Local Gift Guide 2023: For the Kids

Discover a world of fun for the little ones with our handpicked selection of kid-friendly gifts, featuring everything from imaginative building sets to cuddly companions, ensuring smiles all around.

For the Kids

The options for make-’em-smile gifts are almost endless when it comes to your littlest giftees. But whether you’re shopping for an architect-in-training or the sticker enthusiast on your list, these picks are all kid-approved… and quiet enough for parents to love, too.

Ideal for Blockheads

The Garden City Blockitecture set is the latest in Areaware’s collection of construction blocks that come together into condo towers we would actually love to live in. $120, walrushome.com

Small Tales

Think of the Yoto Player as this generation’s books-on-tape player. Kids can plug cards into the charmingly designed cube to listen to stories or play games—no screen required. $150, yotoplay.com


On the Letter

As proud word nerds ourselves here at the magazine, we think this So. Many. Letter Stickers. kit is A-OK. $17, kidsbooks.ca

The Doll That Has It All

Barbie may not be in theatres anymore, but that doesn’t mean the mania has to end: the Margot Robbie version of the iconic doll will be on the wish list of Barbie lovers of all ages. $40, indigo.ca

A Little Cheesy

There’s a Jellycat stuffie out there for everyone: bunnies and dogs, yes, but also fluffy smiling fried-egg dolls. Perhaps a brie cheese bud for the little gourmand in your life? Prices vary, shop.kaboodles.ca

The Lazy Sunday Uniform

The super-soft colour-block Little and Lively pullover is made in Canada—and the brand also makes adult sizes for when the whole fam wants to get cozy. $39, westcoastkids.ca

Bear With Me

NeeDoh gummy bears hit the sweet spot for slime obsessives and fidget-toy fanatics alike, thanks to their pleasingly squishy bodies. $8, indigo.ca

This story was originally published in the November/December 2023 issue of Vancouver Magazine.