We all want to give those gifts that make our friends and family feel like we’re mind readers. What’s better than receiving something thoughtfully picked out, as if it were tailor made for them? With these gift guide ideas, you can skip the stress of trying to remember and give gifts that speak louder than words.
For the eco-warrior:
People all over the world are saying no to disposables! As we look for more sustainable options, there’s an abundant supply of beautiful reusable options to keep around the house or in your bag to make life eco-friendly:
Metal straws are the ultimate eco-friendly gift (1. Frenzy, $12.99): practical and meaningful (especially to the baby turtles).
Made with New Zealand wool, these dryer balls (2. Twisted Goods, $26.99) replace dryer sheets for softer, static-free clothes. Pro tip: You can add essential oils for a lovely natural scent!
Natural canvas totes bags are the essential accessory: we love this Great Outdoors (5. Frenzy, $16.99) printed canvas bag.
Every eco-warrior needs a reusable bottle. This sleek memento bottle (4. Twisted Goods, $39.99) is designed to fit into any bag or large pocket.
The ultimate eco-gift: jewelry made with recycled materials. Giving Key necklaces (5. Twisted Goods, $41.99) are real keys engraved with words that embody something we need (courage, love, hope, etc.). Plus, she’ll love knowing the company helps the homeless in LA.
For the fashionista:
For jewelry, the trends of the season are metal and tortoise shell. Add some bangles (8. Le Chateau, $15) for along with a few pairs of great earrings like these metal hoops (7. Le Chateau, $12.95) or tortoise earrings (9. Le Chateau, assorted prices). Slide some silver rings into her stocking this year, like these ones from Vivah (assorted prices).
Girl’s always late? This Timex leather watch (10. London Drugs, $199.99) is a thoughtful nudge in the right direction.
Charmed, we’re sure. Charm bracelets and necklaces are back and better than ever. These gold plated bracelets (11. Things Remembered, $30-35) can be personalized with bae’s initials or with little designs, while this gold heart locket (12. Things Remembered, $49.99) will steal her heart forever.
If your girl isn’t into too much glam, we found these wooden stud earrings (13. Main Stage, $9.99) for great everyday wear.
Great accessories: mustard yellow wallet, pearl mittens (14. Le Chateau, $22), hairy yellow scarf, plaid scarf, yellow hat.
For the foodie:
For the foodie on your naughty list, give them a taste of Christmas they’ll never forget: rotisserie chicken flavoured candy canes (15. Pine and Fancy) that actually taste like a roasted chicken. Luckily, these chocolates don’t taste like coal (16. Pine and Fancy).
Give a gorgeous cookbook that looks good enough to eat (Coles, Anna Jones, A Modern Way to Cook, $39.99; Lunch, $34)).
For the lover of interesting combinations and healthy snacks, these peanut butter ginger chews (Sangsters, $5.99) are perfection in a small package.
Hey, hot shot! It’s not a party until you’ve brought your own compact shot glass (Twisted Goods, $9.99). Hide this one in their stocking with a tiny bottle of their favourite gin.
Mine & Yours bird tags (Twisted Goods, $9.99) sit nicely on the edge of any glass. Maybe now your husband will stop drinking your wine “by accident”.
For the jet-setter:
Saint Christopher necklace (21. Twisted Goods, $69): As the patron saint of travel, this Saint Christopher charm necklace is a piece of you with them wherever they go.
Letters to my Love (22. Twisted Goods, $21.99): A subtle reminder to your loved ones that you want to hear from them while they’re away.
Luggage tag phone charger (23. Bentley, $19.99): Can’t ever find a free outlet in the airport? No problem — this portable battery/luggage tag has got you covered.
Canada enamel pins (24. Twisted Goods, $10.99): Sorry not sorry, but the world loves Canadians. Can you blame them? Show your pride with a set of enamel pins that really convey who we are as Canadians.
Organika sunscreen (25. Sangsters, $19.29): When they’re heading somewhere warm over the winter, you can never have enough sunscreen.
For the self-care guru:
Vanilla marshmallow hand cream (27. The Body Shop, $10) on key ring ($6), honey face mask (26. The Body Shop, $28) + lip scrub (28. The Body Shop, $14): perfect for dry winter skin.
Because you can’t have too many natural lip balms (29. Sangsters, $4.29-$7.49)
Natural bath bombs are the bomb (30. Sangsters, $3.69)
Turmeric gold honey: perfect pair with lemon + ginger in that nighttime tea (31. Sangsters, $16.99)
Wooden face massager (The Body Shop, $10) + oils of life facial massager (The Body Shop, $30): for that DIY at-home facial.