Meadow Gifts has its own adorable section for the wee ones, filled with unique finds from temporary kids tattoos to Minimoc baby moccasins. The specialty boutique carries a delightful array of kid’s & baby clothing that are manufactured locally or in the US.
Meadow’s collection of Babylit children’s books is astounding – these board books introduce literary classics (Sherlock Holmes, Anna Karenina or Wizard of Oz) with fun illustrations and curated quotes from original text. It’s a great way to unleash their imagination.
It’s important to be conscious of where clothing is made. Parade Organics was one of the first baby and children’s clothing manufacturers to use natural and sustainable fabrics free of pesticides and chemicals. Certified organic cotton is as soft as a baby’s bottom and healthier for their skin. Find layettes, blabla knit toys, hand-crotcheted animal stuffies and colourful apparel in earth-inspired designs. Parade’s collection is produced fair trade in India, and fabrics & graphics are designed at their flagship studio in Gastown.
Inspired by her recent transition to motherhood, owner Nicole Durnin carefully curates a unique collection of all-natural newborn products including organic burp cloths, baby wraps, and baby bath teas.
New threads are always better than hand-me-downs. Army & Navy has great options for families that are shopping on a budget. The Canadian retailer is a one-stop shop with an incredible selection of discount clothing, shoes and accessories. Stock up on the basics or explore the racks for new summer styles.
Every shop has a story. Owner and talented artist Jackie Haliburton has painted original works for famous names like Jane Fonda, Steve Tyler and Dakota Fanning. If there’s a memory you’d like to re-create into wearable art, Jackie can create a hand-painted momento on a variety of fabrics.
Angel Vancouver is full of colour and personality. Step inside to find Jackie’s original art and a collection funky patchwork designs by Desigual Kids.
Got a thing for the West? If so, take the whole family to OK Boot Corral. The shop is a western boot headquarters with more than 2,000 pairs for men, women and children. Everyone can get matching cowboy boots with the little one.
Every kid fantasizes about dinos, robots and comic book heroes. Tees.ca partners with local artists to create tees with imaginative graphics including a technicolour t-rex and ‘Hipster Zeus’. Collaborative designs are exclusive to the shop, so no other kid will be rockin’ the same tee. Tees.ca also offers custom printing, labeling and embroidery.