Holiday Gift Guide 2014

 Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas is coming and sometimes we all need help finding just the right gift for everyone on our lists!

 

Stocking Stuffers

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Green-Blacks-OrganicGreen & Black’s Organic Chocolate

Purchase Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate at your local grocer or drugstore or direct through Green & Black’s!

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Established in 1991, Green & Black’s Organic has grown to become the world leader in organic and Fair Trade chocolate and is committed to the creation of chocolate products that provide a taste experience like no other. Using only organically grown cocoa, sourced principally from the Dominican Republic, Green & Black’s Organic believes it’s possible to respect our earth while indulging in the best things it has to offer. 

 

Gifts for Babies/Toddlers

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BABYJOYOrganic & Natural Baby Products from Baby Joy

Purchase from Baby Joy

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Baby Joy is a natural and online organic baby store based in Toronto whose goal is to provide certified organic baby products and baby products made with organic ingredients at affordable prices.  They carry everything you might need such as organic bedding, organic carriers, organic clothing, organic diapering, organic baby skin care and bath products, organic toys, organic feeding and much more.

 

 

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CaptureFisher-Price’s Laugh & Learn® Smart Stages Chair

Purchase from Amazon

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It’s baby’s very own place to sit and discover new things! This “magic” ABC seat knows when baby sits, activating songs and phrases when baby stands. Press the light-up remote or flip book pages to hear numbers, shapes and more. Lift the cushion to reveal more fun surprises.The chair includes Smart Stages™ technology, an exciting new way to change learning content as baby grows. Every baby develops at their own pace, and Smart Stages™ gives you the ability to select the stage that’s best for your child! There are a variety of developmentally appropriate songs, phrases and sounds within three levels of play – just slide the switch or enter baby’s age for automatic level changes.

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Inside Outside with JojoInside and Outside with JoJo By Xavier Deneux

Purchase from from Amazon for only $12.23

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Jojo and little sister Lulu are back for more adventures as they continue to explore the world around them. The unique tabbed-section format introduced in Jojo’s First Word Book will give readers a sense that they’re holding a first guidebook to a wide range of everyday life on this new journey of discovery.  But most important are Jojo and Lulu themselves. Never perfect but always cheerful and unflappable, they  reassure young readers that they, too, can conquer the world.  (18m+ )

 

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284ee2926405c7bc1134c0cca2f0abf2Teach My! Baby, Toddler and Pre-schooler Learning Kits

Purchase from Teach My! starting at just $14.95.

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Teach My, award winning all-in-one learning kits for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. No need to spend hundreds of dollars going to several stores buying individual teaching tools, Teach My kits provide everything necessary for learning the basics, all in a portable and storable case.

 

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My Little LibraryMy Little Library By Édouard Manceau

Purchase from from Amazon for only $13.13

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No child can resist uncovering the mystery contained in a box held shut by an intriguing magnetic closure-especially when it is filled with nine delightful mini board books! Each is an introduction to familiar everyday objects: clothes, food, toys, and more-and all presented by Bibi, the friendly, mischievous kitten. And toddlers won’t take long to discover the bonus offered by the backs of the books, which can be combined to create a lively street scene! (2+ )

 

 

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tumble n glow froggioPlayskool Tumble ‘n Glow Froggio Toy

Purchase from from Amazon for only $24.99

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Baby’s going to love feeding a froggy friend for rollin’, tumblin’, musical fun! The Tumble ‘n Glow Froggio toy’s cheeks glow when it’s fed, and when baby drops a ball into its mouth, the fun music and sounds start! The balls roll down froggy’s 4 colourful ramps, and when they drop out, baby can chase the balls and start the fun all over. Ribbit! The ball-droppin’ fun is about to begin with the Tumble ‘n Glow Froggio toy! (12m+ )

 

 

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You are my babyYou Are My Baby: Woodland By Lorena Siminovich

Purchase from Amazon starting at just $9.49.

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A new title in this series of charming and inventive board books! Readers will find a little book nestled inside a bigger one. Turn the pages to match the baby animals to their parents, and learn early concepts along the way. In this new entry to the series, young ones will discover animal habits in the forest.

 

 

 

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 Mimi and the bear in the snowMimi and Bear in the Snow Hardcover by Janee Trasler

Purchase from Amazon for  just $14.08 (SRP $19.50 CDN).

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Wherever Mimi goes, Bear is sure to be there—whether she is ice-skating, having fancy tea with the queen, or making a scary snow monster. But when Bear gets lost, poor Mimi is heartbroken. Luckily, the snow melts and Mimi and Bear are reunited.
 
Janee Trasler’s spare text and utterly adorable artwork will resonate with anyone who has ever lost a beloved toy.

 

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neckerchewBaby Essentials: Cheeky Chompers Neckerchew & Mamas & Papas Baby Bud Booster Seat

Purchase Cheeky Chompers Neckerchew for  just $22.99 & Mamas & Papas Baby Bud Booster Seat for just $89.99 from Babies“R”us

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The Cheeky Chompers Neckerchew is the worlds first chewy dribble bib for teething tots.  The bib is made of super-soft jersey cotton with an absorbent middle layer to lock away moisture.  The teether is made from silicone that will never flake or peel.
 
Baby Bud from Mamas & Papas is the perfect booster seat for bringing your little one to the table. With adjustable, non-slip feet, two chair harnesses for extra security and a removable, easy clean tray, your baby will feel like part of the family – and because it’s easy to carry and store, it’s ideal for using when you’re out and about. Baby Bud is comfortable and supportive for baby, and suitable from 4 months old, with a removable insert so it will give your little one a boost up to 3 years.

 

 

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637292M- Giggly Gears Twirltable 1Little Tikes Giggly Gears™ Twirltable™

Purchase Giggly Gears™ Twirltable™ from Toys “R” Us for  just $49.99

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Babies will get into gear with the colorful, fun, wheel turning table! They will have so much gear spinnin’ fun while playing with this baby activated play table, watching the cranks turn and customizing with 20+ different gears! (9 months – 3 years)
 
 

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9780312517359Christmas Treasure Hunt by Roger Priddy

Purchase Christmas Treasure Hunt by Roger Priddy from Amazon or from a local book seller near you!  Suggested Retail Price $9.99.

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This baby’s Christmas treasure hunt book is full of festive pictures to capture children’s imagination, and help them develop their matching and observational skills. Hidden among the  repeated rows of photographs are simple odd-one-out pictures to seek and  find, with a clue of what is different given in the rhyming text.
 
 

Gifts for Children

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leapband-activity-band_19263_1Leapfrog LeapBand

Purchase from Leapfrogfor only $39.97

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Experience the first activity tracker made for kids – LeapBand is fit made fun!  Preload LeapBand with 50 active challenges that get kids moving, like – “Pounce like a lion!”  Parent controls on LeapFrog Connect make it easy to set play times, challenges and more.  Encourages active play, nurturing and healthy choices.  (Ages 4-7 years.)

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Hello KittyHello Kitty: My Home Lift-the-Flap Tab Board Book

Purchase from Amazon for only $8.54

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Children will love exploring all the beautiful rooms in Hello Kitty’s house as they pay a visit in this delightful board book. There are pets hiding in cupboards, cupcakes baking in the oven, and beautiful party dresses in the wardrobe! With fun flaps to lift on every scene and easy to turn, tabbed pages, this book is full of fun and surprises for any young Hello Kitty lover.  (Ages 2-4 years.)

 

 

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Crayola-510816-Colored-ChalkCrayola

Purchase from a retailer near you!

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Crayola has a large assortment of creative toys and gift ideas that are focused on inspiring children and unleashing their creativity.  Picks this year include the The easy-­‐to-­‐use Crayola Beadola Charm Maker (Ages 8+ ), Crayola Sketch Wizard (Ages 8+ ), The Widescreen Light Designer (Ages 6+ ), and the Crayola Paint Maker & Refills (Ages 8+ )

 

 

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Minnie Mouse CandylandCandy Land Game Disney Minnie Mouse’s Sweet Treats Edition

Purchase from Amazon for only $14.99

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Take a sweet journey through the wonders of Candy Land as your favourite Disney character, Minnie Mouse! You can play as Minnie, Figaro or Daisy, but no matter who you play as, your job is to go down the colourful path of tasty-looking treats. If you’re the first to reach Minnie’s Sweet Shop, you win! (Ages 3+)

 

 

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Flora and the PenguinggFlora and the Penguin By Molly Idle

Purchase from Amazon for only $14.43

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Having mastered ballet in Flora and the Flamingo , Flora takes to the ice and forms an unexpected friendship with a penguin. Twirling, leaping, spinning, and gliding, on skates and flippers, the duo mirror each other’s graceful dance above and below the ice. But when Flora gives the penguin the cold shoulder, the pair must figure out a way to work together for uplifting results. Artist Molly Idle creates an innovative, wordless picture book with clever flaps that reveal Flora and the penguin coming together, spiraling apart, and coming back together as only true friends do. (Ages 8+ )

 

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Mix it upMix It Up! By Hervé Tullet

Purchase from Amazon for only $13.71

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Accept Hervé Tullet’s irresistible invitation to mix it up in a dazzling adventure of whimsy and wonder. Follow the artist’s simple instructions, and suddenly colors appear, mix, splatter, and vanish in a world powered only by the reader’s imagination. Tullet—who joins such greats as Eric Carle and Leo Lionni as a master of his craft—sets readers on an extraordinary interactive journey all within the printed page.  Tullet prompts plenty of giggles in addition to a profound understanding of colors, and once again displays his unique genius and vision in a work that is a glorious and richly satisfying companion to Press Here. (Ages 3-5 )

 

 

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FurReal Friends Get Up & GoGo Walkin' PupFurReal Friends Get Up & GoGo My Walkin’ Pup Pet

Purchase from Toys R Us for only $69.99

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A day together is the best day ever with your adorable Get Up and GoGo My Walkin’ Pup pet! She’s your very own pup to take on walks and more! Take her for a walk on her leash, pet her head and she’ll sit for you! Talk to her and she’ll bark back with sweet ruffs and other puppy sounds. Her tail wags and her head even tilts to show off her personality. Your Get Up and GoGo My Walkin’ Pup pet can even talk to your Pom Pom My Baby Panda pet (sold separately)!  (Ages 4+ )

 

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My Baby All Gone DollBaby Alive My Baby All Gone Doll

Purchase from Amazon for only $46.99

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Now your little one can have a baby of her own that she can “”feed”” and love! This My Baby All Gone doll needs her tender loving care. She’ll love mixing up “”food”” in her bottle to feed her with. After that, she’ll have to change the doll’s diaper, because she “pees” and “poops” like a real baby. The doll responds with more than 30 phrases, and loves kisses and cuddles as much as she loves her bottle – and her mommy!  (Ages 3+ )

 

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roaming reindeerRoaming Reindeer by Angela Meju

Purchase from Roaming Reindeer for only $34.95

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Parents use a storybook and two plush reindeer to encourage good behavior at Christmastime. When one reindeer goes missing, he’s off to tell Santa who’s been naughty and nice. This new family tradition comes in a keepsake box for its holiday season debut and means no more setting up elaborate Elf scenes at night.  (Ages 4+)

 

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The Beatrix Girls

Purchase from Amazon for only 39.19

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The Beatrix Girls are a band of 4 beautiful 12 inch dolls. – Ainsley, Brayden, Chantal, and Lark.  They’re musicians, they’re dolls, they’re role models for a new generation of empowered young girls. Sure, they’re adorable with great clothes and fabulous hair, but there’s so much more to them than that!

The Beatrix Girls are an accomplished pop band with real music that girls are sure to adore. Each member of the band sings, plays a different instrument and even writes the songs.  Check out The Beatrix Girls Website for Music and Videos!

 

 

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Christmas LOGOI See Me! Personalized Books, Placemats & Colouring Books

Purchase from I See Me! starting at just $9.95.

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I See Me! produces very high quality personalized children’s books and gifts that build self-esteem by celebrating the uniqueness of each child.  There are books and gifts geared towards various occasions such as Christmas, New Baby, Birthday, Easter, Adoption and more making these personalized items from I See Me! the perfect gift for any child.

 

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mlp3My Little Pony Pop Pinkie Pie Sweet Shoppe Playset

Purchase from Amazon for only $24.99

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Design and build your own pony and sweet shop with the Pinkie Pie Sweet Shoppe playset! It’s easy to snap together your delicious-looking little shop. Then you can customize your Pinkie Pie pony to look just as sweet with the hair, tail and stickers! You can even mix it up with parts from other ponies (other My Little Pony Pop kits sold separately). Every adventure will be more delicious than the last with the Pinkie Pie Sweet Shoppe playset! (Ages 4+)

 

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14430631_Alt01_130228163000Our Generation Dolls & Accessories

Dolls can be purchased from Target starting at only $29.95!

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Our Generation Dolls features 18″ dolls and stylish, seasonal fashions and accessories that children will love – all at an incredible value.  (3+)

 

 

 

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IMG_2424Lottie Dolls

Lottie Dolls and Accessories can be purchased in Canada from Mastermind Toys, Toys “R” Us, Chapters and local independent toy retailers near you!  Lottie can be purchased in the USA via Amazon and other toy retailers.

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Be Bold! Be Brave! Be You! Lottie Dolls are the fun, aspirational, “pro girl” dolls that feature childlike bodies, clothes and hobbies. They encourage little girls to enjoy their childhoods, and not to grow up too fast. This award-winning and innovative, new fashion doll line specially designed for girls ages 3 – 9 features super-cute 7″ dolls, and an assortment of bright, vibrant clothes and fun accessories!

 

 

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Mastermind-Toys-logoMastermind Toys

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READ THE REVIEW DECEMBER 10TH

Since 1984, Mastermind Toys has represented the very best in quality toys and books for children, and this tradition continues to this day.  They take a personal interest in choosing products that awaken creativity, encourage curiosity, enhance motor skills, develop imagination, challenge thinking and offer a child hours of fun! Mastermind Toys always choose toys that stand the test of time… which translates into more value for your money.

 

 

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61Qm2SGAH8LRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Pop-Up Book by Lisa Ann Marsoli

Suggested retail price $23.95.  Available to purchase from Amazon or a local retailer near you!

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Start a new holiday family reading tradition with a delightful popup retelling of the beloved Christmas special. Just in time for its 50th anniversary, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is now a stunning pop-up book that will be treasured for generations to come. All of the classic characters join Rudolph for his North Pole adventure: Hermey the elf/aspiring dentist, Yukon Cornelius, and the doe-eyed Clarice. The impressive large-scale pop-ups recreate classic scenes using actual movie stills. Fly along with Rudolph, join in the reindeer games, flee  from the Abominable Snow Monster, visit the Island of Misfit Toys, and save Christmas one foggy night. Most importantly, be touched by the timeless story of acceptance and the true meaning of the holiday spirit.

 

 

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Rudolph the Red-NosedRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Classic Story Deluxe 50th-Anniversary Edition by Thea Feldman

Suggested retail price $14.99.  Available to purchase from Amazon or a local retailer near you!

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The Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer television special first aired on NBC December 6, 1964. Fifty years later, it has become a beloved Christmas classic—capturing the heart and wonder of generations of fans.

Here is the complete story from the classic TV show, gloriously illustrated in full color and in an elegant gift book edition. Perfect for reading aloud!  (Ages 4-8 )

 

 

Gifts for Tweens/Teens

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 #16thingsIthoughtweretrueGG#16thingsithoughtweretrue by Janet Gurtler

Purchase from Amazon for only $10.36

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When Morgan’s mom gets sick, it’s hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no one—until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn’t as far away as she thought…

Adam is a stuck-up, uptight jerk #thingsIthoughtweretrue

Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan’s getting to know the real Adam, and he’s actually pretty sweet…in a nerdy-hot kind of way. He even offers to go with her to find her dad. Road trip, anyone?

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With Adam in the back seat, a hyper chatterbox named Amy behind the wheel, and plenty of Cheetos to fuel their trip, Morgan feels ready for anything. She’s not expecting a flat tire, a missed ferry, a fake girlfriend…and that these two people she barely knew before the summer started will become the people she can’t imagine living without.

 

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w546313aRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Island of Misfit Toys by Brendan Deneen

Suggested retail price: $11.50.  Available to purchase from Amazon or a local retailer near you.

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Two days before Christmas, a terrible snowstorm arrives and Charlie-in-the-Box is lost at sea! King Moonracer quickly puts together a band of Misfit Toys to rescue him. Together with Yukon Cornelius and Abominable the Snow Monster, the Misfits embark on their greatest adventure yet. But one question remains—will they save Charlie and return to the island in time for Santa? Or are the Misfits doomed to spend another Christmas without a little boy or girl to love them?Based on the beloved original television classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Misfit Toys make their debut in their first-ever original story and graphic novel. A thrilling middle-grade adventure that’s perfect for young Rudolph fans. Find the Misfit in you.
 

Gifts for Adults

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child of a hidden sea ggChild of a Hidden Sea A. M. Dellamonica

Purchase from Amazon for only $18.80 (List Prize 29.99)

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One minute, twenty-four-year-old Sophie Hansa is in a San Francisco alley trying to save the life of the aunt she has never known. The next, she finds herself flung into the warm and salty waters of an unfamiliar world. Glowing moths fall to the waves around her, and the sleek bodies of unseen fish glide against her submerged ankles. The world is Stormwrack, a series of island nations with a variety of cultures and economies—and a language different from any Sophie has heard. Sophie doesn’t know it yet, but she has just stepped into the middle of a political firestorm, and a conspiracy that could destroy a world she has just discovered…her world, where everyone seems to know who she is, and where she is forbidden to stay.

But Sophie is stubborn, and smart, and refuses to be cast adrift by people who don’t know her and yet wish her gone. With the help of a sister she has never known, and a ship captain who would rather she had never arrived, she must navigate the shoals of the highly charged politics of Stormwrack, and win the right to decide for herself whether she stays in this wondrous world…or is doomed to exile, in Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica.

 

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il_570xN.494344079_g02rLindsay Burck Designs

Purchase from Lindsay Burck Designs custom items starting at only $33.00

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Design a beautiful, one-of-a-kind gift with Lindsay Burck Designs. Purchase custom textiles—tea towels, tote bags and aprons to make sure that your special day is as beautiful as you imagine it will be!
 

 

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tispy elvesTipsy Elves Ugly Christmas Sweaters,  Holiday-themed Apparel and Accessories

Purchase from Tipsy Elves for only $14.95

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Tipsy Elves Christmas Sweaters are perfect for your Ugly Christmas Sweater party, holiday pub crawls, the ski cabin, and they always make a great gift!  They has been featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, the TODAY Show, ABC’s Wipeout!, People Magazine, Trendhunter, and much more  This is not your typical sweater store. In fact Tipsy Elves strive to be different.  Their funny Christmas sweaters are designed from the bottom up, mixing traditional styles with modern humour.  

 

 

 

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580760_10151106741543822_1447944481_nCardSwap.ca: Rewarding Canadians with Gift Cards and Cash Back Savings

Purchase from CardSwap for Great Savings!

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Savvy shoppers can buy gift cards while earning rewards for gift cards and cash back savings on everyday purchases, including dining, shopping, groceries, and even gas.
 
 

 

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WorldVisionWorld Vision Handcrafted Gifts

Purchase from World Vision and Give a Meaningful Gift!

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Wrap these beautiful handcrafted Fairtrade items and support struggling artisans around the world. Gifts include silk scarves,  jewellery,  bags and more.
 
 
 

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GalleryBox2Photo Gifts from PosterJack

Purchase from PosterJack starting at just $4.99.

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From timeless Framed Photos to cutting-edge Metal Prints, Posterjack offers the largest variety of photo art products in Canada.  If you’re looking for something that is versatile and will look good no matter how or where you display it, the Gallery Box is definitely it. Adaptable, designer-approved, and quickly growing in popularity, the Gallery Box is the new black of interior design.

 
 

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thermosPractical Gifts from Genuine Thermos Brand

Purchase from Thermos starting at just $24.99.

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Whether it’s taking those leftovers from the perfect meal the night before to work, keeping a morning-prepared meal fresh for lunch or making that perfect drink in the middle of the day, having a container to keep things fresh is a necessity. Genuine Thermos Brand has understood this problem for more than 110 years.

This holiday season, when you’re thinking of quick and easy gift ideas, think of those loved ones who are always working in the kitchen and willing to share their creations with others. The Thermos Stainless King Food Jars, Food Jars with Microwavable Containers and Drink Bottles with Tea Infusers are the perfect, practical gift that can be used every day.

 
 

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Launch+ImageThe Art of Eating Through The Zombie Apocalypse by Lauren Wilson

Purchase directly from Smart Pop Books for only $19.95.

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The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse is a cookbook and culinary field guide for the busy zpoc survivor. With more than 75 recipes (from “No Knead To Panic Bread” and “Apocalypse Soup for the Survivor’s Soul” to “Pasta Aglio et Oh No!,” “Down and Out Sauerkraut,” and “Twinkie Trifle”), scads of gastronomic survival tips, and dozens of diagrams and illustrations that help you scavenge, forage, and improvise your way to an artful post-apocalypse meal. The Art of Eating is the ideal handbook for efficient food sourcing and inventive meal preparation in the event of an undead uprising.

 

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samba-days-gift_boxSamba Days Gift Experiences

Purchase directly from SambaDays or at your local Shoppers Drug Mart starting at only $49.99.

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Samba Days is Canada’s leading gift experience company with over 500 experiences available across Canada. Samba Days offers lifestyle-themed gift boxes with dozens of experiences to choose from in each. Whether it’s white water rafting, learning how to salsa, indulging in exclusive spa treatments, taking a guided wine tasting tour or driving an exotic sports car for the weekend  – it’s the ultimate gift because the recipients choose the experience. You can find them online at  www.sambadays.com or at gift card displays at participating Shoppers Drug Marts across Canada. 

 

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