We aren’t trying to scare you, but Christmas is less than a month away, so it’s probably time to start looking for gifts for all those on your list. Just in time for Black Friday, Meredith Shaw stopped by to break down great gift ideas for the tech lover, gadget lover, handmade lover and fashion lover in your life – and tell us how we can make money shopping without leaving our couch. Spoiler alert — it’s by shopping through Rakuten.ca, where you can earn a ton of cash back on your purchases this year.
Check out her picks below, and be sure to watch the video above for even more tips from Meredith!
Get all your holiday shopping done with these Black Friday finds
Lenovo Smart Clock with Google AssistLenovo Smart Clock with Google Assist is FAB because not only will you get 9% cash back on your purchase through Rakuten, it has hundreds of soothing alarm sounds to choose from and the 4” screen dims at night, and gently brightens in the morning, so you can wake up more gradually! The “Good Morning" routine gets you caught up on news and sports, weather and traffic, and the "Good Night” routine automatically adjusts your thermostat, locks your doors, and will even set your coffee maker to brew in the morning. You can use it to check in on the kids’ bedroom before you go to sleep, recharge your phone via the USB port - and, to respect your privacy, there’s a convenient mute button to stop the device from listening.
Lenovo | $120
Lenovo Smart TabThis one is especially great to give to the people with kids on your list. It’s a 10.1 Android tablet that becomes a Smart Screen with Amazon Alexa. Dock it and ask Alexa questions, see your calendar, play videos and enjoy music with loud, crisp sound, all hands-free—just ask. Plus, you can share your tablet with the family! With dedicated user profiles, everything’s saved and managed separately, so everyone can enjoy their own apps, wallpapers, settings, and files. Plus, with the built-in Kids Mode, your young ones can watch safe, curated, preloaded content—and you enjoy peace of mind.
Lenovo | Prices vary
Lenovo Yoga C930Innovation meets design on this versatile 2-in-1. Super light and ultra thin – starting at just 3.0 lbs and just 14.5mm at its thinnest, it’s got premium processing to help you multitask, and a brighter display with 4K clarity & improved hinge technology. Plus, Lenovo worked with Dolby to create the world's first speakers that fit into an innovative rotating sound bar for sound you can feel in every mode: tent, stand, tablet, or laptop. Plus, with the Yoga C930's convenient TrueBlock Privacy Shutter, you won't need sticky notes or kids stickers to cover your camera. Simply slide it open when you’re ready to stream, and push it back into place when you’re done.
Lenovo | $1310
Dyson Animal 2 Vacuum CleanerThis vacuum, designed specifically for pet hair, is engineered for tough tasks across all floors, and delivers powerful cleaning on carpets, wood floors, vinyl and tile. It’s got Hygienic Bin emptying: simply pull the button to release the dirt straight into your bin. Plus, it’s really easy to maneuver because of the ball technology.
Dyson | $600
Dyson V10 Motorhead VacuumThis has the most powerful suction of any cordless vacuum, so it’s not just getting the dirt you SEE but also microscopic particles – such as pollen and bacteria – into the bin. It’s acoustically engineered and designed to absorb vibrations and dampen sound to keep sound levels down. And get this…it quickly transforms to a handheld vacuum cleaner and back again, in just one click! It also comes with a variety of different attachments, like the crevice tool designed for precise cleaning around edges and narrow gaps. SO satisfying.
Dyson | $600
Dyson Supersonic Hair DryerThis hair dryer has a powerful digital motor for fastest drying, and intelligent heat control to help protect your shine. It also features styling attachments to style different types of hair. Plus, you get 10% Cash Back when you buy it through Rakuten.ca!
Dyson | $500
Monogrammed leather and waxed canvas Dopp kitThese DOPP kits by Fieldwork Co are amazing because they keep you organized in style. Perfect for travelling. Made out of rugged water resistant waxed canvas with a thick tanned leather handle and solid brass zipper, this bag is built to last. The leather and waxed canvas will develop a mild patina over time, as they’re exposed to natural elements, so it just keep looking better and better. Plus, you can have them monogrammed for that extra touch of thought and love!
Etsy | $72
Zodiac print star map by Little Lief CreativeHow adorable is this Zodiac print star map? Often times we associate a custom gift with ‘ordering in advance’ but life is busy and sometimes you have to be last minute. This allows you to fake weeks of planning because there’s no delivery – they email you a file to print out at your favourite local print shop or online, and before you know it you’ve got a beautiful keepsake!
Etsy | $11
Mismatched space socksFriday Kid Socks come three to a pair! That’s right folks - three super fun mismatched matching socks! So, if you lose one, no sweat. If you grow another foot, you’re in luck. Three socks equal one pair of awesomeness. Plus, they’re designed in Canada using certified Egyptian Combed Cotton and they’ve got a reinforced Heel and Toe, so you can feel extra good about buying them.
Etsy | $15
Holiday pop up village by Light & PaperCreate your very own miniature holiday village with this adorable stand-up set. This item comes flat with 12 cute designs and you pop-out each figure yourself by snapping or cutting the wooden strips connecting the images, and attaching the small "legs" to stand each piece up. You and your family can make fun holiday memories putting it all together – and then enjoy the village year after year!
Etsy | $52
Sherpa Cocoon CoatIf you’re giving clothing as a gift it’s always best to go with something in an easy fit – something with some wiggle room – and this Sherpa Cocoon Coat from Banana Republic is definitely that. It’s oversized cozy perfection. Super on trend and wearable at any age. Plus, right now you get 8% cash back when you order Banana Republic clothing online through Rakuten! It’s made with vegan-friendly faux fur, is fully lined and comes in size XS to XL - what’s not to love?!
Banana Republic | $280
Aire Colour Blocked SweaterIf a coat’s not your thing, this Colour Blocked Sweater from Banana Republic is also a great bet. Colour-blocking is everywhere in fashion this year, and who doesn’t love a new holiday sweater for those festive photos we’ll all be posing for this season?! Plus, this ribbed knit is made with super-soft sweater yarn that’s designed for a light and airy feel without being bulky, and it has a touch of stretch so it keeps its shape.
Banana Republic | $145
Modern sloan skinny fit metallic plaid pantsA subtle sparkly version of Banana Republic’s most popular fit, the Modern Sloan Skinny Fit got a glow up for the holidays with metallic threads woven into their Bi-Stretch fabric. A sparkly pant is perfect to dress up or down – looking equally as fab with a silk cami & blazer and stilletos OR a big cozy sweater and boot or runner.
Banana Republic | $124