Sara and Ricky’s 2020 Gift Guide

Something for Everone!

As we enter the holiday season, we are given a chance to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas — shopping!

(We will be adding new gifts as we unveil them on Instagram.)

Happy shopping!


Cheapest gift with the biggest impact.

Just because you don’t spend a lot of money, it doesn’t mean your gift can’t have a big impact.

Sara’s pick: a Sunday subscription to the New York Times, from $5.25 a week via the Globe & Mail.

Globe & Mail

Cheapest gift with the biggest impact.

Just because you don’t spend a lot of money, it doesn’t mean your gift can’t have a big impact.

Ricky’s pick: the Bucky 40 Blinks sleeping mask, $14.99 from London Drugs.

London Drugs

Best gift to give someone you hardly know.

Virtual host gift, secret Santa, new fling? Giving the perfect gift that’s thoughtful yet not too personal to someone you hardly know is a classic gift-giver’s dilemma.

Ricky’s pick: local pottery.

Matt Adenis Ceramics

Best gift to give someone you hardly know.

Virtual host gift, secret Santa, new fling? Giving the perfect gift that’s thoughtful yet not too personal to someone you hardly know is a classic gift-giver’s dilemma.

Sara’s pick: a Diptyque candle, $49–$92 from Nordstrom.

Nordstrom

Best splurge gift that’s actually useful.

You’ve got a bit of cash stashed away to make someone’s Christmas truly special. But that person would hate to get something that’s not useful. We’ve got you covered!

Ricky’s pick: the Rimowa Original Aluminum Carry-On Suitcase, $1,320 from Holt Renfrew (hint hint, Matt).

Holt Renfrew

Best splurge gift that’s actually useful.

You’ve got a bit of cash stashed away to make someone’s Christmas truly special. But that person would hate to get something that’s not useful. We’ve got you covered!

Sara’s pick: a Le Creuset Round French Oven, $200–$795 from Le Creuset.
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Le Creuset

Best gift to cheer someone up.

It’s an understatement to say 2020 has been one hell of a year. (We’ve almost made it, though!) And we’ve all needed a little cheering up at some point, so we say assault the senses with luxe feels and sounds.
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Sara’s pick: Cloud Cotton Robe, $99 from Parachute.

Parachute

Beat gift to cheer someone up.

It’s an understatement to say 2020 has been one hell of a year. (We’ve almost made it, though!) And we’ve all needed a little cheering up at some point, so we say assault the senses with luxe feels and sounds.
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Ricky’s pick: a year subscription to Scribd, US$100/year.

Scribd

Best life-changing gift to give anyone.

Is it really possible to change someone’s life with a gift? We certainly think so!

Sara’s pick: Nespresso Vertuo, starting at $199 (but easy to find on sale at Hudson’s Bay.)

Nespresso

Best life-changing gift to give anyone.

Is it really possible to change someone’s life with a gift? We certainly think so!

Ricky’s pick: Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser, $119 from Muji.

Muji

For the person you love but is impossible to shop for.

We all have one of these people in our lives. We say it’s best to hit them with either sentimental vibes or plenty of alcohol.

Ricky’s pick: a custom Artifact Uprising book, starting at $15.

Artifact Uprising

For the person you love but is impossible to shop for.

We all have one of these people in our lives. We say it’s best to hit them with either sentimental vibes or plenty of alcohol.

Sara’s pick: The Whisky Sour Kit, $70 from Dillon’s Distillers.

Dillon’s Distillers

For the person who doesn’t believe in Santa.

This person really deserves coal for not believing in our favourite magical guy, but that’s pretty hard to find right now.

Ricky’s pick: Dolly Parton, Songteller book, $70 (find it at your local bookstore!).

Indigo

For the person who doesn’t believe in Santa.

This person really deserves coal for not believing in our favourite magical guy, but that’s pretty hard to find right now.

Sara’s pick: (she cheated and chose two) a donation to a local food bank in someone’s name and a local monthly food subscription box.

Calgary Food Bank

For the kid who gets everything anyway.

Trust us, we find this kid just as hard to shop for as you do.

Ricky’s pick: an art set! For the serious artist go for the Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencil Set of 72, $118.99 from Michael’s.

Michael’s

For the kids who gets everything anyway.

Trust us, we find this kid just as hard to shop for as you do.

Sara’s pick: books! Try A Trio of Tolerable Tales by Margaret Atwood, $16.96 at Indigo (or try your local bookstore.)

Indigo

For the friend you want to one-up.

Are they really your best friend if you’re not trying to one up them?

Sara’s pick: The House Shoe, $135 from Poppy Barley.

Poppy Barley

For the friend you want to one-up.

Are they really your best friend if you’re not trying to one up them?

Ricky’s pick: writing cards and envelopes in Nile Blue, $23–$29 from Smythson.

Smythson

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The Consumerists is a Canadian podcast about shopping. Each week, Sara and Ricky talk about the highs and lows of retail, deep dive into their weekly purchases and dream up shopping lists — all for you!

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