Oh the holidays. Wrought with everyone’s mixed and varied expectations, constant safety negotiations and delayed flights (thanks covid!) and finding the perfect gift for everyone from “friends” at work, to your father-in-law, to kids and friends. And what about the pregnant people or parents-to-be in your life? Or maybe that’s you! Either way, we wanted to make some of the holiday gift-buying a little easier for you this year. We’ve hand selected some of our favourite local products and services, perfect for those who are expecting a new baby over the holidays, or in the new year. We are proud to feature businesses owned and led by women, BIPGM, queer and non-binary community members.
Blume: Bestsellers Bundle
Whether you’re trying to kick caffeine, introduce superfoods into your diet, or just want a simple way to enhance your daily ritual with lattes, this is for you. This Blume Bestsellers Bundle includes a selection of their crowd pleasers from Oat Milk Chai, Rose London Fog, Matcha Coconut and Blue Lavender. $85 CAD (originally $100)
Flax Home: Everywhere Quilt
From the early days of tummy time to snuggling up for just one more story, the Everywhere Quilt from our friends at Flax Home is universally loved by parents, babies, and toddlers alike. You can’t go wrong with this cozy, 100% stonewashed linen gift. $103.50 CAD (originally $138)
Better Basics: The Set Up
We don’t know about you, but we LOVE getting practical gifts. Things we need but wouldn’t necessarily buy for ourselves, or maybe an upgrade on something we already have – like a better cooking knife, or the classic stocking stuffer, socks. The Set Up is the perfect gift for the folks in your life who care about the earth. The all-natural trio of soaps and cleaners set up your home with gentle and effective products. Plus they can subscribe so they don’t have to worry about running out! $180 CAD (originally $212)
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Somedays: Steeped Kit
This is an amazing company that designs period relief products – yes, I know, you’ve probably NOT had one for a while, but it will come again. This somedays Steeped Kit of soaks and teas are perfect for our postpartum people and their bodies during recovery. They also have wonderful heat pads and pain relief creams you might want to check out. $83 CAD
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Formula Fig: Pregnancy Facial
Who doesn’t want a facial?? Many of us become much more aware of what we’re putting on or in our bodies during pregnancy, but it doesn’t mean we should miss out on a little quality pampering. If you’re in Vancouver or Toronto, this Formula Fig Pregnancy Facial is the perfect gift to really spoil your preggo pals. Baby already born? Offer to babysit while they head to their appointment! $79 CAD
Meal Delivery Services
Maybe you’ve been part of a meal train for a pregnant friend or new parents, delivering a frozen casserole or quiche you slaved over (with love of course). Unless you’re a professional chef, a step up from that (and less work for you) is using a meal delivery service like Tractor Foods or pregnancy and postpartum specific meals like ones from Feeding Mama. Whether you can do a single meal, or set them up for a week, these types of services are so helpful for new parents and families. Feeding Mama $90-$200 CAD, Tractor Foods $15+ CAD
Standing Spruce: Pregnancy Safe Box
Standing Spruce is an authentic Indigenous wellness brand and organic farm combining old world medicine and traditional practices. Their Pregnancy Safe Box has a beautiful mix of soaps, teas, and healing balms, perfectly suited and created for the pregnant person in your life. Or, if you’re gifting someone in their postpartum period, check out the Post-pregnancy Safe Box! $98 CAD
One Tough Mother
We don’t shy away from talking about the postpartum care bodies need – the not so pretty stuff like perineum soaks, caring for stitches, tears, and bleeding! It’s all a part of the journey, so why not show your pals you care about them with the perfect postpartum care kit, the Upside Down Peri from I’m One Tough Mother. $125 CAD
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A La Ligne
Whether you’re pregnant or postpartum, moving your body is key to birth prep, recovery and supporting your mental health. Walking, swimming, stretching – any sort of physical activity will support you and your body during all phases of your pregnancy and parenting journey. Our friends at A La Ligne have a mindful movement practice rooted in the foundation of Pilates. Their methodology focuses on breath and trauma-informed movement, integrated through 8 styles of movement. They offer in person and online classes, so you can do this from the comfort of your own home! Try it for free today. $36.75 CAD per month
Thoughtful selection of delightful books
It’s a golden age of books for babies and toddlers. Our favourite shops in town curate books that are a delight for everyone to read. Visit Massy Books, Collage Collage or Upstart and Crow in person and online. (Various prices)
Brood: Online Courses for parents and caregivers.
Whether you know someone who’s pregnant and expecting, or maybe they just had their baby and you aren’t quite sure how to support them, Brood’s 5 original online courses are an inexpensive way to do so. $28 – $48 USD.
We wish you an easeful holiday season.