We figured that there are some people on your list who are quite difficult to shop for, given the number gift options out there. To help shop for these mavens, so we put together our hot list of what we think will earn you brownie points with these holiday gifts. From the gift of relaxation to fashion and beauty sets to lifestyle must-haves, there’s something for everyone on this list. ~Marriska Fernandes
Gift of Relaxation: Mind and Body
Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie
Something that everyone will appreciate is the gift of relaxation. Give the gift of self care and relaxation with a treatment at the Moroccan-inspired Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie — it’ll transport them to another world without having to leave the city!
The gift of warmth is something that anyone will be grateful for. The Pur Serenity Weighted Blanket, $149, from SportChek is an ultra cozy velvet reversible to sherpa. The weighted blanket naturally reduces stress while promoting rest and relaxation. Available at SportChek and SportChek.ca
Guys and girls! Fitbit’s newest smartwatch is here and the gift for the fitness junkie: Fitbit Versa 2. The fitness smartwatch comes with Amazon Alexa built-in, 24/7 heart rate tracking, sleep score, apps and more with a sleek premium design. The Special Edition Versa 2 includes a 3-month trial of Fitbit Premium. $280 Who says fitness can’t be fun and style savvy?
For the Sassy Stylista
You can’t go wrong with jewelry. Trust me on this one. Pandora has a selection of new holiday pieces that will warm your way into anyone’s heart. From holiday charms such as Harry Potter Charm, $60, to the Pandora Moments Medium O Pendant, $60, there’s enough charm for the whole family. If that’s not enough, the Pandora Slider Tennis Bracelet, $75, is sleek, smooth and elegant. It’s embellished with sparkling cubic zirconia stones and features a chic sliding clasp, making it easy to adjust to your wrist size. You’ll be her favorite person this holiday season.
Levi’s at Mark’s
For the chic and ultra-cool fashionista, gifting her a Levi’s Women’s Original Sherpa Trucker Jacket, $128, might be the way to win her over. It’s a versatile silhouette and you can layer it over any outfit for a timeless look. This one comes with soft sherpa for outdoor comfort. Available at Marks and Marks.com
For those who want to gift a little bling to someone’s wardrobe, the Ombré Sequin Off-The-Shoulder Dress, $190, is our recommendation. It’s a chic cocktail dress covered in glamorous sequins that fade from a dark shade of burgundy into a lighter, feminine pink hue. Who wouldn’t love a new holiday party dress?
Poppy & Peonies
Not sure what to get her? The All I WANT HOLIDAY BOX, $125, from Poppy & Peonies is a sure bet. The limited edition holiday box makes gift-giving a breeze. This box includes a black crossbody, red Ruby Clutch, leopard Make Up Your Mind cosmetic case, Cheers Hairclips, and champagne glitter cardholder.
The minimalist trend is hot and trending this year. Mejuri’s line of stellar and dainty pieces is proof that less is more. Their Pavé Heart Necklace, $325, is my personal favorite. It’s a gorgeous classic piece handcrafted in 14k solid gold with black diamonds. She’ll love this one for sure.
For the Makeup and Skin Care Junkies
For the luxury skincare lover, the Valmont Cosmetics’ luxury line L’Elixir des Glaciers is the way to go. Their new Teint Précieux Votre Visage velvet glow foundation, $335, and Poudre de Teint Précieuse powder foundation, $230, are the ultimate gifts. Both give optimal coverage in a range of nude shades. The powder and liquid foundations offer a smooth finish and a glowing complexion.
The Body Shop
The Dream Big Seasonal Tote Bag, $130, from The Body Shop is filled with goodies seems like a great gift idea for the skincare maven. The tote bag is filled with bestselling skincare and body care products, and has a little reminder to dream big this Christmas. You can treat yourself or grab one as a gift for anyone on your list.
One of my favorite brands of hair products is Moroccanoil. The Moroccanoil Beauty Vault, $50, is a thoughtful and luxury item that they will adore. It’s a holiday countdown calendar with seven of the best travel-sized goodies for hair and body. You’re welcome.
Benefit Cosmetics has released really cute gift sets that anyone will adore. I Brake For Beauty Set, $40, is a limited-edition four-piece holiday set of must-haves that will stop you in your tracks. It includes the POREfessional Face Primer, Hoola Matte Bronzer, Gimme Brow+ in Shade 3 and the BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara mini in Intense pitch black.
If you know a beauty junkie, you probably know (or wouldn’t want to know) how many times they visit a Sephora store. So how about truly being their Santa Claus and gifting them some Sephora favorites like the Sephora Collection Skin Perfecting Brush Set, $72, or the Cream Lip Stain Collection Set, $37. Someone’s going to win Christmas this year.
Shoppers Drug Mart
We also love shopping for ourselves and others from Shoppers Drug Mart. Our two picks include the new Foreo Luna Luna 3, $259. It’s the softest skincare device featuring 30% softer silicone touchpoints and T-Sonic technology. It lifts away dirt and oil for a glowing skin. As far as fragrances go, Shoppers has a wide selection of gifts and when in doubt, go for the Chanel N°5 bottle, $119. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and shoppersdrugmart.ca
Game of Thrones
HBO released a collectible edition of the entire series — Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection, $435, which is packaged in a gorgeous wooden shadow box case, featuring multi-layered panel designs by Robert Ball. Each season is represented by a different layer, showcasing iconic characters and memorable moments from the show. The set also contains a “Hand of the King” pin clasp. This is a great gift option for fans of the show.
The new Fire HD 10, $239, allows you to enjoy widescreen entertainment that allows you to enjoy access to millions of eBooks, movies, TV episodes, games, apps, and songs. Available in either 32 or 64GB storage, you can watch all the new Amazon Prime Video shows and more!
You can’t go wrong when you bring a bottle as a host gift to dinner. Grey Goose Vodka, $51.95, is made from the best ingredients from France: soft winter wheat from in and around Picardy plus pure spring water from Gensac in the Cognac region, nurtured and captured from field to bottle in an exclusive process. You can gift this to colleagues, friends and family and makes a great holiday party host gift. Please do drink responsibly.
The LG XBoom Go PK3 IPX-7 waterproof portable bluetooth speaker, $80, with meridian technology is a suitable gift option for any music or movie lover. The sound quality will simply elevate their entertainment experiences.
Elf on the Shelf
The Red Planet Group, one of Canada’s premiere toy distributor, has the everything that kids are asking for! We recommend The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition, $39.95, a box set that comes with one of Santa’s Scout Elves and a beautifully illustrated children’s book that tells the tale of Santa’s helpers.
Wondering what to gift a pet owner? We suggest the cutest Beaver Canoe Woven Shirt for Dogs, $29.99. It’s a really adorable fashion choice for anyone’s furry best friend. If you’re a pet owner, grab one for your pet and you can sport a matching red plaid shirt as well!
Last, but not the least, Chance the Dog, $5, is a great way to give back this holiday season. With every purchase of the plush toy, PetSmart will donate 10 per cent of the sale to PetSmart Charities of Canada. PetSmart Charities will then use those donations to fund pet therapy programs at places like SickKids Hospital in Toronto and BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
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