I’ve clearly been living under a rock because it was only recently that I discovered the glorious retail wonderland that is amazon.ca. And as spring approaches, I find myself creeping the site almost daily, trying to find those seasonal essentials that will complete my life.
As a—ahem—Prime member, I enjoy many benefits of shopping the site, including free shipping, music and movie streaming as well as complimentary foot massages. The last one is a lie but honestly, it doesn’t even matter because my new Foot Spa Bath Bucket Massager with Heat Bubble Vibration and 4 Massaging Rollers will be here tomorrow.
Already have your own foot massage device? Don’t fret, there are millions of other items you didn’t even know you needed just waiting to be snatched up, including these great spring-inspired products for adults, kids and babies.
Mini indoor/outdoor Movie Projector
Warmer nights are perfect for outdoor fun and this versatile little movie projector makes neighbourhood movie night, date night and birthday parties even more special. It’s compact and portable and comes with its own power supply and an LED lamp life of more than 30,000 hours so you can watch the SpongeBob SquarePants movie over, and over, and over again.
$73 | Available here
Game of Thrones Monopoly
With the eighth and final season upon us, it’s time to put a GOT spin on your favourite board game. Buy, sell and trade locations from the Seven Kingdoms as you pledge your loyalty to one of the six Great Houses (aka choose which token you want to be).
$47 | Available here
Trader Joe’s Seasoning 3-pack
Many of the iconic U.S. food-retailer’s products are available on amazon.ca but one of our favourites is the seasoning three-pack, perfect for grilling season. Chile Lime, Everything But the Bagel and 21 Seasoning Salute means all you need is the meat!
$29 | Available here
Instant Pot Lux 6-in-1
And for those nights when you’re not feeling the grill, there’s always the Instant Pot. If you’re one of the six people who didn’t get one for Christmas, now’s your chance. Instant Pots have come down a little bit in price and this model features a stainless steel inner cooking pot, no chemical coating and a 33-inch power cord. Cakes, eggs, stews, rice and so much more are now within your grasp!
$98 | Available here
4-Pack of Handwoven Macrame Planters
The macramé look isn’t for everyone, but HouseBeautiful.com has declared “70s Scandi” the number one home décor trend for Spring 2019 so who are we to argue? Spruce up your indoor or outdoor space with this affordable four-pack of hanging planters. Groovy.
$24 | Available here
Set of two velvet outdoor cushion covers
The velvet trend shows no signs of slowing down so now might be the time to pick up these cushion covers as an easy, pretty and affordable way to update last season’s décor. Available in more than 20 colours.
$24.99 | Available here
Bissell Little Green Deep Cleaner
Those of us who already have a little green machine measure our lives in terms of before we got it and after we got it because it’s THAT life-changing. Powerful and portable, this deep cleaner is perfect for giving your indoor/outdoor upholstery, car, carpeted stairs, mattresses and countless hard-to-reach places a deep, refreshing clean. Just don’t forget the cleaning solution.
$105 | Available here
Star Wars Door Mat
For many of us, spring décor consists of a seasonal door arrangement and a new welcome mat. If that’s you and there’s a Star Wars fan in your house, this cute Yoda mat is a must-have. Love it you will.
$31 | Available here
50-foot String of Indoor/Outdoor Globe Lights
No outdoor living space is complete without a string or two of globe lights. More flattering and less dangerous than a backyard full of candles, this version is an Amazon bestseller and at 50-feet in length is a stylish addition to any backyard (especially one that looks better in the dark!)
$43 | Available here
Portable Bubble Massage Spa
Splurge alert! This Amazon #1 Bestseller includes free shipping for Prime members (like me). So if you’re looking to really amp up your outdoor living space, take a look. It seats four and comes with an insulated cover and lock.
$648 | Available here
Inflatable Rainbow Sprinkler
If you’ve declared the hot tub a kid-free zone, we salute you. And to reward the littles, here’s a fun water accessory just for them. The rainbow sprinkler is lightweight and convenient, easy to take on picnics, to the campground or to a neighbour’s house.
$78 | Available here
No self-respecting Lion King fan can resist the plush hyena, even though it doesn’t come with Whoopi Goldberg’s voice. It’s not the cutest stuffy your kids will ever own but it might be the most fun.
$20 | Available here
Judy Blume’s Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Summer days are best spent lounging outside with a good book, and your budding reader is sure to love this classic. Whether it’s a bedtime read, or enjoyed while lounging in a hammock or snuggled together on the outdoor sofa, Judy Blume and Peter Hatcher are sure to enchant you both.
$10 | Available here
The popularity of weighted blankets has exploded in recent months as both adults and kids discover their benefits in terms of deeper sleep, relaxation and stress relief. This model is an Amazon bestseller and comes in multiple colours, but does not include the recommended duvet cover.
$120 | Available here
Lightweight Portable Sleeping Bag
Whether it’s for summer camp, backyard sleepovers or dining room forts, every kid needs a cozy sleeping bag. This one comes in multiple colours and is waterproof and features “roll control” for quick and easy folding.
$41 | Available here
Binoculars, Flashlight and Compass set
Outdoor exploration (or spying on someone’s big sister) has never been easier or more fun than with a kit full of adventure essentials including binoculars, flashlight, compass and magnifying glass. Comes with a convenient carrying bag too!
$29 | Available here
Crayola Inspiration Art Case with 140 Items
Rainy days aren’t usually something we wish for but you might not mind them as much if you’ve got the Crayola Art Case tucked away. This set comes with pencil crayons, crayons, washable markers and paper, all in a handy carrying case that’s perfect for gift-giving or simply staying organized.
$23 | Available here
110-piece Magnetic Building Blocks
Great for indoor or outdoor play, these magnetic building blocks from Mibote are non-toxic and made with smooth edges using environmentally safe material. They’re perfect for toddler and preschooler brain development and recommended for kids 3 and up.
$50 | Available Available here
Rainbow Diamond Kite
Whether they get stuck in a tree or dad snaps them in half after trying to untangle the string, kites are not known for their longevity. But they’re an essential warm-weather toy and you can make yours last by investing in a good quality version like this one. Featuring rip-stop nylon fabric and flexible fibreglass, the rainbow diamond kite is easy to carry and assemble. You’re welcome, dad!
$19 | Available here
Voice-activated Walkie Talkies with 3-Mile Range
Once your kids uncover the secret treasure buried next to the creek they’re probably going to be late for dinner, so equip them with this set of walkie talkies to make communication easier. Labelled buttons, backlit LED screens and an LED flashlight make this the perfect accessory for summer fun.
$35 | Available here
Swimways Baby Float with Removeable Sun Canopy
If the baby wants to do more than dip a toe in the water, this Swimways float will keep him safe and protected from the sun. With a soft mesh seat and leg holes, baby can kick till his heart’s content. Recommended for 9 to 24 months. And no, this is not an appropriate time to start singing “Baby Shark.”
$34 | Available here
Step2 Big Splash Water Park
No pool? No problem! Babies can still enjoy outdoor water fun with the Step2 water table. Set it up on your patio, dock or grass and watch baby discover the joy of water play. Bath time made easy!
$65 | Available here
Lamaze Mortimer the Moose
With a body perfect for cuddling, antlers perfect for chewing and colourful feet that make noise (!), Mortimer the Moose might be THE perfect baby toy. Recommended for newborn and older.
$11 | Available here
Waterproof Diaper Bag with Stroller Straps
Take the baby and all 7,601 mandatory baby essentials everywhere you go in this versatile and stylish bag. It’s like getting an SUV instead of a minivan: just as functional as a traditional diaper bag, but slightly cooler, and great for day trips. With 13 pockets including some with insulation, a changing mat and an easy side pocket for wipes, this is a must-have item for on-the-go parents.
$50 | Available here
20 Newborn Baby Cloth Diapers
For babies up to 18 months or 6 to 22 pounds, this set includes 20 cloth diapers and 20 bamboo inserts that are soft, stain-resistant and cool to the touch. The diaper’s front panel provides extra leak protection for tummy time.
$99 | Available here
Skip Hop Alphabet Zoo Activity Gym
Named by Babylist.com as one of the best play mats of 2019, this is sure to keep baby happy and stimulated whether she’s lying on the living room carpet or outside on the grass. Includes 17 developmental activities and entertaining animal toys, rattle, removable mirror, and a soft, quilted surface.
$100 | Available here
Because big kids shouldn’t have all the fun, this baby sleep sack is great for on-the-go naps. It keeps baby warm and snuggly and features a bottom zipper for easy diaper changes. Recommended for use overtop of regular sleepwear in place of loose blankets.
$35 | Available here
Disney Inflatable Bath Tub
Bath time just became much simpler with this handy inflatable tub accessory for baby. Just inflate and place inside your existing tub to make bathing baby safer and more comfortable. Comes in five Disney character versions.
$25 | Available Available here
Melissa and Doug Bead Maze
Had enough of STEM toys and toys with batteries, lights and noise? Parenting.com can’t get enough of the “timeless brainpower building capabilities” of this classic wooden toy that features 18 multiple-shaped wood beads and plastic rings to help baby learn about colours, shapes, movement and space.
$15 | Available here
V-Tech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker
Another Amazon bestseller, this product features a removable play panel and wheels that work on carpet and flat surfaces. Piano keys, spinning rollers, light-up buttons and shape sorters will keep baby entertained for only slightly less time than it takes you to fold her laundry.
$42 | Available Available here