I’m not panicking. You’re panicking. Okay, yes…I’m panicking. Christmas is right around the corner and the get-togethers with family and friends are well underway. I USE TO BE good at holiday shopping. Quite enjoyed it and honestly, I was really good at finishing things off by end of September. But you know…life, right? So, for the last-minute shoppers out there like me that would like to go beyond the expected movie gift card (although nothing wrong with that!), here’s the fast and furious favourite gift ideas of the season that come in under $50…
AGO ANNUAL PASS: The Art Gallery of Ontario annual pass is only $35! Yes, you heard that right. Gift a year of unlimited access to the AGO Collection and all the special exhibitions. Yes, you’ll also be able to visit the permanent Yayoi Kusama installation each time you visit. It’s a shockingly great value for access to see works by masters and contemporary artists alike. Currently Early Rubens is on exhibit. Picasso is coming. Not to be missed is the much buzzed about Hito Steyerl: This is the future in the contemporary gallery.
ELA x EBAY for Evergreen: Editor’s Pouch vegan collection including Star, Studs, and Stripes styles in one of the brand’s most popular shapes will sure be loved this season. The Canadian label is known not only for its great styles but also uses materials with a sustainable approach. Available through ebay.ca with proceeds from the Fall Designer Collaboration going to Evergreen, a not-for-profit that helps in transforming public landscapes into thriving community spaces.
THE BAY x COLOR ME COURTNEY COLLECTION: This fun collaboration with the popular New York based lifestyle blogger is full of happiness. Bright pops of colour is exactly what we need in our sea of black puffy coats. Think mitts, scarves, bath wraps, tees, dog sweaters and more.
TABASCO Collection: Have you seen how many variations are available??? Simple enough to head to your local grocers and pick up one in every flavour you find for the food lover in your life. Go the extra mile and print out a few Tabasco’s recipes off their site and wrap it all up with a tea towel that everyone can use.
NOGU Inspirational Jewellery: For men and women. Meaningful and symbolic pieces that are designed for everyday wear. Each piece has symbolic significance with powerful crystals and sacred stones are used to bring balance, focus, healing and wellness and good karma. For example, Amethyst brings “spiritual protection from negative energies” and clarity to the wearer. It’s also a sought after stone for its aid for those who have difficulty sleeping and more. Designed by artists in Toronto. Spotted few deals on now.
YVES SAINT LAURENT Zoe Kravitz Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick (Sephora): For the person who has everything a little luxe gift that they may not get for themselves is packaged beautifully in this gorgeous collection for the holidays. This limited edition colour for the season is 124 Scout’s Red a bright red with an orange undertone with a matte finish. Perfect for party season.
EATALY Pasta: If you haven’t visited this mammoth food emporium, it’s worth a visit. Their imported dried pasta selection is what dreams are made of. From squid ink to traditional and shaped. A few bags makes for an impressive gift or if you’re needing to bring a host gift, go for the fresh pasta made in house – add a sauce. Something any party host will appreciate for the following day’s meal.
TIMOTHY’S CHRISTMAS COLLECTION: For the #butfirstcoffee person on your list gift them the warmth of the season with limited edition blends including Timothy’s Winter Carnival with hints of vanilla and custard and Timothy’s Christmas Blend a seasonal must-have that’s lightly roasted and velvety sweet. Available for Keurig machines in pre-measured pods. By the way, if you’re shopping at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto, be sure to stop by the Keurig Boutique (open until December 23).
L’OCCITANE SHEA BUTTER HAND CREAM: A favourite for everyone, this magical tube of goodness is something I keep on my desk especially during the dry, cold winter months. The formula is enriched with 20% organic Shea Butter to nourish and soothe dry skin. Honey, almond extracts and coconut oils are blended for a comforting light scent. It’s so popular that one is sold every three seconds around the world.
MARVEL x MINISO COLLECTION: For the beauty junkie our favourite Japanese store of all the cute things recently released a collaboration wiht Marvel. Superhero de-puffing steam eye mask is perfect after long day of fighting crime. Look also for fresh make up bags, diffusers, luggage tags to create a fun pack for the superhero in your life.