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David's Tea makes tea so fun and accessible whether you're young, old, new to tea, or a little further along. They have tonnnssss of gift sets right now for all sorts of tea lovers, but I managed to pick out a few favourites: the adorable Penguin Tea Party Nordic Mug ($23 CAD) and the Tea Of The Month kit ($26 CAD), which includes a nice assortment of teas.
To make more than a single serving of tea, I have a Bodum Chambord French Press ($55 CAD for 17oz), well-built and meant for coffee but works great for tea: tea leaves get plenty of room to open up and release flavour, and the mesh filters out even teeny, finicky tea leaves like rooibos. But I just found out about the Bodum Chambord Tea Pot ($40 CAD) and it looks really cool. You get the roominess of the French Press, but with the option to remove the tea leaves when it's done brewing.
For the kitchen
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I asked a good friend, who is a very talented cook and baker, what someone like him would want for Christmas (hi, D!) He mentioned Silpats ($24.99 CAD), which are actually pretty great: they eliminate the need for parchment paper in baking, and provide a non-stick surface to knead dough. He also mentioned battery-operated salt and pepper mills and I was all, "really dude??" And he sent me a picture of this Cole & Mason Mill Set ($69.99 CAD) he uses every day. This would be a nice small luxury for the cook in your life, and also D makes awesome food on the regular, so what do I know anyway.
For the person who is a perfectionist about both cooking and organizing, there's the Rifle Paper Co. Tin Recipe Box ($38 CAD), which comes with recipe cards and dividers to organize them. I keep something similar with a plastic black box and index cards, but this option is obviously way prettier and gift-worthy.
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I love collecting bunny things, so I couldn't resist adding this Umbra Anigram Bunny Ring Holder to the list. For $8 CAD, this would be such a cute stocking stuffer, and it comes in white enamel too.
Saje has quite a few nebulizers models to choose from, but Saje AromaGem ($69.95 CAD) is the most gift-able because of the modern and pretty faceted design and the mid-range price. The AromaGem expels a superfine mist of water and essential oils to gently perfume a home, without using heat. It's kind of like a candle you can refill again and again. (There is also a holistic aspect, if your giftee is a believer of the power of essential oils.) There's a pretty good range of Saje diffuser blends to choose from; the scents tend to be natural and earthy, perfect for someone that doesn't like anything that smells super artificial or cloying.
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Yo-Kai Watch for 3DS ($49.95 CAD) is also a new release and is touted as "the Pokemon killer" because of its similar concept of taming and collecting monsters, but in a fresh new package. Rather than battling for glory and badges, you stop meddling spirits from disrupting the lives of townspeople. It looks like a game for kids, but I'm an adult and would love this. (Plus it's made by Level-5, who have made Ni No Kuni, Dark Cloud, and Professor Layton, all games I love.)
"Gamers" include tabletop gamers too, you know! :P Pandemic ($41.54 CAD) is unique because it's a cooperative board game--as a team of CDC medical emergency specialists, you need to work together against the game itself to cure four diseases before they overtake the world. Winning takes a lot of communication, logic, and coordinating with each other (board game fun without the desire to take revenge on everybody that crossed you!) Alternatively, if you know a Pandemic superfan, spoil them with the recently-released Pandemic Legacy ($49.07 USD), which is intended to be a version that takes place over 12 months--real-time!--with permanent character deaths. There's a good explanation of it here.
If you want to double down on the geekery, the Game of Thrones adaptations of Monopoly ($69.95 CAD) and Risk ($84.95) are pretty cool too.
If you want to treat a PC gamer, a good gaming mouse might be a good idea. I don't have any recommendations because I don't play PC games that really need a gaming mouse (ex. StarCraft, League of Legends, etc), but this guide seems pretty solid.
On a budget?Surprise someone with homemade hot chocolate mix in a decorated jar. There are lots of options for putting something together that makes a hot chocolate just as decadent as the fancy $$$ ones, for way less (recipes here, here, or just Google "homemade hot chocolate mix".)
For someone that has more jewelry/makeup/stuff than storage space, check out some tutorials on making DIY tiered cake stands: this one only needs epoxy glue; this one requires a power drill but seems like it would be more sturdy. Lurk a thrift store or dollar store for cute pieces (bonus if they're charmingly mismatched) and add a tea cup to the top tier for extra adorable-ness. Also a good idea for holding, you know, actual baked goods or whatever, I guess.
Love doing makeup and nails? Treat someone by giving them an at-home makeover or manicure. Being taken care of by someone else is always a lovely feeling, not to mention looking and feeling fabulous afterwards!
That wraps up this post. I have one more gift guide to go, but I wanted to quickly switch gears and get this thought off my chest: even though there are lots of gift guides floating around this time of year (and I'm contributing to them :x), don't forget that in the end, it's just stuff. If you're on a tight budget this year, or can't figure out what to get, don't stress out so much. There is no gift as precious as spending quality time with your loved ones.
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