From the hottest toys of the season to locally designed treasures, our gift guide for kids will give you fresh ideas for the special little ones in your life this holiday season
1. L.O.L. Surprise and Awesome Little Green Men
L.O.L. SurpriseKids go cuckoo for these collectibles and L.O.L. Surprise and Awesome Little Green Men make ideal stocking stuffers. L.O.L. Surprise tots offer seven layers of surprise and each layer reveals a hint of which L.O.L. doll is underneath.
$13.99 to 16.99 at Toys “R” Us, Indigo, Mastermind Toys, Walmart, Loblaws and HBC
2. Domestic Objects play tent canopy bed
Domestic ObjectsVancouver-based Domestic Objects creates fun, free-standing teepee-style tents to capture the imagination of playful kids. The new Play Tent Canopy Bed in natural canvas with doors comes in many sizes—from crib to queen size—and fits neatly over a mattress on the floor. Perfect for toddlers transitioning from the crib to a bed.
Double-sized mattress tent $320
3. The Dog by Helen Mixter
Canuck PlaceInspired by Canuck Place’s beloved therapy dog, Poppy, The Dog is a story for young children that illustrates how the warmth and companionship of dogs can provide healing and comfort, especially when times are tough.
$21.95 at Kidsbooks
4. Star Wars drones
Propel RCOlder kids (and Star Wars fans of all ages) will love these themed drones that come in three different types: an X-Wing,a 74-Z Speeder Bike and a premium TIE Advanced X-1 fighter.
$230 to $458 at Propel RC
5. Sphero Mini robotic ball
Best BuyTeens can drive, play games, control things, learn to code and more with the tiny Sphero Mini. It packs tons of fun into a tiny, app-enabled robotic ball that is controlled by an iOS and Android compatible smart-device.
$69.99 at Best Buy
6. Superdoudou Mister and Miss Caribou
SuperdoudouMontreal-made Superdoudous are super-cute plushies for kids that come in a range of fun characters. Mister and Miss Caribou are a patriotic pair of Canadian-themed softies made from 100 per cent cotton.
$49 each or $89 for the pair at Superdoudou
7. Redfish Gallery Dress Nuages de Pluie
Redfish KidsBrighten up any rainy day with Redfish Kid’s locally made Gallery Dress Nuages de Pluie. Cut from super-soft 100 per cent cotton corduroy, it’s perfect for keeping cozy in Rain-couver and it works paired with leggings or layered over a long-sleeved tee on extra cold days. Available in sizes 2 to 8.
$78 at Redfish Kids
8. Vancouver Aquarium’s Aquadopt program
Vancouver AquariumAdopt killer whales, seals, sharks and sea lions this Christmas! Kits include a certificate of adoption, a fact booklet, a collector card and a plush toy. New this year are special edition Rialto and Hardy Kits that feature the two youngest rescued sea otters at the Vancouver Aquarium and include a special magnet and collector card.
$55 (with a $40 tax receipt)
9. Hudson + Hobbs oversized cardigan
Hudson and HobbsDesigned and manufactured in Vancouver, Hudson + Hobbs creates adult-inspired, unique pieces for children aged one to eight years old. Wrap up this cozy cardi for a snuggly seasonal gift.
$108 at Hudson + Hobbs
10. Lou Lou Lollipop teether
Lou Lou LollipopVancouver-based designers Lou Lou Lollipop create stylish silicone and wooden teethers for little ones to nibble on.
$30, local stockists include Giovane Market at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel and Babes on Fourth
11. Petits Vilains Inès pinafore dress
Petits VilainsPetits Vilains makes cute kids clothes in Vancouver for kids aged one to seven. Featuring a muted palette that appeals to children and adults, the collection includes unisex harem pants and overalls as well as pretty autumnal styles for little girls such as this Inès pinafore dress in rose.
$98 at Giovane Market at the Fairmont Pacific Rim
12. Scout the Deer
Babes on FourthSweet stuffie Scout the Deer is not only gorgeous, but he also helps hungry kids: the sale of one doll contributes 10 meals to kids in need via various charitable partners.
$60 at Babes on Fourth