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Life at the Lake


Cottage season is upon us and with it, a chance to spend lazy summer weekends down by the lake, basking in the sun. Whether you’re attending a party at a friend’s place, spending the weekend with family, or celebrating someone’s new cabin purchase, today I’m featuring a handful of great gift ideas to make lake living amazing this summer.

Gallant and Jones Beach ChairsBeach Chairs – From $154 @ Gallant & Jones
If your idea of a great weekend is plunking yourself down on the beach for the afternoon, then you’ll want to invest in one of these awesome beach chairs. Handcrafted in small batches from locally-sourced North American White Oak, these Canadian-made chairs are as comfortable as they are stylish and durable. Easy to carry and fun to customize, this is a fabulous housewarming gift for your son or daughter that just got their first lake property.

Ship's Wheel Cheese BoardShip’s Wheel Cheese Board – $150 @ Pottery Barn
Summer hosts and hostesses will love this nautical-themed cheese board made from rich mango wood. Designed to look like the wheel of a ship, there’s more than meets the eye – several of the spokes can be removed to reveal cheese knives for whatever fine fromage you’re serving up. It’s an excellent and elegant wedding gift for any beachside weddings you’re attending this summer.

Eva Solo Tabletop GrillsEva Solo Tabletop Grills – $299 each @ SHOP.ca
Summertime is grilling time, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you want the maintenance or security concerns of parking a big ol’ grill on your patio while you’re not at your cabin. Enter these compact yet effective tabletop grills, which deliver ample cooking power while taking up minimal space. Bonus – they’re totally transportable, so you can bring one down to the beach or out in the woods for on-the-move eats.

Indigo Lake and Canoe CollectionsIndigo Lake and Canoe Collections – From $10
Proof that a little can go a long way – these various trinkets and decorative items are perfect for those who look forward to their lake weekends, without busting your budget. A cute mug or tea towel makes for a great houseguest or hostess present, and these two lines integrate perfectly for a summery, vibrant collection. As a heads up – they are selling out fast so if you see something you love, jump on it!

RenovaRenova Paper Products – From $1.97
Summertime is all about bright colours and sunshine – and Renova, a European paper products brand, is totally all for it! They’ve saturated household staples in cheerful hues from vibrant magenta to cool blue, allowing you to liven up every room – from a box of tissues on a nightstand to citrus-hued TP in the bathroom to eye-popping napkins at dinner. Apart from their sensational shades, many of Renova’s products are also lightly scented. And if the powerful hues are a little unfamiliar – no worries, the brand is famous for its double-faced products, meaning one side is brightly coloured while the other is basic white. It’s a fun way to clear out the cobwebs of your summer home and add some energy to every space.

Some exciting news! As part of my ongoing blog anniversary celebration, I’m giving away $50 in Renova products to one of you readers. Here’s how to enter:

1) First of all! You must be a Canadian Gift Guide subscriber to enter this giveaway. Just find the ‘Gift of Gab’ box on the righthand side of this page and either hit ‘Follow’ or enter your email address. Once you’ve done that, leave a comment below telling me what your favourite Life at the Lake gift idea is that was featured in this post. You have until July 12, 2015 to share your pick.

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 July 13, 2015 to select the winner(s), 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 Entry: Visit Renova’s Facebook Page and like it. Then leave a wall post on their page. Link back to your wall post in a separate comment below to nab an extra entry.

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99 Responses to “Life at the Lake”
  1. intensev5 says:

    I really like the Eva Solo Tabletop Grill

  2. dorcontest says:

    I subscribe by email.
    I love the I love the Lake plates very much.
    Doreen Lamoureux
    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  3. Steven says:

    The tabletop grill. It’s a little pricey but it would woeful great on my deck or even out camping.

  4. SandyS says:

    I run the ship in the kitchen. Therefore the ships wheel cheese board would be a must!

  5. nicolthepickle says:

    I like the Renova paper Towels the best. They make everything look more fun and picnic-y.

  6. nicolthepickle says:


    Renova facebook post.

  7. Donnas says:

    I love the beach chairs, they’re stylish and portable.

  8. marygaudet says:

    I love the Eva Solo Tabletop Grill! It’s perfect for being out at the lake. So happy to be subscribed to your page; so many great gift ideas

  9. Aimee says:

    I Ike the tabletop grill

  10. Joan G. says:

    I like the beach chair – they look easy to transport.

  11. Anne Derkat says:

    I really like the beach chairs.

  12. S. Hirano says:

    My dad would love the Ships Wheel Cheese Board from Pottery Barn. He had a boat back when us kids were small and we spent nearly every weekend on the lake. Growing up our house was decorated with a boat theme…I especially remember the lamp with a boat wheel on it, and a lifesaver on the wall!

  13. Lindsey says:

    The beach chairs

  14. Audrey Skinner says:

    I love the table top grills but the ships wheel cheeseboard is my favorite.

  15. tammy ta says:

    The Renova products are my fav.-LOVE the fun bright colours-very summery!

  16. Sherry Kinnear says:

    Really like the Eva Solo Tabletop Grills.

  17. Taps says:

    My fav is the Ship’s Wheel Cheese Board

  18. Sherry Kinnear says:

  19. Leah says:

    I love the beach chairs!

  20. Elena says:

    I like the tabletop grills the best.

  21. mcmc says:

    love the Eva Solo Tabletop Grill

  22. mousecat says:

    My fave from this list are the beach chairs

  23. Rachel C. says:

    I love the tabletop grills! So sleek and functional.

  24. Susan Patterson says:

    I love the Ship’s Wheel cheese board – it would be perfect for my daughter and granddaughter – thank you!

  25. Janice Lewis says:

    The canoe collection is so cute! Love!!!

  26. Linda Richter says:

    The Ship’s Wheel Cheese Board is a really cute and useful girt, love it!

  27. Jessica e says:

    i like the Eva Solo Tabletop Grills =)

  28. I do like the Renova paper products

  29. I love the beach chairs.

  30. M. Archambeau says:

    I love the deck chairs! I think they might work on a balcony too.

  31. Kelly E says:

    Renova paper products they come in great colours and designs

  32. ksceviour says:

    ohh,I love the Eva Solo Tabletop Grills..how cute is that!! And a great gift idea!

  33. Debra says:

    Love the tabletop grills and the beach chairs, plus the wild colours of the Renova products. Yum!

  34. Alison K says:

    I’m a Canadian Gift Guide subscriber. My favourite Life at the Lake gift idea that was featured in this post is a toss up between the Eva Solo Tabletop Grills & the Gallant & Jones Beach Chairs. Both are pretty sweet.

  35. I like the indigo collection

  36. linnett says:

    The Table top grill would be nice to have, thanks

  37. Susan says:

    I like the Eva Solo Tabletop Grills.

  38. Shelley N says:

    My favourite is the beach chairs from Gallant & Jones. They are functional and fun. I am already a subscriber.

  39. Lori Shmuir says:

    I love the ship’s wheel cheese board – very unique and funky look to it. My hubby loves cheese, he would use it all the time!

  40. Harmony A. says:

    I love the beach chairs from Gallant & Jones. Super cute!

  41. cookie3 says:

    I love those beach chairs, portable & stylish

  42. Caroline says:

    I love the Eva Solo Tabletop Grill! It’s a great size!

  43. Vesper says:

    The Beach Chairs are so stylish

  44. Vesper says:

    subscriber of your blog – meikleblog at gmail dot com

  45. LILLIAN BROWN says:

    I Ike the tabletop grill

  46. Lisa Morrison says:

    I like the Eva Solo tabletop grill.

  47. curt hungerford says:

    Indigo Lake and Canoe Collections – From $10- Would go great in the trailer

  48. I absolutely LOVE the Ship’s Wheel Cheese Board! So cute!

  49. Edith Rennes says:

    The table top grill would be my choice

  50. Debbie H says:

    I really love the ships wheel cheese board

  51. Tabby72 says:

    My favourite idea is the beach chairs. Lovely!

  52. lorna says:

    I love the table top grill

  53. Theresa C. says:

    Love the Ship’s Wheel Cheese Board – what a cute idea!

  54. Lauraleigh P says:

    I love the little table-top grills. One of my family’s favourite things to do is go for a hike and a picnic! Would be so cool to have one of those to bring! 🙂 Tough choice between that and the paper products though. There is always a warm place in my heart for pretty paper!

  55. mrdisco1 says:

    I’m a sucker for quality chairs, so my favourite idea are the beach chairs!

  56. gayle bellemare says:

    I absolutely love good cheese and love this Ships Wheel Cheese Board from Pottery Barn, I think it goes without saying that I love Renova (love switching up my colors)! Thank you!

  57. Victoria Ess says:

    I love the Eva Solo Tabletop Grills! They look so great!

  58. crescenza2 says:

    I love the Eva Solo Tabletop Grill! Fabulous style and idea

  59. vinci777 says:

    As our son is a Mariner engineer, he would love the unique SHIP’S WHEEL CHEESE BOARD.
    Also, like the prints of Palm trees, very nice.

  60. Linda says:

    My favourite is the Ship’s Wheel Cheese Board.

  61. aly3360 says:

    My favourite gift idea from this post is the Ship’s Wheel Cheese Board. I absolutely love it!!

  62. beach650 says:

    I’ve seen those beach chairs advertised in Vancouver and have been wanting one – don’t they just scream lakeside relaxation?

  63. Brenda Penton says:

    I really like the Beach Chairs from Gallant & Jones

  64. Jessica Lord says:

    i really like the beach chairs

  65. Valerie Gibson says:

    My favourite is the Ship’s Wheel cheese board

  66. naiddia p says:

    I love the table top grill!

  67. Rachael Bhardwaj says:

    my favourite is the tabletop grill.

  68. truckerofbc says:

    the tabletop grill would be awesome

  69. Erin McSweeney says:

    my favorite is the Beach Chairs – From $154 @ Gallant & Jones

  70. Michael says:

    I like the Beach Chairs.

  71. SueSueper says:

    My favourite is Eva Solo Tabletop Grills – These grills would be useful at home too. Cook outside in the summer.

  72. SueSueper says:

    I like Renova – Canada on Facebook
    I am SueSueper Sue on Facebook
    Here is my post on their wall https://www.facebook.com/CanadaLovesRenova/posts/800955170019588

  73. Tina L. says:

    I like the Beach Chairs.

  74. Burcu says:

    I love the Beach Chairs

  75. Robert Wise says:

    I like the Ship’s Wheel Cheese Board the best.

  76. Robert Wise says:

  77. kiraali says:

    The beach chairs are the best!

  78. Cindy Martin says:

    Love the Ship’s wheel cheese board…very attractive and also functional

  79. Mary Jane says:

    Interesting site…love it

  80. edmontonjb says:

    I love the gorgeous beach chairs!

    Jonnie

  81. Jessica e says:

    i like the products in the Indigo Lake and Canoe Collection!

  82. Betty S says:

    I like the beach chairs, you can never have enough seating at the beach great way to keep the sand out of your clothes

  83. I really like the Table Top Grills. I don’t have room for a big barbecue and these are a very manageable size.

  84. Lorna Webster says:

    I adore the cheese board

  85. aarone mawdsley says:

    i would love to have the chair

  86. Janet P. says:

    My favourite is the beach chair!

  87. sschool2010 says:

    I subscribe and my fave is the beach chairs – they are really cute and would look great on my back deck!

  88. Sylvia says:

    I like the Eva Solo Tabletop Grills.

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