The streets are sparkling with twinkling lights, the stores are bustling and the sweet scent of homemade baking is wafting out of your neighbour’s kitchen window. The holidays are here, and you are not (I repeat: not) going to leave your shopping until the last minute. Don’t worry – we’re here to help. Get your gift-giving gears turning with these 6 awesome gift ideas from Winnipeg’s brand new Outlet Collection.
Sweets and treats
For the one who loves to snack
If you’re looking for something sweet for your sweetie this Christmas, look no further than Lindt. Chocolate shops tend to have a magical aura about them during the holiday season, and Lindt is no exception. Grab a collection of chocolates in a lovely star-shaped package (#1, $8.79) or pick the flavours yourself (#4, 8 pieces for $7 or 100 pieces for $40). The decadent appeal of chocolate comes full force in the Lava Cake Bar (#3, $4.50), a scrumptious combination of dark truffle with a melting centre, coated in milk chocolate.
On the cozier side of this sweet gift idea is the DAVIDsTEA advent calendar (#2, ideal for an early xmas gift to be enjoyed throughout the month, $45) and the accompanying “Perfect Tumblr”, suitable for hot or iced tea (#5, $18).
For the diva in your life
Maybe your special someone prefers the finer things in life – no problem! Head straight for Saks off Fifth to browse luxury brands at a discount! This stunning clutch by Badgley Mischka (#2, $169.99) will dazzle alongside a sparkling pair of Saks off Fifth brand earrings (#5, $19.99). Optional additions to this fabulous look includes a House of LaFayette toque (How cute are the pearls? #1, $69.99) and a Saks off Fifth brand bracelet (#4, $34.99).
Behind the scenes, your diva can keep their skin looking fabulous with the Orange Blossom Set from Portia Ella (#3, $75) with gel cleanser, facial toner and moisturizing cream.
Into the wild
For the one who loves spending time outdoors
When it comes to buying for outdoor adventurers, you can’t really go wrong at Roots. Maple syrup (#2, $10) makes for an excellent and tasty stocking stuffer, as does a pair of cozy buffalo check socks (#4, $12). Flip mitts (#6, $48) are great for those who are heading out to take photos with their iPhone (it’s really annoying to have to take off your mitts to use touch ID).
At Mountain Warehouse, you will find items for the practical side of exploring the outdoors. A sturdy winter hiking boot (#3, $149.99) is one of those must-have items for any adventurer, as is a fur-lined aviator hat (#1, $29.99). Last: a truly Canadian-esque camping mug (#5, $5) ties any wilderness-theme gift together.
For the one who’s always travelling for work
Who said work-appropriate clothing has to be boring? The tailored-fit button up shirt from the Banana Republic Factory Store (#1, $69.99) suits the needs of a basic, while also offering black lined detailing. And you can’t go wrong with a fine pair of leather gloves (#4, $59.99) or something sparkly like this jeweled floral necklace (#3, $44.99).
For the entrepreneur or professional on the go, a trip to the Samsonite Factory Outlet is what baggage dreams are made of. This gorgeous Lipault piece is a laptop bag (#5, $369.99) disguised as a purse, making it both versatile and practical. Complete the set with the matching Lipault wallet (#2, $99.99).
Fit and athletic
For the one who is always at the gym
Know someone who can’t seem to get out of their leggings and yoga pants? The ideal gift for this persona can be found at LOLE, an active wear shop for women. Grab a travel yoga mat (#5, $34.99), a sports bra (#3, $39.99, save this one for people you’re close with, obviously) or a running beanie (#1, $38).
More stretch-friendly clothing can be found a the unique NoMiNoU, a Canadian lifestyle brand that focuses on original artwork in their designs. The leggings (#4, $99) come highly recommended, and their infinity scarves (#2, $59) are light, soft and comfortable.
For the one who loves everything covered in sequins
Younger me squealed when I entered Justice, a bright, glittery, sequin-covered kid’s paradise. Apparently, the poop emoji is all the rage right now, so we started this haul with a pillow poop-plush (#1, $24.90).
Unicorns and mermaids have had a similar burst of popularity, making a unicorn notebook (#2, $12.90), face mask (#3, $3.90), light (#5, $19.90) and a starfish shaped bath bomb (#4, $5.90) ideal gifts for under the tree. And if you have a budding fashionista on your hands, don’t forget to pick up an adorable sequin bow (#6, $6.90).
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