GIFT GUIDE: Find the perfect gift for the holidays

Holiday ideas to help you beat the shopping rush this month, as Christmas approaches.

  • Dec. 2, 2016 6:00 a.m.

FOR HER:

Less than $50

With cold weather approaching, make sure the woman in your life never gets cold feet with a pair of comfy slippers. No matter what you choose to spend – typically anywhere from $25 to $50 – and no matter the style, you’ll be able to find the perfect pair.

Less than $100

Le Creuset’s Classic Whistling Kettles are colourful, high-quality and built to last, and come in a variety of designs, sizes and colours to fit the look and style of any kitchen. Prices vary – from about $90 to upwards of $130 – and the kettles can be purchased at a variety of kitchen and home decor stores.

Less than $1,000

The Willow Stream Spa – at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim – is the perfect spot to spend a day, or even a whole weekend. With treatments ranging from massages to detox treatments to mineral wraps, you’re bound to find the perfect gift. And if staying closer to home is more your style, there are plenty of day spas located throughout South Surrey and White Rock.

Indulgent

Stumped as to what to get for the woman who has everything? Why not splurge on the trip of a lifetime. Available online through U.S. retailer Neiman Marcus, a week of luxe living at three English Estates will set you back a cool $700,000. Sure, the price is steep, but where else can she – and seven friends – spend a week living like royalty?

FOR HIM:

Less than $50

For someone tired of sharing the latest viral video on the small screen of your smartphone, a smartphone projector ($30-$40) might be the perfect solution. This retro projector from Chapters/Indigo – and others like it, available elsewhere – displays video, photos or text on a wall at up to eight times magnification.

Less than $100

Built specifically for the iPhone 7 – and made with frequent smartphone users in mind – Apple’s Smart Battery Case ($99, available at Apple retailers and apple.com) not only protects your phone with a soft microfiber lining, but also extends the life of your battery up to 26 hours. It’s a great, reasonably priced gift for anyone who’s constantly on their phone.

Less than $1,000

No matter the style, a nice watch is the perfect gift for any guy. Whether it’s a more traditional, classy leather-banded timepiece, a durable watch for the more active man on your holiday list or a more modern smartwatch – equipped with an Android or Apple operating system – there are plenty of options at a variety of price points, and from a number of local retailers.

Indulgent

For the man who has everything – and enjoys being around the water – the Killer Whale Submarine ($90,000-$100,000) is a unique, albeit expensive, way to say ‘Happy Holidays!” Available online at Hammacher Schlemmer.

FOR TEENS:

Less than $50

For the more artistic teen on your to-buy-for list, a leather-bound notebook is a great gift. Available in a variety of styles and sizes – and available at stationary stores across the Semiahmoo Peninsula – an elegant notebook is perfect as for use as a travel journal or for starting that next great work of fiction.

Less than $100

Wireless Beats earbud headphones are the perfect way for your teen to listen to music without having to deal with the usual tangle of cords. Connected via Bluetooth, the earbuds are perfect for someone on the go.

Less than $1,000

The future is finally here. After years of being hailed as the pinnacle of tech achievement on television and in movies – right next to hover boards – virtual-reality headsets are finally on the market. Available for a number of platforms the headsets ($300-$1,000) are available in local electronic stores and online.

Indulgent

Do you have a young auto-racing fan in your life? What better way to say ‘Merry Christmas’ that with a handcrafted. made-to-order slot-car raceway? The six-by-12 raceway is sold online at slotmods.com. If the price tag isn’t quite to your liking, don’t worry – there are plenty of other scale-model race tracks available from between $12,000-$75,000.

FOR KIDS:

Less than $50

Whether it’s a time-tested classic like Monopoly, Trouble or Scrabble or newer options like Don’t Break the Ice: Disney Frozen Edition, a board game ($15-$40) is never a bad choice for an inexpensive, fun gift for a child of any age.

Less than $100

Hatchimals ($79) are critters that live inside of eggs – and who exactly is inside is a surprise. Each egg contains an interactive stuffie that lights up, makes sounds and tells you how it’s feeling. Each touch of the egg encourages them to peck their way out, and makes for a perfect gift to put under the tree for any youngster.

Less than $1,000

Your youngster will be cruising  down the driveway in style with this Barbie version of the Fisher Price Cadillac Escalade ($519), which includes real tinted windows, chrome hubcaps and a stereo and has a top speed of 5 miles per hour.

Indulgent

If you’re looking to develop a household full of avid readers, look no further than this curated collection of 36 Caldecott Medal-winning children’s books ($100,000 through Neiman Marcus). All first editions or early printings, the collection spans 80 years of literature and will be treasured for generations.

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