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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas – For Him & Her

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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…

For Her:

DAVIDsTEA – The Sweetheart Collection

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Saje Natural Wellness – The Goddess Fragrance

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Mulberry – Rose Gold Heart Keyring

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Hi-Tec Canada – Bazile Lux

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Zwilling Canada – Chef Knives

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Rudsak – Black Leather iPad Case

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Tell us your favourite Valentine’s Day gift ideas…tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

 

Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

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Men are always tough to buy gifts for. Whether it’s your father, brother, partner or son – we all have a man in our lives that make holiday shopping seem impossible. Luckily, here at NKPR we are skilled in the art of shopping for men and have rounded up a selection of awesome gifts that any guy would love!

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Tweezerman Mens’ Essential Grooming Kit

Slowly but surely, men are beginning to understand the importance of maintaining properly groomed eyebrows and finger nails (thank goodness!). Rather than offering up your own beauty tools, buy him his very own Tweezerman Essential Grooming Kit. Conveniently packaged in a sleek black leather storage case, this kit is equipped with Tweezerman’s heavy-duty Nail Clippers, a perfect Pocket Nail File, Facial Hair Scissors and a Stainless Steel Point Tweezerette. Tweezerman’s perfect performance tools allow head-to-toe grooming with ultra-precision – he’ll feel like a brand new man! It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

 

!Xam Diamonds  Custom Lapis Lazuli Cufflinks in sterling silver

This holiday, buy him a gift that he can cherish forever and one that is as thoughtful as it is beautiful. The Custom Lapis Lazuli Cufflinks in sterling silver by !Xam Diamonds is the perfect gift to show someone how much you care. Lapis Luzuli is a deep blue semi-precious stone that is prized for its exotic colour. Set in a beautiful sterling silver base, the blue and silver contrast is intense yet refined, allowing the cuff links to serve as a subtle statement piece. NKPR tip: Get his initials engraved on the clasp to add a personal touch!

Custom Lapis Lazuli Cufflinks in Sterling SilverAcqua Di Gio by Georgio Armani (available at Sears)

Buy your man a something that is as much a gift to you as it is to him: heaven in a bottle a.k.a. Aqua Di Gio by Georgio Armani. This light, distinguished fragrance is inspired by the fresh sea, warm sun and the richness of the earth. With top notes of Calabrian bergamot, neroili and green tangerine with a splash of freshness, this masculine yet sensual scent is perfect for everyday wear. Acqua Di Gio can be purchased at Sears in a 50ml or 100ml bottle (perfect stocking stuffer!).

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Saje – The Peaceful Warrior Men’s Kit

Put him at ease during his morning routine with the The Peaceful Warrior Men’s Kit by Saje. This collection of four Peaceful Warrior skincare products has blends of sandalwood, lime, vetiver and patchouli evoking both strength and tranquility. This kit includes a soap bar for cleansing and exfoliating, aftershave toner that clears clogged pores, facial lotion that nourishes freshly shaved skin, and a natural mineral deodorant. Let him look forward to shaving rather than dread it!

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Rudsak Beau Jacket

Give him a gift that will bring out his inner rebel – a Rudsak Beau Jacket. Featuring leather sleeve and pocket details, buttoned front opening and a notch tailored collar, this transitional weave jacket will make any man look suave and sophisticated. Stay close, he’ll make YOU look good!

Rudsak Beau Jacket4-pc ZWILLING Steakhouse Steak Knife Set with Storage Case

For some reason men seem to really like meat – steak to be specific.  But no one can deny the satisfaction of cutting into a juicy, hot steak fresh off the grill. Grant him this savoury satisfaction and get him this 4-pc Zwilling Steakhouse Steak Knife Set! Designed in Germany and manufactured in Spain, these knives combine both form and function. Their inverted blade serration gives you the smooth cut of a fine-edge blade staying sharp throughout years of use. With their large ergonamic palisander wood handle and beautiful storage case, at-home dinners have never been so elegant!

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Hi-Tec – Sierra Duck

The Hi-Tec Sierra Duck boots are the perfect gift for the outdoorsmen this holiday. These boots provide comfort and durability, featuring a shell that protects against rips and tears and a synthetic fur lining to provide warmth while preventing sweating. If he loves spending his time in the great white wilderness, thanks to you, these boots will keep his toes snug all winter long!

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What are your favourite holiday gifts for him? Tweet us at @Natashankpr with your tips!

Holiday Guide: Planning the Perfect Party

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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…

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DAVIDsTEA- Scented Candles

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!

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Barilla Italian Pasta

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!

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Eat Nakd Whole Food Snack Bars

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.

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Shloer Sparkling Grape Beverage

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!

Shloer Winter Iced Tea

12.5ml vodk
12.5ml gin
12.5ml rum
12.5ml cointreau
15ml lemon juice
15ml apple juice
100ml Red Grape Shloer

Shake the first 6 ingredients together and strain, then top with the Shloer.

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Zwilling – Staub Ceramic Terrine

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!

 

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Lori Morris – Interior Design

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.

 

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Summer Sandwiches Contest: Win a Zwilling Panini Knife!

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Summer is the perfect time of year for fresh ingredients and delicious outdoor eats… And what better way to spend a beautiful, sunny day than out for a picnic with your favourite home-made sandwich?!

We’ve been inspired by ZWILLING incredible Panini/Sandwich Knife that easily slices through crusty breads and deli items and has a wide blade for easy spreading of condiments – definitely a summer must-have!

If you have questions in the kitchen (which most of us do!), ZWILLING.ca is a fantastic resource for all your cooking needs offering incredible how to’s and easy-to-follow tutorials. The Knife Tutorial is definitely worth checking out – it breaks down each individual knife from the ZWILLING Pro Collection and explains why each one is sized differently and how their unique shape is dependent on each knife’s purpose.

So before you hit the grill,  click here for lots of helpful tips!

**Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR and tell us YOUR favourite summer sandwich using #cookwithzwilling for your chance to WIN your very own Zwilling Panini/Sandwich Knife ($150 value)!

Take a look at some of NKPR’s favourite summer sandiwches…

Bunmi: BLT with avocado

Meg: Grilled Cheese

Denise: Wichcraft (minus the eggplant and courgette)

Tory: Walnuts, prosciutto, pear and blue cheese on a baguette

Jasmin: Nutella, peanut butter, jelly and banana on rye bread

Nicole: Anything peanut butter

Kristin: Caprese sandwich with buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes

Ashton: Grilled cheese with tomato and bacon

Ania: Rye bread with avocado, tomato and jalapeno havarti

Andre: Chicken Panini – kaiser with grilled chicken, avocado, olive oil and sauteed bell peppers

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NKPR Holiday Gift Guide: Holiday Entertaining

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The holidays are a special time when it comes to food and fetes – from turkey to shortbread, holiday cocktail parties to family get-togethers, we love the rituals and traditions that come with holiday entertaining! We’re sharing our favourite recipes, cocktails and entertaining tools to help make your Christmas dinner or holiday party a success!

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2. Spiced Noel Cocktail

•    25ml  bottlegreen ginger & lemongrass cordial

•    25ml pineapple juice

•    6 mint leaves

•    2 lime wedges

•    Soda water

•   1 oz. SKYY vodka (optional)

Glass: Highball

Decoration: Lemon Peel

Method:

·      Build ingredients in glass and stir

·      Strain into highball and top with soda

3. bottlegreen Spiced Berry Cordial ($7.99 at Loblaws, Sobey’s, and other independent fine food retailers across Canada)

4. ZWILLING Sensation 10 Piece Cookware Set (Items starting at $130.00 at www.zwilling.ca, The Hudson’s Bay and other fine retailers across Canada)

5. DAVIDsTEA Party Crackers with Tea ($16.50 at DAVIDsTEA locations and davidstea.com)

6. bottlegreen Ginger & Lemongrass Cordial ($7.99 at Loblaws, Sobey’s, and other independent fine food retailers across Canada)

7. Sears Snow Globes ($29.99 at Sears and sears.ca)

8. Sears Faux Mink Fur Pillow ($39.99), Photo Cushion ($29.99) & White Faux Fur Throw ($129.99) at Sears and sears.ca

Celebrating Thanksgiving with ZWILLING & bottlegreen

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Thanksgiving – a time to ring in the fall season, give thanks and feast on turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie! From knife sharpening to delicious dessert recipes, we’re sharing our Thanksgiving 411 to help make this year’s dinner the best one yet!

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What are some of your favourite Thanksgiving traditions? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!

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