We know it’s only September but “some” of us actually start prepping for the holiday gift giving season well in advance. Why? Well, if you’re like some of us and spot something really interesting ahead of time or you hate panic shopping and crowds then you totally understand the joy of getting ahead of things.
Recently we had the opportunity to check out items for the holiday season with Amazon Canada. The preview gave media a sneak a peek at some of the hottest items of the festive season that are available now if you can’t wait! Or if you can wait, then mark you calendar upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals in November. It will be here in a blink of an eye!
Noted were some amazing finds in the Amazon Handmade zone featuring artisan goods, Amazon Fashion that features the company’s private label collections that are worth exploring along side the many well-know brands, as well as the partnership with Whole Foods with particular attention to the 360 line of food products — their dark chocolate bars are yum!
Here are 10 gift ideas that caught our eyes and *might* have actually landed on our personal shopping lists…
D&V Jupiter Glass Collection Cocktail Set of 6 ($77): We’ve been lusting over this retro style glassware for a while since they’ve been popping up at a few restaurants around the city. We are fans of texture and this meets that desire. Comes in several colours including a smokey grey.
Modern Macrame Wall Art and Plant hangers ($35+): macrame is making a huge come-back in home decor and spotted at the holiday preview was Toronto-based artisan, Eco Macrame Studio, and her handmade boho pieces suitable for walls and plants. A neutral way to fill a corner.
Cinemood Portable Movie Theatre- Includes Disney Stories and Videos ($474): this compact little projector is only 3″ tall a fun way to see shows and movies in kids rooms. it’s simple to use and durable. With the Disney partnership, you can access over 65 preloaded ebooks and videos offline. Various “skins” available for added fun and device protection. Imagine how cool the sleepovers would be?
Facial Rose Quartz Roller ($29): We’ve heard of the wonders of Jade Facial Rollers thanks to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop company. Not actually anything new as jade, and other precious stones, have been used for centuries for health and wellness. The natural device massages the face and claims to help improve blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. This double headed skin treatment was spotted at the preview at a better price point than what’s out there in the market and is a great gift for any age.
Fuji Instax SQ6 Camera ($159): Instant photos have become trendy and for a few years we’ve seen a slimmer photo producing Instax. Recently the company introduced a square shaped photos that can be taken with this updated model.
Wonder Woman Collectible edition coin from the Royal Canadian Mint: ($110) Our favourite superhero is made into a collectible $20 fine silver coin for the avid collector…or for the ladyboss. We all wouldn’t mind this keepsake on our desk as a daily affirmation that we are all Wonder Woman!
UFREE Unicorn horse action pony ($279.73): Unicorn reminds us that there are no limits to our imaginations. Kids can ride this beauty and it’s a whimsical edition to a family home decor.
Kindle Oasis 8GB ($389.99) 32GB ($489.99): The latest entry into the eReader market is this Kindle Oasis. Do we need another one? Pay attention as this one has some interesting features including “Word Wise” that offers readers added explanation of certain words as well as a built in dictionary. Both can be activated on screen. Why this is awesome? Perfect for families but in particular to share with kids who are reading. We all know the importance of comprehension — this is helpful. This will offer kids easier and more intuitive access. Great for adults, grandparents, and also for those who speak English as a second language.
Bose Noise-Masking Sleepbuds ($329) drown out unwanted noise and replace with soothing sounds. These super small and portable earbuds stay in place. Rechargeable battery (built in the case) lasts up to 16 hours. Great for travellers as well.
Echo Spot ($169.99): Alexa is our friend. She makes us laugh and gives us loads of information and content on demand. This Echo Spot connects to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service to stream music, read the news, control a smart home. But this device goes one step further and offers a display screen. Great for watching videos and chatting with friends and family. Convenient in a modern design.