* 2015 Holiday Gift Guide *

I Don't Blog 2015 Holiday Gift Guide -- Truly thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list this season.

I try very hard to give gifts that come with plenty of meaning and thought behind them. It’s a special thing to unwrap something with love and intention, isn’t it? I’ve curated what I think is a list of truly thoughtful gifts you may find helpful for this holiday gifting season. Enjoy my 2015 Holiday Gift Guide, everyone!

Gifts that do goodUNICEF 
Starting at just $12
Give a gift that helps a child across the globe through UNICEF.

This holiday season, my heart longs for safety and peace for our world. It’s been a year of tragic, preventable events, and knowing that so many are suffering is heartbreaking. So many children, especially. What kind of world are we leaving to them? This year, I encourage everyone to give a gift that reaches beyond your own community. See what UNICEF does, and how you can make a real, tangible difference in the life of a child across the globe. Even just adding yourself to their mailing list makes an immediate impact – one email = one vaccine.

Me to We Rafiki bracelets
$10 at Mastermind Toys
Me to We Rafiki bracelets are a perfect gift that combines beauty and charity. The word “rafiki” means “friend” in Swahili. What better way to extend friendship around the world than to support a Kenyan mother working hard (for fair pay) to support her family? There are a number of these beautiful bracelets, each with a message and a specific fundraising effort.

Starlight Children’s Foundation
from $2
Support Starlight Children's Foundation this year by purchasing #OscarTheNutcracker at Bouclair, or the adorable #QuinnBear at Toys R Us and help them put smiles on kids' faces!

Starlight Children’s Foundation helps put smiles on the faces of sick children through their in-hospital programs, and also through outpatient “Wishes” and “Excursions” programs, and you can help them do this! For just $2, you can purchase a beautiful Oscar the Nutcracker from your local Bouclair store, and 100% of the proceeds will be given to Starlight Canada. In addition, if you snap a photo, tag @starlightcanada and @bouclair, and use the #OscarTheNutcracker hashtag, you’ll be entered to win $1000!

Every year, Starlight has a special patient-designed fundraising bear, too, and this year, #QuinnBear is just adorable. Complete with shining hero’s cape, Quinn will do double-duty by giving love to the recipient, and by raising needed funds for Starlight Canada.

Imagine all the smiles you can spread this holiday season!

Gifts for the sophisticateDaneson toothpicks
from $19.99
Give the sophisticate in your life a truly unique gift -- Daneson toothpicks made with magical ingredients like essential oils and single malt scotch.
I have a father with simple needs – he has never asked for much of anything, but he appreciates fine things, quietly. He’s a man of great character, and these premium small-batch toothpicks are the perfect stocking stuffer for someone like him. Made from A-grade northern white birch, Daneson toothpicks are like no others – they’re made with essential oils and single malt scotch. They’re perfect for the contemplative sophisticate.

Original Grain Watches
starting at $149
Original Grain watches are the ideal gift for that truly unique person with style.
These stunning handcrafted watches are definitely a statement. Made with genuine wood and stainless steel, and featuring Japanese Miyota Citizen Quartz movements, they’re truly original gifts for anyone who loves the edge of natural elements and high-end style.

Gifts for the tech lover Polaroid Z2300 Digital Instant Print Camera
$219 at Amazon.ca
Take retro cool modern with this seriously cool Polaroid instant digital camera!
I mean, come on, how cool is this camera? My nine-year-old daughter is hoping Santa brings this to her this year. Print crisp 10 megapixel photos instantly – but only the ones you want! You can review photos on the LCD screen before printing to minimize wasting photos. So, so, so retro cool.

Gifts with intention Tiny Devotions
gifts starting at $21
Give a gift with intention, like this gorgeous  White Jade Highest Potential Mala from Tiny Devotions. Life is hectic, but with gifts from Tiny Devotions, you can help your loved one slow down, set intentions, and go forward with meaning this coming year. This stunning white jade Highest Potential Mala ($154) balances emotions and helps the wearer reach their highest potential. Choose the perfect mala and give a gift with love.

Glama Gals gift card
any amount
Give a Glama Gal gift this year and give that special tween in your life a gift that'll pamper her inside and out.

Far more than just a tween spa, Glama Gals is a magical place where self-esteem blooms, and girls forge friendship bonds and embrace their uniqueness. Giving a Glama Gal gift this holiday season isn’t just about fancy nails and cucumber facials (but it’s totally that, too!), it’s about giving the young girl in your life the chance to immerse herself in pampering from the inside out.

What I really love is that their new line of all natural polishes give back, too. Each bottle sold sends $1 to Plan Canada’s Because I Am A Girl initiative. Isn’t this a great way to teach girls the importance of sharing?

Gifts for the clever kid Snap Circuits Arcade
$79.99 at Mastermind ToysEncourage a lifelong love of STEM with a gift like the Snap Circuits Arcade from Mastermind Toys!

We’re really big fans of the Snap Circuits sets in our house. My kids have two of them, and were recently sent this Arcade set to try out. Stay tuned for a full review (and giveaway!), but rest assured that this is the perfect gift for curious kids. You may notice that STEM is a big thing around here – we think it’s so important for kids to never lose the interest in this stuff. Snap Circuits make creating electronic circuit boards easy, and the kids love seeing the end results. Finally a toy with lights and noises that won’t drive you bonkers.

Tinker Crate
starting at $24.95
Expand a child's mind with Tinker Crates -- an amazing subscription box that brings a new challenge to their doorstep every month.I’ve heard amazing things about these crates, and I think my STEM-loving daughter would flip out for a subscription to Tinker Crates. (My son would love this, too, despite being younger than the recommended age.) Teaching kids that there’s great fun to be found in science, technology, science and math is crucial, and these crates make it so fun!

Whatever gifts you decide to give this holiday season, may they be filled with love. <3

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