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Christmas 2015 Preview

That time of year has come. Wishlists are being published, cards are being written, and Christmas shopping has started. The Santa Clause parade is already over and done with and it’s time to enjoy the holiday season. But after a few weeks of enjoying the holly jolly-ness, the stress sets in. All those people you need to buy gifts for! I’m a horrible gifter; always waiting till the last minute and buying mediocare gifts, but with a few reviews of this year’s hottest gift guides I can offer you a little gifting guide! Take a look at these previews and don’t let the stress set it!

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Let’s start with the makeup and beauty gifts – Sephora’s 2015 palettes and gift guides. My picks are based on other reviews and my own trials. My first pick would be the Glamglow Big Book of Sexy, a 10 piece collection of all of Glamglow’s cleansers and treatments for a complete skin regimen. I’m in love with Glamglow’s products and think this would be a great gift! Followed by the Smashbox Art. Love. Colour Master Class which can pretty much be the entirety of your eyeshadows and blush collection all in one, all with amazing colour payoff and quality! And last but not least, the Peter Thomas Roth Mask-A-Holic Kit. As a lover of the Peter Thomas Roth masks I think this gift is the jackpot! And of course there is still the gifting option of all beauty products that Sephora sell’s on a regular basis!

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My next favourite gifting locale, Chapters/Indigo! Always one of my favourite places to wander and shop during the holiday season, and they have the perfect gifts! I love the Gold Script Plates that come in an adorably festive set of four, as well as the festive Galvanized Steel LED Marquee Set that comes in “Joy” “&” “Love”. And what better gift that a book of Cocktails, such as the Experimental Cocktail Club: Paris, London & New York by Romee de Goriainoff – 85 award winning cocktail recipes from around the world!

And one final gifting idea – nights in the city. For example, Phantom of the Opera comes to Toronto December 8th at the Princess of Whales Threatre. I’ve never seen it but have always wanted to. Check out your local concert listings or favourite sports teams. These gifts may be a little more pricey but I’ll always remember a special night out more than an unwrapped gift.

Do you have any great gifting ideas yet?

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The Last Minute Gift Ideas – Valentines Day

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Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. The scary, red white and pink, expensive, consumerist holiday (another one that was probably invented by Hallmark). Yet as much as boys and single girls complain…to others it’s considered an important day with high expectations. So what to do?! With only around 12 hours left to pick up a gift how do you make the day perfect when you haven’t done anything yet? Take a deep breath slackers, I can help. Don’t stress – simple is romantic too.

So where can you go that is easily accessible? Or what can you do that is non-material and won’t break the bank (although it should be assumed that each gift should be accompanied by flowers…pricey sometimes) Here are some ideas.

1. The Thoughtful One: What’s her favourite food? Her favourite movie? Have you seen it together yet? Seriously girls expectations aren’t that unrealistic (for the most part). Gifts don’t have to be material. Some thoughtful planning is just as meaningful and romantic. So become the chef for the night. Pour her a glass of wine and tell her to put her feet up – do it all. Cook the meal, clean up after, watch her favourite movie and just have a romantic night, the two of you.

2. Still Too Early? Only been dating for a few weeks? A few days? Yes a gift or at least some thought on Valentines Day is still expected. Chapters/Indigo is the best place to go for easy-peasy Valentines Day shopping (actually they’re great for all holidays). If you haven’t stepped foot in a bookstore for quite some time, you’ll be shocked to know that they don’t only sell books. Chapters has been great lately in creating holiday specific sections that are perfect place for gifts. Pink books of love poems by Pablo Neruda, pink home decor, pink scarves, pink everything. Simple, reasonable price, and just the right amount of romance without too much commitment. Perfect!!

3. Been there done that: Been together for quite a few Valentines Days? Spent a few nights googling “what to get for valentines day”? Those are horribly  cheesy suggestions (photo albums, engraved bracelets, etc). But what do you do if you’ve already done all the other great ideas? Truthfully at this point you probably need some romance – go all out. Do something you’ve never done before as a couple. Even if it is something a little cheesy like a night of mini putting etc. You need to break your routine, plan the unexpected. Do something that she’s gonna talk about the next day at work.

As upset as I get about sexist stereotypes, Valentines Day is the one that I can’t shake. I still believe that it is a girls holiday, so boys this one’s all on you. Do you have any plans?

What are you getting your girl for Valentines Day? What, as a lady, are you hoping to get for Valentines Day? Have my suggestions helped? Talk to me via Twitter

Keep it sexy my friends