This Is Where I Leave You…

Happy 2018 everyone!

Believe it or not, it’s been nearly eight years since I started this blog. At the time, I started it because I loved writing and was already an avid personal blogger, but wanted to experiment with writing for a mass audience. There were plenty of amazing fashion and beauty blogs out at the time, and while I loved both areas (as well as a few other specific niches, like books), I felt like I wanted to write on something that would let me explore a more diverse range of subjects.

The idea eventually came to me to write a gift-giving blog. I’d been told for years I was a very thoughtful gift giver, who had a knack for tracking down creative gifts people often had never heard of but truly loved. Writing about gifts allowed me to write about all those things I already loved – beauty, fashion, books, etc. – and so, so much more.

The first year I started this blog, it was a slog, and if I had one piece of advice to any blogger, it’s to expect the same (unless lightning strikes). I had minimal readers and was struggling to track down gift ideas that were readily available in Canada.

A lot has changed since then. I have tens of thousands of readers stop by this blog every single month, and thousands of you are subscribers too. I’ve worked with some of the biggest brands in the world, and helped promote some amazing indie brands in Canada and abroad.

This blog, while definitely not my full-time job (in fact I make $0 writing for the brands I feature on here), has been a huge part of my life for the last seven and a half years and opened up some amazing opportunities for me elsewhere.


Excitingly though, I’m embarking on a new chapter in my non-blogging life. My husband and I are expecting our first child, due in the (quite!) near future.

From the time we first started talking about having kids, I knew that sustaining this blog would be a major challenge, if not an impossibility, at least for awhile. It’s definitely a strange thing to not be planning next quarter’s editorial content, and coordinating awesome giveaways for you guys, and working with a bunch of new brands and longtime partners – and I had a ton of people asking to work with me that I couldn’t align things with for the holidays. But at the end of the day, for now I’m focusing on this awesome new adventure that I’m sure is going to radically change my life!

All of this to say – the Canadian Gift Guide is on hiatus. I may still be posting some fun gift ideas to Instagram (follow me here) here and there, but I have no firm plans for my blog in the near future beyond that. Thank you all for your warm wishes and comments and follows over the years – it’s been a treat to see this blog grow and to hear from so many of you that you’ve bought gift ideas after reading about them here!

Until we meet again…


38 Responses to “This Is Where I Leave You…”
  1. Jason Quarrie says:

    Thank you for the amazing ride, and best wishes with everything the future holds!

  2. corkrose says:

    Good luck with your ever growing family.

  3. lindsay dwarka says:

    thank you for making this a great blog to follow–i can’t imagine all the work you put into it every day!
    congrats on your growing family!

  4. Kim K says:

    It has been a pleasure following your blog. I learned a LOT of new gift ideas and companies through you. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. And all the best to you with your new ventures. Congratulations!

  5. misselles80 says:

    What an exciting time for you! Sending best wishes to your growing family!

    Thank you for all your amazing ideas, I’ve bought more than one gift after reading about it from your blog.

    Take care!

  6. Margaret Palmer says:

    It has been a pleasure following your blog. I wish you all the best as your embark upon the adventures of parenthood. As a mother of three I can assure you, it is the best.

  7. mousecat says:

    Well congratulations on the new addition!! All the best to you and your family! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog over the last few years!

  8. Jonnie says:

    Congratulations! You and your husband must be so excited! I’ve enjoyed your blog for years and love the unique items you feature. Hopefully your journey will lead you back to blogging before too long. All the best for the new year.

  9. Elizabeth R says:

    What a wonderful time for you, congratulations. Your blogging and gift ideas have given me so much pleasure.

  10. I just started following you and have loved this blog! Thank you for all that you offered the gift guide was great. May the new year bring you joy and happiness and congratulations on your new expecting bundle of joy. My husband and I have 7 littles ages 5 to 22 and we have 3 under two we care for 🙂 our lives have been blessed tremendously and I am sure yours will be too!
    P.s how do we find out about the winners?

  11. katydidit21 says:

    I have been following you for years and while I am sad to see you go I am very excited for you and for all the excitement and wonder that awaits you as a Mom. All the best to you in the future!

  12. Sherry Kinnear says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas. I have been so happy to share many with my children and friends. Enjoy time with family.

  13. Congratulations! Hope you and your family have a happy and healthy 2018

  14. Judy says:

    Congratulations! Thank you for sharing. Wishing you well with your family.

  15. Janet P. says:

    Thank you so much for all your time and effort that went into creating such an interesting blog. I wish you only wonderful things ahead for you and your family!

  16. dabrowne says:

    We will miss you, but congratulations on your growing family!

  17. Lisa Morrison says:

    Thank you Brittany for great gift ideas. You have helped me so many times. My husband loves the JBL speaker for his car that I saw on your blog. Congratulations on your family.

  18. Betty S says:

    Congratulations Brittany. I have really enjoyed reading your blog and will be sad to see it on hiatus. Family First is the best mantra ever

  19. Shelley N says:

    Congratulations and I wish you all the best. I loved reading about your gift ideas and I discovered many great items through your blog. I hope that your future is filled with wonderful times.

  20. Linda Richter says:

    Congratulations Brittany to you and your hubby! Thank you for a well-written, often humourous, always interesting and helpful blog. You will be missed!

  21. Giselle says:

    Brittany, while I am so happy for you and your husband I will really miss your blog! I was lucky enough to win twice and enjoyed entering your many contests! I really loved getting to know so many unique Canadian brands. I live in a border town so there is a huge American influence on products that I am exposed to and I really appreciated knowing that we have so many quality brands too! Good luck in this exciting new chapter and if you take any advice take this: sleep when your baby sleeps! Exhaustion will convince you that you are losing it when all you really need is a nap! XO

  22. Susan says:

    Oh Brittany! So happy to hear that you are embarking on the beautiful journey of motherhood. Congratulations to you and your husband!
    Thanks for all the wonderful gift ideas you’ve provided over the years, as well as the many giveaways.
    Wishing you much joy, a smooth birth, and happiness to you and your family!

  23. Kam says:

    Congrats on this next exciting stage for you and your family! Sad that I only got to know about your blog last month. All the best!!!!!

  24. Alison K says:

    Congratulations to you and your husband on your growing family. How very exciting news and it’s heartwarming that you would share such news with your followers ‘cos daily visits to your website does make it feel familiar like family. Wishing you all the best in your new journey and I hope we cross paths again. Thank you for all that you have done to brighten my day. Take care

  25. Mary P. says:

    Congratulations to you and your husband Brittany! Thank you for helping me establish a great gift list file. It’s been fun checking in. Your future looks bright and will be filled with amazing heartfelt moments. My best wishes to you and family.

  26. Julie P says:

    You’ve done a wonderful job with this blog and I’ve enjoyed finding all of the Canadian products that I knew nothing about! Best of luck to you and your husband. Thank you for all of your hard work.

  27. Lynn M says:

    Congratulations on your new adventure. I wish you all the best and thank you for having put so much effort into keeping us entertained and informed over the years.

  28. yvonne says:

    Happy New Year! Congratulations! What an exciting time for you and your husband! 2018 *is* going to be one heck of a wild ride!
    Thank you! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading the blog and I loved being on the journey with you. Many blessings!

  29. Aww…. I’m so sad your site will be on hold indefinitely! I love, love your blog!! But I’m very happy for you and your husband. A new baby is so exciting! Best wishes on being a mom! I hope you’ll post photos of your new arrival. Happy new year & I hope you have a wonderful 2018!

  30. Congratulations on your baby. That is the most wonderful news. I’m so pleased for you.

    Thank you for all your hard work over the years. You really did share some amazing products and introduced me to new things.

  31. Dreena says:

    Happy New Year! Congratulations!
    Thanks for all your lovely work on this blog; amazing!
    Cheers and Best Wishes.

  32. Amie Gaudet says:

    You will be missed, but with that said, enjoy your new baby and family.

    Hopefully we will be able to continue following your journey.

    I follow you on Instagram, and will continue to do so.

  33. Victoria Ess says:

    Congratulations Brittany!! Your blog will be missed — thanks so much for sharing all of your great gift ideas over the years!

  34. Milly says:

    Thank you for the blog. I got some great ideas here. Best wishes with the little one😀

  35. aly3360 says:

    Congratulations!! I’ll miss your blog, but I am so excited for you!! We had our first just a few months ago and it’s been amazing and exhausting and crazy. Wishing your family all the best. ❤

  36. Maryanne says:

    Good luck!

  37. Linda Ryan says:

    You will have a new adventure every day with your new little one. Heartfelt congratulations. From our family to yours, thank you. It was a blast learning about new products available in Canada for Canadians.

  38. angelehm says:

    Best Blog for CANADIAN Gifts! Enjoy your little one!

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