The holiday season is a time for self-reflection, a time to think about what we’re grateful for and a time to get together with family and friends. Here are a few of my favourite things that would make great gifts for your loved ones… or to treat yourself with!
Nothing is more thoughtful, I think, thana personalizedgift. Links of London’s Sweetie Bracelet is beautiful on its own, but it can also be customized with diamond keepsake charms. Above is an idea of how I would customize my own Sweetie Bracelet, usingmy initials and my lucky number!
If you know me, you know I live for the colour black, and what’s so cool about Hounds is the vodka is…black! It’s perfect for that innovative mixologist in your life who loves creating unique and striking cocktails. And I have to say it also looks great on a bar cart!
Spinning has become an important part of my life and weekly routine. For that 45 minutes on the SPINCO bike I’m able to disconnect from the world and work up an amazing sweat. Grab a gift card for that special someone and book a class together, or buy yourself a package to get motivated for those New Year’s resolutions. I’m also a fan of SPINCO’s workout gear, which you can pick out at one of their studios.
A sleepover or staycationatabeautiful hotelis always a good idea andThe Thompson Torontois the place to do it!On top of the amazing service, stunning lobby and rooftop with panoramic views of the city(perfect place for a cocktail), the hotel was voted #1 in Toronto on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards and awarded Trip Advisor’s certificate of excellence.
Once you’re checked in, head up to Bloor-Yorkvilleforsome ofToronto’sbest shopping(Holt Renfrew is a must), a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum, indulge in float therapy at Rest Nest, have a magical selfie moment in front of the holiday lights on Cumberland Street, andgrab a bite at neighbourhood staple Trattoria Nervosa.
If you’re on the hunt for something one of a kind (and ready to invest) South Hill Home has you covered. From furniture and lighting, to accent piecesand board games (like this KIFU Paris chess set) their designer collections are incredibly curated and like no other.
When everyone else is bringing bottles of wine as host/hostess presents to holiday parties, why not bring a DAVIDsTEA gift box instead? It’s a great idea for friends you know aren’t big drinkers. The boxes include a variety of their delicious flavours and some even come with a portable tea press.
Some of the most iconic Christmas trees in the world shine bright with the help of Swarovski crystals, and this year the brand has three trees on display at Toronto’s Union Station. Escape the cold and head inside for a festive outing with the fam, and if you’re looking for another thoughtful host/hostess gift, there’s the 2018 Swarovski Ornament. It’s a beautiful keepsake to help commemorate the past year.
This month the LCBO has partnered with my favourite water, Flow, to encourage people to drink responsibly! You’ll be able to pick up special co-branded Flow at different LCBO stores across Ontario over the last two weekends leading up to Christmas. You can also find it at Union Station on December 14th. It’s a great reminder to include water in the mix when serving those festive cocktails at your holiday parties.
DAVIDsTEA was founded in 2009 and the company quickly spread across Canada. The many flavours, bright blue and signature tea accessories have become iconic to the tea landscape. The 10th Anniversary dinner was decorated with sophistication and created to display the passion behind each tea. The company was created to bring people together from all over and show how fun and delicious the beverage can be — which the event successfully captured!
The elevator chimed at the Thompson Toronto and as the door opened, the sight of DAVIDsTEA blue welcomed the select media to celebrate the 10 incredible years with the beloved tea retailer.
The table was decorated elegantly with blue and details of gold with floral andDAVIDsTEA accents as the centrepieces. Hosted by chef Eden Grinshpan, the dinner took place at The Thompson Toronto rooftop and overlooked the gorgeous skyline of the city. The weather was sunny and warm allowing media to enjoy dinner and drinks on the patio.
The drink and food menu was curated to be paired with popular DAVIDsTEA flavours. Each course had a tea pairing such as the Apricot Glazed Lamb Rack that was paired with the David’s Tea Organic Nepal Black tea. The finale was a tea-infused dessert, which featured a Forever Nuts glaze over ice cream and sticky toffee pudding.
There were photo opportunities and Customizable DAVIDsTEA Glass Nordic Tea Mugs with the onsite calligrapher Sarah Skrlj for each guest to take home.
What’s your favourite DAVIDsTEA? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!
Mother’s Day is fast approaching- it’s only one short week away! Haven’t found the perfect gift for mom? Well, we’ve got you covered! Celebrate this Mother’s Day together and show your mom how much you appreciate her- because she deserves it!
WHAT TO DO
Afternoon Tea and Spa Day at the Windsor Arms
Enjoy tea for two in the beautiful Tea Room at the Windsor Arms! After you enjoy your biscuits and cakes, you can move upstairs to the relaxing and serene spa. Every mom out there would love a day to relax and unwind from her usual busy life. Windsor Arms has a ton of treatments to choose from to give your mom the day she deserves!
Mother’s Day Brunch at the Windsor Arms
With Mother’s Day on a Sunday, it’s the perfect day for Sunday Brunch! The Courtyard Café at Windsor Arms is a beautiful setting to celebrate your mom and show your love for her (and we guarantee she’ll love it too)!
Blue Jays Mother’s Day Game
This is the perfect gift for all the sports fans out there! It will be a great afternoon of baseball and, of course, quality family time. As an added bonus, the 200 level WestJet Flight Deck will be transformed into an Oasis dedicated to pampering mom! She can get her hair, nails, and makeup done all while preparing to watch the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox!
Mother’s Day Walk for Breast Cancer
Help raise money for the Breast Cancer Society of Canada while spending time with your mom! Families all around the world are impacted by breast cancer, so it’s a great opportunity to show your support for ALL moms who have battled breast cancer. You can participate by joining one of the walks held in Mississauga, London, Sarnia, and Ottawa.
This holiday season we’ve accumulated the best items for your budget. From gifts for those at the top of your list to the Secret Santa or Kris Kringle gifts with tight spending limits. Check out the list below before you head out on your next shopping trip!
Gifts under $30!
Thinking of good ideas for Kris Kringle gifts is one of the hardest shopping challenges during the holidays, especially with a max budget of $30… To help you out we’ve put together this list of gifts that everyone will want to steal (and won’t break the bank)!
SAJE NATURAL WELLNESS
1. The Sleep Duo. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, who wouldn’t want to quiet the brain and calm the body with restful sleep? -$24.95
2. Peppermint Halo. A roller headache remedy with a therapeutic blend ALL gift recipients will appreciate. -$26.95
3. Aromaglow Matte White electric ceramic diffuser. This flame-free ceramic diffuser holds the healing power of essential oils. Perfect for a snow day in! -$29.95
Deluxe Pillow. A touch of luxe for the campers and hikers on your list! This pillow is small and light enough to bring on backpacking trips or long-haul travels and can be inflated as much as you want to adjust its firmness and height. – $27 to $30
United By Blue Copper Mule Mug Vancouver. This cute laser engraved rose gold mug is the gift that keeps on giving- for every product sold, United By Blue removes 1 pound of trash from the world’s oceans! – $30
Unisex Pom Pom Hat. Everyone needs a staple pom pom hat in their winter wardrobe! With multiple prints and colours to choose from, you can’t go wrong.-$16
Tea-infused Chocolate Box. Give the gift of fine imported chocolates infused with delicious loose leaf teas. This will definitely become a holiday favourite! -$15
Santa’s Secret Set. Everyone loves getting cozy by the fire during the holidays! This gift set includes Candy Cane-sprinkled black tea, a Limited Edition red Perfect spoon, and Santa’s Secret tea-infused chocolate. It’s the perfect remedy for a cold day! -$20
Tea Piñata. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with 10 sachets of delicious tea after you burst open this fun piñata! This is great for a friend who loves some added magic! -$25
Gifts under $100!
Take a look at these beautiful and unique gifts any loved one would be happy to unwrap! Check out the items below for the best gifts at the right price.
Hounds Black Vodka. Pour everyone a glass of this smooth, creamy, and jet black spirit this holiday season. Great for the cocktail connoisseur (or who like it straight up)! -$39.45
Swarovski Remix Collection. With an invisible magnetic closure, you can blend different pieces to create a beautiful and personal look as a bracelet, choker, or necklace. This unique styling makes this the perfect gifting idea!
Fit Short Pierced Earrings. Complete a glam NYE outfit with these gorgeous crystal mesh earrings. It may come in a small box, but it will get the biggest smile!
Zodiac Pendant. This pendant will suit anyone on your list with these glittery horoscope signs!
DAVIDsTEA spread some holiday cheer with their first nationwide DavidsTeaParty! For one hour, tea lovers could visit any Canadian DAVIDsTEA store for a free cup of tea. The event supported Me To We, with $1 donated for every cup of tea served.
DAVIDsTEA also held a special live stream pop up Downtown Toronto, hosted by ETalk reporter Liz Trinnear! The event was broadcasted live on the DAVIDsTEA Facebook page for fans across Canada, drawing 16,000 views.
Guests enjoyed their cozy drinks while listening to a beautiful performance by French Canadian, Jonathan Roy! The DAVIDsTEA pop up also offered guests a Rafiki workshop, where they could bead their own bracelets.
The pop up offered a variety of delicious DAVIDsTEA blends, including Santa’s Secret, Caramel Shortbread, Matcha Matsu and, of course, the signature, Me To We.
We saw a lot of guests stop by throughout the afternoon, but no one left without capturing a memory with the digital photo booth!
DAVIDsTEA Party was a great success as people across Canada came together to enjoy good tea for a charitable cause! Iconic DAVIDsTEA cups could be seen dispersing around the city after the pop up closed up shop. It was a great experience to see Canada coming together! 🙂
Ah, Valentine’s Day…that day of the year we’re reminded that love is special and most definitely worth celebrating. We’ve all seen our fair share of overly sized teddy bears, obnoxiously large boxes of chocolate, and instantly forgotten knick-knacks (cue eye rolls now…).
This year, we’ve decided to opt for the “wow” factor. To give that special someone something that shows you’re really thinking of them and something that shows you care beyond those typical cliché gifts.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite products that will make this Valentine’s Day your best one yet…
Olivia Wilde recently tweeted: “My [New Year’s] resolution died peacefully in a pizza box”.
Feel like you can relate? We all know how hard it is to keep our New Year’s Resolutions going strong past January, especially the ones which mean giving up some of our favourite (yet terribly unhealthy) snacks.
Luckily, there are some amazing products out there to help keep you on track with your 2015 goals. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites that will help you turn those personal promises into a sustainable lifestyle…
Got the 3 o’clock blues? Instead of reaching for another cup of coffee, try Saje Natural Wellness‘ invigorating Energy Revitalizing Remedy. This topical roll-on combines essential oils, including uplifting peppermint, zesty lemon, stimulating rosemary and refreshing bergamot to combat fatigue, reduce tension and encourage mental focus. Bye bye fatigue, hello productivity!
If “cutting back” was on your list for the New Year, make Shloer your new best friend. This sparkling, non-alcoholic grape-based drink is perfect for any occasion! Offering two flavours, Red Grape and White Grape, Shloer contains zero preservatives, artificial colours, sweeteners or flavourings. The perfect wine alternative!
The Lady I Facial Cleansing Machine system comes with 4 different interchangeable applicators to target specific skin concerns and is beneficial for any skin type! We love the facial brush to clean deep into pores and exfoliate skin. Try the sponge head to apply your serum for an even deeper absorption!
Meticulously designed with extra purity and care, this all over, long-lasting 24 Hour Face Cream is ideal for any skin type. Safe to use on children and hydrating enough for mom and dad, this gentle cream will help hydrate skin all day long leaving it feeling silky and dewy. Our favourite part? OURS by CH products are free of silicones, parabens, phthalates, fragrance, dyes, formaldehyde, PEG, petrochemical, and most common allergens!
The best way to eat clean in the New Year is to snack clean; this is the moment when Eat Nākd nutritious bars come in handy! These vegan, dairy-free, wheat-free bars are made from a cold-pressed mix of fruits and nuts. Available in four delicious flavour combinations – Cocoa Orange, Cashew Cookie, Cocoa Delight and Berry Delight – keep these desk-side for guilt-free snacking!
The holidays are over…we’re back on the grind…but some of us still still crave that detox. Our favourite way (and the most delicious) comes in DAVIDsTEA’s Detox Kit. This collection of super-healthy teas are not only good for you, they taste amazing! From Yogi Berry to Japanese Sencha, Pu’erh Ginger to traditional Detox, starting fresh has never been tastier.
What are your favourite ways to keep on track with New Year’s Resolutions? Tweet us @natashankpr!
Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry! Although it is a time of celebration, it can also be very stressful trying to pull everything together. Luckily, NKPR is here to help you to plan the perfect holiday party.
So from our family to yours, here’s a list all of the things you need to be plan the most enviable party of the season…
Mmm there is nothing that says the holidays like the smell of peppermint, apple cider and roasted nuts. Thanks to DAVIDsTEA, these wonderful holiday smells have now been bottled – well, in the form of a candle! These 100% soy wax candles (inspired by some DAVIDsTEA fan-favourites) are the perfect way to create a warm and inviting atmosphere at your holiday party. They are environmentally friendly, long-lasting and they come in adorable mason jars so they look as great as they smell. Your guests will be greeted by festive cheer the moment they step into the room!
Cooking for a large group of people can be extremely challenging, not to mention the difficulties in pleasing each of your special guests. Good thing pasta is a huge crowd pleaser and offers variety to your holiday spread! Barilla pasta has a wide selection of white, whole grain, egg and gluten-free pasta. Get creative! Offer a Farfalle with fava beans and smoked pancetta, or a Rotini pasta salad with walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, parmigiano reggiano cheese and basil – the possibilities are endless!
No need to put your health kick on hiatus for the holidays! Eat Nakd Whole Food Snack Bars inspired some delicious snacks perfect for your guests to munch on by the fireplace. This quick and easy recipe will allow your guests to indulge in those sweet holiday cravings guilt-free! Try one of Eat Nakd’s other signature flavours to create your own holiday-inspired decadent desserts.
Eat Naked Truffles with Sea Salt
1 ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup cream cheese
½ cup icing sugar
½ teaspoon coconut extract (optional)
5 Eat Nakd 35 g bar, roughly chopped
½ cup dark chocolate chips
1 tsp coconut oil
½ teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt
Beat the coconut, cream cheese, icing sugar and extract with Eat Nakd Bars until smooth. Roll into 1 ½ inch balls and place on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Freeze for about one hour. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate and coconut oil, while stirring constantly. Dip each coconut ball into the melted chocolate with a fork, covering the ball completely with chocolate, letting the excess drain through the fork tongs. Use a spoon to lightly push truffle off fork and back onto the wax paper. Spring with sea salt. Refrigerate until set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Provide your guests with that festive, warm and fuzzy feeling by serving Schloer Winter Iced Tea Cocktails, the perfect refreshment for your holiday party! The Swiss sparkling grape–based refreshment, is débuting in Canada just in time for the holiday party-hosting season. Consisting of only the very best in fruit juices from concentrate and purest waters, Shloer contains no preservatives, artificial colours, sweeteners or flavourings. Alone or mixed with your favourite spirits, it offers a wonderful, sparkling toast to the season!
Presentation of the food you’re serving is just as important as the taste. Enhance your table’s decor by adding some Zwilling ceramics and cookwares to beautifully display the dishes you’ve so carefully prepared. The Staub Ceramic Terrine combines functional design, exceptional quality and elegant presentation; a beautiful addition to your party. Take a fresh-cooked loaf straight from the oven to your table and give your guests the taste of comfort food that reminds them of being home at Mom’s for the holidays!
We all know that the best memories are made around the dinner table. It is where friends and family gather to embrace each other over delicious food and stimulating conversation, and it is important to create a beautiful setting to share these moments. Make your dining room the highlight of your party with design inspiration from interior designer Lori Morris. These elegant table setting ideas will make a statement at your party and will be guaranteed to help make the memories surrounding the table last a lifetime.
Winter. For some it’s a time of beautiful snowfalls, romantic ice skating, and holiday cheer. But for others it’s a time of flakey skin, dry hair and cold, sleepless nights leaving you looking less than your best. If you happen to fall into the latter category, this winter-ready beauty gift guide is for you.
We’ve rounded up our favourite products to keep you looking perfectly polished all winter long…
While the days get colder and colder, be whisked away to the beach with this leave-in surf mist. The OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray uses texturizing sea salt to add fullness to hair while sea kelp moisturizers your thirsty strands. The added Moroccan argan oil will add an extra touch of shine for that undone, easy-breezy, effortless hair style.
To emphasize your outer beauty, start with boosting your beauty regime from the inside. This Detox Tea from DAVIDsTEA will make you feel like a whole new person with traditional ingredients like rooibos, ginger, ginkgo, lemongrass and juniper berries. A total system reboot!
What goes into your body is just as important as what goes on it…especially to survive these long, bitterly cold Canadian days! The OURS by Cheryl Hickey EveryBody Lotion is an all-natural lotion that both moisturizes and protects sensitive skin utilizing ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil, and aloe vera. Bye-bye dry flakes, hello touchably smooth skin!
Every beauty girl knows that sleep is your skin’s best friend. This Sleep Well Roll-On from Saje Natural Wellness is a powerful and natural relaxant that promotes a deeper and more restful sleep. So grab your favourite pillow and blanket and get that warm, snuggly sleep your body needs this winter!
While the days are dull and dreary, spice up your winter makeup routine with these incredible brushes from Tweezerman Canada. The newBrush IQ luxury cosmetic brushes apply makeup flawlessly and help you to achieve that glamourous holiday look. From foundation to contour, eye shadow to eye liner, you’re all set to wow this winter season!
With our extreme weather changes, skin can take a serious toll in the winter; dry, dull-looking skin is a constant battle! Racinne’s Ultimate Hydra Perfection Defense Illuminating Cream combines grape callus with seaweed extract to moisturize skin and protect its moisture barrier. With strong antioxidant properties, this cream will also reduce the look of fine lines and dark spots.