Holiday Gift Guide 2019

I am a mom of 5 kids. 

I have a 7.5 year old.

I have a 4 year old.

I have twins who didn’t get to stay.

And I have a 9 month old.

So when it comes to shit pregnant or newly unpregnant people would really love as a gift – I’m basically an expert.

This list is a compilation of some of my personal favourite products, businesses and their owners who I love supporting, and some unconventional ideas that have literally changed my life.

If someone you love fits is expecting sometime soon or has just had a baby, look no further than this list for some seriously dope gift ideas. 

And to be completely transparent, there are a few products and services I am an affiliate for. That means I make a small revenue if you make a purchase using the link or code from this guide. Don’t worry –  I will let you know if it’s an affiliate!

Stuff to Wear

Mayana Geneviere 

I was first introduced to Mayana Geneviere, an ethical luxury lingerie line designed for post-partum women, through the Moms That Say Fuck podcast. The company’s founder, Nadine, was a guest of one of my favourite podcasts! Her patented nursing bra line is ultra sexy and hand-crafted out of black or white lace in her factory in Toronto, ON.

An inclusive Instagram space.

I don’t own any of her products yet but it is on the top of my Christmas list! Check out all of the glowing reviews!

Jax & Pea

Leanna, the maker behind Jax & Pea Tees, has been a life-long friend of mine. Since we were little kids we spent lots of time together and even ended up going to college together. While life has got us busy we still try to support each other in entrepreneurial ventures. I love the quality of her products!  The sibling shirt set featured year has held up SO WELL. No fading, no peeling or cracking. And my kids are hard on clothing. I also have a tank top, D has a t-shirt, and I have another t-shirt awaiting pick up. With so many different #mompreneur options for custom, small-batch clothing Jax & Pea’s will be my number one. Her customer service is unreal!

Stuff to Read

Brave New Mama

@bravenewmama

Photography by Russett Photography

Vicki Rivard is a Canadian author who wrote this moving collection of tiny poems about the early days of motherhood. It is raw and kind and hits you right in the feels (the deep, deep ones). Her work has inspired me to pursue my own love of creative writing. The first copy I purchased was very dog-earred and was passed onto another mama who I thought would benefit. I highly suggest taking this approach with Brave New Mama. Love it and keep it moving, encouraging who ever gets it next to purchase a copy for someone else. 

Handbook for Cool Moms

100% truth. I haven’t cracked the cover of this. 

But. 

The Rebel Mamas ARE MY PEOPLE minus their extremely fashionable lifestyle. I’m a little more Birkenstocks and mom buns than their Margeret Trudeau at Studio 54 in 1978 – esque party girl prowess.

But none-the-less, they’re brilliant women who enjoy smoking weed and talking about how parenthood impacts them. And I’m here for it. And any book that can help women feel a little less stressed about fitting into a #mommyculture mold, imma suggest it.

Stuff to Make Birth Easier

The Good Birth Co.

Shameless self promo.

You can gift Birth Magic or Less Stress C-Sections for a pregnant person in your life! YES. You can give the gift of less overwhelm and better outcomes. That definitely beats a new pair of jammies.

Birth Magic takes you from feeling overwhelmed by the thought of birth to feeling ready to advocate for better birth outcomes with way less stress. This 6 week course is on sale until Monday!

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a sub-specialty of physical therapy that focuses on creating a functional pelvic floor. One that is dynamic and can stretch and relax and hold and support. The healthy pelvic floor is a critical component to a smooth birth. PFPT’s are experts who can help you get things working well. 

Often, people feel that this sort of treatment is a luxury and opt to budget their money to more baby gear, more outfits, or a flashier stroller. Trust me, a pelvic floor that you know how to work with in birth is worth a million Silver Cross prams. So if someone you love is pregnant – treating them to a pelvic floor physio assessment is FUCKING AMAZING AND HELPFUL.

Bay of Quinte

Diamond Physio

@diamondphysiotherapy

Toronto

Vital Physiotherapy & Wellness

@vitalphysiotherapyandwellness

Movement

The Right Fit

@theright_fit

The team behind The Right Fit and I connected back in October. They offer fitness, strength, and yoga programming in the Bay of Quinte area. While it isn’t devoted 100% to pregnant or newly unpregnant people, they take care of their perinatal clients well. By promoting modifications for safe exercise in pregnant and a restorative return to exercise post-partum, they get my stamp of approval for a space to join if you’re looking for movement options!

As someone who returned to exercise too quickly after my first son was born (I got the go-ahead from my care provider at 6 weeks!) and caused tremendous trauma to my pelvic floor, I can’t stand by fitness businesses that push women back into exercise before their core is restored.

The Right Fit has so many exciting Black Friday deals happening! They are located just north of the 401 in Belleville. Be sure to pop into my IG stories to see more details!

Riikka Wilson Movement

@riikkawilson

Riikka is a Post Partum Recovery Coach. Why not give the gift of healing after birth? She offers online programming and in-person services in Toronto.

Self Love

Is it bath time yet

@isitbathtimeyet

Last year around this time I was lucky enough to win a gift set from @isitbathtimeyet when they joined with Moga Moms for a big giveaway. I love everything. With products with names like vanilla latte and peach bellini, the quality is next level. AND it’s Canadian made.

If you’re looking for an easy gift to buy online and have shipped to your pregnant person’s door this year – you don’t want to skip this. 

Posh Candle Co.

@poshcandleco

Set the mood for a take-no-shit space.

When getting ready for a really powerful birth, you’ve gotta get yourself into a take no-shit-space [is the thought of that overwhelming? See Birth Magic for a solution!]. I love this Just Made a Man Cry candle to get into the spirit. That is all.

Life Changers

Balance 365

@balance365life

I found Balance 365 about 5 years ago. I was pregnant with Orion and stumbled across @mamalionstrong and have been fan-girling ever since. The movement the founders of B365 Life are creating is profound. They are freeing people (LOTS OF MOMS) from the diet industry. They are being the sherpas on the journey of finding body neutrality, building lasting habits that will support the life we want to lead, and figuring out how to raise our children in a diet-free home.

I can’t really even put into words what their entire community and philosophy has done for me. It has freed up mental space by helping me exit obsessive food behaviour and healing the deep fatphobia and self-loathing. They have helped me see the value in taking care of myself. Not because I’m someone’s wife or mother. But because I, as a human being, am worthy of loving myself.

Affiliate link

I’ve also been featured on their podcast! Listen to episode 77 here.

Modern Planner

@modern_planner

Modern Who? 

Kathryn came into my life sometime in the spring of this year as a masterclass educator in my business mastermind group. Her approach to planning is refreshing. 

I was drowning in life. Between being home on my 3rd parental leave (with my husband home full time too!) and leaving my daily structure of the office behind and having big giant dreams to chase I couldn’t figure out how to do it. I once was very good at organizing my life and time and setting goals and achieving them. But not now. Why?

I wasn’t even close to clear of what I wanted out of my life, let alone what my day-to-day should look like to make that happen. Kathryn’s masterclass lead to my first free Quarterly Planning Party, and then I kept coming back. I started following her on Instagram. I joined her Content Planning party. And then this fall I became an actual PAID customer. 

The $95 I spent on the Planning Party Bundle for quarter 4 might be one of the greatest things I’ve done for myself this year. That works out to be about $32 per party. Uhmm… $32 for planning out your entire month with intention and purpose, with access to a priority and boundry maven? Shit ya, take my money.

All jokes aside, spending these last few months in The Modern Planner’s circle has really helped me to reevaluate my approach to life. I am a mom to 3 little boys (each in a different developmental stage), a partner to someone living with chronic health things and who is growing their own brand, I have a dog I want to train and compete with competitively, and I’m a business owner. Oh and I also live with a chronic illness. And believe it or not, the 90 minutes we spend together planning live has made all of those mountains seem like very do-able challenges.

So why on Earth would a pregnant person or new parent love a Planning Party Bundle (or any other things from Modern Planner!)?? Because, transitioning from career to home is hard and taking the time to get intentional about how you want time to be spent will absolutely make journey a lot more enjoyable. Trust me. I’m living proof.

Cool Shit I’d Love to Get

Shine Cloth

@the.shine.cloth

Black Lives Matter cloth diaper by @the.shine.cloth

Deja is so. freaking. talented. She is also an outspoken advocate and activist for Black families. I am honoured to consider her part of my circle. She has also been kind enough to share her wisdom and ear when it comes to my questions about parenting Black boys. I own a few of her diapers and they are hands down my favourite. The quality is second to none. It’s really neat to find a cloth diaper company that meets so many of our needs as a family. Any one who can create a design my husband says we “have to have” is a genius.

Shine Cloth is celebrating 20 Days of Fluffmas from December 1-20 with ready-to-ship diapers stocking at 8pm EST daily on the Shine site. Her diapers move FAST. Don’t put it off if you want one!

Honest Hustle

@honest.hustle

Custom Portraits

I met Mariangelica at The Imperfect Boss Camp this past October. She is such a kind and fiery spirit. I didn’t realize while I was at Camp that I had already been following her work and LOVED it. Check out her portrait work on her website or her Instagram account. 

momsTO & Mom Halo

@momstoronto

Tickets to a momsTO event [or a Mom Halo membership if it were to magically open up!]

Alana is an expert at creating community, From the first time I heard her speak I knew I needed to know more about her. She is a podcast host, an event curator, a fierce #momboss and now venturing into educating. She is super cool and when I grow up I hope to be like her 🙂

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