Pop-up shops are popping up everywhere and for a lover of locally made, it’s my favourite way to shop for the holidays.
It’s not always easy to pop in, so we’ve pulled together our favourites so you can go online to grab these unique made in T.O. products for moms and kids and support the creative mamas behind them.
One of the sure-bets for one-of-a-kind gifts is Etsy and if you’re like me you’ve falling into that rabbit hole of product searches and all of a sudden you’re buying a bag from some dude across the globe – rather than across town.
So thank you to Etsy Toronto Street Team who helped curate some of the best of’s at Toronto Etsy Marketplace at the MaRS Building earlier this fall. I met some super Moms in T.O. and put together this shopping list for the Toronto mama and kid in TOw.
For your kid’s room: New mom Sandy Tam of Pulp Function has a gorgeous selection paper and wood-based stationary, party décor and home accessories. These one-of-a-kind marquees make the cutest and coolest art for your kid’s walls. (Some of these items are also available for event rentals.)
For the nursery: T.O. mom Kira Varvanina of Miloshka creates unique lasercut nursey mobiles, wall art and ornaments. We especially love her night lights that shine star constellations on the ceilings. And check out this Toronto skyline:
For the crafty mom + kid: Michelle Galletta started Kiriki Press after making her niece an embroidered doll. Now she has a growing selection of cute patterns that you or your kid in TOw can DIY.
For stroller-pushing moms: Goose Moose Caribou (the playful nicknames owner Katie O’Connell has given her kiddos) offers fun and colourful baby bedding and washable stroller liners. Seriously, why weren’t these around when my kids were in strollers?!
For mom’s hands: Oakville mama Amy French’s Grey Matter Collection keeps mom cozy and stylish. Her arm-warmers are the perfect glove (hand hug) for moms on the go and I love how her shawls and scarves are no fuss and can be wrapped and tucked in a million ways.
For the tea-drinking mom: Stephanie Sandercock owner of the First Edition Tea Co. creates delicious loose leaf tea blends inspired by literature and flavours from around the world – including a taste of T.O. (apple, peach and maple green tea.)
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Part 5 of the #makeology challenge: "Packaging." I recently did a little refresh to our tins and I love the results, especially when they're all in a line like this. I design all of the packaging myself and I have a lot of fun with it. I like to keep things bright and happy! #tea #design #bookstagram #books #reading #handmade #shoplocal #etsy
For the yoga mom: Toronto Artist Evangelina Coleman of One by Sun creates hand-painted Ontario-printed yoga mats to inspire your practice.