Category Archives: Gift Ideas

25 Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas for Kids


Are you looking for ideas to fill kids Easter basket for next weekend? Look no further, here is my list of 25 non-candy Easter basket ideas for kids.

  1. Play-doh
  2. Stuffed animals (chicks, rabbits)
  3. Mini Lego sets
  4. Paint
  5. Stickers
  6. Crayons & markers
  7. Sidewalk chalk
  8. Nail polish
  9. Windmills
  10. Popsicle molds
  11. Balls
  12. Bunny ears
  13. Books
  14. Socks
  15. Band-Aids
  16. Tickets to a local show
  17. Glow sticks
  18. Puppets
  19. Umbrella
  20. Sippy cup or regular themed plastic cup
  21. Chew toys (for the young ones)
  22. Bath toys
  23. Lip glass
  24. Baking kit (include anything from whisks, muffin tins, cake mix and/or spoons)
  25. Gardening kit (include anything from pots, watering cans and/or gardening gloves)

We got our daughter a few of these things on this list. We’ll see if it’s a hit next weekend.

Do you have any more ideas on non-candy Easter basket ideas for kids?

Baby shower gift ideas


I was asked recently asked to suggest a few gift ideas for attending a friend’s baby shower.  Here is a list of a few things that I absolutely loved while on maternity leave and shortly after:

Loved this carrier. I had originally bought the Baby Bjorn carrier second-hand. I didn’t love it as much as the Ergo. The padding for the shoulders made a huge difference for me. In case you’re wondering, I never ended up buying the infant insert , but I did do the receiving blanket trick to use the carrier when she was very young.

Loved and still love this book.

We’ve just recently stopped using these. These feeders were great when our daughter was learning to self feed. We could put all kind of things in these feeders and not have to worry about her choking. My trick when I was shopping? Fill them up with Cheerios or Goldfish, attach a pacifier cord to it and let her munch on it while you browse your little heart away.

Once she grew out of the baby bath, we moved her to the inflatable duck bath. It was great when she was just learning how to sit up. It was soft on her back to keep her upright in the tub. Highly recommend.

She was always (and still is) attracted to books that are touch-n-feel. There are lots to choose from. I like the ones about animals.

I found suction bowls hard to find in the stores. Amazon has a few different ones to choose from. We have these ones and love them.

  • Diapers size 4

Because I feel like our daughter will be in size 4 diapers f-o-r-e-v-e-r.

  • PJ’s with zippers only (18 months +)

Buttons are stupid. Our kid moves around all the time. I can’t imagine trying to do up buttons when she’s wiggling around. I also recommend buying 18 month + sleepers or pj’s, because everyone will buy the mommy-to-be 12 months and under pjs.

What are your go to shower gifts? Let me know in the comment section below.

Gifts ideas for a 7-year-old girl

It may be Monday, but I’ve already got the weekend on my mind. Next Saturday, I will be celebrating a Frozen-loving, adventurous, imaginative, crafty friend’s daughter 7th birthday! Now, I’m no gift expert, so I’m looking at you for help. What do I give a 7-year-old for her birthday? Here are some ideas I’ve been given so far (let me know if they are good or bad):

Another suggestion I was given are books. Why kind of books does a 7-year-old like to read?

Let me know folks!

Sale on Books for Children at

Did you know that there is only 96 days until Christmas?!?!?

That’s why I’m so happy to see that the is having a crazy sale on children books right now. Here is a list of a few books that my daughter loved from age 6 – 12 months and hope that your kids will love them too:

Baby Shaker Teethers ($2.99) – She loved this book. Not only are the images very colourful, the teether works great to keep her distracted while we were out and about.

Busy Zoo ($3.99) – She liked her crinkly fabric books. We had this one, a Curious George one and a Lamaze company one.

Bright Baby ($8.49) – This set makes an excellent baby shower gift. A friend of ours got us this set and it includes similar items to the two mentioned above and a bathtime book.

That’s Not My Meerkat ($3.99), That’s Not My Snowman ($3.49), That’s Not My Raindeer ($3.99) – Our daughter loves these Usborne Touchy Feely Books, although we never read the meerkat one, we did read about the polar bear, puppy, cat, tractor and train.

Itsy Bitsy Spider Finger Puppet Book ($2.99) – This book can turn any sad face into a happy face. We actually bought this book in French from Chapters. Just a little wiggle from this spider can really make her day.

Here are a list of books that I remember loving as a child that are on sale:

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly ($3.99) – I can’t wait to buy this for my daughter. I remember loving this book as a child.

Baby Beluga ($3.49) – Anything by Raffi is a winner for me.

Shipping is not free over $25+, but it’s very reasonable within Canada (almost free).

If you have any questions about any of the books I’ve mentioned above, please comment in the section below.


Although this post may contain affiliate links, the comments and recommendations are completely my own. I would recommend these books regardless of being affiliated with this company. Just a bonus that they are having a sale on these books right now. Enjoy!


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Websites that make cool photo related gifts

Do you read A Cup of Jo’s blog? Are you jealous of all the cool things she’s been making with Pinhole Press*? Me too.

I’m hoping the Internet (I mean you), can help me find a website that helps us Canadians make cool stuff like this:

So far, the only companies I can find that makes anything similar are:

  • Clothing
  • Hoodies
  • Hats
  • Tote Bags

Walmart PhotoCentre

  • Photo Books
  • Photo keychains
  • Photo puzzles
  • iPhone cases

Do you use any of these sites for your photo related gifts? Do you have another website you use? Let me know!


*Pinhole Press does ship to Canada. Not sure what their shipping rates are.