If you’re one of those people who shop for gifts last minute, like yours truly, then this gift guide is here to the rescue. From style and beauty to entertainment and luxury, there’s options for all kinds of gift recipients. Take a look and feel free to tell leave comment telling us what’s your favorite gift from here! Happy Holidays! ~Marriska Fernandes
Miraj Hammam Spa
Experiences make unique gifts, especially when those you’re shopping for this holiday season aren’t crazy about things. Miraj Hammam Spa offers exclusive packages this holiday season, which make the perfect gift for anyone on your list.
The Escape to Bordeaux package, $460, includes a Divine Body Treatment (Nourishing) and a Caudalie Grand Facial. The body treatment is a luxurious body scrub with sugar, hibiscus, sesame seed and grape seed oil to exfoliate and nourish the skin. This treatment is complete with a 30 minute relaxation massage for the ultimate relaxation experience. The facial is Caudalie’s cult favorite and can be customized to all skin types. It relaxes your features, restores radiant complexion, regulates moisture levels through a long relaxing massage and improves your skin’s texture. How’s that for spoiling the special someone in your life? Psst…if you want to win two $50 gift cards to the spa, head over to our Tribute Movies Instagram page and click on the spa post and comment to win!
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2
The new Microsoft Surface Laptop 2, $1299.99, is a sleek and light piece, with improved speed and performance, and no compromise in weight and battery life. It is powered by the latest 8th Generation Intel Quad Core processor, which means faster performance. My favorite thing about this laptop is the lightweight design and the matte finish, giving a classy and edgy vibe to your look.
Spence Diamonds Classic Solitaire Pendant, starting at $379, is the perfect gift for your better half as a holiday present. If she likes simple, elegant and classy gifts, this is the one. This is a classic piece form the artisan diamond collection.
For the modern adventurer, puffer jackets are all the rage. This Parajumpers forest green Pharrell bomber for men, $710, is down-filled with water-resistant treatment. The hood is adjustable by means of a drawstring. It has two zippered pockets in front and a mesh pocket on the inside along with two-way front zip and underarm vents. It’s got a luxe vibe to it that will spread the holiday cheer for that special someone.
Gift of Comfort
Sometimes, it’s best to gift something that someone really needs. Did someone just get a new condo? Or is always complaining of uncomfortable sleep? A thoughtful gift for a family or friend is the Casper mattress. The Casper mattresses have a 100-night trial so the recipient of your gift can try and decide for themselves whether to keep the gift or return it. The mattress comes with a 10 year warranty, promising a decade of great sleep.
Caryl Baker Visage
Caryl Baker Visage’s award-winning Hydrafacial mixes luxury and affordability in one. HydraFacial is a 3-step, 30-minute facial treatment that gives you the best skin of your life! The treatment uses patented technology to cleanse, extract and hydrate your skin. The super serums are made with nourishing ingredients that instantly make a difference. It’s a gift that will truly make your loved one feel super special.
Reitmans also a selection of cute PJs that you’ll want to keep for yourself. This Flannel PJ set, $39.99, is everything. All we want to do is wear this all day long and cuddle with a book by the fire.
How about a pajama party over the holidays with your squad? You can show up with cute PJ gifts to ensure the Christmas spirit is jolly and bright. Lace has some really cute ones for your friends, like this Hide and Sleep PJ set.
Gift of Entertainment
For the entertainment lovers, there’s no shortage of gifts. If he/she is always talking about Netflix and referring to a plot that you may or may not have heard, that’s your cue. Get ‘em a Netflix gift card. You can’t go wrong with that. Here’s everything you need to know about Netflix.
HBO’s new Golden Globe-nominated series Sharp Objects premiered this summer and released on Blu-ray last month. It is a show for the lovers of dark thrillers. Amy Adams, who is nominated for a Golden Globe for the show, gives a stellar performance. So how about gifting someone Sharp Objects, $39.99, on Blu-ray?
Do you know a Game of Thrones lover? You could gift a true fan the entire collection, $119.99, from season one to seven in a special gift pack on Blu-ray and DVD. Each season comes with the original special features from the individual Blu-ray and DVD release. Won’t this make someone’s holiday season?
Fox Home Entertainment
For movie fanatics, how about Oscar winning film The Shape of Water? You can gift a copy of this on Blu-ray, $18.48, to add to someone’s movie collection. Click here to read our review. How about the ever-entertaining Merc with a Mouth? Deadpool 2 on Blu-ray, $19.99, is also a great gift option.
Staples has a range of gift options for everyone — whether you’re returning to school, a new job or if you need some new electronics. The trendsetter can buy these Decorative Lights, $15.98, in the shape of a cactus, while the gratitude guru can invest in a Marble Journal, $29.99 or a Mini USB Salt Lamp, $16.98.
The Sonos One is a voice-controlled smart speaker, $249.99, with Amazon Alexa built in and is quite the gift for the music-loving person in your life. He/she can enjoy rich, room-filling sound that connects to Spotify, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio and TuneIn. You can even ask Alexa to check news and traffic, set a timer and manage smart devices.
Not sure what to get the host of your next holiday party? A great gift for the host is a lil’ something from LCBO. The BACARDÍ Gran Reserva Diez, $44.95, is barrel-aged for a minimum of 10 years and best enjoyed on the rocks. The dark gold hue stems from bright notes of banana, pear and tropical melon balanced with caramelized vanilla and oak. How’s that for a holiday splash! And please do drink responsibly.
Gift of Time
What about young kids? The Timex x Peanuts Snoopy and Woodstock 28mm Elastic Fabric Watch, $39.99, is a cute watch that kids will love. The yellow strap and easy-to-read dial are just perfect for young minds this holiday season. Timex also has watches for men and women so might as well buy one for yourself or for someone on your list.
For the style diva, I recommend the Olivia Burton Big Dial 3D Bee Lapis Lazuli & Rose Gold Boucle Mesh, $320, which swaps out the pastel dials for autumn shades. The signature bee motif adds a level of mystery and charm, along with the textured mesh strap. It’s classy, elegant and 50 shades of perfect for the stylista on your list.
This one is a gift for the classy lady in your life. It could be for your mom, sister, friend or significant other. This RB3 MVMT watch, $170, is simple yet elegant, and less is always more. She will adore this gift this holiday season. The watches are available at The Bay and other independent jewelry stores.
Bulova has a stunning selection of new pieces that will melt anyone’s heart, especially if they love watches. This Bulova Women’s Sutton watch, $332.50, is a a slim stainless steel and gold-tone case with a white mother-of-pearl three-hand dial with 8 diamonds and domed sapphire crystal. You’ll win Christmas with this one.
Gift of Beauty & Style
With the never-ending holiday parties, your skin is bound to take a beating after all the champagne, late nights and rich food. Everyone needs time to recharge and rejuvenate. Elizabeth Grant’s Caviar Cellular Recharge Collection is everything. The Super Serum with Gold, $170, contains crucial nutrients for healthy skin and plumps up the appearance of skin. It makes a great gift for yourself or for mom!
We all know about the avocado trend. It’s an obsession and reasonably so. Glow Recipe offers natural, harsh-free Korean skin care and beauty products. Their most recent launch is the Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask, $45, which softens dry skin and gives a huge boost of hydration. The antioxidant -rich fruit is the new hero ingredient that you need – on your toast and on your skin.
KISS imPress press-on manicure makes it easy to swap manicures from party to party. The imPRESS Gel Manicure Oval Lighten Up shines a light on the new matte finish pieces. These make for great stocking stuffers and will make sure you kiss your manicure woes goodbye. $7.99
From nerd chic to hipster cool, Ollie Quinn has a wide selection of eyeglass frame and shades. You can give someone a gift card towards a pair of single vision frames, which are valued at $155 each. From aviator and cat eye, to round and rectangle, there’s a frame to fit every face shape.
For the shoe lover, how about a pair of comfortable yet on-trend boots from Ecco? The Ecco Shape 35 Block Boot, $360, is a classic and timeless investment made from light Ecco leather. It’s certainly chic and a wardrobe staple. Let’s just keep this one for yourself, okay?
High Top Sneakers is the it trend to follow, as you must already know. I would suggest getting your hands feet on Native’s Jefferson 2.0 High Lite knit, $115. The rubber rand increases durability, while the recycled elastilite insole cushions every step. It’s edgy, cool and got the chic vibe. For anyone on your list whose personality matches this, I’m sure they would adore this pair.
Lindo F, staring at $99, has a collection of fur accessories, perfect for the style queen this winter. They have the most adorable toques, which are available in three different styles with several color options. You can build your own by choosing your style of toque and poms.
Call it Spring
Sock boots are a thing. It’s the latest trend to take over the runways and red carpets. Call It Spring has a selection of mid-calf boots for a girls night out, like the Frerrassa, $79.99. The stiletto heel pointed toe is just what you need to treat yourself this holiday season. Isn’t there a holiday party coming up next week?
Comfort means fashion in this luxe jeans brand Yoga Jeans. Playful and simple, this stretchy fabric makes it comfortable to run all kinds of errands. I would recommend the Rachel Skinny jeans, $148 CDN, and the High Rise Skinny Rinse Indigo, $138 CDN. Let her flaunt her curves in this second skin layer of comfort.
NYX Cosmetics has a lot of fun holiday stocking stuffers for family and friends. The Sweet Chateau Slip Tease Lip Vault, $35, is a limited edition giftable collection featuring 12 mid-size Slip Tease Full Color Lip Oils.
MrMiSocki features cartoonist A.T. Pratt’s designs and each pair comes with the comic book that inspired them. Each pair is $15. You can mismatch all you want, you’ll still rock it and look cool. It also makes a great stocking stuffer.
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