We Built Sandcastles

We Built Sandcastles

Another week, another Beyonce Lemonade reference. Anyway. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but summer has fully arrived. If you’re planning a trip to the beach then you will definitely want to pay attention to this post – it’s chockful of beachtastic gift ideas!

Simons Sporty Tropical Mesh Swimsuit

Sporty Tropical Mesh Insert One-Piece Swimsuit – $39.95 @ Simons
Every good day at the beach begins with a killer swimsuit – and Simons is demonstrating that you can still have a super sexy, fun, affordable suit at an amazing price! I picked out this stunner for its on point summery pattern, but also for the fun mesh panels. Honestly though, I could’ve chosen dozens of others – browse their swimsuit line under $80 and get shopping!

Ole Henriksen Facial Waters

Ole Henriksen Facial Waters – $28 each @ Sephora
Despite all that splashing around, fun in the sun ultimately leads to dehydration – not just of your mouth darlings, but your skin. Enter Ole Henriksen’s ingenious Facial Waters, designed to hydrate, balance, and prep the skin while providing an aromatic experience. Ahhhh. These gorgeous sprays are perfect to tote in your beach bag for mid-day touch-ups and come in three varieties to suit your skin type. Sensitive types will want to check out Nurture Me, those with normal skin looking for an uplifting experience will want to try Truth, while Grease Relief is perfect for oily skinned lasses. But regardless of which one you pick – all of them will help hydrate your skin and are must-haves for hot summer days.

Ruby Mint Towels

Ruby Mint Towels – $78 USD each
Towels are one of those things where spending money will really make a difference. Not only are these super plush towels from Ruby Mint able to soak up moisture in a flash when you’re toweling off, they’ll last for practically ever thanks to their thick weave. Plus let’s not forget the visual appeal. With new towels being released seasonally, this bright, brilliant line of geometric patterned towels will catch everyone’s attention on the beach and make it a snap for you find your spot.


Vivier Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 45 – $60 @ Thermae
If I could offer you one tip – and gift idea – for your beach days, it’s to wear sunscreen. Swimming in the water and hanging out on the sand all day makes you a prime target for a sunburn, which isn’t only painful in the short-term, but can prematurely age your skin and even lead to skin cancer. Yikes. Thermae, an amazing skincare clinic based in Calgary that’s keyed into all sorts of revolutionary skincare treatments, turned me onto Vivierskin’s Broad Spectrum SPF 45, which protects you from both UVA and UVB rays and is easily absorbed into the skin with a velvety soft texture. Wear it daily under your makeup for maximum protection – you won’t even notice it’s there!

Pool Floats

Incredible Novelties Donut or Pretzel Pool Floats – $19.95 each @ Indigo
Proof that great beach gift ideas don’t have to come with a hefty price tag? These fun floaties, which are available for under $20 and promise barrels of fun. In fact, they’re big enough that multiple little ones could insert themselves in the openings and spend the day drifting away! Also available in a festive pink flamingo variation.

Bliss Achilles Heel

Bliss Achilles Heel Spa-Powered Smoother – $49 @ Hudson’s Bay, London Drugs and Sephora (online and in-stores for all!)
This one is a must-have for before you hit the beach. Get spa-like results by soaking your feet in warm water for about 10-15 minutes, then dry ’em off and use the exfoliating disc on this handy tool to slough off rough, callused skin. Then polish things up with the included buffing plate and finish off by rubbing on some invigorating aloe and peppermint leaf Foot Patrol lotion. It’s an ingenious gift idea to save you a bundle on professional pedis – no more troll feet!

Zoe B Beach Toys

Zoe B Biodegradable Beach Toys Set – $22.99 @ Sweet Giggles Baby
Plastic isn’t very kind to the earth you guys…and let’s face it, kids’ll grow out of their beach toys, or lose them, or break them. At the very least, you can feel better if something happens to one of their colourful, kid-friendly toys from Zoe B. Made from corn instead of plastic, these biodegradable toys will break down in just two to three years if accidentally left behind or set out to sea. This five-piece set is a perfect birthday or baby gift, and includes two cups, a shape creator, a shovel, and a bucket.

Sandcastles Grooming Gift


I’m giving away an Ole Henriksen Facial Water + Vivier Sheer Broad Spectrum with SPF 45 from Thermae + a Bliss Achilles Heel Smoother. Want to win it all? Here’s how to enter!

1) 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 July 12, 2016 telling me what your favourite beach-themed gift is on this list!

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, 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.

FOR ALL Bonus Entry activity, be sure to leave each action in a separate comment (i.e. a Tweet in one comment, a Facebook post in another) or your entries won’t be counted!

Bonus Entry #1: Follow me on Instagram @cdngiftguide and share a photo of your favourite gift idea from this post, tagging me and telling people where you spotted it!

Bonus Entry #2: Follow @ThermaeCalgary on Twitter and Tweet about Vivier’s Broad Spectrum Sunscreen and why you’d like to try it out!

Bonus Entry #3: Follow @bliss_spa on Instagram and share the photo of their Achilles Heel Tool above onto your feed, tagging them and mentioning me in your post. 

96 Responses to “We Built Sandcastles”
  1. Elena says:

    I love the Bliss heal smoother. I really need one of these!

  2. Lorraine says:

    Bliss Heal Smoother

  3. doreen lamoureux says:

    I subscribe by email already…. Yahoo 🙂 🙂 I love the Sporty Tropical Mesh Insert One-Piece Swimsuit very much.
    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  4. Julie F says:

    My fave item is the Vivier Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 45

  5. CLC says:

    I could really use the Bliss Achilles Heel Smoother.

  6. Sherry Kinnear says:

    The Bliss Achilles Heel Smoother would be great for getting ready for the summer..

  7. katydidit21 says:

    I love the Sporty Tropical Mesh Insert One-Piece insert from Simons.

  8. aketch says:

    I like the Ruby Mint towels, especially the stripey one!

  9. Sherry Kinnear says:

    Bliss Achilles Heel Smoother

  10. Sherry Kinnear says:

  11. Ben says:

    I can picture a very tasty afternoon floating on an inflatable pretzel

  12. Jennifer Kelsie says:

    Hard to choose one from this list! I LOVE the donut pool float, the towels and the facial waters!!

  13. janicour says:

    I love the bathing suit.

  14. Tom says:

    Would love to get the Ole Henriksen Facial Water + Vivier Sheer Broad Spectrum with SPF 45 from Thermae + a Bliss Achilles Heel Smoother. Thank you.

  15. Heather Swanson says:

    I like the towels

  16. Karen says:

    That bathing suit is so pretty!

  17. M. Archambeau says:

    The doughnut pool float is hilarious!

  18. Josie says:

    The bliss heel smoother would be great but I do love the pool floats! So fun!

  19. Sarah H says:

    I like the Ruby Mint Towels!

  20. Anne Derkat says:

    I’d love to try the Vivier Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 45.

  21. aclily19 says:

    I like the bathing suit

  22. Giselle says:

    I’m always looking for a good sunscreen so I’d love the Vivier Sheer Broadspectrum sunscreen.

  23. Leah says:

    I love the Incredible Novelties Donut or Pretzel Pool Floats. Fun for everyone!

  24. kevin snyder says:

    the pool floats are killer idea’s for my kids

  25. Erin McSweeney says:

    i love this swimsuit so beautiful Sporty Tropical Mesh Insert One-Piece Swimsuit – $39.95 @ Simons

  26. Erin W says:

    I am in love this that bathing suit! So awesome!

  27. bkick1 says:

    Love the pool floaties. These are a laugh.

  28. Debbie F says:

    My favourite is the Bliss Heel Smoother

  29. laura says:

    I like all the Bliss products for the feet.

  30. Dominic cloutier says:

    I just got a major sunburn (Ikr!) so anything with spf gets my attention right now

  31. Toks W says:

    My favourites are the flotation devices.

  32. Susan says:

    I like the Bliss Achilles Heel Spa-Powered Smoother. I know my feet would thank me!

  33. Joan G. says:

    I really like the Tropical Mesh Swimsuit.

  34. Lori says:

    My heels are quite the sight to see…the Bliss Heel Spa-Powered Smoother is just what they need!

  35. cookie3 says:

    I really like the Bliss Smoother as well as the broad spectrum Vivier Sheer SPF 45

  36. Catherine Burke says:

    Love the swim suit – sexy but smart & age appropriate I think

  37. dabrowne says:

    My fave are the Ruby Mint towels, so colorful and happy.

  38. Audrey Skinner says:

    Love the towels and the pool floats.

  39. Vivian Dionne says:

    I love the pool floats. They are a fun idea.

  40. Rosanne Robinson says:

    I LOVE the Ruby Mint Towels, they’re awesome!

  41. Angela Mitchell says:

    I love the sporty Tropical Mesh Insert One-Piece Swimsuit. Super cute choice!

  42. Deanna Barkley says:

    I love the bathing suit. It is super cute. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  43. Alison K says:

    I’m a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide. My favourite beach-themed gift is on this list is the Vivier Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 45 – $60 @ Thermae

  44. Lindsey says:

    The Vivier Sheer Broad Spectrum – you can never have too much sunscreen!

  45. Alison K says:

    Bonus @cdngiftguide Entry #1: Followed you on Instagram and shared a photo from this post https://www.instagram.com/p/BG8PqGnB062/?hl=en

  46. Alison K says:

    Bonus @ThermaeCalgary Entry #2: Followed @ThermaeCalgary on Twitter and Tweeted https://twitter.com/SoulSeeker0/status/745457293060235265

  47. Alison K says:

    Bonus @bliss_spa Entry #3: Followed @bliss_spa on Instagram and shared the photo of their Achilles Heel Tool above https://www.instagram.com/p/BG8RtF-h0-1/?hl=en

  48. edmontonjb says:

    I love the Ruby Mint towels!


  49. Elaine Rosser says:

    I am already a Canadian Gift Guide subscriber. I think a must for summer would be the Bliss Achilles Heel Smoother-all those sandals and flipflops!

  50. Shelley N says:

    I love ths Sporty tropical mesh swim suit -if I were a smaller woman I would definitely get one. Very sharp and a great price too

  51. Burcu says:

    I love Ruby Mint Towels

  52. Chantelle says:

    I love the Donut or Pretzel Pool Floats they are super cute.

  53. Victoria Ess says:

    I love the Vivier Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 45!

  54. Victoria Ess says:

  55. ohh,I love those donut and pretzel floats,,how cute are they!

  56. These are all cool ideas, but I really like the beach towels.

  57. Tracy D says:

    I’m a subscriber! I love the Simons swimsuit you picked, super cute!

  58. Mary Warner says:

    The Bliss Heel Spa would be so useful.

  59. marla says:

    I love the Incredible Novelties Donut or Pretzel Pool Floats @ Indigo – they would make pool parties even more fun

  60. marla says:

    posted in lights and laughter

  61. marla says:

    posted in YOLO generation

  62. Ole Henrikson facial waters sound very refreshing

  63. Kim K says:

    Bliss Achilles Heel Spa-Powered Smoother

  64. Victoria K says:

    I love the Ruby Mint towels. Great for the beach or the pool.

  65. Kelly E says:

    My favourite is the Ruby Mint Beach Towel

  66. Linda says:

    My favourite beach-themed gift item from this list is the porty Tropical Mesh Insert One-Piece Swimsuit.

  67. Kathleen L says:

    I love the donut and pretzel pool floats. So much fun!

  68. Jessica eapen says:

    I like the Ruby Mont towels.

  69. Linda says:

    The best beach-themed gift here is the Ruby Mint Towels.

  70. AliKira says:

    My favourite is the swimsuit followed closely by the towels. Both look great!

  71. aly3360 says:

    I subscribe to your blog and I think that the Incredible Novelties Pool Floats are awesome! they’re my favourite pick from this list!

  72. mousecat says:

    The Incredible Novelty pretzel pool float looks awesome. It would be fun to float around in that and catch somerays!

  73. Lorna Braun says:

    “cool floaties” We all need summer foot care and sunscreen!

  74. Lisa S says:

    Love the Bliss Achilles Heel Spa-Powered Smoother. My heels are disgustingly cracked and dry.

  75. stacey h says:

    i’m a fan of the donut floaties. they are a must have at the lake!

  76. Michael says:

    I like the Vivier Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 45

  77. binabug says:

    DOING THE BONUS entry from the newsletter (trunk)

  78. Alyssa says:

    My favourite beach-themed gift would be the bliss heel smoother!

  79. diane says:

    My favourite are the pool floats.

  80. Luisa says:

    Bliss heel spa is my fave…and a summer essential for me 🙂

  81. Tina L. says:

    My favourite beach theme gift is Ole Henriksen Facial Waters

  82. Sylvia says:

    My favourite gift is Vivier Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 45

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