This year, I decided to try and keep it as local as possible for our Christmas stockings. For the kids, there are all kinds of wonderful vendors that make things that kids can start to appreciate at a young age. My kids are now 4, 3, and 1 and here are some of the items that we included in our stocking this year. You can click on the link to find these local goodies.
For the Kids:
1. Books by Troy Townsin - This year we decided to get a book for each child by local Canadian author Troy Townsin. He has a series of monster books so we picked one monster that fit the personality of each child. For us, we picked one that loved food (our youngest), one that is very mischievous (our second), and one that loves hockey (our first).
2. Bath Bombs and lipbalms by Naked Handmade Bath Products - This vendor is based out of Drayton valley and have the best bath bombs ever. We have purchased items from them previously and our kids just love it. The bath bombs we bought this time has little Lego figures inside. They have a variety of surprise bombs including dinosaurs, Pokemon, and Paw Patrol characters.
3. Wooden Bracelets by While She Was Dreaming - Alanna from While She Was Dreaming was a dream to work with. She made my kids personalized bracelets with their names on it. On the back, she had a heart cut out with Mommy and Daddy next to it. My kids have high anxiety, so I am hoping this will help them feel our love close to them when they are away from us. I love these bracelets so much, plus it is so great for my son as these bracelets are also "boy-ish".
4. Photo Magnets by J2 Studios Photography - I absolutely adore these photo magnets. My son is obsessed with trains, so I just know he will love this photo. My kids also love magnets and always steal magnets from our fridge to put on their metal bedframe.
5. Fuzzy Hat from Squish and Squeaks - This hat from Squish and Squeaks is so amazingly soft and warm. I can't wait for my daughter to try it on.
6. Wooden Car from Elfworks - We LOVE wooden toys here. We also love the wooden toys from MD Handfield Designs (Local in Beaumont). These toys will last forever and for my one year old, I love how she can practice her fine motor skills by taking the little peg doll in and out of the car.
7. Diffuser Bracelets - We love essential oils and bracelets here. My kids will love having a pretty bracelets and a drop of lavender on their bracelet will hopefully keep them calm. I don't remember which vendor I bought this from (sorry!) but there are many vendors who sell these in markets. Some great ones include Drops of Gratitude, Wholly Mama, and the Urban Gypsy.
8. Hairbows by Ellie Bow - I forgot to take a nice photo of this one but I buy a new bow from Ellie Bow almost every time I see her at a show. She has so many different bow to choose from and I LOVE all of them!
1. Bailey's Hot Chocolate Stick - These hot chocolate sticks are AMAZING! Lots of flavours to choose from and this one has a little touch of booze in it. I bought some for myself too!
2. The Nut Merchant - I bought him a bag of trail mix that has Wasabi peanuts and some other delicious candied nuts.
3. Apple Pie Liqueur - This stuff is amazing. Neither my husband or I are big drinkers but everything from Black Diamond Distillery is amazing. I bought the Earl Grey Vodka last time I saw them and just put a shot of it in a milk steamer and it is so tasty! The apple pie liqueur really tastes like apple pie and is good to use to make a hot toddy.
I still have to add a bit more in here, so share some ideas you have too!
These are the Christmas ornaments we purchased for my kids' preschool teachers (and one for ourselves). They are wooden disc ornaments that have a design burnt onto them. We LOVE them so much and they are personalized with the teachers' last names on the back. I hope they love it! These were created by local Edmonton maker Hamps Pyrography Designs.