We understand the stress of finding the perfect gift. You search far and wide, high and low. You scroll through countless websites only to discover that nothing will arrive in time.
Ditch the stress and enjoy the holidays with our curated gift guide that is sure to impress everyone on your list.
Gifts That’ll Make Her Smile
Have a remarkable woman in your life? Us too! Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for your adoring wife, hardworking mother, strong mother-in-law, or your beautiful grandmother this can be one of the hardest gifts to find. What do you give someone that deserves the world?
For the woman that lives in leggings
You cannot go wrong with a pair of Lululemon leggings. Comfort, style, and quality! They are perfect for every day wear or working out.
A brand new Lululemon store has opened inside the Rideau Centre, expanding its offering. Bigger and brighter than ever before this store is a must visit! And to make the experience even better, the staff are always eager to help! They can help you pick out the perfect pair depending on your loved one’s favourite fits, colours, and activities.
For the women that love to stay comfy
Slippers are always essential, especially now with the colder weather here. Uggs have been making a comeback this year, giving that laidback chic look but remaining comfy.
If you can’t get enough of Ugg, you can’t go wrong with these plush Ugg Scuffette II Slippers, which will also go perfectly with the Lululemon leggings you just purchased.
For the beauty queen
Sephora always comes through with top-notch value gift sets that contain top-rated beauty brands.
These gift sets are not only adorable, they also encouraged your favourite gal to try to new things and maybe even find her next must-have product! And let’s be honest, Sephora samples are always generously filled. You can’t go wrong.
Gifts That’ll Make Him Smile
Can’t live with them, can’t live without them, am I right? Men can either be the easiest or the absolute worst to buy for. Your dad has no idea what he wants, your husband changes his style more than they change the garbage, and your grandfather doesn’t want anything because they have everything.
But don’t worry, you’ve got this, guaranteed when you see these gift ideas, you’ll find the one!
For the sneaker enthusiast
We all have a man in our lives who is obsessed with sneakers. He stays up late to see the latest sneaker drop and keeps up with the latest trends, and you have no room in the closet because all his sneakers take up the space.
Show him you’re listening when he goes on and on about the latest drop by visiting NRML, a hip sneaker shop that sells all the latest trends and drops for sneakers. The shop will completely blow you away with their selection. Even if you don’t know much about sneakers, the employees there know everything, so you’re in good hands.
For the bookworm that reads five books at a time
Lots of great books have come out this year, especially for those who are an avid reader. It could be simple to buy that person another book, but do you know what type of book they want?
With this gift, even fans of physical copies will love having access to hundreds of books in their hands. The Kobo Clara 2E gives you no eye strain, has a long battery life, and can be stored easily.
For the active sports star
We all know that one person in our circle loves to take care of themselves by eating healthy and going to the gym every day of the week.
Treat them to the Therabody, a go-to massager that helps relax muscles after a long night at the gym and makes them feel whole again. Using it only after the gym is one option, but we also recommend it for relaxing at-home massages.
The person who has everything
You know this person inside out; you know their interests, likes, and dislikes, but when buying a gift, they most likely already have it. They are the ones that are who are always on top of trends, have the new techy gadget, and certainly don’t want to add another winter beanie to their collection.
Creative thinking is essential here. Look for something that is both thoughtful and not on the radar yet.
The perfect multi-use pan
The best-selling Always Pan replaces traditional cookware with one pan that can do everything. A multi-purpose pan, free of harsh chemicals with a nontoxic, nonstick ceramic coating. It’s lightweight with a sturdy aluminum body that makes no mess and keeps everything in one spot.
Not only is it beautiful to look at, but it is guaranteed to be appreciated deeply.
You would want to wash your hands with this duet
Taking care of our hands and ensuring they are clean is a priority in this world we live in now. Our hands can dry and crack easily without proper moisture in freezing weather since it is -20.
Aesop is a beloved brand that develops plant-placed skin products with aesthetically pleasing packaging that looks good in any kitchen or bathroom. This musk-scented soap and hand cream duet will be much appreciated and the most thoughtful gift you could give.
Matcha all the way
Matcha is the new coffee. It’s a drink that may take time to make but is definitely worth it in the end. This tea is mixed with a bamboo whisk that whips a smooth, frothy antioxidant matcha tea.
This set contains a bamboo whisk, ceramic holder, and mug and sits beautifully on the kitchen counter. Everything is placed inside a well-curated box with their jaws dropped to the floor.
The difficult person to buy for
Some people can be challenging to buy for (we’re talking to you, dads), especially if you wait until the very last minute. Whether the person has it all or refuses to tell you precisely what they want leads to overthinking and making us second-guess ourselves, wondering, “Do they already have this?” “Will they even use this?” or “Would they even use this?”
Don’t fret! Have fun finding a unique gift for that special someone; if it comes from the heart, that’s all that matters.
It is humanly impossible to ever complain about wine as a gift! Get creative by curating a specialty box filled with local wines or even ciders. The person will appreciate that you took the time to curate this gift, allowing them to try something they may not even consider.
Lollo is an excellent spot to check out as it has a wide variety of locally or provincially made wines that other shops don’t sell.
Contribute to the gallery
If you find yourself stumped finding a gift, a cool print is always a good idea! Perfect for those who have more art space for their gallery wall.
Check out Anaya Arts, a well-organized shop with various unique prints, from abstract to nature to minimalist finds. You’ll also find personalized apparel.
Candles are always a good idea
When in doubt, a beautifully scented candle is always appreciated. There are many options, with many stores offering different candles. Here are a few that we recommend and know will be lit immediately.
The eco-conscious person
Feeling good about what you give to another is always a good feeling, but it feels really good that the gift you give is good for the environment and reduces our carbon footprint. But what makes a gift sustainable? Consider the product’s overall lifecycle from materials, the manufacturing process, packaging, and how they will be disposed of.
It can be hard to navigate where to get eco-friendly products; instead of gifting the usual metal straws, reusable bags, or bamboo everything, try these suggestions.
Your new favourite travel mug
Finding the ideal travel mug for that particular person who is constantly on the go can be challenging. Sometimes the cup is too heavy, too wide, and not compact enough, and when you get on the bus and continuously hit bumps on the road, coffee may spill on your lap.
This collapsable, leak-proof coffee cup will make it easier for those people on the go. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing to look at, but it is the ultimate planet-friendly cup that makes your person’s sustainable living easy.
Wallets, totes, and backpacks, oh my!
I think it’s safe to say that gifting a new bag or wallet is a safe bet for anyone! Think about it, all your important information and money are placed in these holders, and not only will a new wallet or bag keep them safe, but it’s also stylish and sustainable!
Matt and Nat have been a force in the vegan leather industry. All materials are recycled, and the lining inside uses 100% recycled water bottles. Gift a stylish bag or wallet, and you will be happy knowing it is planet-friendly.
Gift cards are always welcome
If you are getting nervous about finding your eco-friendly giftee particularly picky, don’t sweat it, gift cards are always welcome. Sometimes the most thoughtful gifts are those that are easy as getting a card that you put money on. It allows them to pick something for themselves that they know they will love; you just helped them raise funds for it.
Frank and Oak is a Canadian-owned sustainable brand manufactured here in Canada. All the clothing created uses the best sustainable practices. The idea is to create a wardrobe that will last you a lifetime and are classic and timeless, so they never go out of style.
The wellness connoisseur
Health is the new wealth, and it is here to stay. After the recent years that we’ve had, it is more important than ever to take care of ourselves.
Suppose you’re shopping for your best friend, significant other, co-worker, or family member that are well-versed in meditation, yoga, aromatherapy, or fitness. In that case, you are giving a gift to help prioritize their well-being and show that you care and are there for them.
It’s all about the mind too
Taking care of yourself is not only about working out or eating healthy but also about your mind and how it feels. Exercising your brain is just as crucial as squatting.
For a friend that is always self-aware, give them the gift of the Five Minute Journal. The journal allows them to express their gratitude and awareness daily, morning and night.
Unwind with aromatherapy
Essential oils are an easy but essential practice to clear the body and soul and clean your space with relaxing scents. Whether studying, working out, or meditating, there are a variety of oils to choose from.
Bring the relaxing environment of a spa into your space with a diffuser from Saje. Saje creates a variety of essential oils using only naturally sourced ingredients to help everyone make healthier choices on their wellness journey.
To all the yoga lovers
Yoga is not only an intense exercise, but it is an excellent form of relaxation and meditation. It’s also a great tool if you have a midday break to regain focus on what you are doing during the day. All you need is a yoga mat.
Don’t choose just any yoga mat. Choose one that has cushion, lightweight, and is packable with a grippy top layer. The yoga mats from Lululemon are fantastic and come in various colours and designs and offer accessories to help transport them more easily.