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Allergic Living’s 2010 Gift Guide

Gifts for Babies, Kids – Page 1 of 4

Sweet Dreams [1]

Baby will enjoy the soothing sounds of the Lullaby Elephant from miYim. Made from organic cotton and free of chemicals. $19.99 at Sears. www.miyim.com [2]

Make a Splash [3]!

Bath time is fun when the Sassy Pull and Go Boat Bath Toy is in the tub. Stimulates motor skills and is BPA, PVC and phthalate free.
No batteries required. $5.90 US from www.thesoftlanding.com [4]

Little Lamb

[5]Toddlers are crazy about HABA’s Pure-Nature Cotti Pulling Toy, made of organic cotton. Polyester filling prevents mold growth. Removable wheels, machine washable. $25 US at www.maukilo.com [6]; soon in Canada.

Cute Cuddler [7]

The oh-so soft Velvet Pup from Build-A-Bear is sure to become a child’s new best friend. You’ll love it for the Asthma & Allergy Friendly™ certification mark, which means it has tested free of irritants or allergens. Washable, $16 at www.buildabear.com [8]

Doctor, Doctor

What better way to ease a child’s pre-allergist visit jitters than to
take on the role of doctor? The Doctor [9] Role Play Costume Set from Melissa & Doug comes with a jacket and face mask, stethoscope with sound effects, reflex hammer, ear scope, a syringe and a name tag for personalizing. $39.95 at www.mastermindtoys.com [10]. In U.S., see www.melissaanddoug.com [11]

Colour My World

[12]For the young artist, Imagination Box Co. has a wide variety of recyclable and paintable cardboard toys. From castles to schoolhouses, to the Firehouse shown here, toys as art will encourage creativity. $15.95 US from www.imaginationboxco.com [13]

World Travelers

Traveling with young children who have allergies is no easy task but that doesn’t have to stop them from learning about the world. With Little Passports your child will receive monthly packages from their friends Sam and Sofia telling them about a different country. Photos, stickers, activity sheets and access to online games are just part of the fun. Open up a whole new world for your little traveler. Prices vary per package. www.littlepassports.com [14]

Today’s Craze   

If you haven’t heard of the latest rage amongst school-age children, we’re telling you now: Silly Bandz are non-latex soft bracelets that come in a variety (and we mean variety!) of shapes. Kids love to trade them and show them off. From Barbie to Justin Bieber, packs of 24 are $5.95. Widely available at retailers.
www.sillybandz.com [15]

Nice Nails!   

[16]Your little girl will go wild for the wide variety of colors of Piggy Paint, a non-toxic, water-based nail polish. Unlike traditional nail polish, you won’t smell a thing, even if you put your nose right up to the bottle (trust us, we tried it)! $10 for 15 mL bottle. www.stortz.ca [17]. In U.S., see www.piggypaint.com [18]

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Gifts for Teens – Page 2 of 4

Lip Service [19]

Your teen is growing up and she’s asking for makeup. You want to make sure she’s putting anything harmful on her skin. The Green Beaver Company’s Lip Shimmer is one great solution. Comes in different shades and is free of parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, perfumes and more. For a list of ingredients and to purchase, visit www.greenbeaver.ca [20]. $5.99

Prime T [21]ime

OK, this is cool! Your teen will always know what time it is with the H2O Can Clock. Not only is this clock in the shape of a soda can but it runs off of water. That’s right, no batteries! $14.95 US at www.stuffjunction.com [21]. Available mid-November.

Luxurious Lunch

[22]The black + blum lunchbox set is a standout gift. The carrybag ($7) folds out to a placemat, so a must-have for allergen-avoiders. Pair it with the Box Appetit ($25), the stylish, airtight, BPA-free container with Bento dishes. See                                                                                        www.iglooimports.com [23] for availability.


[24]There’s an old proverb that states, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” For teens with allergies, skills in the kitchen will pay off big time down the road. While Cooking Up A Storm: The Teen Survival Cookbook doesn’t deal with allergies, show your teen where to find a list of food substitutes (like here [25]) and offer to switch duties one night a week: they cook, you clean. $14.44 on www.chapters.indigo.ca [26]. In US, see www.amazon.com [27]

Green Fa [28]shion

She’s old enough to carry her own things now so why not let her make a statement too? The Pop Can Clutch is made from over 200 recycled aluminum pull-tabs. Handmade in Brazil, they are perfect as a cosmetics bag, pencil case or clutch. Long enough to fit auto-injector. $38 US at www.uncommongoods.com [29]

Cash Stash [30]

The wallet present gets a cool, green going-over. Mighty Wallets come in several eye-grabbing styles and are made of super durable Tyvek. They’re recyclable, tear-resistant and expandable. $15 at www.dynomighty.com [31]

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For Her:
Newest from MedicAlert is their Chelsea Toggle Bracelet. With the Tiffany-style chain, we don’t think you’ll have a hard time convincing her to always wear her bracelet. Sterling silver and nickel-free. $189 from www.medicalert.ca [33]

For Him:
[34]Military style is back! Dog tag necklaces are the go-to style for teen boys so why not give him this one from MedicAlert? Made from stainless steel and coated in black oxide. $39 from www.medicalert.ca [35]

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Gifts for Adults – Page 3 of 4

Tested and True [36]

Give him the gift of smooth skin with Pre and Post Shaving Cream from Proraso. Formulated by and for Italian barbers, natural ingredients like green tea and aloe help prevent irritation. $10 at Shoppers Drug Mart. www.proraso.com [37]

Pamper Him

[38]Got a guy with dry and sensitive skin? Help to him reach the awkward spots with the Bamboo Bristle Bath Brush from EcoTools, created from sustainable wood and cruelty-free nylon bristles. $8.98 at Wal-Mart. Just add some manly, unscented moisturizer.

Pamper Her [39]

Finer than cashmere, Qiviut, from the muskox, is the rarest and softest wool on Earth. Women from the Oomigmak Women’s Co-op in Alaska gather sheddings, which are spun into lanoline-free yarn, and then knit into non-irritating, luxurious scarves, hats and sweaters. $245+ US at www.qiviut.com and www.qiviuk.com

Page Turner

[40]Our approach to allergies, asthma and celiac disease is always a positive one: learn how to live with it, not suffer from it. That’s why we don’t mind suggesting a subscription to Allergic Living as a great gift for you, a friend, family member or a teacher at your child’s school. As low as $18 for one year, with best prices on two-year subscriptions. www.allergicliving.com [40]

Safe Sandwiches

We know giving an appliance for a gift can land you in the dog house.
But with the Professional [41] Food Slicer from Cuisinart you’re genuinely trying to make her (or his) life easier. Makes school lunches a breeze: can slice bread, deli meats and more. $129.99 at The Bay, Home Outfitters, Canadian Tire, Sears, and London Drugs. www.cuisinart.ca [42]

Pack Smart [43]

[43]Who won’t love the Eco Friendly Insulated Cooler Tote Bag? Ideal for packing safe food over the holidays or for all-year round activities like picnics, school activities, sports and more. Keeps food hot or cold. PVC free. Base opens flat when packed. $23.25 US from www.keepyourcooler.com [44].

Travel Companion [45]

For trips that take you farther away from home, we love the Carry-All Kitchen. This package comes in a zippered tote bag and has 85 pieces that make cooking while out of town easy. Yes, it even has a kitchen sink! Don’t believe us? Go to www.nutritionforyourcondition.com [46]$149.99

Peace of Mind [47]

For the business man or woman on the go, how about the Portable Cutlery Set from www.thetickletrunk.com [48]. Comes with a spoon, fork and set of chopsticks (which come in two pieces each) in a stylish container he or she can throw in a purse or briefcase. Clean cutlery, all the time. $6, makes a great stocking stuffer.

Delica [49]te Scents

If perfume usually has her seeing stars, we suggest Rocky Mountain Soap’s Natural Perfume. 100 per cent natural and free of sulphates, synthetic parabens, phthalates and petrochemicals. As with any new perfume, test on small area first to make sure it doesn’t irritate your skin. Available in three scents. $28.99 for 10 mL bottle at www.rockymountainsoap.com [49]

Dairy-Free Cookbook

Author Alisa Marie Fleming, well-known for her website Godairyfree.org, brings us Go Dairy-Free: The Guide and Cookbook [50] and what particularly impresses is the depth of the former. This is no quick gloss-over: it’s a comprehensive, must-have resource for those avoiding dairy. $19.95 from Amazon.com. Also available as an e-book on www.chapters.indigo.ca [51]

Dine in Style

[52]If you have to bring your own lunch, you might as well carry it in style. A great gift for allergic people on-the-go, Bento Box Sets from Laptop Lunches come with five inner containers, all-stainless utensils and The Laptop Lunch User’s Guide. BPA-, lead- and phthalate-free. Containers are dishwasher safe. $26 at www.laptoplunches.com [53]. Also check their retailer locator for a store near you. [54]


Eco-friendly goes stylish. Recycled Magazine Handbags are made from European and Asian fashion magazines. Covered in salvaged plastic, they’re waterproof. Shown: “Porsha” for $79 at www.urthbags.com [55].

Safe and Stylish

[56]Just the ticket for allergies or celiac: Joseph Joseph’s set of four colour-coded cutting boards and matching knives. Sleek-looking and chops down that risk of cross-contamination. $84 at www.amazon.ca [57] or .com

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Gifts for the Host/Hostess – Page 4 of 4

Set the Mood [58]

We love the look of Honey Candles which are made from 100 per cent pure beeswax. Scent free – other than the natural honey smell – and made in a variety of shapes and sizes. Come in plain or in select shades made from natural dyes (may have traces of soy). Never bleached. Canadian made and cruelty free. Prices vary. www.purebeeswaxcandles.com [59]

Gastronomical Delights

[60]Whether your host needs to eat gluten-free, or just loves to cook, the Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef cookbook is sure to delight. Includes cooking tips, 100 chef-tested recipes, and great stories by Shauna James Ahern, aka Gluten-Free Girl. Bon Appétit! $35.95 from ca.wiley.com.

Also available at www.amazon.ca [61], www.chapters.indigo.ca, [62]and www.amazon.com [63]

One of a Kind

[64]Give a gift that’s practical and unique. The Art Deco Glass Wine Bottle Stoppers are hand crafted and are each slightly different. Each set comes with two stoppers. Give alone or paired with the hostess’ favourite wine. $25.99 US from www.homewetbar.com [65].

Safe Cak [66]e

You don’t have to compromise on taste when you buy dessert from Guardian Angel Foods. Their Chocolate Yule Log is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the allergic person’s belly. No peanuts, no nuts, no dairy, no eggs. The perfect gift to bring to a host or hostess with allergies in the family. $19.99. Available in Metro stores in Ontario. Check their online store for other availability: www.alimentsangegardien.com [66]