Last Minute Gift Guide

This post is my very first gift guide. This year I didn’t really want much, or need much! As I was perusing the malls and the internet for presents for family and friends I realized I was trying to find meaningful gifts and coming up short, because its hard in our consumer society to find gifts with true meaning and not gifts that we just feel obliged to buy. So I thought I would put together a gift guide of possible (last minute) meaningful gifts for people in your life.

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Want to buy someone makeup? Anything nudestix – these come IN THERE OWN PACKAGING. They come in wee tins with a mirror and a sharpener! You can reuse the tins for anything you wants, tampons, lippies, essential oils you name it! This was also a great brand discovery for me this year, it’s Canadian owned and environmentally conscious.

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Saje wellness anything. Know someone that likes essential oils or wants to try them? Why not get a gift set from saje or any roller ball you think they might like! These are perfect gifts, especially if you know the person well. My personal fave is the immune rollerball. 

Tote bags – tote bags are so fun. I love them. Not that H&M is the most sustainable brand, but they do have some great tote bags, topshop has them, etsy is a hub of tote bags. These are useful for groceries, books, binders, lunches, anything!

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Lululemon align pant…or a gift card. If you don’t know the persons size but have a something in mind for someone you know who likes to workout or enjoys comfortable lounge wear then the Lululemon align pant would be my top pick for anyone who loves comfort.

Stainless steel straws. I have said it once and I’ll say it again, if you have a friend you want who has everything, or a family member that you don’t know what to get or are just looking to gift something that is useful and sustainable, i highly recommend a set of straws.

Mason jars. Need i say more? You can fill these with things or you can just give someone a pack of mason jars! They are useful and sustainable for the environment!

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A reusable water bottle. These are ALWAYS a useful gift, especially for the student in your life or the person on the go or anyone for that matter. Know someone that needs one for work? BUY ONE. You can be fancy and by a swell one or find one at Marshalls or Winners! They sell these anywhere! 

Have you finished all your Christmas shopping?


Things I liked and did in October

100% Pure lip caramel in truffle – ah baby. This is beautiful. Its 100% organic, as the name would suggest, and is a beautiful hydrating lip colour. It’s a dark rose shade, my favourite kind of shade. It also smells like cake AND tastes like cake. Isn’t that ridiculous? More like awesome. It’s the perfect fall shade. Bonus, its hydrating and looks fabulous blotted.

 

My Hourglass Ambient lighting edit in surreal light. I just love this thing. It is just the saviour on my mornings when I’m so tired and want a simple, easy peasy look. Not sure if this is still available in Canada.

 

My Pur cosmetics potted disappearing act concealer. Again a simple concealer, and I don’t need to set it which I really like. I can use my fingers and just dot and go.

Oct Faves

Doing my first 10K – Ah. I will say, while this was a great experience, I no doubt experience what is called “runners remorse” which is basically while you finished the race, your time isn’t what you wanted and you feel somewhat down for the day following. However, I was told this was normal and I did run my own race and I did accomplish this.

 

My reusable cotton rounds – I have recently stopped purchasing cotton pads at the store in plastic packaging and made my own out of cotton yarn (I think its cotton, who knows) as well as old beach towels. Since I don’t wear foundation and I only use witch hazel in the morning these work perfectly for me. I also remove my makeup using oil cleansing which requires a cloth. Sustainable and a fun thing to make on a lazy Monday night!

 

Reusable netting bag – I LOVE this bag. Its lit. Honestly like how can you go wrong? I ordered this off of Amazon during the summer and it’s the best 12.99 I’ve ever spent. I’ve noticed my plastic bag consumption drastically drop and I’ve also noticed the looks I get from certain retailers when I say “no bag thanks” I sometimes get an odd look. At places like Lush this doesn’t happen, but at places like Marshalls or winners I get some odd looks from the cashier.

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My naked running crops from lulu. These crops are darling. They are the “naked” sensation, which Lululemon coined as a term for pants that feel like you are wearing nothing. I also fell over when I saw the price, $128 are you kidding?! But the girl convinced me to try them on and that she loved running in them. Well ma’am you look like you are in lit shape so I’ve been convinced. Love at first site. LOVE. I got these in the summer so they were perfect for then and are still perfect for the fall weather.

 

Spiralizer. This month I attained a spiralizer. AMAZING. It has changed my food game completely. Spiralized zucchini, lentil pasta and homemade pasta sauce, such taste. If you are considering one I highly recommend it.

 

What have you been loving this month?!