We know, we’re shocked too. It’s almost December! This means a few things: lots of food, crowded malls, family gatherings, holidays, and gift-giving. Some of those could be dreaded events that you’ll have to endure, but we’ll help you with the gift-giving part (sorry, no advice on dealing with in-laws for the holidays – you guys are on your own on that one!)
It seems the older we get, the harder it is to figure out what gift to get for our loved ones. To avoid stressing over what to buy and last-minute shopping trips to the mall (please, anything but the madness of malls in the month of December!) here’s our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide to make him, her or a little one you know happy this holiday season.
5. MacPro - $3,099 -$4,099CAD
If you want to really excite a loved-one who loves tech, buy him (or her – this one isn’t exclusive to just men) the MacPro. This beast of a machine (it really is a beast) boasts quad-core (or six-core for the pricier version) processor, 12 GB DDR3 ECC memory, Dual AMD FirePro D3000 graphics processor, four USB 3 ports, Dual Gigabit ethernet port, and a bunch more specs we’re drooling over. The design is gorgeous, as well. Set to be released in December, you might have to spend a night in front of Apple in order to pick one up in time for the holidays.
4. iPega Wireless Bluetooth Controller – $29USD
This awesome Bluetooth joypad for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Android devices is easy to remove and easy to use. Simply connect via bluetooth and play away! This is the perfect gift for the mobile gamer at a price that won’t break the bank.
3. Mophie Juicepack Powerstation - $79.95USD
Charge your electronics on the go with this compact 4,000 mAh device. It’s compatible with most USB-enabled devices, charges your device quicker with a 2.1 amp outlet, has four LED lights showing how much charge it has left, and it also comes equipped with built-in short-circuit, overcharge and temperature protection.
This iPad stand is both hilarious and functional. Make his next trip to the toilet more amusing by giving him the CTA Digital iPad Pedestal Stand with attached toilet paper roll holder. At first we chuckled and thought it wouldn’t be a gift that anybody would use. But, alas, we’re human. It has a stable, heavyweight base and a 10″ bendable neck to position the screen in any direction or height. So, you don’t necessarily have to be sitting on a toilet. You can put on your favorite show while taking a relaxing bath. Available online only on Sears.ca.
1. Olloclip Quick-Connect Lens Solution for iPhone 5 – $69.95CAD
This lens clip for iPhone 5 (is also available for iPhone 4 and 4s) allows you to take macro, fish-eye and wide angle lens photos quickly and easily. It’s the perfect gift for the avid iPhone photographer and Instagram lover. The lens clip works well with most apps and also has a live-shooting mode function.
5. Wine Purse - $40USD
You know how sometimes you scramble to find a gift bag to put that bottle of wine in before a party? Usually it’s regifted, and sometimes you face the horror of realizing the person who gave it to you signed that card that’s attached on the bag. Well, this adorable bag has solved your problems. Its cylindrical shape holds any bottle of wine, and the bag is designed to look like an ultra stylish purse. It’s also practical, with metal feet at the bottom to prevent the bag from rolling around. The perk – it’s re-usable and very eco-friendly.
4. Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask - $65CAD
We all work long hours and most of the time those hours are spent in front of a computer screen. No matter what we do, no matter how many hours of sleep we get, we’re still sometimes cursed with the dreaded “eye-bags.” We found a product that actually gets the job done by releasing 3 different types of oxygen while it brightens, de-puffs and re-hydrates your undereyes. It’s a bit costly, since you only get four applications in a box. However, if you or someone you know has an event coming up and wants to look flawless, get them this gift. They’ll look flawless in every photo and they’ll love you for it! Available at all Sephora stores.
Side note: If this product is too rich for your blood, then go for Sephora’s “Instant Depuffing Eye Mask.” At $7, it’s much easier on the wallet and makes for a fab stocking-stuffer!
3. Luxe Cozy Robe – $116.65CAD
This luxurious, soft and durable robe is a gift that will definitely last. With the option to monogram her initials on the robe, you can make her truly feel special and like everyday is a day at the spa. It a soft brushed microfiber in a knit weave that is easy to wash and doesn’t wear.
If you know a girl who loves to be pampered and loves her beauty products, this is the perfect gift. The set includes a mini rollerball in Honey Eau du Parfum, Style Eye-Con No. 3 in The Star, Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl in Kiss This, Magic Marc’er Precision Pen, Lash Lifter Gel Mascara and mirror all in an adorable Showstopper makeup bag specially designed by Marc Jacobs.
1. The Petite Pizzeria – $129.95USD
This is the most adorable and versatile kitchen gift to give. Don’t worry, the person receiving this gift doesn’t have to be a master chef. This petite pizza maker can make frozen pizzas as well as homemade pizzas. It heats up to 315 degrees (celsius) in just minutes, and its lightweight and portable design make it easy to store when not in use (however, it’s stylish enough to keep on your kitchen counter as well). Keep in mind if you want to have it shipped to Canada, you must call 800-243-0852 to place your order, as there is no option to check-out online using an Canadian address.
For a Little One
5. Owl Keep You Warm Blanket – $17.99USD
A super warm, cuddly blanket is disguised by this adorable Owl. It’s folds out to 45×30 inches and is perfect to cover up your little one on a cold winter night. When not in use, it could be used as an adorable stuffed addition on your child’s bed.
4.Glow Crazy Doodle Dome – $29.99CAD
What kid doesn’t love to scribble all over the walls? That is, until they get in trouble for scribbling all over the walls (or furniture, or carpets..sorry mom and dad!) With this genius product, your little one can now scribble away inside the Doodle Dome. The drawings are glow-in-the-dark and eventually fade, which means you can reuse the fabric without washing it. It comes with a pen, travel bag, 4 stencils and instructional book.
3. Sno-Paints – $9.98-$18.98USD
Now you don’t have to beware of yellow snow! These environmentally-friendly tinted snow powder paints are perfect for having your little one have fun and get creative on snow days. Sno-paints are safe for pets, people and the environment, and they dissolve in warm water and melt along with the snow.
2.BarkBox - $20/monthUSD (6 mo. subscription)
Ok, for the ones who don’t have or don’t know any human littles ones we have the perfect alternative. If you or a friend have a dog, try this adorable new service that sends treats, toys and a variety of products for the pup. All you do is choose the size/weight of the dog and the subscription length (Choose from 1, 3 or 6 months) and they will send over fun new products every month that cater to their specific size. 10% of the proceeds go toward a rescue group, so you won’t feel bad about the purchase (not that you would!). You can subscribe to BarkBox for yourself, or give it to a friend as a gift.
1. Beario - $14.99CAD
Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada’s fifth limited edition bear was specially designed by Dylan, who suffers from spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, and his brother Connor. Beario was modelled after Dylan’s favourite video game character, Super Mario (hence the red star on it’s little foot). A portion of Beario’s sales go toward funding Starlight’s in and out-of-hospital programming to help families in need. Available at all Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us stores across Canada.