Christmas is happening this week you guys. As a final gift guide, I’ve picked out 10 gift ideas that are widely available across Canada – or can even still be ordered with rush shipping if you place you orders right this second. Happy shopping you last minute gift buyers!
Playmobil NHL Arena – $69.99 @ Mastermind Toys
For the hockey lover in the family, check out this awesome NHL-endorsed playset from Playmobil. With 78 pieces, including four figurines, two nets, and two pucks, this awesome set is a great way to reenact your favourite games and players at home. In fact you can actually use it like a mini air hockey or foosball table, as the goalies can be controlled with a special handle and the players have a shooting action. This rink playset is just the tip of the iceberg – Playmobil also offers up referee figurines, a zamboni machine, and players and goalies from many of your favourite NHL teams.
Tin of Delights – $45 each @ The Body Shop
There are Body Shop locations in virtually every mall across Canada, making this perennial gift-giving destination a lifesaver if you’re still shopping this week. One foolproof gift? Their Tin of Delights gift sets, which are jam-packed with four products – shower gel, body butter, shimmer fragrance globe, and a lip gloss – in three festive scents. Glazed Apple and Frosted Cranberry are back again, as well as newcomer Frosted Plum. Tis a very fruity Christmas indeed!
Fossil Estate Messenger Bag – $218 @ Hudson’s Bay
Looking for a last-minute luxe gift for him? This stylish canvas bag may do just the trick. It’s a wonderful gift idea for virtually any man in your life at any age. If he’s a student, consider this his classy new backpack. If he’s a businessman, this is a stylish alternative to a briefcase (which has a laptop pocket). And if he’s a traveler, meet your new carry-on. Gorgeous, well-priced and available at HBC locations across Canada (plus Fossil ones I’d wager), week-of gifts can certainly be stylish and special.
Breakaway Experiences – Prices Vary
I’ve featured Breakaway Experiences in the past, but they’re always changing things up and adding more amazing features, plus they’re a *perfect* last minute gift. All you have to do is visit their site, select an experience you know they’ll love, and print off a certificate. Alternatively you can also give them a gift card so they can pick their own special day out. And now there are more new experiences across Canada than ever. A sampling of some of their new additions? How about a Whale Watch Tour departing from Vancouver? Or a Helicopter Flight Simulator in Edmonton? Other highlights include dog sledding in the Calgary area, flight lessons in Barrie, salsa classes for moms and tots in Ottawa, and a cycling and wine tour in the Niagara area. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, foodie, or outdoor lover, there are plenty of cool experiences to choose from. Want to tailor what you’re getting? They also offer a ‘Wish List’ option that you can send to last-minute shoppers amongst your friends and family as hints for what you’d like.
T-Fal Inspirations 12-Piece Ceramic Cook Set – $99.99 (Reg $349.99) @ Canadian Tire
If someone is really being stubborn with giving you any hints about what they want this holiday season, one foolproof trick is to take a poke around their home and check out what needs replacing. Whether it’s worn out slippers or a tired-looking set of cookware, it’s nice (and easy) to surprise someone with an item they need but wouldn’t ever think to ask for. This incredibly priced set of ceramic cookware packs plenty of style and function into 12 versatile pieces. It’s great for a son or daughter that has just moved into a new home, or for your mom or dad that’s using the same pots as the day they got married.
Despicable Me Operation – $24.99 @ Sears and Toys “R” Us
This was the year Gru’s sidekicks finally took over, with the Minions movie hitting theatres this summer. Hasbro has rolled out some Minion-themed reworkings of their favourite toys and games, including Operation, the hilarious but challenging game of dexterity. With bonus Minion figurines and fun plastic shapes (like unicorns and yes, bananas) to pluck out without tapping the sides and getting zapped, it’s a cool way to relive this classic game with your kiddies. I’m sure there are plenty of other Minion-themed goodies to put a smile on any little one’s face too – just check out your local toy or big box store!
Voluspa 6-Votive Candle Gift Set – $65 @ Indigo
Is she (or he) cuckoo for candles? Gift them enough candles to last the year with this sensational gift set packed with a half-dozen gorgeous votives. With a diverse range of scents including French Bourbon Vanilla, Ponderosa, Clove Pomander, Branche Vermeil, Champagne Rose and Chestnut & Vetiver, each of these little candles lasts a whopping 25 hours. Plus they come housed in a beautiful silver box that practically just needs a bow on top to be ready to gift.
AURA Decorative Cushions – $75 @ Simon’s + Hudson’s Bay
Want to pep up someone’s home decor? Look no further than these fun and festive throw cushions from AURA. This trendy linens brand actually carries all kinds of great home gifts, like striking graphic duvets, throw blankets and cushions, all with a slight Scandinavian / modern art vibe. With Simon’s locations throughout Quebec (and now in Edmonton), as well as HBC stores across Canada, it’s easy to peruse their lineup and pick out an item or two to liven up a loved one’s space. Like with the pots and pans above, bedding makes a wonderful ‘upgrade’ that your friend or family member definitely needs, but may not think to ask for.
PlayStation 4 Star Wars Bundle – $369 @ Best Buy
The moment finally arrived this weekend when Star Wars fans could nerd out together over the release of the newest film in the franchise. While it’s unlikely you’d just go out and pick up a PS4 without knowing whether your loved one actually wants it, watching the Star Wars movie this past weekend may have spurred them on to seriously covet this themed bundle. Featuring the core system and a controller, this ‘Battlefront Bundle’ also includes the full game download of Star Wars Battlefront as well as a download voucher for 4 additional classic Star Wars games. It’s a great way to get wrapped up in a galaxy far, far away during a snowy winter day.
Burt’s Bees Bee-autiful Treats – $14.99 + Mani Pedi Set – $19.99
If you’re looking for a last minute gift that is also super affordable, you can’t go wrong with Burt’s Bees. This primarily natural care brand is widely available at drug and big box stores across Canada and has a pretty extensive range of gift ideas to take care of you from top to toe. Case in point? The Bee-autiful Treats set featured above is loaded with two lip-nourishing glosses for those mistletoe kisses, plus a refreshing sugar crystals tub to slough off dry skin. If she’s a nail queen, she’ll love the Mani / Pedi set, featuring foot lotion, hand cream, cuticle cream and scrub brush.
As my final trick this holiday season, I’ve got a lovely prize package valued at $280! If you win, you’ll receive:
- A Body Shop Tin of Delights
- $100 to Breakaway Experiences
- Despicable Me Operation
- AURA Gold Spots Pillow
- Burt’s Bees Mani / Pedi Set + Bee-autiful Treats Sets
1) Important Note: You must be a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide to enter this giveaway. It’s as simple as finding ‘The Gift of Gab’ box in the righthand column and dropping in your email or clicking follow. Then leave me a comment below by December 31, 2015 telling me your top last minute gift ideas from this list that you’d love to gift or receive!
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 1, 2016 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 for this promotion.
4) Bonus Entries: Do as many or as few of the following as you’d like. For every bonus entry you rack up, be sure to leave a separate comment with proof (i.e. a link) or your bonus entries won’t count! For example, leave one comment to start, as per step 1 above. Then, if you decide to like one of the brands on Facebook and leave a wall post, leave a link back to your wall post in a separate comment below. And so on! Google is a helpful resource for learning how to link back to social posts online.
The Body Shop – Follow the brand on Instagram and either Regram one of their photos or share an item from their site onto your own feed. Be sure to tag them in your photo!
Breakaway Experiences – Like them on Facebook and tell them which of their experiences you’re most interested in trying!
Hasbro – Follow the brand on Twitter and Tweet about Despicable Me Operation. Be sure to link back to this post and tag myself (@cdngiftguide) and @hasbronews.
Aura – Pin the image in this post of their pillows to Pinterest.
Burt’s Bees – Follow the brand on Twitter and Tweet about the giveaway. Be sure to link back to this post and tag myself (@cdngiftguide) and @burtsbeesca.