You’re working hard, you’re making sh*t happen, you’ve had a busy month — heck, a busy year — and the last thing on your mind is picking out your best friend’s Secret Santa gift. It's not that you’re heartless, selfish or broke (well, maybe...but), you can’t help it if ‘holiday shopping’ keeps getting pushed on your calendar.
Before you read on, take a breath. When was the last time you did that today? It’s all too easy to forget ourselves in the bustle of the season, but remember that the best gift you can give yourself is time. Be patient and forgiving with yourself, and don’t forget that you also deserve the love that you want to share with others.
If you’re anything like me, gift-giving is your favourite part of the holiday season. It's an opportunity to show your friends and family that you’re thinking of them and that you know them better than they thought. Finding the perfect gift for that special someone can be a little stressful but we’ve got you covered!
One of my goals for the new year is to shop more locally and support small Canadian businesses when buying gifts for others or myself. Whether you’re looking for something for mum, your partner, your best bud or yourself, here are some great ideas and places to start for the women in your life.
1. An Aesthetic Candle
Minimalist, feminine decor that also serves a purpose? Yes, please! Not to mention that every time this person burns this candle to create a relaxed atmosphere, they’ll think of you. Cardea Auset’s June, named after co-founder Jennifer’s grandmother, is hand-poured and crafted with natural, GMO-free soy and pure essential oils.
This vegan, plant-based brand is run by friends Taylor Williams and Jennifer Bonato.
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2. Mags, Zines and Books!
A subscription to their favourite magazine or zine is THE BEST GIFT EVER! Or introduce them to something you love by sharing a single issue of your favourite with them.
3. A Cozy Tee
A great idea to gift a friend who works from home! This super-soft tee, featuring the work of Lauren Tamaki, doesn’t sacrifice style for comfort and adds a little something unique to their wardrobe. Buying clothing items for another person can be tricky, when in doubt, size up. The boxy lines and cropped fit makes a killer oversized look! As someone who has worn this piece to bed and out to dinner with friends in the same week, this has been the most useful clothing item I’ve ever gifted myself.
This forward-thinking loungewear company is run by Toronto-based designer Sammi Smith.
Shop Soft Focus at The Abode Holiday Boutique
Speaking of self-gifting, why not treat yourself to a new set of cute and comfy lingerie or loungewear? It may sound silly, but investing in underwear for yourself can be a powerful experience, wearing that new pair around your room while you have a dance party is electric!
We love the Logan bra set by body-positive, Toronto-based lingerie brand, Mary Young. The functional, modern design is made to celebrate your natural shape and last you a long time. These garments look great under everyday wear and on their own!
Want a friend to feel powerful in their underwear too? Get them a gift card so they can choose something that makes them feel confident.