Top 10 Gifts for Holiday 2009

Tuesday, 1 December 2009 | Tags: , , , , , , ,

With the busy holiday season upon us, who doesn't love a little shopping list boost? For all you would-be Santa's, here's our list of gifts that get the A & K Stamp of Approval:

1. Canadian Olympic Team Lamb’s Wool Sweater 

Cozy and patriotic, adult and kids’ sizes are available.$75.00 – 100.00 at The Bay. [Update: These sweaters sold out pretty quick. You may find them secondhand now if you look hard enough.]

2. Falke Tights 

$20 – $40 (USD). Available at www.asos.com, with flat-rate shipping to Canada/USA ($6-12).  

3. Dyson DC31 Animal hand vac 

It’s lightweight (1.5kg), making it easy for quick clean-ups. This model is specifically designed for homes with pets.279.99 (CAD), available in Canada at Sears Canada, DysonCanada.ca, and in the USA at Amazon.com.

4. Chanel Le Vernis nail colour in Blue Satin (461) 

It’s the new vamp. Available for about $26 (CAD) at department stores like The Bay and Holt Renfrew in Canada, and Nordstroms or Bloomingdales in the USA. Also available at Amazon.com.

5. Hunter Welly Socks 

Accessories for your boots! Available in an assortment of colours and patterns in men’s and women’s styles. Pull them up for some pizzazz for your rubber boots. 

Find them for around $45 (CAD) at department stores in Canada and online at Gumdrops (a Vancouver-based store). In the USA, shop for Hunter Welly Socks at Zappos.comEndless.com and other department stores.

6. iKaraoke for iPod 

Plug it into your iPod and you’re on! No batteries required. 
$34.99 (USD) from Griffin Technology


7. Sephora’s Ultimate Blockbuster Make-up Palette 

It has enough eye shadow, lip gloss, blush and other tools to keep even the most enthusiastic, budding make-up artist busy for hours.$48 (USD) at Sephora.com (Canada and USA), and at Amazon.com.

8. Buy Ketchup In May And Fly At Noon

A guide to the best time to buy this, do that, and go there.” by Mark Di Vincenzo. A great resource for all Shopping Bags, both veteran and novice.About $13 (CAD), available at Amazon.ca and Amazon.com


9. Abici Granturismo Bicycle for guys or girls

Designed by Italians, this bicycle will help you embrace your eco-chic side. The lightweight design keeps things nimble, while the full chain case will protect your finest from chain oil. Comes in a variety of colours.$949 at Bernstein & Gold in Vancouver or Curbside Cycle in Toronto. (See the Abici website for other dealers.) 

10. Balmain “Biker-style” Buckle Boots

There are many knockoffs, but none as sweet as the real thing. $1500 at department stores in Canada and the USA.  

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