All Set

Well Christmas is just ten days away, and I’m hoping you’re not feeling holiday fatigue like I’m feeling a touch o’ blogger fatigue. My holiday hiatus kicks off in a couple of days, but I’m not going to leave you high and dry. My final days of pre-holiday posts will be geared towards ready-made gifts, including today’s post, on the top 5 coolest gift sets I’ve come across this holiday season.

MAC Dazzlespheres – Lip Gloss & Eye Pigments $38.50/each, Nail Lacquer $30/each
Perfect for: Your sister, girlfriend, or best friend.
What’s the big idea?: These are at the top of my sister’s wish list, and chances are any lady in your life would be keen to score one of M.A.C’s gorgeous, glimmering make-up minis, tucked away in a futuristic bauble that every girl would love to see trimming her tree come Christmas morning (PS – that’s an awesome way to surprise someone with this gift). Best of all, there’s some flexibility to be had here – manicure mavens will love the four-pack of mini nail lacquers in both dark and dreamy shades. Perfectly pouty princesses will fall for one of three lip gloss kits, featuring M.A.C’s signature dazzleglass and cremesheen finishes. And if you’re shopping for a beauty bombshell, opt for one of the mini eye kits with four stackable crushed metallic pots in three vibrant colour stories. Divine!
Available at: The Bay, M.A.C. Boutiques, and Online.

Portland General Store Cigar Box Gift Set – $50
Perfect for: Your dad, brother, or boyfriend.
What’s the big idea?: Surprised not see any cigars? That’s because these repurposed vintage boxes are stuffed with a mixture of Portland General Store’s renowned old-school bath products for men. Using time-tested methods and simple ingredients, the PGS line of soaps, shampoos, and shaving accoutrements has an old-world charm that’ll win over dads and boyfriends alike, especially when packed in a vintage cigar box. Not only is every box different, the sample products included inside vary as well. And when he’s picked out a favourite item or two, stock up on the full-sized products for birthdays, anniversaries, or Valentine’s Day next year.
Available at: Chapters, Portland General Store, (products only)

Babybot Gift Sets – $45 – $176
Perfect for: Proud new parents (or parents-to-be!)
What’s the big idea?: Truthfully I was hard-pressed to pick just one gift set from the ever-changing selectionat my favourite Canadian tot-friendly eStore (with free nationwide shipping to boot), Babybot. Of note, however, is the set I pictured above – the ‘You’re A Strange Animal‘ set – which comes pre-wrapped in a funky gift box. Stuffed to the brim with a quirky plush from Monster Factory, an Envirosax reusable bag, and an aluminum water bottle, this is a fun gift with a practical purpose for the always-on-the-move family.
Available at:

CLEAN Noel Gift Set – $70
Perfect for: Your Mom / Mother-in-Law, Sister, Girlfriend
What’s the big idea?: I’ve certainly written about fragrances a few times this holiday season, but I just HAD to highlight CLEAN’s 2011 holiday collection because it’s just so gosh darn different. The original idea behind the brand was spurred on when creator Randi Shinder decided she wanted the most pure, natural scent possible: that just-stepped-out-of-the-shower scent that lingers for all too short a time. That initial concept has since spurred on the creation of dozens of fresh fragrances like ‘Warm Cotton’ and ‘Fresh Laundry’ that channel those intimate, authentic smells all day long. This sweet little gift set features the original Shower Fresh fragrance, alongside three other pint-sized bottles that are both perfect for travel, or to introduce someone to this modern, unique line.
Available at: Sephora, Oglivy Montreal

BeaverTails Pancake Mix Gift Set – $28
Perfect for: Hostesses, houseguests, families, and family friends
What’s the big idea?: Have you ever had a BeaverTail pastry? You know, those delicious whole-wheat pastries served warm and topped with ooey-gooey, sugar-sweet toppings? If so then you’ll know the heavenly creations this Canadian company can concoct – including this amazingly charming and mouthwatering pancake gift set. Tucked into this Canadiana-inspired tube is a bag of organic pancake mix (that makes truly perfect pancakes), pure Quebec maple syrup, and sweet strawberry spread for a fruity twist on everyone’s favourite brunch dish. What I particularly love about this gift – aside from the great price point – is the versatility. Staying with family for the holidays? Give them this for a no-brainer Boxing Day breakfast option. Attending a holiday party this weekend? Make the next morning’s meal simple and sweet. Want to send seasons greetings to your kid’s best friend’s family? Bring them together around the kitchen table for a family-style meal.
Available at: BeaverTails locations, Chapters, gift & gourmet stores across the nation

Well, you’ve made it this far with me on this wildly exciting holiday gift-giving adventure. And while I’m not nearly done yet, I thought it was time to give you weary readers a special treat. Namely, I’ve got TWO BeaverTails Pancake Mix Gift Sets to give away, to TWO lucky readers. All you gotta do is:

1) Leave a comment below by December 29th and tell me which BeaverTail is your favourite – and if you’ve never had the luxury of having one, which one sounds the yummiest (hint: check the website’s ‘Play With Us’ section). Be sure to use a valid email address so I can contact you if you win!

2) Entries are limited to one per person per email address (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around December 30th 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 Time: Easy peasy kids. Just like BeaverTails on Facebook. Tell me if you did so, and I’ll verify that’s the case so you can score an extra bonus entry.


123 Responses to “All Set”
  1. The Avalanche sounds the yummiest!
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

  2. I like BeaverTails on Facebook. (Karla Sceviour)

  3. Kiki says:

    Mmmm, I love Killahoe Beaver Tails!!!

  4. Carrie Chiasson says:

    They all look good!! Coco Vanil I think would be my choice for a first time!! 🙂 And I liked them on FB!!

  5. Rhonda S says:

    Liked Beavertails on FB

  6. Rhonda S says:

    Chocolate Hazelnut sounds DEVINE!!!!

  7. Amy Brown says:

    I’ve never tried them but cinnamon and sugar sounds delicious!

  8. Andrea Bilec says:

    Ooooooooooooooooh Beaver Bites sound sooooo good! I want some right now, lol! I liked them on Facebook as Andrea Bilec as well. Thanks for all your wonderful giveaways! I adore your site!

  9. beatrice lawson says:

    Yum!! Maple Butter for sure, and the traditional Cinnamon and Sugar too. Liked them on FB!

  10. Dreena B says:

    Maple Butter Beaver Tails sound yummy!!!

  11. Anne Taylor says:

    Maple Butter wins out with me! I love anything maple!


  12. Anne Taylor says:

    Like Beaver Tails on fb

    Anne Taylor

    nancyrobster at gmail dot com

  13. Donnas says:

    To me nothing can beat the taste of an Apple Cinnamon beaver tale.

  14. Donnas says:

    I like Beaver Tails on Facebook.

  15. simplyrobby says:

    Oh I am ALL OVER this!! You’re making me choose my favourite Beaver Tail?! That’s impossible!! Oh gosh they look so good….it is not a smart idea for me to look at these delicious looking pictures right before lunch 😦

    But if I HAD to choose ONE……I will go for the simple Chocolate Hazelnut MMMM.. *stomach grumbles* WHYYY I want one now :(…

    I also liked Beaver Tails on Facebook 😉

  16. Holly Sproule says:

    Maple butter sounds amazing!!
    And i ‘liked’ it on fb!

  17. Plain old cinnamon and sugar is my favourite!! I also liked them on FB. What a neat gift!!

  18. Tammy D says:

    The avalanche sounds the best!
    dalleykt at live dot ca

  19. Tammy D says:

    I like beavertails on facebook.

    Tammy V D

  20. Linda says:

    The avalance sounds divine!

    Linda B.

  21. Elaine Miller says:

    maple butter!

  22. Carley L says:

    You can’t go wrong with the classic cinnamon and sugar.

  23. Mary Hietkamp says:

    beaver tails

  24. Carley L says:

    Liked BeaverTails on Facebook (Carley Laakso).

  25. Pat Battles says:

    I think I’d like the Cinnamon & Sugar.

  26. Pat Battles says:

    I liked Beaver Tails on facebook, and ‘liked’ the post abot this giveaway

  27. sylvia shaw says:

    Cinnamon and sugar are my favourites

  28. sylvia shaw says:

    Liked beaver tales on facebook

  29. Sandra P says:

    Killahoe Beaver Tails

  30. Lori says:

    Haven’t had the opportunity to try them but the Maple Butter BeaverTails would be at the top of my list. Bet they’d be yummy!

  31. Margaret Imecs says:

    I haven’t had the luxury of having one, but the Cinnamon and Sugar sounds the yummiest.
    I ‘Liked’ on Facebook as Margaret imecs

  32. sean pynaert says:

    apple cinnamon sounds great

  33. Soph says:

    The classic cinnamon and sugar is the best! Though I must say banana chocolate looks pretty darn tasty too.

    I also liked BeaverTails on FB.

  34. donna l. says:

    I love chocolate hazelnut Beaver Tails

  35. Susan says:

    I’ve never had a Beaver Tail so would be happy to try any flavour. Perhaps cinnamon and sugar to start?

  36. Sandi Larson says:

    I’ve never had one – though the Avalanche sounds scrumptious.

  37. The Avalanche sounds so good!

  38. Christa says:

    I would check Portland General Store’s feedback before buying anything from there!! They have very poor [negative ]feedback on etsy [their online store] they are famous for non-delivery and VERY late shipping/ Just a friendly FYI to you guys thinking of buying from there.

    They have over 1700 feedback and of it is negative.
    Feedback Positive: 1706 Neutral: 156 Negative: 137
    That FB is VERY poor/ratio.

    • CGG says:

      Yikes thanks for the heads up Christa! I didn’t realize they were struggling with customer service. The good news is – provided their products *are* great – you can still get a gift set (with guaranteed delivery) from Chapters.

  39. Lynda says:

    The nearest Beaver Tail is 1 hr north of my town and only opened during the summer months 😦
    chocolate hazel nut is the fav in our house!

  40. Debbie F says:

    I have never tried Beaver Tail but I would like to try the Maple Butter

  41. belinda m says:

    Maple Butter for me….yummy!


  42. Rebby says:

    Beaver Bites sound yummy!!!!!! Now I am hungry.

  43. belinda m says:

    I like BeaverTails Canada Inc on facebook – Belinda M


  44. Rebby says:

    I like BeaverTails Canada Inc on Facebook! (Rebecca Roberts)

  45. Josie says:

    chocolate hazelnut, yummy!

  46. Tammy says:

    I love the plain Cinnamon and Sugar one. Yum~!

  47. lisa bolduc says:

    I like the classic beaver tail!

  48. lisa bolduc says:

    I like BeaverTails on Facebook. Lisa Bolduc

  49. Elaine D says:

    Never tried this brand, will have to go get me some….they all sound great!

  50. Elaine D says:

    I Like BeverTrails on Facebook!

  51. Heather says:

    MMM Chocolate Hazelnut sounds delicious…. Nutella-ish! yummy!

  52. joyce s. says:

    As a chocoholic it has to be the chocolate hazelnut.

  53. Natalie says:

    Tried and true, cinnamon and sugar is my favourite!

  54. Stacey says:

    Cinnamon and sugar are my favourites

  55. Deb Mack says:

    Maple Butter sounds wonderful…but I’ll be happy to try any. I love pancakes and syrup.

  56. Leah says:

    The chocolate hazelnut sounds amazing! Yum!

  57. sandy says:

    I have never tried it, but deciding would be very hard! Cinnamon sugar maybe?

  58. Julie Plourde says:

    I love the cinnamon and sugar so delicious!

  59. Julie Plourde says:

    I like beaver tails Canada on facebook

  60. Alaina says:

    Banana Chocolate for me please!!!

  61. Evelyn says:

    I’ve only had a BeaverTail once before and it was the Cinnamon and Sugar one. It was so good that I’d definately get that kind again if I ever had the chance. Why mess with such a good thing?

  62. Hal Jenner says:

    Cinnamon and sugar, the basics are always the best

  63. Sheila says:

    I have never tried BeaverTails before but the hot chocolate looks yummy!!! I also liked BeaverTails on FB.

  64. Vesper says:

    I have never had these – but banana chocolate – 2 of my favorite foods

  65. Carole B. says:

    Chocolate banana should be delicious!

  66. Carole B. says:

    I like BeaverTails on Facebook (Carole Bellini)

  67. Sunshine G says:

    The pancake mix gift set sounds great!

  68. Elysia S says:

    The Avalanche mmmm. Liked Beaver Tails on facebook!

  69. Glogirl says:

    I would love to try the Cinnamon and Sugar BeaverTail.

  70. Glogirl says:

    I like BeaverTails on Facebook. (Amy M)

  71. I like BeaverTails on Facebook

  72. Brandy says:

    Maple butter beaver tails sounds like it would be yummy 🙂

  73. Tiffany says:

    chocolate hazelnut…mmm

  74. Monica S says:

    I have never tried, but am a big fan of cinnamon and sugar so that would be my choice.
    Also liked BeaverTails on Facebook

  75. Tegan says:

    Oh man. Beaver Tales make me miss Ottawa so much, my favourite was always the cinnamon and sugar one…. so good!

  76. alan shawn says:

    great products

  77. Lyndal Meyette says:

    The best beavertail I ever had was on Mont Tremblant. It was a freshly cooked beavertail on a cold day. It would be fun to try making them at home
    I also like BeaverTails on Facebook

  78. Nancy says:

    The avalanche sounds yummy

  79. Marlene V. says:

    chocolate hazelnut Beaver Tails sound amazing to me!!!

  80. Bee L says:

    Chocolate Hazelnut

  81. Suzanne says:

    I’ve never tried Beavertails before but I think I’d like the Avalanche one.

  82. Ryan Betesta says:

    Cinnamon and sugar!

  83. David says:

    I’ll be home for Christmas… hopefully to enjoy some BeaverTails pancakes.

  84. nikki robak says:

    my favorite is the beaver bites

  85. nikki robak says:

    I liked Beaver Tails on fb nikki robak

  86. Jesse says:

    MMmmm..the pancake mix for sure is my favorite!

  87. nicole aben says:

    I agree, I would love to have the pancake mix, its a great gift idea.

  88. Tina says:

    The killaloe sunrise sounds yummy

  89. Athena says:

    Avalanche sounds good!

  90. Athena says:

    I like Beaver Tails on FB AthenaD

  91. Marlene says:

    I love cinnamon and sugar Beaver Tails when I go to Ottawa 🙂
    So it would be wonderful if I win so I can make mine @ home until I have the chance to travel to Ottawa again.

  92. sandy says:

    they both sound great truly canadian

  93. Kelly P says:

    good old cinnamon & sugar!

  94. Sandra Betesta says:

    I’d love to try Chocolate Hazelnut

  95. Tracy Dixon says:

    I like the Maple Butter, but they’re all good!

  96. Tracy Dixon says:

    Liked beaver tails on FB…now I want to go have one!

  97. Jennifer Harding says:

    Apple Cinnamon

  98. Sharleen says:

    Love the classic cinnamon and sugar beaver tis. Perfect treat in the winter!

  99. Leslie says:

    would like to try the maple butter beaver tail…

  100. Erika says:

    Good ol’ cinnamon and sugar is my favourite!

  101. 409cope says:

    The Maple Butter sounds the yummiest to me!

  102. 409cope says:

    I like Beaver Tails on facebook. Shari Dalton

  103. Joan B says:

    Maple butter beaver tails for sure!

  104. karryk76 says:

    My favorite is the classic cinnamon and suger

  105. karryk76 says:

    I liked them on Facebook as Karry Knisley

  106. Wonn says:

    chocolate hazelnut Beaver Tails

  107. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    Chocolate Hazelnut sounds delicious

  108. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    liked BeaverTails on Facebook
    Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard

  109. Tanis says:

    The cinnamon and sugar one sounds delicious!

  110. Tanis says:

    I also follow on Facebook (Tanis S)!

  111. stacey h says:

    i’ve never tried beavertails – but i’m pretty sure i’d love the maple syrup

  112. stacey h says:

    i like beavertails on Facebook (stacey h)

  113. Grant says:

    I’ve never tried Beavertails but the Beaverbites look heavenly. YUM

  114. Maegan Morin says:

    I have never had one but they look soooooo good!! The Avalanche one looks the yummiest!

  115. Maegan Morin says:

    I like Beaver Tails on facebook (same name)

  116. SueSueper says:

    Maple Butter Looks awesome! Would love to try it.

  117. SueSueper says:

    I like BeaverTails on Facebook. My FB name is SueSueper

  118. Kathy Pomeroy says:

    maple butter, maple butter, maple butter!! what could be more Canadian??

  119. Kathy Pomeroy says:

    p.s. – I like beavertails on FB

  120. Roger Hugh Smith says:

    Love beaver tale pancakes – apple cinnamon. liked on fb

  121. Jennifer R says:

    Maple Butter……..delicious!

  122. lynn clayton says:


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