Because there are so many great ideas and products I'd love to share with you guys this year, I've decided to do three separate gift guides.
Last of the guides, Fashion & Tech: some trendy, Instagram-worthy ideas that will please any social being. This guide includes the latest and greatest from comfy sweaters to comfy earbuds. I wouldn't doubt a few of these items end up on your own wish list.
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Food & Drink. The generic gift guide for anyone and everyone. This guide is ideal for coworkers, friends, Secret Santas, foodies, etc. They also act as great Host/Hostess gifts over the holiday season.
For Her. As the majority of my readers are male, I figured a safe bet would be to dedicate one of the guides to gifts for 'her' - because let's be honest, buying for the ladies can be tricky. This upcoming gift guide includes some unique and affordable ideas for your sister, mom, aunt, partner, etc.
Be sure to check out all three of these guides and let me know what you think.
NEW BALANCE 247 LEATHER - $139.99
One of my favourite new sneakers this year was the New Balance 247. It's such a versatile sneaker that it can be worn as easily to the gym as it can to the bar. It's sock-like collar gives you a snug fit that really hugs your foot. You really can't go wrong with the 247. Find it here.
ORAL B GENIUS PRO 8000 - $269.99
Lately everything is getting techy, including your toothbrush! The Genius Pro 8000 by Oral B connects to your phone via bluetooth and the accompanying app gives you feedback about your brushing habits. How cool is that?! The round head surrounds and cups each tooth giving you a superior clean. This is the perfect gift for everyone because who couldn't benefit from some better brushing. Find it here or on shelves at Shoppers Drug Mart and Wal-Mart.
ECCO MENS SOFT 8 HIGH TOP - $180.00
Crafted from leather that has been re-tanned to achieve a charismatic pebbled texture, the black leather of this boot is cleverly contrasted with a Scandinavian style thick white sole. Ideal for casual days where you still want to look smart. Find it here or in any Ecco store.
REMINGTON DURABLADE - $44.99
The Remington Durablade is the perfect tool for the guy with a goatee, beard or stubble. It allows you to trim, shape and clean-up any type of facial hair so that you're always looking your best. The best part is that it's rechargeable and you never need to replace the blades! Find it here.
ALPHA INDUSTRIES N3-B PARKA - $321.12
Living in Canada you can never have too many warm jackets. This one from Alpha Industries is based on the N3-B jackets produced in 1950 for the USAF air crew to use when travelling in cold climates. It's got synthetic fur around the hood for those that are opposed to real fur being used on jackets. It's channel quilted lining will keep you warm all winter long. Find it here or in store at your local retailer.
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 8 - From $1,299.99
My current daily driver, the Galaxy Note 8 is an excellent phone. It's got an excellent camera, a 6.3 inch infinity display and with expandable storage this bad boy is ready for whatever you can throw at it. Take crisp and clear shots with the Galaxy Note8's dual camera. It supports 2x optical zoom to let you zoom in clearly. And both cameras have optical image stabilization (OIS) to produce photos that come out beautifully steady even with camera shake. Find it here or in store at Best Buy and most national providers.
Johnston & Murphy Jennings Boot - $189.99
This calfskin leather boot with brogueing detail is perfect for winter. It's got a thick rubber sole that will give you traction as well as durability throughout the winter. Find it here or in store at Johnston and Murphy.
HP SPROCKET PHOTO PRINTER - $159.99
Print those warm holiday memories instantly with the HP Sprocket Printer. This compact piece of innovation can print 2"x 3" photos directly from your tablet or smartphone via bluetooth or NFC and with the HP Sprocket app you can customize photos before you print them. Find it here or in store at Best Buy.
MACK WELDON BOXER BRIEFS - $24.99
Now being almost 30 years old i've worn lot's of different underwear in my life. Underwear come and go but none of them last as long, keep their colour and still look great after countless washes like Mack Weldon. They're the first pair of underwear that you'll actually be excited to receive on Christmas. Get them here.
GOOGLE HOME MINI - $79.99
Small, simple, and powerful. The Google Home Mini is the best gift for the tech-savvy. This helpful voice-activated smart home speaker is powered by Google Assistant, giving you hands-free control of your smart home, including Nest, Philips Hue, Belkin, and WeMo devices. Ask the Mini questions, tell it do things, and get answers from Google using only your voice. Find it here or in store are Best Buy.
NIKE TEAM CANADA JERSEY - $160.00
With the Winter Olympics just around the corner and the World Juniors (My fav event of the year) starting on Boxing day you might as well cheer on the home team. The brand new Team Canada Jersey by Nike has a brand new font and graphics package that's sure to turn heads. Go Candada Go! Find it here or in store at Sport Chek and other retailers.
GOOGLE PIXEL 2 - From $899.99
For the second year in a row Google has created the Smartphone with the best camera. The Pixel 2 also has free unlimited storage and comes in two sizes and four colours. The best part is that unlike other phones the big and small versions of the phone feature the exact same specs so you don't have to get the bigger phone to get all the fancy bells and whistles. Get it here or at most Cellular providers.
CANDA GOOSE MACCULLOCH PARKA - $1,095.00
Like I said, you can never have too many Winter jackets in Canada. The Macculloch Parka is inspired by Canada Goose's expedition parka but updated with more contemporary details. It's got interior and exterior pockets to hold all your stuff and this new Blue Brush Camo will have you standing out against those snowy Winter days. Find it here or at any Canada Goose store.
BOSE SOUNDSPORT WIRELESS - $199.99
I know I know, you probably know someone that's pissed off that their new iPhone or Pixel 2 doesn't have a headphone jack (the Note8 and S8 still have it). Make it a little more bearable for them by buying them some of the nicest wireless headphones on the market. They've got Bluetooth and NFC pairing , their sweat and weather resistant and have an impressive 6 hour battery. Get them here.
TOBOOT NEW YORK bruckner Boot - $450.00
Another great boot for winter, this hand-crafted wingtip boot is a piece of art. It's pebble-grained leather adds interest and the durable leather/rubber sole is perfect for slippery, wet winters. Find it here or in store at Nordstrom.
BOSE SOUNDLINK MICRO - $139.99
The SoundLink Micro may look tiny but it sure doesn't sound tiny. This pint-sized speaker is super rugged and waterproof so it can take whatever you throw at it. It's got a tear-resistant silicone strap on the back so you can take it wherever you go and strap it to whatever you want. The tiny price also makes it a perfect Christmas gift for that hard to buy person on your list. Get it here.
BURTON GROVE FULL-ZIP FLEECE - $189.99
Cool weather comfort in a low-key look, the Burton Grove Full-Zip Fleece lets you choose from three uniquely styled fabrics, including Sherpa Fleece and jacquard options. My favourite is this jacquard piece that has a classic 90's look, perfect for that apres ski. Find it here.
NINTENDO SWITCH - $399.96
The Nintendo Switch is the hottest console of the season. It really gives you the best of both worlds allowing you to take it where ever you go but also connect it to the dock and play on your big screen at home. Make sure you pick up Super Mario Odyssey which just came out and is already a huuuuuge hit. Find it here.
LACOSTE WOOL JERSEY SWEATER - $245.00
This beautiful sweater by Lacoste is perfect for anyone on your list. Give them a sweater that'll keep them warm all season long. Find it here.
LG SJ7 Sound Flex Soundbar - $449.99
Versatile and multifunctional, the LG SJ7 sound flex sound bar can transform your home audio experience. This sound bar comprises 2 speakers and a wireless subwoofer that can be placed in various positions for your needs. Position the speakers for surround sound, place them vertically, or even use a single speaker as a portable Bluetooth speaker.Find it here.
TISSOT CHRONO XL - $420.00
My first "real" watch was a Tissot. They are the perfect mix of affordable and luxury, I love the fact that they are swiss made as well. This beautiful Chronograph is the perfect watch to start anyones collection. Find it at your local Tissot Dealer.