Canada Holidays

Black Friday 101: When To Spend And How To Save

Sandra Hanna | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Hanna

A recent survey reveals that while 65 per cent of Canadians think Black Friday is a great way to score a deal, only 28 per cent plan to shop that day.

Happy Holidays From The Internet Of Things

Walter Andri | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living
Walter Andri

It's fun to look at gift ideas offered by different publications and see how well technology is represented. While smartphones, tablets and PCs will be on many gift lists for Holidays 2015 and a few lucky individuals may even get a connected car, IoT gift suggestions are showing up for a range of age groups and purposes.

The 'Blowfish Effect' Can Help Small Retailers Beat The Big Guys

Leyla Seka | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Business
Leyla Seka

It's not easy to be a small business taking on established competitors, especially during the holidays. With many risk-averse customers sticking with well-known brands and tried-and-true solutions, SMBs in the retail space need to work hard to cut through the noise and reassure nervous consumers.

Why Holiday Break Ups Are The Worst

Collette Gee | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living
Collette Gee

While breaking up is hard to do you know when things just aren't working out anymore. People who've experienced a sudden breakup during the holidays for example always assume the break up wasn't planned, and therefore begin to question whether the breakup was caused by some recent event caused by something they did or said.

How To Prepare Your Special Needs Child For Meeting Santa Claus

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

Ah, that first visit to Santa. Remember how your little one cried and was scared, clinging to you? But you knew that this was temporary. Next year, he/she would be fine with the Santa visit, a rite of passage for most North American children today. But what if your child is not like all the other children?

Your Holiday Guide To Clutter-Free Gifts

Allison Weigensberg | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living
Allison Weigensberg

With the holidays a few weeks away the yearly "what am I going to do with all those gifts" anxiety is settling in.

Student Hacks For Avoiding A Holiday Shopping Hangover

Mandy Mail | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Business
Mandy Mail

From buying a new winter coat and gift exchanges with friends, to purchasing a ticket home and celebrating the end of exams, there is no doubt that the holidays and New Year's Eve can put stress on a student's finances.

The Top Geek Gifts For The Techie In Your Life

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Living
Sharon Vinderine

Our editorial team at PTPA Media had the opportunity to evaluate some pretty amazing tech that is making waves and will definitely be leaving it's mark for 2015. No need to wait for the Consumer Electronics Show to get all geeky and excited about tech.

Kindness Is The Best Gift This Holiday Season

Natasha Koifman | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

It is my hope that the gift of giving back is something we're going to see a lot of this holiday season. From sponsoring an immigrant family escaping a war-torn nation to lending a helping hand at a local soup kitchen, there's always a way to give back.

Some Sweet Inspiration For Your Holiday Home Decor

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Style
Tiffany Leigh

Leading décor and lifestyle maven Janette Ewen believes that you and I can craft a holiday-worthy home. While I appreciate her optimism, I'm uncertain about my skill set in this department -- but -- when an abundance of decadent chocolate is involved, hesitancy dissolves.

Inventing A Holiday Dish For The Ages

Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Living

We all know the standard holiday spread, from a stuffed turkey to bowls full of cranberry sauce. But sometimes, you want to create your own tradition ...

15 Gorgeous Party Heels To Get You Through The Holidays

The Huffington Post Canada | Madelyn Chung and Monika Markovinovic | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Style

Get ready to dance the night away!

Be A Conscious Consumer Over The Holidays

Lisa Borden | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

On Black Friday, we are all encouraged to over-consume. This intense promotion continues right through the holidays (and then there are clearance specials, Boxing Day promotions and New Year kick-off deals). But what happens if we stop, think and don't react impulsively? What do we really need?

Save The Environment, Chop Down A Real Christmas Tree

Michael Rosen | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Living
Michael Rosen

As the president of Tree Canada, an organization that's helped plant more than 80 million trees over the past 20 years, you might expect an argument against cutting down a "live tree," but make no mistake -- you are helping both the environment and the community you live in when you choose a real tree.

Healthy Financial Habits Make For A Happy Holidays

Cairine Wilson, CPA Canada | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Business
Cairine Wilson, CPA Canada

CPA Canada released a Summer Spending Followup Survey, which revealed that 42 per cent of those surveyed were essentially on-budget this past summer. What does this have to do with holiday spending? Quite a bit, actually. Those who fared better followed a few basic principles we might all want to remember.

This Year, Make And Stick To A Holiday Budget

Wade Stayzer | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Business
Wade Stayzer

For most households, the holiday season is an enjoyable time of year to spend with friends and family but it can also be one of the most stressful -- with travelling, hosting and gift-buying all being a major drain on the household finances. Follow these tips to have an enjoyable holiday season while keeping your wallet intact.

Green Beauty Essentials To Get You Through Holiday Party Season

The Huffington Post Canada | Charlotte Singmin | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Style

These 10 green beauty must-haves will put a little extra sparkle in your on-the-go party-girl look.

These Holiday Dresses Will Get You Through The Party Circuit

The Huffington Post Canada | Madelyn Chung | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Style

Sequins, velvet and sparkles, oh my!

20 Christmas Gifts Your Boyfriend Will Actually Like

The Huffington Post Canada | Monika Markovinovic | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Style

Guaranteed he'll think you're the best girlfriend/boyfriend ever.

The Women In Your Life Will Love These Holiday Gift Ideas

The Huffington Post Canada | Madelyn Chung | Posted 11.06.2015 | Canada Style

You'll be a winner in her books, guaranteed!

3 Tips For Creating Joyful Holidays As Co-Parents

Anna Giannone | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Parents
Anna Giannone

Divorce is hard to navigate. It's tough for both parents and kids. Many of you in this situation know that holidays can be tough. Sharing a child at any time of year is heartbreaking. Sharing a child during the holidays is heart wrenching, given that it's a time of fun and joy.

Take The 'Boo' Out Of Halloween Spending

David Lester | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Living
David Lester

Halloween is getting more popular than Christmas and almost more expensive. I'm going back to the days of making my own costumes and having cheap and cheerful parties that are super fun. Here are some savvy strategies to take the "Boo" out of Halloween spending!

6 Reasons You Seriously Should Visit Snowy Finland This Winter

Allison Eberle | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Travel
Allison Eberle

We've almost programmed our minds to link tropical climates to holiday time and travel. But have you ever considered taking the winter holidays to go out and adventure through a winter wonderland? Embrace winter this year and take a look at why we believe Finland is one of the most fantastic places to visit.

Discover Canada's Small Charities This Giving Season

Marina Glogovac | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Impact
Marina Glogovac

Twenty-four per cent of our donations go to small charities that make up 80 per cent of the sector. I personally was not aware of the vital work they do until my family needed the services of one. They provided services that a larger charity -- which often focuses on bigger picture work -- couldn't provide.

Here's What Happens When The 'Picasso Of Pastry' Creates A Skincare Collection

The Huffington Post Canada | Madelyn Chung | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Style

It's a collection good enough to eat.