s&s gift guide.

sister is the best gift giver. even when she tells me to have low expectations she’s somehow managed to conspire with my friends to ship my favourite things to ontario (last year she surprised me with gift cards village ice cream and analog, with the help of jess). and then there is me. occasionally i’ll have a stroke of brilliance and think up the perfect present, but most of the time i struggle in comparison to sis. this year, she has everything bought and wrapped, and came up with the ideas for our parents and grandma. me? i still need to buy her a few more things.

if she still needed ideas for me, i would send her this blog post. but since she doesn’t, you can use it as a guide for yourself or a lovely lady in your life. because this? this is a good list.

happy shopping!


future is female sweatshirt, $70
mission’s newest boutique, fieldstudy shop, has a wide arrange of carefully handpicked items, chosen with its craftsmanship, beauty and functionality in mind. my favourite being this cozy navy sweatshirt. the future is female, duh!

alberta ornament, $20
no matter the season, there is a piece of A.V’s work in my house; the passion she has for her home in the rockies is found in her stunning photographs. for the holidays she’s turned her alberta love artwork into a gorgeous christmas tree ornament. a few years ago i bought one for my grandma, and if i ever put up a tree of my own, it would be the first decoration on it.

peppermint halo, $27
this roll on by saje natural wellness is my lifesaver. if there is someone in your life that regularly gets headaches, you’ll want to put this in their stocking. the mix of peppermint, lavender and rosemary is cooling, refreshing and soothing. i apply it under my nose – it often suggests temples, but i find my eyes water when i do this – to relieve pain.

reza wrap choker, $65
this is not the first appearance of coutukitsch on s&s. dorian creates some really cute things. i don’t have too many trendy pieces of jewelry, but these chokers are adorable, probably because they remind me of a fancy female version of a bolo tie. i’d mostly suggest them to smaller-chested ladies, because the dangling of the cord could get caught in some cleavage.

rivadavia shirt, $35
dolly varden outdoor clothing is a calgary-based premium performance apparel company that offers technical, functional, outdoor clothing that is also fashionable and affordable. this shirt would work with jeans, paired with tights for a hike, and it will also look really cute under that fieldstudy sweatshirt.

planter, $25
kenzie from milk and honey decor makes the most adorable planters in dinosaurs, skulls, pokemon, and more. they are the perfect desk decoration for your office, or a little addition to your shelves. she also offers a range of pet bed covers and home decor, too.

toque, $25
it is winter after all, you need to bundle up! this bonjour toque from chapters will make any outfit jaunty. i think every outfit deserves a little bit of whimsy, so why not add it in a pop of colour, or a french greeting!

molido polish, $25
skwiik (pronounced squeak) is a natural, vegan, cruelty-free and fair trade company specializing in bath and beauty products. you can feel good using these products, made locally in the calgary neighbourhood of bridgeland. $1 from each purchase of the molido polish goes to CEPIA (culture, education and psychology for infants and adolescents) in Costa Rica.

which would you pick for underneath your tree?

  • Becky @ TheBexFactor.com

    That button up is super cute. Great list!

  • You’ve found the most awesome local shops, here. So awesome.

  • um, I got you none of these things nor have had any shipped here. sorry? I have also momentarily forgotten what your second gift is. shoot. OH! yah, I remember, it’s good. I hope. regardless, low expectations.