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Cindy's Holiday Wish List - My Gift Guide, Part 1
The Holidays are upon us and for those who already have their Christmas shopping done, bravo. You can stop reading.
For the 99.1% of us who are still just trying to juggle work and day-to-day life, this list is for you. A few gift ideas to consider when you’re out there shopping for your favourite person. I’ve got things on this wish list that range from the ridiculous to cheap and cheerful and everything in between. After all, a girl can dream, can’t she?
Stila Holiday Lip Collection 2017 - Warm & Fuzzy, Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set, $20
No one does Holiday lip colour quite like Stila. I’ve been a big fan of the brand for years and they simply know how to do intense, rich and vivid colours. I like this set because during the day I generally stick with nudes or neutrals but at night I’ll go bolder with a red lip. The set also includes a new colour for Spring 2018 - a fantastic summer coral that comes with a warm, gold shimmer.
Ten Thousand Villages - Hammered Copper Candle, $36
The Holidays is about giving, particularly social giving. Ten Thousand Villages is one of my favourite shops to purchase amazing hand-crafted holiday items. Every purchase improves the lives of makers by supporting their craft and providing a fair and stable income. Shop your values and give gifts to loved ones with meaning and a story. One such item is this hammered copper candle that comes with a lid. Made from skilled metalworkers from Noah’s Ark International in Moradabad, India, it takes years of hand-hammering experience to create these textured patterns.
On the topic of social giving, I actually wrote about this Essentials Collection most recently on the blog. Obakki’s created The Essentials Collection where 100% of net proceeds go toward providing essentials of life to those who really need it most: in South Sudan, Uganda and Cameroon. We’re talking water, food, shelter, education and medical care. Not all clothes are made the same. Some are made with a greater purpose. Imagine - you’re buying one gift for someone you love, and it turns out to be a greater gift for a greater good for a larger group of people. Now that’s a warm and fuzzy idea that I’m on board with.
This is an easy drinking wine that hints at citrus and tropical fruits. Its fresh flavour profile makes it suitable for a number of dishes ranging from albacore tuna tataki to boiled lobster or chicken skewers.
Silk Road Tea Store - Holiday Survival Kit, $75.96
I know it’s a little strange to be listing a wellness product from a tea company, but this is such a nice little set that anyone during the mad rush of the Holidays can appreciate. This kit features five different roll-on remedies to calm, de-stress, balance and boost your mood. Specifically, there’s an Allergy & Hay Fever Defense, Cold & Flu Ninja (I mean, seriously, who wouldn’t want this during winter??), Happy Mood & Stress Management Remedy (Again. Need. Badly.), Headache & Hangover (from all the parties…UGH), and Sweet Dreams (because we all need a good night’s sleep). The kit is packaged in a beautiful handmade paper pouch that’s made from recycled paper by a women’s cooperative.
This wouldn’t be a Christmas wish list without a little sprinkling of Tiffany goodness, let’s be honest. On my recent visit to the Tiffany flagship in downtown Vancouver, I stumbled upon the Home & Accessories collection upstairs that literally made me squeal. I’m a big interior design and decor freak and so seeing Tiffany blankets, tea sets, luggage, dog leashes and stationary items… let’s just say I was swooning. Especially when I saw this small ‘interoffice envelope’ in the iconic Tiffany Blue. Erm, interoffice envelope?? Let’s call it what it is - a beautiful iPad mini holder. I actually had them measure it while I was there and it fits an iPad mini perfectly - plus the leather is just exquisite. Drool.