The holidays are coming fast this year! If you’re anything like me you’re behind on getting yourself organized and may need some suggestions. I put together a list of my top 8 Body Positive and Mindful Gift Ideas for Kids. Many of these items I use with my own kids and absolutely adore. Having resources within the home that celebrate all bodies, encourage mindful moments and support local makers is a must.
Support small businesses this holiday season
Covid has changed many small businesses and has placed unbearable adversity on them. This year when shopping for loved ones I really hope you take the time to support your local businesses. The people behind them are following their passion projects, giving back to the community and supporting important movements. They also very likely do a happy dance when they are supported.
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I hope you enjoy the list and share it! My hope is to inspire more people in fostering the next generation free of dieting and body shame. Raising kids that have mindfulness coping skills and the ability to fight back against diet culture. Together, we can change the trajectory for our kid’s futures and how they respect their bodies.
My top 8 Body Positive and Mindful Gift Ideas for Kids
1. Affirmation Cards- by Glow Kiddo Glow
These colourful and whimsical affirmation cards are for the young and young at heart. Each affirmation is clear, simple, and speaks to children of all ages, making it easy to discuss feelings and promote confidence and security in kids.
These durable cards are great for little hands, and they come housed in a hard case box. The deck includes 29 unique and beautiful affirmation cards and 1 welcome card with guidance on how to use affirmations. Shop here.
2. Her Body Can Book- by Katie Cernshaw & Ady Meschke
A must-have body-positive book for your bookshelf. Get your copy here!
“Her body is beautiful—strong, kind and wise. All bodies are lovely no matter their size.” Her Body Can is a book of poetic self-love and body positivity declarations for all young girls. Its aim is to encourage our young girls to create a reality for themselves in which they love themselves and their bodies for exactly who and what they are, instead of learning to judge themselves and hate their bodies for what they are not. Our girls should know that their bodies are absolutely amazing and CAN DO incredible things—and that their worth is not measured by anything except how big they love themselves. The very first book of its kind, written for girls ages newborn to 8, this book intends to teach all young girls their bodies CAN DO ANYTHING and that what they look like is irrelevant—we are all beautiful exactly the way we are. The authors’ rhyming, sing-song voices deliver captivating messages that are easy for young readers to understand and absorb, while the illustrator’s whimsical, modern drawings and vibrant colours bring characters to life on and off the page.”
I am giving a copy away on Instagram. Be sure to follow that post!
3. Bath Bombs- by Old Country Bath & Body
Mini bath bombs are the perfect size for the mini(person) in the household. They smell fruity and juicy and are a great sensory tool. Mini bath bombs are in two small packages or the party pack for even more fun. There are also lots of fun season bath bombs available too!
Old country bath and body started out as a little hobby while being on maternity leave. Five years later, this is now a booming business. Creating gentle, fun and small batch items for the entire family. Sourcing ingredients from other local businesses to keep these products as locally made as possible. Making cold process soaps has been my therapy and I enjoy how creative it can be. Shop for self-care fun here!
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4. Handcrafted Wood Sensory Toys- by Over the Rainbow Play Kits
Over the Rainbow Play Kits is a Canadian small shop run by a trained teacher turned homeschool mom. Juliet uses her background in education to design open-ended products to inspire creative play. The collections are inspired by nature, Waldorf, and Montessori. Their vision is to create beautiful seasonal toys that will last for years to come. Shop locally here!
5. Mindful Matching Card Game- by Joyful Hearts Co
Life is wonderful in its simplicity. Help your child find joy in day to day life and teach them gratitude with this memory card game.
Each box includes 24 (12 pairs) fun, colourful cards of what joy is.
Bring home some mindfulness here!
6. Your Body is Awesome Book – by Sigrun Danielsdottir
Bodies do all sorts of amazing things, like move around, grow bigger and heal themselves. Bodies also come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and we need to take care of them so that they stay healthy and strong. If we listen to our bodies they tell us exactly what they need.
The colourful illustrations in this unique picture book will encourage children to love their bodies from an early age. By learning about all the wonderful things bodies can do, and how each body is different and unique, children will be inspired to take good care of their bodies throughout their lives. Promoting respect for body diversity among children will also encourage kindness and help prevent bullying.
This book is ideal for children aged 4 and upwards to read at home or school, either alone or with a parent, family member, teacher or other caring professional.
Please inquiry with your local book store. Also available on major book retail platforms.
Any kid must have a leak-proof lunch box. Kiddy Plant has made a 5 Compartments Stainless Steel Bento Lunch Box for kids (and adults). This is versatile, fits in most rectangular lunch pails and is durable. Keeping things leak-proof with lock clips and removable silicone seal.
I am giving a $60 gift card away from Kiddy Planet on Instagram. Be sure to follow that post!
8. His Body Can Book- by Katie Cernshaw & Ady Meschke
The companion to the bestselling children’s book, Her Body Can, His Body Can aims to redefine what “masculine” means by teaching readers that being a boy simply means being exactly who you are. Boys can look, act, play, and carry themselves any way they want—they can cry, share their feelings, play soft, cook, clean, and play dress up. They can also scream, play rough, work hard, like football and be kind. Boys should know that their worth is only measured by how big they love themselves and honour others.
The very first book of its kind, written for children ages newborn to 8, this book intends to teach all young boys their bodies CAN DO ANYTHING and that how much they “act like a boy” is irrelevant—we are all perfect exactly the way we are.
Get your copy here!
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I hope you enjoyed my list of body positive and mindful gift ideas! Please share with anyone you think needs some ideas this year. Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday!