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Stockings can often be an afterthought when it comes to the holidays, with the oversized socks becoming a holder for last-minute gifts like batteries and tissues. But no more. We’ve compiled a list of items from the affordable to the extravagant, the useful to the fun and frivolous that will turn sad stockings into the highlight of holiday gift-giving. Move over, under-the-tree area. The time for stockings is now.
It’s the shoe company that Leonard DiCaprio supports. Sorry, did you need more info than that? Okay, it’s the super comfy shoe company that that uses recycled materials for their products and packaging, invests in the environment and donates shoes to communities in need. Also, Leo.
Allbirds Women’s Tree Breezers, $135 from Allbirds
A TOQUE TO BE PROUD OF
If you want to survive the holidays and the rest of the winter, a toque is a must-have. No Canadian has ever said, “I have too many toques.” Gift your loved one with warm headgear that is classically Canadian and helps other Canadians—every dollar raised from SnowProud toques goes toward helping more Canadians try skiing and snowboarding. So Canadian!
SnowProud Toque, $25 at The Canadian Ski Council
HEALTHY HAPPY HAIR
Have a beauty lover in your life who is also conscious about the environment? Gift them this eco-friendly, vegan shampoo bar from Love Beauty and Planet. They also offer a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner bar that is perfect for travelers looking for small easy-to-pack toiletries that won’t leave a mess in their toiletry bag.
Love Beauty And Planet Shampoo Bar Murumuru Butter Scent, $7 from Walmart
A DIY DELIGHT
For a gift with a personal touch, we recommend gifting your loved one with a homemade recipe kit. Put together your own kit by filling a mason jar with ingredients and add a recipe from one of Canada’s top chefs as part of the Recipes That Give partnership between the Food Bank of Canada and Egg Farmers of Canada.
Bernardin Mason Jars, $22 from Canadian Tire
THE PERFECT PUCKER
Hydrated lips are in fashion all year round. Give your loved one a stocking full of Sugar Lip Legends in six different colours, which are tinted, have SPF, and are perfect for normal, dry, oily or combination lips. So, everyone. They’re perfect for everyone. Plus, the kit is valued at $94, making you look like the true Santa Claus.
Fresh Sugar Lip Legends Kit, $64 from Sephora
Stockings are giant socks, which makes the traditional gift of socks totally meta and appropriate. Socks are still the hottest accessory to any outfit and a chance to show a little personality and flair, even in formal offices. We love this three-pack from Ted Baker.
Three-Pack Socks from Ted Baker, $43 at Nordstrom
A POP OF TIME
A Swatch watch never goes out of fashion. You could even call it… timeless. Ho ho ho, we sleigh oursleves. Gift your special someone a bright pop of time with a new watch that will have them counting down the seconds to the new year.
Pink Mixing, $80 from Swatch
Who wouldn’t love a wide-ranging set of travel-sized everyday essentials? This Amorepacific kit is perfect for travelers or anyone who loves trying out new beauty products. The kit is designed for all skin types; attacks dryness, fine lines and wrinkles; and comes with eye cream, cleansing foam, a face masque and more.
Amorepacific Everyday Essentials, $85 from Sephora
A HOME THEATRE
For a gift that will help with a presentation the whole class can see—or more realistically, turn smartphone movie streaming into a theater experience—give the Miroir Micro Pocket Projector. Weighing only 7 oz, the mini projector can go anywhere, from the classroom to the backyard, with up to two hours of projecting battery life. The built-in speakers provide big sound and the projector has an external audio port.
Miroir Micro Pocket Projector, $150 from Best Buy
AN ADAPTER THEY NEVER KNEW THEY NEEDED
If your loved one is getting wireless headphones for the holidays, give them a second gift that will extend the usefulness of those headphones. This Bluetooth adapter set makes it possible to use wireless headphones for in-flight entertainment, on the treadmill or anywhere else that still requires a wired connection.
AirFly Wireless Headphone Bluetooth Adapter, $38 from Nordstrom
A WINDOW INTO THE FUTURE
For a gift that will turn your loved one into a budding meteorologist, try the fun, funky and useful Storm Glass Weather Predictor. The water inside the glass will bubble to the appropriate weather indicator to let users know when a storm’s a-brewin’.
Storm Glass Weather Predictor, $20 from Indigo
A CANADIAN PASTIME
Many Canadians have grown up with memories of passing hours inside playing mini sticks, a game that often ends when the knees on someone’s jeans tear or when someone gets hit and cries. Now you can relive the magic of your childhood with a sophisticated set of mini sticks that are fun for the whole family. Criers welcomed.
Fabrique 1840 Hockey Sticks, $68 from Simons
SWEAT, BUT MAKE IT FASHION
For the fitness lover in your life, a set of brightly coloured weighted bangles make for a great addition to a walk or run while still holding onto a sense of style. You wouldn’t want your loved one to be caught looking less than fashionable on a run, now would you?
Bala Set of 2 Weighted Bangles, $76 from Nordstrom
A POCKET SNOWMOBILE
Gift the kids and kids at heart in your life with an inflatable sled that looks like a snowmobile. Appropriate for anyone over the age of 14, this two-person sled with a 250 lb weight capacity will be the biggest hit at the snow hill.
Funboy French Flyer Snowmobile Sled, $137 from Nordstrom
AN EVERYTHING TOWEL
A great gift for anyone, the Bogi Microfiber Travel Sports Towel comes in a variety of sizes and colours, is eco-friendly, fast-drying, lightweight, compact, and perfect for the gym, the pool, the yoga studio, traveling, the beach, hiking, working out, the bathroom… should we keep going? The boat, the waterpark, the car…
BOGI Microfiber Travel Sports Towel, $19 from Amazon
No one should have to suffer through the holidays with cold toes. That’s why stockings should always be stuffed with more, well, stockings. We recommend the cable knit bootie from Mark’s, which not only looks cozy and inviting, but also feels cozy and inviting. No false advertising here.
Women’s Cable Knit Bootie, $37 from Mark’s