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At her baby shower two years ago, Jessica Stewart received three mini motorcycle jackets and a tiny pair of jewel-encrusted high top sneakers. “They were super cute gifts given to me by well-meaning friends without kids, and they were totally impractical, “ Jessica recalls. “My older sister, who had a two year old, was the one who gave me the best baby gift. It was a bag full of the essentials: newborn diapers and diaper rash cream, a set of bottles, baby nail clippers, a pack of soothers and some stretch mark cream. It was what my baby and I really needed and we used every item within the first two weeks.”
Jessica now makes it her mission to give practical, smart baby gifts to all of her friends. “Before I had a kid, I thought that those hand-knit, artisan, one of a kind sweaters were a great gift. I’m a bit embarrassed about those now that I know how silly it is to pull itchy wool over a newborn’s head.”
Jessica’s go-to shower gift is a homemade keepsakes box filled with baby must-haves: baby lotion, bottles and a nipple variety pack, soothers and a receiving blanket. “The items are all things a new baby needs and the box can be kept to store mementos from the first year, like the newborn cap from the hospital, the ankle bracelet, first pictures, that home-from-the-hospital outfit and more. My mom friends tell me consistently that this is the best gift they received at their shower.”
The next time you receive a baby shower invite or need a gift for a newborn, consider those essentials that baby really needs. Research from PlaytexBaby™ shows that close to two-thirds of new moms receive an impractical gift, while the items that new moms say they really want include diapers, onesies, books, toys and bottles. Moms also say that they love gift cards, so if you are unsure of what to get, a baby store gift card is always a good option.
From September 30 to October 31, PlaytexBaby™ and Babies “R” Us® are making gift-giving easier. With every $40 purchase, before tax, of PlaytexBaby™ essentials, you will receive a bonus $10 gift card.* You can add the gift card to your baby gift to help out mom even more, or keep it for your next purchase. To learn more about this offer click here.
*Excluding all Playtex® Diaper Genie Products®. Program valid from September 30 to October 31, 2016 in store and online. Conditions apply.
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Coats with faux fur. Coats with brushed wool. Coats with quilting. Texture is one of the biggest trends in outerwear—and we've identified the iterations for you here.
Photography by Raina + Wilson / Shot on location at Horseshoe Canyon and Willow Creek Coulee, Drumheller, Alta.
Stay warm while looking cool in this season's most functional coat trend: the parka. A trip of pink faux fur gives this classic cold-weather staple an unexpected twist.
Nod to the glamour of Studio 54 (minus all the pageantry of sequins and lamé) with an elegant faux-fur jacket. We adore this one, with its multitones and patchwork chevron pattern; the directional design is slimming and gives this throwback style a modern update.
Want to add some texture to your winter topper—without adding bulk? Opt for a more tactile mohair style. The material has the perfect amount of fuzz, but it won't make you look like a teddy bear.
Sosken coat, $495, simons.ca. Tan top, $25, dynamiteclothing.com. Faux-leather leggings, $130, ilovetylermadison.com. Kam Dhillon glasses, clearly.ca. Gloves, rudsak.com. Michael Michael Kors backpack, michaelkors.ca.
Combat frigid temperatures—and grey days—with a statement coat. From boiled wool to full-on raised tweed, the blending of tactile textures is the hottest trend in coats.
If kooky colours cloud your sartorial judgement, stick with a black-and-white palette. A jumbo buffalo check in a king-sized moto shape is edgy but luxurious—especially with the addition of a dramatic tuft of faux fur at the collar.
Coat, $349, johnandjenncollection.com. Tank top, $25, dynamiteclothing.com. Faux-leather leggings, $130, ilovetylermadison.com. Gloves, echodesign.com. Michael Michael Kors crossbody bag, michaelkors.ca. Knee-high leather boots, roots.com.
Take a cue from the stylish set sauntering around Whistler, B.C., and Mont-Tremblant, Que., and layer your outerwear. The go-to après-ski look gives new life to your transitional pieces, and when they're properly stacked, the silhouette is more sleek and less super sized.
The next time you decide to invest in a wear-forever coat, skip basic black and cozy up to rick navy instead. This luxurious robe-style coat with elaborate ribbed sleeves is the perfect protector for both special occasions and everyday jaunts.