Check out my top ten gift ideas for snowy winter fun, and make sure you go to the bottom to see the giveaways!
1. Polar Stroller Skis
Get outside this winter with skis for your stroller or Chariot. Polar Stroller is a new Calgary-based company and is in full winter-fun mode! Check out their website and read all about them here: Introducing: Polar Stroller - Skis for Strollers & Chariots
From Canada and want to win a set of Polar Stroller Skis? Follow this previous link to my giveaway that is open until November 27th. I have two sets of Polar Stroller Skis to give away to a Canadian resident.
2. Strider Ski Attachment
I like showing love to new Calgary home-based businesses so this year I want to introduce you to Run Bikes YYC. Suzanne and her husband are South Calgary's newest Strider Balance Bike Distributor and have generously offered to give away a Strider Ski Attachment to one lucky reader from Calgary.
To enter to win a Strider Ski Attachment (Calgary residents only,) go to the bottom of this post and enter the contest.
|Backcountry Skiing on the Strider Ski Bike|
We have used our Strider ski bike on toboggan hills, in the backcountry, on groomed x-country ski trails, and on snowshoe trails. We've even used it on icy city sidewalks. It's been a lot of fun and we'll be sad when our son is too big to use it anymore. At 5.5 he barely fits but he's still cruising down hills on it and having a blast. To see an awesome video of the ski bike in action, visit this You Tube Video of two children ripping through the backcountry in Garibaldi Provincial Park. And then you'll be ordering one within the second.
|My son being towed into a backcountry cabin on the Strider Ski Bike|
3. Stiga Snow-Kick Scooter with Skis
Note that it does say this product is recommended for children ages 8+ so I don't expect we will be doing any dare-devil stunts on it quite yet! We are very curious though to see how this scooter performs and I can not wait until it arrives at the door!
To pick up a Stiga Snow-Kick for your child for Christmas, check the Mastermind Toys website for a list of locations across Canada. They can also be ordered on line through the store website.
4. The Snow Show (original book from Carolyn Fisher)
Ever wonder how snow is made? Or try to explain it to your child and realize you actually have no idea?! Calgary-based Author, Carolyn Fisher, has solved the question for us with a great children's book that's been met with amazing reviews.
"Tune in as Chef Kelvin and the rest of the Snow Show gang
investigate evaporation, condensation, and precipitation -
all while cooking up the crispiest, lightest, fluffiest batch of snow
ever to fall from the sky!"
For more info or to buy one of Carolyn's books, check out her website or visit your favourite bookseller.
And Canadian residents can enter to win one of two copies of Carolyn's book at the bottom of this post.
5. A new sled
If you only buy one Christmas present this year for the kids, you won't go wrong with a new sled. (providing you have snow to use it on of course.) Kids LOVE sleds and would happily try a new one (or two) out every year. Below are my top picks for cool sleds on the market right now:
- Stiga Snow racer (steerable sled, comes in blue and pink for kids 8+)
- Animal Snow Boogie sleds (foam 36" sleds in cute animal shapes)
- Sno Caterpillar linking saucers (plastic saucers that link together for group sledding)
- Pelican baby sled with Wind Cover (Our son loved his when he was a baby and was toasty warm.)
- Zipfy Luge Sled or Zipfy Junior Mini Luge Sled (many colors available)
- Disney Frozen-themed Foam Sled (because even my son thought it was adorable!)
- Pelican Mega Snow Glider Sled (the best sled for hiking and pulling 1-2 kids on. Just attach a longer rope of your own for hiking.)
- JAB Wooden Twin Baby Sled (with two cushions and windshields for families with twins)
|Still my favorite sledding photo ever (two kids passed out cold!)|
There are links above to stores selling each sled but I am not aligned with any particular store nor was I paid to advertise for these companies. (so please look around and as always, find the best deal.)
|Last year's new Christmas sled|
6. A pair of Snowshoes or Sno Stompers
Snowshoeing and winter hiking is one of the most family-affordable activities you can do in the winter. A pair of kids' snowshoes (and good ones too) range in cost from $60 to $85 at Mountain Equipment COOP or Campers Village. And, a pair should last your child 5 years based on weight ranges per pair! Now tell me that isn't cheaper than skiing!
|Snowshoeing is fun and an affordable way to have fun in winter|
"A pair of Sno Stompers allows you to tread softly atop the snow while leaving a strange animal's footprint behind rather than your usual shoe print."
If you check out the Mastermind Toys website, there is a whole line of Sno products from paint and crayons to brick makers for building igloos, snow forts and snow castles. I've been looking at this company's innovative products for a while now and am excited that we'll get to try some of them this winter. Check the link above to see a variety of sno toys and art products.
Want to introduce your child to skiing or snowboarding in your backyard at the local sledding hill? Lucky Bums makes snowboards and downhill skis that don't require special boots. Simply strap them on over your child's normal winter boots. While these products don't have metal edges (so don't take them to the ski resort,) they are perfect as a substitute for a sled at your local toboggan hill. I'm thinking you could even strap the skis or snowboard to your backpack when you go hiking and let the kids have fun on hills as you hike out.
9. A Pair of Skates
No child is too young to learn to skate with a pair of Bob skates (double blade strap on skates that fit over their winter boots.) If they can walk, they can skate on these clever little skates. And once your child fits a pair of size 6 boots, you can purchase normal skates with single blades. My top pick for single blade skates is the adjustable skates that last a couple of years (or at least through the whole season!) - and for fans of Disney movies, you can get Frozen or Jake the Pirate themed adjustable skates too. (for real!)
|Learning to skate in double blade skates|
10. A Pair of Stonz Baby or Toddler Booties
This one is for that Mom-to-be on your Christmas list, the new mom, or maybe even for yourself if you have a baby or toddler at home who struggles with cold feet in the winter. Stonz Wear Booties are cute and toasty warm for the winter months. Pair them with fleece liners for added warmth. AND there's a giveaway currently going on to win a pair of these booties. Follow this link to my contest that just opened a couple of days ago: Stonz Outerwear for Kids (and a giveaway.) The contest closes on November 28th. It is open to Canadian and US Residents.
|Stonz Booties for Babies and Toddlers|
As mentioned earlier, I have a giveaway currently going on already for two sets of Polar Stroller Skis. (Canadian Residents only) To enter that contest, go to my previous story for them: Introducing: Polar Stroller - Skis for Strollers & Chariots.
Also as mentioned earlier, I have a giveaway currently going on already for a pair of Stonz Booties (Canadian and US Residents both.) To enter the contest, go to my previous story for the company at: Stonz Outerwear for Kids (and a giveaway.)
If you would like to enter to win a Ski Attachment for your Strider Bike from Run Bikes YYC, enter the contest below. It is open to Calgary residents only. Contest is open until midnight, November 30th. I will draw a winning name on December 1st.
If you would like to enter to win one of two copies of Carolyn Fisher's book, The Snow Show, enter the second contest below. It is open to Canadian residents only. Contest is open until midnight, November 30th. I will draw a winning name on December 1st.
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|Flashback to Christmas 2010|