Spring has sprung and so have the commitments in our calendar. I always find Spring such a celebration-filled time. I love having my birthday in Spring, and its also the season we became parents for the first time to our son Brody. We also had all four kids` baptisms in the Springtime – the season of renewal and rebirth.
Like us, you probably have more than a few special occasions coming up in your own family and/or friendship circles. I’ve found my taste in gift-giving has shifted from material to more meaningful, practical and personalized over the years, yet its not easy thinking of unique ideas when the seasons of life become so quick paced and demanding.
You’ve got enough on your plate, so we’ve round up our favourite practical & personalized gifts to give kids of all ages, and other members of your family we think you’ll love too. These are great options for Birthdays, Easter, Graduation, Baptisms, Baby Showers and more!
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We have started giving the gift of new experiences more often than “things” to our own babes, and love this idea for friends and family as well. Costco Canada offers many fun, cost-reduced experience vouchers for attracts in and around Canada and other international destinations. Some of our faves are the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark in Niagara Falls, Canada, The Hockey Hall of Fame, and Ontario Science Centre. Stick these vouchers in an Easter Basket, or top off a special Birthday gift!
WagJag is another great source for experience gifts, with many family-friendly & kid-approved options to choose from. You’ll also love the cost-savings on so many popular attractions and activities.
We gifted the “I Love You Just The Way You are” design to our daughter last year when she graduated Pre-school. And unlike traditional photobooks, these are SO easy to make – you provide the phots and simply fill in the blanks of pre-made sentences to customize it to your loved one’s unique qualities. This has become such a special keepsake I know kids, couples, Moms, Dads, and Grandparents will adore receiving. Luhvee Books was created by one of the sweetest Mamaprenuers I have met on this blogging journey, so you can also feel good supporting a small business run by a parent who’s driven by offering us meaningful gift options to our loved ones.
Foster a love of reading with this wonderful array of personalized children’s books that celebrate the uniqueness of our babes. From Fairy Tales to Pirates, Birthdays to Easter, educational books to a Religious variety, you’ll find a unique literary treasure for your child or as a gift that kids will adore. Gift these award-winning, personalized books for Birthdays, Baptism, Baby Showers, Easter and more this Spring. They even have ones for Big Sister or Big Brothers-to-be! Our daughter is in love with her “My Very Own Fairy Tale” book.
Our daughter was gifted this wonderful personalized book on her 2nd Birthday and it’s become one of our favs to give. Nothing is more awesome than the gift of reading, except when you can make the birthday boy or girl’s bedtime more magical with a one-of-a-kind tale personalized with their name. This book is ideal for 2-6 year-olds, but also a great gift for a newborn. Wonderbly now has new titles “The Birthday Theif” and “My Little Monster Name” in the collection, as well as a few others that are super-sweet. Bonus: the company ships worldwide! Tip: order at least a few weeks before you need it.
A guarantee in Spring is showers, wetness and muck. Give the practical gift of a raincoat + matching umbrella. We adore the matching rain sets by Skip Hop and gifted the frog set to Easton last year for Easter when he was too small to enjoy all the chocolate. Makes a great gift for toddlers.
Pottery Barn Kids backpacks have become one of our favourite gifts to give, and are so well received, for 1st and 2nd Birthdays, when kiddie-cargo is at its peak, but also a great one for baby showers and newborn welcome gifts as a substitute for a diaper bag. PBK has such fantastic designs for kids of all ages and customizing it with the child’s name or monogram is a fantastic personal touch. Have fun filling it up with the colouring books, hats, water bottles or educational activities the child will love.
We love gifting personalized beach wraps for Spring & Summer Birthdays and special occasions which can also be used for bath time year-round. PBK has a wonderful selection of boy and girl designs, as well as licensed varieties in their favourite Super Hero characters.
This has become a signature gift for many Birthday babes in our circle – an affordable, quality toy box you can personalize with the child’s name. The bench opens for storage of books, toys and other things that add clutter to play spaces and bedrooms. Personalized AND practical!
Our Favourite Personalization Shops:
Everyone loves a personalized gift! Because of shipping, duty and customs hassles Canadian shoppers typically face with cross-border purchases, we’ve also used these great local, Canadian shops for personalized goods for Birthdays, Baptisms, Baby Showers + Welcome Baby gifts:
We love the selection of personalized gifts for all occasions, including blankets, towels, stools, Pajamas and kids onesies and tees.
So much variety from kids room art to school supplies, clothing to backpacks. Many other great practical and personalized options here.
We adore the selection of family prints and incredible personalized wall art designs for our kids’ bedrooms.
Happy Spring + Happy Shopping!