Generation Next

I’ve featured Generate Design‘s products in a few posts before (right here and here), but I figured it was time to put them in the spotlight. Why? Because they really are one of the coolest Canadian online boutiques I’ve ever come across. And for the author of a gift-giving blog, that’s saying something. They’ve always got some of the most unique items I’ve ever seen from a host of independent designers – which means they’ve often only got limited quantities of items, making your gift purchase that much more special. And hassle-free to boot. All online orders including free shipping in Canada.

I promise that visiting their site will be one of the greatest time sucks of your life. To help the narrow the field a little, I’ve picked out five of my fave gender-neutral items that you should seriously consider putting under your tree.

Note Me Pillow – $49.95
Watching TV and come up with a brilliant idea? Napping and want to remember your dreams? Or do you simply want to scrawl a note to leave on the front bench of your house? Either way, the Note Me Pillow is your new best friend. It’s so simple, it’s hard to believe it’s real: simply write a message on the pillow with the included pen, and when you’re done, wash it off with cold water. No soap. No laundry machines. Just complete and total coolness. In five vibrant shades!

Samurai Umbrella – $39
If you come up firmly on the side of ‘ninja’ in the eternal Pirates vs. Ninjas debate, I have the gift for you. This lightweight, top quality umbrella evokes the Far East with its replica samurai sword handle and crossbody sling. A little whimsical and ultra sleek, this is a perfect gift for coastal Canadians that’ll be battling sleet and rain alongside snow this winter. Oh, and if you ARE on Team Pirate, it also comes in a high seas-inspired sabre design as well.

Fruit Memo Pad – $25
Shopping for a co-worker’s Secret Santa gift? Look no further than these cheerful, tactile notepads that mimic fresh pieces of fruit. Extra cute idea? Purchase one for your favourite University prof, or give one to your kid’s teacher as a fun play on the classic ‘apple for teacher’ schtick.

11 Shot Glasses – $129
I think one of the things I love the most about this site is the fact they feature items that are high, low, and custom-priced. So whether you’re looking for a slightly-out-of-the-box gift for your best friend, or a luxurious you-won’t-find-this-just-anywhere pick for your parents, you’ll be sure to find something that hits any price point. This stunning set of elven pastel-hued shot glasses theoretically could be broken up amongst your nearest and dearest – but when something looks this pretty together, would you really want to?

My Eco Can – $19
The environmentalist in me just gets all kinds of giddy when I see something like this. The Eco Can may look like a pop can, but it’s actually a reusable water bottle with a screw-off lid, flip-cap sip hole, and extra protection to prevent against leaks and insulate your drink of choice – in fact, it can accommodate both your morning cup of Joe and your workout bottle of aqua. Aside from being reusable and BPA free, it ALSO happens to decompose when you finally need to throw it away. Although really, with something this cute and convenient (it fits in your cupholders!), the product’s end life cycle will be the farthest thing from your mind when you gift it.

Oh, and did I mention? One lucky reader is going to walk away with their choice of a Fruit Notepad OR a My Eco Can. The rules, my friends, are simple:

1. Leave a comment below on which of these five Generate Design products most tickles your fancy before November 16th. Be sure to include your name and email address (the latter of which only I can see) so I can get in touch with you!
2. Entries are limited to one per person per email address (or 2 if you get the bonus entry below). A random draw will be conducted on or around the 16th to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond with their choice of prize before another winner is chosen in their place.
3. Entries are limited to Canadian residents that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.
4. Want a bonus entry? Subscribe to my blog – not just the comments on this post – before the 16th and you’ll automatically get an additional entry in the draw. If you’re already a subscriber, you too can rock two entries: just leave a comment below, and if I see you’re in my subscriber database, I’ll put you down for two entries overall.

For full rules & regs, feel free to contact me at canadiangiftguide -at- gmail -dot- com. Best of luck!


84 Responses to “Generation Next”
  1. Marsha Arditti says:

    Beautiful gifts

  2. Kiki says:

    I love the fun and whimsy of these gifts! Especially the Samurai Umbrella! At just under $40, it’s the perfect gift for the hard to shop man in your life AND it doesn’t break the bank!

    • CGG says:

      Thanks for your thoughts Kiki! And congrats, as a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide you’ve also earned a bonus entry into this post’s draw. Keep reading and commenting for your chance to win!

  3. Sandi says:

    Innovative ideas have come so far in the last while. Instead of being boring, our “thinkers” are giving us gadgets and items that we want because even us older folk think they’re kinda cool to have on our counters, tables or desks at work!

  4. linda chaput says:

    Gadgets?I can’t get enough of them.They’r all useful.

  5. mandykins33 says:

    Amazing, cool & unique gifts! I just LOVE the Note Me Pillow *as I am a writer!!* 🙂 I would so also buy the Samurai Umbrella for my hubby, brother & brother-in-law 😉 (And the eco-can is ADORABLE <3!!!)

    • CGG says:

      Thanks for posting a comment & best of luck in the draw! As a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide, you’ve received an extra entry into the contest entry pool.

  6. What great ideas for Christmas. I would go for the Note Me Pillow for my son as he loves to write poetry.

    • CGG says:

      Thanks for voicing your opinion Suzanne! Congrats – as a subscriber of the Canadian Gift Guide, you’ll also receive an additional entry into this post’s draw.

  7. Lynda Larsen-Baldry says:

    I like the Samurai Umbrella as it would make a great gift for my husband as he would love it.

  8. Louise says:

    love the all but I really love the Shot Glasses and Fruit Memo Pad there are too cute:)

  9. I think all the gifts are unique and great ideas and reasonably priced. Thank you.

  10. Louise says:

    I Subscribe to your blog I cant wait for more fantastic gift-giving ideas

    • CGG says:

      Thanks Louise! As a subscriber, you’ve earned a bonus entry in this post’s draw. There are TONS more giveaways coming up so stay tuned for more chances to win.

  11. debra b says:

    Love the Samurai Umbrella and the eco cans are too cute!

  12. Erin says:

    I love the Noteme pillows!

  13. Gemma says:

    I like the Fruit Memo Pad

  14. Gemma says:

    I subscribe to the blog by email.

    • CGG says:

      Thanks Gemma! Congrats, you’ve earned a bonus entry into this post’s draw. Stay tuned for more great giveaways over the holiday season 🙂

  15. grace1972 says:

    These gift ideas are by far the most unique I’ve seen in quite some time. I just love the 3-D fruit notepads, the shot glasses, the Note Me Pillows. What great ideas for gift-giving this Christmas.

  16. christine conway says:

    I love the fruity memo pads! My workstation would look like an art gallery after I do a fruity collage.
    Yep. Too much time on my hands, hehe.

  17. Cindy Skertchly says:

    Love the Samurai Umbrella. Would love to gift it to my son!!

  18. Susanne says:

    The Samurai Umbrella

  19. sean pynaert says:

    the pear notepad looks cool

  20. donna l. says:

    I like the fruit memo pads

  21. nick a. says:

    The Samurai umbrella is cool

  22. James says:

    Love the umbrella.

  23. Leigh says:

    I love the notepads! They look so real!

  24. Pat Battles says:

    I particularly like the Note Me Pillow….

  25. Lori says:

    I really like the samurai sword umbrella. This is a very unique gift idea for the guy you have no clue what to buy.

  26. Susan Huston says:

    It is so hard to choose as you’ve featured some great gift ideas. I guess I’d pick the Samurai umbrella for my son, and the eco can for me!
    I subscribe to your blog by email!

  27. Anu says:

    Great gifts ideas! I love the Shot Glasses and Fruit Memo Pad!

  28. Tracey says:

    The fruit memo pads are very cute! Would be a big hit at the office!

  29. nikki robak says:

    the fruit memo pads are awesome

  30. Very unique gifts for that “person who has everything”!

  31. Lillea says:

    Fruit memo pads!

  32. Tammy says:

    Love the water bottle, would love one!

  33. Margaret Imecs says:

    I love the Fruit Memo Pad!
    Thanks for the contest! 🙂

  34. Mary says:

    HI there, I think I really like the Fruit Memo Pad – at first glance I thought it was real fruit!! That’s awesome!! It would look cute at my desk at work plus it would be practical to use. yaay! **Happy Dance** LOL

  35. Deborah says:

    Samuri umbrella….awesome!

  36. Alaina says:

    How cool is the Note Me Pillow?! Would LOVE to have that!!!

  37. cheryl mclellan says:

    What cool and neat gifts. I love the Samurai umbrella, and the fruit notepads! I’ll have to have the notepads even if I have to buy them, wow!

  38. Kirsten says:

    Fruit Memo pads

  39. Shaunda says:

    I like the samuri umbrella. Nifty!

  40. gibberish says:

    I think the ‘Note Me’ pillow is great fun. I could see it on the furniture by the pool … There’s no ‘p’ in our pool!

  41. Marlene V. says:

    I really like the Note Me Pillow best — thanks for the chance to win.

  42. Sandra P says:

    LOve the shot glasses because of the rainbow look.

  43. Evelyn says:

    Tough decision! I like the fruity note pads a lot though!

  44. b dekoker says:

    the fruit memo pads. what a nice fresh thing to have on your desk.

  45. Karima Chiali says:

    OMG I just love the samurai umbrella…I would love to win that one…not only is it super nice but also my boyfriend is constantly loosing ours because he has to put it down to do various things but if it would be on his back his hands would be free & so he wouldn’t have to put it down to grab something…that would mean no more loosing umbrellas…

  46. Steven Beauregard says:

    The note me pillow is such a great idea & I would love to win it

  47. Clara B says:

    love this site

  48. I love the Note Me pillows,a great way to vent, send reminders or just remind someone that they are special.

  49. These ideas are so unique! I bet no one else will be giving something like them this Christmas.
    thanks for the ideas

  50. I like the notepads. They can serve their purpose on your desk–or the kitchen table if you’re like me and like to take over the centre of the house!–and look great just left there as a decoration. Plus, they’re great paperweights!

  51. Jacqueline says:

    I really like the Fruit Memo Pads.

  52. I have to say I’m with the fruit notepad lovers….me want!

  53. Amazing innovative items, not easy to overlook!

  54. Irene says:

    I think that these are all great gifts!!!!

  55. Dan You says:

    I ❤ the shot glasses!

  56. I love all these great gifts. Expecially the Fruity Memo pads for my daughter.

  57. sandy says:

    i would love the note me pillow! all the stuff is pretty awesome. 🙂

  58. sandy says:

    i subscribe to your blog as well!

  59. alison k says:

    The Samurai Umbrella is the Generate Design product that most tickles my fancy. Thanks for the opportunity to win a My Eco Can or a Fruit Memo Pad.

  60. Jacqueline L. says:

    I really like the fruit notepads for teachers gifts…..great idea and would look great on their desk!

  61. I love the eco can..son would love that!
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

  62. Laura says:

    I love the fruit note pad!

  63. Peter says:

    I love the Note Me pillows,a great way to send a message .

  64. caitlin says:

    Def loving the eco can

  65. Ali says:

    The samurai umbrella!

  66. Stacey says:

    love the note me pillows!

  67. Adriana F. says:

    I love the My Eco Can. Would love to win one!

  68. TM says:

    The fruit note pads are awesomely cool!!

  69. Great ideas for the hard-to-shop-for people!!

  70. Megan Young says:

    I need that umbrella!

  71. Emma Walpole says:

    Love the shot glasses, lots of colour and a must for every holiday party!

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