My Gift Giving Philosophy


I guess I should preface this somewhat ‘bonus’ post by saying that I legitimately read every single comment that goes on this site. And while I can’t reply to the hundreds of comments that come up every week, I’m always around to answer your questions, AND I’m always paying to what’s being said, and by who.

One thing I noticed on my Sephora post? There is a serious amount of love out there for Philosophy, and I can’t say I blame you. I’ve been enamored with the brand for years, and said love extends throughout my family (yes, even my dad). If you’re unfamiliar, Philosophy is known for being the purveyor of all manner of treats for your body – lotions, fragrances, lip glosses, and their signature 3-in-1 bubble bath / body wash / shampoos are just scratching the surface. But what’s really notable? Their too-good-to-be-true scents, inspired by the most scrumptious baked goods, pristine tableaus of nature, and freshly picked fruit.

What’s ultra cool about Philosophy this year, and what ultimately earned them a spot on the Canadian Gift Guide this close to Christmas, is the fact they’ve seriously expanded their reach. Where before you could mostly only find the brand at Sephora, you can now pick up their charming gift sets and sincerely coveted products at Shoppers Drug Mart and The Bay – making this a fantastic gift idea you can *easily* snap up this weekend. So without further ado…my top 5 gift ideas from Philosophy!

Note: all prices are quoted in Canadian dollars, which may account for differences on the Philosophy site.

Best Stocking Stuffer: Purity Made Simple Ornament – $13

Why I love it: I adore make-up as much as the next girl, but I’m *equally* keen on finding that magic elixir that manages to scrub away every last granule of bronzer and blush while keeping my skin feeling fresh and light. Enter Purity Made Simple, Philosophy’s one-step facial cleanser that’s equally adept at cleaning off mascara as it is with giving your skin a clean, healthy glow.
Perfect for: Gift your girlfriend, sister, wife, Secret Santa or best friend with this sincerely wondrous gift and let them give it a whirl – I can nearly guarantee you’ll be buying the full-size bottle for them on your next gift-giving occasion. Consider hanging it on the tree come Christmas morning as a sweet way to surprise your giftee!
Available at: The Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart & Sephora


Best Way To Combat Winter Blues – Glow and Behold and Sparkling Cranberry – $21 each

Why I love it: Sure it’s all holiday spirit and sparkly lights right now, but keep in mind we’ve got a few months to go to battle the harshest days of winter. Which makes these special holiday 3-in-1 potions a perfect pick to make your everyday shower into a serious slice of escapism. Waft in the ridiculously lush citrus tones in Glow and Behold or pretend you’re at a party year-round with the festive cocktail that inspires Sparkling Cranberry, and know you’re doing your hair and body good at the same time.
Who it’s for: Whatever person on your list doesn’t have plans to escape to a sunny destination.
Available at: Exclusively at The Bay (select stores)

Best Hostess Gift: The Cocktail Party Gift Set- $23

Why I love it: It’s easy to look at this and think you’re getting two products, but really you’re getting four when you consider Senorita Margarita is actually a hardworking three-in-one shampoo / bubble bath / shower gel with a zesty lime scent that’ll wake up any party girl, no matter how many actual cocktails she’s recuperating from. Plus you can make sure she always looks (and tastes!) party-ready with the yummy Melon Daiquiri lip gloss also included in this fun set.
Who it’s for: Going to a holiday gathering this weekend? Staying over at a relative’s house this holiday season? Planning ahead for New Years? This is obviously an awesome, appropriate hostess gift – but it’s also a blast for the party gal in your midst.
Available at: The Bay and Sephora


Best Gift Set: Oh Twinkling Night – $20

Why I love it: Spread a little holiday cheer well past Christmas morning with this bargain of a gift set, featuring two holiday-themed 3-in-1’s. Channel unwrapping presents around the tree with the citrus-and-evergreen-infused Holiday Lights Aglow or picture sipping sparkling punch with friends and family when you use the shimmery Twinkle Berry.
Who it’s for: The price point makes this a supreme value for your friends, cousins, or as a completer piece for a bigger pressie.
Available at: Exclusively at The Bay (select stores)


Now friends. Here is why I was so willing to take time out of my busy gift-shopping-and-wrapping schedule to double up on posts today. Four INCREDIBLY lucky readers are going to walk away with one of these gift ideas each (so one person will win ‘Oh Twinkling Nights’, one will win ‘The Cocktail Party Gift Set’, etc.) While I’m always encouraging you to share the wealth, I sincerely wouldn’t blame you this time if you were hard-pressed to let go of any of these scrumptious-smelling goodies. Here’s how to enter:

1) Leave a comment below until January 3rd, 2012 and tell me which of these sensational gift ideas you’d most like to get (or win!) this holiday season.

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 January 3rd, 2012 to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

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

4) Bonus Entry Time: Okay, remember what I said about spreading the wealth? If you can bear it, refer your friends to this post and get them to leave a comment, including your name as their referrer. You’ll earn a bonus entry into the draw for every person you refer (yup it’s unlimited!) and they’ll earn an entry themselves. And if THEY refer people, well, they’ll earn themselves bonus entries as well. For the record, I can see IP addresses – so no trying to fake ‘friends’ when doing your referrals.

If youโ€™re looking for full rules & regs, you can reach me at canadiangiftguide -at- gmail โ€“ dot- com. I’m for serious jealous of whoever wins this one!

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS FOR ENTERING!

Comments
131 Responses to “My Gift Giving Philosophy”
  1. Heather says:

    The Cocktail party gift set looks adorable! I love the packaging and the scents of those items!

  2. Stephanie F says:

    Ooh how lovely! I would best like to win the Cocktail Party Gift Set, but the Purity ornament is a close second!!

  3. retromusic says:

    I’m a HUGE fan of Philiosphy products (wearing “Chocolate Covered Cherry” lipgloss from last years holiday line, right now… no really! I am!!!) The “Oh Twinkling Nights” sounds utterly divine way to soak and soothe after a day of fighting the mall crowds!

  4. sandy says:

    Oh god! I would love to win the Oh twinkling lights set! Thanks again for al lyour great contests, as well as great gift ideas. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Halifax says:

    I like the Cocktail Party set, bath&body and lip products in one set, perfect!

  6. cyoung says:

    The “O Twinkling Night” set sounds o so divine!

  7. Rhonda Scales says:

    I would LOVE to have the Glow and Behold!! Looks awesome!!

  8. Julie Plourde says:

    Glow and Behold and Sparkling Cranberry looks great! The cocktail party sounds good too!

  9. beatrice lawson says:

    Love the Glow and Behold – how sweet for Xmas!!

  10. Carly Thompson says:

    I would love to win the Twinkling Night gift set! I am usually a loyal Birthday Cake 3-in-1 user so would be great to expand my Philosophy horizons and sample something holiday-ish!

  11. Donnas says:

    I love Oh Twinkling Night and wanna win it.

  12. Smorza says:

    The Senorita Margarita body scrub was my favourite Philosophy product until they discontinued it… but the shower gel is a very close second!

  13. Tammy D says:

    I love the Oh Twinkling Night , I would love to win this.

    dalleykt at live dot ca

  14. Evelyn says:

    The one gift set that really gets my attention is the Cocktail Party Gift set!!

  15. Huguette En says:

    I like the Best Hostess Gift: The Cocktail Party Gift Set

  16. Dreena B says:

    I’d love to win “Oh Twinkling Night”!! I’m a big fan of Philosophy; I love all their scents!
    Cheers!

  17. Jenn says:

    I am going against the grain as finding a p-roduct that takes all of my makeup off is always a plus in my book; therefore, i am going with purity

  18. Erin says:

    I’d love the cocktail gift pack, it’s sounds so fruity!

  19. Erika K says:

    I’d like to try the Cocktail Party Gift Set. It sounds like it would be very refreshing!

  20. I would most like the Best Way To Combat Winter Blues โ€“ Glow and Behold and Sparkling Cranberry. Thanks for the chance to win.
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

  21. belinda m says:

    I would love to receive the Glow and Behold and Sparkling Cranberry as a gift

    bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com

  22. Ali GAli Green says:

    I’d love to try the Glow and Behold. Citrus bubbles. My kind of bath time!

  23. Pat B says:

    I โ™ฅ the Cocktail Party Gift Set – citrusy and bubbly………just my style!

  24. Lori says:

    Great choices, all, but I think I’d go for the Glow and Behold and Sparkling Cranberry. Makes ‘scents’ to me!

  25. Ettalie says:

    I love ALL of them, however if I could recieve one I would have to choose the Purity!

  26. Sephora gave me a sample of twinkleberry–I’m pumped to use it!

  27. samantha h says:

    Glow and behold/sparkling cranberry . mmm. philosophy makes great stuff!

  28. Sophia says:

    I would love to add Glow and Behold and Sparkling Cranberry to my shower routine because they would be so fun to use first thing in the morning!

  29. Rachael says:

    I’d definitely love to receive Oh Twinkling Night – the shimmery frosty body washes look so great! Also, do all shoppers drug marts now carry philosophy? I have yet to find any!

  30. emma walpole says:

    would love the cocktail party gift set

  31. christine conway says:

    I would love to try the Glow and Behold duo.
    Happy Christmas!

  32. linda chaput says:

    The Cocktail Party set is my choice.

  33. Louise says:

    The Cocktail party gift set looks adorable

  34. Anu says:

    I would love the cocktail party gift set!

  35. Caroline says:

    The citrus-and-evergreen-infused Holiday Lights Aglow has my heart racing! I can already smell the luxury and Christmassy aroma!
    While we don’t have The Bay in our town, I will have to leave a few VERY strong hints around the house so Santa hubby will make me the happiest and cleanest gal in town! I just know he’ll drive any distance to make me happy ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Holly Sproule says:

    The cocktail party gift set would be great!!

  37. Leigh says:

    I love their packaging! Really eye-catching…never tried this brand before. I like the ‘Oh Twinkling Nightsโ€™ set. TY for a great contest!

  38. audrey says:

    Glow an behold/ sparkling cranberry sound wonderful

  39. Tam Lindsay says:

    Glow & Behold & Sparkling Cranberry is so festive!

  40. Maurey says:

    The twinkling light gift set.

  41. Patricia says:

    Iรจd love to have the Glow and Behold duo as I always need extra help in the winter.

  42. Jeannie Smyth says:

    I would love the Cocktail Party gift set. It looks delicious!

  43. Elaine R says:

    I would like the Purity Made Simple Ornament.

  44. Brandy says:

    I would like the cocktail party set. ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Lori says:

    I like the cocktail party gift set

  46. I would like the Glow and Behold

  47. alan says:

    great contest

  48. laurie says:

    the Twinkling Lights set I love philosophy products

  49. The cocktail party looks awesome!

  50. Christa says:

    I ADORE Philosophy products! especially Baby Grace (perfumes and lotion) but I can’t always afford them so I usually get “inspired” fragrances on etsy (handmade site) of their scents. They smell similar but they’re not the same as the actual Philosophy.

    I would love to try the twinkling set! It looks scrumptious.

  51. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    I like the Best Hostess Gift: The Cocktail Party Gift Set
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

  52. Katherine says:

    I would love to win Oh Twinkling Night! This set would put me right into holiday Philosophy spirit! ๐Ÿ™‚ Who wouldn’t want to smell like a Twinkle Berry? Yum!!

  53. Maureen B says:

    O Twinkling Night!

  54. Linda says:

    Mmm, they all sound so good. The Sparkling Cranberry would be my choice.

  55. SweetPanda says:

    I would like to win the Best Gift Set: Oh Twinkling Night

  56. fernh says:

    I would especially like to try “oh twinkling night”. It sounds so mystical and adventurous.

  57. Marla says:

    Oh Twinkling Night!

  58. Susan says:

    I’ve never used any of the Philosophy products and they sound wonderful. I’d love to try Purity Made Simple as I’m always looking for great face washes!

  59. RaeDavenport says:

    The Cocktail Party sounds really nice smelling based on lime.

  60. Monica S says:

    I would love to receive Sparkling Cranberry. And I did not know that the Bay sells Philosophy! Hoping the one close to me is a select location.

  61. I would love to have the Cocktail Party! A very unique idea!

  62. nikki robak says:

    would love the cocktail party set

  63. Theresa Kuzina says:

    Love the cocktail goods! I’m a sucker for cute packaging!

  64. Leah says:

    I’d love the Purity made simple face wash, because I’m looking for a new face wash to start using!

  65. Tegan says:

    I’d love to win the sparkling cranberry + glow set… I feel like those would smell so good ๐Ÿ˜€

  66. diane says:

    I would love to the cocktail party set.

  67. kat says:

    I like the glow and behold set.

  68. debra says:

    love the cocktail party gift set

  69. John Patterson says:

    My girlfriend would love Oh Twinkling Night!!!!

  70. Lindsey Murphy says:

    The Cocktail Party gift set would be great to win

  71. Vesper says:

    Haven’t come across any of these before but I would like to try – Philosophy – peace on earth
    tranquil orchid body lotion

  72. Carole B. says:

    I love the low and Behold and Sparkling Cranberry !!

  73. Shawna says:

    I like the Glow and Behold and Sparkling Cranberry…since I am such a shower person!

  74. sean pynaert says:

    Best Stocking Stuffer: Purity Made Simple Ornament

  75. christel says:

    I love Philosophy. The cocktail party gift set looks amazing

  76. Carley L says:

    I really love the “Oh Twinkling Night” gift set.

    carleylaakso@gmail.com

  77. Nancy says:

    I’ld like most to win The Cocktail Party

  78. Pam Fontaine says:

    I’d like the Purity Made Simple Ornament! Very cool.

    micrapol(at)hotmail(dot)com

  79. I would love to see the glow and behold sparkling cranberry shower gel 2011 under the Christmas tree. I love cranberry scented products.

  80. deanna boocock says:

    I’d love the cocktail party set. Lovely scents
    deanna_boocock@hotmail.com

  81. Debbie Petch says:

    The Cocktail party gift sets are really cool!

  82. Jeannette Laframboise says:

    I would love to win Purity Made Simple because I am always looking for a great product to remove make-up and moisturize etc. Thanks for another great giveaway!

  83. Tammy says:

    I’d love to get the Glow and Behold. Sounds like it would totally help with the winter blues. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  84. sean flynn says:

    oh twinkling night

  85. Elizabeth says:

    oh twinkling night sounds great

  86. Marlene V. says:

    I would love to give my sister-in-law the Best Hostess Gift: The Cocktail Party Gift Set- she is a great hostess!!!

  87. Burcu says:

    Oh Twinkling Night

  88. Kelly says:

    I would like to win Glow and Behold and Sparkling Cranberry.

  89. Lynda Larsen-Baldry says:

    Of all the sensational gift ideas you mentioned, I would most like to get (or win!) this holiday season the “Best Way To Combat Winter Blues – Glow and Behold and Sparkling Cranberry – $21 each” please and thank you.

  90. Ryan Betesta says:

    Best Gift Set: Oh Twinkling Night

  91. Elaine Miller says:

    glow and behold

  92. Samorjj says:

    I would like the ‘oh Twinkling Night’ set.

  93. Brook says:

    Oh Twinkling Night sounds so joyous! Yummy flavors! Yes, yes, yes…this one please!

  94. lori lehner says:

    Merry Christmas to all and Good Luck!

  95. Tina says:

    I like The Cocktail Party Gift Set.

  96. mary carle says:

    it all looks so colourful, I like the cocktail party gift set

  97. Serena Burr says:

    Would love to win the Oh Twinkling Night set. Two new scents to try and they both look great!

  98. rumiko says:

    Definitely The Cocktail Party Gift Set..sounds too yummy and did someone say cocktail? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  99. Terry says:

    Tough decision but I would love to try Purity Made Simple.

  100. Best Hostess Gift: The Cocktail Party Gift Set

    big big fan of the packaging and what this product has to offer.. I’d be soo pumped if I won this!

  101. Athena says:

    I’d love Best Gift Set: Oh Twinkling Night

  102. Marlene says:

    Ohhh Best Way To Combat Winter Blues โ€“ Glow and Behold and Sparkling Cranberry I would love to win! ๐Ÿ™‚

  103. Dana says:

    I would love to win any of them since I have never tried them before! The Glow & Behold and the Sparkling Cranberry sound amazing! Good Luck all~

  104. Nicole says:

    Glow & Behold & Sparkling Cranberry sound like they’d be amazing. Would love to win this!

  105. Anne says:

    I would reallly love the cocktail party gift set!

  106. Sandra Betesta says:

    I’d most like to get the Best Hostess Gift: The Cocktail Party Gift Set

  107. Jennifer Harding says:

    I’d most like to get the Best Gift Set: Oh Twinkling Night

  108. Debbie F says:

    I would like to win the Glow and Behold and Sparkling Cranberry

  109. Ali says:

    The purity Christmas ornament sounds awesome!

  110. Sherri Boutilier says:

    The ‘Oh Twinkling Night’ set because it sounds very yummy and it’s so perfect for the holidays!

  111. Sherry says:

    I think I like the Oh Twinkling Night set best

  112. Glogirl says:

    I’d love to have the Best Gift Set: Oh Twinkling Night.

  113. Anne-Marie T says:

    I would love to have the Glow and Behold

  114. stacey h says:

    i’d love to recieve the ‘cocktail party’ set

  115. Jayne Cameron says:

    I like the Cocktail Party Gift set

  116. Vicki Ho says:

    Margarita for me. love the scent of limes.

  117. Amy Brown says:

    I’d love the The Cocktail Party Gift Set!

  118. Jennifer R says:

    The “Glow and Behold” looks yummy!

  119. Papergirl says:

    They are all awesome but I think “Oh Twinkling Night’ sounds good to me! Thank you for the entry! wahm@mts.net

  120. 409cope says:

    I like The Cocktail Party the most!

  121. Sarah says:

    I would love to win purity!! I love Philosophy products but haven’t had a chance to try that one yet. โค

  122. julia g says:

    The Purity Made Simple Ornament and Glow and Behold are my favourites.

  123. Jackie says:

    I love philosophy too! great giveaway!

  124. Julie A. says:

    My choice would be Glow and Behold – looks awesome!

  125. Bobbie P says:

    Twinkling night looks great

  126. Maegan Morin says:

    I would love the Oh Twinkling Night Gift Set!!!

  127. Sandra S says:

    I would love to try the Glow and Behold and Sparkling Cranberry !! ๐Ÿ™‚

  128. Samorjj says:

    I would love to win ‘Oh Twinkling NIghts’.

  129. patti says:

    i would love the cocktail party -yummy

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