December 5th, 2013
The only thing that feels better than giving a great gift is knowing that proceeds from the purchase are helping others, too. Herewith a selection of gifts (all under $40) that will make you the hero of the gift exchange.
A designer mug? Yes, please! This collaboration between Keurig and Pink Tartan’s Kimberley Newport-Mimran ($19.99) is as chic as can be and all profits go to the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation. At Keurig.ca
The rich cocoa butter formula deeply moisturizes and 100% of the purchase price of Lush Charity Pot Hand and Body Lotion ($22.95) goes to support charities around the world. Hello, perfect stocking stuffer! At Lush.ca
We’re pretty much obsessed with mercury glass, so we’re buying Pottery Barn’s Candle Pot ($29.50) and Votive Set ($19.50) in multiples. Hey – we’ve been good. Plus, a portion of the proceeds go to children’s hospital charities. At PotteryBarn.com
Almost everyone has a need for a reusable water bottle – but not many help to build wells. This 500ml glass water bottle ($29) from Obakki features a silicone sleeve and 100 per cent of proceeds go to drill water wells in South Sudan. Drink up! At Obakki.com
You've been wearing your heart on your sleeve with Cause We Care bracelets. Now the Vancouver charity has teamed up with La Notte to create this limited edition T-shirt ($35) benefiting local families in need. Now you can wear your heart on your… heart. At Aritzia.com
Tradeworks employs women at risk in their Vancouver Downtown Eastside Women’s Workshop and trains them in life, employment, and carpentry skills. These refillable maple wood pens ($40) are made from reclaimed Canadian hardwoods and include engraving at no extra cost. Give this to someone who can write a story as meaningful as the one behind the pen. At Tradeworks.com
December 4th, 2013
You knew the inevitable was coming: an invite to an ugly sweater party.
But with the plethora of options, it seems that finding something that is tacky enough to stand out has become increasingly difficult. This year, you can DIY the fug with with the Ugly Christmas Sweater Kit ($20), which provides a red sweater, felt accessories (think snowflakes and reindeer), glitter glue, jingle bells, pom poms and a sewing kit. Remember, when going for ugly, more is more.
Because if Bridget Jones taught us anything, it's that true love can be found wearing a reindeer jumper.
$20 online at www.spencersonline.com
December 24th, 2012
'Twas the day before Christmas, when all through downtown
Not a creature was resting, for last minute gifts were abound
The Wolford stockings were hung in our bathroom shower;
While we scampered and fretted over the quickly passing hour
The children were fighting over the iPad's last 10 per cent,
While I tried to discern on whom my favourite wrapping was spent;
And friends in their finest and me in a hat
Had just settled down for a winter nightcap
There's much more to this story, as you ladies know,
But with the clock ticking down, we really must go.
But not before we wish you the most peaceful holiday scene
With plenty of health and fortune in 2013
May your morning be filled with laughter, and a coffee mug spiked with Baileys
And a very Happy Christmas from Vitamin Daily.
December 19th, 2012
Did Secret Santa stick you with someone especially tough to please? Don't fret, we've got a few ideas that will make you look like a gifting genius.
Your Partner’s Super Stylish Little Sister: Sometimes she gets on your nerves but she was a great ally at the last family gathering. Keep her on side with a Scout & Catalogue clutch ($88). The shop is taking a holiday break, but get a gift card here: scoutandcatalogue.bigcartel.com
Your Mother-in-Law: Two words even she can't disapprove of – Jo Malone. This Wild Fig and Cassis candle is a simple way to give her a bit of everyday luxury (and score some major brownie points). $75, www.holtrenfrew.com
Your Boss: She makes you work your butt off but at the end of the day she’s also your mentor (we hope). The M0851 classic card holder symbolizes top quality and style, just like you ($45). www.m0851.com
Your Co-workers: Vancouver’s Beta5 Chocolates will make everyone forget your rant about not eating smelly food in the office. I’m obsessed with the hot chocolate kit ($30) but these peppermint patties will be a nostalgic crowd pleaser ($10). shop.beta5chocolates.com
Your Boyfriend… of Three Weeks: At this stage, a deluxe Swiss army knife will pretty much kill the chemistry (I learned the hard way). Why not gather the ingredients for his and your favourite cocktails instead? AMC posted a guide on how to make everything from a Greyhound to a Vodka Gimlet here so you can embrace your inner Don and Joan (sorry Peggy).
December 11th, 2012
Christmas songs on the stereo, a warm kitchen, and our dog-eared copy of Martha Stewart’s Holiday Cookies certainly put us into the mood to bake.
This year our pantry is stocked with Pemberton Distillery’s extracts, featuring Costa Rican vanilla ($16.95) and Ceylon Cinnamon (from $13). Additive-, gluten- and sugar-free, both are certified organic and cold-pressed to retain maximum flavour. Use them in baking, ice creams, and specialty coffees.
And hey, since we are shopping local we may as well stock up on their original single malt whiskey. Suddenly that specialty coffee got a lot more “special.” —Alexandra Suhner-Isenberg
December 7th, 2012
A single detached house for under $150? You bet!
This Vancouver Special gingerbread house kit from local Beta-5 is a limited edition, and comes with chocolate-covered pretzel railing, jelly bricks and white chocolate stucco. A perfect holiday party activity for your real-estate obsessed friends. Even more fun is the “tear down.” —Sarah Bancroft
$120 at BETA5 Retail Workshop, 413 Industrial Ave., Vancouver, 604-669-3336, www.beta5chocolates.com
December 5th, 2012
If you’re finding the men in your life to be gifting enigmas, we’ve got you covered.
Definitely not a murse, this stylish shopper by Mismo channels military chic through its classic colour combo and its heavy-duty canvas body with leather and brass hardware. Buy for him; borrow for yourself. $350 at Neighbour, 125-12 Water St., Vancouver, 604-558-2555, and www.shopneighbour.com
The freshly released book, Vintage Menswear: A Collection From the Vintage Showroom, is sure to pique any man’s interest. No, it’s not just another boring book trying to teach him how to dress—this one is a catalogue of rare 20th century sportswear and military apparel. $57 at Chapters.ca
Just the right combination of sleek and rugged, Vancouver-based Lifetime Collective nails Canadian chic. Our man can go from a stroll around the city to an impromptu trip to the cabin. No need for a change. $160 at www.lifetimecollective.com
And while he’s at the cabin, he might want a snazzy axe by Best Made Company. What guy doesn’t? You know, for chopping wood, or, um, fighting a zombie apocalypse, Walking Dead style. Okay, even if he’s not a handy type, it would look really cool mounted on a wall. $250-300 at www.bestmadeco.com
If there is one thing we learned about men over the years is that they can never have enough watches (kind of like us and shoes). Hudson's Bay Company’s iconic stripes add a cool Canadiana twist to a timeless Timex classic. $95 at The Bay.
New Zealand men's grooming line Triumph & Disaster is a new favourite of the office husbands, and we love the minimalist packaging, high-quality ingredients from its orgin country and all around the world (clay from Australia, jojoba extract from Mexico and tamanu oil from Polynesia) and best of all, subtle, masculine smell. Availabe at Masc and Provide, http://triumphanddisaster.com
December 24th, 2011
A little variation on an old classic:
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the condo
Not a creature was sleeping…so get to bed pronto!
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
Ok, so it’s a gas fireplace, but the Whole Foods cookies were there.
The children were nestled in their Ikea bunk beds
While visions of iPhones danced in their heads
And Mamma in her La Perla and Pa in his Jockeys
Were “discussing” (again) appropriate times to watch hockey
When out on the sidewalk there arose such a clatter
I sprang from my Eames rocker to see what was the matter
Away to the window I flew like a flash
No shutters to open because we don’t have the cash
The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow
Gave the luster of midday to the objects below
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But a Fiat 500 and 8 guys chugging beer.
Merry Christmas from everyone at Vitamin Daily!
December 22nd, 2011
Presents are wrapped, turkey is ordered, and most importantly, the wine rack is stocked. But you need a few more bits to fill up the stockings!
For the tots…
Santoy’s wooden foods are non-toxic and made from renewable rubber wood trees, plus they look super cute. Stick a boiled egg, a piece of toast, a banana, or a bunch of grapes into your little one’s stockings. From $2.25 to $5.99 each at Dilly Dally Kids, 1161 Commercial Dr., Vancouver, 604-252-9727, www.dillydallykids.ca
For the lover of stuff…
Tools: Real Stuff for Future Classics is a limited edition publication by HUGE magazine’s new book label. It is a catalogue of stuff, featuring “tools” we use in our everyday life, outside and inside. $35 from Inventory Stockroom, 45 Powell St., Vancouver, 604-568-5889 www.stockroom.inventorymagazine.com
For the gourmande…
Ayala Moriel perfumes and Cocoanymph chocolates have teamed up to make these fragrant chocolate bars. Put a White Potion bar into a foodie’s stocking, it is made of tuberose, roasted almonds, and coconut and will be a feast for the senses. $12 from CocoaNymph Chocolates & Confections, 3739 W. 10th Ave., Vancouver, 604-222-4477, www.cocoanymph.com
For the fairest of them all…
You can never go wrong with beauty products in a stocking. For her, throw in a Too Faced Glamour To Go palette (with 8 shadows, blush, lip gloss, and bronzer), for him, Crown Shaving Company’s soothing after shave. Too Faced palette, $29 from Sephora, Pacific Centre, 701 W. Georgia St., Vancouver, 778-331-3942, www.sephora.com Aftershave, $18 from BeautyMark, 1268 Pacific Ave., Vancouver, 604-642-2294, www.beautymark.ca
A mandarin orange at the bottom of the stocking is a tradition at our house, and let’s face it, it may be the only piece of fruit you eat over the next few days. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
December 15th, 2011
This time of year, it’s a treat to spend time with our significant others (without the in-laws). Here are our picks for romantic holi-date ideas.
Holiday Films at VIFF
Vancity Theatre has a line-up of holiday-themed classics like Some like it Hot, It’s a Wonderful Life, and A Christmas Carol. Which is perfect because this might be the only time of year we can guilt-trip him into watching black-and-white films.
Karaoke Christmas Lights Tour
If a lit-up trolley equipped with a karaoke machine doesn’t scream romance, we don’t know what does. We’ll happily hop aboard and warm up. Our vocal cords, that is.
Outdoor Ice Skating at Grouse Mountain
Unlike the rest of this country, we can’t use our backyard as a skating rink. But up on the mountain, that’s a whole other story. Grab your skates and a thermos of hot cocoa and unleash your inner Michelle Kwan.
Patron Saint of Stanley Park
Written by a Vancouverite and set in this city’s most famous park, this heart-wrenching, heart-warming tale is perfect for a little after-dinner theatre.
Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
On Dasher! On Dancer! On the Capilano Suspension Bridge! Which is illuminated with a gazillion twinkling lights this time of year. —Kelsey Dundon