Grab your favorite Starbucks holiday drink, light your Christmas tree, put on Home Alone and get cozy, because the wait is over and the much anticipated 2017 Holiday Gift Guide has arrived!
This year, I set out with what I thought to be a pretty bold idea. Instead of going on a Crystal Shopping Spree (I’m really good at those, trust me) and purchasing all of my favorite things, I invited brands across Atlantic Canada to submit products for consideration in this year’s guide. The response was OVERWHELMING and I got to discover new brands and products that I may not have known about otherwise.
With careful consideration and the help from my best friend and a bottle of Nova 7, we hand picked the perfect holiday gifts that you will find in today’s post. And I couldn’t be more excited to share each and every one with you!
Whether you’re shopping for a mermaid or not, these perfectly sweet gift ideas will make most women smile, so get ready to be inspired and start your shopping list!
And ladies – share this with your boyfriends and hubbies. Trust me on this!
FOR THE MERMAID AT HOME
East Coast Lobster Rope Mats & Baskets
Years ago, I received a beautiful door mat from Grand Manan Island made of recycled lobster rope and to this day, it’s one of my favorite features in our home. So I was especially excited when East Coast Lobster Rope Mats reached out about being a part of the Gift Guide!
Their lobster mats are a perfect gift for anyone with a cottage or whose home has a nautical touch – like us! Their lobster rope baskets (as pictured above) would make such a great gift this holiday season filled with the recipient’s favorite goodies or a beautiful winter blanket or scarf. Or lobster. Because lobster is 100% always a GREAT gift.
Fundy Treasures Candles
I’m incredibly picky when it comes to which candles I’ll burn at home (my nose is crazy sensitive) so when I first discovered Fundy Treasures candles – it was love at first sight. Or should I say sniff? Their candles are made with 100% soy wax and come in a variety of scents. Each candle has a Bay of Fundy polished agate and a piece of genuine Nova Scotia beach glass embedded inside. Their Sleigh Ride scent smells like Christmas in a candle and is a must have at home during the holidays. I’ll definitely be burning it now through to Christmas!
Halifax Paper Hearts – Wanderer’s Map™
If you know me, you know I LOVE to travel and when I’m not traveling, I love to reminisce about memorable trips and exciting destinations I’ve visited over the years. Enter Halifax Paper Hearts’ Wanderer’s Map!
The perfect gift for a traveler in your life or roaming gypsea – the Wanderer’s Map allows you to track your adventures around the world. It even comes with an itty bitty glass vial of gold push pins that you can use to pin point your travels – or, maybe, your bucket list destinations!
FOR COZY MERMAIDS
Ella the Shop Preloved Heart Mittens
Those who know me, know two things to be true. One: I try to be as green as possible and I love anything that is earth friendly. Two: some of my favorite wardrobe pieces come from Ella the Shop in Saint John. Can’t make it to Saint John? You can also shop online.
These ridiculously cute mittens by Preloved are made with up-cycled materials. The body of the mitt is made from french terry and the heart is made from faux fur in white or pink. If you ask me, these are the perfect gift for your girlfriend, bestie, or sister this holiday season.
Dee Silkie KINDNESS BOXERS
I love a comfy pair of boxers to lounge in, so when I first heard about East Coast designer Dee Silkie and her KINDNESS BOXERS – I was intrigued. The KINDNESS BOXERS are unisex and made out of a silk-cotton blend. They are meant to serve as a reminder to be kind to yourself and to those around you. Best part? These are the perfect gift for a mermaid OR a pirate!
My HOME Apparel New Brunswick Tartan Blanket Scarf
You guys. There’s nothing I love more than a great scarf. Whether I’m leaving the apartment or not, I’m typically wearing a scarf in the winter months. I also love gifting scarves around the holidays. Whether you’re shopping for your best friend, mother, favorite aunt or grandmother – who doesn’t need a beautiful new scarf?
My HOME Apparel, new to Moncton, has the most beautiful scarves in your province’s tartan colors, so of course, I was thrilled to receive my very own New Brunswick tartan blanket scarf. PEI, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland have their own too! AND as if a comfy, warm scarf wasn’t enough, 5% of all their profits are donated to homelessness initiatives across Canada. And THAT is a warm and cozy feeling this holiday season.
Local? Make sure to check out their brand new Moncton location at 805 Main Street! You can even attend their Grand Opening Thursday, November 30th! Details here.
FOR THE YOGI + SPIRITUAL MERMAID
The Goddess Gatherings – Gift Certificate
Back in October, I went to my first Goddess Gatherings Retreat and I’m still talking about it. Honestly, it was magical. Goddess Gatherings offers retreats and workshops, dedicated to promoting self care, self love, and sisterhood.
Together, you and your tribe will complete sections of Danielle Laporte’s Desire Map workbook, dine on amazing food and spend time in a Nordic Spa. Sound amazing? It is. AND you can now purchase Goddess Gatherings gift certificates for the Goddess in your life. Just hop over to their Facebook page and get in touch with Founder Stephanie to purchase yours in time for Christmas!
Kristen Herrington Art Yoga Leggings
Every yogi needs her yoga pants. Every work-from-home-mermaid-girl-boss needs her leggings. Seriously, I live in mine. So when I first heard about Kristen’s incredible yoga leggings, featuring HER artwork on the material – I was in love.
Kristen’s leggings are made from EcoPoly, Canadian manufactured fabric and the beautiful print won’t fade after washing. This holiday season, before running to Lululemon or Hyba – why not consider shopping local and ordering a pair of these beautiful yoga leggings. Buy these for your girlfriend or friend? Guaranteed – she’ll be over the moon.
Mighty Oak Essentials Yoga Spray
After you’ve namaste’d in your fancy new yoga pants, you may want to spritz that yoga mat with a little refreshment. We have just the solution. Mighty Oak Essentials is a small home-based business making all-natural, safe and effective products for daily use. Their Yoga Spray is a gorgeous smelling blend of Tea Tree, Peppermint and Lavender to freshen up your yoga mat or workout gear after each session. A yogi mermaid must-have!
Sara Kelly Designs Mala
I’m a mermaid, malas are my life. Seriously, not a day goes by that I’m not wearing one of my Sara Kelly Designs malas, so it felt incredibly important to ensure they were on my Holiday Gift Guide. And you should probably all keep an eye on Instagram in the week leading up to Christmas, JUST SAYING. A mala will make the perfect gift for any beautiful woman in your life this Christmas.
Note: Last day to order for Christmas delivery is December 1st!
Yanky Sports Yanky
Buying a gift for a yogi, runner, or sporty mermaid? Meet the Yanky. Yes, it’s like a hanky that you yank. Retractable cord and all. Sweat and snot be gone! I know, you’re welcome. Created and designed in Fredericton, New Brunswick, the Yanky is becoming an East Coast name and makes the perfect stocking stuffer this December! Oh and they come in manly colors too if you’re looking for his and her stocking stuffer ideas!
Last, but certainly not least, stocking stuffers!
I don’t care how old I get, I still LOVE opening my stocking on Christmas morning. In fact, now that D and I do Christmas morning at our place, we have stockings here and then I have my childhood stocking at Mom & Dad’s. Bella even has her own two stockings too! ALL the stockings.
Here are a few suggestions of great stocking stuffer ideas for anyone on your list, with links to purchase when available!
I’ve been following the magical brand that is Beechwood Wildness for awhile now on Instagram and I’m so excited to have them included in the gift guide. Beechwood Wildness offers a holistic approach to self care. A collection of ethically handmade, natural wellness products. Created for trailblazers.
Trailblazers? You can see why this mermaid is in love.
Due to their awesomeness, I’m told the Wayfarer cleanser pictured above is currently sold out but they have so many other amazing products for you to try and add to your holiday packages this season!
Farm Girl Design
If you’re like me, you’ve probably gone through hundreds, if not thousands of cotton balls and pads in your life to remove makeup. Over the last few years, I ditched the throwaway cotton and opted for simply using my fingertips and some coconut oil. So when I first heard about Farm Girl Design and her reusable facial rounds made from 100% cotton flannel, I was SOLD!
Washer and dryer safe, you can simply throw your makeup removers in with your clothes or towels and you get to feel good about helping our planet. These will be the perfect surprise for any makeup lover’s stocking this Christmas!
Mighty Oak Essentials
In addition to the Yoga Spray, Mighty Oak Essentials also sent over their Coffee Scrub that would make a great stocking stuffer for a coffee lover (or skincare aficionado!) This blend of Honey, Coffee, Turmeric and Cinnamon will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth after each use. I like to think it wakes me up a little too ;)
In Pursuit Mobile Boutique
In Pursuit Mobile Boutique is another one of my go-to shops here on the East Coast for new fashion and amazing gifts. You can find the Pink Fashion Truck in Saint John and at various events across Atlantic Canada, but you can also order online too! Whether you need the perfect card, a funny gift for a Yankee Swap or a new holiday party dress – In Pursuit has it all.
Want to win this bundle for yourself? Keep an eye on my Instagram on now through the holidays! 😎
This holiday gift guide would NOT have been possible without the incredibly generous and kind businesses and makers included in this post. Thank you to each and every one of you for being a part of something that is so special to me!
Lastly – I mean it when I say follow my Instagram beginning December 1st for not only plenty of holiday delights but not 1, not 2, but 3 holiday giveaways!
You’ve heard of Oprah’s Favorite Things? This is like C’s Favorite Things ✨
Disclaimer: I was gifted all products included in this post, however all opinions and recommendations are my own.