Although it’s only November, Christmas will be here before you know it. The days seem to pick up momentum as soon as we reach December 1! I like to get a jump on my holiday shopping because it always get so busy in December and I don’t like trying to find a spot in shopping mall parking lots or waiting in line at stores. If you’re like me, you have a hard time coming up with ideas of what to put in your family’s Christmas stockings each year. Chocolates and oranges are usually the standards for me and I might also add a fashion or celebrity dish magazine, but then I have to put on my thinking cap to come up with original ideas. I’m happy to share some of the ideas I came up with this year for stocking stuffers for her. Read below to see whether any of these ideas will be included on your list of stocking stuffers for women this year.
I just recently learned about Crazy D’s Prebiotic Sodas and I have to say, they are now my favourite drink. Hand-crafted in small batches, these sodas are low in sugar and calories, but what’s even better is they contain prebiotics to promote good gut health. With no added sugar, no artificial sweeteners and no chemical preservatives, Crazy D’s Prebiotic Soda contains 70 calories per bottle with 5 grams of sugar. Before I tried one, I thought they would be too sweet for my liking. I was wrong. There is just a bit of sweetness in each soda, which is exactly what I was looking for. I also love that they contain no caffeine unlike many Kombucha drinks. Crazy D’s Soda come in Ginga’ Kick, Rockin’ Rolla’ Cherry Cola and Twisted Citrus flavours. Purchase online at Crazy D’s Prebiotic Soda or at select health food stores including BK Natural Foods, City Canteen, Courage Foods, Evergreen Garden Market, Farm Boy, Fiesta Farms, The Health Shoppe, Karma Co-Op, Live Organic Food Bar, Magic Oven, McEwan (Shops at Don Mills), Penguin Pick-up, Meat on the Beach, Raise the Root Organic Market, Pusateri’s (Saks Food Hall), Rooster Coffee House, The Healthy Road, Sumach Espresso, The Big Carrot, Sweat and Soda and Summerhill Market.
The 100% mulberry silk sleep mask makes a great stocking stuffer because not only is it comfortable to wear, but it improves the quality of your sleep. Sleep masks block out light so that your brain senses darkness. Your brain then sends a signal to your body to produce melatonin, the sleep hormone! This isn’t an ordinary sleep mask…it looks and feels gorgeous! This mask comes in several colours, but the back side of each mask is black so they are all 100% light blocking. The band can be adjusted from 42 cm to 70 cm so it is good for women, men or children. Buy it on Amazon Canada for $13.95
JOWAÉ Hand and Nail Nourishing Cream
JOWAÉ is a relatively new French brand that features skincare products with 96% natural ingredients. One key patented ingredient is lumiphenols, an antioxidant used in many Korean beauty brands. If you haven’t heard of lumiphenols before, they are a component found in succulent plants. Other ingredients in JOWAÉ Hand and Nail Nourishing Cream include Camellia Oil, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, which make your hands feel incredibly soft. JOWAÉ Hand and Nail Nourishing Cream makes a great stocking stuffer due to its fabulous price point of $10 (50 ml size). You can purchase JOWAÉ at select Shoppers Drug Mart stores.
World Luxurious Travel Set
If the woman in your life has not tried World Clean Shampoo and Protect Moisturizer, she’s in for a treat. These hair cleaning products contain none of the harsh chemicals of other hair products that build up in your hair. As a result, your hair feels incredibly clean. Protect is the only conditioner I have been able to use that doesn’t leave my fine hair feeling greasy. This kit, enclosed in a gorgeous pliable wood case, also contains travel sizes of Repair Deep Conditioning for Hair and Ocean Texturizing Salt Spray. This kit is the perfect size to throw in a gymbag or suitcase and makes a great stocking stuffer. Purchase online at World for $44.
This Mini Lip Pill Kit from Winky Lux makes the perfect stocking stuffer for her because it contains the best selling Winky Lux matte lip velours in mini sizes. Colours include Pippy, Royal, City, Heart and Meow. This brand is not only fun and affordable (the kit is only $21!), but is also paraben free, gluten free and cruelty free. You can purchase the Mini Lip Pill Kit at Murale located at the Shops at Don Mills. Note: These mini lipsticks are a choking hazard for children.
While chocolates are lovely to receive and enjoy at Christmas, you don’t want to go overboard with sweets. That’s why Healthy Crunch Coconut Chips are a great healthy snack to put in her stocking. Healthy Crunch’s newest flavour, Monkey Business, is made from coconut, banana, cacao powder, sunflower seeds and coconut sugar, vanilla extract, vanilla bean, cinnamon and Himalayan salt and they taste delicious! Family members with nut allergies will be pleased to know that Healthy Crunch Coconut Chips are manufactured in a tree nut-free, peanut-free, and gluten-free facility. Healthy Crunch chips are $5.99 (100g) and can be purchased at Loblaws, Shoppers Drug Mart, Costco, Sobeys, Whole Foods Market, BulkBarn, Metro, Fortinos, London Drugs and Farm Boy.