Our Holiday Wish List
Like any other upstanding blogger on the inter webs, I've spent the last couple of weeks neck deep crafting holiday wish list ideas gift guides for you! I've been going cross-eyed staring at my screen, categorizing gift ideas “for the traveller”, “for the foodie”, “experience gifts”, etc. And, like any other living, breathing human being my choices do, to an extent, reflect my own preferences.
That means, you won't find nick nacky, gag-gifts or low quality items in our guides. Why? Not that we don't appreciate a budget (hey, we get it) but our own personal style is one of quality over quantity. And, if you're one of our readers, that's likely you too! We prefer to invest in (and give) higher-end gifts that satisfy one of more of these criteria:
- Add long-term value to someone's life (heirloom gifts)
- Will (if it's a physical item) stand the test of time (no fast-fashion here)
- creates an opportunity for real connection
- Makes someone's life better, easier, more simplified
- Contributes to someone's well-being
- Makes space for creating memories
We're both big fans of sustainable gift giving, reducing waste, and avoiding giving gifts that will end up in the trash, on a shelf, or in a box. We're also fans of simplicity. That means, rather than having someone take a stab in the dark when it comes to gift giving why not just tell them!
So in that vein, we thought we'd also share our own wish-lists for this year. We hope this serves as inspiration for you too.
Functional Travel Gift Ideas We Love
Brent's Wish List
Take It Outside Gift Cards – 75% of our clothes come from Take It Outside!
Flex Mooseheads Pass – We travel a lot, so a membership doesn't make sense but a 15 game pass does!
Daily Essentials That Brent is Missing:
Sara's Wish List
Wool Coat – I've been searching for a below-the-knee, light grey, belted wool coat like this one forever!
Take It Outside Gift Cards – like Brent, most of my wardrobe comes from TIO!
Our Travel Tech Wish List
There are some things, if you're not a traveller yourself, you'd never know are gold! Things like a laptop stand that takes the strain off your neck (hello…my neck hurts everyday), an adjustable leather camera strap (the strap that comes standard totally sucks), and a drop proof laptop case! If you've seen our Ultimate Travel Gift Guide, this will look familiar but we're including a few things twice because they're that good.
Sara's Book List
As I mentioned in our “favourite things gift guide”, we read a lot! But that doesn't stop me from having an ever-growing list of books I'd like to devour. And, happily, books make wonderfully simple gifts for any book-worm in your life. Here's what's currently on my “must read” list!
Household Wish List
Nova Scotian Crystal – Another local company that we've both fond of. This falls nicely under the “heirloom gift” category I mentioned earlier.
House Cleaning Services – we're big believers in delegating and streamlining. Hiring a house cleaner was one of the best things we've done over the past few years!
Structube Gift Certificates – We love everything inside Structube and already have a list a mile-long of things we want/need for our new apartment like these stools, these cushions, this lamp and SO much more!
Ikea Gift Cards – Ikea gift cards are one of those things you can never go wrong with. We've got our eye on a cow hide for the dining room along with sheep skin throws for our living room and a hand-full of other decor items.
Our Couples Wish List
Stop your scroll! If you've got couples on your list this year, stop right here! We've got a wish-list of our own that I think will help is you've got couples on your list.
Photoshoots – We take more photos than most, sure. But who doesn't love having some special lifestyle photos! The beauty of this gift is that many couples never pull the trigger and spend the money so if you do it for them, you're the hero. Here are a couple of Halifax based lifestyle photographers we'd love to work with again or for the first time:
- Ryan Williams – Ryan Williams Photographhy
- Katherine Gillis – Katherine Gillis Photography
- Genevieve Reynolds – Genevieve Reynolds Photography
- Jenna Crowell – Mountain Primitive (have worked with her, loved it)
Experience Gifts – we've already curated a full experience gift guide and these make perfect gifts for couples!
Smart Home Assistant – Google Home is pretty common these days so you'll be surprised to hear we don't have one yet – but we totally want one!
Did you find our holiday wish list helpful? Do you have have any other great gift ideas? Let us know in the comments below!
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