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With just over a week until Christmas, the last minute hustle to finish our Holiday shopping is on in a major way. If your “nice list” is long and you’ve yet to find the perfect present for those you love, we’ve got you covered. With style in mind, we’ve put together our top picks for everyone from Bae to the little babes that add style to the home and smiles all around. 

Whether it’s for mom or the woman of your dreams, this year is all about luxury for the ladies. Giving the gift of relaxation and pampering is a sure-win, but keeping style in mind is key. With small spaces and limited storage a part of urban living, choosing pieces that blend beautifully into a well-designed bathroom (even if left out) is essential. 

Hand crafted in Vancouver (by a team of stellar babes who totally know what women want), these pretty little bars make any bath a luxurious experience. The brand knows the importance of natural ingredients for natural beauty, and also have a passion for keeping our environment beautiful, too – no animal testing, 100% recycled packaging and partial proceeds of sales go to the BC-based non-profit organization, Sea Legacy. This feel-good gift will leave your lady feeling extra lovely as well, with four different bars to choose from: Softening, Calming, Restoring and Detoxifying.

We’ve all heard that beauty comes at a price, but our hair (or bathroom style) shouldn’t be paying it. With seemingly little innovation over the past few decades for our daily hair drying tools, Dyson has brought women around the world a brilliant new machine that not only looks sleek (read: it can live visibly within the bathroom and add an element of visual interest), but the technology behind it is designed to save our hair from damage. Relying on powerful airflow rather than extreme heat, this chic little tool is turning the haircare industry on it’s head. Salon-style blowouts at home? Your lady will love you for it.

Everyone is leading busy lives, so encouraging the man in your life to take the time to unwind is a gift he’s sure to appreciate. Finding items that are functional (keeping in mind that men are  often all about the practical gifts), look good within the home (is it fair to say most men would appreciate a little help with amping up their interiors style?) and also give him an excuse to chill out , is priceless this time of year. 

Technology is always a win-win gift for men, but finding gadgets that wow him and also add to his interior decor is the ultimate score. Sonos speakers can be used together around the home, offering a whole-home sound, or rooms individually controlled with different playlists and volume all via your smartphone. Working off wifi vs bluetooth, gone are the days of phone calls and message notifications interrupting the mood – the music (which combines all his itunes, spotify and other streaming libraries in one place) keeps playing uninterrupted even when his phone is blowing up. The best part? Sonos designed their speaker collection to seamlessly blend into any decor: with a minimalistic appearance and sleek design, these speakers literally let their sound make the style statement.

After a hectic Holiday season, giving the gift of comfort is sure to be a hit. For all the post-Christmas lounging he’s sure to want to do, IN BED has created a stellar collection of washed cotton sheets that offer up the ultimate in softness and comfort, but come in an array of colours that he’s sure to be into.  The Australian label has made bedding less something that you want to tuck away behind closed doors, and more something that you can haul out to the sofa for those extra loung-y nights in front of the tv without compromising on style. 

While the majority of kid-related gifts are seemingly designed to overwhelm us with noise, loud colourways and overall obnoxiousness, we’ve found a few  kiddie finds that are style-approved, too.

Every kid loves to hang out in a fort, so this year Domestic Objects (founded by a Vancouver mama who was hunting for stylish play areas for her own littles) is bringing you decor sanity by offering a super cool tent that will save your living room cushions and blankets from old-school fort making. With a chic, minimalist aesthetic (I’m loving the neutral unbleached cotton, but they also offer a variety of colour ways and patterns for the more fun-loving parents) the tents come in a smaller teepee style silhouette and also a larger size that can come with a mattress, allowing it to double as an extra bed for sleepovers. Don’t have any human littles in your life? The Domestic Object tents also make super stylish beds and hang outs for your fur-babies, too

When it’s time for the little ones to snuggle up, give them a place to lay their head that looks good around the home. This Ginger Lifestyles toss cushion is ultra-soft and brings a playful pattern, making it a fave for wee ones, but it also has been designed with current design trends in mind: the indigo-dye pattern and colourway is complimented by this seasons hottest motif, the cactus. So whether in the nursery or dragged out to the living room, this cushion is a stellar score.

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