It’s Day 6 of our 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guides and with US Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday approaching, our mood is incredibly optimistic!
Like most parents, you probably know exactly what to buy for one or two family members this holiday season. But what about the grandparents? The new baby down the street? The pool boy? (Just making sure you’re paying attention). Here are UrbanMommies’ ‘generational picks’ to get you through the busy shopping season. And you can get them all online, so you can spend less time looking for a parking spot and more time basting the turkey.
Holt Renfrew has partnered with Missoni to offer these plush bear and elephant toys for babies, crafted out of their iconic prints in support of OrphanAid Africa. It’s definitely one baby item you won’t have to hide when company comes. $50; holtrenfrew.com.
The Educo Gourmet Chef’s Kitchen is a wooden option to inspire little ones to earn their Michelin stars. The realistic knobs make clicking sounds and kids can check on what is ‘baking’ through the oven window. Be warned: it’s a top seller you’ll want to order early. $140; raspberrykids.com
The new Hexbug Warriors Battle Stadium with Battling Robots is a huge hit in my house. It comes with an arena, is available in different designs and colours (all the better to entertain kids for hours) and is reasonably priced. It makes the perfect stocking stuffer. $20; Hexbug
The new Sifteo cubes are the coolest thing to hit tech since the internet. These motion-activated blocks with full-colour touch-sensitive LCD screens communicate wirelessly and respond to the proximity of players’ gestures during gameplay. (Channeling Big Bang Theory right now). Unlike many other games, kids have to use physical and mental intelligence while playing. $130; Sifteo.com
The word ‘Teenager’ as almost synonomous with ‘Social’. There’s no better gift than technology they can use to keep in touch with friends, family, and (ahem) – Facebook. With BBM messaging, a fantastic QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth connectivity and a 5MP camera with flash, the Curve 9360 from Wind Mobile is ‘the bomb’ for teens. (And it comes with GPS in case you ‘misplace’ your teen. Just sayin’.) $0 on WINDtab on a $40 plan or $49 on WINDtab on a $25 plan. www.windmobile.ca
I let the cat out of the bag. I actually told my husband that car detailing would be a better gift than diamonds. Whoops. So you should get mom that (for her stocking, of course). But for the real gift? Something fun. Like a Coach Legacy bag. Or a trip to New Orleans. Or hot sports gear. Not that we find moms easy to shop for or anything. $348, www.coach.com. (Provide links to other articles on UrbanMommies for each option).
Finally, it exists! I may have to keep it for myself though. Sony has come out with the Cybershot 18.2MP with 20x Optical Zoom featuring wireless technology that allows you to share photos instantly on Facebook, email and Twitter. The only catch? You’ll have to tell him your Facebook password and you’ll no longer be able to hide those messages from exes. $449; futureshop.ca
The ubiquitous photo mug and bottle of scotch are passé. At our house, we get creative and use fiverr.com. With endless options and fun ideas, the dreaded grandparent gift can be acquired with a click . We sent a digital image to one seller that was converted into a watercolour jpeg and purchased another ‘gig’ from an artist who drew the kids in ‘children’s storybook’ format. Add a funky Ikea frame and voila – a gift to cherish that won’t break the bank. $5 fiverr.com
For the Mailman/Pool Boy/Gardener
And you thought we were joking. Ditch the gift cards. This may sound odd, but who wouldn’t want a gorgeous festive Dish Soap? Method changes its designs based on the season, and the holiday designs are stylish and chic (not to mention eco-friendly). We wouldn’t want their hands to get chapped as they do the holiday dishes.. Method
Discalimer: Post sponsored by Wind mobile. As always, opinions are our own.
I was in Buenos Aires recently and couldn’t keep away from the Recoleta Cemetery. (And not to see the hoards of people looking at Evita’s grave.) The sense of peace and solitude I felt was overwhelming. The elaborate tombs are above ground and house every member of established Argentinian families. It is their legacy.
As a mom I learn more and more every day about my role as a mentor and guide. I think of my grandmother, my mother and my children and the long chain of influence we have upon each other. I wear my grandmother’s bracelet, my mother’s scarf. These small gestures ensure that I think of them and smile every day.
As we navigate our crazy lives with technology, a fast pace and instant information challenging us to slow down, I am noticing many shifts. Martha Stewart Living is featuring more ‘home grown’ stories. People are leaving big corporate jobs to pursue life-coaching careers, and families are exploring their roots through sites like Ancestry.ca. We are paring down, giving attention to the past and choosing fewer possessions with higher quality and craftsmanship.
Even Coach, my favourite handbag company is offering a nod to classics from their archives. Their new Legacy Bag collection is filled with pieces that give a nod to the past. Brass fittings and soft leather create special bags that fit their name. And I will be saving mine to hand down to a special person when I grow old. I hope that I live a rich and kind life and when my legacy bag is treasured by a young woman, she will think of me and smile.
Here are a few favourites that we’re expecting to be best sellers over the holiday season.