Creature Comforts

It’s nearing the end of summer, and while you may have enjoyed a few lazy hazy days, you’ve also probably gotten off the couch a whole lot more to enjoy the great outdoors (and be inspired by those Olympians). As we head into the season of snuggles and comfort (I know you’ve been eyeing that sweater in your closet), I thought it’d be cool to do a gift guide on gift ideas designed to up the comfy cozy level in your life. Onwards!


Vajamas – From $85 @ Betabrand
Looking for the world’s coziest pants to keep those wintery blues at bay? You’ll actually dig slipping into these ridiculously soft sweatpants, made from Betabrands proprietary ‘vagisoft’ material. I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt that the name is inspired by them being velvety soft (velvet + pajamas), but you can draw your own conclusions. These cozy, unisex pants come in three colours, pull on with ease, and make an ideal gift for anyone who lists ‘napping’ as a favourite pasttime.

Genuine Health Pain Relief ProductsFast Joint Care+ – $41.99, Fast Arthritis Pain Relief+ – $51.99, Fast Pain Relief+ – $89.99 @ Drugstores, Health and Specialty Stores Across Canada
1 in 10 Canadians suffer from pain – the type of pain that cripples them from being able to live life to the fullest. Genuine Health has the solution with an array of all natural solutions to relieve pain, decrease inflammation and help nourish and repair damaged joint tissue. How you take the pills depends on what you’re grappling with – the arthritis or joint care products, for example, should be taken daily and should deliver results in as a few as five days, whereas the regular pain relief is ideal for when you need pain relief on the double. My favourite feature? All of the products are made with the brand’s signature Biovaflex® natural eggshell membrane, instead of gelatin, making this a vegetarian-friendly form of natural pain relief. Now *that’s* a relief.

Buddha Bowl

Buddha Bowl – $34 @ Flavour Design Studio
A bowl of soup is the ultimate way to get (and stay) comfortable – and this bowl will make lapping it up that much easier. Designed to be held in the palm of your hand, similar to an oversized teacup, this ceramic bowl is ideal for anything hot or cold (honestly, a bowl of hot soup is not much more comfortable on the lap than a bowl of ice cream). Now you can kick back, relax, and binge on whatever Netflix show you’re addicted to – soup in hand!

La Vie En Rose Sleekback Bra

Sleekback Bra – $49.95 @ La Vie En Rose
Hallelujah – bra makers are more and more recognizing that not all ladies are built the same way. Case in point? La Vie En Rose’s new Sleekback Bra, which offers a bevy of options to not only help you look your best – but feel it too! The wider panels on the back eliminate any sign of ‘back rolls’, while adjustable straps at the front, back and closure give you more flexibility than ever before. With lightly lined cups, the flexible fabric molds to your body, while wider than average straps ensure the girls are hoisted up where they belong. Gift it to your girlfriend and she’ll have a new fave bra in no time – especially when it comes in an array of cute and classic colours.

Aveda Comforting Tea

Aveda Comforting Tea – From $25
While every cup of tea I drink is like a warm hug from the inside, I have to admit, Aveda’s Comforting tea takes things to another level. 100% organic and decaffeinated, this tea from the world famous spa brand is designed with soothing in mind. Featuring mint and licorice root, it’s got just enough zing and flavour to keep you interested, and plenty of soothing vibes with every sip. Available in a looseleaf bottle or prepackaged tea bags – perfect for your constantly frazzled friend or coworker.


Toast Wireless Handwarmers – $44.99 USD @ Smoko
When I get in the zone say, writing my blog, my hands have the tendency to turn icy cold after awhile, prompting shrieks from my husband. One way to combat keyboard freeze? These nifty, snuggly hand warmers which charge up via USB (they also have a wired version if the wireless one above doesn’t suit). Designed to look like slices of toast, they’ll indeed keep your hands nice and toasty – just strap on the gloves and let the embedded heaters do the work. If you suffer from cold feet of the non-emotional variety instead, they also sell USB-powered slippers and pillows in fun designs like yetis and unicorns!

Genuine Health Arthritis

Want to try out one of Genuine Health’s products for yourself? I’m giving away their Fast Arthritis Pain Relief+ to a lucky reader. Here’s how to enter for your shot at nabbing it:

1) First & foremost: 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 September 17, 2016, telling me your favourite comforting gift idea from this post.

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 September 18, 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 Entry: Follow Genuine Health on Twitter and Tweet about this giveaway,tagging them + me (@cdngiftguide), linking back to this post. Share your Tweet link in a separate comment below.


79 Responses to “Creature Comforts”
  1. lyn212 says:

    My favourite from this post is the Sleekback Bra – $49.95 @ La Vie En Rose. It looks so comfortable.

  2. katydidit21 says:

    The Buddha Bowl is my favourite!

  3. Deanna Barkley says:

    My favourite item from this post is the Genuine Health Fast Arthritis Pain Relief+. I have arthritis in one knee and it can really be painful at times. I would like to try this product. Thanks for hosting this giveaway for a chance to win some relief from arthritic pain.

  4. doreen lamoureux says:

    I love the Winter is right around the corner …. isn’t it? I also would love to try the genuine health product for arthritis.
    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  5. Sherry K says:

    The Toast Wireless Handwarmers are the best and I might go for the slippers as well. Our kitchen is pretty cold in the winter and that is where my computer is.

  6. Vajamas fir everyone on my Christmas list

  7. Heather Swanson says:

    I need arthritis pain relief for my knees

  8. Elizabeth Vlug says:

    I love the look and description of those Vajamas. (and I might like just saying the name. lol) But they sound so cozy. Great list.

  9. DebP says:

    The Sleekback bra sounds great- I always have problems getting a comfortable fit.

  10. Anne Derkat says:

    I’d go for the jammies.

  11. Audrey Skinner says:

    I love the Sleekback Bra.

  12. Susan says:

    I love the Buddha bowl, but could definitely use the pain relief.

  13. Linda says:

    Love the Buddha bowl – neat idea

  14. Gigi says:

    I’d love the oddly named Vajamas but I really need the Genuine Health Fast Arthritis Pain Relief!

  15. Chanel O says:

    Would love to win the arthritis pain medication for my grandmother!

  16. Tom D. says:

    Hands down…the Vajamas does it for me. Even the name is cool.

  17. Joan G. says:

    I would like to try the Sleekback bra to get something really comfortable.

  18. mcmc says:

    The Sleekback bra sounds great

  19. Joanne Saunders says:

    I like the Vajamas. They look so comfy.

  20. Mary Warner says:

    The Vajamas because, as is said, Winter is Coming!

  21. Peggy Watt says:

    I VERY MUCH need arthritis pain relief for my knees as I Twisted it again really bad aind the pain is extreme and nothing I’ve used has helped

  22. aly3360 says:

    I love the idea of the Toast Wireless Handwarmers!! They are an adorable gift idea.

  23. Alison K says:

    I’m a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide. My favourite comforting gift idea from this post would be the Toast Wireless Handwarmers – $44.99 USD @ Smoko (hope you have a contest for them. They are beyond adorable!!) Thanks 🙂

  24. linda p says:

    I am a subscriber. I like the bra – it looks comfy / yet sexy too.

  25. edmontonjb says:

    I love the vajamas!


  26. angela eagle says:

    the most comforting gift idea in this post is so cozy and who doesnt love their comfiest clothes.

  27. Subscribed. LOVE the Vajamas!!

  28. Diane p says:

    Love the vajamas and hand warmers.

  29. Aimee says:

    I like the pajamas pants. I am a subscriber.

  30. Christine Holliday says:

    I’m really loving those pj/sweats right now..although I like pretty much everything there.

  31. Edmond says:

    Holy Batman, I luv the hand warmers. Divine. . Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. 🙂 Pick me, pick me!

  32. Anne-Marie Tvete says:

    I think the most comforting gift idea is the Genuine Health fast pain relief+. And this would be a gift for me !

  33. Aarone Mawdsley says:

    i like the vajamas

  34. penny says:

    the vajamis, for sure

  35. Jennifer L. says:

    I like the Sleekback bra.

  36. Erin Lewis says:

    I like the Sleekback Bra. La Vie En Rose bras are super comfy!

  37. voxworld says:

    I like the Fast Joint Care!

  38. Cathy C says:

    I have arthritis and relieving the pain would be great so the products for pain relief and joint care would help me.

  39. linnett says:

    Since I have Rynauds, the Toast Wireless Handwarmers would be nice. Thanks

  40. Wow, they are sound great! Love the buddha bowl!

  41. Florence Cochrane says:

    My favorite is the Aveda comforting tea.

  42. Florence Cochrane says:

  43. Lorna Braun says:

    the vajamas would be great! Together with arthritis pain relief meds, would have it made!

  44. wawi says:

    All of them look comforting, but I love a warm cup of tea!

  45. Sunshine G says:

    Love a warm cup of tea on a blustery day – it’s one of the best small pleasures around.

  46. ERIN MCSWEENEY says:

    I LOVE THE Buddha Bowl – $34 @ Flavour Design Studio

  47. alexa says:

    love the sweatpants

  48. Vicki says:

    Well, as a gift Vajamas is it, but I’d like the Genuine Health’s Fast Arthritis Pain Relief+ for myself. Just finished a brutal summer job lugging 50 pound water jugs around.

  49. Cindy says:

    Nothing beats Aveda comforting tea,,,,its amazing!!!

  50. Victoria Ess says:

    I love the Sleekback Bra!

  51. dawn walsh says:

    Vajamas – From $85 @ Betabrand this catches my eye

  52. The bra. Can always use that!

  53. intensev5 says:

    I really like the Sleekback Bra

  54. cookie3 says:

    Aveda Comforting Tea sounds delicious & love those Buddha bowls

  55. brandon forsyth says:

    I love the toast wireless handwarmers they looks so comfy!

  56. Jennifer Ouellette says:

    The Sleekback Bra is my favorite!!

  57. Theresa C. says:

    Love the Vajamas – as I sit here in the cold wishing I was wearing them right now! ;p

  58. Caity says:

    My favourite was the handwarmers as my hands always get so freaking cold all the time

  59. bkick1 says:

    My favourite comfort idea is the Vajamas and I also like the Buddha bowls.

  60. Melody Egerton says:

    I love the Vajamas…… HILARIOUS!!

  61. Kelly E says:

    The Sleekback Bra is my favourite

  62. Denae Boucher says:

    My favourite is the Aveda comforting tea because I love tea and I love Aveda but I can’t afford their things.

  63. Eric R says:

    Toast Wireless Handwarmers are my favorite of the comfort items they would come in handy also when I have had to stand outside in the middle of winter for boxing day sales

  64. OMG I LOVE the toast handwarmers. SO cute!

  65. Sunshine G says:

    The Aveda tea looks perfect for a rainy blustery day at home.

  66. Lucy K says:

    The sleek back bra is nice also arthritis pain relief in my joints sounds really good.

  67. The Vajamas look cosy. It’s still warm here, but it’s getting dark early, so I’m already in nesting mode.

  68. Lisa S says:

    the handwarmers are so cute and I swear by Genuine Health products.. but I must own me some Buddha Bowls!

  69. aclily19 says:

    I like the Vajamas – From $85 @ Betabrand. My husband would love them.

  70. Lisa Dervin says:

    My favourite is def the bra which I will check out but my mom would love the arthritis gel!

  71. Wanda Bee says:

    The Buddha Bowl is definitely my favourite.

  72. I like the Aveda Comforting Tea

  73. Jay Al-Noor says:

    I soo want the bra , it looks very comfortable with a pretty color
    ❤ thanks

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