Are you crossing people off your Presents List (and checking it twice)? Tis the time of year when folks can get in a tissy over what to get whom. Chocolates? Sooo generic. Perfume? Cologne? Sooo intimate. Unless you’re absolutely sure about someone’s taste in scents, this prezzie runs the risk of landing on the gift-fail pile. And think again if you’re reaching for Christmas sweaters with bells attached, chia pets or knee socks.
There are certainly innumerable options for presents, but when you’re looking for a little “somethin somethin” for special someone in your life, these fun, practical picks are winners.
Created by Ottawa’s Samantha Brazeau-Wilson, Birch Jewellery is a unique collection inspired by colour, pop culture and nature. It includes handmade pieces such as painted animal necklaces, natural raw crystal rings and stud earrings in modern and funky designs. Birch Jewellery offers free local delivery in the Ottawa/Gatineau area. See birchjewellery.etsy.com.
Shawl Wallah is a brand of ethically produced Pashmina shawls handmade in Kashmir, Northern India. Soft and warm, the shawls are made with original cashmere wool and 20 percent of sales are donated to Save the Children India. See www.shawlwallah.com.
myTask from TaskLab is an iPhone case that not only protects your iPhone, it also includes a hidden compartment with tools customized for your life. The shell case is slim, light and beautifully designed, so it’s ideal to use while you’re on the go. See www.thetasklab.com.
The Smart Touch Wine Opener remove corks effortlessly using just two fingers to turn. Its lightweight, compact design allows it to store easily in kitchen drawers. It’s also portable. See www.viatekproducts.com.
The NapAnywhere is a portable head-support pillow, developed by a physician, that can be used on planes, subways, trains and buses and in cars. Small and compact, it fits easily into your carry-on, backpack or laptop bag. See www.napanywhere.net.
The ShaveTech is the only power source USB shaver on the market. Its sleek, non-electric charging design renders it easily portable for lightweight traveling. It can charge anywhere in the world without any adaptors or wall outlets. See www.shavetech.com.