My Favourite Things! A Women’s Holiday Gift Guide

It’s been a while since I put together a Favourite Things post!  Sometimes it’s really just all kinds of fun to wish and dream about what you might like to have appear under the Christmas tree.  And my husband likes it when I do these posts because it really helps him with his Christmas shopping, and it’s a win for me because honestly it’s just way too much work trying to explain everything.

So I thought I’d put together my Christmas wish list along along with a few of my favourite things.  It’s kind of like the good old days when Oprah hosted her Favorite Things show…man I miss that.




This Christie HD Radio by VQ is the coolest thing ever.  I was recently sent one from VQ to review, and I have to tell you how much I love this little unit.  You can play music through this adorable speaker right from your own music library or streaming service via Bluetooth from any smart device like an iPod, iPhone, computer, or iPad.  Since I plan on using this speaker alot, I have put it next to my kitchen space so I can listen to music while I cook.  Doesn’t it look so cute there?!  This would make such a great gift!   And you’ll be happy to know that it comes in a number of different colours (including teal!)…I chose the black and cream because I wanted it neutral for my home.  Love love love

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At the Finding Stillness workshop I attended in September, I was introduced to Rough Linen.  Kim had a pinafore that I absolutely fell in love with and I imagined myself cooking and creating all the things in my very own!  So naturally I have added this Rough Linen Pinafore to my Christmas list.  Isn’t it gorgeous?!

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Recently I was sent this FjallRaven Greenland Winter Parka to try, and as soon as I opened the package I loved it.  It’s exactly the kind of coat I picture myself in this winter.  It’s rustic but cute, and practical and pretty.  This jacket is wind and water resistant, and the hood and the inside of this parka is lined with a warm teddy-pile lining, so it will be perfectly warm for our harsh winters here in Alberta.  It would be good for hiking but also for running around doing everyday things.  I also really like the length of this jacket, with having to pick up kids from school and running errands and working, I like to feel fully covered up…if my butt isn’t covered in the winter I feel cold…know what I’m saying?  😉   I also like that this jacket has a lot of pockets for your things, plus two hand warming pockets…so great!  If you want to see more, there are a lot more winter coats for women, as well as a number of other great outdoor items on the FjallRaven Canada site!  This jacket would make a great gift!

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I have had my eye on these Luxe Blankets by Top Knot Style for a couple of years now!  I mean just look at them…what’s not to love?!  They look so soft and delicious!  I also love that these are made locally (in the Edmonton area) by the very talented Amanda of the blog, Natural Mommie.

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I discovered another great business at my Finding Stillness retreat and that is We are Caribou.  They make hand carved, wooden kitchenware at their Manitoba homestead, and it is all SO gorgeous!  I have added these maple bread boards to my wish list this year!

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On our recent visits to Ucluelet, BC, we discovered a great clothing shop called Pina Styles, and their shirts and sweaters have quickly become some of my favourite!  All of their clothing is created and printed with original designs on comfy sustainable clothing, and all of the designs are amazing!  One of the best things about their shop is that you can actually pick the art you want on your clothing.  When I was there this summer I chose this anchor and school of fish for my shirt, then I when I got back home I discovered that they also have an Etsy shop.  So now I don’t have to drive 15 hours just to buy my favourite shirts!  I recently just ordered this Skeleton Mermaid Design on a Slouchy Shirt and I love it!  Love love love.

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This year I splurged on a pair of winter boots…I love boots and shoes and purses because they always fit…they don’t just stop fitting because you had too many pieces of chocolate cake, am I right?  Plus, in this climate a girl needs a pair of pretty and practical winter boots…yes there is such a thing!  I bought these Tivoli II Pull-On Boots by Sorel, and I adore them.  It’s funny too, because every time I wear them, someone asks where to buy them.  They’re a great boot, and they look great.  You can see me wearing them in the picture above…love them.

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We LOVE LOVE our new Saeco GranBaristo Avanti.  This is a splurge for sure, but honestly I’ve never had better coffee!  It can make almost any kind of coffee you can imagine:  Regular Coffee, Americanos, Cappuccinos, Espressos, Lattes, Flat Whites, Ristrettos, Macchiattos, as well as steamed milk or plain hot water for tea.

This new model also has some really fantastic features!  Using the Saeco app, you can choose from 18 drink options and brew directly from your smart device.  So you can be laying in bed and with the press of a button your coffee will brew.  Awesome.  There’s also a really neat feature that you can use while entertaining: you can take all of your guest’s coffee orders through the Queue Order function, fully customizing each drink to their preferences, all on the app before even leaving the dinner table.  Aside from all the great features I also really like it’s sleek look, and compact size.  It fits right in the same space as my old coffee maker.  This would make an amazing Christmas gift for the coffee lover in your life!

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Funny thing about this lipstick is that my teenage daughter introduced it to me.  I’m actually not a big lipstick wearer for a couple of reasons…one I haven’t found a shade that I really like, but the biggest reason is that most lipsticks give me cold sores which is so so annoying.  But after I saw my daughter wearing this matte lipstick I wanted to try it.  I loved the matte look and how natural it looked on her lips.  So I went to Sephora and bought this Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick  (in matte soft nude), and I love it.  I love the colour, it stays on for a long time, it isn’t sticky (my hair doesn’t get stuck in it), but most important to me, it doesn’t give me cold sores!  So now I wear lipstick and I feel like a big girl.  Ha!

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Fave and Wish

This Skoah Aha Mask is one of my favourite beauty products and since I’m almost out, I’m adding it to my Christmas list this year (hint hint honey)!  I first tried this mask when I went for a facial at Skoah, and after this mask was applied I was shocked at how soft and dewey my face was!  I was so happy (and surprised) that it didn’t irritate my skin or turn it bright red like a lot of products do.  Since I loved it so much I bought a container, which has lasted over a year, but now I’m out and need another.  This is a fantastic product.  I love love it.

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Thank you for reading all the way to this point…I hope you may have found some inspiration for yourself or the women on your Christmas list.  I had fun putting this together!

What do you have on your Christmas list?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Have a very Merry and inspired day!


For more gift guides and holiday shopping ideas, visit here:


Teenage Girl Holiday Gift Guide

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Men’s Holiday Gift Guide

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Disclosure:  I received the Fjallraven parka, VQ Radio and Saeco GranBaristo Avanti for review, but if I didn’t love them there’s no way they would have made it on to my favourite things list!  Only things I love end up here.  xoxo

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  • Reply Barb November 18, 2016 at 11:25 AM

    What a fabulous list Jo! great ideas all of them … taking note (he he)

  • Reply Kim November 18, 2016 at 10:43 PM

    I love that skoah mask too! So great.

  • Reply Robin November 20, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    I really, really want one of those radios. So cool.

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