It’s the middle of December, your schedule is probably packed with holiday parties. In case you forgot to grab a present for a loved one or gift exchange, here are some last-minute gift ideas.
Note: NONE of these ideas are sponsored in any way! If your company would like to be removed from the list please e-mail me.
Gifts for Everyone
Anyone who read a book when they were younger knows the power of a great piece of literature. Whether it is a biographical piece with teachings from history, a fictional adventure to mythical lands, or something entirely different, a book has the ability to spark curiosity, present innovation, and allow opportunity.
Candle from Pigeon Hole
If you have never been to this sweet little shop on the edge of Oak Bay in Fernwood, it offers a mix of select antiques & new items for the careful and thoughtful shopper. Their candles look lux, and smell AMAZING, the hardest part will be picking your favourite scent.
Turkish towel from Lifestyles west or Green Boheme
My friend Natasha from Green Boheme informed me that besides “the obvious aesthetic leg-up they have on traditional towels, there are also so many practical benefits that keep converts happy. They take up less room in the linen closet, they dry far quicker than your traditional towel (good-bye mildew!), yet they work just as effectively – and this is just the tip of the iceberg.” For more reasons why everyone should switch to Turkish towels (and for other eco-friendly gifts) check out Green Boheme.
Who doesn’t use skip the dishes these days? Perfect for the single guy, or busy family….anyone really.
The incredible game every great party deserves. It’s as despicable as you and your friends–and just as funny. Find out what all the hype is about and discover what your friends are really like. Great for a New Years Eve at home. Not for the faint of heart or innocent.
Disaster kit from Alert First Aid
Should a disaster strike, whether in the form of an earthquake, tsunami, civil unrest, a major storm, or what have you, your loved ones may well find themselves cut off from outside help, relying on their wits and depending on the rations and supplies you have on hand. This high quality Deluxe Disaster kit be can used in any disaster and is designed by the Canadian Red Cross. Kit covers all of the main areas required for disaster kits including:
- Sanitization/Personal Protection
- Lighting and Tools
- Food and Water
- First-Aid Kit
Cooking lessons from The London Chef
The London Chef is a fully interactive cooking school where students cook along with the Chef in real time. Designed to look and feel like you are cooking in your own home, students each have their own cooking stations and their layout encourages socializing, and provides a great opportunity to meet new people, or spend time with old friends. Classes are worthwhile for everyone from the novice to the seasoned cook.
S’well’s products are both beautiful and eco-friendly. Drinks are able to stay cold for 24 hours, and hot for 12 hours. Their triple walled thermoS’wall technology, which includes a copper layer, creates a condensation-free exterior. BPA free. S’well® also gives back to communities in need supporting UNICEF USA, BCRF and (RED)
Gifts for men
Chris has these and is “obsessed” with them and gets many compliments on how “sick” they are. He purchased from the Victoria Golf Club, “100 percent,” get them.
Mens dressshirt Oxford
I have a couple of dresses from Oxford and I absolutely love them. Chris has some of the short sleeved shirts which are great for summer or our annual trip to Hawaii. Amazing quality, and I feel great supporting this local store as everything is Sweatshop Free and Made in BC.
Growlita from Phillips Brewery
Smaller than the original Growler, this one litre Growlita would be a great gift for someone who is always on the hunt for new beers to try out! Under $5 each
Scarf, tie, tie bar or wallet from Outlooks For Men
Outlooks is Victoria’s premier stop for what a guy needs – when he needs it. Whether he needs something for work, going out, or for a casual kick around. Easily Chris’ favourite store in Victoria, your man will love something from there as well.
Gifts for Women
The Leo necklace from Pachula
Christmas ornament from Busy Bee Farm and Florals in Cordova Bay
Christmas ornaments frilled with spray-free dried flowers: rose petals, lavender, strawflower, statice, mint, yarrow and the sweetest seed pods. Handmade locally, the images don’t even do them justice. I’ve bought four and wish I bought more, hurry they are going fast!
Peter Thomas Roth Mask Frenzy from Sephora
A mask kit featuring six of Peter Thomas Roth’s bestselling masks. I don’t know a girl who wouldn’t want this.
I had my makeup completed at Heartwood for a test shoot a while ago, and I fell in love with their Heartwood highlighter. Super shimmery without being too sparkly.
Photo from @heartwoodandco Taken by Mike Pepperdine
Gifts for children (All mom approved by my co-workers with children)
Great for parents who make those “buy my kids experiences” posts
A classic that never gets old.
These little surprise toys are the must-have items right now.
My 6-7 year old self wants one
My brother loved his hot wheels growing up, most little boys I think do too! I even found the tracks fun to play with cars on, something we both used. (He was better at sharing than me)
Clothing and accessories from Momease
Momease is a unique retailer specializing in innovative and functional baby gear and parenting accessories. They’re parents too, so every product they stock is carefully chosen for its quality, functionality, style and value. They seriously have so many trendy baby and kid products, all the fashionable moms are known to shop there.