolster the economy and support many fellow citizens. In the photo above, I am wearing a dress from Simons and mask from Narces, which was also featured in Vogue magazine. Happy shopping!
Seeing as the entirety of pregnancy lasts about 9 months, the need for maternity clothes lasts at most the same length of time. Probably longer. D’oh. Why should you buy a whole new wardrobe to wear for a maximum of nine months, none of which will fit you after? The answer: You don’t have to! Maternity clothes are, for the most part, expensive and not very flattering. You do need to feel that you look as good as possible when you’re pregnant, though. No matter your sewing ability or willingness to search for inexpensive maternity clothes, you do have lots of options.
Every year it gets harder and harder!!!! And more and more fun – to scour the corners of the internet in order to find unique holiday gifts for our readers. Over the past few years, we have been getting more microscopic in focus. Where we once singled out gifts for moms or grandparents, I realized that every individual has unique interests and loves. It’s far easier to shop for gifts on a triathlete or racquet sports list than going through a general one. So, without further blabbering, here they are. And below I have also included past ideas that might stimulate your imagination! Some of the links pay a small percentage of revenue to UrbanMommies if you should purchase something. This is how I keep the site going and as always, every single item in our gift guide is hand-chosen and not sponsored. Enjoy!
I’ve been irritated lately about haters on social media who criticize moms who travel for work, uttering ‘You should be home with the kids. Who’s watching them?’ Shut up. Um, their FATHERS are watching them. Because they are equally the parents. So here’s one for the guys, our true partners in parenting. Presenting this year’s unique gifts for dads.
Sometimes buying for the most stylish people can be a challenge. We’ve found a few must-have unique gifts for fashionistas on your list, no matter what epic style they may sport. So many of these gifts are great for any age. After all, fashion should be timeless.
Having just moved across the country, I weeded out a ton of unnecessary or disposable clutter before I left. There was an entire drawer full of sunglasses! Some were broken but most were cheap giveaway pairs that are handed out at conferences and tennis matches. No more. From now on I will invest in good pieces for my wardrobe. It’s about longevity, not abundance. This is the only responsible course of action for the planet.
Screen time is a big debate, particularly when you have middle schoolers. Some people think kids are on their phones too much, some people aren’t too worried. In our world, screens are a necessity, a connector and also learning tools – parents just may want to ensure that their kids are using them in a balanced way. Whatever comfort level parents have, the common thread is wanting to be able to make the best choices that reflect their values. That’s why I love Apple’s Screen Time function. Apple doesn’t tell you how to parent – they just give you the tools and data to be able to make the decisions that are right for your family.
There’s nothing quite like a best friend. And there are SO many perfect gifts out there! With my besties in my mind, there are a few things that I’ve been saving up for, so wanted to share them with you. Every kindred spirit has many facets to their personality. Whether it’s spirituality, a love of popcorn, or impeccable skin care, we tried to help out the holiday best friend gift search!
The Lumbersexual is like a grown-up hipster. He may live in an upcoming area, and isn’t shy to local coffee shops and craft beers. He may not be the best at changing a tire, but his beard is as full as his heart. Have any more gift ideas for our lumbersexual guy? We’d love for you to write them in the comments! We have put a few affiliate links within our ideas, and if you choose to purchase anything from them it supports sharing our stories and ideas with you all!