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Top 5 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas!

24 Dec

Procrastinators unite!

I’m guilty as charged when it comes to last minute Christmas shopping. Year after year, no matter how hard I have tried to not do it, I have gone out on a mission on Christmas Eve to hunt down gifts for my loved ones. I have learned the hard way to avoid shopping malls at all costs. But I’m stubborn, so I still somehow think I will overcome all the chaos successfully. I do! But at a high cost of rush and huge crowds!

This is why I have compiled a list of the top 5 last minute Christmas gift ideas to help you have an easier time on your last minute shopping mission. The best part is that we’re going to avoid shopping malls with these easy breezy suggestions!

1) Gift cards for everyone!

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Shoppers Drug Mart is THE BEST for all kinds of last minute gift card purchases. They have an array of retailers, entertainment and restaurant options available; such as Indigo, Banana Republic, Cineplex, The Keg and many more. If you aren’t sure of which option to go with, I suggest picking up a MasterCard Prepaid Card since it will allow for endless possibilities for the person you are gifting it to. Of course, you can get a nice Christmas card to go with it in the same store; therefore you really are set!

2) DIY Christmas Coupon Book

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

If you usually opt for a DIY option, this is the idea for you! A Christmas Coupon Book Printable is personalized and so unique. I have gifted these before for various occasions and they are always appreciated and loved! These are definitely best for someone you are close to; like your parents or for your partner. You can add items like a massage, breakfast in bed, letting them pick the movie for movie night, etc. Get creative with it!

3) Starbucks Gift Sets

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Starbucks is fabulous for last minute gift shopping on-the-go! I am a huge Starbucks fan and always seem to find great gift ideas season after season when I am in the coffee shop. Whether you have a tea or coffee drinker on your list, you can opt for a Brew By The Cup Gift Set (pictured above) or a mix ‘n match mug or tumbler with a box of delicious Tazo tea. I recommend Zen for green tea drinkers. Adding a gift card is always nice too! If you ask nicely, a barista is always willing to add some tissue paper to your take-away bag to make it look like a sweet ready to gift present.

4) Find it at Winners!

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Winners is that one stop shop for just about everything! What I did love about them this holiday season is the amount of gift sets they had, ranging from candles to perfumes, and all the delicious chocolate boxes and sets. I found a fabulous Godiva  Mini Fondue Set, as well as Godiva Hot Chocolate Set for great prices! Don’t forget about Homesense since they also have similar choices with more of a home decor flare.

5) A Christmas Ornament with Love

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

A Christmas ornament is such an adorable touch to any Christmas gift! Especially one as memorable as a Hallmark keepsake ornament with the year that is was gifted on it. But what’s love got to do with it? Not only is this gift given with love, but a hand written note is always a sweet touch. I suggest writing something lovely along with a brunch/lunch/dinner invite included. This is perfect for someone who you don’t see as often as you’d like. You will cover the expense of your next get together as part of their gift, include a nice Christmas card and a memorable ornament. I would love this from any of my best girl friends!

Hope my top 5 last minute Christmas gift ideas help you out on the chaos that forms when you try to shop on Christmas Eve. Comment below and let me know how my ideas helped get you out of a last minute Christmas shopping rut!

With Love,
Christie

#IWant360 Christmas Contest by 360FM

17 Dec

360FM Christmas Contest

The super popular Toronto based online radio station, 360FM, is having a fabulous contest for the holiday season. They are giving their audience a chance to win their top item on their Christmas list!

All you have to do is post an image of what you want for Christmas, along with the hashtag #IWAnt360, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win! The winner will be picked at random on December 20th, 2013 so hurry and post your pic ASAP!

The cutest part about this contest is that the gift will be mailed on behalf of Santa. Perfect for your little ones! There are also various sponsors that have donated fabulous gifts; therefore you have a chance to win those too!

I wish you the best of luck!

With Love,
Christie

PS. Remember, it’s cool to have an accent! xo

360FM Christmas Contest 360fm.ca

Home For The Holidays! Lima, Peru

16 Dec

Marca Peru LogoI’m super excited to be writing this blog post from my home country of Peru! I was born in Lima, the capital city of Peru, and moved to Canada when I was 7 years old. Even though I have spent most of my life in Canada, nothing will take way what it means to me to identify myself as a proud Peruvian!

This is my first trip home on my own as I always come with my family, usually over the Christmas season. The fun part about this trip is this time I get to do it my way! I will be visiting various restaurants, cities, attractions and venues during my stay. Fortunately, I will be going on all these adventures with my family; therefore you will get an idea of the top places to visit from top locals!

Peru On A World Map

Peru Map with CitiesPeru has made a strong mark on the world stage by winning various awards in 2013. Usually, when you hear about Peru, there is a direct link to Machu Picchu; since it is one of the 7 wonders of the world. Travelers that visit Machu Picchu fly into its capital city, stay for a day or two in Lima, then skip towards Machu Picchu. Lima, Peru and its surrounding areas have SO much to offer and experience! Especially during the Christmas season as it blooms with cheer and spirit.

In 2013, Machu Picchu, Peru was named as number 1 on a list of the” Top 10 World Landmarks” by Trip Advisor. For the second year in a row, Peru also won the World’s Leading Culinary Destination  by the Wold Travel Awards, among other honourary awards. Not just saying this because I’m Peruvian, but the food is delicious here!

Marca Peru

Marca Peru is a promotional program created by the Ministry of Tourism in Peru that is made up of 3 parts; tourism, investments and exports. Of course, we will focus on tourism in this case. It was launched in 2012 with the following video:

This video caught my attention as soon as I saw it and since then I have been so intrigued, even more than before, about all that my country has to offer. Even though I was born here, the country is constantly changing and growing so quickly so there is so much for me to visit and learn about every time I come back.

From nature, to culture, to adventure and gastronomy, you can find all the info on the Marca Peru Travel website.

costa verde lima marca peru

Throughout my visit, I will be writing about different experiences in and around Lima, Peru. Stay tuned to learn more about what this beautiful country has to offer. Whether you are Peruvian or a tourist, I promise to make my posts super insightful! After all, it’s true what they say, everything you need is in Peru!

With Love,
Christie

Jayu + Psalms Last Call Christmas Event

4 Dec

Shop for Jayu + Psalms Christmas Event

 

It is no surprise that I’m a big fan of Shop for Jayu and Psalms 91:1 Accessories! For years, I had worn their pieces and still cannot get enough!
On December 12th, 2013, they will be holding a Jayu + Psalms Last Call Christmas Event from 4pm to 9pm at Flirty Girl Fitness (580 King Street West, 3rd Floor, Toronto). The event, hosted by Shop Socials, is the perfect occasion to get together with your best girl friends before getting too busy with the holiday season.

Indulge in up to 70% off new and end of season pieces from the gorgeous Psalms 91:1 collection. Shop Socials CEO, Tamika Auwai, will be in attendance to help you pick beautiful gifts for all the fashionable people on your Christmas list. Of course, no event is complete without sweet treats and delicious beverages.

Also, don’t forget to Like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter and Instagram, to receive 10% off regular price items. Receive 15% if you are connected with them through more than one!

Get all the info on their event page and make sure to RSVP to receive a pair of must-have Shop For Jayu stud earrings for sparkle extra bright this holiday season!

With Love,
Christie

Shop for Jayu + Psalms Christmas Event

Top Advent Calendars This Holiday Season!

20 Nov

I love advent calendars! The fact that you get a treat every day leading up to Christmas is a true joy in my books! As a little girl, my parents would get my brother and I chocolate advent calendars and I remember how difficult it was to not eat a few at once. Even though I did cheat once or twice (Oops!).

If I thought chocolate advent calendars were tough to be patient with, I am definitely in for a treat! Now that I am a grown lady, I have graduated from chocolate to more exciting items. Lucky for me, various brands have grown with me and made their advent calendars that much more exciting  as well! From nail polish to delicious tea – I want it all!

Here is a list, in no particular order, of the top 5 must-have advent calendars for this holiday season!

1) 12 Days of Essie

Essie, Nail Polish, Nail Art, Beauty, Cosmetics

It is no secret that Essie is one of my favourite nail polish brands of all time. So of course, this advent calendar stood out to me right away! 12 Days of Essie includes full size nail polish in various shades, Sleek Stick Nail appliques, and other wonderful surprises. This advent calendar can be purchased at Luxe Boutique for $68.00.

2) The Body Shop 2013 Advent Calendar Gift Set

The Body Shop, Gift Set, Beauty,  Advent Calendar, Skin Care

One thing I particularly love about The Body Shop 2013 Advent Calendar Gift Set is the variety! There are 24 items in total varying from body lotion, to body butter, to lip gloss, and the list goes on. This is a highly coveted item so I suggest you get yours asap! They are available, in limited quantities, at all The Body Shop locations for $75.00.

3) 24 Days of Tea

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If you are the type to wrap up a long day with a cup of tea right before bed, like myself, this advent calendar was made for you! Especially if you’re a fan of David’s Tea! Imagine savouring a different type of tea for the 24 days leading up to Christmas…. Bliss! This item is a must-have for tea lovers; which is probably why it is sold out online, but you can still find it in stores for $34.50.

4) Ciate Mini Mani Month

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Ciate has released the cutest mini mani advent calendar ever! It includes various shades, as well as sequins and glitter to add that holiday dazzle to your nails. Ciate became known for their caviar polish, which is also included in this set! 24 days of nail art fun won’t make Christmas so difficult to wait for will it? This advent calendar can be found at Sephora for $69.00.

5) Countdown to Love

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Last, but most definitely not least, we have an advent calendar by a brand  that every girl I know loves to love – Benefit Cosmetics! Their Countdown to Love Advent Calendar contains 24 little treasures that I have no doubt we will all fall head over heels for. The treasures vary from eye cream, to eye liner, to a lovely charm bracelet and bow barrette. You can find out more details about this lovely set on the Benefit website. I recommend you don’t wait too long as this item is already sold out online! Hurry in to purchase this advent calendar at Sephora for $68.00.

Those are my top 5 advent calendars for the 2013 holiday season! Hope you liked my suggestions as much as I do. Let me know which one you got in the comments below!

With Love,
Christie

Ukamaku Christmas Sale Pop-Up Shop

23 Nov