Last Minute Xmas Shopping w/ The Body Shop

I put together a one stop shop gift guide for those For those shopping at the last hour. The following collections are from The Body Shop and should cover everyone: your husband, brother, bff, co-worker, and niece, mum, aunt, as well as stocking stuffers. If you're shopping online like me and your gift doesn't arrive on time, just do what I do - write them a card and tell that what's coming in the mail. They'll appreciate the gesture and forgive you for being a late shopper.

Happy Christmas!
xo, Nathalie

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  1. OILS OF LIFE™ SKIN CARE COLLECTION GIFT SET: Full sized face oil and face cream, $65.
  2. VITAMIN E SKIN CARE: Vitamin E cleanser, serum and cream, $40.
  3. COCONUT PREMIUM SELECTION GIFT SET: includes shower cream, body butter, body scrub, body mist and hand cream, $45.
  4. SATSUMA BEAUTY BAG GIFT SET, includes shower cream, body butter, hand cream, loofah, $15.
  5. MODERN GENT'S RESCUE KIT: contains Maca Root eye serum and Face Protector moisturizer in a cute tin. (sold out online)
  6. OILS OF LIFE™ INTENSELY REVITALISING CREAM, $34
  7. OILS OF LIFE™ INTENSELY REVITALISING GEL CREAM, $34
  8. SPA OF THE WORLD™ HIMALAYAN CHARCOAL BODY CLAY, $22
  9. ITALIAN SUMMER TREATS GIFT SET: (sold out) Similar here, $11.
  10. STRAWBERRY FESTIVE CRACKER, includes strawberry hand cream and soap, $5 (sale)
  11. FROSTER PLUM SOAP: similar here, $5 (sale).
  12. STRAWBERRY SHIMMER BODY MIST: Similar here, $6.50
  13. GLAZED APPLE HOME FRAGRANCE OIL: $3

Yummy Last Minute Gifts

We're just a few days away from Christmas and if you're like me this year, you're scrambling at the last hour trying to get it all done. This year I'm thinking about giving tasty gifts to some of my loved ones, macarons from Butter Avenue, a coffee subscription from Nomad Coffee Club and, some yummo chocolate bars from Mast Brothers as stocking stuffers. Think outside of the box this year and follow your tummy and give the gift of YUM!

xo, Nathalie

BUTTER AVENUE makes my favourite macarons in the city and their cakes are pretty damn good too! I usually end up getting some of their goodies for my bday as well because in my opinion, you can never have too much Butter Avenue. With two locations, one on Queen & Spadina and another uptown in Yonge & Lawrence, it's easy to stop by and grab some goodies for the loved ones on your Xmas list.  (Butter Avenue, I love you guys!!)

NOMAD COFFEE CLUB offers coffee subscriptions across Canada and the US. They're based out of Toronto and they make it so easy to pick up a last minute gift that makes an impression. I love the idea of this for my father, a man who has coffee with breakfast every morning and one after dinner each night. It's the gift that keeps giving. #cheers

#lovewhatyougive

Alright guys. Welcome to my 2015 Gift Guide. I'll be updating this section right up until Xmas to bring you ideas of what to get everyone on your list, from your loved ones to the people who-you're-not-too-keen-on-but-have-to-give-them-a-gift-anyway. (We all have one of those.) If you have any great gift ideas let me know! I'd love to hear it. ;)

This holiday season I’ve teamed up with Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy to bring you guys this holiday gift guide. You’ve probably already seen me wearing some pieces from their fall/ winter collection, like these jeans from BR that crazy comfortable and inexpensive. I normally wear Jbrand and Rag & Bone jeans and I think these are a great alternative to designer denim. Just make sure you go down a size.  

Since the theme with my Gap collab is all about giving, #lovewhatyougive, I felt it was appropriate to share my gift cards with my hubby (aka. photographer) and Diana, my BFF/ beauty contributor. I went shopping with them both and collectively, we came up with these items here.

COZY KNITS
I got one. Diana got one. Geoff got two (here and here). Cozy chunky knits are a great gift idea for Xmas. If you're unsure about the colour, go with a neutral like grey, ivory or beige and go light on the pattern (like the cardi Diana chose). 

ACCESSORIES
I bought this pretty, faux-leather, gold clutch for a lovely colleague of mine who was leaving my workplace. Inside I included a couple of makeup goodies to surprise her and she LOVED it!

A clutch like this one, a makeup bag, a wrap bracelet, a scarf, a pom pom beanie, these are the kind of gifts that are excellent for someone you're not sure what to get, or even as an add on.

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COATS & DENIM
So just before this collab landed on my desk, I had made a trip to Old Navy with Diana. I was floored with their prices! That day I bought a pair of work out pants because I wanted a good alternative to Lululemon's. (BTW, the ON version are legit.)  I had never really shopped at Old Navy, but they have great basics and they look luxe when paired with other key pieces. I picked up an olive wrap coat as a layering piece for myself, but I could also see my mum wearing this.

Like I already mentioned, I'm loving BR denim right now.They're an excellent alternative to their designer counterparts, and they're super affordable, especially when topped off with a promo code. I'd like more of these in my life so maybe I'll put them on my holiday wish list. ; )

I had such a great time working on this collab and in part it's because I shared the "wealth" with Geoff and Diana. We all found that it's super easy to be thoughtful with gift giving from all three brands and they're all pretty affordable. Gap, Banana and Old Navy also have promo codes a-plenty this time of year, meaning you get more bang for your buck.

xo, 
Nathalie