I love stylish toys like these Blockitecture block that are great for kids…or adults!
Blockitecture Tower, $45 USD, Areaware
I love stylish toys like these Blockitecture block that are great for kids…or adults!
Blockitecture Tower, $45 USD, Areaware
I’m thrilled to welcome back Daniela to the blog. She’s at White Cabana with a 4-part gift guide series. Her first guide was all about babies and toddlers. Now, she’s back with plenty of great gift ideas for tweens and teens.
I always find tweens/teens a difficult age to buy for as these kids come into their own and develop their own taste/style and hobbies. However, this year, I am seeing some great go-to gifts to make that child/tween on your list smile.
Here is a selection of my favorite finds.
New shoes! The tried and true converse from even my childhood still remain a fan favorite and are great for all ages & come at a great price point.
Converse, $39.99 CAD, Sporting Life
Have you been seeing a lot of Unicorn items lately? Well you are not alone. Almost all retailers are incorporating some type of “unicorn” item into their shops. On that note, who doesn’t love a new pair of slippers? Check out this great cozy pair from Justice — a favorite store for children aged 8-12.
unicorn slippers, $19.90 CAD, Justice
If budget isn’t a concern, this hot “tech” items for the tweens in your life is all the rage. This year, it comes in an awesome white with orange accent.
Nintendo, $199.99 CAD, Best Buy
The all-natural ingredients of the Rocky Mountain Soap products make them great for all ages, but with this seasonal candy cane scent, it’s an extra win. Plus, who doesn’t love a bath bomb? This is sure to be a hit with the children in your life.
vanilla candy cane gift set, $40.95, Rocky Mountain Soap Company
Here’s a fun gift for the person you have no idea what to buy/ This is the mini version, and it’s great for a desk/work station at home or to put outside a bedroom door.
mini cinema lightbox, $29.50 CAD, Indigo
Roots! Who doesn’t love a roots hoodie? This makes the perfect cozy gift for someone on your list.
hoodie, $39.99 CAD (on sale), Roots
hoodie, $48 CAD, Roots
Lego is a gift that never gets old. This special collection of Lego friends lets you build a village one box at a time. Here is a great addition this year with a winter feel.
Lego snow resort ice rink, $39.99 CAD, Indigo
For the Star Wars enthusiast in your life…this may become the hot seller this season.
Star Wars playset, $179.99 CAD, Amazon
And pjs! These should be on all your lists for every age. They’re always a welcome gift. Masala Baby is a NYC-based company, and these organic pjs will please whoever is on the receiving end.
organic pajamas, $44, Masala Baby
Thanks for sharing another awesome list of ideas, Daniela. I know my nephews and niece can’t get enough of Lego, so it’s one of my go-to gifts, too!
I’m excited to welcome my cousin Daniela to the blog today. She has a 4-part gift guide series to share over the next couple of weeks, and I hope you’re eager to see what she has in store for us. Today’s gift guide is all about the babies and toddlers! Take it away, Daniela!
Hey everyone. As an avid shopper and someone who prides herself in finding just the right item for the many children on my shopping list, I am here today sharing with White Cabana readers some of the best items in my opinion for the baby and toddlers on your list this Christmas and yes…they are white or almost all white!
A hot item given the focus we are seeing today on mindfulness, self-care and starting this at a young age is the tee pee. This awesome gift not only looks great in any room but gives the child a place to have some quiet time, read a book or just enjoy some imaginative play.
teepee, Pottery Barn Kids
Make the base of the teepee extra cozy by adding this:
This special doll is perfect for children 18 months and up. In fact, my 2 1/2 year old daughter still prefers this to all her other dolls. It is the perfect fit for small arms and mimics a real baby which is wonderful for play and imagination.
doll, Mastermind Toys
Not only made from superior organic cotton but also Canadian made, these pjs are sure to become your toddler’s favorite. Do you have a future doctor or ballerina in the family? Then surprise them with a pair of these this Christmas.
Want an extra special outfit for that special baby girl in your life? Let her sparkle in one of many options from Canadian company Little Lush Boutique. Although most of the store’s items cater to the little girls in your life, it carries awesome diaper/tie duos great for your next photo shoot that can be worn by both genders.
dress, Little Lush Boutique
Now for my favorite children’s Canadian clothing company. Their staples may be priced a bit higher than the norm however the wash and wear ability of this high quality clothing is far superior than many brands on the market. The organic cotton feels like butter, and you will find that whoever you buy these clothes for will want to wear them the second they are out of the wash. Again and again! Here is a selection of some of my go-to staples from Mini Mioche!
long sleeve tee, Mini Mioche
the ball tee, Mini Mioche
the biker romper, Mini Mioche
long sleeve ballet dress, Mini Mioche
Now for that extra special gift, check out this classic car:
vintage car, Indigo
Thanks, Daniela, for sharing all of these goodies with us, today! You’re definitely a thoughtful shopper and gift-giver, so we’re lucky to have your input for the little ones in our lives!
Today is the final pink Monday for my #WhiteCabanaWears pink series. The month of October is breast cancer awareness month, and I’m happy to raise funds online and offline for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Thanks to all of you for making White Cabana part of your day. I’m grateful for your support.
To end the series, I’m focused on making this Halloween very pink! Have a look at these inspirational photos!
via A Subtle Revelry
via Sugar and Charm
via House Beautiful
And beyond Halloween decor, here are some costumes and accessories for you and the kids!
via Pottery Barn
via Pottery Barn
Thanks again, everyone! Have a safe and fun Halloween!
Today’s #WhiteCabanaWearsPink theme is all about the superhero!
flying superhero costume, Etsy
Wonder Woman postcard, Etsy
Every Monday in the month of October, pink will be taking over White Cabana. This month, #WhiteCabanaWearsPink to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Read more about #WhiteCabanaWearsPink.
Online retailer UncommonGoods recently contacted me to see if I would be interested in shopping for some unique items. I’ve known about UncommonGoods for a while now, but I hadn’t ever ordered anything, so I thought I’d give it a try to learn more about what this company is all about.
It won’t take you long to recognize that the collection of items at UncommonGoods is just that – uncommon. Out of the ordinary. Unique. Different. Interesting. Soon after this initial thought, you might notice that the product selection and variety is large. Luckily, the search filters are effective and specific, so if you’re searching for something specific (e.g., gift for a kid), then you’ll get to that area of the site in no time. The site has a ton of cool gadgets for hard-to buy loved ones, birthday gifts for her, for him, and for kids, and the all-so-popular personalized gifts (isn’t this personalized family art adorable?).
As I often do in sites that have a large product line, I search by colour (white, obviously). This narrows things down easily and really helps me to focus my search. From there, I might expand to other colours (black, stainless). Alternatively, I search by need (e.g., kids, food, art). UncommonGoods search bar and filters really did work well for me, and I found items that suit my style (personal and for gifting!).
All the Palm Trees in Florida, $251.61CAD (I also like All the Taxis in New York)
shave box set, $78.88CAD (US shipping only)
men’s organizing travel pack, $62.56CAD
women’s organizing travel pack, $65.28CAD
mealtime stacking set, $59.84CAD
empanada fork, $27.20CAD
UncommonGoods was founded in 1999 by Dave Bolotsky, and since then, he and his team has been devoted to connecting makers of unique items to consumers in an easy way.
I placed my order, and I was pleased to see that the taxes and duties were calculated before check-out. This means that there will be no extra payment surprises once my items arrive at my door. I’m sure other Canadian shoppers will appreciate this checkout option as well. Finally, when I had a question about shipping, I contacted customer service, and I received a reply within just a few minutes. I was very pleased about this, too!
Thanks to UncommonGoods for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
Between my own nephews and nieces and all of my friends’ babies, I have bought so many baby gifts over the last decade or so. Like many areas of my life, I approach baby gift buying quite simply. When the babies started coming, I thought carefully about what my favourite items were, and then I basically resorted to buying them in bulk. Honestly. Today I’m sharing with you some of my signature baby gift items; they seem to be well-received by babies and parents alike.
Jellycat stuffed animals are the softest, and the faces are super sweet. I tend to buy a lamb or a bunny, but lately I’ve picked up the giraffe, and I just love it. There are so many good chewing options for babies…ribbons, tails, arms…awesome! I’ve got my eye on the unicorn and owl, too. I do tend to stay away from the bear…it’s just a bit too classic for my taste.
I always buy books for babies and kids. Reading is one of the single most important things that people can do for and with kids, in my opinion, and I do my part to encourage it! My all-time favourite book for babies/toddlers/kids is Each Peach Pear Plum. This was my favourite book as a young kid, and it gives the reader so much to look at and learn!
Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg
I also buy just about any Dr. Seuss book, but Green Eggs and Ham remains my all-time favourite.
For one-year olds, I often buy One by Kathryn Otoshi. It’s a beautiful book with sweet, simple watercolour artwork.
Now that my friends’ babies are turning two, I’ve started buying Two by Kathryn Otoshi in bulk. Why ruin a good thing, right?
I also find Press Here by Herve Tullet to be an exceptionally fun book and any kid that I have given it to seems to have really enjoyed it (two others in the collection are Mix it Up! and Let’s Play). For Christmas, I sent my nephews and niece a bunch of Laura Ljungkivst’s Follow the Line books, and they seem to have liked them quite a bit. I’m also always on the lookout for Barbapapa books (in French, English, or Italian) for my nephews and niece; I love the creativity of these stories.
Do you have signature gifts for babies, toddlers, kids, or others? Do tell!
I recently came across online market DLK, and I would love just about every item in my own home (even though the shop is definitely more targeted to items for kids and families). The product collection is so carefully curated, and the high-on-design items have the whole family in mind. While I featured a few of their organizational items earlier this month, I’d like to share more of what I’m liking from this shop.
Escape utility bag, $100, Forest Bound
C’est magnifique tee, $40, Young One Apparel
fluffy face bag, $65, The White Pepper
hi sweatshirt, $39 (kids), Organic Zoo
rabbit hat, $60 (kids), Oeuf
mountains blanket, $75, White Fox & Co.
binchotan charcoal toothbrush, $9, Morihata
keratin krew pillowcase, $35, Sack Me!
Hello Kitty lamp, $220, BaselNL
Pepe marble mirror, $600, Studio Pepe
shine bright acrylic tray, $59, Michael Revil Madjus for imm Living Studio
snowball music ball, $100, Siebensachen
POV table candleholder, $80, Note for Menu
pretty poster, $40, MiniWilla
modern peeler, $16, Normann Copenhagen
alphabet pebbles, $22, Rock & Pebble
puzzlehead, $20, Richard McGuire for Areaware
Over the years, I’ve bought several Ikea toys for my nephews and niece. They make the kids happy because they’re fun, and they make me happy because of their design details. Their train sets, play kitchen sets, and soft toys are easy-to-give gifts because they’re also affordable (well, it is Ikea after all!).
Ikea’s newest soft toy collection is rather interesting because the toys were produced from kids’ drawings.
First, have a look at the black and white skunk drawing:
Sagoskatt soft toy skunk, $2.99, Ikea
This pink bird also put a smile on my face.
Until December 26th, the Ikea Foundation will donate $1 from every soft toy to children’s education. Learn more here.
I’m not particularly keen on Halloween. It’s really just a bit too spooky for me, and while I do like the idea of dressing up, costume planning mildly stresses me out. (What’s the Halloween version of bah-humbug?)
That said, I do think that these costumes for children are definitely awesome.
unicorn headband (just add a white dress!)
Have kids? Want to make their meals slightly more spooky? Here you go:
spider utensil set, $3.99 (on sale), Pottery Barn
I’m pretty sure my niece (and nephews) needs this (or something very similar).
bodysuit, $10.99, via Gap
It’s the truth, right?
My sister recently sent over some photos of the progress she has made in her kids’ room. The Land of Nod helped us personalize this bedroom for my 3 nephews and niece who currently share it down in North Carolina.
The youngest kiddo is in a crib, the second youngest is in a toddler bed, and the older two share a bunk bed. On the window wall, you’ll see the crib and the toddler bed. The Bon Voyage luggage storage cases are filled with the kids’ goodies (but I’ll admit that they rarely stay neatly piled on the chair as in the photos). My sister hung the half dot rainbow garland across this wall to add some fun colour. It also ties in very well with the two pieces of art that my sister painted.
(so much colour for White Cabana!)
Each bed has a letter pillow to personalize them for the kids. In the above photos, you’ll also notice the flea market bench (the kids are also sitting on it in the photos above). We love this kid-sized bench, and the munchkins actually use it to play, read, put on socks, etc. Here I was thinking that it was going to be a just-for-show-bench! Nope – they actually use it!
My sister created (most of) the artwork in the bedroom, including the scattered colourful squares and the kids’ silhouettes. The art hung on the clipboards? Those are the kids’ masterpieces! It is their room after all!
Thanks to The Land of Nod for sponsoring this post.
It’s my oldest nephew’s 6th birthday today! He’s super sweet and smart, and he is very much into¬†books, batman, and lego. Happy birthday, Duke!
I’m working with my sister on the design of her kids’ bedroom. Besides the kids’ beds (from Ikea) and the artwork (made by my sister and her kids), the room is fairly empty. We turned to the Land of Nod (a top pick for many people designing kids’ bedrooms and playrooms) to fill up the bedroom with items that are useful, colourful, and versatile. One of our top picks was this bench as we thought it would be a good place for the kids to¬†perch and read a book, or put on socks¬†and shoes:
In addition, we are using this rainbow¬†dot¬†garland¬†to add¬†colour to the room, these letter pillows to personalize the space, and these luggage¬†sets¬†to store toys. Here are some of the additional white pieces that I love for a kids’ bedroom or playroom…or an adult room!
Thanks to Land of Nod for sponsoring this post.
Could you imagine a kids playroom with only white toys? It would probably never be possible, would it? But just look how beautifully designed these toys are…
moonlight doll, $73.50 (on sale)
Villa Cartabianca dollhouse, $17.34
sailing ship kite, $60, Serena & Lily
elephant bookend, $40 (on sale), Serena & Lily
winter white outfits for dolls, $45, Chapters Indigo
plui rain cloud water toy, Moluk
Schoenhut white toy piano, $149.99 (on sale), Toys R Us
hoberman sphere, $50, Shapeways
A functional and stylish and fun toy for kids – I do love¬†a good¬†combo.
early rider push along, $148, Serena & Lily
In honour of my niece’s first birthday, I thought I’d¬†put together a little children’s fashion post.¬†I love the¬†white collection that is currently on sale at Baby¬†Gap. Have a look at this fashion¬†sweetness…
Have a great weekend, everyone!
My second nephew is 4 years old today! He loves pasta carbonara (without the peas or bacon, which basically means pasta noodles), making everyone laugh, milk, and climbing just about everything. One day I know my sister and brother-in-law might just have to install a climbing wall in their house.
Easter is just around the corner. While my Easter revolves around chocolate eggs, I know others out there enjoy decorating their homes with any and all types of rabbits. Here’s my round-up of rabbits that are easy to grab a hold of.
Little Mayhem‘s popularity is rising. ¬†The dresses she creates with her mom are pretty darn cute, but this one is my favourite look.
Apparently, the day Mayhem and her mom created this ensemble, she requested “All white today. And a fabulous headpiece too.” ¬†She just rocks that headpiece, doesn’t she?
This is an all-white book about an egg. I couldn’t resist it when I saw it so I bought it. It’s okay to have a kid’s book as a coffee-table book, right?
Oliver¬†by Christopher Franceschelli, $9.98
I’m popping in to share a couple of photos from our European vacation last month.
racks of white clothes in Provence
Prince Albert, Princess Charlene, and my husband in Monaco
And just for fun – here’s my little monkey. He is¬†so sweet but why why why does he have to climb absolutely everything? Jordana says we should put him into rockclimbing. How young is too young?
I love so many things about the new Lego Architecture Studio – it’s white, it reminds me of my childhood, and it encourages imaginative play for children and adults.
Lego Architecture Studio, $149.95, Barnes & Noble
photo by Janet Paik
What I don’t like about it? It’s not available in Canada. Darn.
Thanks to Boba for sending this my way.
I don’t know what made me think of carousels today but I did. I think it all started when I was browsing Anthropologie and landed on this sweet carousel clock:
carousel clock, $168, Anthropologie
Here are four more carousels to round up today’s Friday Five:
white carousel at Louis Vuitton, via Hello Magazine
carousel necklace, $79.53, Laura des Villes Laura des Champs
carousel model puzzle, $11.54
Phew – that was a quick week wasn’t it? Hope the weather is beautiful where you live so you can enjoy a couple of free days outside! Happy weekend!
It’s going to be another summer of baby births! Five of my friends and family members are due between June and August. Woah. Time to start shopping!
Petit Bateau star rattle, ¬£25.00,¬†Elias and Grace
Bonton Loulou slippers, ¬£29.00,¬†Elias and Grace
Tane seed-stitched baby booties, $56,¬†J.Crew
Cashmere sweater, $125, J.Crew (cashmere for a baby – yay or nay?)
Zara baby girl coat with bow (back view)
sailboat fabric mobile, $59,¬†Moran Alhalel
While there are so many lovely gifts available, let’s face it, my favourite gifts to give are this book, this bunny, and a little newborn hat/tee from whatever university I happen to be at when a baby is born. So yeah – no real surprises when people see my gift box.
An all-white puzzle? Obviously this caught my eye!
25 piece puzzle, $6.50, Muji
Santa’s on his way…and he’s bringing his reindeer too!
baby reindeer (28″ high), $375, ABC Carpet & Home
I wonder if you’re tired of me singing the praises of Ikea? The Swedish retailer has such wonderful items for less than $20 that it’s hard to resist featuring them in our 20 Below series. Today I’m a fan of this spotted dog – otherwise known as a dalmatian – which is part of Ikea’s soft toy collection.
Gosig Vovven soft toy dog, $7.99, Ikea
Adele Enerson spent much of her time as a new mother photographing her sleeping baby Mila in dreamy, imaginative scenes. She’s since published the photos in a book called When My Baby Dreams. Now she’s on to styling and photographing her baby Vincent but since he’s not the most sound sleeper, she’s had to alter her approach. Adele uses her iPhone camera and then sketches with her Stylus pen.
So incredibly cute, right?
Images courtesy of Adele Enersen.
Okay. So who knows how to play the kazoo? Do you think this very inexpensive one from Pier 1 Imports would actually work?
metal kazoo, $4, Pier 1 Imports
I’m not entirely sure if and how Nanoblock is related to Lego (can anyone with kids explain this to me?) but when I saw this white terrier at Chapters-Indigo, it made me laugh. And then it reminded me of all the things I used to create with my Lego blocks when I was little (a house was my favourite – go figure!).
Nanoblock white terrier, $11.95
I know kids still play with Lego but do they create their own sculptures or is everything already pre-built for them?
Oh man…these sneakers are the sweetest! Never mind my nephews…I kind of want them for myself!
via A Merry Mishap‘s Instagram
Today is all about play time!
DIY play space via Country Living
via Dekris Design
While the five play spaces featured here are designed for kids, I do think that it wouldn’t hurt to have a slide or super cool reading nook in an adult space – just for those days when you want to feel like a carefree kid!
Have a wonderful (and playful) weekend!
p.s. Don’t forget to submit your photos of whiteness to me at whitecabana [at] gmail [dot] com for our new series White Out. I’m curious to know what gorgeous whiteness surrounds you!
I love, love, love this photo so much. The light, the white, the lines, the title, and imagining the excitement that Olivia must have felt when she spotted the seagull up high on the rooftop – these things are what put a smile on my face when I look at this photo. Love.
Photo by JennyJ.
It’s my oldest nephew’s birthday day. He’s three and he loves (loves, loves, loves) trains…especially Percy…
Percy is the Number 6 green engine. He’s one of Thomas’ friends.
Happy Birthday Duke!
p.s. I don’t have kids but it’s amazing how much I’ve learned about Thomas and Friends over the past year from my now three year old nephew!
Well – according to my friend Suparna Grade 6 children in Singapore are smitten with the Smiggle collection of binders, notebooks, pens, and organizational products.
While many of the products from Smiggle, an Australian stationery company founded in 2003, come in blue, purple, pink, green, and black, I did find that there are a lot of white and silver versions too. Perfect for a child who has more of a minimalist tendency.
flying pig money bank, $19.95; small trash bin $9.95
Images courtesy of Smiggle. All prices in Australian dollars (AUD).
Many thanks to Suparna for inspiring this post.
I was in NYC for part of the Christmas holiday where I spent time with my sister, brother-in-law and my two nephews. When my nephews were sleeping, guess who played with their toys? Yup – my brother-in-law. He created this entertaining composition:
p.s. My nephews (about 2.5 years and 1.5 years old) both love these two toys. The snake is rubbery and stretchy which is fun. The boys love playing with the plane but some of the parts (e.g., wheels) kept falling off so my brother-in-law ended up gluing them into place.
Photos by Jordana.