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Category Archives: Gifts

  1. A Mamapicks Favourite: JIAE Boutique

    My all-time best go-to for gifts for little girls is JIAE Boutique (pronounced Jiya), where everything is personalized with bling.  Little girls are always thrilled to see their name on something…and the more sparkle, the better.  I love the hairbands, tutu skirts, tanks and other accessories.  I also love making my order online/by phone and picking up my gift in Thornhill.  So easy!  Check out the website for gift options for the whole family (boys too…).

    PeachyBuy is now offering a special  coupon for JIAE  goodies.  You have until the end of the day to take advantage of that.  Mamapicks is also excited to have one personalized hairband with gorgeous flower to  GIVE AWAY!  All you have to do is go to JIAE’s Facebook page and click Like…and drop me a note with the name you would like on your hairband.  The 5th person to write in will be the lucky winner!

    Posted in Contests & Giveaways, Cool Products, Gifts, Personalized.

  2. Edible Arrangements Promo

    For those of you who celebrate Rosh Hashanah, this is a nice gift!



    Posted in Gifts.

  3. Personalized Prints on Sale!

    These are my favourite prints of all time for nurseries and kids’ rooms.  I love the style, colours, the personalized touch and the fact that they fit in an IKEA frame.  Did I mention that they are designed right here, in TO?  Until July 1st, buy one and get one free!  Check out PennyPeople on Etsy for more info.

    Posted in Cool Products, Deals, Decor, Gifts, Personalized.

  4. Photo Book Sale (corrected!)

    I have tried Photobook Canada and the print quality is superb.  They are also located in Richmond Hill, where you can pick up if you live nearby!

    Posted in Deals, Gifts.

  5. fathersday

    Yikes!  Father’s Day is on Sunday.  If you are still looking for something special and inexpensive to make with your kids, here are some ideas:

    Simple: Have the kids wash Dad’s car.



    Common:  Good old Martha Stewart has some great printable coupons on her site that can be given to dad.



    Creative: This printable file is available on Etsy for only $10 – all you have to do is print it out on nice paper, put your kids’  hand-prints on it, and frame!  Looks amazing.




    Original:  Make your own letters or buy them and return them (NO WAY!) at any art store or Pottery Barn Kids.  Dollar store might have them too!  Read more about it here.






    True: As I tell you every year, the best gift of all is to give Dad a break.  Everyone says that Father’s Day is for family time but I have a feeling that if you were to incorporate some alone time for your husband, he would be super happy.    Yes, dads need a break too.  Nice ones, that is.


    If  you did something fabulous for Father’s Day, send me a photo or link!  I would love to publish some of your ideas.

    Posted in Cool Products, Crafts, Gifts, Holiday Goods, Ideas.

  6. Teacher Gifts

    Last call from HoneyBunch, a local and wonderful online shop, to get a set of two 40-page notepads for $23 with guaranteed delivery for the end of the school year!

    Posted in Cool Products, Deals, Gifts, Personalized.

  7. Heartsy for Etsy

    Worlds collided in a really good way yesterday when I heard that my all time favourite Etsy (a website for all things hand-made) and my recent infatuation with Grouponish sites came together into something called Heartsy.  Heartsy is a Groupon-like site for Etsy.  So, if you like Etsy, you might want to subscribe to Heartsy.  Gotsy?

    P.s. above is this beautiful mom’s nest which makes for a personal and symbolic gift for Mother’s Day.  Great for your mom or mother-in-law if you order all of the grandkids’ names.

    Posted in Gifts, Personalized, Useful Info.

  8. Edible Arrangements Code

    Yes, I know that people have seen fruit before and flower bouquets too…but this is a Mamapick’s tested way to knock people socks off, especially when they work at an office.

    Posted in Coupons, Deals, Gifts.

  9. Photo Notepads!

    Cool gift alert…especially for grandparents.  Send your favourite photo and have it printed in the background of a 100-page notepad with (or without) a personalized message.  Get 15% off your order with promo code: momfinds

    Posted in Cool Products, Gifts, Personalized.

  10. Simply Colors Promo Code

    Kids love personalized clothing…and really, don’t we all like something personal that we don’t have to return at the Gap?  Check out Simply Colors and enjoy their wonderful selection of kids clothes (…and now adult sizes available too!).  Enter code mamapicks for free shipping on your order.

    Posted in Gifts, Personalized.

  11. Best Mabel’s Labels Deal (Ever)

    I know I have enough Mabel’s Labels to last my kids another couple of years but…  I just think they are so useful that I will have to get more and will have to get some for gifts ahead of time too.  This deal is just too grand to pass up.  See combo packs, tag matesmamacards here.

    Posted in Deals, Gifts, Personalized.

  12. Free Printable Holiday Note Cards!

    Just in time for the holidays, Hazelbug has kindly sent this link for free holiday cards.  Aren’t they beautiful?  Check out her lovely blog and graphic work.  Thanks, Hazelbug!

    Posted in Free, Gifts, Holiday Goods.

  13. Black Friday Deals @ Grand River Toys

    I am not a big online shopper but last year, I made a big gift order from Grand River Toys.  I love their selection, great sale prices and let’s face it…no one has to try on a toy for good measure.  Avoid line ups at Toys R Us and see a more creative selection tonight and tomorrow for Black Friday!

    Posted in Deals, Gifts, sale.

  14. 20% off Alli’s Originals

    If you like personalized jewelry, Alli’s Originals are for you.  Enter code HOLIDAY2010 for your discount!  Offer valid until Nov. 19th.

    Posted in Deals, Gifts, Personalized.

  15. 2011 Wonderland Passes

    Posted in Deals, Gifts.

  16. Caring for your skin…and your baby’s

    Life is so busy that sometimes it’s hard to find time for taking care of ourselves – for me, the 2 minutes it takes to remove my mascara sometimes proves too much when all I want to do is go to bed already.  But lately, I’ve been looking in the mirror and really…it’s time to work a little harder, feed the skin, make sure that those fine lines are not entirely my fault.

    When my friend gave me a series of Arbonne products to try, I was so happy.  This came just in time as I was making a personal resolution to take better care of myself and to make it a priority to indulge in something other than Nuttella.  I tried the skin care line as well as the line of skin care for babies/kids and loved it.

    The skin products are very luxurious and I especially enjoyed the eye cream.  My skin felt more supple and hydrated within a very short time.  I read a bit about the formulas and was happy to find that Arbonne stays away from harmful ingredients such as PABAs and the company is committed to designing products that are botanically based and not tested on animals.

    The baby products went a long way in my house – especially since I am trying to expose my children’s skin to products that are safer.  The Boy (4), has very sensitive skin and always reacts to sunscreen.  Arbonne’s delicate sunscreen won me over when I tried it on him and saw no reaction.  I also tried the baby oil on The Baby…and it is by far, the silkiest baby oil I have ever used.  I ordered the whole baby line!

    If you would like to try the products, there is a great way to do so with your family and friends.  You can host a beauty workshop for 5 people and receive $120 worth of products.  As well, for the next month, Mamapicks readers receive 35% off the Arbonne baby line!  You can contact Lital at 416-999-3255 or send her an e-mail.  If you live downtown, you can contact Sharon.  Just say Mamapicks and enjoy!

    Posted in Cool Products, Deals, Exclusive Discounts, Gifts.

  17. KidSpot Promotion

    This is a great promotion for back-to-school at an awesome little shop –  KidSpot is a great place to get embroidered stuff for kids.  Until the end of September,  receive a free personalized pencil case or water bottle with the purchase of a backpack  ( backpacks run $25-$30).  Visit them at the Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre or order online!  Don’t worry about the flyer, just say Mamapicks.

    Posted in Deals, Gifts, Personalized.

  18. Simply Colors special promotion!

    This is a great Canadian company…and we all know that kids love personalized clothing.  My son has just grown out of his favourite Polo shirt that was personalized with his name by a freind, so this promo is here just in time!

    Posted in Cool Products, Deals, Gifts, Personalized, sale.

  19. Edible Arrangements Coupon

    So…you want to send flowers or chocolates to a good doctor, a colleague who is leaving, a new mama, or a friend who spent 6 hours helping you to re-organize your kitchen.  Be original, send an edible arrangement 🙂  Save $4 with this coupon code which you can use online or over the phone when placing your order INET0831.  Good Through Aug. 31.

    Posted in Cool Products, Coupons, Gifts.

  20. 15% off at You Name it Baby!

    You Name It Baby is celebrating their 5th birthday and giving 15% off all orders from August 8th -13th!  At You Name it Baby, a local Toronto shop, you will find amazing personalized gifts for great prices.  Use promo code 5BDAY at checkout.  This is one of Mamapicks’ favourite online shops.  Their service is great!

    Posted in Cool Products, Coupons, Personalized.

  21. 1/2 price @ Toys R Us

    The foam puzzle is a great way to cover the floor when you have little ones.  Not only does it protect your hardwood or carpet…but also protects your kids from hard surfaces.  $17.47 through July 29th!  The cash register is a favourite toy around our house and is also on sale for 9.97 (reg. 19.99).

    Posted in Deals, Decor, Gifts, sale.

  22. Incredible picnic blanket…

    One of the best gifts I ever received  with my first baby (The Boy), is still in use today and is so great for summer excursions.  It is the Tuffo Water Resistant Outdoor Blanket with case.  It is gorgeous, functional and comfortable.  Perfect size.  It even comes with us on the plane…to pad the airplane floor the kids sleep on.  For trips to the park and to the lake, we love our picnic blanket.  The only drawback is that you have to fold it a certain way for it to fit back in the case.  Different patterns available at the Safety Superstore ($44.95).  Makes for the PERFECT shower/new baby gift.

    Posted in Cool Products, Gifts.

  23. Get those toys off the floor…

    Kids will love stacking and displaying their trains on this fantastic display shelf from Gifts By David. It can also be used for displaying rock collections, favorite toys and keepsakes.  Fits Thomas the Tank Engine (wooden and diecast), Geotrax and other similar size trains. Square compartments are each 3″ wide x 3″ high x 3″ deep.  Handcrafted and available in a few different colours.  Display shelves for cars were also available but sold out and inventory is currently being replenished.

    Posted in Cool Products, Decor, Gifts.

  24. Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

    fathersdayYikes!  Father’s Day is on Sunday.  If you are still looking for something special and inexpensive to make with your kids, here are some ideas:


    Posted in Gifts, Ideas, Useful Info.

  25. Teacher Gift Ideas

    In December, I surveyed teachers about their favourite gifts.  The winners were gift certificates to malls and spas as well as personalized stationary.  Losers were soaps, candles and chocolates…

    Two personalized notepads from Honey Bunch are currently $23 for the pair and ship in 2 days.  Each pad contains 40 sheets.  Order this week and receive a furochic wrapping cloth for free.  Simply enter the code furochic at checkout.  What’s that?  It’s a cloth you use for wrapping gifts instead of paper.  Don’t worry, I didn’t know either!

    Posted in Gifts, Ideas, Personalized.