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One Is Silver & The Other’s Gold

Today’s gift ideas are all about shopping for your best girlfriends. Granted, the gift ideas here could be extended to other categories, but I thought they were especially fitting as friend choices because A) They’re in a reasonable price range (nothing over the $50 mark) and B) They’re a tad less personal than something you might buy for your mom. No matter how sister-like your relationships with your friends are, there is always a slightly more generic tinge to the gifts you buy. Hence why I emphasize, these are great ideas for your besties,  but they’ll work wonders in a number of situations. And to make things extra fun, I’ve themed the gifts to be grounded in the metals of friendship – silver and gold. I should also point out, if you’ve just started dating a new girl, these also make ideal picks. They’re fun and festive and girly, but they aren’t implying a whole lot in terms of ‘meaning’ (you may want to steer clear of the Infinity Necklace though).

Sequin Clutches – $20.94 @ Old Navy
As someone who is a fervent supporter of wearing sparkly stuff year-round, few things delight me as much as the explosion of glitter and shine come the holiday season. Take these all-out sequinned wristlets from Old Navy as an example. Available in not-so-basic black and shimmery pewter, they’re the perfect accessory to add some pow to any gal’s holiday party wardrobe. And if you’ve got some cash to spare, consider filling it with a few little extras for a gift within a gift.

Enamel Stacking Bangles – $12 to $16 each @ Indigo
Gild your wrists with these gold-and-jewel-tone stacking bangles from Indigo. With two styles and a dozen shades, these are a playful way to add a pop of colour to your wardrobe. Not only do they look pretty luxe, they’re actually plated with real 14K gold. Stock up on a few of your girlfriend’s favourite shades and tell her where to buy the rest so she can collect the full set.

Nails Inc. ‘The After Party’ Gift Set – $30 @ Sephora
Another sparkly pick with a festive ring to it, this three-pack of limited edition, full-size polishes from British brand Nails Inc. is exclusive to Sephora. Personally, I love glittery polish particularly around the holidays – I’ve received endless compliments when I deck my nails out like I’ve got tinsel fingertips – and this three-pack offers three shades and three types of glitter polish. Go for the brand’s signature ‘3D Glitter’ in black, chunky rainbow nails, or festive red micro-sparkles for a look that’s fit for a holiday party or two!

Glitter Belts – $41.50 each @ J Crew
Add a pop of sparkle to any ol’ outfit with one of these glittery sparkle belts from J Crew. Rock it at holiday parties or on the weekends over a LBD, or jazz up your work day cashmere sweater and khaki combo with a shot of blingy magic. A fail safe pick for your fashionably inclined friendly.

Fortune Cookie Box – $26 @ Shopbop
This pretty trinket box is the perfect place to stash her most treasured pieces – from that elegant necklace you gave her for being a bridesmaid to the ring her mom passed down from her great-grandmother. Want to make it an extra-special memory? Tuck in a fortune upon gifting it and watch as she lights up when you ‘predict’ the very thing she’s looking for most – whether a prosperous year at work, a bouncing new arrival, or a partner to share her dreams with.

SEPHORA Collection Mini Blinged Pallette – $18 @ Sephora
She’ll be stepping out in style when her purse is filled with this gem-encrusted make-up palette from Sephora’s house line. Filled with eight universally flattering neutral shadows, five balms, a blush, plus the brushes and mirror you’ll need to get your look down pat, this is an amazing deal that will fit into any shopper’s budget and any best friend’s make-up collection.

Godiva Gold Metal Planter Gift Set – $34.99 @ The Bay
Help your best friend indulge the next day she’s feeling down with this luxury gift basket of Godiva chocolates. Warm up with two packages of hot cocoa, nibble on some truffles, or make the ultimate decadent s’mores treat with dark chocolate-covered graham crackers. Best of all, the holiday-themed planter the set comes in is totally reusable. Bring along a poinsettia for her to plant after she’s made her way through the goodies.


Absolutely Audrey Shoe Clips – $10+
What’s the fastest way to brighten up those ol’ dancing shoes? With a pair of glittering shoe clips from Absolutely Audrey. Available in dozens of styles (and colours – I just highlighted a few silver / gold styles here), these simply clips can hook onto the toe or the heel of your favourite pair of flats or heels to instantly jazz up your look. Hint: if you’re gifting bridesmaids or a bride-to-be, these also make great wedding party favours.

Octopus Ring Holder – $10 @ Umbra
Keep those cocktail rings in order with this whimsical jewelry holder, designed to hook up your favourite costume ambles and keep them nice and organized. Admittedly the jewelry maniac of your circle probably won’t be able to make this work (unless she wants to highlight her favourite pieces) but for the average gal, this is a splendid way to show off your sparklers – and keep tabs on your wedding and engagement rings when not in use. Best of all, it’s at the $10 mark, making it a perfect choice for a cheapie Secret Santa exchange.


Odette Infinity Necklace – $42 @ Stella & Dot
The infinity symbol is having something of a moment as of late, in part thanks to blockbuster series like Revenge which features the symbol prominently. If you want to symbolize the everlasting sisterly bond between you and a bestie, what better way than with this sterling silver necklace, complete with a pretty gold ring-like infinity pendant? It’s a universally flattering and elegant design, and it’s pretty timeless too – just like your friendship.

Fitted Wool Gloves – $20 @ RW & Co
I’m actually sort of impressed with myself for finding what I could classify as a Silver/Gold gift that ISN’T sparkly or metallic. I’m talking about these too-cute wool gloves from RW & Co, in a universally flattering shade of silver-grey, accented with pops of golden-beige along the fingers and wrists. The neutral colour works wonders with just about any coat, while the girly accents make them feel a little more special. Plus, what Canadian girl doesn’t need a good pair of gloves to get her through the dreary winter months?

Pocket Flasks – $24.50 each @ Indigo
Who says flasks are just for boys? Although, for the record, this is probably the most gender-neutral pick on this girlfriend-oriented list, I feel like there’s a little bit of femininity to these stainless steel flasks. Available in two styles with slightly different features, the engraved messaging is really what sets these fun flasks apart from the rest. Bring to mind Gene Wilder’s interpretation of Willy Wonka with the Candy is Dandy but Liquor is Quicker flask, or interject a little multi-culti cuteness with the Spanish greeting of Salud, aka an alternative way to say Cheers!

Black & Gold Shimmer Headband – $9 @ Mane Message
Avoid the head-shrinking feeling of a temple-squeezing traditional headband and opt for a pretty glittery elastic style instead, from hair accessory shop Mane Message. The gist behind all of Mane Message’s products – a mix of hair ties and headbands – is to create pieces that are comfortable, flexible (they double as wrist accessories when not in use), and utterly wearable. They actually come in dozens of styles and patterns (including a Christmas and Hanukkah collection), but I zeroed in on this instantly festive outfit finisher. Simply split it on and amp up your look a few glittery notches.

Sequin Skirt – $39 @ Joe Fresh
Be holiday party-ready with this fabulous sequinned skirt, designed to make even the most austere dresser have an extra spring in her step. What’s cool about a piece like this is it’s actually shockingly wearable, even for the non-fashionably-inclined. Don it for your office holiday luncheon or Christmas dinner with a black turtleneck and tights, or pair it with a bold colourful tank and dangling earrings for a night on the town or New Year’s Eve!

Elizabeth Grant Winter Wish & Christmas Morning Bath & Shower Gel Duo – $30
How does one describe the smell of winter? According to Canadian-headquartered skincare company, Elizabeth Grant, it’s with the spicy smell of cloves and the warm tones of honey. At least, that’s what I inhaled when I took a big deep breath of the brand’s limited-edition holiday shower gel duo with two complementary toasted-sugar scents of Winter Dreams (layered with delectable caramel) and Christmas Morning (with channels freshly baked gingerbread). The festive packaging, the shimmery formula, the dual-action (it works as bubble bath or shower gel!) and the skin-nourishing qualities make this an absolutely splendid gift selection for your favourite female.

So much sparkle! So much shine! So much awesome, am I right? I want to spread the wealth a little kids. I’m actually going to give three golden readers the chance to win one of three sensational presents. You could win one of the two Indigo flasks or the Elizabeth Grant Shower Gel Duo! Here’s how to enter:

1) Leave a comment by December 16th with the silver or gold gift idea you think is absolutely precious (metal!)

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around December 17th to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry #1: Like Indigo on Facebook, leave a comment (you’re under no obligation to mention the CGG), and leave your FB handle in the comments below. 

5) Bonus Entry #2: Like Elizabeth Grant on Facebook, wash, rinse & repeat as per #4 above. 

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166 Responses to “One Is Silver & The Other’s Gold”
  1. The gift I think is precious is the Nails Inc. ‘The After Party’ Gift Set. I love polishes, especially sparkly ones :)

  2. Elizabeth R says:

    The octopus ring holder.

  3. Taps says:

    I love the fitted gloves.. So unique!

  4. Natalie says:

    The Odette infinity necklace is simple and beautiful!

  5. leah says:

    Great picks as usual! I love the 50’s vibe of Fitted Wool Gloves – $20 @ RW & Co. I have liked Indigo & Elizabeth Grant on FB. Handle is my name. Thanks so much….again and again……

  6. pacificnxnw says:

    I love the flasks, and my brother would too! Great gift ideas again!

  7. Holly Sproule says:

    I love the Octopus Ring Holder!! Also I liked Indigo on fb.

  8. Rose says:

    I love the Odette Infinity necklace! As well as the Fitted Wool Gloves both items would be lovely gifts for any women on my list. Thanks for the ideas!

  9. Rose says:

    I liked Elizabeth Grants FB, on FB I am Holly Hill.

  10. Karen says:

    love the fortune cookie box

  11. Audrey Skinner says:

    Love the Audrey shoe clips.

  12. barb says:

    oooh…I just Love the nail polishes by Nails Inc….so glam!

  13. Jennifer Deol says:

    I really love the Wool Gloves idea: easy price range, practical & definitely feminine. Thank-you!

  14. Victoria Ess says:

    I love the Odette infinity necklace

  15. Victoria Ess says:

    Liked Chapters Indigo and commented as Victoria Ess

  16. Victoria Ess says:

    Liked Elizabeth Grant and commented as Victoria Ess

  17. I think the fitted wool gloves are darling.

  18. Tierra G says:

    The Octopus Ring Holder is really cute and practical.

  19. LINDA says:

    I am interested in the Elizabeth Grant bath gel – cloves and honey – That’s a very appealing combination.

  20. I love the Odette Infinity Necklace – $42 @ Stella & Dot because it has both silver and gold. :)

  21. Anne Taylor says:

    I love the unique Octopus Ring Holder! tres funky


  22. Anne Taylor says:

    Liked Elizabeth Grant International Inc. on fb and commented

    Anne Taylor

  23. MissT says:

    Love that Octopus Ring Holder i would use it the most.

  24. MissT says:

    Like Indigo on Facebook
    Tanya Rose B u k s a

  25. MissT says:

    Like Elizabeth Grant on Facebook
    Tanya Rose B u k s a

  26. Pat B says:

    The ‘Candy is Dandy’ flash is pretty sweet!

  27. Irene says:

    The gold gift idea is wonderful – love the fortune cookie keepsake box.

  28. Suzanne says:

    I love the gold gift idea and love the odette infinity necklace

  29. beewbedard says:

    Love the Odette Infinity Necklace – $42 @ Stella & Dot

  30. beewbedard says:

    Liked Chapters Indigo and commented as Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard

  31. beewbedard says:

    Like Elizabeth Grant on Facebook and commented as Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard

  32. Evan says:

    The Godiva Gold Metal Planter Gift Set looks like an excellent choice. Thank you.

  33. Adina H. says:

    I like the Sequin Clutches.

  34. Debbie Petch says:

    I like the shimmer headbands!

  35. Donnas says:

    The Godiva Gold Metal Planter Gift Set is precious.

  36. Donnas says:

    Like Indigo on Facebook as Donna Lee

  37. Donnas says:

    Like Elizabeth Grant on Facebook as Donna Lee

  38. Louise says:

    The gift I think is precious the Odette Infinity Necklace

  39. Louise says:

    Like Indigo on Facebook-fb name louise gilbert

  40. Louise says:

    I Like Elizabeth Grant on Facebook-fb name louise gilbert

  41. sarah snow says:

    I love the wool rw&co gloves

  42. Wendy Dickinson says:

    I love the Odette Infinity Necklace and the Octopus Ring Holder the best.

    msdickinson28 at hotmail dot com

  43. Wendy Dickinson says:

    Liked Indigo on Facebook and left a comment!

  44. Wendy Dickinson says:

    Liked Elizabeth Grat on Facebook and left a comment!

  45. I love the silver sequin skirt!

  46. Jayne M. says:

    I love the wool gloves. They are different, practical, and pretty.

  47. I think the octopus ring holder is adorable

  48. Sean Pynaert says:

    a nice gold necklace would work for the women in this house

  49. Crystal Mountain says:

    Nails Inc. ‘The After Party’ Gift Set

  50. Vicky D says:

    Love the Odette Infinity Necklace!!

  51. debra says:

    the glitter belts

  52. aly3360 says:

    I love the octopus ring holder. Super cute!!

    ayoung3360 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  53. Margaret Imecs says:

    I love the Fitted Wool Gloves

  54. Margaret Imecs says:

    Already Liked Chapters Indigo on Facebook as Margaret Imecs

  55. Margaret Imecs says:

    Liked Elizabeth Grant International Inc. on Facebook as Margaret Imecs

  56. mcmc says:

    the fitted wool gloves are ones I could really love

  57. ANITAF says:

    Fitted Wool Gloves

  58. Donna L. says:

    I love the Godiva gift set

  59. Donna L. says:

    I like Indigo on Facebook as Donna Lyn and commented on their FB page

  60. Dreena says:

    The gift I think is precious is the “Odette Infinity Necklace.” So pretty.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  61. Patricia says:

    Fortune Cookie Box because it is so unique

  62. blessedta says:

    I like the Fortune Cookie box. Its beautiful.

  63. Pat E says:

    Love the fortune cookie trinket box followed closely by the ring octopus

  64. Myra says:

    I am torn between the gloves and the sequin skirt! The gloves just have such a ladylike charm to them – and the skirt is so perfect for the holiday season. Very torn!

  65. Alison K says:

    The silver or gold gift idea I think is absolutely precious (metal!) is the “Godiva Gold Metal Planter Gift Set – $34.99 @ The Bay”. How can you go wrong with chocolate!

    Bonus Entry #1: Liked Indigo (Chapters Indigo Books & Music Inc.) on Facebook, left a comment https://www.facebook.com/ChaptersIndigo/posts/454650587925599 & my FB handle is Alison K…

    Bonus Entry #2: Liked Elizabeth Grant (Elizabeth Grant International Inc.) on Facebook, left a comment https://www.facebook.com/EGSkincare/posts/525357097475021 & my FB handle is Alison K…

    Thank you.

  66. Debbie Petch says:

    I love both but silver is really special!

  67. Debbie Petch says:

    I liked the Indigo facebook page! mysticmisha at hotmail dot com

  68. Debbie Petch says:

    I liked the Elizabeth Grant facebook page. mysticmisha at hotmail dot com

  69. Alicia Turner says:

    I love the Godiva Gold Metal Planter Gift Basket!!

  70. I think the Godiva Gold Metal Planter Gift Set is a fabulous idea for those you are not too close to, yet want a great gift for – like a boss, or a coworker that was extra helpful !

  71. liked indigo on fb – heather holmberg

  72. Already liked and commented on Elizabeth Grant FB – heather holmberg

  73. Sandy says:

    I love the Nails Inc nail polish set! Beautiful colours :)

  74. Debbie Bashford says:

    I love that Octopus ring holder

  75. Debbie Bashford says:

    I already liked indigo on FB but I did leave a comment

  76. Debbie Bashford says:

    I liked Elizabeth Grant FB and left a comment

  77. trina v says:

    I really like the sequin skirt.

  78. Silvia says:

    Like the Godiva chocolate

  79. JM says:

    I like the fortune cookie box

  80. Angela Griffin says:

    I love the flasks!

  81. Mike Gismondi says:

    The fortune cookie box is unique!

  82. Mike Gismondi says:

    liked indigo on FB

  83. Mike Gismondi says:

    liked elizabeth grant on FB

  84. Leslie says:

    Godiva Gold Metal Planter Gift Set – can’t go wrong with chocolate…

  85. fifaleaf says:

    I love the sequin skirt!

  86. thomas rusinak says:

    i think the shower gels would be fine for me!

  87. Barbara B says:

    Those silver grey gloves are Adorable! from RW & Co.
    Liked: Indigo. Liked: Elizabeth Grant
    (fb = Barb Beaver)

  88. Love the octopus ring holder!

  89. prairiebelle says:

    I would love the

    Elizabeth Grant Winter Wish & Christmas Morning Bath & Shower Gel Duo


  90. prairiebelle says:

    I like indigo on facebook as belinda m and posted



  91. Angela Gray says:

    I really like the fitted wool gloves from RW&Co. Very pretty.

  92. prairiebelle says:

    I like Elizabeth Grant International Inc. on facebook as belinda m and posted



  93. Myra says:

    These products on this page really are beautiful

  94. My favourite gift idea is the inifinity necklace.

  95. shawnadsanderson on facebook
    email is ssanderson33 at hotmail dot com

  96. leah says:

    the joe fresh sequin skirt is so cute!!

  97. Tania B says:

    I would have to say I am in love with the Godiva gift basket. Droool …

  98. Tania B says:

    I am following Indigo on Facebook – FB Profile: https://www.facebook.com/tjbugnet

  99. Tania B says:

    I am following Elizabeth Grant on FB: https://www.facebook.com/tjbugnet

  100. mousecat says:

    the Absolutely Audrey Shoe Clips are the best, I think!!

  101. Brook says:

    joe Fresh sequin skirt is adorable!

  102. sandra d. says:

    Godiva Gold Metal Planter Gift Set looks great !

  103. Lisa Morrison says:

    I would pick the Elizabeth Grant bath and body duo.

  104. I think the Nails Inc. ‘The After Party’ Gift Set is precious :)

  105. I like Elizabeth Grant on facebook and commented (Karla Sceviour)

  106. Anne Derkat says:

    I like the Octupus ring holder

  107. Sarah says:

    I love the shoe clips

  108. angela mitchell says:

    I can’t resist chocolate so I would have to pick the Godiva Gold Metal Planter Gift set.

  109. angela mitchell says:

    liked Indigo on Facebook
    Angela Mitchell

  110. I love the Godiva Gold Metal Planter!

  111. I like Indigo on Facebok (Rebecca Roberts)

  112. I like Elizabeth Arden on Facebook (Rebecca Roberts)

  113. angela mitchell says:

    Liked Elizabeth Grant on Facebook.
    Angela Mitchell

  114. lucy says:

    I really like the polishes. The more sparky the better.

  115. Stacey says:

    love the nail polishes

  116. Layal says:

    The gift I think is precious is the Godiva gift basket

  117. Mandy Rogasky says:

    I really like the gold fortune cookie! I’ve never seen that before and I think you could incorporate a cute engagement with it!

  118. Joan G says:

    I’ve been a fan of the Elizabeth grant products forever.

  119. Dee B says:

    I love the Odette Infinity necklace…reminds me of the Cartier Infinity series, but affordable :)

  120. sarah p says:

    I love the fortune cookie trinket box :)

  121. dawn chessman says:

    winter dreams and christmas morning set for sure

  122. Marlene V. says:

    I really like the Nails Inc. ‘The After Party’ Gift Set from Sephora

  123. Susan says:

    I love the Godiva Gold Metal Planter Gift Set (can’t beat chocolate)!

  124. Susan says:

    I Like Indigo on Facebook and went over and said “hi” from the Canadian Gift Guide!

  125. lindsay d. says:

    the infinity necklace is so pretty. i don’t usually wear necklaces, but i wouldn’t want to take this one off!

  126. Kelly P says:

    I love the flasks & the octopus ring holder!

  127. Marlene J says:

    Ohh it would have to be Elizabeth Grant Winter Wish & Christmas Morning Bath & Shower Gel Duo – $30 Perfect for the holiday season

  128. Jeanette Jackson says:

    I think the Octopus Ring Holder is absolutely precious

  129. bargianqueen says:

    Elizabeth Grant Winter Wish & Christmas Morning Bath & Shower Gel Duo – $30 Perfect for the holiday season

  130. sandy says:

    I think i like the elizabeth grant bath gel duo best. :)

  131. Laura says:

    The fortune cookie case looks adorable!

  132. Natalie says:

    The Godiva gift set is gorgeous (and tasty!)

  133. Jessica Lord says:

    the sequin skirt from Joe Fresh

  134. Burcu says:

    Godiva Gold Metal Planter Gift Set looks awesome

  135. Julie G. says:

    The Fortune Cookie Box is truly unique – a great stocking stuffer!

  136. lori butler says:

    i like the Elizabeth Grant body wash

  137. lori butler says:

    I have commented and liked Indigo

  138. lori butler says:

    I have liked Elizabeth Grant facebook page and commented

  139. sherry k says:

    love the gold Fortune COokie box

  140. sherry k says:

    liked Indigo – sherry haydon

  141. sherry k says:

    liked Elizabeth Grant – sherry haydon

  142. eleanor says:

    I like the Blinged Palette and Nails Inc from Sephora.

  143. Debbie Lemaire says:

    I love the Fortune Cookie box. My sister-in-law is Chinese and I would so love to give this to her.

  144. stacey h says:

    the octopus ring holder is my favorite

  145. Brenda Lacourciere says:

    I really like the fortune cookie

  146. Brenda says:

    I like the Fortune Cookie Box

  147. Brenda says:

    Liked on facebook (Theresa Miller) and commented.

  148. Ali says:

    I think that the fortune cookie is pretty cute, but that the Black & Gold Shimmer Headband is the best!

  149. Polly S. Smith says:

    I like the Blinged Palette and Nails Inc from Sephora and the fortune cookie box.

  150. Elaan says:

    I adore those fitted gloves. Lovely!

  151. I like the Nails Inc. Classy and sassy!

  152. aimee says:

    i love the wool gloves

  153. I think the Glitter Belts are the most precious.

  154. darci says:

    Love the wool gloves!

  155. Yvonne Dean says:

    Love the fortune cookie box!

  156. Andrea says:

    I love the J crew sparkle belts and the Nails Inc. ‘The After Party’ Gift Set.

  157. darringleannedleanne says:

    I love all the items but i also love necklaces

    FB- leanne vandorpel

  158. I love the Sephora blinged palette and the Elizabeth Grant set. Once I heard caramel, that was it for me! But it is really hard to choose because the enamel bangles were awesome, I loved the grey gloves and those Audrey shoe clips were darling! Thank you for finding so any adorable things.

  159. Heidi says:

    The enamel bracelets look great!

  160. Maegan Morin says:

    I LOVE the octopus ring holder!!

  161. Beata D'Agostino says:

    I love the nail polishes by Nails Inc, perfect for NEW YEARS party!

  162. rhansen says:

    The infinity necklace is really nice

  163. Di Henderson says:

    The wool gloves are so cute I’d love to have them!

  164. meggers41 says:

    I love the glitter belts! So cute!

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