Saved By Santa
Can you believe Christmas is just a few short days away? No matter how prepared you set out to be at the beginning of the season, you may still be scrambling for last-minute gift ideas. Look no further…I’ve got you covered! Here are some ideas that are pretty widely available across Canada.
Stila Art of the Fine Line Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner Set – $47 @ Sephora or Stila Colour Outside The Lines Smudge Stick Set – $39 @ Murale
Pretty much every girl owns eyeliner – but does she have a go to? She will after sampling either one of these Stila value sets this holiday season. The Art of the Fine Line Liquid Liner set (available exclusively at Sephora) features a full-size liquid liner pen – for super easy application – in classic black as well as three travel sizes in navy, maroon and green, as well as an instructional card so you can perfect that cat’s eye and give your fave guy a wink under the mistletoe. Meanwhile, Stila’s Colour Outside the Lines set features five of my favourite products from the brand – their trademark smudge sticks that give you the intensity of a liquid liner with easy-gliding pencil application (no sharpening required). Given both sets come in ready-to-wrap (or hand over) tins, consider this an easy fix for the girls on your list.
Gas Bar Dispenser – $39.99 @ Canadian Tire (use store locator tool for availability)
For the auto enthusiast or simply your friend that’s converted their basement into an at-home movie theatre comes this fun, party-ready beverage dispenser. Simply load it up with the sparkling soda, juice or other beverage of your choice and ‘pump’ some thirst-quenching drinks into your guests’ hands. A nifty last-minute gift idea for the in-laws, your gracious hosts for the season, or your closest couple friends that would get a kick out of this canister’s vintage vibe.
Harvester Suede Moccasin – $89 @ Manitoba Mukluks
Although these traditionally-styled suede moccasins may come from a company named after our country’s heartland province, rest assured, the brand’s lineup of cozy footwear is available quite handily across the country. I was drawn to these unlined moccasins as an upscale alternative to your cheapie polyester slippers, but also as a choice for discerning fashionistas looking to add a little pep in their step. With two layers of fringe, coordinating laces, contrast beading and a pretty unique range of colour choices, what girl (or possibly guy) wouldn’t want to unwrap a pair of fun moccasins on Christmas morning?
DEWALT Head Lamp – $39.99 @ Home Depot
This is one of those gifts that EVERY homeowner should invest in – whether they’re a handy type or not. This adjustable head lamp sits securely on your head, giving you extra light where you need it, when you need it: perhaps you’re creeping through the attic, looking for some decorations. Or you’ve dropped something down a drain and need to peer down to see it. Or you just need a little extra light while tuning your car. Whatever the case, this well-priced lamp delivers plenty of the bright stuff.
Downtown Calvin Klein Perfume – $25 – $102 @ Hudson’s Bay, Sears, Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart and Jean Coutou
Perfume is generally always an appreciated gift that strikes a perfect price point no matter who you’re buying for. This new incarnation from Calvin Klein is widely available across Canada, from a $25 rollerball exclusively at Sephora to a full-sized 90 mL perfume. Despite its urban name, the scent is surprisingly woodsy – with powerful notes of Texas cedar and vetiver alongside sparkling citrus tones like pear, Italian lemon, and my personal favourite, pink pepper (with a notable splash of gardenia in there as well). I picked this one for last-minute gifting not only because it’s easy to snap up, but because the scent is pretty universally appealing: not too heavy, not too floral, not too old, not too exotic. Spritz and see for yourself.
Family Tree Maker – $39.99 @ Ancestry.ca
Nearly every family has got an ancestry buff in the mix – whether they’re curious because they’re about to have a baby, proud of their culture, or simply a history enthusiast, Ancestry.ca feels ya. That’s why they’ve created special, downloadable software that makes it easy for you to chart your family’s roots, exploring a single individual to create unique reports, or mapping a larger tree into custom keepsake charts or books. It’s so last minute-friendly, you can simply print off a historical photo of someone in your family, tuck it in a card, and let your giftee know that they’re going to have this unique software in their hands before they know it.
Victorinox Chrono Classic 1/100th Watch – $875 (follow link for stores)
Got some cash burning a hole in your pocket? Treat the gentleman in your life to this stunning watch from Victorinox Swiss Army, featuring a chronograph that’s accurate to 1/100th of a second and a perpetual calendar that even recognizes leap years, this beautiful timepiece is as elegant as it is functional. Available in multiple, high end finishes – leather and quartz anyone? – this is a spectacular gift he’ll treasure for years to come (and he doesn’t even need to know it was a last minute find). Victorinox is available at many retailers across the nation. Use the store locator on their website or call 1-800-665-4095 to find one near you.
KISS Gel Dress – $6.97 each (lamp and Double Up Top Gel available separately)
Shopping for a nail queen (or teenager)? These fun nail stickers give you salon quality results in a flash – and can last up to two weeks when used in tandem with the KISS LED Lamp and Double Up Top Gel ($34.97 and $9.97 respectively). What’s particularly cool about these kits is you can actually use them in multiple ways – as a stylish french nail topper, covering your full nail, or even just covering a portion of it. Buy a few as stocking stuffers or pull together a little collection so she can play with her nail art all winter long.
Eileen Gold Coffee Press by Bodum – $57.95 @ Starbucks
Coffee lovers rejoice! This elegant french press coffee maker not only looks beautiful, it brews more than enough java – 8 cups worth in fact – to pep up your holiday spirit after a particularly long day of Christmas shopping or gathering with your family. Featuring a unique, chrome-plated stainless steel frame in honour of designer Eileen Grey, this dishwasher-safe press matches perfectly with a few bags of Starbucks holiday blends. And really – where isn’t there a Starbucks in your hood?
Annie Beaded Crossbody Clutch – $124 each at Banana Republic
She’ll radiate style with one of these sparkly, versatile clutches under her arm. Available in four festive colours, this pretty bag is slightly bigger than your average clutch – perfect if you need a few essentials beyond lip gloss and a cell phone. Hold it in your hand, or use the included optional chain to sling it over your shoulder or across your body. A wonderful choice to make her feel pretty, oh so pretty.
GUESS Night – $45 – $75 @ Sears & Guess Retail Stores
Just like perfume for her makes a great last-minute lifesaver, so to does cologne for men, especially because they tend to just let their bottles run dry. This new cologne from GUESS feels appropriately designed for after hours wear, with robust earthy notes of patchouli and cedar followed by opposing black vanilla husk and pepper. The entire scent straddles the line between a fresh, spicy aroma to a natural, woodsy smell – either way, it’s another one of those sort of universally appealing colognes that any guy will be happy to spritz on (so will you, if he’s the type of guy you get huggy with).
Despicable Me 2 Blu-Ray Combo Pack w/ Exclusive Bonus Hat – $26.99 @ Future Shop
Keep the little ones entertained this holiday season by popping in the latest installment in the adventures of Gru and his precious minions in this limited edition Blu-Ray / DVD / Digital copy set. Not only is there plenty of minion-y fun to be had by watching the film (or its many bonus features, including a few animated shorts), but your kids can fight over who gets to keep this Future Shop-exclusive minion toque! Note that this set is sold out online, but a quick search of Future Shop locations by my home showed it to be in stock. Hurry hurry!
J+ Dancing Water Speaker – $19 @ Loblaws / Real Canadian Superstores
It may not be the most dazzling sound, but it’ll certainly have a dazzling effect on whomever you gift this totally affordable last-minute lifesaver to. Simply link up your favourite music playing device and watch as this unique speaker shoots streams of coloured water in time to your tunes. A perfect choice for setting up by the pool or for decorating a nephew or niece’s dorm room.
WaySpa Gift Cards – $25 to $500 at Shoppers Drug Mart, Wal-Mart, Costco, Sears, Jean Coutu, Couche Tard, Longo’s and WaySpa.com
Here’s the thing about this blog. I read the comments. Every last one of them. And I was pretty blown away by how many of you were on board with my assessment that the spa (and gift cards to it) = one heck of an awesome gift. So when I learned that WaySpa gift cards are hella widely available for last-minute gift shopping, I thought it was definitely worth giving them a second mention this holiday season (in addition to the list of retailers above, they’re also available through a bunch of loyalty and reward programs). If someone in your life is struggling to find that perfect gift for you, simply hint that a day to yourself would be the ultimate present. If you yourself need to shop for that impossible to buy for person, know this: you can even order digital cards online for instant delivery – no need to even set foot in that slushy snow. And for the uninitiated, a refresher: WaySpa is accepted by over 2,000 spas and health / wellness facilities, meaning you don’t even have to risk buying your giftee a card to a spa that’s way out of the way for them, or perhaps they haven’t had a good experience at in the past. Painless. Peaceful. Perfect.
Platypus Platypreserve Wine Preservation System – $8 @ MEC
Good rule of thumb? If you are stepping out the door to eat dinner somewhere else next week, you should have a host gift in hand – even if it’s your really annoying brother that’s the one welcoming you to their table. My suggestion? Pop into your local MEC and pick up this nifty gadget that works equally well for wine connoisseurs as it does for outdoorsy types. This wine preservation system can keep your favourite blends fresh for even weeks after opening and pouring into the bag. While it works well for say, a picnic lunch or a fireside toast under the stars after a long day’s hike, it’s also a savvy choice for that wine lover that simply can’t polish off a bottle at home on their own. Also makes a pretty groovy stocking stuffer addition, if I do say so myself.
Alright you last minute lovely people. I’ve got yet another awesome prize package to give away, including the Calvin Klein Downtown fragrance, GUESS Night, a Stila Colour Outside The Lines Smudge Stick Set and a $50 WaySpa gift card. Total value? A tidy $250 for a lucky reader. Here’s how to enter:
1) Drop me a comment by January 13th telling me which of these last minute ideas you’d most like to score (and who for – yourself included!)
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 January 14th to select the winners, 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 for this promotion.
4) Bonus Entries: Here’s a few ways to get some extra entries into this sweet, sweet draw:
Stila – Follow them on Twitter. Send out a Tweet about this contest tagging them, me (@cdngiftguide) & linking back to this post. Leave a comment below with a link back to your Tweet. One extra entry is yours!
Calvin Klein – Follow them on Twitter. Send out a Tweet about this contest tagging them, me (@cdngiftguide) & linking back to this post. Leave a comment below with a link back to your Tweet. One extra entry is yours!
GUESS – Follow them on Twitter. Send out a Tweet about this contest tagging them, me (@cdngiftguide) & linking back to this post. Leave a comment below with a link back to your Tweet. One extra entry is yours!
WaySpa – Follow them on Twitter. Send out a Tweet about this contest tagging them, me (@cdngiftguide) & linking back to this post. Leave a comment below with a link back to your Tweet. One extra entry is yours!