Week 42 – Last minute gift inspirations in Ottawa!

That moment when you realize that someone’s birthday or the holidays are right around the corner and you have NO CLUE what gift(s) to get! Finding the perfect present can be a really tricky task. Here are the steps I typically follow and find useful:

Scroll to the bottom of this post for a gift idea summary 😉

1- Pay attention: This is my favourite approach since it’s meaningful! Listen attentively to your loved ones all year round, without even realizing it they constantly give you gift ideas! By talking about activities, hobbies or little things they want or enjoy and making note of it, you gradually create a mental checklist of things to get them!

2Go with a staple: If you don’t know the person well or if you want to play it safe just go with something standard. For instance, gift cards for the movie theatre, coffee shop or restaurants are always appreciated of course! In terms of smaller gifts: chocolates, Holiday scratch tickets, books and alcohol (a nice wine bottle or get a small bottle of Fireball woohoo!).

3- Ask them: you can do so directly or indirectly! With my family it’s simple, I ask them exactly what they want! This way you are sure to get at least one thing they will love. If they have no suggestions, you have your work cut out for you but it’s not an impossible task! A more indirect approach is to casually gather information during a day to day conversation! If the person you are buying for mentioned they love skiing, ask them where they typically go “umm…since you are considering going this winter“! Truth be told, you are asking to know where to buy them a day pass!

If you are still stuck, use Google my friend. You can find all types of gift ideas and you are bound to find a perfect option if you plan ahead. Or another idea, if you are patient just go browsing in stores since you can find gifts that way too!



Week #42 Challenge: Visit the Tanger Outlets in Kanata!

Taking the time to do new activities when you have tons of errands is tricky, so I decided to be efficient and integrated my challenge into my schedule. I wanted to get started on Christmas shopping and heard that the Ottawa Tanger Outlets are a nice place to shop!

Tanger Outlets is a North American chain of outlets stores. The Ottawa location has over 75 stores, including a few restaurants to choose from.

Important note: This isn’t a mall, you walk outside to get from one store to another so make sure to dress based on the weather.

I am very glad I went shopping with a very patient man because I couldn’t make up my mind on anything! The worst part is that I didn’t end up finding a whole lot either but I did pick-up a onesie for myself, this has to be the best invention on earth! Yes I realise that I didn’t fully grasp this whole buy gifts for others! I did buy plenty of Lindt Chocolates for my chocolate-loving colleagues and family members though!

Last Minute Gift Idea List:

1- MealGarden Subscription: My top choice as this is a perfect gift for anyone. By paying only $19.95, you offer a year subscription to MealGarden a site with hundreds of quality recipes, meal plans, how to guides and grocery lists developed by nutrition experts. Click here to subscribe.

2- Quality chocolate: Purdys Chocolatier; Lindt Chocolate, Chocolats Favoris, etc.

3-Scratch Tickets: crosswords and bingo are fun options!

4- Books: Buy one of the year’s most popular books.

5- Alcohol: One affordable top wine choice would be Wyndham Estate Bin 555 Shiraz, only $14.95!

6- Gifts cards: for the movie theatre, gas station, Bridgehead Coffee Shop, etc.

7- Donations: you can get a great gift and support an amazing cause at the same time! The Breast Cancer Foundation sells incredible calendars for which the recipient could win a prize everyday of the calendar year, the best part being that 75% of the net proceeds go towards the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation!

If you have any last minute gift ideas that aren’t listed above, please feel free to share them in the comments below!

Happy Shopping!!

Isabelle xo

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