I know it’s been a while since I posted last but I’ve been super busy with work. But I figured what better post than a last minute gift post! Hopefully you’re more organized than me though. OR maybe you’re waiting for those boxing day sales. Not gonna lie I have about 6 different tabs open on my computer with at least 3 different things in the shopping bags just waiting to refresh when boxing day comes. I’ve also sent Adam about 4 different revised wish lists because I’m a terrible person (but so is he cause I’m pretty sure he hasn’t got me anything yet). All of the last minute gift’s on the list I chose from stores that are located in Calgary so you don’t have to worry about relying on Canada Post or FedEx.
1. Picture Frames
Ok, I'll admit, this piece of art might be a little much for a Christmas present but you get the idea. I LOVE the painting here but you could also paint something yourself, maybe of something that you know that they love! Not a talented artist? (Although, I don't think you have to think you're talented to make good art) Why not photos! Adam and I ran up to London Drugs last night despite the snow fall because I [of course] waited until the last minute to get his dad a present. We rushed to get our pictures that I've taken of Adam, his brother and his dad over the years and expecting them not to be ready for a couple days- they were ready this morning! I've picked up some frames from places like Sears, HomeSense and Walmart (I'm also a fan of searching for used ones at the flea market and replacing whatever ugly photo is already in there). It wasn't that expensive and it's a great last minute idea.
2. Soho Home Barwell Cut Crystal Small Decanter
I love love love decanters. I picked up a set a couple years ago at the flea market for $30 and set up a little bar area in my dining room and I love it! It's so classy. It also makes the perfect gift. This one from Anthropologie is so goegeous and theres a shop right at Chinook mall! If they don't have it in stock the flea market is a great backup. Every time I go there's a new one I end up eye balling the entire time. Or even value village! Affordable, environmentally friendly and beautiful.
3. Textured Chevron Duvet Cover
I'm not gonna lie. I miss being a kid and opening a present to find fresh new bedding. Now buying bedding seems like such a chore to the point that I haven't bought a new duvet cover in about 4 years. That make this duvet cover top 3 on my personal wish list. If you're unsure about buying someone bedding or get there and get nervous that something you love they may not love then neautrel colours are always a safe bet. I've gotten my favourite sheets ever at HomeSense and during the winter love love love the flannel sheets Adam's mom got us for Christmas last year.
4. Faux Fur Chevron Throw
I know, I know. Two chevron patterns in a row Jess? Really? Yes, really! I just want to curl up with this throw and a hot cup of tea and never leave my house. West Elm is located on 17th ave and be prepared to be side tracked. I love this store and if I could I would buy every. Single. Thing. If you're thinking "but they already have a few blankets" then stop. I don't even wanna tell you how many blankets I have but if someone gave me a blanket for Christmas I'd add to my blanket fort on my giant couch and never leave (only to refill the wine glass BUT THAT'S IT). (Yeah, I know that changed very quickly from tea to wine, sh).
5. The Group by Babaton Plutarch Sweater
So, if you know me you must be very impressed I made it to number five for an Aritzia item. I'm not gonna lie, I had a very hard time narrowing it down to one sweater from here BUT I DID IT! This is the one. It needs to be fuzzy. And it needs to be a turtle neck. I'm a big fan of gray but I was also eyeing that pink one. This beautiful sweater can take you from winter into spring and into cold summer nights paired with shorts. I'm already outfit planning this sweater because if Adam doesn't get it for me I'm marching straight into Aritzia during their boxing day sale and getting it myself.
6. Trade Small Ash Rose Carry On Luggage
I own probably at least three different travel bags but that doesn't stop me from being obsessed with this carry on bag. If I traveled more often then I would just get this for myself but unfortunately my current 2-3 trips a year to BC don't really warrant me buying myself a carry on bag. AND I'm guessing there's others like me out there...oggling this carry on bag...wishing it was worth it...and hoping someone else will gift it to them for them.
7. Wilfred Free Neelam Jacket
I was trying to hold myself back from wanting this jacket so badly as I've been trying to build a more professional wardrobe for work. But I can't do it any longer and this jacket is at the top of my list. Also, in my opinion, you can never have too many jackets if you live in Canada. And this one is light enough for cold fall days as well. BRB day dreaming about wearing this jacket in my blanket fort....
8. Philips Pasta Maker
This has got to be one of the coolest things I've ever seen. I found it on the Williams Sanoma website when I was doing a gift blog for work and have been obsessed with it ever since.This machine measure the flour for you and tells you how much water to add and then mixes it (with a countdown displayed) and then pushes it out of one of the four shaping discs. Usually, something like this I'd be like "it's cool but looks hard to clean" BUT it actually seems like its pretty easy to clean AND has storage underneath for your shaping discs. If you know me then you know I LOVE cooking and the more home made the better and this is just way too cool.
9. Love Cuff Bracelet
Seeing as this IS a last minute Christmas gift guide, it only makes sense to have something local in here. I LOVE (lol) this love cuff bracelet from Jools and Jopelin AND you can find them at the Calgary Farmers Market! If they're at the booth I'm thinking they're at then you may have a hard time choosing cause they have SO much cute stuff. Necklaces, hair accessories and bracelets are always a safe bet for jewelry gifting but I tend to shy away from buying other people earrings or rings due to sizing and materials.
10. CRAVINGS: RECIPES FOR ALL THE FOOD YOU WANT TO EAT
This is the best cookbook ever!! I have it an I absolutely love it. It's actually so fun to just sit down and read it cover to cover (which I've done a few times now) cause her writing is so easy to read and at times funny too. I've already made about 7 different things from this book and have fallen in love with every single one. Theres a brussell sprout salad I made one and since then have gotten so many requests for it. If you have a food lover in your life then this is absolutely the best cook book to get them. I also love 'Half Baked Harvest,' 'Jerusalem' and literally any Martha Stewart. Unfortunately, it's too late to order online (unless you splurged for overnight shipping) but there's many different chapters in Calgary!
11. Painted Pup Mixing Bowl
I had a little trouble picking which of this set as my favorite but I think I'm gonna have to go with the mixing bowl. You can never have enough mixing bowls. Now, I'm a big food lover and a big dog lover so if you know someone similar then this gift is the best. I definitely saw them the last time I was at Anthropologie so you wouldn't have to worry about getting it in time for Christmas. They also have a beautiful collection of monogrammed mugs that I think are the cutest and perfect for gift giving.
12. COMPACT AIR FRYER by Dash
If you're like me then there's nothing better than getting a new toy for the kitchen. The Dash Compact Air Fryer uses AirCrisp™ technology to quickly crisp your ingredients with 80% less oil and far fewer calories than traditional fried foods. I've said it before (four items ago to be exact) and I'll say it again nothing beats home made. And not that can include fries!...OMG...curly fries...pair this gift with a spiralizer.