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How to make the best hot chocolate bar

After a day of tobogganing, kids will love customizing their own drinks at a DIY hot chocolate station. It's the perfect family activity to keep you warm and cozy!

Hot chocolate bars are the ultimate combination of sweet treat and family activity. Budding baristas can experiment with flavours and toppings, like crushed cookies, candy or chocolate. Or how about a caramel drizzle? (Adults, may we suggest a couple of shots of espresso?) Add some cute mugs and a couple of baked goodies et voilà!

These are our top picks to stock your station. (P.S. If you’re looking for a great gift, a hot chocolate charcuterie board is the sweetest idea!)

1. Hot Chocolate Mix

Purple tin of hot chocolate with festive background

Photo: Purdys

$8, purdys.com

2. Vegan Peppermint Marshmallows

Pink vegan marshmallows

Photo: Dandies

$4, well.ca

3. Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Stir Sticks

Candy cane sticks dipped in chocolate

Photo: Indigo

$10, indigo.ca

4. Hot Chocolate Bombs

Gift boxes featuring PC hot chocolate bombs

Photo: PC

$4/pack of 3, presidentschoice.ca

5. Pink Colour-Changing Hot Chocolate Mix

 

Pink tin containing colour-changing pink hot chocolate mix

Photo: Gourmet du Village

$8, retrofestive.ca

6. Marshmallow Drink Toppers

Assorted marshmallow drink toppers decorated to look like snowmen, penguins and reindeer

Photo: Indigo

$12 each, indigo.ca

7. Peppermint Bark

Peppermint bark in red and white gift box

Photo: Purdys

$18, purdys.com

8. Hot Cocoa Bomb Trio

Foil wrapped hot coco bombs with in gift box

Photo: Indigo

from $8, indigo.ca

10. Whimsical Mini Marshmallows

Bottle of mini dehydrated marshmallows

Photo: Gourmet du Village

$6, gourmetduvillage.com

10. Hot Chocolate Truffle Bomb

Hot chocolate truffle bomb on stir stick

Photo: Walkers Chocolates

$4 each, walkerschocolates.ca

 

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18 kid-friendly gifts for your little gamer

Not sure what kids are playing these days? Here are some gift ideas that your game-fanatics will love.

Got a kid who loves to game? From awesome gear to the coolest apparel, we’ve got everything your little one needs to take their passion for video games to the next level, no matter what they’re playing on. Scroll down to see our 18 top gifts for gamers.

1. Alloy Origins 60 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

An image of a black keyboard with rainbow lights.

Photo: HyperX

$140, hyperx.com

2. Barracuda X

A black gaming headset.

Photo: Razer

$140, razer.com

3. PL1000 Gaming Chair

an image of a black gaming chair.

Photo: Vertagear

$330USD, vertagear.com

4. Dual Controller Charging Dock for Xbox Series X|S / Xbox One

An image of two black remote controllers.

Photo: Surge

$30, bestbuy.ca

5. G305 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse

An image of an Aqua blue computer mouse withe a USB.

Photo: Logitech

$70, staples.ca

6. Big Brain Academy: Brain vs Brain

An image of the green 'Big Brain Academy Brain vs. Brain' cover.

Photo: Nintendo

$40, nintendo.ca

7. Just Dance 2022

an image of the 'Just Dance' video game cover

Photo: Ubisoft

$60, ubisoft.com

8. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Pokémon Shining Pearl Double Pack

An image of black Pokemon game cover.

Photo: Nintendo

$160, nintendo.ca

9. Jurassic World Evolution 2

An image of the Jurassic World Evolution 2 game cover.

Photo: Jurassic World Evolution 2

$80, jurassicworldevolution2.com

10. Pokémon Trainer Guess: Kanto Edition

An image of a Pokemon toy box.

Photo: Asmodee

$30, mastermindtoys.ca

11. Minecraft The Coral Reef

An image of a Minecraft themes Lego box.

Photo: Lego

$14, mastermindtoys.com

12. Fortnite AR-L Nerf Elite Dart Blaster

An image of a yellow nerf gun.

Photo: Hasbro

$80, toysrus.ca

13. Animal Crossing “Welcome to Animal Crossing” 1000 Piece Puzzle

an image of the Animal Crossing puzzle box.

Photo: Grosnor

$25, toysrus.ca

14. Hot Wheels Mario Kart Rainbow Road Track Set

An image of a blue car track with rainbow strips.

Photo: Mattel

$150, walmart.ca

15. Nintendo Enemy Multi Snapback

an image of a blue snapback hat with cartoon patterns.

Photo: GameStop

$20, gamestop.ca

16. Sonic – Kids Face Mask

An image of three blue masks with a patter of the Sonic character across them.

Photo: GameStop

$25/3-pack, gamestop.ca

17. Kids Pokemon UT (Short Sleeve Graphic T-Shirt)

An image of a child wearing a yellow t-shirt with a Pokemon on it.

Photo: Uniqlo

$15, uniqlo.com

18. Licensed Game Gender-Neutral Graphic T-Shirt for Kids

A white t-shift withe the text "super Mario 85" and the Mario character across it.

Photo: Old Navy

$23, oldnavy.ca

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28 splurge-worthy gifts for the whole family

Feeling extravagant? Treat your family to one of these luxurious gifts this holiday season.

There are so many ways to express love and gratitude during the holiday season. And as we finally gather with loved ones to celebrate and be merry, we may be feeling extra generous this year. So go ahead and treat that special person—or yourself!—to something a little indulgent. If you’re looking for a gift that will wow, check out these swoon-worthy picks.

1. Dyson Corrale Special Edition Straightener in Prussian Blue/Rich Copper

Dyson hair straightener with case and brush set

Photo: Dyson

$650, dysoncanada.ca

2. Spärkel Beverage System

Sparkling water maker and beverage system

Photo: Sparkël

From $140, amazon.ca

3. Wooden Workbench Playset

Blue wooden workbench with wooden tools and accessories

Photo: Coco Village

$400, cocovillage.com

4. EpiqVision Mini EF12 Smart Streaming Laser Projector

Black mini projector

Photo: Epson

From $1300, epson.ca

5. The Knife Set

Six-knife set with black handles in wooden block

Photo: Kilne

$210, kilne.com

6. Quilted Rituals Tote

Large black quilted tote

Photo: Roots

$428, roots.com

7. Riprock Kids Trail Bike

Blue kids' trail bike

Photo: Specialized

From $949, specialized.com

8. iPad Mini

iPad Mini in space grey, pink, purple and starlight

Photo: Apple

from $649, apple.com

9. Flannel Sheet Set

Burnt orange flannel sheets, shams and duvet cover

Photo: Casper

from $268, casper.com

10. Artisan Series 5-Quart Limited Edition Stand Mixer with Ceramic Bowl

White stand mixer with textured black ceramic bowl

Photo: KitchenAid

$1000, kitchenaid.ca

11. Ticket to Ride Europe: 15th Anniversary Edition

Ticket to Ride board game box featuring illustration of travellers with a train in the background

Photo: Days of Wonder

$160, mastermindtoys.com

12. Mirror Home Gym

Mirror home gym

Photo: Lululemon

$1895, lululemon.com

13. Mason Luxe Smart Photo Frame

Digital photo frame in sandstone colur

Photo: Aura

$320, bestbuy.ca

14. 5400 Series Fully Automatic Espresso Machine With Lattego

Stainless steel coffee maker

Photo: Philips

$1400, thebay.com

15. Switch OLED

Switch gaming console

Photo: Nintendo

$450, nintendo.ca

16. Air Purifier 6 True HEPA

Air purifier with remote

Photo: Shark

$600, sharkclean.ca

17. Pro Smart Baby Monitor

White wall-mounted baby camera with app

Photo: Miku

$540, westcoastkids.ca

18. Perfect Pot

Sage green pot with handles and lid

Photo: Our Place

$220, fromourplace.ca

19. Pixel 6

Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 smartphones

Photo: Google

from $799, store.google.com

20. Total RF Serum

Tube of face serum

Photo: Rodan+Fields

$203, rodanandfields.ca

21. Modern Chef Wooden Kitchen Playset

Black wooden kitchen

Photo: Crate & Barrel

$699, crateandbarrel.ca

22. Symfonisk Picture Frame with WiFi Speaker

Picture frame with built-in speaker

Photo: Ikea

$250, ikea.ca

23. PRO+ Heated Vest

Black heated vest with built-in remote

Photo: eWool

from $598, ewool.com

24. Beam (Gen 2)

Long TV speaker

Photo: Sonos

$559, sonos.com

25. Ideas Typewriter Building Kit

Green Lego typewriter with black keys

Photo: Lego

$270, mastermindtoys.com

26. Fire Pit

Stainless steel fire pit

Photo: Solo Stove

from $345, solostove.com

27. Original Insulated Jumpsuit

Woman wearing black insulated jumpsuit

Photo: Coze

$426, cozeoriginal.com

28. Deebot Ozmo N8+

Black robot vacuum

Photo: Ecovacs

$600, ecovacs.com

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38 cool stocking stuffers for him

From the perfect pair of socks to some of the coolest tech devices, we've got the best stocking stuffers for the guy who's impossible to buy for.

The holidays aren’t supposed to be stressful, right? And yet finding the perfect stocking stuffers for men can be next to impossible. Lucky for you, we like to shop and have come across some pretty awesome options for that special guy on your list. Ready, set, click!

1. Fujifilm Instax Mini 40

Black instant camera

Photo: Fujifilm

$140, deserres.ca

2. Gourmet Jalapeño Garlic Sauce 

Jar with jalapeño garlic sauce

Photo: Muskoka Brand

$8, muskokagourmet.com

3. Wool Ball Cap

Grey woollen baseball cap

Photo: Arc’teryx

$45, mec.ca

4. The Canadian Beard Wash

Bottle of beard wash with black label and moose illustration

Photo: Walton Wood Farm

$18, thebay.ca

5. Weighted Jump Rope

Black jump rope

Photo: Everlast

$23, everlast.ca

6. Streaming Stick 4K

Roku streaming stick and remote

Photo: Roku

$65, bestbuy.ca

7. Inukshuk Medium/Dark Roast Coffee

Bag of coffee grounds

Photo: Birch Bark Coffee Co.

$16, birchbarkcoffeecompany.com

8. Small Leather Tray Tribe

Small square brown leather tray

Photo Roots

$28, roots.com

9. Will by Will Smith

cover of Will Smith biography

Photo: Penguin/Random House

$40, knowledgebookstore.com

10. Burgers & Fries Socks

Blue socks with burgers and fries print that comes in a cardboard burger box

Photo: Main and Local

$19, mainandlocal.com

11. NORDMÄRKE Wireless charger

Black wireless charger

Photo: IKEA

$10, ikea.ca

12. Coffee Bark with Peet’s Coffee

Tin of chocolate coffee bark

Photo: Williams Sonoma

$38, williams-sonoma.ca

13. Lemon Muscle Relief Body Balm

Black bottle of body balm

Photo: 5am Lemon

$10, 5amlemon.com

14. S7000 Shaver

Blue electric shaver with charger and carrying case

Photo: Philips

$200, philips.ca

15. Keychain Multi-tool

Multi-tool keychain in shape of a tree

Photo: Lee Valley

$9, leevalley.com

16. Jabuka

Game with coffee bean-shaped pieces

Photo: Jabuka Games

$20, jabukagames.com

17. Beard Bib

White box with illustration of man wearing beard bib

Photo: Rockwell Razors

$22, simons.ca

18. Everyday Snowflake Pattern Crew Socks

Men's grey and blue socks

Photo: Smartwool

$30, smartwool.ca

19. My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci

Cover of "My Life Through Food" by Stanley Tucci

Photo: Simon & Schuster

$37, massybooks.com

20. Balm Squad

Men's lip balm trio in tin

Photo: Jack Black

$35, getjackblack.ca

21. HomePod Mini

HomePod mini in new colours (blue, yellow, orange, black and white)

Photo: Apple

$129, apple.com

22. ecologyst x Populess Walter Wallet

Black leather wallet

Photo: ecologyst

$135, ecologyst.com

23. Cush Hybrid Slipper

 

Black cushiony slipper

Photo: Baffin

$60, baffin.com

24. Hemp Washcloth

Hemp washcloth

Photo: Empyri

$18, empyri.com

25. Stainless Steel Travel Mug

Black travel mug with orange rim

Photo: Van Houtte

$19, keurig.ca

26. Glow Night Light

Round white plug-in night light

Photo: Casper

$45/pack of two, casper.com

27. Cinnamon Brown Sugar Mix

Brown bag with cinnamon brown sugar mix

Photo: Mr Bannock

$7, mrbannock.com

28. Men’s Cold Gear Balaclava

Men's balaclava in grey

Photo: Under Armour

$38, underarmour.ca

29. Hipster Beard Care Kit

Gift package with beard care items, including comb,

Photo: The Body Shop

$25, thebodyshop.com

30. Charge 5 Advanced Tracker and GPS

Smart watch health fitness tracker

Photo: Fitbit

$230, sportchek.ca

31. Pokémon Sweatshirt

Men's black sweater with small yellow Pokemon symbol on left chest

Photo: Uniqlo

$40, uniqlo.com

32. Oud Wood + Leather Soy Candle

Candle on small rocks

Photo: True and You

$40, betrueandyou.com

33. Gamer Glasses

Glasses with grey frame

Photo: Clearly

$80, clearly.ca

34. Camouflage Extended Compress

Box showing man with camouflage compress around his neck

Photo: Magic Bag

$25, magicbag.com

35. Clean Start Body Wipes

Individually wrapped body wipes

Photo: FWD

$14/pack of 12, sportcheck.ca

36. Engravable Wood Watch

Wooden watch with black face and engraved message on back

Photo: Etsy

from $95, etsy.com

37. P1 Liner Glove

Grey gloves with white grid

Photo: Kombi

$20, mec.ca

38. Chapter Travel Kit

Black and grey zippered travel kit

Photo: Herschel

$40, herschel.ca

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28 fun gifts for teachers for the holidays

Not sure what to get your kid's teacher this holiday season? Check out our roundup of thoughtful teacher gifts that definitely score an A+ for creativity!

Besides you, your kid’s teacher spends a heck of a lot of time with them each day. Show them how much you appreciate their effort and time with these small but thoughtful gifts for teachers.

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48 great stocking stuffers for her

What should you buy for the woman who has everything? Pop these fun little presents inside her stocking this year.

Let’s just call this what it really is—a personal shopping list! Whether you’re treating yourself or buying for a special lady in your life, these 48 stocking stuffers for women are sure to make her feel extra special this holiday.

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6 ways to immerse your family in the rich culture of the Dominican Republic

Score some long-sought after Vitamin D, off-the-beaten-path adventures and endless sun

Created for “Dominican

With an impending snowy winter on the horizon, Canadians are itching to pack their bags and jet set to a warm destination as soon as possible. With safety top of mind as we slowly emerge from our pandemic bubbles, the Dominican Republic has solidified itself as one of the most sought-after places to get a healthy dose of vitamin D.

Known for off-the-beaten-path excursions, rich culture, endless amenities and perfect year-round climate, it’s no wonder the Caribbean country scores at the top of the best hot spots to kick back, relax and explore. Easily accessible from most major cities, this oasis boasts hiking trails, undiscovered beaches, world-class golf courses, ancient relics and ecotourism adventures, surrounded by the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea on the south and the Atlantic Ocean on the north. From Puerto Plata and Punta Cana to the lush Samaná and historic Santo Domingo, there’s a vacation in the Dominican for everyone.

Here are six things to do and see while visiting the Dominican Republic:

Attend a professional baseball game

The fall and winter seasons are full of excitement, with professional baseball games taking place in Santo Domingo, Santiago, San Francisco de Macorís, San Pedro de Macorís and La Romana. Throughout the Dominican winter baseball season, catch one of the six teams competing from October 27th to January 15th. Catch one of six teams competing.

Take in an art exhibit

Why stop at a baseball game? Make some time to take in some visual art while you’re out! The 29th National Biennial of Visual Arts takes place until December 31st at the Museum of Modern Art in Santo Domingo, the heart of Dominican culture and history. Enjoy works of art in the realms of painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, graphic works, ceramics, installation, plastic action and video.

Get back to nature in the Samaná Peninsula

Known as the quieter alternative to party-centric Punta Cana, the Samaná Peninsula is home to innovative eco-lodges highlighting the region’s untamed natural beauty. Achieve an ultimate reset at Clave Verde Ecolodge, indulge in a delicious seaside meal at Candelita or take part in a yoga retreat at Caribe Yoga

Explore Dominican specialties from rum to chocolate

Taste your way through the Dominican by heading out on a tour to try local-made cigars, chocolate and rum. While sipping on a glass, learn about the region’s culture and economy as you walk through the VegaFina cigar factory and the Ron Barcelo distillery in San Pedro de Marcorís.

Discover secluded beaches

The Dominican is known for its turquoise water and white sand beaches, but not everyone is into the usual tourist destination to catch some rays. Luckily, the country is rich in secluded, hidden beaches—even those on ‘hidden beach’ lists! Check out Playa Punta Popy east of Las Terrenas on the Samaná Peninsula, enjoy the fine sand and beautiful palm trees of Playa Macao near Bavaro or snap postcard-esque pictures at Playa Bonita west of Las Terrenas.

Get some culture in Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo is the historic heart of the Dominican Republic. If history and culture are your things, you won’t want to skip this bustling metropolis. Walk through the Colonial District, let the Santa María la Menor Cathedral take your breath away, feel like a royal inside the Alcázar de Colón, walk along Calle El Conde and visit Columbus Square.

Alcázar de Colón

Learn more and plan your trip to the Dominican Republic.

 

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Celebrate Halloween safely with these face masks that work with your kids’ costumes

For those celebrating Halloween this year, these spooky face coverings keep with the spirit of the season without compromising safety.

Halloween trick or treating should be a go this year, but when lots of kids are out and about it’s still wise for your child to wear a mask. Whether you take your mini monsters for a spooky walk around the block Halloween night or you have little ghouls attending school where masks are mandatory, these protective face coverings do double-duty as Halloween makeup to go with their costume.

1. Lilo and Stitch Fabric Masks

Four child's face masks of different colours

Photo: Courtesy of Disney

If your Lilo and Stitch-loving kid plans on dressing up as their favourite movie character, look no further than these reusable cloth masks. 4 for $19.99 shopdisney.com

2. Trick or Treat Adjustable Mask

a face mask with pumpkin and black cat decals

Photo: Courtesy of Etsy/oJackArt

These masks feature super-cute designs and a drawstring ear loop for easy adjustments. $7.77 each, etsy.com

3. Pumpkins

two young kids wearing pumpkin-style face masks

Photo: Courtesy of Etsy/MorKuzu

These cute pumpkins masks are double layered with a nose wire, pocket for a filter (not included) and  come in kid and adult sizes. From $11, etsy.com

4. Dinosaur smile

young man wearing green dinosaur smile

Photo: Courtesy of Zazzle

Rawr! This frightful mask mimics the roar of a dinosaur while keeping kids faces covered. Pair with some claws and a tail and you’ve got an easy yet impressive costume. $20, zazzle.ca

5. Kids Star Wars Face Mask

Three star wars themed face masks on a white background

Photo: Courtesy of Gap

This soft and stretchy mask comes in a three-pack so your little Star Wars fan has costume options this Halloween. 3 for $24, gapcanada.ca

7. Zombie Face Mask

a blue face mask with teeth to look like a zombie

Photo: Courtesy of Wild Republic

Keep it extra spooky this Halloween with the ultimate reusable zombie face mask. $3, sportinglife.ca

8. Cat Face Mask

Three face masks designed to look like a cat's mouth

Photo: Courtesy of H&M

These non-medical, triple-layer masks are perfect for your tiny teddy bear, cute kitty cat or little leopard. 3 for $14.99 From hm.com

9. Bob mask

kids face mask with sponge bob squarepants mouth

Photo: Courtesy of Redbubble/Indestructibbo

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Your little monster! All you need is a yellow shirt and some “square” pants, and this costume is as good as done. $17, redbubble.com

10. Kevin McCallister Shocked Face

kids face mask with Home Alone iconic screaming face

Photo: courtesy of Redbubble/fandemonium

Your little can recreate this iconic movie moment over and over again while wearing this realistic looking mask. $17, redbubble.com

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How to turn your home into the best haunted house

Scare up some fun with these Halloween decorating tips

Every Halloween, Lisa Thornbury and her family transform their home into a haunted house worthy of the title ‘Scariest Digs in the ’Hood’. “My kids don’t actually care if decorations come from Martha Stewart or the Dollar Store,” says Thornbury, the Toronto-based mother of two and blogger for the Yummy Mummy Club. “They just like it good and creepy.” As Thornbury discovered, creepy doesn’t have to come at a cost. She creates her own haunted house with a combination of DIY and store-bought decorations to create an all-over spook-appeal. So how does she do it?

She starts by creating a creepy ambience. This involves picking up a few Halloween-themed CDs to play over outdoor speakers and replacing the light bulbs in her front entryway with red or black bulbs.

Create a haunted maze

To really rev up the fear factor, Thornbury turns her garage into a haunted maze with just a few simple steps:

Raise your garage door about ¾ of the way up and hang bed sheets down the middle to divide the space in half. Set up a cardboard tunnel (filled with spider webbing, rubber spiders and other creepy crawlies) that trick-or-treaters must crawl through to get into the garage. Decorate the inside of your garage with hanging bats, spider webs, motion activated decorations (bought at end-of-season sales) or even real people! Once they make it out of the haunted space (IF they make it out, bwahahaha!), kids can pick up their Halloween candy at the exit.

As Thornbury says, “We’re pretty simple folk who just want to scare children the old fashioned way… by jumping out at them.”

Trick out your yard

For Scottie Wildman, a mother of four living in North Toronto, Halloween is always a horrifying affair. Her family’s love of the holiday started with the birth of her twins on October 31. From then on, it has been a very special occasion at her family’s home. Her whole yard, decked out in extravagant decorations (including many motion-sensor ones), has become a destination for plenty of Halloween thrill-seekers.

While the majority of her decorations are store-bought, she does have a few DIY tips, especially when it comes to creating an all-around spooky spectacle. Tatter garbage bags and hang them in the trees, place electric candles in the windows of your home for an eerie glow and get corn stalks from a local farm to place around the doorway.

Make it yourself

If you’re looking for more decor ideas, take a cue from Amy McElroy. Every year, her London, Ont., house is decked out with all things creepy. Because the majority of her decorations have a DIY element, McElroy is always looking for inspiration.

She does everything from painting Styrofoam boards to make gravestones and scattering plastic bones (bought at the Dollar Store) throughout the yard, to putting up caution tape across the doors and windows to mimic a crime scene.

“My favourite decoration is the curtains,” says McElroy. “They are easy to make and always make things look spookier.” The process, she explains, is simple: “Just soak a long piece of cheesecloth in a strong pot of black tea. Then wring out excess and hang to dry,” she explains. “Create random holes throughout and shred the bottom, sides and top. The key is to make them look really worn!”

Hang them up in windows with electric candles and a jack-o-lantern (with a light bulb inside, of course!) to top it all off.

Get real

Regardless of their spook-style, all three Halloween queens agree that when it comes to maximizing the mayhem, the scariest decoration is a real person!

“For the past two years, I’ve taken the kids out trick-or-treating while my husband, dressed as a scarecrow, sat in a rocking chair on our front porch holding the candy bowl,” explains Thornbury. “As unsuspecting (older) treat seekers approached, he would suddenly ‘come alive’ and scare the bejesus out of them.”

She got the idea from a neighbour who had a similar scheme wherein he’d jump out of a giant cardboard box on the driveway to scare passers-by. “Not gonna lie,” says Lisa. “The first time he did it, it scared me to death.”

And that’s precisely the point. Happy haunting!

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13 Nugget couch alternatives for parents who want one now

If you don't have the lightning-fast reflexes to nab a Nugget Comfort couch, you can get your hands on one of these just-as-fun alternatives.

If you’ve got kids in the house and an Instagram addiction, you’ve likely heard of the elusive Nugget play couch, the unicorn of the children’s furniture world. The versatile, modular sofa lets little ones get creative by building elaborate forts and gives them a comfy spot to lounge on movie nights. Once the pandemic hit, you probably even considered trying to get your hands on a Nugget—only to discover that securing one depends on winning a lottery and the competition is fierce. But  guess what? There are other versions available that are just as fun and far less stressful (virtual school aged us enough for one year, TYVM). Check out our favourite Nugget alternatives below:

The Coconut

Photo of a dad setting up a play couch with his kids

Photo: Go Coconut

This play couch from Go Coconut is 100% Canadian designed and manufactured, which means you don’t have to worry about paying duties when it ships. Plus they also offer an option to get a Half-Coconut, in case you don’t have space in the playroom for a full set. $489, indigo.ca

The Whatsit Kids Foam Sofa

Photo of a modular kids couch set up as two chairs on a rug

Photo: Wayfair

Let your kids get creative with this modular sofa, and when they’re done playing, they can configure it into their own separate chairs for quiet time. Plus, the slip covers are machine washable!
$520, wayfair.ca

My Puffin Play Couch

Photo of two kids crawling through a tunnel made by two cushions from aplay couch

Photo: My Puffin

This play couch is made to last with durable fabric covers that are meant to withstand the hard knocks of playtime. Plus, the strong zippers are covered by fabric to stop kids from getting hurt while they play.
$499, mypuffin.ca

The Joey

Photo of a yellow play couch on a rug

Photo: Chew Chew Baby Roo

The half moon pillow that comes with this set is the perfect arm rest, and if you want to give kids even more options, Chew Chew Baby Roo offers extra cushion sets with different shapes like half-circle rockers, trapezoids and triangular wedges.
$300, chewchewbabyroo.com

The Nest

Photo of a young kid reading a book on a play couch arranged to look like a throne

Photo: Stylized Nest

This luxury play couch is 100% made in Canada and comes with two extra large rainbow bolsters that are super versatile. You can use them with the stacking cushions for all kinds of builds, but they’re just as good on their own as a seat, a footrest or a super fun rocker!

$598, stylizednest.com

My Couchy Couch

Photo of a play couch set up in a living room

Photo: My Couchy Couch

The cushions on the My Couchy are shaped like flat-top trapezoids rather than full triangles, which are great for added comfort and versatility!
$349, mycouchy.com

The Cushy Couch

Photo of a family lounging and reading books on a modular play couch

Photo: Cushy Couch

Available in eight chic colours, the Cushy Couch goes perfectly with any decor. They also offer an expansion kit for even more cushy fun!
$399, cushycouch.ca

The Figgy

Photo of a kid playing in a tunnel made from a Figgy Play couch

Photo: Courtesy of Melissa de Mata

The cushions on this play couch easily velcro together to create all kinds of configurations. Plus, the cushion covers have built-in waterproof liners for mess-free play. Keep an eye out for Canadian shipping to become available later this year.
Starting at $309USD, figgyplay.com

Jaxx Zipline Playscape

Photo of two kids playing on a modular play couch set up like a space ship

Photo: Jaxx

The perfect addition to any playroom, the Zipline Playscape is available in eight vibrant colours that will have your kids’ imaginations running wild!
$295 US, jaxxbeanbags.com

IGLU Soft Play Shapes Activity Toys

Photo of a foam play area

Photo: Amazon

These anti-slip blocks are as easy to clean as they are likely to stoke the creativity of your little ones, who can climb, build or just lounge around.
$290, amazon.ca

SoftScape Climber

Photo of a foam play area with a tunnel

Photo: Wayfair

What kid doesn’t love crawling through a tunnel? This play set is the perfect way for little climbers to get their energy out in a soft and safe environment.
$422, wayfair.ca

Milliard Tri-Fold foam folding mattress

Photo of a toddler sitting on a foldable cushion couch

Photo: Amazon

Available in four different mattress sizes, this clever design folds to create a couch with a back cushion. Kids can use it as a play mat or a sofa, and when guests pop by the larger sizes double as a bed.
$63-$206, amazon.ca

IKEA SLÄKT folding mattress

Photo of a foldable mattress

Photo: Ikea

This easy-to-store mattress is perfect for movie night and doubles as a mattress for sleepovers. We suspect crafty kids could also MacGyver some kind of fort with a few extra props.
$99, ikea.com