Holiday Sparkle 101: give the perfect gifts

What do you get the girl who has everything? My favourite rule is to get that hard-to-shop-for lady on your list something that will make her sparkle & shine. Every girl loves to feel special and these goodies will surely do the trick! Bonus: These will be easy to find, even if you’ve waited until the last minute to shop (like me!).

beauty bounty

For the girl who can never get enough beauty products and gadgets:

Fresh Mini Sugar Kissing Trio, ~$28, Sephora
This trio of balms is the perfect stocking stuffer. Give all 3 to a special friend or split them up – each is universally flattering!
KORRES Fig Body Butter, ~$29, Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart
Forget figgy pudding – give the gift of soft, sweetly scented skin instead. This vegan-friendly lotion is a welcome addition to any girl’s bedside table.
Stila Holiday Brush Set, ~$36, Sephora and Murale
This set includes a powder brush, lip colour and liner brush, all over blend brush, domed concealer brush and eye shadow brush. This is the ideal gift for any girl on your list – everyone knows that the right brush makes all the difference and these are the ultimate in luxe.

warm fuzzies

These gifts will keep her cozy on long winter nights

Sorel Tofino Boot, $199.99
This winter warrior will keep the city girl on your list fashionable and dry-footed whether she’s walking to work or traipsing through Collingwood
Airplus Aloe-Infused Ultra Moisturizing Socks, $6.99
These socks keep you warm and moisturize tired holiday feet at the same time. Perfect for relaxing on the couch or wearing inside your boots, she’ll want these in every colour.
Fur Pom-Pom Trapper Hat, $39.95, Gap
Faux fur is trendy and luxe – what more to love? She’ll end up with a bad case of hat hair, but think about how cute she’ll look traipsing around town in a furry topper. [I won one of these from StyleBlog and can’t wait to wear it!]

working girl

Girls just wanna have fun – even when they’re working 60 hour+ weeks. These small gifts pack a huge punch and are sure to put a smile on her face.

Kate Spade iPhone 4 case, ~$40, Apple + Holt Renfrew
There’s nothing like polkadots and pink to brighten up even the dullest email. This case is both cute and functional – it’s in vogue and it protects!
Anthropologie Homegrown Monogram Mug, $8, Anthropologie
Retro-cool and personalized, this mug will make your 5th cup of coffee that much better. Extra credit: brew some Sleigh Ride from Davids Tea instead of quaffing caffeine.
Tiffany Stitch Card Case, $105, Tiffany and Co.
Forget boring business card holders – this leather Tiffany blue gem adds a little bit of luxe to your wallet. You’ll never fumble for your cards again – and the pop of colour is a surefire conversation starter.

If you’re still unsure of what to buy for that special lady in your life, take a look at this video by new Toronto comedy duo Real Professional. Claire Stollery and Katie Uhlmann show you how to navigate that tricky office Secret Santa situation: