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Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Travel, Food, Drinks, and Tech

It can be challenging checking off all of the items on your friends and family’s wish list, especially when they seem to have everything. Don’t worry, I put together a special gift guide that will make your shopping easy and stress-free, from the comfort of your home.

DK Travel Books

DK Books are always a great gift for any traveler because they feature a detailed look at the area you are traveling to. They allow you to see the history, art, architecture, and culture through stunning photography before you even arrive at your destination. Here are a few of my favorites:

Perfect for the traveler visiting the Caribbean DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Caribbean ($24.85 CAD).

If you dream of Italy, this DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Italy ($29.82 CAD) will take you on a journey from top to bottom of the country.

London England is a huge draw for tourists from around the world.  This handy guide has everything you need to know DK Eyewitness Travel Guide London ($15.99 CAD).

Tour New York with this pocket-sized guide packed with insider tips and ideas and color maps Top 10 New York City ($10.93 CAD).

Kitchen Kickstarts

These kitchen gadgets are the perfect fit for the culinary master (or those who try to be). Maybe if you are lucky, they will let you be a taste-tester.

The PowerCore 5000 (24.99 CAD) is a compact, portable charger that is surprisingly lightweight and is perfect to keep your electronics charged on the go.

Gift Guide 2018 power port anker

Don’t forget to pick up the 60W with Power IQ, PowerPort 6 (39.99 CAD) or the 40W Power IQ Powerport 4 (24.99 CAD) so that you can simultaneously charge all your devices from your iPhone to your iPad.

Another stocking stuffer for the gadget geek on your list is the PowerLine II 10ft Lightning Cord (19.99 CAD) which will let you charge your Apple devices even in hard to reach places. This cord is Apple MFi Certified and also available in 3ft and 6ft lengths.

Gift Guide 2018 10 inch cord anker

Every music lover needs a speaker on the go and Anker delivers with the Soundcore Mini Super-Portable Bluetooth Speaker (31.99 CAD).  Getting music on the go has never been easier with this portable speaker that packs big sound and impressive bass.

Gift Guide 2018 Mini Speaker Anker


Pact Organic out of Boulder Colorado are the makers of organic cotton clothing that not only fits well but is so comfortable.  Highly affordable travel clothing, the Cropped Leggings ($20 US) are perfect for activities.  The lightweight eco blend Wrap Cardigan keeps you warm on a plane ($40 US).  The ever-popular Scoop Neck White Tee is perfect for all day travel ($16 US).

Sunday Afternoon’s headwear (starting at $28.00 CAD) is a go-to for travel gear. For the winter adventurer, their beanie collection will keep you warm on even the coldest days. The Havana hat offers UPF 50+ sun protection and is perfect for packing with a crushable paper straw weave.

Gift Guide 2018 Sunday Afternoon Beanie

For the adventurer that has everything, you can never have enough of these! The Darn Tough socks ($23.00 – $33.00 CAD) are great for active kids and adults. Made in Vermont with a Merino wool, nylon and spandex blend on Italian knitting machines, these socks are ultra-lightweight without a toe seam and it leads to blister-free bliss on any outdoor adventure.

Gift Guide 2018 Darn Sock

The Hydro Flask ($35.95 & up CAD) is not only stylish wine glass but also a coffee mug with many colors to choose from.


A gift for someone who has everything is the gift of safety. In the great outdoors, there is nothing more important than a good headlamp and the Ledlenser brand is one of the best you can find. Whether it’s illuminating your way on your next hiking trip or finding the bathroom when your power goes out, the Ledlenser MH10 (99.95 CAD) a must-have in your luggage and emergency kits.

Gift Guide 2018 Ledlenser Head lamp

For the outdoor adventurer on your list, the Leatherman Signal (137.44 CAD) is everything you need in a multitool in your backpack. This high-quality stainless steel tool comes with a firestarter, hammer, one-handed blade, sharpener, and an emergency whistle and a 25-year warranty.

Gift Guide 2018 Leatherman_Signal

Ebags designs a plethora of travel gear and for those who travel light, the Hardside Spinner Carry-On Luggage  ($215.00 CAD) is the ideal choice for a weekend getaway or a journey abroad.  Available in three colours of gray, blue and magenta.

Gift Guide 2018 Ebags Carry on luggage

Ebags Pack it Flat Toiletry bag ($50.38 CAD) is a must-have whether you are traveling or just going to the gym.  Organizes all your toiletries in separate compartments so they are easy to find.

Gift Guide 2018 Ebags Flat toiletry bag

Skin Care

One of the best natural skin care lines in the market is Consonant.   Travelers on your list would appreciate these natural products for their next trip.  Ozone layers are depleting so The Perfect Sunscreen ($45 CAD) is a must for sun protection.  Award-winning Natural Foaming Face Wash ($12 CAD) will keep the face clean from daily exposure to the elements.  The Clean 100% Natural Bamboo Cleansing Cloths ($9.00 CAD) serve multiple purposes and are biodegradable.


When you are heading to a holiday party, a bottle of wine or spirits is the perfect hostess gift. Grab a bottle of Cookies and Crazy Cream Liqueur (28.95 CAD), which captures the flavor of cookies right from the oven. With hints of chocolate, vanilla, and biscuit, this sweet spirit will make the perfect cocktail for the host with the most.

Gift Guide 2018 Cookies & Cream drink

To enjoy the taste of spirits without the dreaded hangover, SeedLip Drinks brings the flavor of spirits without the alcohol. Try the floral and herbal blend of Garden 108 ($45.00 CAD) or the cardamom and Jamaican Allspice Berry infused Spice 94 ($45.00CAD).


For the coffee-lover in your life, CaffItaly S07 has a few options to keep them caffeinated and on the go  ($129.99 CAD).

Gift Guide 2018 Caffitaly


Give the gift of well being “New Year New You” ($299+ CAD) from Hotel X Toronto.  Experience one of the most comprehensive Athletic Centre’s  “TEN X TORONTO“.  With over 90,000 square feet of athletic space housing state of the art facilities. The package includes an overnight stay, a fitness experience with a choice of one of the following:

  • Personal Training Session for Two
  • Private Duet Pilates Reformer Session
  • Two Group Classes per person

Photo courtesy of Hotel X Toronto

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NOTE:  Gift Guide 2018 prices quoted are in Canadian Dollars unless otherwise stated, taxes not included.  Most of these products are available in the United States and Canada with a few exceptions.