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Beaches Holiday Gift Guide

Gift giving comes in many forms, from the things you buy, time spent together,x to doing something special for someone. It’s all about making others feel special, remembered and appreciated.
Beaches|life Gift Suggestions
& Ideas at Local Shops:


  • Bottle of real maple syrup
  • Make a music CD or photo DVD
  • Movie passes
  • Magazine subscription
  • Make your own dog biscuits
  • Chia pet – many variations on this old favourite

My Beaches Entertainment Pass ($20) at the Fox Theatre. Ella’s Botanicals All-natural Scented Bath Gift packs ($19.99), and Forever Spa Gift sets ($15.99) – Hoopers. 100% nut free and gluten free treats for those with special diets or anyone who wants a healthier alternative (under $20) – Wild Earth Café & Bakery. Tall Boy of chocolate crunch shortbread ($13.50) – Mary Macleod’s Shortbread. Molly-Dolly Learn-To-Knit kit ($24.99) – Midoco Art & Office Supplies. Blue Rodeo’s “The Things We Left Behind” double CD with 16-page booklet ($22.99).


  • Spa gift certificates
  • Assemble a roadside emergency kit
  • Assemble your “favourite things” (like Oprah) in a gift basket
  • Cozy night-in basket of treats (wine, crackers, chocolates, video)
  • Student membership to the ROM for $50

A wide selection of vintage wine at local L.C.B.O. stores. My Family Beaches Entertainment Pass ($40) at the Fox Theatre. Great prints from local artists ($50) – Enchanted Teak. Manicure/Pedicure Combo  ($50) – Hair Dynamix. Tin of shortbread cookies ($25+) – Mary Macleod’s Shortbread. Laptop cases: 15” ($29.99) & 17” ($39.99) – Midoco Art & Office Supplies.


  • Membership to the ROM, AGO, local groups
  • A share in a company,
  • Vouchers for extreme activities such as caving, snorkeling, paintball, bungee jumping, visit

Live Opera & Fine Dining in the Beaches ($55) – Motorola H620 Bluetooth headset ($59.99), BlueAnt Headset ($99.99) – Experience Communications. Hair Removal (starting from $50) – Paramedical. Hand carvings (from $50) from Enchanted Teak. Country Square of assorted shortbread ($60) – Mary Macleod’s Shortbread. KitchenAid hand mixer  ($99) – The Maytag Store. Photo Retouching and Restoration (from $75) – the Ad Company. Spa treatments ($70-$95) – Totto Spa. Gift certificates for dinners or catering – Casa Di Giorgio. Moleskine leather 2010 Artist’s Weekly Planner in black or red (small $54.95, large $59.95) – Midoco Art &  Office Supplies. Moroccanoil Gift Sets ($100) – Hair Dynamix.


  • Open a child’s savings account for that favourite niece or nephew
  • Day at a spa
  • Medical aesthetics treatment
  • Cooking class
  • Flowers delivered every month for a year
  • Glamour photo

Unique Cocoa Silver KitchenAid portables, such as stand mixer, food processor or blender – The Maytag Store. Spa For Two ($224) – Totto Spa. Zoom whitening ($600), Invisilign ($3,000+) – Dr. Jay Rabinovich, D.D.S. Shower stools (from $125) – Enchanted Teak. Litebook Elite, light therapy lamp for S.A.D. ($179.99) – Hoopers. Microdermabrasion Treatment ($125) – Hair Dynamix. iPhone Bluetooth Headset ($119.99) – Experience Communications. Four-month fitness club membership (adult $279, child $159, youth/senior $169, family $559) – Variety Village.


  • Sometimes the perfect gift is a gift certificate at their favourite shop or restaurant