Get set, it’s time to start your shopping engines! For me, the first gifts I tackle are those for tricky people: the in-laws, the neighbours, the coworker you can’t stand, but unfortunately got their name in the Secret Santa draw. You know who I’m talking about. Lucky for you, I’ve scoured the mall and have come up with some fab suggestions for this year’s gift guide.

The essential scratch and sniff guide

This book is the best!

Gifts for Foodies

Twisted Goods has some adorable fur wine bags ($14.95) that would make any bottle that much more special. Pair it with The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming an Expert at Wine ($25.95), also found at Twisted Goods, and you’ll be the hit of the party.

Holiday Tea collection

Has anybody ever said no to a cuppa?

Should that tricky person be more of a teetotaler, they can sip their way to serenity with this delightful Holiday Collection ($19.50) from David’s Tea. With packaging this pretty, they could easily regift if they’re a real Grinch. If your friend is a real foodie, you’ll want to check out these awesome cooking gifts.

Aveda hand relief

Aveda is pricy, but very much appreciated.

Aveda hand relief ($24-$39) soothes dry, cracked hands like nobody’s business, plus it smells heavenly.

sparkly knee sox

When in doubt: sox!

These Banana Republic over the knee sox ($20) have sparkly heels and toes, and would keep someone oh so cozy all winter.

F in Exams

We now have all these books!

I quickly snapped up a copy of F in Exams ($9.95) from Carlton Cards. Any age group would find these test answers amusing. 

Tic Tac Toe set

Banish cabin fever with board games!

Tic tac toe games ($29) are elevated with this luxe set from Bombay & Company.

stemware polishing cloths

It’s not the kind of thing I’d buy for myself, but I’d totally use it if someone gave it to me.

Everybody could use stemware polishing cloths ($16) whether they’d like to admit it or not. Found at Paper Root Studios.

vanilla soap set

Smells so good!

This Vanilla Bean Noel ($25) gift set from Bath and Body Works looks so festive in its sparkly, green box.

Sweet Georgia Browns

Move over Turtles! These are waaay more decadent.

It just doesn’t seem like Christmas without a pre-wrapped package of Purdy’s Sweet Georgia Browns ($17), now does it?

reindeer quilt

Flannel sheets just make winter more cozy.

My favourite pick of them all: these cozy, Christmasy quilt sets ($39) from Quilts Etc.

Stocking Stuffers

candy canes in front of a christmas tree

We are a cherry-flavoured candy cane household.

Hammond candy canes ($4.50) are like the Cadillac of Christmas candies. Some flavours are filled with chocolate or vanilla cream. Available at Coles.

Boot Rescue wipes

I use these up come summer.

Boot Rescue ($8.40) gets those salt stains off your boots in no time. Found at JoyDrop.

cheetah napkins


Make an easy hostess gift with these leopard print napkins ($5) from Bombay & Company.

What do you buy those tricky people on your list?