The inevitable finally happened — we reached the last page on the Cute Dogs of 2013 calendar, signaling the official start of the holiday shopping season.
Malls are bustling with gift-giving shoppers, stores are chock-full of holiday fare, limited-edition products line the shelves, and festive fashion is on display for all to see.
To help guide you through the abundance of holiday paraphernalia, we’ve scoured the market for our favourites and come up with this list of festive holiday picks for entertaining, celebrating and gift exchanging.
1. Cashmere Slippers with Travel Bag ($79.99 at Winners)
A cozy gift for travel enthusiasts and homebodies alike, a pair of cashmere slippers will keep loved ones’ toes toasty and hearts warm.
2. President’s Choice Everyday Essentials Gingerbread House Kit ($7)
Give the gift that keeps on giving. This 12-piece stainless steel cookie-cutter set is specially designed for baking a gingerbread house. It’s the gift of family fun with a message behind it. At just $7 each, net proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity Canada’s programming that aims to break the cycle of poverty.
3. Soap & Glory’s Good, Butter, Best Gift Set ($15 at Shoppers Drug Mart)
For those who deserve only the best, give them Soap & Glory’s Good, Butter, Best Gift Set. This festive kit contains three of their bestselling body butters in convenient, travel-sized containers.
4. Tiffany & Co. Holiday Charms – Snow Hat Charm ($210), Stocking Charm ($240), and Reindeer Charm ($195)
Give a gift wrapped in an iconic little blue box with Tiffany & Co. charms. Made out of sterling silver and Tiffany blue enamel, each charm can be worn on a chain or added to a charm bracelet, creating holiday memories for years to come.
5. Rhinestone Champagne Earrings ($40)
Embrace the season of sparkle with a pair of champagne rhinestone earrings. Available through Vancouver-based online accessory boutique Shut Up I Love This, these earrings make a statement without stealing the spotlight.
6. LUSH Mr. Frosty ($23.95)
Good things come in threes when it comes to LUSH Cosmetics’ Mr. Frosty. Inside his organic cotton knot-wrap, you’ll find three vegan bath bombs to help you relax and unwind after a hectic holiday season.
7. Chapters Indigo Art Deco Lowball Glasses ($34.50) and Decanter ($39.50)
Celebrate the season with Indigo’s festive Deco-inspired tumblers and matching decanter. Whether you’re entertaining a crowd or just enjoying a night in by the fire, raise your glass in style.
8. Weleda Limited Edition Hand Cream Holiday Gift Sets ($16.50-$21 each)
Fend off dry, dull winter skin with Weleda’s hydrating creams. Available in customized gift sets that target various skin ailments, Weleda is a brand that stands behind their products. Take a look at their ingredient list and you won’t find one unpronounceable synthetic compound or any toxic chemicals.
9. Body Shop Born Lippy Fruity Lip Balms ($20 for a Set of Five)
Feel like a kid in a candy store with the Body Shop’s Fruity Lip Balm set. This fun lollipop box is full of five juicy, moisturizing lip balms that are made with their Community Fair Trade Beeswax from Cameroon.