Finding the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones can be a difficult task! OLM is here to help with our round-up of top gift ideas your friends and family are bound to love! Be sure to check back regularly as we update the list with more cool things!
OTTAWA EXCLUSIVE: Give a sweet treat with a custom Nutella jar!
Treat someone special to a delicious jar of creamy chocolatey, hazelnutty goodness that everybody loves! Starting November 24th 2016, Ottawa residents can purchase a unique 725g jar of Nutella customized with their first names for just $5.99 (while supplies last)! Perfect as a stocking stuffer or even as a one-of-a-kind treat to yourself, this gift is bound to please the sweet-tooths in your life!
These awesome custom jars can only be purchased at Sobeys Urban Fresh on 193 Metcalfe Street.
Find the Perfect Hand-Made Monkey– Or Customize Your Own!
Start monkeying around with Missy’s Monkeys. Perfect for fans of any sport or comic book fandom, Missy’s Monkeys takes a cute traditional toy and adds a fun twist to make them even cuter. Each monkey is handmade by Missy Wanamaker and can be customized to a variety of fun designs!
Keep Cozy with Sunbeam Heated Throws
Stay toasty this winter with a Sunbeam luxe fur & Sherpa heated throw from Sunbeam. Powered with ThermoFine® technology, this throw features next level softness that’ll make you never want to leave your couch. Best of all, it’s machine-washable and comes with a 5-year limited warranty to ensure you warmth and comfort in the years to
Journey to another world with Shen Yun
Experience Shen Yun, the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company here in Ottawa. This masterpiece of a show will bring you through 5,000 years of China’s history through the rigorous, yet beautiful dance style of classical Chinese dance accompanied by a powerful orchestra. Shen Yun is an experience like no other and will be held at the NAC this upcoming January 7-8th 2017.
Give the Gift that Gives Back
This holiday season, give your loved ones a gift that gives back to the world with World Vision. Choose from giving a physical gift handmade by artisans and sold at a fair trade value like a sparkling bracelet made in Indonesia, or choose a gift that’ll help those in need like an emergency care kit, or even crop seeds to help hungry families grow their own food all year round. With plenty of gifts to choose from in their gift catalogue, you’re bound to find the gift that’s just perfect for that certain someone!
For the Techie:
Bring Music with You with the LG Music Flow P5 Bluetooth Speaker
The LG Music Flow P5 Bluetooth Speaker offers a lot of power in it’s simplicity. Boasting 15 hours of battery life, the speaker also includes a fine balance of sound at any volume level. If looking for more, the speaker includes a dual play function to provide more sound with another speaker. It will also sync nicely with an LG TV or projector. More features are include with the Bluetooth LG app.
Maximize Your Phone’s Camera with Limelens
Want to take awesome photos without having to carry a bulky camera and lens around? Limelens offers a compact way to transform your smart phone’s photo-taking capabilities at a fraction of the cost of professional lens. Each Limelens set comes with two lenses: The Thinker, a dual macro/wide angle lens, and The Captain, a supreme fisheye lens, that let you take awesome photos whenever and wherever you are!
Be Smart About Your Household Temperature with Wiser Air
Designed in Montreal with Canadian homeowners in mind, the Wiser Air Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat gives you total control over your home’s energy consumption and overall household temperatures—all straight from your mobile phone or tablet. Wiser Air uses Eco IQ learning algorithm with Schneider Electric’s top-ranked weather service to adjust the temperature to create a comfortable environment based entirely on your feedback.
Cook just about anything with Hamilton Beach
Love to cook, or shopping for someone who does? Hamilton Beach has you covered with a wide array of kitchen appliances that are sure to please anyone- no matter what their food preferences are. Cook everything from hamburgers to Panini with the 3-in-1 indoor grill. Like coffee but live with someone who prefers tea? Their coffee maker and hot water dispenser is not only programmable to make wake-up coffee , but can also dispense hot water for tea and instant cereals.
For the Adventurer:
Keep Warm this Winter with Helly Hansen
Made with HH®Dry construction with Lifa® technology, the Dry Performance Crew is designed as a lightweight base layer that keeps you warm and dry no matter what you’re doing! Not only is it functional, but it’s fashionable as well! The Dry Performance Crew can be worn as a comfortable layer whether you’re out skiing, or simply lounging around the fire. Pair this look with the Helly Hansen Voy Glove. Great for work and fun, the Vor glove is made with durable water-repellent goat skin and lined with an anti-pilling polyester micro fleece to keep your hands extra warm. Ladies can stay warm and fashionable with the Helley Hansen Warm freeze 1/2 Zip! This base layer features a double layer of 100% pure merino wool on the outside and keeps Lifa® fabric close to your skin to wick away any sweat. The ½ zip collar allows you to adjust your warmth and comfort levels and comes in a variety of colours to compliment your look! You can shop these items and more at www.hellyhansen.com.
Perfect for those who prefer to be out in the wilderness, the MSR PocketRocket™ Stove Kit features their best-selling and highly compact PocketRocket stove, along with a lightweight cookset and utensils for two. The whole set weighs only 24.9oz, making it the perfect gift for the backpacking duo.
Face Canadian winters with style and warmth this season with the Ridge Merino Midweight Inversion Base Layer! These base layers are made with 100% Merino wool, which changes naturally to keep you warm in cold weather, or cool you down when it’s hot out. Best of all, each base layer is 100% renewable and biodegradable and made without the use of harmful chemicals!
Keep the Fitness Junkie in Your Life Looking Fit & Fit with Under Armour
Trying to find the perfect gift for the fitness junkie in your life? Be sure to check out Under Armour’s Charge Bandit: a sneaker designed for ultimate comfort with its seamless internal heel cup, unique tongue construction and Molded Micro G® footbed. Keep them warm with the UA Waffle Raglan. This raglan was created with a relaxed fit in mind, and provides extra heat without the weight!
Products and Accessories For the Beauty Connoisseur:
Amopé Pedicure and Manicure gift sets
Pamper your friends, or yourself, with a mani/pedi this winter! For the holiday season, Amopé has launched two gift sets featuring up to $140 worth of products in each set! Whether you choose the manicure or the pedicure gift set, each set is guaranteed to help you—or whomever you’re shopping for, achieve soft feet and perfect nails!
Save the Environment and Look Fabulous with Circuit Breaker Labs
Saved from landfills and now recreated into something beautiful, Circuit Breaker Labs reuses unwanted circuit boards and transforms them into gorgeous, wearable accessories. Created in 2007, Circuit Breaker Labs helps open up the conversation of the responsible handling of electronic waste, and has the perfect gift for anyone in your friends and family.
Get Your Holiday Look On!
Find the Perfect Hue with stila’s Perfect Me Perfect Hue eye and cheek palettes. The collection features four different distinct pallets designed with neutral colours that best suit your skintone and can transition your look from daytime to night-time all in one palette. Best of all: each palette is free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates!
Smooth Away Kinks and Curls with the Dafni Straightening Brush
Meet the original patented device that started the straightening brush craze! The Dafni Straightening Brush combines a hairbrush and a straightener in one easy-to-use hair tool. This speedy tool can smooth away curls, waves and tangles in approximately 3 minutes!
Personalize Special Moments
Personalize your big day with Over the Moon Bridal. Men can order their own customized cufflinks for themselves and their crew, or choose from a variety of premade ones featuring fun or romantic quotes from popular TV shows such as Game of Thrones or How I Met Your Mother.
Keep Warm and Chic with Alpacaoi
Based in Toronto, Alpacaoi offers high-quality scarves and wearable products made using Alpaca yarn handmade in Peru. Alpaca yarn is hypoallergenic and soft like cashmere and is guaranteed to keep you warm! Be sure to check out their gorgeous alpaca scarves and shawl for an extra layer of warmth and glam with winter!
Find Unique and Meaningful Jewelry from Erin Pelicano
The bond between family is an important and sacred thing. Erin Pelicano captures this bond beautifully in her hand crafted fine jewelry. From delicate necklaces to sentimental bracelets, her collections perfectly capture the deep connection we have with our friends and family and remind us just how valuable they are.
Dr. Ho’s 4 Pad Massage-
Small enough to fit in your pocket, but powerful enough to provide instant relief to tense muscles, Dr. Ho’s 4 Pad Massage—an exclusive to Showcase—can treat four different areas of the body at once. Perfect for those looking to treat tense, painful muscles, this fantastic device uses 12 different painless and relaxing massage techniques to help ease those sore muscles.
For the Pet Lover:
Give Your Pet a Treat No Matter Where You Are
Ever wonder what your fur-baby is up to while you’re away? Always wanted to make sure they have a steady supply of treats? Look no further with Furbo, the world’s #1 Pet Camera! Stay connected via the Furbo app, which lets you see what your pets are up to via an HD camera (that also has night vision), notifies you when your dog is barking, and even lets you remotely toss treats for them via a quick swipe of the finger. With Furbo you can even chat with your pup via the two way mic and watch and listen to their happy responses! Want to see it in action? Check out their adorable ad here.
Banish Pet Hair Forever
Constantly cleaning animal hair can be a real drag, especially when you have carpeted floors. Eureka’s Ultimate Clean Pet vacuum is the perfect gift for someone who loves animals- and clean floors. Perfect for this time of year when our four-legged friends start to shed a lot more, the Ultimate Clean Pet comes with extra tools to not only keep the house clean, but reduce allergens in the air at the same time. This vacuum can switch with ease from carpeted floor to bare floors, but carpets is where it really shines.
Be Prepared for Anything with the Doohickey Pet Tool
Perfect for those who enjoy the great outdoors with their pets, the Doohickey Pet Tool combines 5 important tools in 1 to keep your and your pet prepared for many situations on the go. Tools include a tick remover, nail file, burr comb, a paw scraper, and last but not least, a bottle opener for the humans! Made with durable stainless-steel, the Doohickey clips anywhere for easy access and storage and only weights 1 gram.
Read About the Joys of Rescue
Until Each One Has a Home: Heartfelt Stories From Dunroamin’ Stray and Rescue, A Canadian Pet Rescue is the second book by Mildred Drost, who is a veterinary technician in New Brunswick and has devoted her life to saving as many animals as she can. Compiled here are articles from Drost’s local newspaper column advocating the need for responsible pet ownership as well as tales about her collection of strays. This book will take you on a roller-coaster of emotions with hilarious and heartwarming stories, to stories that will break your heart. Until Each One Has a Home is available for purchase on Amazon and Chapters.