According to StatsCan, July, August and September are the most popular months for Birthdays. Safe to say parents were doing more than Thanksgiving and other holiday planning over the colder months of Oct, Nov & Dec 😉 No teasing here – we have an August and September baby ourselves!
Like us, your kids probably had more than one birthday invite over the summer months, which will likely continue through September.
We’ve rounded up our favourite gifts to give kids of all ages in our family and friendship circle we think you will love too. Not just ideas for Birthdays, either. These are also great options for Easter, Graduation, Baptisms and Baby Showers!
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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.
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 use these labels for all our kids’ “stuff”, including school supplies, clothing, sports equipment – you name it. They come in so many awesome designs (including some of their favourite cartoon characters like Paw Patrol, TMNT & Bubble Guppies) and last through numerous dishwashing and laundry cycles. Parents will love the practicality of this gift. Packages start at $4.99 CDN.
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. Bonus: the company offers shipping worldwide! Order at least a few weeks before you need it.
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 it’s 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.
We love gifting personalized beach wraps for Spring & Summer babes, which can also be used for bath time year-round. PBK has a wonderful selection of boy and girl designs, as well as licenced 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!
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:
Happy shopping and gift-giving!