Holiday Gift Guide for Him

It’s hard to believe Christmas is only two weeks away! Is anyone else in panic mode? I still haven’t finished Christmas shopping and haven’t started wrapping yet. The kids and I have been sick and that has set me back even further. All I can say is thank goodness for online shopping; it’s been my saving grace.

If you missed my gift guide for her, you can find it here. For this gift guide, I had some help, but I think we have pulled together some great ideas for that special guy in your life.

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If your guy likes to listen to music in the shower; then this gift is perfect.

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This bluetooth speaker has a 33 foot range, and supports handsfree calls. It has up to eight hours of battery life when fully charged and is compatible with all iOS Android devices. It’s inexpensive, costing less than $26.

This next gadget is actually something I would like for myself. Actually, I’m not sure why I don’t have one of these in my car already.

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This Power Inverter with dual USB ports is perfect for charing on the go. It’s lightweight and is perfect for vacations, camping trips and work trips. This device is under $38. This would have come in handy during the huge rainstorm we had while camping this summer. All the kids ended up in the vehicles for a movie, while the storm passed.

If your guy works outside or is into winter sports; you’ll want to have a pair of these wrapped under the tree.

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These long thermal underwear are perfect as a base layer and they trap body heat between the two cotton layers. They’re perfect for low to medium activity levels and come in sizes S-3XL. They range in price depending on the size you order.

Does anyone else feel like when a guy is ready for a new wallet, he’s in denial about it? It can be falling apart at the seams but is still “fine”.

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This polyester wallet is so versatile and comes in two other colour options. It has an ID window, currency pouch, slip pockets, and three card slots. This Hank RFID Bifold Wallet is under $49.

This is a gift that I would love to have being a big time coffee drinker. When I get to work, I expect the coffee in my tumbler to be HOT and with this, you won’t be disappointed.

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This 20oz stainless steel Yeti, is a double-wall vacuum insulated tumbler, that keeps your beverage hot or cold, for as long as you need. It’s dishwasher safe, is under $40 and there are several colour options.

I think every guy needs a cozy pair of slippers. These immediately caught my eye and they have cozy written all over them.

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I mean, anything that combines sherpa and memory foam has to be amazing, right? These genuine suede slippers are currently on sale for under $50 and come in two other colours.

If your man likes beer, then he is going to LOVE this gift. How about a membership for a beer of the month club?

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Each month he’ll receive 12 full-sized bottles of hard-to-find, specialty microbrews from award-winning breweries. Each shipment includes up to four different varieties of premium hand-crafted beer. You can choose a 3, 6 or 12 month membership; and they offer a Beer of the Season Club, with new selections each Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Pricing varies depending on the length of membership chosen.

Last but not least, I chose a classic watch with a sleek design.

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This Ted Baker Multifunction Leather Strap Watch is monochromatic with multi-functioning dials. The leather straps make it both dressy and casual. This watch retails for under $230.

I hope this gave you a few ideas for what to buy him for Christmas. I feel like men are harder to shop for than women…I mean, we always know what we want, right?

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Holiday Gift Guide for Her

I am sharing my first gift guide for 2018 with you and it’s all about her so start taking notes!

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Alright, let’s jump right in.

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I actually have a soft and cozy robe on my Christmas list this year. I saw one at Costco for under $30 a few weeks ago and did some hint dropping. I found a cozy UGG one on Amazon and it looks oh so cozy! This one is a little more pricey but I felt one while I was in NYC and it was so darn soft!

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Next up is a must have if you’re shopping for a bath lover. This bamboo bath caddy can hold your iPad/tablet, wine glass, coffee mug, phone, book, you name it! You can find it on Amazon for under $40.

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These UGG slippers have me wishing I could kick off my shoes and slip these right on! They’re water resistant (you never know) and come in 10 colours. No shortage on options with these!

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If she is an essential oil lover, you will have to pick up this diffuser from Saje. This limited edition diffuser is under $90 but is currently on sale. I love the sleek design and the gold marble.

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I have shared this eye shadow palette by Tarte before and I am sharing it again because I love it so much. The Tartlette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette is one I use every day. They have other colour options but this one is by far my favourite and it’s under $50. (You can read more about my review of it here.)

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I have been wanting to try a facial roller and have heard nothing but amazing things about them so I decided to add it to my gift guide. You roll the natural stone over your face in an outward direction. You can even use it over oils and serums. There are several kinds out there, some cheaper than others.

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I of course had to include something coffee related. This Keurig K-Mini is a new sleek design and takes up little to no counter space. I even considered buying one to keep on my desk at work (just kidding…). It’s under $80 and is perfect for a coffee lover on the go!

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Last but not least, who doesn’t love a cozy scarf. I am a big fan of scarves, and I especially love the ones from American Eagle. Plaid is a huge trend this season and this lightweight scarf is both trendy and warm.

I hope this helpS you cross a few items off your list for her or has at least inspired you.

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Christmas Decor on a Budget

Christmas is my favourite Holiday. As soon as Halloween is over, I start gearing up for all things Christmas: decorating, baking, shopping for family and friends, and everything in between.

Everyone has an opinion on when it’s “appropriate” to start decorating for Christmas. Some say right after Halloween; some say after Remembrance Day, out of respect for our veterans; some say after Thanksgiving (in Canada, ours is early October); some say December 1st. For me, it’s right after Halloween and when I have the opportunity, in between working, the kids extra curricular activities and keeping house.

When I do finally get around to decorating, I find it can be a little overwhelming. Walking the seasonal aisles of stores can be dangerous. I find myself thinking: oooo I love that; ooooo I need that; oohhhhh this is so nice, I should get this. STOP. This is where the purpose of this post begins…

SHOP YOUR HOME.

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Before you purchase new Christmas decor, make sure you shop your home first. More often than not you forget about what you have packed away. Maybe you purchased some new ornaments or faux trees during a Boxing week sale – I know I have. Go through all of your decor and see what you have, and what you don’t need. Try to sell items you no longer want, or purge what you don’t need.

If you do decide to purchase a few new pieces for your home, set a budget for yourself. This will prevent you from going overboard in a store like Home Sense. Who else wants to fill their shopping cart every time they go there? It can be so overwhelming.

Try out a Christmas DIY. Pinterest is a wonderful thing and if you are having trouble coming up with DIY idea’s, that is a great place to start. You may find that you have all the items you need in your home, for the perfect DIY.

Don’t go overboard. Less is more. Clean and simple looks are my favourite. You don’t need to fill a sideboard with Christmas trinkets; and mantels look timeless with some garland, candles and stockings.

Shop your home.
Set a budget.
DIY.
Less is more.

I cannot wait to share my Christmas home decor with you this season. I promise you I follow all of these things.

Happy decorating!

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