I have been working on this list for a long time. As in, since really, last Christmas. I wanted to create a well balanced list of gift suggestions that met the criteria of: unique, serviceable and budget-friendly. With the final selections made, I couldn't be more pleased with how this came together!
My Picks for the Guys & Gals on my List this Year
This Jord watch is the perfect blend of classic design with a twist. I love the feminine style with the modern feel of wood. I have been wearing this watch nearly every day for the last several months and it still looks pristine. The attention to detail, from the trendy rose gold face to the mechanical window of the back plate is what makes this such a special piece. I get compliments on my Koa and Rose Gold model almost every time I wear it.
A gift that allows the recipient to customize it into a one-of-a-kind belonging is a safe bet for a stellar gift (IMO, of course). The Halifax Paper Heart's Wanderer Map is something I have been raving about for nearly a year. I love that this artistic map allows you to mark locations according to places you've traveled, where you have family living or any other purpose. It's trendy, but equally a classic wall hanging. Available framed or not, the gorgeous Wanderer Map retails for $120CAD (framed) and $60 (unframed). It can be shipped anywhere in Canada and the US Check out Halifax Paper Hearts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
If you've been with me awhile, you already know I'm a huge PurseN fan! I have several pieces of their toiletry and jewelry cases and they're simply amazing. Stylish, well made, easy to care for, they make staying organized while on the go effortless. The new PurseN Stylist bag is an absolute guarantee for pleasing any lady on your holiday list. The top compartment of the Stylist features a heat resident liner for your styling tools with plenty of room for a straightening and curling iron. In the main portion of the bag is a zippered top pouch for smaller items and brushes to keep things contained. The largest section is lined in nylon which makes clean up a breeze, 7 individual compartments to organize cosmetics and/or toiletries vertically and an open section for anything else. The sizing is perfect to house all your essentials and styling tools in one easy to transport case! Genius! You can find PurseN on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter
Not only can women appreciate the ease of traveling with their toiletries organized, but so can men. The PurseN Dopp is the best men's toiletry case I have ever seen. It is handsomely stylish and sophisticated. Designed with the same key features of PurseN's other bags, the Dopp provides five interior pockets for toiletries and one large section for additional items. I really like the two additional pouches for a razor and toothbrush/toothpaste. The Dopp is a great size and perfect for at home and travel.
Of course I needed to include something snuggly and warm, it is the holiday season after all! The Pook Onesie is the perfect adult size wearable blanket. I can't begin to tell you the struggle I have when it's time to take mine off! Unisex in design, the Pook Onesie is a great option for both men and women and makes for an awesome couple gift. I'm honestly not sure who wears theirs more, Rob or me. The Onesie is a nice weight of fleece and offers a cozy hood, zippered front and classic back flap! This is a unique, fun and practical gift that will be enjoyed all winter long. Sidenote, stay tuned for lots of cute pictures of all of us sporting our Pook Onesies!
Price $64.99 (Adult) $44.99 (Child)
Give a fun and unique gift that the recipient can enjoy receiving again and again! Sock Panda is a subscription service can be purchased monthly, semi-annual or annually and is available for men, women and children. They also offer two styles of socks, Pattern/Prints and Wild/Crazy. I love Sock Panda's social consciousness in providing a pair of socks to someone in need for each pair sold. The quality is great, too making this an all around solid gift choice! Subscription options include choosing one or two pairs monthly and payment can be made monthly, semi annually or annually. All info can be found here. Keep up with Sock Panda's happenings on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
I love giving beauty gifts sets for the holidays. Often they sell at a reduced cost, come beautifully packaged and allow the recipient to try products they may otherwise not have had the opportunity to.
The VichyDynamic Hydration Set comes with two full size products (Purete Thermale One Step Cleanser 100ml & Day Care Rich Cream) as well as two sample sizes (Mineral 89 and Aqualia Thermal Serum) Price $39.95 (value $55.32) Discover more of Vichy Canada on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
Roger & Gallet's Fleur de Figuier set is a beautiful trio that any woman would absolutely adore receiving. The smell (seriously, the smell) is beyond beautiful and neutral enough for any age. The set comes with the Replenishing & Nourishing Body Lotion, Hand & Nail Balm and Perfumed Soap Price $30 available at The Bay
A great idea for a smaller gift is the AUKEY Mini Portable Charger 5000mAh (US Amazon link). Perfect for any busy person on the go, this great power bank allows you to charge any USB based device typically seven times. We use ours mainly for our iPhones and iPads. It has come in handy countless times!
Over the last year, I've become completely obsessed with essential oils. They're a wonderful and healthy way to fragrance your home, balance your mood, and combat sickness. Gifting an oil diffuser is a thoughtful way to introduce someone to the benefits of diffusing. Pair the Aukey 200ml Diffuser with a couple of your favourite oils or blend for an added touch! Price $39.99CAD/37.99USD
We have been using the Outdoor Tech Big Turtle Shell almost every day for nearly a year and its met every expectation, perfectly. It is rock solid in construction - both water and dust resistant. It produces crystal clear sound at concert level volume. The handles on the bottom of both sides allow the speaker to be strapped on to a backpack, bike or anything else. For the music lover on your list, this is a perfect gift! Check out Outdoor Tech on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Price $149.00 via Amazon
LifeFactory water bottles have been on my favourites list for years now. I enjoy the glass construction, silicone sleeve, handle and mouth spout options. I have a 24oz bottle, but have been favouring my 16oz for the last few months. The smaller bottle allows for easier portability and fits comfortably in any holder. A LifeFactory water bottle is a great gift for anyone who doesn't already know how truly great they are!
I'd love to know what you're buying the special people on your list this year, please let me know in the comments! Stay tuned for my two other guides, coming soon!