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Your Very Own Tiny Tickle Trunk and 25 More Gifts for Kids and Kids At Heart

Dec 1, 2021

It is the holiday season, which means pretty soon butts are going to freeze. But at least it will smell like pine, cinnamon and nutmeg.

It’s also the beginning of a long stretch of small hangs with loved ones, both young and young at heart. And sometimes that means bringing a tiny token to say, “Hey, I was thinking about you, you ol’ softie.” (That’s what people say to me, anyway.)

There are plenty of gift guides that you could read, but this one is for all of the CBC Kids in your life. And nostalgists among you who will never forget Mr. Dressup’s trot to the tickle trunk, or the Friendly Giant telling you to look up. Way, way up.



Gifts For Preschoolers and School-Age Kids

The new generation of CBC Kids watches shows like True and the Rainbow Kingdom and Molly of Denali, and they’re close personal friends of Gary the Unicorn.

Whatever your little one is a fan of, there’s a CBC Kids vibe that will let them thrive.

For a Classic Look

Tis the season for warm, cozy comforts. And what says that better than a classic crewneck? Sure, a plain grey sweatshirt is nice. It’s fine. But I’d argue the CBC Kids logo brightens up any day with its happy smile and ombre glow. $40, Black Maple Trading Co. (Available in sizes Youth XS to Youth XL, or try toddler and youth sizes in the T-shirt, $23Use promo code CBCPARENTS at Black Maple Trading Co. for 15 per cent off CBC Brands from December 1 - 7, 2021.)

For Little Ones That Love to Hug and Snug

Gary the Unicorn loves to hug. You know it, I know it. If you know someone who recently had a baby of their own, or you want a cute onesie for your wee babe, this one is pretty darned adorable. And I think it’s safe to say that if you have a newborn in your life, there will be plenty of squishy hugs to come! $30, Zazzle (Available in sizes newborn to 24 months, but there are T-shirts for youth sizesUse promo code CBCPARENTS15 at Zazzle for 15 per cent off CBC Brands from December 1 - 7, 2021.)

You can also keep the hug train going with a Gary the Unicorn stuffie! $20, New York News. (Use promo code CBCPARENTS at New York News for 15 per cent off Gary stuffies from December 1 - 7, 2021.)

True and the Decorated Kingdom

I’m an adult and even I find the styling of CBC Kids shows to be so fun, colourful and truly inviting.

You can get a dash of True and her Rainbow Kingdom on your tree with this sweet True and Bartleby ceramic ornament. $26, Zazzle

 

But why stop there? The Gumboot Kids and their fuzzy friends have ornaments, too. One for Scout ($26, Zazzle) and one for Daisy ($26, Zazzle). (Use promo code CBCPARENTS15 at Zazzle for 15 per cent off CBC Brands from December 1 - 7, 2021.)


Because Reading is What? Fundamental!

Fostering a love of reading is a recipe for good times. And a lot of your little one’s favourite CBC Kids shows have books! Every family will have their own screen time limits, so if you’re taking a break from the hum and glow of a screen, give the gift of a few good books to keep the imagination flowing.

A board book set from True and the Rainbow Kingdom ($15, Indigo) is great for curious wee ones.

For kids who are learning to read, The Adventures of Paddington has some great shared reading opportunities, like Paddington and the Pigeon ($6, Indigo), in which a pigeon wears a top hat. What a world!

Of course, a bookshelf would always be better off with a gem from the Peabody Award-winning show Molly of Denali. Not only is A-maze-ing Snow ($6, Indigo) a winter classic, it also comes with stickers! 

Oh, you say you’re old school and you like to stay old school? Come through, traditionalist. Sharon, Lois and Bram’s Skinnamarink sounds like it would be right up your family’s alley. $22, Amazon.

Lastly (can you tell I like books?), The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived is something I wish I had to read as a kid. It tells the story of a brave knight (obviously) who fights off a fiery dragon to save a prince and a princess, and while it could have a traditional outcome — princess swoons for knight, knight and princess live happily ever after — it doesn’t. As a queer boy, I would have been gobsmacked and delighted. $21, Indigo.


For Die-hard Mr. Dressup Fans 

Once the theme song of Mr. Dressup started playing, you knew you were in for a great time. Shout out to my dude Chester the Crow and his trading post.

Honestly, I didn’t know this, but there are some very cool gifts for people who stan Ernie Coombs. Myself included.

You could look pretty darn cool in a hoodie with iconic images down the right sleeve. If Mr. Dressup were an influencer on TikTok, this is what his merch drop would look like. $78, Retro Kid. (Use promo code CBCPARENTS at Retro Kid for 15 per cent off the CBC Collection from December 1 - 7, 2021.)

You could dress a tree with a lifelike polyresin ornament, like this rabbit-eared TV showing the opening credits to Mr. Dressup. $13, Main and Local. (Use promo code CBCPARENTS at Main and Local for 15 per cent off the CBC Collection from December 1 - 7, 2021.)

If you know someone who likes to wear classic band tees, then nothing says “I’m with the band” (or Mr. Dressup) more than this slick black T-shirt with the very iconic treehouse on the front. $40, Retro Kid. (Use promo code CBCPARENTS at Retro Kid for 15 per cent off the CBC Collection from December 1 - 7, 2021.)

To riff on a question that Hilary Duff famously asked, why not give a pair of socks to tickle their toesies? $13, Main and Local. (Use promo code CBCPARENTS at Main and Local for 15 per cent off the CBC Collection from December 1 - 7, 2021.)

If you’re more of a jean jacket person, and you like a bit of flair, but not too much flair, I really can’t see how you’d go wrong with a tickle trunk enamel pin. $12, Happy Worker.

Or if you’re really into pins in a pieces of flair way, this set of three features a Friendly Giant pin and a Mr. Dressup pin. For the retro CBC Kids superfan. $30, Happy Worker. (Use promo code CBCPARENTS at Happy Worker for 15 per cent off the CBC Collection from December 1 - 7, 2021.)


For Under the Umbrella Tree Fans

You say you like Iggy, Gloria, Jacob and Holly, but do you?

Well, you could actually capture your love pretty easily by repping Under the Umbrella Tree on a sweater. $88, Retro Kid. (Use promo code CBCPARENTS at Retro Kid for 15 per cent off the CBC Collection from December 1 - 7, 2021.)


For Fans of The Raccoons

Gen Z might mistake The Raccoons for some e-boy/e-girl trio living in an L.A. creator house, but you’ll know better.

Ralph, Melissa and — hyperbole alert — everyone’s favourite Bert look pretty darn happy on the front of your new favourite shirt. $40, Retro Kid. (Use promo code CBCPARENTS at Retro Kid for 15 per cent off the CBC Collection from December 1 - 7, 2021.)

Oh, you want more cast? I mean, that’s a bit greedy, but that’s OK. You know what you like. So here's a sweatshirt with Bert, Ralph, Melissa, Cyril, Cedric and Schaeffer. $67, Retro Kid. (Use promo code CBCPARENTS at Retro Kid for 15 per cent off the CBC Collection from December 1 - 7, 2021.)


Gift Ideas for Reluctant Parents Who Have Kids Who Claim They Need More Toys

I know a lot of parents who would argue that their children do not need any more toys.

And yet, kids want more toys. They say they need them.

They don’t, but it really seems like they do.

For Scout and Daisy and the Gumboot Kids fans, there’s a set of stuffies with your kid’s name on it. $50, Gumbootkids.com. (Or Scout and Daisy are available separately, $25 each.)

I’m no monster. I know full well that children love things with wheels that can zoom across your, very likely, now-beat-up floors. If your little ones like the show Mighty Express, they are going to love this push-and-go Freight Nate, a colourful addition to any car or truck bucket. $10, Toys ‘R Us.

And finally, this gift guide really couldn’t have been complete without a visit from Daniel Tiger. I was going to go very traditional and share a figurine with trolley situation, but I wondered: what if Daniel Tiger could float? And he can quite happily. Perfect for little ones who need some encouragement to get all cleaned up. $19, Amazon.

That’s 26 gifts! I tried to keep as many as possible under $20 (make sure you note down all of the promo codes above to get 15 per cent off!) because you don’t need to spend money to make someone love you. You truly don’t need to spend any money at all. But I just wanted to give you a bunch of ideas, should the mood strike you.

Happy holidays, everyone!

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