The Him & Her Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Another frantic season of Christmas shopping is upon us. Hopefully these few suggestions will help you out. Click on the images below to bring you directly to a page where you can purchase the item. Happy internally-stressing shopping!

Your friend,

Jon

For Him

  1. Grey Hoodie
    This zip hoodie by J. Crew brings the recipient a classic layering staple. Nothing says easy comfort like this piece. Send this one to your lazy friend who needs to upgrade their raggedy sports team hoodie. 
  2. Henley
    Studies have shown these long-sleeves automatically up a man's attractiveness. Give your partner this one by Club Monaco with the option of wearing a single (and only) button undone.
  3. Messenger Bag
    For your smart friend, present this bag to prove being studious doesn't mean you have to be wearing a Jansport Back Pack. Filson's twill material is known for being sturdy, perfect for those heavy text books. 
  4. Speakers
    After the snow has melted, picnics or sport games in the park will never be the same without some tunes. Compact and robust, the Bose Soundlink Mini sounds great and has an awesome battery life. Grab it in Carbon, it's the sleekest. 
  5. Flask Funnel
    For the one friend who drinks too much and needs to save up a bit. This flask funnel will help those shaky hands when filling up a flask. Here's one from Izola, the recipient can thank them later for avoiding any sticky messes.
  6. Facial Scrub
    This one is for your friend who likes to pamper themselves. This scrub by Origins is a popular one with the guys and has a great fresh scent promising to brighten up any face. Buy it for your boyfriend, and use it when he's away.
  7. Tuque
    Keep your loved ones warm with Edmonton's finest Nowhere Fast Brand. Crafted in Canada, this tuque/beanie will keep those ears from falling off.  
  8. Cologne
    Get your mates to hold off on the Old Spice body spray and switch it for this scent. An alternative to Chanel Bleu, Jo Malone's Oud and Bergamot scent provides a sophisticated upgrade. Or give it to your partner, you can thank me later.
  9. Field Notes
    The organised friend will love you for this. Field Notes provide a water-proof and tear-proof note book that fits perfectly in the back pocket of any denim. Great for lists and numbers. Your forgetful friend might need a 3-pack too. 
  10. Belt
    For the family member who always has their pants sagging. Unless they are going for that angsty teen skater look, this timeless belt by Gap will go with any pant in their closet. 

For Her

  1. A Scarf
    This dip-dyed cashmere scarf will easily please any neutral pea coat wearing friend of yours. Show them some love with this piece by The White Company, infamous for comfy luxury. 
  2. Wool Sweater
    Club Monaco does no wrong with knit wear, here is a safe bet for your sister or cousin. The Cristelle Sweater is a great alternative to the classic cable knit. Baby it's cold outside.
  3. Body Butter
    Save up for mum, she's more important than you know. Say thank you for raising you with Laura Mercier's Body Butter. If your mum is a sucker for sweets, get her the body butter from the creme brulee range, she'll love it.
  4. Candle
    Shout out to Canadian brands, specifically Litchfield Shop for capturing the Canadian mountain air with this candle. Send this candle to your outdoor loving friend, she won't be disappointed.
  5. Cheese Board
    Up your lady friend's wine and cheese night with this cheese board set from Oliver Bonas. No one is ever too old for some classy cheese and crackers. Optional bottle of wine may be provided if you want extra brownie points. 
  6. Throw
    All of my girlfriends are forever in a state of cold, especially during the winter. Help your friends out by getting them a good throw for those chilly evenings from Old Faithful Shop. And for you mates out there, this will encourage some definite cuddling opportunities.
  7. Like Crazy Movie
    For your cheesy friend, get them this romantic film featuring the late Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones. This film is so intimately shot that at points it made me feel uncomfortable, but quickly turned appropriate. It's a gooder' for those friends who love a good emotional rollercoaster.
  8. Jewellery
    Another Canadian creator, Hunt Amor makes a great minimal ring for your jewellery loving friend. Send these rings to your detail-oriented girl who is a sucker for the subtle beauties.
  9. Planner
    For your organised or design loving friend, this planner by graphic designer Marjolein Delhaas will leave them excited for the new year. 
  10. Vest
    A classic quilted vest by J. Crew needs a spot in any girls closet. Let her know to layer with knitwear or flannel and act accordingly.

Christmas 2015

What I am trying to say is I understand feeling as small and as insignificant as humanly possible. And how it can actually ache in places that you didn’t know you had inside you. And it doesn’t matter how many new haircuts you get or gyms you join or how many glasses of chardonnay you drink with your girlfriends. You still go to bed every night going over every detail and wonder what you did wrong or how you could have misunderstood and how in the hell for that brief moment you could think you were that happy.  And sometimes you can even convince yourself that he’ll see the light and show up at your door. And after all that, however long all that may be, you’ll go somewhere new, and you’ll meet people who make you feel worth while again and little pieces of your soul will finally come back, and all that fuzzy stuff, those years of your life that you’ve wasted, that will eventually begin to fade. 

— Kate Winslet, The Holiday (2006)