10 Great Gifts for Gals

/10 Great Gifts for Gals

10 Great Gifts for Gals

Christmas gifts

Lucky me, one of my holiday wishes has already been granted! One of my girlfriends (the illustrious IBMer) gave me the gift of time over the weekend, so I hit up Market Mall, Calgary’s favourite shopping destination. (So many great stores, never enough time to do them all proper justice.) Fortunately, I’m a champion shopper, and found these great gifts for gals, so all the  friends, moms, sisters and Grandmas in our lives know just how much they’re loved.

mini mascaras

The best mascara sampler

It looks like just a bunch of mini-mascaras, but it’s really an opportunity to find  the exact brand to make lashes lustrous. In the Eye Studio Sampler, you get six travel-size mascaras, plus a gift certificate you can exchange for a full size of the one you love the most. At $38 the set is a total bargain (and sells out every year). Found only at Shopper’s Drug Mart.

Gifts for the domestic goddess

holiday baking tinsWomen typically hate being gifted appliances and bakeware, but exceptions are made when you know domestic goddess Nigella Lawson personally uses the products. After years of searching, I finally found this Forest Baking Pan ($40) at Cook’s Pantry.

Nordic Ware Cake

Lookee what Nigella whipped up using THAT pan!

If anyone happens to be picking it up for moi (hint hint), please throw in the Nordic Ware Shortbread Pan ($45) as well. Santa thinks I’ve been awfully good this year…

Gifts for fitness freaks and old people (like me!)

vibration massager

Pain in the necks get sorted swiftly with these handheld precision and vibration massagers found at Bodo for $75 each. I tried them out and man, are they ever awesome! While you’re there, the Reflexo foot roller ($15) screams stocking stuffer.

Holiday bath sets

Philosophy’s holiday gifts sets give gals an opportunity to indulge in their favourite Christmas treats without any of the guilt (or calories). The packaging is so sweet, it begs to be given to your bestie. From $19-$54 at Sephora.

Adult onsies

one piece pyjamasI tried to stay away from recommending clothing, as everyone has their own unique style, but who could resist this onesie for adults ($39.95) from at La Vie en Rose? So cute! So cheap! So gonna buy this for myself and embarrass my daughter.

Cute and affordable home decor

Wine wall hanging

Ladies, doesn’t this wall art ring true? They have a ton of retro signs for the home at Paper Root Studios, and more stocking stuffers than the North Pole. (The Fred tea infusers were also quite nifty.)

Holiday pie plate

For the grannies on your list, I’ve got two recs. First up is this ‘Twas the Night Pie Dish ($19.99 till Nov. 30) from Royal Doulton.

Claire's jewelry hanger

For teens, Claire’s has these fantastic Wall Hanging Jewelry Organizers from $16 AND goodies from Dylan’s Candy Bar. For those not in the know, this is the famous candy shop of Ralph Lauren’s daughter. These goodies are gifted at  pretty much every celebrity baby shower in Hollywood. Trust me, you’ll score major points for nabbing these.

Christmas bath and beauty products

Lush holiday bath bomb

And be sure to nip into Lush and score smooth skin with the Sandy Santa Body Butter ($9.95) and Father Christmas Bath Bomb ($6.40), which changes bath water green!

Check back in tomorrow for my recommendations for the most disconcerting people on your list – kids!

Have you started your holiday shopping? Where are your favourite places to pick up presents?

About the Author:

I’m a freelance writer with bad hair, a loud mouth and a serious case of wanderlust. Whether it’s luggage, time or just life, I cram as much as possible into small compartments. Warning: Contents may shift during flight. My life is one bumpy ride! Follow me on Twitter or Pinterest.


  1. Jesseny 20.11.2013 at 17:39 - Reply

    Some great finds here. I personally think of getting the bakeware for the gals in my life that love to bake and are quite festive souls. Thank you for sharing this. Looking forward to see what you come up for the kiddo’s

    • Jody 20.11.2013 at 18:59 - Reply

      Thanks, Jesseny. I’m like you and never mind being given bakeware.

  2. Claire 21.11.2013 at 00:53 - Reply

    Fantastic! Definitely going to share this with the hubby! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Nachelle 21.11.2013 at 03:58 - Reply

    Thanks for sharing! I think I know a certain someone who would love the Mascara set. These are some great gift ideas!

  4. Marlene R. 21.11.2013 at 04:26 - Reply

    Great ideas. Might consider a few for myself.

  5. Dan Pigat 21.11.2013 at 14:14 - Reply

    Thanks, this will come in handy with the missus.

  6. Maria 21.11.2013 at 14:49 - Reply

    Great ideas. Thanks! (Ps. I could totally see you in that onesie. Does that mean you’ll ‘recycle’ your high school long undies?)

    • Jody 21.11.2013 at 14:50 - Reply


  7. Andrea 21.11.2013 at 21:30 - Reply

    I will have to let you know which one gets the better reaction, philosophy from sephora or the mascara sampler package from shoppers since I will buy both for Xmas gifts. Great ideas! Ps did I mention how much I love an extra reason to pop by market mall!

  8. Sue 22.11.2013 at 19:43 - Reply

    That onesie would be super comfie at the cabin… might have to drop that as a gift idea 🙂

  9. tinacormier0@gmail.com 22.11.2013 at 21:20 - Reply

    Jody-love the gift ideas. OMG..I can totally see you in that onsie. Very cute.

  10. Sarah 23.11.2013 at 20:01 - Reply

    Great ideas. That onesie is awesome, and I love anything Nigella-endorsed.

  11. Dawn Bennion 23.11.2013 at 20:03 - Reply

    Awesome ideas and great variety. My favourite is the onesies; already have requests from the teen daughters for these. Love the mascara sampler – everyone can use and who knows if you will find a new one that works better than what you have:)

  12. CoCo 23.11.2013 at 22:23 - Reply

    The signs from paper roots really made me laugh!

  13. Christine 24.11.2013 at 02:28 - Reply

    Great picks here! Cute finds. Like the shortbread pan! Thanks.

  14. Pammy Jane 24.11.2013 at 02:53 - Reply

    Totally love your ideas !!!

  15. Rachel 25.11.2013 at 05:14 - Reply


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