The Merben, The Merrier

I’m really happy to be putting the CANADIAN in the Canadian Gift Guide this year. Today’s brand is yet another example of the great things Canadian businesses are doing. Merben International is actually pretty well-aligned with this very blog: We both love picking out amazing gift ideas. Merben’s M.O. is to source some of the coolest gift ideas in the world, and make them accessible to Canadians. My job is to highlight some of the coolest gift ideas in the world that are accessible to Canadians. Natural fit right? So without further ado, here are a few of my favourite gift ideas from Merben – which are available online, but can also be found in retailers, spas, gift shops and more near you.


Felt Sphere Ball Rugs – $240 each
feel like this is how *I* heard about Merben – their cuddly, cool rugs that are part art pieces, part toasty warm floor coverings. Made from real wool by hand in Nepal, these ethically sourced pieces are a perfect gift idea for a loved one that’s moved into a new home this season or simply appreciates some updates to their home decor. Plus they come in two colour palettes to work with any decor!


Dry Brushes – From $16
Have you read about the benefits of dry brushing? Considering that your skin is your largest organ, it makes sense we’d want to give it a little more TLC. The obvious benefits of dry brushing are, naturally, to slough off dead skin and leave your complexion more glowing and radiant. But it can also help improve circulation, boost your internal organ function (by detoxifying), soothe sore muscles, and even minimize the appearance of cellulite. Merben’s dry brushes are one of their signature products, and are available in three levels of intensity – soft (jute), medium (sisal), and coarse (coconut). Just scrub away before you step into the shower and you’ll be on your way to gorgeous skin (and a better feeling overall) in no time.


Striped Throws – $260 each
I love getting and gifting cuddly blankets in the wintertime. Living in our climate you can honestly never have enough snuggly things, and these wonderful striped throws are a perfect gift idea for your nearest and dearest. Coming in three color combinations – from totally neutral grey and white to more vivid pops of red or teal – these heirloom-quality, handmade throws are a true treasure.


Flower Hair Ties – $6 each
You can’t forget about stocking stuffers when it comes to holiday gift shopping – and Merben has plenty of ideas. I love these little floral hair ties – they adorable on little girls but also add a flash of whimsy to any woman’s hairstyle too. You can also nab them in one of two colour palettes – bright and vibrant or soft and muted pastels.


Poufs – $170
The pouf is destined for a renaissance when it comes to household decor. It’s so versatile! Use it as an end table, footrest, or extra seating in a flash. These unique poufs are available in four colours to suit any home. Great for gifting to your parents or in-laws to spruce up their entryway (these make great mini-seats when you’re lacing up those winter boots) or their summer home.


Felt Pens – $8 each
Made with loving (and fair trade) care by women in Nepal, these felted pens are a fun gift for your colleagues, or a neat stocking stuffer for the kids. They come in a huge range of styles, including professions, animals, fantasy characters, and even special ones for the holidays (although two styles are sold out online right now, sniff). Quirky with a heart of gold – that’s a solid gift idea right there!


Excitingly, I have yet another great giveaway! Not one, but TWO lucky readers are each going to receive a gift basket of dry brush products, made ethically in Sri Lanka by men and women. This prize package includes the brand’s best-selling bikini brush (to help banish ingrown hairs in time for winter travel season), as well as a back brush, body brush, and foot brush with foot butter so you can truly be smooth and sleek from top to toe. Want to win? Here’s how to enter!

1) Heads up: 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 a comment by December 21, 2016 with a link back to your favourite gift idea from the Merben website, plus who you’d give it to!

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 December 22, 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 to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Follow Merben on Instagram and either Regram one of their photos, or share a photo of your favourite gift idea from their site onto your own Instagram! Don’t forget to tag Merben in your post, and link back to it in a separate comment below.

5) Bonus Entry #2: Follow Merben on Twitter and send out a Tweet tagging them + me that links back to this post. Link back to your Tweet in a separate comment below.

6) Bonus Entry #3: Like Merben on Facebook and leave a comment on their wall about your favourite gift idea of theirs.

129 Responses to “The Merben, The Merrier”
  1. Deanna Barkley says:

    All of the gifts are nice. The felted pens are so cute. Throws are always useful. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. I really like the dry brushes. Between our cold dry winters and my aging skin, I think they might be the answer.

  3. DebP says:

    I like the dry brushes. I just want to put my hand through the screen to touch them, they*re so touchy-feely.

  4. Love the striped throws!! Warm and cozy.

  5. Karen Melnychuk says:

    The striped throws would compliment the decor in our family room

  6. I like the knitted shawls beautiful.

  7. Jennifer Kelsie says:

    Even though my kids are too old for it…I love the frog prince pencil case!!

  8. doreen lamoureux says:

    I subscribe by email. I love this brush. I love dry brushing too. So good for you.
    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  9. corkrose says: – love the foot brush butter set – for my poor hubby who is on his feet all day. I love dry brushing & would like to encourage him more to do it.

  10. doreen lamoureux says:

    follow them on twitter and tweeted @doreenlamoureux

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  11. corkrose says:

    thanks @MerbenInt and thanks @canadiangiftguide for great ideas – I follow @corkrosy

  12. Marina Pilkington says:

    Those striped throws really are perfect for our Canadian winters. I’d give it to my daughter …

  13. Victoria M says:

    Oh hands down the pouf! In fushia of course, my favourite colour. :).

  14. Jennifer Deol says:

    My sister is a licensed Esthetician and Make-Up Artist, so she’d really appreciate the subtlety of the body brushes.

  15. Joan G. says:

    I’d like to have the Red/Grey Striped Throw for myself – starting to get cold.

  16. louise says:

    Im a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide. I like the throw blankets

  17. Aimee says:
    I am a subscriber
    I have been wanting to try dry brushing

  18. Lindsey says:

    This would be a great gift for my mom!

  19. KT says:

    They have a lot of beautiful products. I think I would give the cotton throw to my mother:

  20. Jolene Fleming says:

    Cool company Mermen…I would give these hair ties to my girlfriend’s daughters…

  21. Michelle says:

    I like the fruit and vegetable brush:

  22. Dominic cloutier says:

    Those pens though!

  23. cookie3 says:

    their scarves are to die for especially this one
    I’d give this to me

  24. Tom D. says:

    I would give these towels to my sister who recently moved into a new place,

  25. Erin W says:

    I love this kids purse:
    Great for my daughter!

  26. spacey says:

    I’d gift these towels: to my hubby’s cousin, since she loves that color, so it would be a nice accent to her bathroom 🙂

  27. Vivian Dionne says:

    I like the Merben coconut foot brush; I would keep this one for myself.

  28. Theresa Jones says:

    I’m looking forward to the benefits of the “Dry Brushes”

  29. SandyS says:

    My pick would be the striped throw for my husband because I know he would share it with me!

  30. Debra says:

    My pick is the Patchers – – for my granddaughter.

  31. Chantal says:

    I really like this white throw. It would look great on a couch or bed for when it gets chilly. I would give it to my sister who is always cold.

  32. gloria konelsky says:

    I like the brushes for my husband.

  33. Jared says:

    I would give the felt pen to my coworkers who always take my pens !!

  34. My fav gift on the Merben site is the coconut foot brush & foot butter set. I’d give it to my special friend 😉

  35. Tainan Lu says:

    I’d like to give the Imagine Pillow 16″ x 24″ to my sister

  36. Cathy C says:

    I would like to give this towel set to my sister.

  37. Cathy C says:

  38. I really like the striped throws. Would look great on my couch and loveseat.

  39. Erin McSweeney says:

    my favourite is the pouf in pink ..i would give it to my sister

  40. Joyce Curtis-Bonardi says:

    Love the striped throws

  41. Angela Mitchell says:

    I’m so curious about these brushes, I have to choose this one:

  42. lisa brideau says:

    loving this pillow – perfect for my SIL who recently moved into her first apartment.

  43. Lisa F says:

    Love these products- the throws, the rugs- very beautiful! If I had to pick a favourite, it would be the pouf!

  44. kim says:

    I like the striped throws.

  45. Renee Lacasse says:

    Love the striped throws!!

  46. Constantine says:

    Felt Sphere Carpet 2′ X 3′ for myself.

  47. SarahJ says:

    I like the Sisal Bikini brush 7 inches

  48. Neils Thor says:

    love the striped throws!!

  49. pj says:

    I love the Dry Brushes, I would love one for my daughter – we have had discussions on loofahs vs. those scrubbers made from netting, this sounds like something that would be better than either of the above.

  50. Edith Rennes says:

    I like the Grey Floral Cotton Scarf and I’d give it to my daughter.

  51. bkick1 says:

    I really like the Sisal Bikini Brush as a gift for my daughter-in-law.

  52. Lynn M says:

    My favorite is the gray scarf – but it is sold out so the turquoise for Susan will have to do.

  53. Nicole B says:

    I love the bath towels!

  54. Erin Lewis says:

    Love this pillow! Think i’d keep it for myself…

  55. alexa says:

    have been wanting to try one of those dry brushes

  56. edmontonjb says:

    I would love to gift this to my mom


  57. tess rosario says:

    My favourite gift is the grey and black striped throw! and i would gift it to my mom!

  58. Mary Warner says:

    My fave is the striped throw and I’d give to me.

  59. Calvin F. says: I’d give it to my mom, my cat would sleep on this all day! he loves throws.

  60. Calvin F. says:

    Bonus twitter:



  61. stacey h says:

    this fringe throw is beautiful, i’m positive this would be a great gift for any of my friends

  62. Brenda Penton says:

    My favourite is the Dark Grey Speckled Cotton Knit Throw I would give it to my grandmother.

  63. Burcu says:

    I’d give this pouf to my sister in law

  64. Sunshine G says:

    I love the coziness of this throw:
    We’d keep it for the living room!

  65. Kimberley Hamilton says:

    What a unique gift idea. I am loving their mustard throw

  66. I really like the sound of the Large Foot Butter At this time of year my feet are dry, so I’d gift it to them :0

  67. Tina says:

    I would like to gift the Dark Grey Speckled Cotton Knit Throw to my mom

  68. Aarone Mawdsley says:

    i like the striped throws they are nice

  69. Diane p says:

    The Silk and Cotton Floral Cotton Scarf is one of my favourites and I’d gift it to my mom.

  70. krysta mukai says:

    Love these they are so cute my niece would love!

  71. Lorna Braun says:

    Felt Sphere Ball Rugs – great unique decor.

  72. laura d says:

    I like the large size of the foot butter-

  73. Alison K says:

    I’m a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide. My favourite gift idea from the Merben website is their Grey Mohair with Neutral Fringe Throw and I would give it to my stylish cousin.,

  74. Alison K says:

    Bonus @MerbenInternational Entry: Follow Merben on Instagram and regrammed

  75. Alison K says:

    Bonus @MerbenInt Entry: Followed Merben on Twitter and tweeted

  76. silverneon2000 says:

    subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide

    I would like the Brushes – Medium (Sisal) > BA-161 Brown natural cord handle 9″ length

    I would give to myself as I would like to use one of these to take care of my skin

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  79. Mary Pate says:

    My favourite gift idea is for my daughter! She would pamper her feet.

  80. Stephanie Mac Isaac says:

    this is my favorite product and I would give it to my sister

  81. Ashley Britstone says:

    This rug would be a perfect gift for myself! Haha.

  82. TechBook says:

    Regram one of their photos Instagram

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    <a href="http://merben.

  83. Regram one of their photos Instagram

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