Best Christmas Suggestions Guide 2018

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Last updated on December 10, 2018 Views: 951 Comments: 0

While most of us look forward to the holidays, there’s no denying that it can also be a very stressful and expensive time. Aside from travelling to be with loved ones, the next biggest drain on the budget tends to be gift giving. To help save you time—and hopefully a headache or two—we’ve compiled some of our favourite Christmas gift ideas for 2018. Spanning a spectrum of price ranges, ages and interests, there’s sure to be something just right for the special family members, friends and colleagues on your list this year.

1. Avocado Sock

Is there anything sadder than an unripened avocado? Certainly not at 6 AM when all your hopes of a productive morning are resting on a cup of coffee and delicious avocado toast. Never again have your breakfast plans thwarted by an uncooperative avocado with the help of this snuggly sock, which can ripen the fruit (yes, it’s a fruit not a veggie!) in as little as 24 hours.

2. UpCycle Artisan Glass

Without a doubt, one of the holiday season’s biggest stressors is trying to find a gift for that has-everything-already friend. Well, we’ve got the perfect solution. Artisan Pat Sproat magically melds recycled glass and window and door frames to create a unique object d’art. Not only does this whimsical glasswork fit the bill as a one-of-a-kind gift, its indoor/outdoor multi-faceted uses as art, room divider or privacy screen ensure it will be appreciated by even the most impossible to buy for people. Shipping across Canada available.

3. Seedlip

Imagine, if you will, taking your taste buds on a magical mystery tour of an otherworldly herb garden and you’ll have some sense of the intoxicating (yet non-alcoholic) wonder of Seedlip. Billed as the world’s first distilled, non-alcoholic spirit, it’s ideal for the foodie friend always anxious to expand their palate with new and unexpected flavours. The bespoke beverage, which is served at over 250 Michelin-starred restaurants around the globe (as well as bars, restaurants and stores across Canada), comes in three varieties.

Looking to save more when you buy this non-alcoholic aperitif? Use a specialized rewards credit card to earn kickbacks on dining out or grocery shopping.

4. Lemongrass House

There’s a reason spa products seem to make it onto everyone’s list of best Christmas gift ideas. Soothing, fragrant and healing, they’re universally appealing. What makes Lemongrass House a favourite is that all their items are hand-made, ethically sourced and cruelty free. They also offer some truly unique products like the Lemongrass towel cologne and even have some luxurious pampering products for your pooch.

5. Indigo Auria Diffuser

When used with essential oils or diffuser oil blends, this item infuses any room with a warming, peaceful aura. Exclusive to Indigo, you can combine the diffuser with an emotion-inducing set of essential oils like Calm or Happy.

6. Travel Books

Know someone who’s planning their next globe-trotting adventure? Help them out with some of Lonely Planet’s most recent book releases, like Epic Hikes of The World and Best in Travel 2019. These travel tomes are sure to ignite any wayfarer’s wanderlust. Available at book stores across Canada and online.

7. Travel Gear from Eagle Creek

Eagle Creek has some wonderful gifts for adventurous globe-trotters who’d rather be travelling than reading. The company has a vast collection of indispensable travel tools, like the Wayfinder 30L backpack, which is incredibly roomy and rugged, and comes with the industry-leading No Matter What Warranty. The Pack-It Specter starter set will forever transform packing from a chore to a pleasure (they’re a personal travel favorite).

Mega-travellers can get extra travel perks—like insurance, companion flights and airport lounge access—by smartly packing their Wayfinder backpack with a travel credit card.

8. BLACKSAW blanket

Holiday time means winter’s frosty grip is in full swing and there’s no better way to stay warm than with a fashion-forward blanket from BLACKSAW. They’re made from reclaimed factory off-cuts that would have ended up in a landfill, as well as a mix of alpaca, wool and cotton. While the well-made item will certainly keep you cozy, it’s the company’s prioritizing of sustainability and ethical sourcing that will warm your heart.

9. Chef’s Plate Gift Card

No matter how much a person enjoys spending time concocting fabulous dishes for their family, sometimes it’s nice to let someone else do the grunt work. Chef’s Plate has four different meal plans and meals are delivered to your door with all the pre-portioned ingredients (all sourced from Canadian farms) and recipes needed to make the dishes. Gift cards start at $25 and are available in many denominations.

10. Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer in 23.75K Gold

While some may argue that $599.99 is too much to spend on a hair dryer, frugality quickly goes out the window when you’ve only got five minutes to shower and dry your hair or risk being late for that all-important morning meeting with your boss. The touch of gold is just a bonus for those who are truly serious about wanting luxe locks.

Though this is clearly on the more pricey end of the Christmas gift-giving spectrum, holiday season promotions also present special opportunities to save a chunk of money on these bigger ticket items. Look for a credit card with special holiday cashback and rewards rates (up to 10%) to make these grand-gesture gifts more economically feasible.

11. Financial Planning Books

Christmas may be a time for spending, but it can also be a time for learning more about different aspects of personal finance. Books like Budgeting 101 and The Ultimate Side Hustle Book are sure to be appreciated by those always looking to expand their economic acumen. Available at book stores across Canada and online.

12. Parrot ANAFI Quadcopter Drone with Camera & Controller

Have someone on your list who’s always got their head in the clouds? Give them a reason to be staring up at the sky with this high flyer. Equipped with an HDR camera, 3-axis stabilization, and embedded Artificial Intelligence, this item is not only an incredible air ace, it also shoots amazing photos and will take your vacation shots to new levels.

Looking for extra savings? Pull out a cashback card with a high flat earn rate when you buy the Quadcopter Drone at Best Buy.

13. Travelpro Platinum Elite Carry-On Spinner Tote

All travellers have items they would never leave home without. For serious sojourners, the hands-down winner of any carry-on contest is Travelpro’s platinum elite tote. The stylish spinner features a built-in USB port, leather accents, eight MagnaTrac self-aligning wheels, an adjustable extension handle and a patented, ergonomic rubberized contour grip.

14. Little Tikes Stem Jr. Wonder Lab

Shopping for kids? The Wonder Lab focuses on teaching science, technology, engineering and math and is ideal for ages 3 to 5.

15. Adopt a Sea Creature

Dreaming of a blue, rather than white, Christmas? Adopt a sea creature this holiday season. This Christmas gift idea gives water-wise environmentalists of all ages the chance to adopt animals like a whale or sea otter and help contribute to the well-being of our waterways. Each kit comes with a plush sea animal and an adoption certificate.

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