HOLIDAY '14 | 20 Gifts That WOW

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It's never easy to find that perfect thing. Since time is of the essence, I thought I'd try to help, and since I know you have places to go and things to do, I'll keep this intro brief. These 20 gifts will wow them, from the highly sentimental to the just plain awesome. Oh, and be sure to check back next week for the most genius stocking stuffer ideas. Happy Shopping! 


PERFECT FOR: The woman who likes her outfits with a rockstar edge. 

WHY IT'S AMAZING: This jacket gives you the bad-ass biker vibe of a standard moto with the warmth of a winter coat, thanks to its cozy (detachable) sheepskin collar and added Thinsulate™ insulation for extra warmth. 

OUR PICK: Gabby Wool Blend Biker, $249, Danier


PERFECT FOR: The caffeine addict. 

WHY IT'S AMAZING: If they love options with their coffeee but still crave convenience, it doesn't get better than Nespresso. The new VertuoLine Coffee System lets the sleep-deprived brew up the perfect long-cup coffee or a more intense espresso via two different capsule sizes. Wonder about the waste? Be sure to let them know about the new easy recycling options available via TerraCycle.

OUR PICK: Nespresso VertuoLine Coffee System, $299.95, Hudson's Bay

WOW GIFT #3: A Canadian Keepsake

PERFECT FOR: The proud (and, obviously, stylish) Canadian.

WHY IT'S AMAZING: The HBC Collection blankets are steeped in history. Opt for an iconic HBC Stripe, or choose a more subtle solid hue - either way, one of these blankets will add instant Canadian chic to any home. Price points vary greatly, from the well-priced cotton and polar fleece versions to the more expensive authentic wool point blankets which have been in production since the 18th (!) century. 

OUR PICK: Scarlet Caribou Wool Throw, $150, Hudson's Bay

WOW GIFT #4: An Action Hero

PERFECT FOR: Your on-the-go action hero.

WHY IT'S AMAZING: With its touchscreen display, an image capture rate of 30 frames per second, and super high resolution video quality, the latest GoPro lets you capture all the action wherever you go. Our favourite part? You can now share your images instantly to the GoPro App with the camera's built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. 

OUR PICK: GoPro HERO4 with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, $449.99, The Source

WOW GIFT #5: A Classic Duffle

PERFECT FOR: The man who loves weekend getaways. 

WHY IT'S AMAZING: Made in Canada from 100% Italian leather, this classic bag is the perfect weekend companion (next to you, of course). The hand-rubbed vintage tribe leather will develop a rich patina over time, ensuring the bag will only get softer and better with age. 

OUR PICK: Small Banff Bag in Vintage Tribe Leather, $388, Roots 

WOW GIFT #6: A Fitness Tracker

PERFECT FOR: The fitness fanatic/tech obsessed. 

WHY IT'S AMAZING: If you know anyone who already owns a FitBit, you'll understand the obsession. Since it tracks everything from calories burned and consumed to sleep quality (or lack thereof), they'll love being able to start their New Year's resolutions off on the right foot.

OUR PICK: FitBit Charge Wireless Activity Tracker, $139.99, The Source

WOW GIFT #7: A Romantic Gesture

PERFECT FOR: The sentimental girlfriend/partner/wife who would hate to get a FitBit (see Wow Gift #6)

WHY IT'S AMAZING: Ok, first of all it's Kate Spade. Next, it says 'it's written in the stars'. Yup. Swoon. You've totally got this one in the bag. 

OUR PICK: Kate Spade Written in the Stars Bangle, $58, Hudson's Bay (also avail in rose gold & silver) 

WOW GIFT #8: A Sparkly Stunner

PERFECT FOR: The fashionista/party starter. 

WHY IT'S AMAZING: It's a sequined, bedazzled crop top. Need I say more?

OUR PICK: Short Sequined Top, $39.95, H&M

WOW GIFT #9: A Cool Turntable.

PERFECT FOR: The music lover/hipster.

WHY IT'S AMAZING: This all-in-one record player and recorder lets you play your old LP's, then convert them into digital files. The turntable connects to your computer via USB, making it easy to preserve your vinyl in digital format, and the built-in speakers let you crank up the volume. Oh, and it looks pretty. 

OUR PICK: ion Audio Archive LP USB Turntable, $99.99, The Source

WOW GIFT #10: Good-for-You Nail Polish

PERFECT FOR: The eco-conscious girl with a penchant for polish. 

WHY IT'S AMAZING: This buzzed-about paraben-free polish line is infused with kale extract, known for its high levels of Vitamins A, C and K, which helps hydrate, nourish and grow nails while rocking the season's latest shades. Because it's not enough to just eat kale chips. Whoa, imagine eating kale chips while wearing kale nail polish? 

OUR PICK: Nail Inc. NAILKALE Superfood Base Coat, $17 each, Sephora

WOW GIFT #11: Something in 2015's Colour of the Year. 

PERFECT FOR: The trendsetter. 

WHY IT'S AMAZING: It used to be called burgundy. Last year we called it Bordeaux or Oxblood. But now that Pantone has named it the official colour of 2015, we will henceforth refer to it as 'Marsala'. I can't think of a better way to celebrate the shade than with this gorgeous Coach handbag, sure to be cherished by any in-the-know stylista.

OUR PICK: Rhyder Satchel in Suede, $495, Coach

WOW GIFT #12: The Latest Sports Technology

PERFECT FOR: The soccer player or hardcore soccer mom. 

WHY IT'S AMAZING: It might look like a regular soccer ball but don't let it fool you - the miCoach Smart Ball's incredible sensor construction lets any soccer player fine-tune their kicking technique with instant feedback on power, spin, strike and trajectory. Then, it instantly relays the kick data to the miCoach app on your Apple device. Oh, your teammates will be soccer pitch green with envy with this one.  

OUR PICK: Adidas miCoach Smart Ball, $219.99, SportChek

WOW GIFT #13: Cool Pajamas. Seriously.

PERFECT FOR: The Netflix afficionado. 

WHY THEY'RE AMAZING: I know, I know...PJs?! On a 'Gifts that Wow' list? Here's the thing, though - making matching jammies cool is no easy feat. Luckily GAP has managed to achieve PJ perfection this season, thanks to its lightweight cotton poplin fabric (no overheating with these), a longer inseam (tall girls rejoice), and the cutest ever prints, from an allover umbrella print to a graphic tiny zebra print to a classic navy dot. 

OUR PICK: Printed Poplin Sleep Set, $64.95, GAP

WOW GIFT #14: A Great Camera for the Novice

PERFECT FOR: Parents/Non-Parents/Anyone who loves to take great pics.

WHY IT'S AMAZING: For the person who wants a point-and-shoot with the quality of an advanced digital model, I've found the perfect camera. With its 50x optical zoom (need to try it to believe it),built-in video camera, and compact design, this camera reliably captures pixel-perfect pics of life's blink-and-you-miss-'em moments. 

OUR PICK: Canon Powershot SX50, $359.99, Black's



WHY IT'S AMAZING: From novice to advance knitters, they'll love being able to knit their very own Roots Cabin Scarf, thanks to this super sweet kit from Roots x Mary Maxim.

OUR PICK: Roots x Mary Maxim Knit Kit, $50, Roots

WOW GIFT #16: The Ultimate Hairdryer

PERFECT FOR: The girl with perpetually good hair or the woman who's always in a rush. 

WHY IT'S AMAZING: With its 3Q technology, the newest editor-favourite hair dryer from Conair is quick, quiet and quality epitomized. Thanks to its revolutionary brushless motor, this dryer will last up to 10x longer and with 70% more air pressure than your average hairdryer. Plus, its Titanium Ceramic Ionic Technology will give them the frizz-free shiny hair that we all crave. Let's just call this the gift that keeps on giving.

OUR PICK: Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q Brushless Motor Dryer, $130, Walmart

WOW GIFT #17: The Coolest Sunglasses

PERFECT FOR: Any guy or girl (these are unisex) who wants to make the most of the sun.
WHY THEY'RE AMAZING: Once you try Spy sunglasses, you might never go back. With their Spy Happy Lens Technology, these lenses claim, as the name suggests, to bring happiness. How? The high-tech lenses let in the good long-wave blue light, promoting circadian rhythm balance, while blocking harmful bad rays. And thanks to their colour-enhancing polarized lenses, the view is unparalleled. Um, a pair for him, a pair for you?


WOW GIFT #18: Anything by Georg Jensen

PERFECT FOR: The design guru. The HGTV Watcher. The Hostess with the Mostest.

WHY IT'S AMAZING: Cannot for the life of you figure out why a bowl and nutcracker set costs $200? Danish silversmith, George Jensen founded his brand in 1904 and the brand's tradition of Scandinavian luxury continues today. Flawless design combined with usable art, his pieces will thrill any design-minded giftee on your list, whether it's this gorgeous perfect-for-the-holidays set, a set of stunning candleholders or a beauty of a wine bucket.

OUR PICK: Georg Jensen Nutcracker with Bowl, $215, Hudson's Bay


PERFECT FOR: The kid or kid-at-heart.

WHY IT'S AMAZING: Consistently sitting at the top of 2014's Top Toy lists, the Zoomer Dino lets your kid train and interact with a pet, without the feeding, walking or hefty vet bills. Oh, and it's a freaking dino robot. How cool is that?!

OUR PICK: Zoomer Dino, $68.88, Walmart


PERFECT FOR: The beauty buff. 

WHY IT'S AMAZING: Everyone raves about their Clarisonic and for good reason - the brush sonically cleanses skin 6x better than manual cleansing, leaving you with soft, clear, pore-free skin. While I'll admit to already owning one myself, this gorgeous gold version is totally calling my name.

OUR PICK: Clarisonic Aria Advanced Sonic Cleanser, $230, Hudson's Bay