Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

December 07, 2017

There’s nothing better than giving a gift you know will not only be loved, but will actually be used! That’s why all of our favourite presents to give, wrapped up here in our holiday gift guide, are things everyone will find useful.

But these gift ideas are more than just practical: they’re beautiful, luxurious, nourishing and healthy (all the better to help kick off the new year just around the corner)!

Trust us, these check off all the boxes for literally everyone on your list.


For the beauty-buff

To the naked eye, it may appear that the makeup-lover on your list already has "everything." Just to let you know: from their perspective, that's impossible. And we're actually with them on this one!

Even the most seasoned of cosmetics collectors can use Elate's gorgeous matte Contour to provide structure and definition to their favourite look.

Another way to make your beauty-buff's holiday a happy one is to give the gift of glow with Elate's pressed Dew Illuminator.

It's pretty hard to go wrong with anything from Elate's collection of lipsticks, but our top holiday favourites this year are Grace, Tantric, Warrior and Muse.

And, last but not least, a makeup-aholic can truly never have enough eyeliner. For an extra-sparkly festive feel, go for Joy by Elate!


For the minimalist

For the simplicity-minded on your list, these clean, functional staple products will be the favourites. These little powerhouses cover all of the bases, while keeping their cosmetic bags uncluttered.

Province Apothecary's Nourishing + Revitalizing Moisturizer does double-duty for morning skin prep and nighttime hydration.

Here's something everyone - even the most minimal of minimalists - needs: deodorant. Lovefresh's deodorant comes in tons of unique scents to make it fun!

Luscious lashes are a makeup-minimalist's best friend. Sappho's New Paradigm Vegan Mascara is the ultimate quick-fix when you want to up the glam factor without a million products.

One last prezzie that's totally a treat but still practical AF is natural, nourishing hair care, like Lovefresh's shampoos and conditioners.


For the guys

It's surprising how much dudes can dig great self-care products! (Founder Olivia's boyfriend has recently made the switch to all-natural skincare and legitimately can't stop raving about it.) So spoil the guys in your life a little with some of these men's faves.

Province Apothecary's Boreal Forest Soap is like woodsy aromatherapy in a bar format, making for an invigorating scrub sesh.

If your guy's got facial hair of any kind, the Beard Oil by Province Apothecary is a must. This little blue bottle adds softness and shine to beards, 'staches, stubble... even goatees, if that's his thing.

We truly cannot imagine the horror that is shaving your face and neck every day... but we can give the gift of soothed skin. Enter: Province Apothecary Aftershave Oil

Even the real men's men need something to help heal their hardworking hands. Our recommendation? Province Apothecary's Hydrating Rescue Balm.


For the mani-pedi addict

We all have that friend or family member who is absolutely addicted to getting her nails done. We promise, she will not be mad if she gets more nail polish. Give her all the tools she needs for non-toxic, natural nails and she'll be even happier (and healthier)!

Pick out pretty much any of Acquarella's Water-Based Nail Polishes and you'll be a winner. But in honour of the holiday season, may we suggest Prancer, Donner, Sparkling Cider or Hot Chocolate?

Give the gift of longer-lasting polish. Acquarella's Conditioner acts as a base coat for the water-based polishes, ensuring smooth coats and chip-resistant finishes.

Every nail enthusiast knows the importance of prepping before polishing. The tools for the job are all in this Buffer Kit by Acquarella.

For true mani-pedi enthusiasts, the only reason to take polish off is to put a new colour back on. This specially-formulated non-toxic Remover makes it happen!


For the jet-setter

Got someone on your list who always seems to be catching yet another flight, or has a big down-south getaway planned for the dead of winter? We've got some fabulous gift ideas that will make every trip better for the traveller on your list.

What better gift is there than not getting a sunburn while on vacation?! Lovefresh's Sun + Sport Stick has got you (or more accurately, your gift recipient) covered. In SPF. Nice!

Whether it's sunscreen and sand or plane grime and long airport days, give your traveller's skin some extra love with this Detoxifying + Clarifying Mask.

When travel delays and long layovers mean a little extra time between face washes, this Invigorating + Balancing Toner helps hit the refresh button.

Can someone tell us why plane cabins are so insanely dry?! Province Apothecary's Protecting + Restoring Face Balm to the rescue! The perfect cure for dehydrated skin, or heaven forbid, the aftermath of a sunburn!


For the luxury-lover

If you have someone who's bit of a diva (hands fully raised, over here!) on your list - someone who loves to indulge in the best of the best - we've got the perfect presents to pamper them with (that won't break the bank, either)!

For a luxurious after-shower rub-down, Province Apothecary's Radiant Body Oil packs a silky smooth texture and a beautiful scent with frankincense and myrrh essential oils, to boot!

This Daily Glow Facial Dry Brush makes your luxury-lover feel like they're getting a pro facial - and the spa-quality results - every day.

The gift of handcrafted, holistic skin care truly keeps on giving. This Rejuvenating + Hydrating Face Serum is amazing for keeping skin moisturized in the cold, dry winter air.

Giving the gift of a beautiful and unique perfume to that special woman each year is a lovely tradition. Keep it going strong with these gorgeous all-natural Parfums Botanique.


For literally anyone else


If you've got a few puzzlers on your list (and you don't want to just pick out another random mug to add to their collection), we have some ideas for gifts that are both delightful and useful for absolutely everybody.

These Therapeutic Roll-Ons from Province Apothecary are a brilliant gift no matter who you're shopping for or where they need support: sleep, stress, pain relief or focus.

There's not one person who can't use a little extra healing and hydration for the lips this time of year. This Lip Balm is the perfect antidote to dropping temps and winter winds.

Even if your friend or family member isn't into yoga or meditating, Incense is a wonderful gift, bringing cozy vibes and beautiful scents into their home.

For that person who always seems to be battling with sensitive, irritated skin, eczema, or even just painful breakouts Province Apothecary's Heal Eczema Kit is the true holiday miracle.

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