If you are anything like me, you have left most of your holiday shopping until the last week before Christmas. (sigh!) I tell myself every year that I am going to start early and be more organized, but I always end up scrambling at the last moment to find the perfect gift for each person in my life. With one week left before Christmas I have teamed up with some amazing brands to bring you a few holiday gift ideas that will be sure to please!
As a rule of thumb, I try to stay away from buying clothes as gifts unless you know exactly what their taste and size are. Nothing is more disappointing on both ends; giving or receiving a gift that doesn't fit, or that you simply don't like. So what do you get them? I have created this guide with some great ideas for the different types women in your life. Need a gift that suits both male and female? I got you covered!
In my opinion, a girl can never have enough clutches, especially when New Years is right around the corner. I was obsessed with the intricate detailing on this clutch the moment I saw it. Other than that, I am a fan of anything sparkly because it is an easy statement maker. All you need is a classic little black dress and you are ready for any evening out. Check out Margot and Maude for some other great clutch options.
The Girl Boss
The friend in your life who seems to just get $H!T done. The organized one, who was probably voted "Most Likely to Succeed" in high school. Be the reason she stays on top of things in the new year with one of the many gorgeous day planners from Tiny Feast. Not only do they have a great colour and design selection, I dare you not to leave without getting something cool for yourself.
For the friend who always seems to look flawless, even when they are just in a t-shirt and jeans. Like I said above I shy away from clothing for gifts, especially for my ultra trendy friends, purely to avoid any issues with sizing. Lets be honest, returning merchandise right after Christmas is a nightmare. So what's the next best option? ACCESSORIES!
The fashionista will be not only impressed with your insight into the latest accessory trends, but will appreciate the honest effort to buy something they will actually wear. Accessories are a great way to change up any outfit without blowing your budget. These amazing stacked rings and french knot by Cursor & Thread can be found at Margot and Maude on Academy! Make sure to check out their website for information on the various clothing, accessory, jewelry, and giftware brands they carry. M&M is truly a one stop shop for women's gift ideas!
The Girl Next Door
The fun and carefree friend in your life. It's time to set the tone for a relaxing evening in during these cold winter months. A luxurious set of pjs from Gravity Lingerie and scented candle (made in Manitoba!) by Charleston And Harlow are the ultimate gift choices for the girl next door. These pajamas are probably the most comfortable set I've ever put on making those Monday mornings that much harder to be productive. If I wasn't so prone to spilling on all white clothing, I would probably try and get away with these as an everyday outfit. :P
With the name inspiration coming from their two french bulldogs, Charleston and Harlow stole my heart immediately. Luckily I have sampled all of their candles and still can't pick my favourite. Luckily, you can find their products scattered throughout the city in local shops, such as Margot and Maude, the Glam Bar, Prep Hair, Lennard Taylor, and many more!
For the friend who has pretty much every piece of makeup ever made. There are a few benefits to purchasing MAC makeup as a gift. First of all, it is a pretty safe bet. Who doesn't enjoy a brand new lipgloss or eyeshadow pot? MAC always has great holiday gift sets that make it relatively easy to purchase. Secondly, if you use MAC personally and are on a tight budget, they have a recycling program that gives you new product for your empty compacts (6 empties for a new lipgloss, lipstick, or eyeshadow). Fashionable and environmentally sustainable! I'm not going to lie, as a student, this was how I purchased Secret Santa gifts for my girl group.
Need Gifts for Both? No Problem!
For this section I teamed up with my friend Ryan from The Wall Hunter to bring you gift ideas that are suitable for both male and female. I don't know if it's just in my circle, but the holiday gift exchange has started to become a lot more popular, meaning gifts need to be well suited for either or. Take a look below of our top local unisex gift ideas!
The Blanket Scarf
Because who doesn't like a dual purpose fashion item in their wardrobe? Get yours from Margot and Maude today!
Whether you like wine or beer, The Common has something for you! Conveniently located at The Forks, the Common offers flight boards, glassware, and specialty wine and beer that will have any beverage connoisseur impressed with your creativity. This weekend only, these flight boards are on sale for $55! Head down to the Forks this weekend and make a day out of it!
Indulge in the thermal experience at Thermea Winnipeg. This scandinavian-inspired spa located in the heart of nature includes nordic baths, saunas, relaxation rooms, a restaurant, and various spa treatments to choose from. In this weather how could you say no?
Well I hope this guide has helped with some gift inspiration. I know this time of year can be stressful, especially with the ever growing list of people to buy for. Other than gifts, I hope your holiday season is filled with love, laughter, friends and family!
Until next time!
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