Disclaimer: Some of the products featured in this post were received at no cost for reviewing purposes, but the opinions are mine and, as always, honest. Read the full disclosure here.

This is the first time I’m making a gift guide, and I wanted to recommend only products that I have personally tested and loved. So, there will be no products included here that I didn’t try, or didn’t absolutely love! Some of the products were sent to me for reviews, but most brands didn’t know I would include them in this gift guide. I also didn’t get paid to include any of these products.

As I’m currently testing more products, I will be adding the ones I love to this guide all through December, so make sure to check back for new recommendations every now and then! The brands are listed in no particular order!

SKINCARE

Bella Aura Antioxidant Booster (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: Anyone who is into natural skincare

Why did I like it: This is a wonderful natural product that really worked for me. It’s made for any skin type, and very luxurious.

The cost: $125 CAD/ 30 ml

 

 

Dermalogica Precleanse Balm (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: Anyone who is into skincare

Why did I like it: This product melts makeup like it’s nothing. It leaves my skin so soft, plus it’s perfect to take with me when traveling

The cost: $62 CAD/ 90 ml

 

 

 

FaceOff Cloth (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: Anyone – this would be a great stocking stuffer. They have a kids version, too, which would be a great introduction to skincare

Why did I like it: It removes all my makeup with just warm water!

The cost: $14.99 CAD

 

 

Jane Scrivner ‘OO’ Cream (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: Anyone into natural skincare

Why did I like it: This is one of the best moisturizers I’ve ever tried. It’s rich without being greasy, and very nourishing.

The cost: 39 GBP/ 57 CAD/ 100 ml

 

 

 

MaskerAide Pre Party Prep Sheet Mask (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: Any girl or woman, your teen daughter, even a friend at work

Why did I like it: It works! It easily trabsforms my face into perfect canvas for makeup!

The cost: $6.99 CAD

 

 

 

Okoko Cosmetiques L’Elixir de Clarte (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: Anyone who appreciates luxury natural skincare

Why did I like it: It works to make my skin so smooth, doesn’t irritate it, and it’s all natural

The cost: $75 CAD/ 30 ml

 

 

 

Organique Enzymatic Peeling Face Mask (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: Anyone who needs to take some time for themselves and relax with a nice face mask

Why did I like it: I love that this mask combines a peeling and a clay mask in one

The cost: $48 CAD/ 100 ml

 

 

The Body Shop Ethiopian Honey Face Mask (purchased, review pending)

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Who is it for: Winter is coming, and everyone needs to nourish their skin, so pretty much anyone

Why did I like it: It comes in a gorgeous glass jar, works well and has a great scent. You can also check out other Body Shop face masks.

The cost: $28 CAD/ 75 ml

 

 

Whish Mud Mask (purchased, review pending)

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Who is it for: Anyone who is into skincare

Why did I like it: This is one of the best face masks I’ve ever used. It’s fast and very effective.

The cost: $48 USD/ 2 oz

 

 

 

 

Jordan Samuel Hydrate Serum (giveaway win, review pending)

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Who is it for: Anyone who is into skincare, any skin type

Why did I like it: It’s like a drink of water for your skin. Hydrates immediately, a life-savior during winter.

The cost: $29 USD/ 1 oz

 

 

Faileag Scottish Rosehip Facial Oil (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: Anyone who is into skincare

Why did I like it: I like to support small businesses, and the owner makes cute gift packages, you can agree which oils to be included with her

The cost: 7.95 – 9.50 GBP/ 20-50 ml

 

 

MAKEUP

Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: Any lady that likes luxury makeup, wants longer eyelashes and likes to try new things

Why did I like it: It’s one of my favorite mascaras because it lengthens, separates and curls my lashes well

The cost: $38 CAD

 

 

Katy Kat Matte Lipstick (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: This is a great, cost-effective stocking stuffer

Why did I like it: It’s surprisingly good for a drugstore lipstick, and quite comfortable to wear

The cost: $8.47 (price may vary in stores)

 

 

 

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: The person you know well enough to choose a good match for

Why did I like it: It’s medium coverage, doesn’t look cakey and wears very well

The cost: $52 CAD/ 30 ml

 

 

 

ZAO Canada Eyeliner (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: People who transitioned to everything natural

Why did I like it: It’s all natural, but performs on par with high end makeup sold at Sephora. The eyeliner is my favorite, but check out their other makeup, too!

The cost: $33 CAD

 

 

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector (purchased, review pending)

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Who is it for: Makeup wearing person in your life that follows trends

Why did I like it: It’s blinding! I need just a tiny little bit, it blends well, so this full size can last forever!

The cost: $46 CAD

 

 

 

Wet n Wild Highlighters (giveaway win, review pending)

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Who is it for: Makeup wearing person in your life that follows trends

Why did I like it: This is a way more affordable highlighter, compared to the Becca one, but Wet n Wild highlighters are really pretty, too!

The cost: $3.99 – 6.99 US, depending on the formula and size

 

 

Mirenesse Cushion Blush (giveaway win, review pending)

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Who is it for: For the luxury makeup loving vegan in your life

Why did I like it: It gives such a beautiful, natural blush, it’s eay to apply and blend and wears well all day.

The cost: $37.46 AUD

 

 

Chloe Morello x Ciate Beauty Haul (purchased, review pending)

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Who is it for: Anyone who loves makeup

Why did I like it: Eyeshadow palette has a nice selection of matte and shimmer colors, the eyeliner is great even for beginners, and the mascara and lipstick deluxe samples are nice, too. This is really a nice, already packaged gift!

The cost: $59 CAD

 

 

BATH & BODY

California North Gelskin Scrub (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: For close family members and friends that you know well

Why did I like it: It’s an amazing scrub that doesn’t fly all over my shower, exfoliates really well and helps combat ingrown hair at the same time.

The cost: $24 USD/ 8 oz, $39 USD/ 16 oz

 

 

Mountain Medicine Body Oil (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: Anyone who likes natural skincare

Why did I like it: This is a handmade oil from beautiful British Columbia that smells just like clean, fresh, evergreen forest.

The cost: $10 CAD/ 1 oz, $20 CAD/ 4 oz, $35 CAD/ 8 oz

 

 

Robi Skincare White Chocolate Body Butter (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: Anyone who likes natural skincare

Why did I like it: This is a surprisingly affordable, yet luxurious and oh-so-decadent body butter. Perfect for the colder weather.

The cost: $20 CAD/ 120 ml

 

 

 

SBT Seabuckthorn Hand Cream (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: Anyone, as a great, natural, effective stocking stuffer.

Why did I like it: It really repairs dry, parched skin well, and it’s almost completely non-greasy.

The cost: $14.95 CAD/ 60 ml, $18.95 CAD/ 118 ml, $25.95 CAD/ 175 ml

 

 

SeaLuxe Bath Tea Trio (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: Pretty much anyone, but perfect for any lady you forgot a gift for – it comes already packed in a lovely box

Why did I like it: All three baths are relaxing, and the flowers inside beautiful if you choose to let them float around.

The cost: $21 CAD

 

 

Tval Rosemary Mint Whipped Body Butter (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: Anyone who likes natural skincare

Why did I like it: It’s not greasy! I still can’t believe they managed to make such a rich body butter that melts into skin leaving it hydrated, but not sticky or greasy.

The cost: $15 CAD/ 120 ml

 

 

LUSH gifts and LUSH Christmas gifts (purchased, example reviewed here)

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Who is it for: Anyone you need a quick, already wrapped gift for.

Why did I like it: You get to try a variety of products, and some are available only in these wrapped gifts. Plus the packaging is always so pretty!

The cost: $15.95 – 349.95 CAD

 

 

Verb Sea Salt Spray (purchased, review pending)

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Who is it for: Anyone who wears they hair down; they have the cutest mini size, great as a stocking stuffer.

Why did I like it: It’s surprisingly affo

rdable compared to other brands at Sephora, and gives nice waves without crunchiness.

The cost: $18 CAD/ 6.3 oz

 

Perfumes (giveaway win, review pending)

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Who is it for: Anyone you know well enough to choose a perfume for. You can’t go wrong with a perfume.

Why did I like it: Everyone loves different scents, and this one is one of my favorites. I love the mix of fruit, floral notes and coconut.

The cost: $104 CAD/ 50 ml

 

 

GummiBand (PR sample, review pending)

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Who is it for: Anyone with long hair. This is a great stocking stuffer.

Why did I like it: They are gentler than regular hair bands, great to use in a shower and hypoallergenic.

The cost: $7.99 CAD/ pack of 4; free shipping; use code BONUS33 to get 2 free bands with every purchase of a pack of 4 bands

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Herbamare (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: Anyone who loves to eat healthy. This would be great in a little basket with other products as a hostess gift.

Why did I like it: It’s healthy, but tasty. I am still using it in most of the food I cook.

The cost: $3.99 – 22.09 CAD/ 125g – 1kg

 

 

Drizzle Honey (PR sample, review pending)

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Who is it for: Anyone who loves to eat healthy. This would be great in a little basket with other products as a hostess gift.

Why did I like it: This is raw, creamed honey harvested in a sustainable way that doesn’t hurt bee colonies. Of course, it’s also delicious!

The cost: $7.99 – $28.99 CAD , depending on the type and size of the honey

Wedderspoon Manuka Honey (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: Anyone who loves to eat healthy. This would be great in a little basket with other products as a hostess gift.

Why did I like it: It’s creamy, raw and full of manuka pollen. This is a rare, precious honey variety.

The cost: $46.69 CAD/ 250g, but there are other, cheaper varieties

 

Beauty and the Beast toys (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: For your little princess, daughter, niece, friend’s daughter, any little girl really

Why did I like it: The whole collection is well made, and really brought out the child in me. The jewelry box would look great next to some limited edition Beauty and the Beast makeup, too!

The cost: $16.99 – $49.99 CAD

 

Chocolate Egg Maker (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: Any child that loves chocolate, surprises and had some interest in cooking

Why did I like it: It’s fun, includes chocolate, the result is actually great, plus this can be reused come Easter for some fun eggs.

The cost: $29.99

 

 

Collectors Case (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: The geek and/or a collector in your family and friends circle.

Why did I like it: The selection of collectables is nice, the T-shirts are great and there aren’t to many fillers in the box.

The cost: $25 or $55 CAD per month

 

 

DateMail subscription box (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: That couple that has everything, for newlyweds, any couple really

Why did I like it: It gives a number of activities and products for a few date nights, so it’s great for days when I’m not really inspired to figure out what to do.

The cost: $49.99 CAD/month, or $39.99-64.99 for a one-time box purchase

 

Stuffy Nose Strips (PR sample, reviewed here)

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Who is it for: A nice stocking stuffer for a close friend or a family member that you know needs something like this.

Why did I like it: They’re more gentle that my usual nose strips, but work well. The price is OK, too.

The cost: 11.99-12.99 USD/box (30 strips)

 

 

Fraanklin scarf (giveaway win, no review)

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Who is it for: Your mum, grandma, friend, coworker…

Why did I like it: These are lovely, huge, blanket scarves that look very classy. They can double as a lightweight blanket or wrap, too.

The cost: Mostly $105 CAD, but some are cheaper.

 

 

‘Jewelry inside’ products (giveaway win, reviews pending)

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Who is it for: Anyone who loves surprises! Some companies even have products for men or children. Just beware, jewelry may be worth from $10 – $5000 usually, so it’s pure luck.

Why did I like it: I get to enjoy the candle/bath products and reveal a nice piece of jewelry. I love the expectation and revealed some pretty nice rings so far.

The cost: Costs vary, but bath bombs are usually around $15-20 CAD, candles around $30.

I didn’t try enough of these products to be able to recommend one company I like the most (I’ll work on it for the next year). Here is a list of ones I found that ship to Canada, so you may decide for yourself which one suits you:

This concludes the list of my favorite products from 2017. I’ll be adding to the list if anything I’m currently trying blows me off my feet. Please let me know if you like any of these suggestions, and do you like this type of a holiday gift guide (things I loved, instead of a list of things I think are nice as gifts).

 

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