Ok folks, the countdown is officially on. We are less than two weeks away from Christmas!!
For those of you who are last-minute people (like me), I’ve created a last-minute gift guide to help take some stress and anxiety off your shoulders during the anxiety-inducing countdown to Christmas.
I know first-hand it feels extremely relieving when everyone’s finally crossed off my Christmas list, so let me help you feel this sense of relief.
It feels so good on the inside when the gift buying is done because we can relax and enjoy quality time with our loved ones.
Most of these gifts have been gifted to me, which is why I want to spread the love and share them with you.
I believe they make great gifts! Most of them are Canadian, local and give back to important causes.
Ok enough said. I know what you`re probably thinking.
“Let’s see the goods!”
When I received this fabulous gold embossed bottle of Kim Crawford limited edition Sauvignon Blanc with metallic detailing I immediately fell in love! In fact, I loved the bottle so much I didn`t even open it for a few weeks! I just wanted to look at it! Haha! This limited edition bottle makes the perfect gift for the wine loving friend, hostess, and teachers. It also looks stunning as a table centerpiece or as an add-on to a bar cart.
This limited edition bottle retails at participating BCLS stores for ONLY $17.99!!
Need I say more?
I love love love love love love love love love love (ok, I’ll stop) Chocolate! And I’m pretty sure so do millions of other people. So, if you know a chocolate lover (like me) then give them the gift of having a party in their mouths with the official chocolate of Christmas: Purdy’s!
Purdy’s Chocolates are made from 100% sustainably sourced cocoa! They have a variety of holiday products at very reasonable prices and most importantly, they taste AH-mazing! My personal faves are the pomegranate caramel minis, the cookie crunch bells, and eggnog truffles.
Ah! I want to eat it now.
Tea is a very common gift for teachers but matcha tea has health benefits that you can’t get in a traditional tea bag. This is why Withinus Truorganic matcha makes a great gift for the tea lover in your life.
“WithinUs TruOrganic™ Matcha is a Premium Select Grade blend, exclusively created for us! Our matcha is from one of Japan’s oldest and most highly acclaimed tencha growing regions. The leaves are handpicked and prepared using traditional methods, this guarantees the highest nutritional value along with a smooth, delicate taste, free from grit and bitterness. Japanese tea experts monitor the size and shape of the leaves and use perfected methods of roasting and blending to ensure a truly superior matcha. Our matcha contains absolutely no additives, sweeteners or fillers, and is expertly tested at every stage of production.”
For every purchase of Withinus Truorganic matcha proceeds support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
One of my favorite local business Modern Fort gives back to the community by supporting a different cause each month.
A friend of mine and founder, Joanne Ma explains this latest give back campaign below:
“October was Domestic Violence and Abuse Awareness month. So we partnered up with the only indie cosmetic company who is completely run by women in support of this cause. Evelyn Iona is a brand founded to support other women who are currently battling domestic abuse and violence. $1 from every product is going back to YWCA Canada to support programs and shelters helping women get back on their feet. The great thing about this product is that it is something we use, as women, every day. Something simple as make -up that would normally help us feel better about ourselves is giving back to other women in hopes that they can also be empowered. Women helping women. That’s the take-home message.”
Needless to say, if you have some women in your life you’re still searching for the perfect gift for then I highly recommend gifting them something they will most likely wear every day like these lipglosses. Not only will their lips sparkle and shine,( as cheesy as this sounds) their hearts will too!
I truly believe that when women support women we can make a positive change in our communities.
Local boutique LYNNsteven came out with a limited edition designed multipurpose towel and I simply love everything about it!
“It’s a top of the line yoga towel, it’s your beach towel, it’s your pool towel, and it’s a pack towel when you go camping or travel. Nomadix has designed this product to be versatile without sacrificing performance, so you can own less and do more.”-LYNNsteven
Best of all, the custom LYNNsteven x Nomadix Towel is a multipurpose, antimicrobial, 100% recycled towel!
If a towel isn’t what you’re looking for LYNNsteven offers a variety of great gifts. Check out their store in Gastown or shop their online goods.
Namaste TV is based in Vancouver. They produce premier instructional yoga classes and videos so you can love yoga from the convenience of your home. In addition, they also have an online shop with quality goods made in Canada that is good for the mind, body & soul.
Some of my faves include, the Yoga is for everybody tote bag, the Woodlot mist, and the signature Namaste TV sweatshirts and tanks.
They also have yoga mats, blocks, and of course, their DVD bundles so you can incorporate some namaste into your everyday life.
Raw Beauty Talks has teamed up with body positive athleisure brand, Beyond Yoga to bring you a collection featuring women who are keeping it real!
I have the sweatpants and a sweatshirt which feature body-positive quotes and it is the softest, comfiest set to lounge around in.
$5 from every purchase goes towards Raw Beauty Talks nonprofit work to redefine beauty and increase confidence in girls!
This cozy sweat suit set will not only make an awesome Christmas gift this holiday season but it will also directly impact confidence in girls.
If you have a teen daughter, she will love this set!
This past year I became an official Peekaboo Beans Ambassador. My daughter lives in her Peekaboo Beans clothing and I’m always raving about how much I love this brand to other mamas!
Their winter collection is my favorite collection to date!
If you have a playful, active child in your life that you still need to buy a gift for this season then perhaps some clothing they can skip, hop, jump, climb and play in would be ideal.
Disney is simply adored by all ages and WHEAT is bringing this Disney nostalgia back to life through its latest collaboration!
“The collection welcomes two of its most recent stories Frozen and The Good Dinosaur along with the ever classic Mickey & Minnie. Product offerings include sweatshirts, t-shirts, dresses, skirts and underwear sets. When wearing WHEAT, children can participate in the relaxed Scandinavian lifestyle of quality and comfort. Combined with the timeless presence of Disney – this collection offers the perfect marriage of modern nostalgia for both parents and children.”
So if you have a Disney loving child, this limited collaboration may just be the perfect gift for the mini Disney lover in your life!
When you purchase Wanderer bracelets you’re supporting reliable workplaces for artisans in Bali. How awesome is that?
They have a variety of styles to choose from and make great stocking stuffers! My girls personally love the pineapple and peace sign style. These bracelets also make neat friendship bracelets. Show your friend how much you care about your friendship and reliable workplaces with wanderer bracelets this Christmas.
Another great stocking stuffer, teacher gift, or even Secret Santa gift is slippered socks from Bootlegger. Proceeds from each purchase support Kids Help Phone. Kids Help phone is the only 24/7 counseling service for young people in Canada. Choose from three of their plush slipper sock styles. The slippers are only $10 and $1 from every purchase goes directly to this cause.
Poppy Barley shoes and accessories are made in family-owned factories screened for ethical working conditions. They are a Canadian brand, and I’m in LOVE with so many of their styles!
They have a new shop- in -shop located at Nicole Bridger flagship in Gastown where you can try on and purchase select styles.
The comfort of these shoes is unbelievable and their shoes come in many sizes from narrow to wide.
In addition to their stylish, ethical shoes, they also have leather goods. I’m currently swooning over the new cross body bag.
I hope my hubby reads this post! Hehe
If you’re really stuck on what to give that special person in your life, Everly Design has got you covered!
They create customized affordable jewelry so you can show someone you love in your life that you truly do with all your heart (literally). With their app, you can record your heartbeat and Everly will engrave this onto whichever design you choose. You can choose from bands, necklaces, and bracelets.
This is a very special gift and such a cool concept!
The designs are lovely and there’s something for everyone.
Ok, the last item on my last-minute gift guide is a calendar. However, this isn’t just any calendar! This calendar was also in my gift guide last year because I love it that much!!
This is a 2017 Amelia the Hedgehog calendar and all of the photos were taken by Amelia’s very talented owner.
The calendar is made up of photos that are highlights of Amelia’s life this past year. And my favorite part, each month comes with a motivational message or vegetable pun. Seriously, it’s the CUTEST!!!!
The calendar is photographed, printed, and packaged in Vancouver.
I seriously want to buy one for everyone, it’s that adorable!
I hope this last-minute gift guide helped you find something for someone in your life this holiday season!
*Links to purchase these items are in the heading. These are not affiliate links. Happy Shopping!