Friends of ours were in town from Winnipeg this weekend and we met them for dinner in the Byward Market. They’re expecting a baby in November so we arrived at the restaurant bearing our standard baby gift–standard not because we’re lacking in creative gift-buying talents, but because everyone we’ve given it to has loved it and used it on a daily basis.
The gift we’ve given to almost all our expectant-parent friends is an organic cotton receiving blanket from Under the Nile. These fair trade blankets are made from 100% organically and biodynamically grown hand-picked Egyptian cotton, dyed with metal-free vegetable dyes. The story of Sekem Farm, where the cotton is grown, is actually quite an inspiring read.
In Ottawa these receiving blankets can be purchased at Arbour: Arbour Environmental Shoppe, 800 Bank Street, Ottawa, K1S 3V8, 613-567-3168
On-line in Canada, they can be bought from Rawganique.com. (Rawganique also sells to the U.S).