‘Tis the season of fuzzy feelings and while you ponder and make those naughty and nice lists, we have a few suggestions when it comes to gift giving. Whether she is a lady who adores sparkles or the guy who loves his winter gear, or the movie lover with a penchant for classics, we have a suggestion for them all. So browse through our list of holiday gift sets and goodies and splurge on your family and friends during this holi-daze. Don’t forget to return next week as we kick off our 12 Days of Holiday Giveaway!
BLING IT ON
Put a Ring on It
If you want to put a ring on it this holiday season, the Vera Wang Love Collection offers timeless and classic wedding bands and engagement rings for your special someone. So whether you plan to pop the question or simply surprise her with a little bling, these simple bands are the way to her heart. This collection is available exclusively at People’s Jewellers. This warm 14KT Rose Gold Diamond Wedding Band is my favorite from the collection and retails at $899 CDN.
How about a little bling bling for the holiday parties? You know, sparkle a little, smile a little, whether to attract someone or make an impression. The Swarovski Fortunately Necklace is a statement piece that is studded with clear crystal and blue pave. It’s feminine and flirty, something she will like for sure. How’s that for eye-catching? $299 CDN
ALEX AND ANI
This holiday season ALEX AND ANI has launched an assortment of chic and creative pieces to add to your collection. The Holiday collection includes festive pieces like Believe Wine Art Infusion Set of 2 ($68 CDN), adorable Gingerbread Man Charm bangle ($38 CDN) or the Snowman Charm Bangle. I know, right? And there’s more. The brand will donate 20 percent of the purchase price from each Snowman Charm or Gingerbread Man Charm sold, with a minimum donation of $10,000 between October 2016 and February 2017, to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Feels good to give back, doesn’t it?
PANDORA’s new Entwined Clear Bracelet ($140 CDN) and Entwined Clear Earrings ($90 CDN) are perfect gifts for the special lady in your life. She could be your mom, sister, best friend or wife and no matter who she is, she’ll appreciate the stylish bangle with shimmering stones — not too flashy and carries a hint of elegance. This one certainly has my vote. I love how this duo blends classic chic and contemporary elements, so you can wear this from day to night. I adore the simplicity of this piece. Don’t you?
Glam Glow’s Gift Sexy SUPERMUD Set is a set of three bestselling masks that is my favorite gift set this year. With tough storms ahead this winter, dry and dull skin will be a concern for many. For a healthy glow, these three are the it products you need this winter. The SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment will clear blemishes and acne while the THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment will moisturize the skin. The YOUTHMUD will give a soft and supple look for the week ahead. Any woman will be grateful for this lovely gift set. For a value of $162 CDN, this set is available for $79 CDN.
Ole Henriksen’s Love It All Blockbuster Skincare Set is a limited-edition gift that every woman will love. It pampers the skin with essentials for a holiday glow. Items included in this giveaway are Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths, African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser, Truth Serum Collagen Booster, Sheer Transformation, Ultimate Lift Eye Gel, Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask, Run N’ Buff Salt Scrub and Power Bright. Who wouldn’t want to be treated to an at-home exfoliate and glow set? It retails at $72 CDN for a total value of 121 CDN.
philosophy’s Radiant Celebration gift set is a solution for dry, dull skin. I think any philosophy gift set will be appreciated by the ladies in your life. This radiant set includes award-winning Purity Made Simple cleanser, Renewed Hope in a Jar moisturizer and a Purity Made Simple Mask. It’s a perfect gift for family, friends and even colleagues. $45 CDN
The Body Shop
Every year, The Body Shop launches a fabulous advent calendar and this year they’ve launched two! The Ultimate Beauty Advent Calendar is a deluxe set with a beauty surprise behind every door. It includes bath and body, skin care and make-up must-haves. With a total value of $305 CDN, this retails for $169 CDN. They also have another Beauty Advent Calendar with a total value of $193 CDN, which retails for $99 CDN. No matter which gift you choose, she is one lucky and happy woman this holiday.
Tria Beauty’s Hair Removal Laser 4X is the first and only Canadian licensed hair removal laser available for use at home. The Tria Laser 4X targets and removes the hair follicle to stop hair growth on the face and body. It’s a permanent solution and simple to use. The 4X deluxe kit is a pretty amazing gift for the beauty and skin-obsessed person in your life. And hey, you could always treat yourself with this one. $515 CDN
L’Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Lipidium Set contains a 150ml shampoo and 150ml masque. It’s a gift set that you can give to a family, friend, acquaintance or neighbor. L’Oreal has new and innovative products on the market all the time and this is just one of the new options to pamper and nourish hair. Available exclusively at salons, this set retails for $42.80 CDN.
We all have that one person in our group who is always stressed out and probably has no time for herself. Rodial’s X-treme Hangover Mask is just what she needs. It’s a triple action resurfacing clay mask filled with acids to exfoliate and re-texture the skin. A stocking stuffer for the lady, perhaps? $56 CDN
Fresh Beauty’s Sugar Lip Entourage is a five-piece sugar lip products to nourish lips. The set contains a Sugar Nourishing Lip Balm Advanced Therapy, Sugar Lip Polish, Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Nude and Rose and a Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy. With harsh winter ahead, this set is simply a must! $58 CDN
When it comes to gift giving, one thing everyone in your family needs/wants is a good a pair of winter boots. Here are a few brand options that we think will appeal to many, whether you are on a budget or you want to splurge for someone special.
BOGS Footwear is on a mission to provide the most comfortable footwear in the world for men, women, children and even toddlers. From waterproof leather to warm winter boots, they have it all. How adorable are the Classic Ice Skates insulated boots for kids? They are 100 percent waterproof and with 7 mm Neo-Tech insulation rated to -30F, this will keep the lil’ ones’ feet toasty warm come rain or snow. $95 CDN
Sorel boots are known for their utmost comfort to keep feet toasty warm. So how about Sorel’s Women’s Tivoli II Suede Boot? It’s a lightweight option for those flurry days that make you want to go for a walk or simply take the dog out. I know I would love a pair of these. Treat your loved ones to warm feet this year. $180 CDN
Cougar boots is our very own Canadian brand that prepares us for every wicked winter thrown our way. There’s no room for Mother Nature’s worst while sporting a Cougar Boot. The 39068 Original is a popular boot with fleece lining and can keep you warm in -30 C weather. How’s that for the gift of warmth this winter? ($230 CDN)
These European-made shoes are designed specifically for icy conditions with special cleats on the bottom. Using a little key, you can transition from regular bottom to the cleated option as you walk on ice or snow. For those people in your life who need that extra support or function, how grateful would they be for this functional pair of boots? These Domingo boots for men are an option for your dad who is always complaining about the ice or maybe your annoying brother? $270 CDN
For the fashion lovers, how can I miss including a pair of swanky Nine West boots? I’ve got my heart set on these Calla Boots from Nine West. Trust me, the fashion lover in your circle will be forever grateful. $200 CDN
Harley Davidson’s Coated Bomber Jacket is a casual jacket for keeps. This simple, yet chic jacket can be paired with a pair of jeans or casual pants. So how about gifting the swankiest, trend-setter a bomber jacket she’ll keep for life. $160.95 CDN
If you love biographies, check out Michael Jackson: Rewind. This beautifully bound 300 page hardcover has 350 images and covers Michael Jackson’s entire life and career – in reverse chronological order, from his tragic death to his early days in music in Gary, Indiana. $52 CDN. Also new this holiday season is Lauren Graham: Talking as Fast as I Can. If you’re a Gilmore Girls fan, you’ll want this collection of personal essays that include Lauren Graham‘s reflections on returning to the role of Lorelai Gilmore in the new Netflix mini-series Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. $28 CDN. Another biography getting great feedback is Anna Kendrick‘s Scrappy Little Nobody, which features a collection of funny autobiographical essays by the Pitch Perfect star. If you’ve seen her social media posts, you’ll know this is going to one very entertaining book. $34.99 CDN
For the binge-watching person who can clock in hours on end watching Netflix, I’d say a Netflix gift card is the way to go. From hit revival shows like Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life to the highly-buzzed The Crown, there’s something for everyone. You can buy a three or six month gift card. These cards are available now at a number of retail stores including Walmart, Target, Sobeys, 7-Eleven, Safeway, Metro and Loblaws.
Of course, we can’t leave the movie lovers out. If the person you’re gifting loves everything about Christmas and the holidays, then classics are the way to go. I recommend Home Alone ($19.99 CDN) or The Nutcracker (1993) ($14.98 CDN). For the TV fanatic, I’d suggest my favorite series this year: The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story ($49.99 CDN). For the horror lover, I’d go for American Horror Story: Hotel ($34.99 CDN). It is one of the best ones in the series.
For a little bit of nostalgia at Christmas, pick up The Andy Griffith Show Christmas Special on DVD. It has two episodes — Christmas Story and The Pickle Story — two funny, heartwarming stories. This show starred a young Ronnie Howard (now acclaimed director Ron Howard, who’s also the father of actress Bryce Dallas Howard) alongside Andy Griffith and Don Knotts. $14.99 CDN
Home Hardware Kuraidori Air cooker
The foodie in your life might enjoy a Kuraidori Air cooker, which uses high-speed hot air circulation and offers a multi-function design. It comes with six cooking programs and includes a toast rack, low rack, high rack, tong, four-piece skewer set and non-stick pizza pan. He or she will adore you for this kitchen must-have. $169.67 CDN
Sunbeam Heated Throw
If you’re not sure what to get someone, you can go for a safe, winter-friendly option like the Sunbeam Faux Fur Reverse to Sherpa Heated Throw. With three heat settings and three hour auto-off functionality, this 100 percent polyester is machine-washable and retails at $99 CDN at Sunbeam and Canadian Tire.
Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
~Marriska Fernandes and Alexandra Heilbron