If you know me, you know I’m a huge Indigo fan. I’ve been a fan since my pre-baby days, back when the incentive was lattes, Dufflet tartes and the armfuls of unpurchased reading materials you were still allowed to bring into the cafes. Post-baby, I’ve become an even bigger fan. My mother bought all of my son’s gifts from Indigo his first year, and she still buys all of my niece’s gifts there. (Honestly, it’s impossible to go wrong with any of their picks.) And each time his grandma visits, it still ends up with a visit to the teacup reading nook and Thomas trains, and a latte for me and a gift for him.
And it looks like they’ve noticed how many people come to them for presents. (Christina, our brilliant managing editor, even keeps an Indigo giftcard in her purse for that “Do they really mean no gift?” party conundrum.) Indigo Kids Shops have been added or expanded at many locations and they’ve introduced their own brilliant line of toys, IndigoKids. My favourite is the Carpenter Kitchen.
This is the best price-for-value play kitchen I’ve seen in years. It’s $169.95 and a brilliant, retro cherry-red hybrid of all of our old favourites and way cuter than it appears in this picture. Sturdy, not flimsy, a good size and with cupboards, a sink and working clock, it’s also the perfect Christmas gift that little girls or boys will play with for years.
–Melissa, CF‘s Lifestyle Editor
PS: If you head into Indigo tonight or tomorrow evening, it’s a “Mom’s Night Out,” meaning candy samples, toy demonstrations and 25% off your purchase (15% if you’re not an irewards member.) Here’s the coupon.