Christmas is just around the corner and I am getting so excited for the holidays. During the year my husband and I rarely buy our kids any gifts besides when it is their birthday. I love having the opportunity to get the kids some presents. While I have not decided exactly what we are going to get our two kiddos for Christmas, I have combed through some of our previous gifts that we love and scoured the internet for some of my preferred gift ideas for this year.
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A warm fleece suit that is great as a base under a a winter suit like the Patagonia Baby Puff Ball. Also works great on those cold night s while camping!
A friend lent us her daughter’s old one and it is absolutely amazing. Our 18 month old can move around freely and there is lots of room for layering.
The Tuffo Muddy Buddy is perfect for rainy winters on the west coast and easy to layer big jackets underneath. The Muddy buddy is affordable at just under $40.00 and is perfect if you live in a city where your winter months are covered with rain.
Stuff those stockings with socks that are meant for adventure! Pricey but worth it for hiking adventures and cold winter days. These socks will keep your little ones dry and warm!
The Jan and Jul Waterproof Mittens are waterproof, stay on and keep the snow out. The company is a local British Columbia Business which means that you can support local at the same time!
Cross Country Skis
Step on plastic cross-country skis like these ones from Lucky Bums First Tracks are fun for young kids to use around the backyard or at the park!
Fischer Cross Country Skis
Fischer Sprint Crown NIS Cross-Country Skis , boots and bindings are great for kids that will go skiing alot more. Check out “How to choose the right skis for my toddler” to help make your decision. We were lucky to get our set second hand but have been having a blast watching our 3 year old enjoy skiing
Balance bikes are great for toddlers to get a hang of biking balance which is supposed to help with the transition to pedal easier than a tricycle. I am a big fan of planning ahead so one year we got our 15 month old Strider bike for Christmas. We wanted her to have it for the summertime!
Does your little one love to bike? Why not let him keep biking in the winter with the ski attachments from Strider bikes.
Did Strider bikes think of everything? I think so. They have created a rocking base that turns the Strider balance bike into a rocking bike similar to a rocking horse.
Why not surprise your little camper with their very own headlamp?! Skip the kid’s headlamps and buy them one that will last. The Petzl Tikka Headlamp is rechargeable and can use batteries as a back up in case of an emergency. Read stories in the dark around the campfire with the help a light.
For a 3-4 year old walkie talkies bring new type of excitement into playing.
The Paricon Toddler Boggan Sleds is affordable and they have a strap to help keep your little one tucked in!
Outdoor Adventure Books
I recently published my first hiking guide book with over 45 hikes near Banff, Canmore, Kananaskis, Bragg Creek, and Calgary called Hikes for Families: A Guide to the Canadian Rockies. The book, available in paperback and eBook format has stroller friendly and wheelchair accessible options. Find more information about the book here.
Nupste and Lohtse series by Jocey Asnong
The books are about two adventurous cats named Nuptse and Lohtse that are brother and sister. With 3 different books this series, each book is situated in a different around the world while they help to fix a problem. With a new book to be released soon where the cats will explore Ucluelet, the cats have already ventured to Nepal, Iceland and the Canadian Rockies.
Goodnight Mountains by Adam Gamble and Mark Jasper:
Goodnight Mountains is part of the popular ‘Good night Series’ but is mountain themed. The only problem with this book is that will have you wishing that you were ending your night sleeping in a mountain home.
Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry:
One of our 3 year old’s first chapter books. A story that both young and old can enjoy is has a strong message about human relationships and growing up. With pictures throughout this is a great first chapter book and one that our toddler enjoyed. This is a classic that is worth being on every bookshelf.
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson:
This is an adorable story about a witty mouse avoiding being eaten by the other animals in the forest. While that may sound a little gruesome it truly will captivate your little readers with the beautiful pictures and the clever rhymes. There is a second book in the series that is just as well written called “The Gruffalo’s Child”.
I love gifts that last longer than a couple of months or even years and that is how I picked out these great gifts. These gifts are great for the outdoors child!
This adorable campfire set comes with a fishing set as well. It is adorable and made out of felt.
Do you love VW Vans as much as we do? This super rad VW tent pops up in seconds and is really compact! Great for play at home, the beach or while camping. Alberta.
We fell in love with these little critters and bought our 3 year old daughter the hedgehog family for her birthday. Later on we received the Calico Critter Seaside Camping Set and it has been a favourite.
A distinctly Canadian Doll line. You can also choose to create your own story with one of the Maplelea Friends collection.
Check out more great gift ideas from these awesome Outdoor Bloggers!
- RockiesGirl – Gifts to last from Baby to Toddler
- Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies – Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoor Families (With Giveaways)
- Mountain Mom and Tots – 2016 Holiday Gift Guide
- Play Outside Guide – Holiday Gift Guide
- Currently Wandering – 25 Gift Ideas for Adventurers, RVers and Families
- Little Family Adventure – Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoor Families
- The Brave Ski Mom – Holiday Gift Guide 2016
- Rain or Shine Mamma – Christmas Gift Ideas for Outdoorsy Kids
- Tales of a Mountain Mama – Gift Guide to Help Get Outside 2016 + Giveaways!
- Go Adventure Mom – Holiday Guide 2016
- Kid Project – Companies that Give Back Gift Guide 2016
- Tales of Adventures in Parenting – A Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoor Families
- MommyHiker.com – The Outdoor Gear Lover’s Gift Guide – 2016
- Outdoorsy Mama – 10 Gifts to Blow Her Outdoorsy Mind – Holiday Gift Guide 2016