Holiday Gift Guide For Him 2018 | The guy that “doesn’t want anything”

  1. For the man who isn’t a fan of the cold – Joe Fresh
  2. For the coffee connoisseur – Chemex
  3. Beard oil because tis’ the season of dry everything – Province and Apothecary
  4. Rodeo themed wallet –Coach
  5. Create woodsy indoor vibes with aroma therapy – Saje
  6. For the man on the move – Herschel
  7. Bring the big screen home – Amazon
  8. Ever wanted to cook, swear, and eat the comfiest comfort food?- Chapters/Indigo
  9. Deep dish to thin crust, you don’t have to admit your favourite to public judgement any longer – Amazon
  10. Chisel toe boots for that hunk of man –Blundstone
  11. You got yourself a music man?- Spotify subscription 

We’ve all either dated or are dating that guy that says they “don’t want anything”. I for one certainly am dating “that guy”. In that case I have a few tricks up my sleeve. Usually when he mentions things he likes during the year I write them down in a note on my phone. If he buys something before a holiday then I scratch it off the list. My boyfriend is the worst for just buying anything and everything he wants so he’s a tough one to buy for. Truly i’ve always had a hard time buying for guys in my life on the holidays. I was always surrounded by women growing up and my dad I knew so well that I kind of always knew what to get him; otherwise, I’ve been stumped since my first boyfriend. Because of this, I like to stick to a few categories for guys if I don’t know them that well. Tech, alcohol, trendy additions to their wardrobe, or a good wallet; they always need wallets. If you don’t know him too well, don’t buy anything too sentimental or a heavy commitment in their life. Get them something practical and logical, the way men’s brains work. Like I said in my last gift guide, if you can’t figure out a good “material” gift, then always buy them a memory kind of gift. Something that gets them out of the house and doing something fun, depending on how close you are with them do it together. Those are my boyfriends fave gifts (I think). 

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018: For Her | Trendy gifts women actually want

  1. Dainty Jewels are always a winner – Mejuri
  2. The best of Benefit “goodie, goodie, gorgeous” set – Benefit 
  3. The hair game, game changer – Dyson Airwrap
  4. A cute toque to warm your noggin – Gap
  5. Capture the memories – Instax via Walmart
  6. Amp up your walk into any holiday party – Zara
  7. Headbands are back, xoxo Gossip Girl – H&M
  8. A actual page turner (my fave book of 2018) – Chapters/Indigo
  9. Listen to that uncle tell the same story over and over in style- Bluboho
  10. Smell the season all year round – Makers of Wax Candles
  11. Cover your New Years hangover with these bad boys –Miu Miu via Sunglasses Hut
  12. Stuff your new make up, and bad decisions of 2018 into this powder pink crossbody- Coach

The holidays are fast approaching. Can you believe how fast2018 flew by? Do we all agree that year happened in a blink of an eye? I’m not ready! 

What I’m also not ready for is Christmas shopping. The thought of rummaging through the mall’s stores, sweating in places you didn’t think you could with the looming thought of my gift isn’t good enough, ouch. Let’s stick to our safety net of small accessories, books and delicious candles shall we? If you’ve been granted access to their computer browser check out their bookmarks. Chances are something they’re saving for is in there. As well a helpful tip is to know who their fave influencer might be. Knowing this will give you some insight into products they might want to try. As women we tend to buy everything we want for ourselves so it can be really tricky to find something interesting or something we didn’t have on a hidden (but not so hidden) list. My suggestion when the mall swallows you up and you just can’t do materialistic gifts anymore…buy them a memory. There is nothing better than getting out there and doing something with your brain/body; especially together. Build your bond depending on your relationship. Maybe you go on a helicopter ride, or a couples massage, or go knitting together. There truly are endless options. Just remember to breath, and do your research!

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Teddy Bear

H&M teddy sweater, Urban Outfitters jeans, vintage scarf and boots, hat via Kensington Market vendor, Forever 21 fanny pack

Turning into a teddy bear seems to be the trend this season and I’m sooo not mad about that. I’m all about a fuzzy piece of clothing and always have been so when this trend started to come about I was extremely excited. It’s also the best trend ever for those of us that don’t like to get out of bed because I’m always soooo cozy in my outfit. I got this sweater at H&M in the Divided section quite recently and I really loved it because it’s the same style as a Patagonia sweater but half the price. I’ve yet to get a good teddy coat but I think that’s my next purchase while this trend is happening.

What to wear on the cobble stone streets of Edinburgh

H&M Jacket, Brixton Hat, BDG Jeans, Vintage Boots, …Bag

Edinburgh was quite small if you’re staying right in the centre like we did. Everything you need is walking distance and all the sites you want to see are also in close vicinity of each other. On that note, the streets are cobble stone so high skinny heels shouldn’t be the first shoes you pack. If you’re living in this city your shoes would probably get ruined pretty quickly but for us being there for 4 days I wore whatever I felt like. On this day I wore a small heeled boot and we walked around all day and I was definitely fine. I also live in a city so I’m used to wearing boots all day but after all the walking I was for sure tired! Obviously fashion is important to me but comfort always wins so a small heeled boot of which I don’t even refer to as a heel anymore are a fine option to bring if you’re a shortie like me. I think when you’re going to Scotland, one check the weather first and then two don’t pack a single shoe you wouldn’t want to walk ALL DAY in. Unless you’re a fancy traveller and drive everywhere but this really isn’t a driving city, it’s super small. This is truly one of the most beautiful cities I’ve been in so you’ll WANT to walk to see all the nooks and crannies ( and closes).

The photo below is a screen cap from my Instagram. There you can find my Edinburgh Story with all of my fave spots I went to since I didn’t have wifi I posted things at night and saved the best for the saved story. Check it out @layla_lane