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Just Stuff We Love

From baby toys and cool threads to store openings and things to do with your little one. We cover the new, the old favourites and the best-kept secrets for everything baby.


Sweet Online Deals

If you’re like us, you may have thought that airmilesshops.ca was a site designed to claim your points – but it’s actually an online shopping mall that’s a portal to everything from J Crew and Anthropologie (for you) to GapKids and Toys R Us (for your kiddies). Just log in through the airmilesshops.ca site and you can earn AIR MILES points every time you shop. (There are also special bonus points and sale offers that are only available when you access a store via airmilesshops.ca.) Just thought we’d pass along this cool way to save before the holidays!

 

Life-Changing Gifts

Got someone who’s hard to buy for on your list? Just get them a goat! Oxfam’s Unwrapped gift-giving program is not just a great way to shop for the person who has everything, but also an amazing opportunity to introduce little people to the warm-fuzzy feeling of philanthropy. Our kids picked out pressies for their grandparents and had a blast choosing from: a goat ($58), eight schoolbooks ($22), nine bags of seeds ($30), a chicken ($15), a beehive ($100) and much more. Once you choose a gift, Oxfam sends the recipient a gift card telling them all about the present that has been delivered to a community in need on their behalf. It’s a gift that makes everyone feel good. oxfamunwrapped.ca

 

Best Kids' Birthday Gift

In our almost six years of parenting (wow, that went fast!), the best kids’ birthday surprise we’ve discovered wasn’t a cool venue or a funky party favor – it was ECHOage. The service (created by two forward-thinking moms) lets you choose an invitation, pick a charity (our little guy went with the WWF because he’s all about saving the animals), and then guests can donate whatever amount they like – half the funds go to a cool gift for the birthday girl or boy, the other half go to the chosen charity. Not only do you avoid an unnecessary pile of presents, your child gets introduced to the joy of giving back. ECHOage even sends a thank-you note to guests after the party – so many reasons to celebrate! echoage.com

 

Easy On-line Shopping

If you’re like us, you lust over items in the Pottery Barn Kids catalogue only to find they can’t be shipped north of the border. Until now, Canadians have had to settle for in-store items and can’t monogram towels, luggage or stockings with our children’s namesake. As of June 2011, things have changed! Pottery Barn Kids (along with Pottery Barn, and PBteen) now ship to Canada. All costs are inclusive of duty, and shipping rates are comparable to the U.S. The exchange rate is shown at time of purchase and there are no hidden fees.

 

Best Online Baby Boutique

These fabulous Mitten Leashes (one size fits all!) are just one of many cool kid products you’ll find at Small Potatoes, an all-Canadian online baby boutique specializing in hand-made clothing and accessories. Whether you’re searching for a shower gift or just need something stylish for your own little tot, you’ll find everything from nursing covers, baby carriers and diaper clutches to hats, bibs and adorable dresses.

 

BONUS: You can save 20% off any Small Potatoes purchase right now by entering the coupon code JUSTTHEFACTS.