If you need a gift for a kid’s birthday, this blog post is perfect for you! I put together a gift guide featuring Canadian small businesses that have products perfect for children.
Today, I’m featuring Sarita Baby’s eco-friendly reusables, Say It with Crayons’ crayons, Sugar Sandwich Design’s baby clothes, Sweet Evergray Baby’s custom blankets and Thoughtfully Handmade’s handmade birthday cards!
1. Handmade Crayons
Have a little artist on your hands? If so, these handmade, recycled crayons from Say It With Crayons are the perfect gift! Fabienne and her family started Say It With Crayons because of their love for the environment. They want to protect Earth while promoting creativity, fun and education.
Fabienne is a Montessori teacher who is also a mom to three boys. I love how the whole family is involved with the business! Can you believe they collect more than 120,000 pounds of crayons from restaurants, homes and schools in the GTA and upcycle them into fun, new crayons? Instead of those unusable crayons going to the landfill, Fabienne and her family transform them into fun and cute shapes.
I also love how they donate any colours they don’t use to community organizations that bring art to vulnerable children! All of their crayons are thick, durable and great for pencil grip. It’s perfect for your little artist because they can use different colours without needing multiple crayons!
2. Custom Blankets
Meet Debbie from Sweet EverGray Baby! She makes these fantastic personalized blankets with embroidered names to make a wonderful cuddly keepsake.
Debbie’s grandkids inspired her to make these super cozy and soft baby blankets. The business is even named after them (Everly + Grayson = Evergray)! Her blankets are made with 100% polyester Minky chenille for the softest blankets and handmade by Debbie.
She started Sweet EverGray Baby after her family and friends encouraged her to sew for others. Turns out, Debbie loves it! She’s having so much fun helping customers create the perfect warm and cuddly gift for the loves in their lives.
These custom blankets would make a perfect gift for a kid’s birthday, especially if they’re a baby! To get your hands on one, head to Sweet EverGray Baby’s website. Make sure to also visit Debbie on Instagram to see what goes on behind the scenes!
3. Eco-friendly Reusables
Want to get some eco-friendly reusables for your (or your friend’s) kids? Check out Sarita Baby by Sarah! She started Sarita Baby 13 years ago, which makes her an OG maker!
From cloth face pads, bibs and washcloths to reusable sandwich bags, scrunches and wristlet keychains, Sarah has you covered. There are new prints frequently, and all of her bibs have a soft Minky fabric backing because it’s super soft.
She pays close attention to detail and sources most of her materials from Canada. I love it when Canadian small businesses support other Canadian small businesses! If you want more than one item, I suggest a gift set. They have a bib, bandana bib and bamboo washcloth, which is everything parents need for their kids.
We all know that when you get a baby a gift, you’re really getting their parents a gift! To order, head to Sarita Baby’s Etsy shop. Don’t forget to visit Sarah on Instagram for shop updates and behind-the-scenes fun!
4. Baby Clothes
For my fourth gift idea, I’d like to introduce Ettie from Sugar Sandwich Design. Since 1995, Ettie has been making growth-spurt-friendly clothes for kids called Grow Along Babywear® that are cute, colourful and long-lasting.
All of her designs start with top-quality European-made stretchy knit fabrics. It then turns into cute designs made with children in mind. That means it’s comfortable and durable.
Ettie makes grow along pants, hoodies, harem sets, summer wear, crewnecks, dresses, printed tops and jogger sets. Basically, anything a growing child needs! Ettie is a retired Home Ec teacher who returned to her passion for crafting.
Her clothes would be a fantastic birthday gift idea. What kid doesn’t need new clothes? To place your order, go to Sugar Sandwich Design’s website. You can also visit Ettie’s Instagram page for shop updates!
5. Handmade Birthday Cards
Want to wish the kid a happy birthday, but not sure what they’d like? A handmade birthday card is your solution! I have many cards fit for all aesthetics. Just slip some cash or a gift card inside, and you’re all set! You can also get them a card they’ll love and pair it with any gift from this gift guide. That way, you can write a thoughtful message inside to make the gift even more special!
Handmade by me, intended for you to give, all of my cards are meant to spread joy to whoever receives them. I started Thoughtfully Handmade with a mission to help others spread positivity. Giving a handmade card is a small gesture that can bring a lot of happiness to people’s lives!
My products are unique, and I only produce 6-8 cards for each design. By purchasing something from me, you’re also donating ten cents to Toronto Environmental Alliance. They are a non-profit organization that strives to build a greener Toronto.
To purchase a card, you can click on a photo above with the design that you like or visit the “Shop” page on my website. Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter, Yandy’s Chronicles, for fun behind-the-scenes content and to DM me on Instagram if you want something custom!
Kids are tricky to buy gifts for, but hopefully, this gift guide gave you some ideas! Remember, since you can’t celebrate in-person right now, sending a gift means so much more. It shows the recipient that you care about them, which we all need during this period of social isolation.