Holiday Gift Guide 2018: 10 Bound-to-Impress Picks for the Last-Minute Shopper

No need to check your list twice—we’ve got you covered for the eleventh-hour dash.

December 18, 2018

By Amanda Ross

Local phenom Arc’teryx reigns supreme in outerwear—and in underwear, too, which is good news when undies are a Christmas staple. The men’s Phase SL boxer delivers a silk-weight performance with moisture management and an anti-odour finish. $50, arcteryx.com

Think pink for the stocking with Winky Lux’s transparent Flower Balm lip stain featuring real chrysanthemum; its paraben-free, cruelty-free formula reacts to your skin’s pH to create the perfect rosy hue that’s unique to the wearer. $18, beautyboutique.ca

What do you get when you cross an over-100-year-old luxury luggage maker with a venerable jewellery maker? The 13-inch Tiffany X Globe-Trotter vanity case: made in England in classic Tiffany blue, the cosmetic case is one of six matching pieces in a luggage set handcrafted out of vulcanized fiberboard with leather trim. When the post-holiday blues hit, book your trip. $1,650, tiffany.ca

Whether couch surfing or party prepping, there’s a cannabis oil that’s perfect for channeling the holiday spirit. From Earth Drops to Moon Drops, Irisa’s new line-up of perfectly portioned THC/CBD ratios deliver the best of BC bud right under your tongue. From $32.99, irisacannabis.ca

For the book lover on your list, there’s the Minimergency binge-reading kit by Pinch Provisions. With 14 essential must-haves—from bookmarks and ear plugs to “Read ’em and weep” facial tissues and reading light—this works best paired with a page-turner like Sabrina, the first-ever graphic novel nominated for the Man Booker prize. $27, indigo.ca

For holiday cheer: made in Delta from a blend of BC winter wheat, malted barley and rye, craft distiller Goodridge&Williams’ Western Grains whisky is aged in American white-oak bourbon barrels for Don Draper–approved notes of new wood, stone, fruit, toffee and honey. $40, bcliquorstores.com

Fuzzy bedroom slippers don’t make for the sexiest of festive footwear, but these LV Suite flat mules crafted in luxurious mink go spankingly well on a date or daybed (sometimes both). $1,870, louisvuitton.ca

For the frazzled recipient, give the gift of bliss. CHI, The Spa offers the West Coast Detox inspired by B.C’s indigenous well-being traditions. This four-hour wellness journey uses natural marine botanicals to harness the anti-aging powers of seaweed (Vancouver Island’s Seaflora) and includes a sea kelp infinity bath, seaweed body polish, detoxifying sea body wrap, wild seaweed oil massage, wild seaweed facial and green detox juice. From $505, shangri-la.com

The Sweet Treats holiday hangover kit by Bite Beauty is a one-stop shop when the 26-ounce flu (and dehydration) sets in. There’s a soothing lavender agave lip mask, agave lip balm and an agave sugar lip scrub all formulated without parabens or sulfates. $15, sephora.ca

Until Apple Watch’s swanky leather Hermès Double Tour watch band gets restocked, the fashion-forward techie will appreciate the iPhone XS leather case. Made from specially tanned and finished French leather, the protective cover naturally develops a patina over time. $69, apple.ca

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