THE WINE LOVER – Best selling author Natalie MacLean has just published UNQUENCHABLE: A Tipsy Quest for the Word’s Best Bargain Wines ($19.99) in paperback and perfect for that wine loving friend or family member. This book will amuse and enthral those who are passionate about the world of wine. Packed with colourful stories about the personalities who inhabit the world of wine, MacLean whisks readers to the mountainside vineyards of Germany, the baked red earth of Australia, and the shady verandahs of Niagara — as well as to scenic, offbeat locations in southern Italy, the Mediterranean, Argentina, Chile and South Africa — all in search of the best value wines the world has to offer.
We’re into the thick of holiday shopping and you could hit the mall and get that gift certificate (Holt’s for me please) that’s safe. But if you know your list well here are some suggestions that have come across my inbox lately that may be of interest for those hard-to-get-for people on your list…
THE COOL DAD: Thomas Sabo cufflinks
My hubby collects cufflinks and I’m loving the skulls – quite the statement piece for a dude on Bay Street don’t you think? Skulls continue to be a strong trend even beyond Halloween. But in case skulls aren’t his thing, there are plenty to choose from! There’s awesome jewellery for women too! www.thomassabo.com
THE BLOGGER & CREATIVE TYPE: CBC retro bag
There’s something very cool about Canadiana heritage with CBC’s 43 piece retro collection that incorporates the iconic logos from the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. Each piece is carefully chosen to reflect and complement the era it represents. The Retro Collection includes apparel, bags and other vintage inspired items All are designed and decorated in Canada. I love this Retro Mobile Recording Bag. Check out the line at www.cbcshop.ca
THE KITCHY – Retrofestive.ca
Who doesn’t love the Griswolds? For any National Lampoon Christmas Vacation Lover – there’s a gift for you! Actually you’ll want to visit retrofestive.ca for Griswolds and other popular pop culture retro goodies.www.retrofestive.ca was on CBC’s Dragon’s Den and are the exclusive distributor of a few items!
THE GRANDPARENTS: What could you possible give them? They don’t ask for anything but a subscription to Netflix may just be the perfect solution! With so many movies to choose from you know that they will enjoy this all year round. Visit www.netflix.com . At just $8 per month it takes the stress out of giving a gift you know they will use. With Netflix you can watch movies and TV programs streamed over the Internet to PCs, Macs and TVs. Among the large and expanding base of devices streaming from Netflix they can also stream from Blu-ray disk players, Internet-connected TVs, home theatre systems, digital video recorders, and internet video players: Apple iPhone, iPad and iPad touch as well as Apple TV and Google TV (even XBOX 360, Nintendo Wii, and Sony PS3 consoles)..and hey, it’s great for when the grandkids go and visit them too!
I’ll dig up a few more ideas shortly. Happy Holiday Shopping!