Showing posts with label Gift Guide. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gift Guide. Show all posts

Holiday Gift Guide For The Gents


Well I couldn't release a gift guide for the ladies 10 days before Christmas and not put out one for the men in our lives! While some might think that gentlemen are easier to buy for because they can't possible like as many things as women...think again. Guys can be incredibly tough to buy for, especially the ones who always answer "nothing" when you ask what they want for Christmas.

Holiday Gift Guide For The Ladies


The final countdown is on, only 10 days until Christmas. I was going to skip creating a holiday gift guide this year until I woke up and read a few Facebook posts all declaring their panic that Christmas is so close and the shopping has not yet started! Well, fear not for I have pulled together a few items that would make any lady on your list happy Christmas morning. All of these retailers can commit to delivering the items before Christmas, provided you order in the next few days. 

Cookbooks Holiday Gift Guide


Cookbooks make a great Christmas gift. You can give them to experienced cooks, those just starting out, and even to someone you pulled in the holiday gift exchange that you don't really know and have no idea what to get them! They make useful gifts but not just any cookbook will do. I've rounded up ones I have personally tested (I'm pretty sure I have every Martha Stewart book she had ever released), a few that friends of mine have tested, and ones I am dying to get my hands on. 

Pretty Candles

Celebrating This Life



Pretty candles always make a great gift item. An uplifting scent is perfect as a get well gift or something warm and spicy as a holiday hostess gift would be greatly appreciated by the gift receiver. So many candles are housed in the most beautiful containers meaning you can still enjoy them long after the candle has burned (you can reuse the vessels for holding pens or make up brushes!).

Christmas Shopping with L.L.Bean


Nothing makes a busy mom's life easier than online shopping and we are just days away from the busiest shopping day of the year - Black Friday. In the past I've done the 2 am rush to the malls (and as a Canadian that means paying for a hotel room you are barely using) and I have to say, I don't care for it. This year I am skipping the lines and sticking with my plan of online Christmas shopping and this year I will be Christmas shopping with L.L.Bean. I've been doing my research (aka reading the L.L.Bean catalog over and over) and have found the perfect Christmas presents for everyone on your list! So grab a hot cup of something and let the shopping begin!

Mother's Day with Uncommon Goods

Uncommon Goods is a new to me company that offers unique gifts, jewelry, home decor and more making it the perfect shopping destination for Mother's Day! Their online catalog is a source of inspiration and they deliver to Canada (and other international destinations)! Oh happy day for this Canadian girl! It didn't take me long to find a few things that I need like this baseball ballpark blueprint or the grow your own salsa kit but I needed to remain focused on the big upcoming holiday, Mother's Day!


While searching for a potential Mother's Day gift on their website I came across this fantastic custom map beach tote. You can select a NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) nautical chart to be silkscreened onto a cotton canvas tote. Such a thoughtful gift for your mom who spent time at a certain beach growing up or has fond memories of a time spent on vacation. It would make a great gift for myself, who has many fond memories of growing up on a lake, and my own mom, who has many fond memories of visits to Martha's Vineyard.


I love leaving subtle hints (or sometimes not so subtle) on gifts that I'd love the husband to pick up for me. I was sticking with my 'beach day' theme when looking on the site for potential gifts and I know I'd be a very happy wife on Mother's Day if AMH bought me this Fringe Indigo Kimono. A great cover up for all the beach days I have planned for this summer. And I have a few planned, as well as a Mexican holiday next winter!


Don't think mom would enjoy beach day items for Mother's Day? Not to worry! Uncommon Goods has got you covered with a "Top 25 Gifts for Mothers" page, sure to help get you out of 'gift block'. Personally I think any mom would enjoy the reclaimed wood cookbook stand or the my lucky stars necklace. 

Each month employees at Uncommon Goods gather to discuss how to make their workplace a more environmentally friendly, socially responsible and an ever-more rewarding place to work. They are able to achieve this by treating their employees with respect by providing health insurance and a living wage, through their Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and their Better to Give Back program, founded in 2001. To learn more about their mission, please visit this link. I love supporting organizations that take employee engagement and social responsibility seriously!

Thank you to Uncommon Goods for sponsoring this post!

Christmas Gift Guide - For The Lady In Your Life


It's a common myth that ladies are hard to buy for. I think that statement just isn't true, I think we are very easy to shop for! This gift guide for the lady in your life has gifts for the travel lover, beginner or practicing yogi, tea connoisseur, home decor enthusiast and baubles for the most fashionable women we know. Shopping for the lady in your life has never been easier!

1. Parker Thatch eye mask $48 US - A fun and practical gift.

2. Jet Set Candy London luggage tag charm & necklace $148 US - Remember a favourite travel destination or get excited about an upcoming trip!

3. Gigi New York personalized tags $25 - Use them on luggage, totes or even a purse.

4. Restoration Hardware detoxifying eye mask $16.50 (reg. price $29) US - This is high on my Christmas wish list. A sleep mask, perfect for daily use and long trips, that soothes the skin around your eyes.

5. Berg + Betts silver classic watch in navy $79 CAN - A Canadian company that uses leather that would otherwise be discarded and turns them into chic arm candy.

6. Antler pillows available at The Art of Home $58 CAN - Because why not! They are adorable!

7. Restoration Hardware luxe faux fur scarf in Arctic Fox $29 (reg.price $39) - While we are in the middle of above seasonal average temperatures, we all know a cold snap is on it's way. And when it arrives, this scarf will keep your loved one warm.

8. Sea Bags metallic gold reindeer bucket bag $45 US - A gift to reuse each Christmas season!

9. Sea Bags buffalo check custom stocking $60 US - If it's not moving, monogram it!

10. Sea Bags x CHART Metalworks north star wristlet and necklace $60 US - Perfect for the nautically obsessed.

11. Adele 25 - On the off chance she doesn't already have this album, buy it! Or you can be really nice and try and get tickets for her upcoming world tour!

12. Fornash serena necklace in tortoise $50 US - A dazzling necklace that works on any skin tone and compliments any outfit.

13. B MAT traveller yoga mat $48 CAN - The traveller yoga mat is thinner than standard mats making it lightweight, perfect for the yogi on the go. Thanks to a special production technique the mat does not include any offensive rubber smells. Another Canadian Company!

14. David's Tea penguin mug with infuser $23 CAN - A cute mug with cute little penguins! Don't forget to pick up a packet of a Christmas flavoured tea to include with the mug. David's Tea is also a Canadian company!

What gifts are you planning to give the women in your life this year?

Christmas Gift Guide - For The Hostess


The next week and a half is going to be filled with work lunches, after work get-togethers, holiday parties and family dinners. My rule of thumb is if someone invited you, they deserve a gift for their thoughtfulness and as appreciation for the work that goes into coordinating. Even the most casual affair requires planning! Playing in my favourite application, Photoshop (as a part time University student I attended a beginner Photoshop class last year and loved it!), I created a Christmas gift guide for the hostess in your life. Don't forget to include a Christmas card!


1. Sea Bags Gold Star Wine Bag (LINK) $35 US - I love these little wine bags and the star makes it seasonal and non-seasonal. A gift you are sure to get a lot of use out of. I have included my three favourite drinks to include in your wine bag; a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Priest Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (California) and Dreaming Tree Crush red wine blend (California).

2. Target Joy to the World Tea Towels 2 pack $5.99 US - Add a pack of plain white tea towels and be the hero of the party when a spill happens (which, they inevitably do).

3. Flower arrangement - Pick up supplies at your local farmers market and make an arrangement or pick up a pre-made arrangement from your favourite florist.

4. Yankee Candle Gingerbread Maple Large Jar $27.99 - I love receiving Yankee Candles as a gift and this seasons scents are delicious! I have Gingerbread Maple in my kitchen and it smells heavenly.

5. Movie Gift Cards - Stop by a movie house and grab a gift pack for your host. There are gift cards for tickets or even for a full night out including tickets for two with popcorn and drinks. They make a great gift around the holidays, Star Wars anyone?

6. Pick up a locally made confection (inquire at your local gourmet grocer). Last year I purchased Hugo & Nate handmade, small batch, caramels and gave them as thank you gifts (LINK to post from last year), they were a huge hit!

7. David's Tea The Night Before Christmas $28 CAN - Nine caffeine-free Christmas flavoured teas. A gift your hostess can use throughout the holiday season!

8. World Market Nutcracker Platter $15.99 US - Every hostess can use another Christmas themed platter! Include a batch of your favourite cookies to make it extra special.

9. Marks & Spencer monogrammed mugs £6 - Everyone loves monogrammed mugs, they make Monday mornings a little more bearable. Make it a complete set and buy one for each member in your hostess's family.

10. The Tartan Blanket Co. Heritage Wool in Royal Stewart Tartan £50 - Warm your hostess's heart and everything else with a wool tartan blanket. During the Christmas season you really can't go wrong with a cheery plaid pattern.

There you have it, 10 of my favorite hostess gift items I would love to give and receive! Which item will you be gifting at your next get together?

Back to School for Teens


Prices in Canadian Dollars unless otherwise noted


In yesterdays post I shared how much I love back to school season and before I started buying myself back to school supplies, I had a lot of practice getting my kids ready for the start of a new school year. I just love making lists and checking off each item (so satisfying) and as much as I love shopping, I also love a good deal. When you are shopping for two teenagers it can get very expensive, very fast! I've learned a trick or two in my time and I thought I would share some of that knowledge!

  • The best advice I ever got (from AMH!) is if you love something, buy multiples. 
  • Speaking of multiples, shop at stores that provide discounts for buying more than one (ex. BOGO sales)
  • Collect points from each store that offers them. You can either get free products, gift cards or exclusive coupons
  • For the stores you shop at the most, sign up for their emails to get pre-sales info and special savings
  • Take an inventory on last years clothing. If they still fit into something and it's in good shape, cross that off the list
  • Stick to timeless clothes. Be wary of anything too trendy as it will probably be out of style before they even wear it
  • Shop during the week and not on the weekends. The mall on the weekends leading to Back to school is hectic and some stores will offer mid week deals! 
  • Don't wait until school has already started to go back to school shopping. More than likely the best stuff is already gone. I usually start 2-3 weeks before the first day of school

I wanted to get as much use out of each item as possible on my teens back to school list so I choose items in navy, grey and red. They are great colors and they mix so well with everything else they have in their wardrobe! My criteria for clothes is "can it pull double duty?" meaning, can they wear this to school and on weekends. Actually, each one of these pieces can be worn with existing summer clothes to slowly transition into fall and then worn together during the cooler months making them span not only weekday/weekend wear but seasons as well!

A few notes about each selection

L.L. Bean is known for their great quality and parents of boys know how important that is for jeans. I suggest 3-5 pairs of jeans to start the school year.

The Bay carries great brands at great prices and I love the ease of online shopping. You can't go wrong with a plain Ralph Lauren oxford and if the sizing is off, The Bay accepts returns in store. Don't forget to collect your HBC Rewards!

Old Navy is a great store for stocking up on essentials and I have always had great luck with their outerwear. Boys usually run warm so until it starts snowing, my boys will only wear vests. Their leather belts are well made and at that price it makes it easy to stock up!

WalMart Canada is another great place for essentials. My boys swear by their athletic shorts and use them for all their pre and post school sports. I always grab multiple packages of their socks and multi coloured ones make it easy for folding. They have a wide selection of watches and we have never had an issue with Timex ones (and my boys are pretty rough on them)

American Eagle is the one store both mom and boys can agree on no matter what. I like the preppy feel to their shirts and the boys think AE is "cool". We both agree that their plaid oxfords are great for both school and weekends and the instore sales can't be beat. We also collect points at AE and periodically we get coupons in the mail

Roots is back on the "cool" list as well. We made a quick stop in store last night with the boys who were impressed with the style and comfort of their sweaters. I was very excited about that since I grew up on Roots!

Ole Mason Jar is a new-to-me brand of shirts and polos made in America. For each item purchased they donate food to feed families in North and South Carolina so you can look good and feel good! My boys like the cool (there is that magic word again!) design of the mason jar and think it's great to support a company that cares

I'd love to hear some of your tips, share your thoughts below!

Happy shopping!

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is almost here! If you are looking for the perfect gift for the most important women in your life, look no further. Here are five gifts mom would love! 


Blue Paris Notebook from SS Print Shop. Perfect for mom to write her To-Do lists, notes and sketches. Also tell mom to follow shop owner Steph Sterjovski on Instagram for constant inspiration!


Peonies are a great Mother's Day gift. If mom has the room why not buy her a peony plant instead of a bouquet! The above peonies are from my garden last year, I can't wait for them to bloom again!


Pink Sands Striped Basket from Yankee Candle. Last year I bought Yankee Candle gift baskets for my mom and MIL and they were a real hit!


Afternoon Tea at Langdon Hall. I think everyone needs to visit Langdon Hall at least once in their life. (Cambridge, Ontario an hour outside of Toronto)


St.Anne Tote from Barrington Gifts. Moms love totes and this one comes monogrammed! 

Don't forget that moms also like handmade cards, letting her pick which movie to watch and extra long hugs. You can't never go wrong with hugs.

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