“In the event that you’re short on inspiration for Christmas gift-giving this year, I’ve put together some ideas made up of favourites from our home. Some are big, some are small; some are practical and some are thoughtful. All are from local stores and the kind staff at each one are there to serve you this shopping season.” Lara Gladych –
SOMEONE YOU LOVE NEEDS THESE!
Philips Nosetrimmer Series 3000 ($22.95), & Tweezerman Tweezers ($28.99)
Don’t fret about the implication of giving these gifts – he’ll thank you for them once he’s trimmed and tidied with these high-quality grooming tools.
Shopper’s Drug Mart.
SPIRITS ON TREND
Roku Gin ($44.99) & Amaro ($37.99)
Trending wine and spirits are always a fun idea for gift-giving. The Roku is made with spicy sansho pepper, and is ideal for a martini or paired with litchi, and Amaro is a lovely botanical digestif, perfect for after dinner.
BC Liquor Store Sidney.
A MUST-HAVE FOR EVERY HOME
Lampe Berger Paris lamp ($74.99) & Snowy Pines fragrance ($24.99)
One of my favourite things. These alcohol-burning wick lamps clean the air and diffuse beautiful fragrance. Dancing Orchid.
FOR YOUR GUY
Lewis N. Clark toiletry bag, Saltspring Soapworks liquid soap & hand lotion ($33.99 / $14.99 / $21.99)
My husband’s favourite hand soap, whether he’s been working in the garage or the kitchen; a lotion to ease cracked and dry skin, and a water- and stain-resistant neoprene toiletry kit to keep it all together. Flush Bathroom & Travel Essentials.
FOR ANYONE WHO DOES DISHES
Oxo Good Grips Soap Squirting Dish Brush ($12.99)
Stuff a stocking with this wonder tool! This is the best dish scrubber I’ve ever used. The head is replaceable, and the wand re-fillable with your favourite dish soap. Capital Iron.
SMALL & THOUGHTFUL
Rainwater Soap & Candle Co. Soap & Candle ($8.95 / $23.95)
Made in Uclulet from natural ingredients that include Tofino rainwater, these candles and soaps are gentle on the senses. Two wonderful choices for winter: Citrus Balsam candle and Coffee Cinnamon bar soap. Cameron Rose Gifts.
NEXT UP FOR YOUR BOOK FAN
Agent Running in the Field ($27.96), & The Body ($30.40)
I love buying books for people, and though I certainly have my own favourites, when in doubt I always consult the savvy staff at Tanner’s. Two great reads for the book lover in your life. Tanner’s Books.
A TEA FOR EVERY PALATE
Sidney sunrise & creamy earl grey (prices vary: $4.50 – $12.50 per 50g)
Janet’s teas are another favourite of mine. This small size makes a perfect stocking stuffer or add-on to another gift. Choose just the right blend from her 173 varieties. Janet’s Special Teas.
THE COZIEST ACCESSORIES
Fibres of Life bag, & alpaca scarf (both $98)
Always a great resource when it comes to sophisticated gift ideas. These fair-trade wool bags come in a variety of neutral colours for both him and her. For cooler days, beautiful scarves made of Peruvian alpaca, which is lanolin-free and won’t irritate skin that is sensitive to wool. Muffet & Louisa.