Hide & Peek
Buying for kids – specifically ones that aren’t your own – can actually be a little tricky for the conscientious consumer. On one hand, buying yet another toy simply fuels the capitalist preying on young, impressionable minds for the latest Hannah Montana backpack or Webkinz (or Beanie Baby, or Furby, or Tickle Me Elmo…you catch my drift). On the flip side, buying clothes may also seem a little futile when the little buggers grow up so fast. That being said, don’t just consider the kid in question – would the parents of the tot you’re buying for appreciate something to take the load off their financial spending? Or do they want another clutterbug object that’ll be forgotten in all of six months?
The solution? Well for one, you could go with clothes (which the kid won’t really absorb, other than to offer a smile and perhaps a ‘Oooo!’ if it’s sparkly) and throw in a book, edible treat, or small memento from the latest craze of the moment. If that’s the route you opt to go, may I recommend gifting the lucky mini-gal or guy you’re buying for with something durable to please mom and dad, but fun to get that special ‘Ooo’ reaction?
Based in British Columbia, children’s wear brand Peekaboo Beans is aiming for the best of both worlds. In the parent-approval department, the company is run by seven women who take pride in the things most parents find essential. Is it wash & wear cotton? Yes! Is it made with environmental and societal values taken into consideration? You betcha. Are the clothes easy for a kid’s lifestyle? Definitely – with clothes designed to be slipped quickly on & off for those emergency potty breaks, reversible fabrics, comfort features, and bonafide durability, there’s an endless list of reasons why shopping with this online boutique surpasses the average mass market retailer.
On the kids side of things, the fun thing about Peekaboo Beans is the fact they change up their lines seasonally to reflect what kids will need. Although the company is focused on playwear, there’s a definite colour scheme and style to each collection that will tie in with what they love most as the seasons roll on. At present, take a peek at the company’s rich jewel-toned clothes perfect for outdoor play, indoor parties, and quiet nights in.
Finally, a word to the wise if you’re shopping for a beleaguered family. Many local baby boutiques are starting their own consignment areas, which is a great deal for the parents who’ve spent a small fortune on outfitting their dearly beloved. Track down someone in your neighbourhood, and as part of your gift, throw in a note that offers to help your friend out by taking their clothes to a consignment store on their behalf, once their little one has grown out of the outfit you’ve gifted them with. Just like kids, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.