Our girl friends are the best and irreplaceable. Each one has entered our lives at different stages in life. They seem to always there when we need them the most. They are there to cheer us on and as well as to give us advice when we need it the most. We trust them.
And buying gifts for our girl friends is THE most fun! Here are some ideas to explore for your girlsquad:
We love these dainty and sweet reminder silk cord bracelets by MAI LIN JEWELRY for our girl friends. Modelled after the “string around your finger” concept to remind you of something important, this bracelet ties on the wrist with a double knot and stays on for a very long time. No need to remove. It’s a special everyday reminder of what’s important in life. Each one is hand-made by a local artisan in Toronto but also can be found on ETSY. Many minerals to choose from too! ($25-$35)
We all feel warm and loved when we received a pretty floral delivery! TONIC BLOOMS is our favourite for their modern designs and affordable price points. They have a few holiday features that we are head over heels about including a stunning Amaryllis planter in a white vase with blossoms that will open over the holiday season. We’re also swooning over the white and greens themed arrangements of the season! (shown: Go-To Farmboy $61. Potted amaryllis please contact Tonic Blooms directly for pricing)Giving the gift of wellness is always appreciated. We love SAJE WELLENESS essential oil blends that brings joy into our lives. Whether you need to feel rejuvenated or want to feel a sense of peace and calm, they have something for it. The line of Diffusers is great for gifts as they fill the room with a delicate mist of mood enhancing scents without the use of heat. The latest is this modern ultrasonic aromaTime diffuser ($189.95) from Saje Wellness holds two tanks of water which means you can easily have a morning and night blends to have even more wellness options. Programmable as well. Other styles & pricepoints available.
For the jetsetter, we love the versatility of LUG’s line of travel bags and accessories. These storage cases are SO handy for anything, and everything, you want to keep tidy and neat. We use ours for our underthings – just pop in your luggage and straight into hotel drawers without the need of taking them out of the soft pouches. We also use them for all those charger cables and toiletries! Lots of colours and patters available too. This “Bento Box” 3 piece container set is $65. Find them at LugLife.caYou can now customize your own Swatch watch! Mix and match each section of to build your own online at Swatch X You. (From $80 to $100)
Silk Pajamas by ELISE (and lovely Canadian fashion blogger aka A Piece of Elise) are the quintessential luxurious gift. Inspired by Coco Chanel’s progressive personal style as the first woman to venture outside in sleepwear. Made from pure silk charmeuse woven in Suzhou, China, known for their master silk weavers who’ve created collections for some of the world’s leading luxury brands. You have enough time now for them to also monogram (available by special request). Pjs are available in several colour options and can be sold as separate pieces as well. (shown here: Black Onyx Silk $270)
If your girlsquad prefers something a little more sassy and fun, we found the softest pajamas at MARKS that has a great variety (and quality) to suit each personality! Here WE are with the PJs that Iva got for us recently. I think she nailed our personalities! We’ll have to grab a closer pic of Libby in her Cookie Monster themed PJs. LOL (PJs sold as sets. Separates also available. Prices start at $28)
Toronto’s STUDIO 1098 has created a modern hand made high-end jewellery line of diamond graphics. We love this particular collection for it’s fun approach that can be worn for everyday. Here are the petite signet rings ($980 in 14K yellow gold, white gold or rose gold) but it’s also available on a necklace and stud earrings. Hand made sterling silver diamond graphic collection charm ($148
It’s hard to resist a classy new piece of jewellery and we’ve always looked to the stylish offerings from Swarovski. This Crystaldust Double Bangle ($99) this versatile bangle is crafted using their rolled crystal rock technique with rose pink crystals. It’s clean and modern and easy to add to any look. Other colour options available.
It’s not always about stuff. An outing in the city is a great gift to enjoy together. In Toronto, we’re hot on the heels of the new Christian Dior Exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum. Get together with your friends for a day out to visit the exhibition and then grab lunch in nearby Yorkville. La Societe is an ideal French Bistro to enjoy your Steak Frites and champagne while people watching. Maybe pop over to the Chanel Gifting Studio at Holt Renfrew (Bloor Street Toronto) over the holiday season to enjoy complimentary beauty services and do your gift shopping — they’ll gift wrap with Chanel gift wrap!Of course, spa time would always be welcomed. Elmwood Spa celebrates its 35th anniversary and there are many new updates to the facilities and exciting services that are worth exploring. We’ve tried the LI’TYA Binhumarri Body Ritual that includes a personal “smudging” that rids and repels negative energy. Based on a Australian Aboriginal traditions, this is one you must try! Finish off with lunch or dinner at the delicious Bangkok Gardens. Or go and take in a musical production together. COME FROM AWAY with Mirvish Productions is a real feel-good-and-I’m-so-damn-lucky-to-live-in-Canada-and-restored-faith-in-humanity kind of outing. The story is based on the remarkable true story of what happened when 7000 air travellers found themselves stranded in Gander, Newfoundland because of 9/11. It’s a story of trust and gratitude. It will definitely help chase the winter blahs away. It’s coming back to Toronto in the new year and with it’s popularity and sell out crowds, they’ve just extended the run to September 2, 2018 making 149,280 more tickets available. Trust us, it’s a good one!The cast of COME FROM AWAY – Original Broadway Company, Photo by Matthew Murphy, 2016