It’s been a challenging few months for kids—and their parents and caregivers. Still homeschooling? Need to keep the little ones occupied while they can’t see their friends or do their usual activities? As the Holiday season approaches, we’ve got your back with some ideas for unique gifts and experiences from these B.C. small businesses.
Petit Architect, Vancouver
It might not look like it just now, but that could be the city of the future taking shape in LEGO form on your living room floor. As well as offering architecture and design workshops for children and youth, Petit Architect sells DIY kits, downloadable classes, and architecture-related books and games for the mini city builder in your life.
BBK Network, Port Moody
Did you know that many of the jobs that will exist in 10 years’ time haven’t been invented yet? BBK Network can help you prepare your eight- to 12-year-old for a fast-changing world by teaching essential foundational skills, such as resilience, adaptability, and critical thinking. Courses are online, and 50 per cent of profits from memberships buys laptops for kids whose families can’t afford them.
Kids Innovative, Vancouver
Is that the next Bill Gates sitting opposite you munching their cereal? Find out with a Coding Essentials online course from Kids Innovative. Coding is one skill that could become as essential as reading and writing. Kids Innovative can help your kids start their digital journey through fun, interactive coding projects.
Naked Snacks, Richmond
Kids are snacking machines, meaning snack time may as well be all the time. Naked Snacks can help you provide convenient, healthy snacks that provide the nutrition you want with the taste kids demand. Order online and get snacks delivered direct to your door. Because grown-ups snack too, make sure you order enough to go around.
My Little Woodshop, Coquitlam
Hand-crafted wooden toys never lose their charm, or playability. As well as being handy with a chisel and carving knife, My Little Woodshop’s founder is a mom of four and Early Childhood Teacher. The end result? A beautiful collection of fun, educational wooden toys and learning resources for preschoolers.
Art of Nonsense, Victoria
Any business with “art” and “nonsense” in its name is going to appeal to kids. Add monsters and you’ve got a sure-fire winner. Artist and educator Kristy Biscuit and her team of imaginary monsters will bring any rainy afternoon to life with monster-themed puppets, art prints, story books, and other fun creative learning resources for kids.
Tumbleweed Toys, Kamloops
This family-run toy store offers safe in-store shopping or ships the fun right to your door. The store offers a wide assortment of toys, games, and puzzles for all ages, the main puzzle being “What should I give them for Christmas?”
A Moose In A Maple Tree, Victoria
The Canadian Monster Club is a series of illustrated children’s picture books by Victoria author Troy Townsin that follows the escapades of the Ogopogo, Sasquatch, and other Canadian monsters. Too scary? “A Moose in A Maple Tree – The All-Canadian 12 Days of Christmas” has become a Canadian classic. This little publishing company also has a big heart, having donated over $20,000 so far to causes that help kids.
L’il Monkeys Personalized Gifts, Port Moody
Your little one’s next favourite “blankie” is a couple of mouse clicks away. L’il Monkeys in Port Moody design and make the original waffle fleece personalized blanket—a magical creation that stays cosy without pilling, no matter how many times you wash it. They’re not only for kids; you can order a personalized blanket for anyone in your life who craves cosy.
Buying local supports your neighbours and friends these Holidays. Find more toys, activities, and other gifts for kids in the BC Marketplace.
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