Scents and Sensible Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Check out these ideas and pamper your loved ones this season

Do Him A Solid 

This hand crafted Gentleman Solid Cologne by Walton Wood Farm features light, soft citrus and mahogany notes that are earthy yet fresh. Made with grape seed oil and beeswax, it is cruelty free, alcohol free, gluten free and made with sustainable ingredients. A 2.5 oz. tin is $35US.

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Blackout the Light 

The Manta Sleep Mask is designed and constructed for the deepest possible sleep in any environment. Good for power naps, it provides 100 per cent blackout to ensure a good snooze. The mast covers and conforms to the eyes so not even a sliver of light will get in. Good for night, it is equally efficient in daylight and delivers a deep, uninterrupted sleep. Mask, ear plugs and a case/wash bag, $35US.

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Sleepy Time Spray 

Spritz the pillow with Go the F to Sleep spray and your loved one will be dozing in no time. Infused with chamomile, lavender and mint, the light scent works to relax the sleeper and encase them in sweet dreams.  In addition, it adds a delightful fragrance to the bedroom. Who needs to count sheep when this spray can take you to cloud nine? Retails for $20US.

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A Personalized Gift 

Suetables is a company that hand-stamps personal messages onto quality jewelry designs. With two retail outlets in Toronto, one in Montreal and one in Vancouver, you can go in and pick your items in person and have your complimentary message hammered on the spot. They also offer engraving for free on real gold or for a fee on other metals. From bracelets, to pendants, charms, necklaces and earrings, there a gift for everyone on your list. Prices range from $25-$300CAN.

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Detox Pampering Kit 

Midnight Paloma, a Canadian company, offers this Detox Kit as a gift of pampering. It includes a facial mask and a fizzy bath soak for sore achy muscles.  The mask contains charcoal and rose to pull out toxins. The active charcoal targets skin congestion and clogged pores while the Kaolin clay cleans out dead skin cells. Mix the mask with purified water for normal skin, honey for dry skin and yogurt for oily skin. The results are clear, blemish-free skin. Midnight Paloma Detox Kit, $35CAN.

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Return to Youth Holiday Collection 

Riversol skincare was developed by Vancouver dermatologist Dr. Jason Rivers, and is known for customizable, anti-aging solutions. The Holiday Collection is an 11-piece set of the brand’s best sellers, including moisturizing concentrate, sunscreen, eye repair, pigment correction and retinal treatment. Many items contain Beta-Thujaplicin, an antioxidant from the Pacific red cedar tree that reduces the look of sunspots and fine lines. The Holiday Collection, $275CAN.

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Dainty Trinkets 

Delicate detailing, sophisticated colors and clean design define the Vancouver-based Lovers Tempo jewelry line. Started by Elaine Kim Smith at a maker’s market while she was in university, the line includes rings, earrings, pendants and bracelets. This holiday it offers a range of gift boxed items including this Cosmos Crystal Moon made of cubic zirconia and gold-plated brass. Every order placed plants a tree. Jewelry prices range from $40-$150CAN.

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