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Category Archives: Gifts

  1. Tabletop Foosball

    Always looking for gift ideas for boys over the age of 5…  This is on sale at Masterminds for the next two weeks.

    Posted in Deals, Gifts, sale.

  2. Child Teepee

    The Boy is obsessed with Dora.  My husband just constructed a tacky yellow plastic Dora house in the back yard.  The boy climbs the roof of his Dora house and tells us that he is G-d.  I am so pleased that he is having fun with Dora and that his ego is bursting…but would much rather see a classic teepee out there.  They can’t climb on top of teepees.  This one is from Etsy and costs $130.

    Posted in Cool Products, Decor, Gifts.

  3. Father’s Day Gift Idea

    This is a personalized hand-stamped golf marker set which could be perfect for the dad in your family.  It’s my daily Etsy find.  However, I have to admit that I don’t know what the hell a golf marker is.

    Posted in Cool Products, Gifts, Personalized.

  4. Father’s Day Perk

    Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20th. Take advantage of Huddy Buddy’s huge spring sale while honouring dad with our “I’m just like my dad.” or “I’m daddy’s princess.” Little Chatterbox tees. Other designs available too, and all are just $12!

    Posted in Deals, Gifts, sale.

  5. 20% off silhouette prints

    Get 20% off  beautiful silhouette prints from Honeybunch when you enter code may20 at checkout.  This is a great local online boutique & store with lots of unique items.  Promotion valid until May 29th.

    Posted in Coupons, Deals, Decor, Gifts, Personalized, sale.

  6. Edible Arrangement Coupon

    Mother’s Day is coming up…if you want something a little more original than a flower bouquet, fruit arrangements always have the WOW factor!  Save $5 with the above code.

    Posted in Coupons, Gifts.

  7. Mother’s Day Gift Idea

    Don’t you think this is a good gift for your mom if she has lots of grandchildren?

    Posted in Cool Products, Gifts, Personalized.

  8. Silhouette Necklace

    Mother’s Day is coming up next month and if you are looking for something creative and personal, you might like this idea.  Send the artist clear photos of the profiles of people (or pets??) and she will create this beautiful keepsake.  See Stella & Hodge’s Etsy shop for more details.

    Posted in Cool Products, Gifts, Ideas, Personalized.

  9. Mabels Labels Coupon Code

    By far, Mabel’s Labels rank high on the Mamapicks chart of useful kids’ products.  You can label everything from shoes to clothes with your child’s name.  The weather is looking so good…and it makes me want to label sand toys (!).  Enjoy 15% off your order with coupon code KIDS and you might get a little surprise with your order as Mabel’s Labels is celebrating their 7th birthday and adding goodies to random orders until March 17th!

    Posted in Coupons, Gifts, Personalized.

  10. Turn your child’s handwriting into a font!


    The Boy is now writing.  He mostly writes lists of the names of the kids in his class.  He often makes a dotted outline of a letter for himself (just like on the worksheets at school) and then goes over the dots.  It’s quite charming.  I recently thought about capturing his handwriting style as it develops over the next few years and decided to look for a way to create a font for my computer called The Boy.  I found a website which generates personal fonts.  All you have to do is give your child (or anybody else you want to create a font for) the printable sheet to fill out the letters of the alphabet.  Then, you scan the sheet and the program generates the font for you.  This costs $9.95.  Click here to try it, it’s quite simple…and it’s a really nice way of saving your child’s handwriting, using it for various projects, and sharing it with them when they are older.

    Posted in Gifts, Ideas.

  11. Mastermind Coupon

    Sometimes finding the right gift for the 7+ age group isn’t easy.  This coupon may help!

    Posted in Coupons, Gifts.

  12. Toy Recommendation

    Once in a while, you buy a toy and it actually peaks your children’s interest for more than 1 day.  This one (Pipe Builders) has been occupying both The Boy & The Girl for over two  months!  Who would have thought?   They are always busy building letters, numbers, shapes and structures. I purchased the large tub of plastic pipe builders at an amazing American store called Lakeshore Learning (they supply educational toys, learning materials and craft supplies to schools, museums, playgrounds and regular families).  If by chance you are in the US, you must visit!  Some of Lakeshore’s products (Pipe Builders included), are available here in Canada through Wintergreen Learning Materials.  The set includes 240 plastic pieces and is well worth the purchase!

    Posted in Gifts, Ideas, Useful Info.

  13. New to this world…

    Love this fine art print, personalized for a newborn.  Created by an Australian designer (Freya Art & Design)…found on Etsy, of course.

    Posted in Cool Products, Gifts, Personalized.

  14. Etsy Find: Custom Stamps

    From an adorable Etsy shop called Craft Pudding (gotta love the name!), come these amazing custom stamps for girls and boys.  What kid wouldn’t love their own stamp?  You know those hard-to-shop-for 9-11 year olds?  This might be a great birthday gift for one of those…  Mention that you heard about it through Mamapicks in the ‘notes to seller’, and receive a free surprise little stamp along with your order.

    Posted in Cool Products, Gifts, Personalized.

  15. Two Great Shows for Families in March


    I didn’t know anything about the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga until Chantal Kreviazuk performed there a few years back and we went to see her intimate show (it was amazing).  The Living Arts Centre is a place where community members of all ages come to delve in arts related courses, programs and entertainment.  It’s like a super-high-class community centre.

    The Living Arts Centre’s Wiggle Club, showcases great performances for kids.  There are two coming up in March that you may want to buy tickets for:

    • Robert Munsch (1pm & 4pm , March 17th)  Tickets are $20-$30.
    • Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny (March 28th, 3pm) Tickets are $15-$25

    Click here to find out more information about these and upcoming shows at this venue.  To buy tickets offline, call the box office @ 1-888-805-8888

    I think show tickets are an amazing birthday gift for a child and accompanying adult if you are looking for an original gift .  If your own child is celebrating a birthday in March and you want to do something unique, you can have the birthday as part of the above performances…  Call 905-306-6158 for more info on birthdays.

    Posted in Activities & Events, Gifts, Useful Info.

  16. Book of the Week(ish)

    There is No Such Place as Far Away is one of my all-time favourite books.  It is a beautiful and timeless keepsake for both adults and kids alike.  The author is Richard Bach, who wrote Love Story.  With beautiful water-colour illustrations throughout, this powerful story chronicles a spiritual journey through storms and mountains, to attend the birthday party of Rae Hansen, a five-year-old girl.  The message is that if you want to be with someone who is important to you, you are already there.  This book is a great gift for a child or adult who is moving away.  It really shows how there is no such place as far away when you are friends.

    Posted in Book of the Week (ish), Gifts.

  17. Alphabet Prints – 2 for 1 promotion!

    These gorgeous alphabet prints by Penny People Designs are the type of find that I want to share and keep to myself all at the same time.  My son has one in his room and I can’t help but admire it every time I see it.  I love the concept, the colours and of course…I am 100% into anything personalized (in case you haven’t noticed). The prints come in two sizes and fit into an IKEA  Ribba frame which makes framing so simple.

    Lindsay, the talented Toronto-based designer of the prints, just sent me information about an amazing promotion.  For every 13×19 print that you buy, you will get one free.  That’s a $25 saving!  Shipping is $13, but will include as many prints as you like.  To take advantage of this promotion, go to the online store and only place in your cart, the amount of prints you would like to buy.  Upon checkout, enter the promotion “Buy1 Get 1 free” in the notes to seller, as well as information about how you would like to personalize your free print(s).  This promotion runs until Feb. 3rd, 2010.  Please note that everything on Etsy is in US funds.

    Posted in Cool Products, Deals, Decor, Exclusive Discounts, Gifts, Personalized, sale.

  18. Moo Coupon Code

    Those of you who know me, know that one of my favourite finds (ever!) are mini-cards by a printing company called Moo.  They are very sturdy little rectangular cards that you can print anything on.  I print photos of my kids…and Mamapicks business cards.  You can use 100 full colour photos, designs or text to make business cards, mom-calling-cards, or gift tags for only $19.99.  Mini cards can be kept in a sleek plastic mini-card holder which makes for a great gift.  Definitely more original than wallet photos!  Moo makes it easy to create with their friendly interface and great prices.  Get 10% off on your first order with this code until Jan. 31st: RKZCMU

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

  19. Etsy Find: Personalized Stickers

    Only $10 for a set of 30 stickers.  Cute, no?  What a great addition to a birthday gift.  There are lots of other silhouettes (for boys & girls) to choose from.  Check out Nella Designs.

    Posted in Cool Products, Gifts, Personalized.

  20. Toy Recommendation + Grand River Toys Sale EXTENDED!

    FantaColor Junior has become a favourite around here.  When kids turn 2, they seem to develop a real passion for sticking pegs into holes.   The FantaColor Junior Basic comes with 48 plastic pegs, a transparent board and 16 different pictures which encourage and help kids apply colour recognition.  I love this toy because it develops so many skills and offers an opportunity for focused, quiet play.  Currently, you will find it on sale for $20.99 (down from $29.99!) at Grand River Toys.  Which brings me to the next point – Grand River Toys is having a huge sale (30-50% off a great selection).  The sale has been extended until Ja. 24th so make your order ASAP.

    Posted in Gifts, sale.

  21. Today’s Parent Magazine Subscription for $1/month!

    Today’s Parent is a great magazine with tons of information about absolutely everything for Toronto parents.  You can get a subscription for this great price through Rogers’ magazine service if you are a Rogers cable, internet or phone customer.  Is there really any choice?  The $1 will be added to your monthly bill and you can cancel at any time.  Check here for more info and the magazine selection for this exclusive offer.  BTW, a subscription to this magazine makes for a great little gift for new parents!

    Posted in Deals, Gifts.

  22. Cool Hats For Kids


    I love buying funky hats fro my kids and also think they make great gifts.  I saw these on Monday on Yonge St., just north of Eglinton in a little store that sells Tibetan crafts.  They are so colourful and fun!  Comfy fleece on the inside, not itchy wool.  Available in two sizes $22 for ages 2-4 and $25 for ages 5+.  Get 20% off this week and next.  I bought two of the colourful monkey hats which left The Girl absolutely PETRIFIED…but The Boy loves his!  Tibetan Arts is located at 2487 Yonge St. (416) 932-8684

    Posted in Cool Products, Gifts.

  23. $10 off Crazy Forts

    I’ve heard great reviews from friends about Crazy Forts.  Some recommend buying two boxes so that the kids can create bigger structures.  This week at Toys R Us (until Dec. 24th), buy it for $35.97 (reg. $44.99).  Since publishing this post, some Mamapicks readers have written in (thank you!) that the product is not so great and that the structures are difficult to put together and the rods don’t stay in the balls.  So, mixed reviews on this one!

    You will also receive a $5 gift card if you for a minimum spend of $19.99 on any Hasboro games and a $10 gift card on a minimum $50 spend on Hot Wheels, Playsets or Barbie Dolls this week.

    Posted in Cool Products, Deals, Gifts.

  24. Purdy’s Hedgehogs…

    As far as I am concerned, if you haven’t tasted the Hedgehog from Purdy’s Chocolates (locations at Vaughan Mills & Hillcrest Mall), you simply haven’t lived.

    Posted in Cool Products, Gifts.

  25. Simply Colors: 10% Off and Free Shipping!


    This amazing online Canadian store is all about personalizing clothing for kids.    They offer a great variety of styles, and sizes run from newborn to 8 years.  The quality is superb and the price is just right ($15-$25).  If you are looking for an unforgettable gift, you will easily find it at Simply ColorsJoin their Facebook Fan Page through their website, and receive 10% off your purchase.  Free shipping is available in Canada until Dec. 21st.  My kids received their gifts from Vancouver in this gorgeous gift box.  Browsing through the site will give you tons of ideas!

    Posted in Deals, Gifts, Personalized.