With winter holidays only weeks away, it’s time to start planning (and shopping) for the friends and family on your list. Not sure where to start? Not a problem.
For the tots and kiddos
Watching the joy on a little one’s face when they open gifts is priceless, but it can be easy to go overboard, especially with so many fun toys, cute clothes, and new gadgets on the market. Trying to reign it in (and save a few bucks, too)? Remember this mantra: something they want, something they need, something they wear, and something they read. And no, there’s no need to get all four. Start with a fun new toy or activity—bonus points if it’s something you can do together—like a puzzle, Lego set, magic tricks, or art project from Mastermind Toys.
Shopping for clothes? Make it more exciting by sticking with your kiddo’s favourite colours, sports teams, bands, movies, or characters from Carter’s and when in doubt, size up so growing tots have more time to wear their new threads.
For the teens and tweens
Shopping for teens and tweens can be tricky. Skip the stress of finding the right brand and the “cool” styles and instead treat your teen to an outing at Westshore. Book an appointment for a cool new ‘do at Chatters or Tommy Gun’s, have a mani-pedi date at Elegance Nails, and finish your afternoon off with a bite to eat at Romeo’s or Original Joe’s—yum!
For mom and dad
Mom and Dad seem like they already have everything? Fear not. Skip the never-ending search for the right thing and instead wrap up something sweet and savoury. Find the perfect holiday drink at the Signature BC Liquor store and add a set of new glasses and drink accessories like an ice bucket and cocktail shaker from Winners for a sophisticated (and thirst-quenching) gift. Top it off with an infamous purple box of chocolates from Purdy’s give the gift that always fits.
For your furry friend
Your furry friends are part of the family so why not take the time to treat them over the holidays? While there’s nothing wrong with splurging at Bosley’s on new chew toys or a scratching post, considering picking up a new reflective collar or leash for your family pet to keep them safe (and stylish) on winter walks.
Whatever your holidays look like, enjoy the magic and wonder of the winter season.