Canada Gifts

Five Tips to Avoid a Counterfeit Christmas

Lorne M. Lipkus | Posted 02.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lorne M. Lipkus

This christmas nefarious and greedy counterfeiters are stocking shelves and online sites with knock-off products to dupe the Canadian consumer. Don't be a victim of counterfeit this holiday season, stay safe in store and online with these five simple tips.

10 Hot Gifts to Put Under the Tree This Year

Jenna Em | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Living
Jenna Em

Christmas is a time for traditions, togetherness, recounting memories of Christmas past, and of building new memories. However, Christmas also includes an undeniable commercial element! With just over one week until Christmas, here are some 2013 Hot Gift suggestions that will make Holiday shopping simple for the young and old on your list!

12 Sanity Saving Tips for the Final Shopping Days Before Christmas

Rania Walker | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Living
Rania Walker

With the holiday shopping season in full force, my requisite ventures into the sweaty shops of my local malls need to be purposeful, successful and time-saving. I've found a dozen ways to make those long line ups and general holiday hustle and bustle productive, amusing and sanity saving.

Why You Should Stay Festive and Frugal This Holiday Season

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Tamara Griffiths

Is it possible for the average person on a budget to have fun at Christmas and do a bit less damage to the planet? Going without gifts may seem a hardship but instead of buying presents we too can focus our festivities on people's interactions, on having fun together, or new experiences.

Getting a Grip Before the Holiday Chaos

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Because I work for the aid and develpment agency World Vision, we've always had the World Vision Gift Catalogue around the house. You might have seen it? You choose a specific gift for a family in a poor community overseas, and give it in honour of someone you love or admire.

10 Canadian Souvenir Destinations This Summer

Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada Travel

Heading to Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa or Montreal this summer? Are you looking for a one-of-a-kind souvenir to bring back from your travels?...

Are Expensive Kiddie Birthday Parties Really for Parents?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Birthday parties and loot bags have increasingly become an obscene display of excess and expense for no good purpose. We are raising a society of highly-indulged, coddled and spoiled children and we only have ourselves to blame.

SavvyMom Roundup: Nigella Lawson and Kimye's Baby

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 08.19.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Nobody's perfect, celebrity leaks, toddlers and guns, competitive parents and The Gift Network. That's what caught my attention this week.

A Token of Friendship

Robin Farr | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada Alberta
Robin Farr

It started with a prenatal yoga class. Across the room, the beginning of a bond formed with another mom-to-be with a due date close to mine. We had a lot of the same pregnancy side effects. We were both having boys. She was energetic and outgoing - and SO excited about having a baby - it was hard not to notice her.

Top 10 Gifts for Mother's Day 2013!

Jenna Em | Posted 07.12.2013 | Canada Living
Jenna Em

If your mom is like mine, she's pretty great and deserves to be remembered and honoured on Mother's Day! Looking back, my mom was always gracious wit...

How to Get What You Want for Mother's Day

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Some view Mother's Day as an entire day dedicated to mom, a day for her to do whatever she wants. Others view it as a day of gifting, a day when mom is showered with elaborate presents. We see it as both. All of this is within your reach if you read our guide on how to get what you want for Mother's Day.

Five Gifts Worthy of Your Mother

Colin & Justin | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada
Colin & Justin

Come on, it's almost Mother's Day and your eponymous celebrant is one of the most important people in your life, right? So why not give something about which she'll be properly excited? To assist, here's a C&J mini gift guide -- that spans the financial spectrum - featuring inspired, prezzies, any of which would send your Mom into a state of elevated recipient frenzy.

Edible Mother's Day Bouquet in 6 Steps

Le Dolci | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada Living
Le Dolci

Does your mom have a sweet tooth? This Mother's Day, indulge her by making a cupcake bouquet! This six-step bouquet will show your mom how much you lo...

You Can't Buy Your Way Out of Emotional Debt

Deborah Nixon | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada Business
Deborah Nixon

It's a Wednesday afternoon, two weeks before Christmas. Sarah decides to pop into the mall. She wasn't enjoying this. This is what obligation shopping looks like but it's also what emotional debt shopping looks like. This time of year is ensnares us in an emotional trap. Remind yourself that stuff doesn't heal anything. If you manage your emotions, you manage your money.

How to Overcome Stress Over the Holidays

Danielle Mika Nagel | Posted 01.30.2013 | Canada Living
Danielle Mika Nagel

The holidays are a time where we can recognize and appreciate the beautiful people in our lives. Families and friends make time to get together and it can also be a time to reflect on the past year. However, many of us may find it stressful dealing with all the activities and crowds. Stay calm this season by taking the following steps:

Top 20 Savvy Gifts Under $25

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 01.29.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

"Holiday budget" doesn't need to be an oxymoron. Our Top 20 Gifts Under $25 has something for everyone on your list--including the babysitter, the dog and the teacher.

Gift Gurus Are Back — Let Us Help You Find The Perfect Gift

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada Living

After a year of hibernation and trend hunting, we've finally emerged from holiday wrapping paper, eager to help our fellow Canadians find the perfec...

Five Unique Hostess Gifts For That Last Summer Invite

Karen Cleveland | Posted 10.21.2012 | Canada Style
Karen Cleveland

There's no more avoiding the obvious: the last weekend of summer is looming. Hopefully the past few months held long, languorous days devoted to soaking up the sun in good company. If a trip away for Labour Day weekend is in the cards, bringing along something nice for your host could keep you as a guest in good standing. Flowers or a great bottle of wine are always good, safe bets, but if you're jockeying to be top of mind for the first long weekend invite for next spring, it might be time to stock some other gifts.

SavvyMom Roundup: Magic Mike, Bad Coach and the Boyfriend Pillow

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 09.06.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

The most compelling subject line from a press release I have received -- ever (keep in mind that I am a parenting editor so the stuff doesn't usually get that racy) -- was this: "Sunscreen Can Stunt Penis Growth in Boys --Yes, It's True According to Dr. Martha Howard." I haven't done the research to enquire if there is any basis for this claim, but I did want to share the fact that this is the latest in our world of everything-is-bad-for-your-kids these days.

16 Great Father's Day Gifts

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 08.16.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

It's dad's turn this month. Let him own it with something special from our 16 great Father's Day gifts.

Should Mothers Get Presents Post-Birth?

Karen Cleveland | Posted 07.31.2012 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

The concept of the "push present" is sweeping delivery rooms all over North America. Notionally, I get it. A proud new father witnesses the love of his life enduring the miracle of birth and wants to give her something nice for her hardship/efforts/bravery/magic. But are push presents now a thing?

The Beginner's Guide to Cottages

Kaitlyn Kochany | Posted 07.29.2012 | Canada Living
Kaitlyn Kochany

Cottaging is a way of life for Canucks. Going to camp, hitting the cabin, swinging by the lake house/beach/what-have-you: it's in our blood. When you decide to make your grand escape, there are some basic summer cottage principles to keep in mind...

Something For Everyone: The Best Stores To Do Your Last-Minute Shopping

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 12.21.2011 | Canada Living

There is no denying it anymore -- you are now down to the wire. Christmas is on Sunday, and no amount of scavenging through your freebies drawer is go...

More Than 50 Stores Sign On For Free Shipping Day In Canada

CP | Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.06.2012 | Canada Style

TORONTO - A Canadian entrepreneur who convinced hundreds of American e-tailers to join his annual Free Shipping Day campaign is hoping to do the same ...

Avoid Gifting Pitfalls With Expert Advice From Finishing School's Karen Cleveland

The Huffington Post Canada | Sarah Kelsey | Posted 12.25.2011 | Canada Style

Halloween festivities are about to get underway and that can only mean one thing -- come November 1 we'll be thrust into holiday mode. The stores will...