Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

Christmas is right around the corner and for some of you this is the most exciting time of the year and for others it's just an added stress.  Regardless of your sentiments for Christmas, the fact remains that it's only a few months away and you need to gear up and start deciding on what to buy for the loved ones in your life.  My advice to you is to start your shopping early and if possible, do it all online.  Malls in November and December are a nightmare and I try to avoid them at all costs.  I’ll be starting my shopping within a few weeks and wanted to share with you some suggestions I came across while attending a Christmas in July event at the Beverly Hotel and a few other items I've stumbled across this year that have peaked my interests.

For your mother or mother-in-law:

Mom’s have a weird obsession with soaps so buying her a set of luxurious soaps is the perfect idea.  Don’t waste your money on the strong-scented cheap soaps from Bath and Body Works, instead spend the extra cash and wow her with beneficial soft-scented soaps made with high quality ingredients. All of the soap at Perth Soap Company are paraben and phthalate free and are gentle on the skin. The cleansing bars are enriched with Argan Oil, are pH balanced, contain more than 30% moisturizing ingredients and are infused with specialty fragrances that embody luxury. The 3 scents available are Moroccan Spice, Milk and Honey and Rosemary Mint.  All of the scents are equally wonderful and just having them out on a dish in your bathroom will make the space smell incredible.  Perth Soap Company also carries a great 100% Moroccan Argan Oil which has many beneficial properties that your mother will love. The oil is rich in antioxidants, omega fatty acids and vitamins e & a. 

When it comes to cooking, my mom continuously impresses me with her natural ability to make absolutely amazing meals. My sister and I always tell her to open up a small restaurant but of course she thinks we are crazy. For a kitchen savvy mom like mine, a good quality set of pots, pans and bakeware is an absolute necessity in the household. You cant go wrong with purchasing her some items from the newly designed Circulon® Prime collection.  Designed to be a kitchen essential, the new Circulon® Prime range combines quality and versatility to bring a refreshing new choice of cookware that delivers a superior cooking experience. This is made possible by Circulon’s Total non-stick system, a patented hi-low circular groove technology that enhances non-stick durability. The system promotes a healthy lifestyle by delivering high performance food release without the need to cook with oils and fats. Further, each pan is induction cooktop suitable, oven and dishwasher safe, and comes with a lifetime guarantee. I tested out their 10 inch skillet and absolutely loved it. 

For your father or father-in-law:

The Carnivore Club helps the Ron Swanson-type of men in our lives by delivering them boxes of quality curated meats. This genius idea is the world’s first curated meat of the month club featuring artisans from around the world. Each month members receive an impressive faux-wood box filled with 4-6 handcrafted cured meats from top artisans. Each month’s box is themed around one producer specializing in a particular style of cured meats: French Charcuterie, Italian Salumi, Spanish Chorizo, South African Biltong and Artisanal Jerky are but a few. You’ll never receive the same product twice so you can happily expand your tastes monthly with an exciting new box.

For your girlfriend:

If you want to gain mad bonus points with your girlfriend this season, then buy her some nice underwear that has a little oomph to it.  As nice as it may be to surprise her with some Victoria Secret lace thongs, impress her this season by buying her a few pairs of these super comfy state-of-the-art undies by Knixwear.  Every pair of Knix Wear features the Fresh Fix Technology™. A thin yet super absorbent gusset, it wicks away moisture and naturally eliminates odor, keeping you feeling fresh and dry all day long - without the feeling that you're wearing anything other than your most comfortable pair of undies. They come in a variety of colours and styles and really do make the perfect stocking stuffer for any lady who appreciates quality underwear. I really love that these undies come in a cute reusable tube that can be turned into a pen holder or make-up brush holder afterwards.

For your boyfriend:

Amazing Clubs

Amazing clubs is a creative company that delivers monthly gift boxes full of one-of-a-kind gourmet products. There are a variety of boxes to choose from ranging from gifts for the avid coffee lover, the hot sauce fanatic and even for those who have a deep love for peanut butter. Some of the boxes ideal for the man in your life are the beer and wine boxes.  Monthly shipments of unique brands that cannot be found in stores are sent out monthly allowing any beer or wine enthusiast to bask in obscure brews.  Just sign-up and pick the category of box that you fancy and then choose how long you want the membership for. You'll never end up with the same item twice and each item has been sought out from around the world so you'll be sure to receive only the best products out there.

For a friend:

My Beauty Tea

My Beauty Tea is an online Canadian business that specializes in high quality loose leaf teas.  All of the teas contain natural flavoring enriched with flowers and fruits for a naturally sugar-free blend.  These teas come in a variety of flavours and there are green teas, black teas, white teas, rooibos, yerba mate and herbal to choose from. You can order these online along with some pretty neat tea accessories as well.  A favourite of mine is the Mermaid Blend which is a fruit tea containing hibiscus flowers, rosehips, apple cubes, orange peels, pineapple fruit, coconut shreds, flower blossoms and natural flavor. Any friend would be more than happy to receive a new stash of Canadian tea blends to add to their collection. 

Happy Shopping!

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