Let’s face it: holiday shopping can be pretty stressful. And the last thing you want is to give a very someone a present they don’t like. Or worse, something they already have. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite items for virtually anyone on your shopping list.
Thoughtful. Stylish. Widely appealing. Let this definitive gift guide ease your holiday shopping-related stress and step up your Santaesque gift-giving skills. Whether these items wind up in the hands of a best friend, brother-in-law, or even a colleague whose name you picked in the holiday gift exchange, they are sure to spark joy the moment they unwrap them.
The gift of sight
Glasses. The kind of gift you know that a certain someone needs but you’re just not sure how to go about acquiring it for them. Besides, what if you choose a pair that doesn't suit them? If this scenario sounds like yours, then this next gift list item should do the trick. Enrobed in packaging featuring the imaginative artwork of Montreal illustrator Cécile Gariépy, is an oh-so-giftable combo: a gift card valued at $150 (enough for a pair of single vision glasses) and a chic bronze candle, the perfect present to warm them up this winter. For tips on how to show candles some love, check our helpful guide on how to extend the life of the candle here).
Matching toque and mittens
Sometimes, the most appreciated gift isn’t the one they expect but is the one that they need. Enter the toque—a Canadian winter staple. This cozy option (pictured above) from Frank And Oak could be the perfect gift to protect against this country’s notorious winter weather. Bonus points if you also get them mittens to match—they’ll look ultra-cool while fending off the cold. It's made for good (and warmer) living.
The "crème de la crème"
For a universally-pleasing pick that anyone will enjoy, we suggest a Kiehl’s classic, the fabulous Crème de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter. This is like skin potion in a lotion, healing dry skin caused by blistery, wintery weather. We suggest offering this to a co-worker or friend for the holidays — a self-care essential they will no doubt embrace.
Self-care staples for at-home spas
Come holiday season there’s only so much time people can take for themselves, even though this may very well be the time of year they may need it most. While purchasing someone a weekend spa getaway seems like a brilliant, the costs associated with planning a relaxing treatment for someone else really adds up. Plus, planning around their schedule—especially around the holidays—can be hard to do. Instead of spending on costly gift certificates for the spa, why not bring the spa to them?
Kiehl’s has many choices of serums available that can rejuvenate and revitalize even the most stressed-out of skin. One of our favourite products is the holy grail Midnight Recovery Concentrate, a.k.a. magic in a bottle. Comprised of ingredients like lavender essential oils and evening primrose oils, it works with so many different skin types, so it’s the perfect present for anyone you feel like spoiling. Beyond its ultra-soothing scent, this serum has restorative properties too: some have reportedly even seen a noticeable difference in the texture of your skin after even just a single use.
It's gifting, made easier
The best part? You can enter this contest and maybe you'll be lucky enough to win these products—and many others too. Then you can get all your holiday shopping done easily, fuss-free. Or, just keep them for yourself in which case, we promise not to judge.