The Christmas Gift Guide! Gift Ideas for Everyone.

It is time for my annual Christmas Gift Guide.  Unique, interesting, pretty, fun and useful gift ideas for anyone on your list. 

If you’ve been following along with The Christmas Pledge you have no need for this post because all of your presents are bought and waiting to be wrapped this coming Wednesday.  So you can just spend the next 10 minutes staring blankly at the computer screen. Or you could make use of this time and do something important like scroll through the list I’ve composed and pick out stuff you’d like to give yourself.  

Before we get into it I have some guidelines on buying presents:

Christmas Present Buying Tips:
  • If someone lives in a small space DON’T buy them a large present that’ll cause them stress and eye bleeds trying to find a place to put it.
  • Check to see where something is being delivered or supplied from. This is especially important on Amazon. If it’s being delivered from China then it’s going to be a month to get to you if you’re in North America. If it says “supplied and shipped by Amazon”, then you’re good. You’ll get it in a few days normally.
  • If you’re having trouble thinking of a gift for someone think of their hobbies, and then get them something for that, that they wouldn’t buy themselves. Very expensive knitting needles for a knitter for example. Or a signed copy of a book by a favourite author for a reader. That sort of thing. Hobbies are always the best place for inspiration.
  • Want to cut down on shipping costs if you’re shipping presents out of town? Change the shipping address in Amazon to ship directly to the recipient’s house and choose the gift wrap option.  The present will be gift wrapped with a personalized card and gift receipt inside the standard brown Amazon shipping box.

Ready?  Here we go, this year’s gift list. 

The Christmas Gift Guide!

Something for everyone on your list including yourself.


Things that anyone who likes to cook and drink will love. So everyone but my mother. Except the drinking part. She likes that.


Because it's Canada, eh? Where pot is legal nationwide.


Things you can buy someone who would never buy this kind of thing for themselves.


Fun stuff for the fun people in your life.


For the makers in your life! The ones who like to DO STUFF.

I know. Before you say it, I know.  Christmas shouldn’t be about the presents.  We’d all live better, happier, more boast-worthy lives if we gave up Christmas presents and instead spent Christmas day braiding each other’s hair and complaining about plastic. 

But we have 364 other days in the year to be perpetually outraged, so how about we just revel in how good both giving and receiving a thoughtful gift is.  K? Especially one that allows you to make a 3 dimensional  model of Idris Elba.


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  1. Michele says:

    Oh Karen! I LOVE the list, I love how appropriate they are, I just adore you because, in my Insta imagination, we are friends and screw that Julie Anne comment! She’s a loser.

  2. Julie Anne says:

    Some links didn’t work and some items were a wee bit pricey. Still, thanks for the ideas. I did look at some even though I don’t give or want gifts any more. Not that I’d object to that LV cuff if it were available.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Julie Anne! You must be in Canada like me. Sometimes if items aren’t available here by the same seller they don’t show up when you click on the link. But if you just type the item into the search bar you can find it. Also, sometimes if the item *is* available in Canada but it comes from the US the price is insanely higher here! Not always, but the odd time something will be $30 in the US and weirdly close to $300 here! :/ ~ karen!

  3. whitequeen96 says:

    FABULOUS LIST!!! I clicked on a dozen of them because they are so interesting. The Breakfast Station is so cute and looks really useful. Great price for the Soda Stream with a savings of nearly 30% – I paid full price and it was worth it! And the 3D printer is showing at $259.99 US right now! I want just about all of these!

    • Karen says:

      I wish I owned a trailer or tiny apartment or something just so I could get the breakfast station. They have it in cream coloured too which is my favouriteeeeee. ~ karen!

  4. Jody says:

    True story. I’m sitting here scrolling through all the great gift suggestions. The “Computer Windows”guy calls to tell me there is a problem with my Windows operating system. Asks what is on my comupter screen. I tell him “Great gift ideas that Karen has researched and is suggesting.” I ask if he would like me to send him the link. He hung up. Mission accomplished.
    Karen do you have a fool proof way to get these scammers to stop calling? However it is entertaining.

  5. MartiJ says:

    Wait.. what? They photoshopped the HALLMARK off that sweatshirt? THAT WAS THE POINT OF THE SWEATSHIRT. Dingbat Chinese.

  6. MartiJ says:

    Great job, Karen. I mean it! I was in “Tuesday Morning” (a lower rent version of “Big Lots”… perhaps “Small Lots” would be more apt!) and found a Wonder Woman doll earlier this year. BFF was on the phone and actually said “Oh, get that!” I tucked one away for her. There’s a WW key fob in my jewelry box for her. And now to have a WW slow cooker? (What? She might start to cook… which would be a wonder!) You have actually just saved me from 4 weeks of agonizing through stores.

    And the cat bank? Her 4 year old needs that. Deepest thanks!

  7. Marjorie Lynn Kramer says:

    These are GREAT ideas. Must have that bat. Have some family members (we all live where it’s legal) who like a little herb now and then. Guess what they’re getting? I had no clue such things existed. Thanks, Karen – I know they’ll love it!

  8. Jan in Waterdown says:

    That cookbook looks like fun. Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like a little soft core food porn eh? Being an Amazon virgin, if I want to send it to a friend in the US, can/should I use my niece’s Amazon Prime (Canadian) membership and order it on the .com site instead of the .ca one? And I put a “hold” on it at my library for me! Lol

  9. Eileen says:

    oh…just checked the kitty bank like here and see it’s obviously now available as a Chinese rip-off. Mine is the “original” made in Japan version that cost something like $45!

  10. Eileen says:

    I have the kitty bank…received it as a gift several years ago from my sister. Thought she was nuts spending so much on such a useless thing. But…while I don’t use it often, when I do it still makes me smile. And how often does that happen these days?

  11. It’s still morning, so that may be the problem, but I can’t get my brain around cutting up LV stuff to make bracelets. But maybe people who can afford LV just use the current season and give their old ones away?? And who the heck thought of making an entire machine just to infuse anything into butter??? I want a 3D printer SO much, but maybe next year they will be offering a rose gold version. Thanks, Karen, for rounding these up. I’m particularly glad to see the cat piggy bank exists in the world; it makes me happy.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. I wondered about that too. It must be damaged goods or something. Although I’ve never personally seen a damaged Louis Vuitton bag. I have a leather Prada purse that I’ve owned for over a decade and it’s just barely starting to show some wear on the bottom from where I set it down. ~ karen!

      • Maureen says:

        Chances are good the LV leather is the offcuts from making their bags and luggage. They have a high standard for leather thickness, quality and density, as well, so it might be the bracelet leather missed the mark.

  12. Linda says:

    Surprised you recommended the Glass baggie bowl, unless you only use it for yourself and hide it when the finger booger picking kids arrive! LOL! Always use the shaker tops!

  13. Cindy Courtney says:

    Links work fine for me. This is fantastic. Several things for my son and daughter in law, who are impossible to buy for. Plus they live in Colorado, so the pot stuff applies.

  14. Sabina says:

    Bozo the Clown! I had one of these as a kid! As an adult, I NEED one of these, lol!

  15. Carla says:

    The links go wonky for me. It tells me to switch countries from Canada to US and then it just goes to the main Amazon screen.

    • Karen says:

      Uch. It’s an issue with Amazon. I thought it was just because the products aren’t in Canada, but the links aren’t working because of an issue with Amazon I think. I’ll look into it more. For now you can just go to Amazon and search for the exact product I’ve listed. ~ karen!

  16. Cathy Huber says:

    I guess I am not alone with the links not working. The links for the LV bracelet, plantasauras rex planter and the water bottle don’t work.

  17. Christina Blanchard says:

    I never knew I needed 24K rolling papers until now. How funny would that be to bust out at the tibs eve party (Martha and Snoop would approve for shizzel)!

    Does anyone else celebrate Tibs Eve (Christmas Eve’s Eve)? Here in NL its the best night for Christmas party hopping and visiting friends… we are hosting our second annual party this year, on the menu is homemade moose sliders!

  18. Sandra Lea says:

    Embroidery kit link?

  19. Ginny says:

    All the links worked for me. Some great gift ideas! Thanks, Karen!

  20. Susan Hollier says:

    That bat sculpture!

  21. Lez says:

    Oh dear, seems like not many links work…
    Something we don’t have to worry about here, Amazon shipping & the useless South African Rand make all these lovelies just a fun “Window shopping” experience anyway!
    I LOVE the Breakfast station, perfect for camping too, & the cute Coin bank!

    Karin, you could grind some Dope into your wheat berries! Just saying… ;)

    Good luck y’all, & a very merry Christmas to you all!

  22. cj says:

    The KOR bottle linky no worky either….


    You must really be enjoying your herb-infused buttered toast.


  23. Wendy says:

    Well, that was disappointing. I got excited about the cashmere hoodie but when I clicked on GET THIS Amazon said it didn’t exist. Never mind.

  24. Paula says:

    Awesome! The Louis bracelet link didn’t work for me and neither did the gold kitchen clip set.

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