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Last Minute Holiday 2017 Gift Guide: For Her

December 17, 2016

If you’re anything like me this year, then you’re still shopping for the last few people on your list. It’s strange how I’ve done a complete 180 since last year. This time last year, actually rewind an additional two weeks prior, I was completely done my Christmas shopping list and living stress-free while others anxiously ran around the city hunting down the perfect last minute gifts. This is probably a clear sign that I really have to get my things together for next Christmas. I do blame the influx of traveling this month though that hindered my shpoping capabilities.

That being said, in the ferver of locating the perefct gifts, I decided to put together a last minute gift guide for all you other stragglers out there. All of the selections below are either ones that I’m already going to be gifting to a special someone this year, gifts that I wish that I could get, or really cool things that I’ve stumble on while shopping, but couldn’t find the right person to give it to. Go on, let me live vicariously through your super cool gifts. I’ll just sit back and watch.

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Win a Hammam & Gommage Treatment from the Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalié

December 14, 2015

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In the midst of all the running around grabbing presents for your loved ones, decorating the tree, shoveling the snow and cooking the turkey, you deserve a little bit of somethin’ somethin’ for all of the blood, sweat, and tears. ‘Tis the season of giving after all, and with all of the giving that you’ve been doing, I think that you deserve to receive something as well!

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Luckily for you, I’ve teamed up with one of the most luxurious spas in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalié, to give away the Hammam and Gommage treatment! If that sounded familiar with you, no you’re not having déjà vue, that’s the same treatment that I had with my girl Mel Inspired a couple months back.

And trust me when I say this, you’ll want to be pampered once you’re finshed fighting you way through the crowds hunting down the perfect presents! But really though, you should basically be done all of your shopping by now if you read through my Holiday Gift Guides! 😉

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If you’ve never had a chance to experience the Hammam and Gommage treatment before, then you’re in for a treat! The Middle Eastern based steam and full body exfoliation will be perfect for relaxing your body after a full day of shopping – which you know is inevitable.

The first time I experienced it, I felt so relaxed that I almost fell asleep in the eucalyptus misting chamber. Probably not the healthiest thing to do, but good thing Mel woke me up on time!

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But the best part is yet to come. Once your pores have opened up nicely and you’ve detoxified your skin with the help of the eucalyptus mist, you’ll be brought into a lower-intensity misting room to get the full body exfoliation of your dreams – the Gommage.

Your dead skin will literally slide off onto the Jerusalen gold marble counters while the masseuse is giving you a rubdown with the black Moroccan soap. Sounds gross, but trust me – it’s worth it!

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Think you deserve some R&R in the midst of the craziest time of the year? I think so too! So here’s what you have to do to enter (I promise that I’ll make it as easy as possible since you’ve probably got other more important things to do right now):

GIVEAWAY RULES

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Trust me when I say that I know how stressed you’re probably feeling at this time of the year. Which is why I’m making this the easiest contest of your life to enter!

All you have to do is comment below telling me who you find is the hardest person to shop for, and why the Hamman & Gommage treatment would be life changing for you!

Unfortunately this giveaway is only open to residents of Toronto as the treatment is only offered at the Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalié at the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto.

But! For those of you who are eligible, you have one week to enter! That means that the winner will be chosen and contacted by December 20th, 2015. This way you’ll be able to indulge in a little bit of pampering before the crazy partying ensues!

Best of luck to everyone that enters! And even if you don’t win, I highly suggest that you pop by the spa to try out some of their treatments. You won’t regret it, I swear!

Holiday Gift Guide: Under $50

December 14, 2015

For those who are on a tighter budget, getting the perfect gift doesn’t really have to be that hard. I’m in the same boat as you every single year. With so many presents to buy, my budget tends to get stretched a little thin. And I’ve always been the type that loves seeing the look of happiness on another’s face when they open up a gift that they genuinely love. So I went ahead and did some of the guessing work out of finding the right but affordable gift for you. You’re welcome.

Holiday Gift Guide: Under $50

HER

  1. Metallic Slip Ons – Old Navy | $29.94
  2. Highlight & Contour Pro Palette – NYX | $27.00
  3. Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil – Elizabeth Arden | $36.00
  4. Sleeveless Blazer with Zips – Dynamite Clothing | $49.95

HIM

5. Gentry Bifold Wallet – OBEY | $35.00
6. Ghost Midweight 2 Pack – Brooks Running | $18.00
7. Drink Rocks – Areaware | $35.00
8. Waxed Cotton Dopp Kit – GAP | $34.95

Holiday Gift Guide: $50-100

December 10, 2015

For the slightly more frugal gifters that still want to be able to lavish their loved ones with nice gifts, the ones included in this gift guide won’t break your bank. But they’re guaranteed show-stoppers that will have anyone receiving them as happy as a child in a candy store.Holiday Gift Guide: $50-100

HER

  1. PREVAGE Anti-Aging Antioxidant Infusion Essence – Elizabeth Arden | $96.00
  2. London Travel Kit – Aesop | $99.00
  3. Baddah M Leggings – Bench. Canada | $89.00
  4. Nutritive Holiday Gift Set – Kérastase Paris | $88.00

HIM

5. Adorn Zip Thru – Bench. Canada | $65.00
6. Five Cup Handblown Chemex – Chemex | $83.90
7. Printed Canvas Travel Kit – Banana Republic | $62.00
8. Slim-Fit Corded Gingham Shirt – Club Monaco | $98.50

Holiday Gift Guide: $100-250

December 8, 2015

It’s funny that as I’m writing this, I’m realizing how far behind I am on my own holiday shopping. Hopefully you got the opportunity to make some progress this weekend? Here’s to hoping that I get myself in order and finalize all of the gifts that I’m still in search for by the end of this coming week.

Holiday shopping is always a stressful one for me since I have such a big family to shop for, but the feeling of accomplishment with being able to cross off the final person from my list is too rewarding to pass up.

Holiday Gift Guide: $100-250

HER

  1. Tory Burch for Fit Bit Fret Double-Wrap Bracelet – Tory Burch | $175.00
  2. Thé Noir 29 – Le Labo | $265.00
  3. Showcourt RQT Sneaker – Lacoste | $135.00
  4. Shearling-Flap Crossbody – Banana Republic | $195.00

HIM

5. Canada Oversized Brushed-Lambswool Scarf – Acne Studios | $201.78
6. Keepsake – Crosley | $159.95
7. Dry Duffel Backpack – Filson | $140.00
8. La Bohème Silver Black/Olive Green – Cluse Watches | $130.97