Holiday Gift Guide: Besties

Besties-headerAnother Spiffykerms Holiday Gift Guide because hey there’s still some last minute Christmas shoppers out there so why not give them a little hint as to what to buy for Christmas… IN A FEW DAYS. Ahh! :) I’m a huge fan of Christmas, and it always brings me such joy and absolutely puts me in the best mood all month long. I can’t get enough of the Christmas music on the radio.

This one is going to be huge. Mainly because I enjoy spoiling the besties in my life with multiple gifts. Let’s not waste any time, and let’s just jump right in…


jacket-slippers‘Girls Night’ Lover: Get her some facial masks, some makeup to play with (these are the Freedom System Palettes from inglot) cute PJs, slippers, a new movie and then invite yourself over for a girls night during the holidays. Curl up with a hot cocoa (or beer!) and enjoy quality time together.

Twelve-LittleExpecting besties: I know a couple of friends who are expecting their first born children in the coming months. Why not get them a super-cool (and not-so-baby looking) diaper bag to them? This unisex courage backpack is from Twelve Little, and is completely unisex for the parents to wear with ease, and also for the other siblings that may also come in a few years. TWELVElittle is sold at: Ella & Elliot, Baby enRoute, and West Coast Kids.


Besties1Makeup lover besties: This is where I really like to spoil my girlfriends. Getting them some of their favourite makeup brands and items that they might not normally splurge on themselves for, but have been lusting after. Products from Dry Bar, Bioderma, Minted notebooks (look, they’re personalized!!) to Dior nail polishes and Too Faced cosmetics. You can’t go wrong. 

DryBarthe Big Hair Don’t Care besties: So many of my friends rave about Dry Bar products, and I’m one of the people who love the brand too. Their dry shampoo is my favourite aerosol for second day hair, and the volumizing mousse allows my hair to look great for 2-3 days after washing.

Love-with-foodFood Lovers Besties: Love With Food is a subscription box. Giving the gift of health just in time for New Years! The 3 sizes of Love With Food subscription box can be chosen by type: all-natural, organic or gluten-free. The start at $27/month for a 3-month gift subscription. Each box you buy, you are also donating a meal to a food bank in the USA each month. Use promo code HOLIDAY2015 to save $10 on any subscription box over $30 or more.

BeerBeer loving besties: Whose to say that beer is just for the guys? Plenty of females I know love a cold brewsky every now and then, so why not give them a variety pack. This one is from Oskar Blues Brewery Canundrum. Available in 34 different states.

How much Christmas shopping do you have left? Or are you finished? :) Let me know in the comments below.

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TWO Flash Giveaways!

Flash-GiveawayIt’s been ages since I have done a giveaway on my blog. So I thought it would be perfect to do one this week I mean, tis the season of giving and it’s just in time for Christmas!

T. Victoria

T. Victoria accessories T.Victoria accessories is a jewlery line with all handmade products right out of New Jersey. You may have seen it in my Holiday Gift Guide: the In-Laws post a while back. I ended up picking out twinsies necklaces for the winner and I. The one shown above is called the Spencer Red Druzy pendant and it’s selling on T.Victoria for $48. It’s simple, yet makes a statement. I’d love to pair this with a black sweater and rosy nails for Christmas. This airplane necklace is sweet too, especially for those friends who love to travel.

Follow T. Victoria accessories on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest + Instagram for more beautiful pieces.

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CaseApp-SkinCaseApp skins
I think this is too cute. This would make an ideal stocking stuffer. You can customize (or select from a variety of designs) your cell phones, laptops, and tablets. I ended up getting a custom made iPad 2 case and guess who’s little face I decided to put on it? Christmas-schnogg … aka Alfie in his little Santa/Canada Pooch jacket. Do you want to win one?

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Holiday Gift Guide: the In-Laws

In-LawsOnto my second instalment of the Spiffykerms Holiday Gift Guide 2015! My gift guides will be coming out fast and furious the next few weeks. I have a lot of ideas to share. Today, we’re talking ‘n thinking about gifts for your in-laws.

I actually find it quite easy to shop for my in-laws, since they all have similar taste to me, or so we tell one another when we all go shopping together. I grew up with one older brother, so I never had much girl-time with any female siblings…because duh I was the only female! Lol.

I lucked into having three sister-in-laws upon marriages happening. My brother is married to an Irish woman, and my husband has two sisters. I honestly feel like they could all be my sisters. I love hanging out with each of them one-on-one and having that special bond with the three of them.

My parents-in-laws are awesome too. My Mother-In-Law bakes like no other. Her cheesecakes are to die for, I always said they were like “restaurant quality” and could definitely open up her own bake-shop if she wanted. I am craving a chocolate cheesecake from her now! Good thing we are heading home for Christmas.

My Father-in-law (FIL) and I share a general interest in rocks together. I grew up with a neighbour who was a geologist, and that neighbour and I always chatted about rocks. I even thought about going into geology! Obviously I don’t know as much as my FIL about geology (he has a large collection of incredible pieces and takes good care of them all), but I love having that similar interest with him. Did you guys know I used to have a rock collection? Like a legitimate one – rocks from all over the world. I ended up gifting it to my nephew when he turned 7 or 8, because he too, shows an interest in it. Even had this homemade box to keep them all labelled separately and in their own little cube so to speak.

Alright, let’s get into those holiday gift ideas! (Some items in this post were sent for review. Opinions are my own!) 


PIL-gift2For the parents-in-laws
Yes! Two photos for the parents-in-laws. Luckily my husbands parents are fairly easy to buy for, come Christmas time. Last time I was in Newfoundland, I ended up giving my Mother-In-Law Dior + Bioderma products and she seemed to really enjoy it! Plus, I usually like to think that whatever I like, in general — a lot of other people would too, no? I mean, who doesn’t want to try out Love With Food (an organic + all natural snacking monthly subscription box) to arrive on their door step each month? And another unique gift idea I love is to incorporate their pets (or Alfie, their grand-pet in this case, hee hee!) and have a CaseApp skin on their ipad? Don’t forget about liquid resistant placemats for the pets at home too, that one’s from JC Penny. Or cute festive Owl pillows (how cute is the one with the Santa hat?!) I also love giving luxury skincare items that people may or may not have heard of before, both Aesop and Antipodes are fantastic brands.

Products shown in first photo for parents-in-laws: 

Products shown in second photo for parents-in-laws: 

BIL-HolidayFor your brother-in-laws:
Because I feel like a lot of guys don’t necessarily take care of their hair until someone steps in. For instance, I had no idea my husband didn’t use conditioner until I asked him about it! Sheesh, take care of your boys here ladies and gents. The scent of the kelp & mint duo is unreal, kind of reminds me of something from Aveda,if you know that scent. Mmm-mmm, music to my ears. The hand wash is also gorgeous smelling and I feel like it would look really great in a bachelor’s kitchen, or bathroom to fancy and pretty things up a bit. Plus I feel like foaming hand washes last a lot longer than the regular ones. Anyone else feel that way? And tell me more about those iHome headphones I’m hearing you say! They’re wireless. They’re bluetooth. They’ll love you forever for getting that for them, and thinking you spent a lot more than you actually did.

That box of Boardwalk Food Company Craft Beer Snack Mix (shown: pretzel in rosemary sea salt) is such an awesome idea. And so easy to make for a dude’s party. I guarantee they’ve never seen something like this before. You can make them in 30 minutes… WITH BEER. Gah! Genius.

You guys know I love that Juniper Ridge brand, which I included in my previous gift guide, heehee! And let’s talk about practcal gifts here. Those AllerEase pillow protectors. I know, I know. You’re thinking its’ a strange gift. It kinda is, I agree, but aren’t a lot of guys super practical? I know for sure my husband, brother and father are. They want something they know they will use. And who KNOWS how old their pillows are. Eeeehhhhw.

Products shown for brother-in-laws: 

Delsey-LuggageIf you’re feeling extra generous or happen to have a bigger wallet than I, you could always give the gift of a luxury suitcase. This one is from Delsey, and it’s the 19″ Chatelet carry-on spinner trolly. I’ll be talking more about it in depth in a future blog post, so stay tuned for that too!


For the sister-in-laws:
Although three of them are quite different from one another, I can guarantee that my three sister-in-law’s would love any (or multiple) gifts of the above shown, especially something by bareMinerals because I took my SIL there a few weeks ago (see!!). I would have loved to include these adorable bunny slippers from ardene, or even a clothing piece. One of my sister-in-laws cycles as much as her brother/my husband does. So keep in mind what their interests are, and branch out from there.

Products shown for sister-in-laws: 

The three gift guides shown above (sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, and parents-in-laws) are all somewhat gender neutral and could be used/given to either male or females. I mean, man-buns…hello? They need hair ties and hair spray. Some dude’s are totally into nail polish too you know. And I know the Sephora male employees know how to contour better than I ever will. Plus, this is to give you some ideas and what brands to keep an eye out for while shopping this Christmas (or which ever holiday you celebrate).


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