Saturday 23 December 2017

Last Minute Gift Ideas for Christmas

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Makeup and Skincare 
The days have just flown by on me and it seems like everyone is feeling the same. We still have time to get the perfect present for our loved ones and friends and I am going to help you! I have some gift ideas for both the men in your life and your girls. Also, please forgive me on the photo quality. I was extremely sick that day so my hand kept shaking. It is a miracle that I even managed to take these pictures. 

I was invited to the West Coast Faulhaber Communications showroom for a sneak peek of upcoming Spring and Summer 2018 collections. Also displayed were some really amazing gift ideas for the holidays. 

Here is a quick list, but keep reading for details on the brands and products



I find shopping for women much easier as there are a multitude of things we can get for one another. Men on the other hand are far harder to pick gifts out for and at times can be quite tricky since men do not say much in terms of what they would like. I think the most important thing when shopping for a gift for your bae or brother or dad is to look for items that has a practical function in their daily lives. Stay away from little knick-knacks and very specialized items that does not fit in with their daily routine. Anything edible like snacks, craft beer, brick of cheese or a giant sandwich - basically food is going to make them very happy. 

The first gift suggestion I have for a guy is hair and beard products from Barber & Co. The brand itself is very well-known in amongst men in Vancouver as there are five barbershops across the Lower Mainland and is the ultimate place for men to get their hair cut and beard trimmed. Barber & Co. is also Vancouver-based and founded by owner Ian Daburn, a third generation barber, in 2011 and since then has also developed his own line of men's grooming products. Select from a range of scents in their pomades, shave creams and beard oils, all of which are made at their Gastown location in small batches. The price range is also reasonable from $22 to $30, so stop by at any one of their 5 Vancouver locations. 

I think another good gift idea and something all men should have is their very own Shoe Care Kit. Sure sneakers are having their time in the spotlight, but they will never replace a timeless pair of black dress shoes; however, to keep those beauties looking gorgeous, you need to give them a good polish and buff. Tangent GC is a company that specializes in 100% organic and eco-friendly shoe care. Plus, all of their products are packaged in fully recyclable materials! The shoe care kit includes: Neutral Polish, Shoe Grease, Brown Polish, Black Polish, Shoe Brush (SUPER DUPER SOFT!) and Shine Cloth. You can pick it up at various stores across the Lower Mainland such as Litchfield, Dutil, The Block and Kiss & Makeup. Tangent GC also makes really lovely organic hand creams, liquid soups and detergents which all make great gifts for your girlfriends. 

If you know someone who needs a new backpack, look into Ucon Acrobatics because their backpacks are waterproof which is essential for the torrential rain we get in Vancouver. The fabrics used are eco-friendly and made with PET recycled water bottles, sustainable paper fabrics from Germany and vegan leathers. The two styles I really like is the Ison and Marvin which are both capable of holding a 15 inch laptop. Again, great for both guys and babes, but only available at Simons (Park Royal) or online. 

Here are a few gift ideas for the ladies and I personally would love to receive any one of these gifts. 

I do not know why girls like burning candles, but my besties and I really enjoy having candles lit at home. If you know why - let me know in the comments below! The Vancouver-based company Woodlot makes some divine smelling small batch coconut and soy candles. The candles come in a really nice cardboard box which makes it easy for gifting. They also have also recently added lotions and essential oils and will be introducing their own skincare line for Spring Summer 2018. You can get Woodlot products from One of a Few, Charlie & Lee, Walrus and Le Marche St. George. 

Something I really want to get for myself and I think most girls want is some Charlotte Tilbury. It is definitely a premium makeup and skincare line so it would be a luxury gift item. The packaging is stunning too with the copper and rose gold tones. The premise behind their makeup is making it easy no matter the skill set. However, it was Charlotte's Magic Cream that made her so loved. The Gift of Goddess Skin Set comes with the Goddess Skin Clay Mask, Charlotte's Magic Cream Treat & Transform Moisturizer and Wonderglow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash. This set is really great for someone who is new to their skincare line. If you want to give makeup, the Beauty Icon's Set is really well-priced and includes Charlotte's Magic Cream, Mini Full Fat Lashes Mascara, Mini Wonderglow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash, Mini Kissing Lipstick in Penelope Pink and the Mini Lip Cheat Re-Size & Re-Shape Lip Liner in Pillow Talk. 

Just to reiterate from before, Tangent GC makes gorgeous smelling liquid soaps and organic hand creams. Some of the scents are Yuzu (mandarin and grapefruit), Fir (balsamic wood and pine) and Tiare (orchid and vanilla). If you have a girlfriend who walks, takes transit or bikes around Vancouver, she would really appreciate a fully waterproof backpack that is also really chic and eco-friendly from Ucon Acrobatics

Please let me know in the comments below if you have any gift suggestions. We have less than 34 hours until Christmas, so go and get the perfect present! 


Shoe Care Kit by Tangent GC
Water-Proof Backpacks by Ucon Acrobatics
Lotions by Woodlot
Makeup and Skincare by Charlotte Tilbury
Hair Pomades, Shaving Cream and Beard Oil by Barber & Co.
The Gift of Goddess Skin Set by Charlotte Tilbury

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