Products in this post were gifted to me, however, all opinions and recommendations are my own.
It’s the most wonderful time of year to be a blogger ✨
And while I haven’t blogged nearly as much as I’d like to these past few months due to a lot of excitement and energy being channelled into growing Sandy Toes Shop – there was absolutely no way this mermaid was sitting out the most exciting post of the year!
I did things a little differently this year. To remain as authentic and genuine as possible, I reached out to the brands that I absolutely love, adore, and support 365 days a year to invite them to be a part of the magic.
Because shopping local is incredibly important to me, I’ll be shopping at each of these stores and online shops for all my special gifts this Christmas. This is as a real as a gift guide gets. ❤️
So grab a cup of hot cider, coffee or eggnog or pour yourself a glass of wine or kombucha, put on your favorite holiday playlist, and make yourself cosy.
Here is the 2018 East Coast Mermaid Holiday Gift Guide.
What better way to start my holiday gift guide than with my absolute favorite coffee. I discovered Rescue Coffee this past year and upon learning that a portion of proceeds goes towards local animal shelters – I became a fan for life. The fact that it’s only the most delicious coffee roast just makes it even sweeter.
Their seasonal Howliday Blend is the perfect addition to any gift, a special someone’s stocking, or brought as a hostess gift to a holiday brunch or dinner.
This isn’t the first time I share my love for all things Fundy Treasures on the blog and it definitely won’t be the last. Their candles are the only candles I burn and I’m so excited that they’ve kicked off a Bay of Fundy themed soaps line – including a mermaid one, too!
This holiday season, you can put together the perfect gift for a mermaid in your life with one of their Mermaid Tears Candles or Mermaid Soaps.
Stay tuned for a Mermaid Gift Box giveaway on my Instagram ❤️
When it comes to lip balm I’m known for two things: 1) If it smells like cupcakes or coconuts, I’ll buy a dozen and 2) I steal Dan’s ALL the time. In fact, Dan was using Eclair Lips balms even before I was, but as soon as I experienced their Cotton Candy Ice Cream flavour, well, it was love at first swipe on my lips. Not surprisingly, these are popping up in many of my gifts to others this year.
Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer? Eclair Lips Holiday 3-Pack is the perfect addition to anyone’s stocking. Shopping for littles? They also have fun kid’s flavours!
MY HOME APPAREL
I think we can all agree that winter arrived WAY too early this year. I feel like I’ve been wearing my wool socks, oversized sweaters, toques and mittens for months now – and it’s only the beginning of December. Because I’m always cold, I need warm mittens on me at all times: in my purse, in my car, in Dan’s car, you get the idea.
This December, I’m loving my new Buffalo Check Wool Mittens from My Home Apparel and they make the perfect gift for that hard to shop for person in your life because no one is happy with cold hands.
OK, if there’s one spot in Moncton where you can pretty much get all of my must-haves: it’s MacArthur’s Market at MacArthur’s Nurseries. And bonus, you can pick up a cactus while you’re there, or more appropriately for this time of year, a poinsettia or Christmas Tree! This year, their market has SO many incredible gift items ready for you to wrap and put under the tree.
For the eco-minded person on your gift list, why not consider this adorable utensil set by Cloth Lily Pads Reusable Products? I can’t wait to bring this along for picnics at Fundy Park next summer. And these makeup remover/face wipe pads? The perfect stocking stuffer for the beauty product lover in your life.
DUCKISH SKIN CARE
How could I do a holiday gift guide without giving a shout out to one of my clients who just so happen to be the duo behind Dan and I’s go-to lotion sticks. Yes, you read that right – lotion STICKS! I first tried Duckish back in June, fell in love with the product, then in a universal twist of events, got the opportunity to work with them as a client a few months later. With eczema season upon us, their lotion stick has been a game changer for Dan.
From lotion sticks to bath bombs to body butter and more – Duckish has something for everyone and believe me when I say, everyone on my list is getting some this year!
How do I begin to describe the insanely talented and beautiful Estelle? I’ve never had the chance to meet her in person but I know, I’d probably flail and squeak and cry a little, as she’s been an absolute inspiration and ray of sunshine sparkles to follow on Instagram these past few years. She’s one of those people that every time I mentioned her name to other makers and creatives when in Nova Scotia with Sandy Toes recently, everyone seemed to share the same love and adoration for her.
Not surprisingly, I found Estelle through a love of the ocean and mermaids, so of course, her Mermaid Calendar was a must for this year’s gift guide. These tabletop calendars are BEAUTIFUL (I have the 2018 one), available in English or French, and are another perfect gift for your mer-babes.
HALIFAX PAPER HEARTS
Did you know that in addition to creating the most beautiful cards on the East Coast, Halifax Paper Hearts also has a Travel Collection? Oh yeah. You’re welcome. We all have that special someone whose wish list to Santa has one thing on it – airline tickets. Why not get them some cute accessories made right here on the East Coast to take along on their next adventure?
Paper Heart’s camera straps make the perfect gift for the traveller and photographer in your life, while their brand new Denim Travel Pouches are a must to keep all of your travel necessities (earbuds, passport, gum, etc.) safe in your bag. I can’t wait to travel the world with mine this winter.
IN PURSUIT MOBILE BOUTIQUE
If you live in Atlantic Canada and haven’t experienced the pink mobile boutique that is In Pursuit Mobile Boutique – girl, get yourself to New Brunswick this summer to shop, shop, shop! I’m so incredibly lucky to call In Pursuit owner and f*cking fearless leader Dominique a friend and when she messaged me about including this powerful bangle every girl boss should own in the gift guide, my answer was YES YES YES.
For that person in your life that inspires you, that’s embarking on a brave new journey or adventure, or that simply screams UNSTOPABBLE (my word of the year in 2018) – this gift is sure to help them chase their wildest dreams.
SARA KELLY DESIGNS
Last, but certainly not least, my go-to jewelry piece 365 days a year: a Sara Kelly Designs bracelet. I have been wearing my Sara Kelly malas and bracelets for two years now and it’s a rare occasion to not spot one on me on any given day. Every year, I’ve helped friend’s hubbies pick out the perfect gift and I love seeing all of my best friends wearing theirs every time I see them.
This Christmas, why not spread love and good energy through a beautiful crystal mala or bracelet for that special someone, a best friend, mother, grandmother or sister?
Stay tuned for a Sara Kelly Designs giveaway on my Instagram ❤️
SANDY TOES SHOP
I couldn’t do a holiday gift guide without giving a 100% shameless plug to my other baby, Sandy Toes Shop – now could I?
For fans of the blog and brand, shop East Coast Mermaid Ladies Tees (Charcoal), Toddler Tees (White) and Onesies (Pink) or add an adorable Mer-Mermeow pin to their stocking.
Beach Bum, Pirate, Fisherman or Lobster Lover in your life? We have something for them too. Swim on over www.sandytoesshop.com 🌊
Now it’s time to go write that wish list and sneak it to the Santa in your life. Better yet – just share this post with them 🎅🏻
And as always, this gift guide would NOT be possible without the generous businesses and makers in this post who I’m very lucky to call business besties. I say this every year, but thank you from my mermaid heart for being a part of something so special to me.