Tis the season to share joy every day. This time it’s through a favourite holiday saying – and song – Fa La La.
Fa La La sweater, TopShop via Nordstrom
Daniela’s back today with her fourth gift guide for the holidays (see her previous guides for the host/hostess, for men, for women). Today she’s sharing some ideas for the little(r) ones in your lives. It’s a long post, so get comfy!
This year I am taking a slightly different approach with my children‚Äôs guide. Rather than focusing on one age group, I’ve included all age groups and found many gifts that could overlap ages and stages. The ideas I share below are mostly in an age-related order, but they definitely could suit multiple ages. Happy shopping!
Minika is a Quebec based company that makes beautiful play gyms amongst other things for infants. Void of primary colours, these gyms can easily fit in well in most living rooms. Most importantly, Minika’s items are hand made without the use of any chemicals making them totally safe and natural.
activity gym, $95CAD
I’m all about comfort for the little ones and isa&bella, a Canadian company, has set a high bar when it comes to making ethical and super comfy organic cotton clothes for your little one. Exciting things are coming in 2019 as the company will increases the sizes they carry. For now, the perfect little onesie and pants will make sure your baby is comfortable as they grow and explore all day.
harem pants, $36CAD
This Melissa and Doug wooden blocks set inspires tons of creativity and hours of play. It will grow with your toddler into their childhood years. It‚Äôs made entirely of wood and is excellent quality.
building blocks, $67.83CAD
Love Powered Co. is a Canadian company which was started by two mompreneurs who were looking for positive affirmation and mindful tools to bring into their homes and families. When they could not find them, they created Love Powered Co. Their beautifully packaged affirmation cards are of the highest quality. They come in three options: one for children – the Love Powered Littles (also totally useable for your baby-you just say it to them!); a recently launched Love Powered Teen affirmation boxes; and the Love Powered Femme for the lady in your life. These positive “I AM” affirmations will encourage mindfulness, self-worth, self-love and confidence.
Love Powered littles box set, $39.95
Love Powered teens box set, $42.95
Who doesn’t love a gift that gives back? You may recall I featured Cuddle & Kind in my October #whitecabanawearspink gift guide, and I’m back featuring the company again because it is really making a difference. For every hand made doll purchased, Cuddle & Kind donates 10 meals through various humanitarian organizations (learn more here). I love the beautiful prints that can be purchased with the dolls, too. Not only do they have inspirational messages, but they make wonderful artwork for a child’s bedroom. I don’t think there is an age limit to this gift, but it is likely best for toddler to tweens!
Stella the Polar Bear, $65+CAD
Hudson the Polar Bear, $60+CAD
Calgary-based Sńďm label was born out of the creator’s desire to pair sustainability and minimalism in fashion. You can read about owner Kelsey’s story here. Sńďm label’s bamboo cotton items are beautiful and comfortable and come in sizes from infant to 7T. They will be a hit, and your recipients will never forget that it was you who gave them this gift as the pieces are too comfortable to take off!
flutter sleeve tunic, $48
Based out of Germany, Grimm‘s wooden toys are not only absolutely beautiful, but they are non toxic and made of wood. I wish I could buy the whole Grimm collection! For now, I’ll leave you with a few of my favorites. The building toys can make beautiful formations and are great for all ages because children can create more complex things as they grow.
Grimm’s wood tunnel, $95CAD
The Moonlite projector – available at Mastermind Toys – clips easily onto your smartphone making bedtime routines with your child so much fun. The device will project stories onto the wall or ceiling of the child’s room using your smartphone. This starter pack comes with two stories.
Moonlite starter pack, $29.99
This fun neon sign has three neon markers for messaging. It only requires a few batteries and is great for a number of age groups.
screen frame, $25.19 (on sale)
I love the line of creative products that Antsy Pants has developed. Once you‚Äôre done building this pirate ship (or this fire truck or this ice cream truck), it provides hours of imagination and fun for your child.
pirate ship, $76.49CAD (on sale at The Bay)
Have a Disney fan in your life? Cinemood Portable projector is a kid-friendly device that is pre-loaded with 65 Disney e-books and videos. You can also connect it to wifi to watch Netflix and Youtube, making it great option for family movie nights.
Cinemood portable theatre, $329CAD
This ultimate candy bag from Montreal-based Squish is definitely a gift to please every age (once they can safely eat the candy that is).
the ultimate box – Squish faves, $50CAD
The bath bomb craze is alive and well. Do you know a child or tween who loves bath bombs? If so, how about giving them this kit so they can make their very own bath bombs? The kit comes with everything they need to make six.
bath bomb kit, $16.99 (on sale)
I love this bluetooth speaker by Bumpboxx that looks like a retro ghetto blaster for the tween and teen in your life. Sound and quality are optimal, and it comes in a variety of models. I love the small one best because it is compact, and you can choose from a variety of colors.
Bumpboxx Flare 6, $239
Do you have a teen who loves makeup? This glittery set from Sephora is sure to please.
eyeshadow set, $59CAD
Have a teen who isn’t a big fan of dressing up? Well this Canadian-made dressy sweatshirt is the perfect gift for them! Since it is made of a blend of bamboo and merino french terry fabrics, your teens won’t feel like they are “dressing up.”
the dressy sweatshirt, $128CAD
A backpack is no longer just for school. Backpacks are replacing purses and work messenger bags and people are now having a collection of them. Vancouver-based Herschel has a wide array of trendy backpacks & accessories for children and teens.
heritage backpack, $64.99
If you’re looking for a great set of headphones, then these are a great option because they’re at a decent price point in relation to other headphones. They are fast-charging, have a long battery life, and are Bluetooth enabled.
Skullcandy headphones, $79.99CAD
Hope this shopping list makes your shopping a little easier this time of year! Have fun and happy holidays!
Daniela, you’ve done it again! You’ve curated a crazy cool collection of gift ideas for kids of all ages.
I really thought that I’d get crafty for the holidays, but so far, it’s not happening. One of the things I wanted to make is this felt garland. I also wanted to make some of these dolls. Needless to say, I haven’t started either project. Honestly, neither may happen. Maybe I should consider beaded items like some of the ones here.
Do you have a Christmas wreath tradition? Do you place one on your front door? Or on interior doors?
I have used an artificial green pine wreath on my front door for years. Since it’s plain, I switch up its decoration. For years, I used white pompoms. Recently, I’ve added a large, red bow. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it this year, so I’ve had a browse around for inspiration – to either add to my existing wreath or to consider a new option.
Here are 16 wreaths that would definitely bring a festive feeling indoors or out.
What is your favourite of this bunch? I’m leaning toward the Olea wreath and the wild cotton wreath.
Have you been liking Daniela’s gift guides this year (for the host, for men)? She has a couple more to share, and I’ve had a sneak peek. Good things are on the way! Today she’s bringing us goodies for women, so you can get more things checked of your Christmas shopping list (or wish list).
Hi everyone. I’m back with a gift guide for that lady in your life – your friend, coworker, mom, or wife. This list has something for everyone! As usual, I’ve included items at a variety of price points. Many of these items fit nicely in the “what to buy 20-somethings” category, so if you are looking for a gift for your older daughter or niece, you’ll likely find a great item here. Happy shopping!
Not only does this VitaJuwel water bottle raise some attention, it has healing benefits due to¬† crystals that are contained in a clear glass vial. There are a few types of crystals, but I like this one best as it is a blend of amethyst, rose quartz, and clear quartz. These are known for their mind-easing benefits. Let the water sit for seven minutes before drinking. If you’re not into crystals, you can still buy it because it’s a really really nice looking water bottle.
Brunette The Label is a company based out of Vancouver whose mission is to empower women to empower one another. The classic “brunette” and “blonde” sweatshirts are awesome, and if you know a mom who has a daughter, the brand carries matching sweatshirts in the kids’ collection. Who doesn’t love a mom and daughter in matching outfits?!
Brunette crew sweatshirt, $79CAD
Want to add a little bling to your go to sweatshirt? Their holiday collection comes in gold foil.
Blonde crew gold foil sweatshirt, $88CAD
Do you know someone who wants easy, quick, and effortless make-up because they just don’t have time for more? If so, then this “stick” is the perfect gift. It comes in a variety of shades; however, I am featuring the “nude” here as I think it is a good basic for every day. The Bite Beauty Multistick will apply like a cream and wear like a powder finish. The best part is that it can be applied to the lips, cheeks, and eyes,, making it easy to carry with you wherever you go.
This next item on today’s gift guide is great for a person who loves bracelets (and especially “stacking” them!), and it also has healing powers. Handmade in the GTA and available at local markets across the GTA and online at Urth Elements Canada, these reiki-infused healing pieces promote healing, restoration, and uplift. In today’s hectic, fast-paced life, we sometimes need a little help to breathe and slow down to a calm state, so we don’t get overwhelmed. I think these are great gifts for the CEO – of a firm or of a household – in your life. These bracelets also make great gifts for teachers or university students who need to restore calmness in their lives.
natural gemstone bracelet, $25CAD, Urth Elements
see more of Urth Elements (including some great ideas for stacking) on Instagram
Okay. It wouldn’t be a gift guide if I didn’t include my second favorite beverage-COFFEE! (Water is my first favourite beverage.) Finding a good coffee bean is important to me. It is the fuel for my day, and I love the taste of a well-brewed coffee. Since I have been finding it hard to get to my favorite coffee place after having baby number two, my husband and I started buying Barocco coffee as it is closer to home. After trying a few of Barocco’s blends, my go to is the Alto. Barocco coffee is available at a few retailers and online. It’s great to have this option to feed my coffee addiction, and I definitely think it is an awesome gift for any coffee lover.
Alto espresso, $32CAD, Barocco
Iconic, Canadian jeweler Birks has received more attention ever since the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has been seen wearing some of the brand’s pieces. Birks has forever carried timeless, beautiful pieces, and it’s a Canadian company. This Christmas, for those of you wanting to gift your favourite lady a “little blue box,” opt to gift them a beautiful blue box from Birks…and make sure to pick out something beautiful to go into it! Here are a few of my suggestions.
freshwater baroque pearl and silver pendant, $350CAD, Birks
horizontal diamond bar necklace, $995CAD, Birks
My final suggestion is this beautiful organic Coyuchi robe that is perfection in my opinion. You may be interested to know that Coyuchi donates 1% of every purchase to help combat climate change. The company produces all of their organic natural products using minimal processing.
solstice robe, $73.50 (on sale), Coyuchi
Hope this gift guide helps you to find the perfect gifts for the ladies in your life.
If you haven’t already gathered, Daniela is an expert shopper! She’s always on the lookout for cool brands and products that make our lives better – health-wise and luxury-wise. I love that Daniela included Birks in today’s gift guide. Long before Birks became a Duchess fave, I remember going to Birks Sherway Gardens (in Toronto) with my mom when I was so very little. At the time, I found it annoying to look-at-but-don’t-touch cases of jewelry. Now, though, I definitely appreciate a beautiful jewel or two!
December is right around the corner, which means it’s time for me to start my holiday decorating. I’ve collected these images over the last few weeks, and they certainly inspire me to include greenery and simplicity in my decor this season.
via Country Living
via My Paradissi
Are you a holiday baker? And where do you store all of your baked goods? If you’re looking for a festive container, maybe one of these will interest you. I think the cottage is especially sweet.
Who has started holiday shopping? Who has finished? I have plenty still to buy, so Daniela‘s holiday gift guides could not have come at a better time! She always finds the most interesting things from great brands. Today she’s kicking off the 2018 White Cabana Gift Guide Series with a guide for the hosts.
It‚Äôs that time of year when many calendars are full of holiday drop-ins, dinners, and celebrations. Today I am sharing some gift ideas for the host and hostess, but I think think could also do well as stocking stuffers for an adult. These gifts for the host and hostess allow you to go beyond the norm of flowers and dessert. Happy shopping!
These white coasters are great because they suit any decor and are a perfect price point. Cocktail Emporium is an awesome store to check out if you are in the Toronto area. They have locations on Queen St. and in Kensington Market, and they really do have anything you can think of that is cocktail related.
angle dipped coasters, $20 CAD
If you’re heading to dinner at a foodie’s house, I suggest this Himalayan salt grater. It is sure to please your hosts.
salt grater, $30, Drake General Store
And how cool is this pizza cutter?
pizza cutter, $25.99, Drake General Store
I‚Äôm a sucker for a beautiful snow globe and Chapters Indigo always has an awesome selection this time of year.
snow globe joy, $22.99, Chapters Indigo
I love my notebooks and notepads, and I can never have enough. If you know someone who appreciates good and fun stationery than Eighty Seventh St., a Canadian company, is the place for you. While you’re on the website, have a look at the holiday shop.
pretty planner, $20 CAD, Eighty Seventh St.
always write notebook, $18.50CAD, Eighty Seventh St.
L‚ÄôOccitane en Provence always impresses me with their holiday lines, and it has amazing price points. Not only do these items make great host gifts, but I think they would be great for teachers gifts and stocking stuffers, too.
almond bauble ornament,¬† $14, L’Occitane en Provence
festive crackers, $34, L’Occitane en Provence
Hope you enjoyed this gift guide. Enjoy the many holiday events that lie ahead!
Thanks, Daniela. You’ve started us off well with this holiday gift guide. I know you have a lot more to share with White Cabana readers this holiday season!
See Daniela’s gift guides from years past for more ideas.
I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I hope you and your loved ones enjoy happy times together, laugh as much as possible, eat delicious food, and think about all the things you’re grateful for.
Thanks, as always, for making time in your day for a little White Cabana.
Here are five festive things to add to your to do list this month.
1. Set a pretty table for you and your guests.
2. Make a gingerbread house with little ones in your life.
3. Wrap presents in a signature style.
4. Enjoy an evening by the warm fire.
5. Bake up something delicious to share with family and friends.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
This post has been sponsored by Minted. All opinions are my own.
If you’ve been a long-time reader of White Cabana, then you’ll likely know some of my favourite brands. Minted, the online marketplace for cards (and now art, fabric, and more!) has been one of my fave brands for quite some time. In fact, it was one of my first brand partnerships way back when White Cabana was just a newbie blog. While I have normally ordered cards and artwork, last year, I took a chance and ordered some fabric for my chaise. The fabric is beautiful. (You can read about my chaise makeover if you’d like.) I feel grateful that I can continue to work with Minted because I’m continually impressed by the work of Minted’s very talented artists.
Since it’s holiday time, it only makes sense that I now turn my attention to Minted’s collection of holiday items. I’ve worked with Minted for the last several years on my holiday card order. My favourite part of the ordering process is browsing through the card designs. This usually takes me a few days because I save a lot of designs in my favourites folder, and then eliminate them as I narrow down my preferences. I definitely put the filters to use to limit the designs by type (e.g., no photo, folded card) and colour (heavy on the white).
Once I’ve chosen my design, the rest of the ordering process takes minutes. Since I have an account, I simply need to write my greeting, review my saved-from-last-year recipient address list, and ensure my return address gets automatically printed on the back. Poof! Done! The order of cards arrives within days. Beautifully and safely packaged, I may add.
While the original design had a holiday greeting in the middle of the wreath, I opted to remove it altogether, so that I’d have more white space on my card and the focus would be on the pretty wreath. I put my well wishes on the inside of the folded card. If you’ve ordered Minted cards before, then you’ll know that the text is quite customizable – wording, font, colours, spacing.
The pre-printed recipient and sender addresses option is amazing. I would recommend to pay the extra money for this option because not only is it beautiful, but it saves time. I’m a big fan of this option. Big. Huge. (Insert “Pretty Woman” emphasis.)
Besides these particular holiday cards, Minted’s holiday collection is lovely.
These non-photo cards were in my favourites folder for a long while.
Wintergarden by Kelly Hall
Peaceful Reindeer by Gwen Bedat
A Nutcracker Christmas by Alexandra Dzh (this ended up being my runner-up option)
If you like minimalist photo cards, one of these designs might be for you. You’ll notice that you can even customize the card backing and envelope (at an extra cost).
Merry All Year by Pink House Press
Instant Gallery by Olivia Kanaley
In the business category of holiday cards, I like the following designs.
Stars by Lori Wemple
¬†Delicate Fern by Nicolette Myslinski
Holiday Wishes by Susan Moyal
Magnolia Wreath by Jennifer Postorino
If you’re feeling a touch overwhelmed by the holiday card selection process, why not order more than one design? I haven’t done this myself, but I have considered it. Can I also suggest that you order more cards that you think you need, too? Even though my address list is saved in my Minted account, I always seem to run out of cards. (Hmm…maybe I should spend more time working on adding things up more precisely.)
If you’re not sure how to upload and save recipient addresses, Minted has this guide to holiday cards which provides an easy overview of shapes and styles. I know there are a lot of cards to choose from, and uploading addresses may seem tedious, but once you’ve done it once, it’s done!
As I mentioned, Minted now offers much more than holiday cards to mark special celebrations. A few years ago, I ordered some table decorations to celebrate the completion of my PhD. The collection has now expanded beyond paper table runners. Now, for Christmas, Minted offers a cute selection of tree skirts, stockings, and wrapping paper.
Christmas Trees by My Splendid Summer
Birds and Flowers by Leanne Friedberg
I know the holidays are right around the corner, so you may have already purchased holiday cards and decor. On the other hand, if you’re behind schedule, have no fear. Minted’s delivery deadline schedule will help guide you, so you can reach your shopping goals!
I’m so grateful that Daniela has taken time out of her very busy schedule to share four amazing gift guides on White Cabana. Her earlier guides, in case you missed them, focused on babies and toddlers, tweens and teens, her and him.¬† In this last guide, she’s sharing more original ideas for the host. Or, as she told me, thoughtful “just because” gifts. And, yup, that’s Daniela…always thinking of others!
Are you always stuck for what to bring to that dinner party or holiday drop-in? Or maybe you’re stuck on ideas for a small token for a teacher, coworker, or friend? This list is made up of affordable (under $30, with the exception of one!) items that cater to all types of people, but it is especially geared towards those drop-in visits and dinner parties we attend more frequently this holiday season.
Candles. Who doesn’t love a nice smelling candle? This one comes wrapped so nicely, so it’s ready for gift giving!
candle, $14 CAD (on sale), Chapters Indigo
Ornaments are great for those of us who celebrate the holidays with a tree. An ornament is a thoughtful gift your recipients will remember you by year after year. These ones are monogrammed with an initial and can be given by first or last name.
monogram ornament, $6 CAD (on sale), Chapters Indigo
The pineapple trend is still hot, and people are incorporating pineapples in home d√©cor and accent pieces. This pineapple jar can be used for anything “dry,” or it can be left out empty. In addition to it being a trendy item, pineapples signify warmth, friendship, and hospitality. These are all the things you receive when going to visit friends and family over the holidays.
pineapple storage jar, $22.49 CAD (on sale), Well
The store Saje started off with only a few locations, but now you can find many all around. It has the best essential oils and aromatherapy items for home and body healing. No doubt this store will continue to grow and thrive as people are increasingly pursuing personal wellness. This great housewarming gift is priced just under $30.
electric ceramic diffuser, $29.95 CAD, Saje
Know anyone who loves stationery? Eighty Seventh St. is a Canadian company founded by Monica Smiley. Be sure to follow her on Instagram for great illustrations that are sure to bring a smile to your face. These items found online are sure to please the stationery-lover in your life.
notes, $12.50 CAD, Eighty Seventh St.
all occasion boxed notecards, $20 CAD, Eighty Seventh St.
greeting cards, Eighty Seventh St.
L’Occitane En Provence is sure to please anyone on your list. Below are two well-priced hostess/host gifts. I am a big fan of the hand cream and lip balm. They’re packaged beautifully in true “French” fashion.
shea butter holiday bauble, $14 CAD, L’Occitane
shea hugs and kisses, $20 CAD, L’Occitane
Who doesn’t love a magazine subscription? The gift of reading is perfect every time. Start someone’s year off right with a subscription to Style at Home, since it is priced perfectly, and it’s gift that will have your friends thinking of you each month.
Style at Home year subscription, $23.95 CAD for print, $19.95 for digital
As a true coffee lover, I can’t start my day without two cups. I have to draw attention to my favorite coffee – Dineen Coffee Company. We drive here monthly to pick up a few bags of their beans which we grind at home each morning. When I say “we,” I really mean my husband. There is really nothing like a good quality cup of coffee. If you happen to be in the Toronto area, trust me, buying someone a nice bag of Dineen’s temperance roast will not disappoint. It truly is my favorite cup of coffee.
I know that many people won’t be able to make it down to Toronto, so on the subject of coffee, if you have a coffee lover on your host/hostess list, this coffee maker is not only one of a kind, but it makes an incredible cup of coffee. It is on the higher end of my price point for a hostess gift. However, if you know someone who really loves coffee, they will thank you each time you visit by making an exceptional tasting cup. And, cool bit of info, this Chemex coffee maker is featured in the MOMA in NYC!
Chemex coffee maker, $47.99 CAD (on sale), Well
Oh my goodness, Daniela! You’ve shared another excellent gift guide today! Thank you! I hope you get spoiled this holiday season!
The Amaryllis flower (or plant) is one that comes out at this time of year. I’ve picked them up from the Kitchener market, and I love their bold form. I love the fresh variety, of course, but if this isn’t for you, there are certainly other options available such as artificial plants and artwork.
Amaryllis bunch, Crate & Barrel
Pale Amaryllis II, Paul Coghlin, 1st Dibs
Last week, I introduced you to my cousin Daniela¬† and two of her holiday gift guides: babies and toddlers. and tweens and teens. She’s back this week with two more guides for us. And they’re just as good as what she brought as last week! Today, she is focused on the adults in our lives. Have a look!
Hey everyone. I’m here with an adult gift guide, and I hope you find lots of items for your loved ones. Or, you may ask Santa for something for yourself, too! I have!
What’s great about this list is that some these items can also make great gifts for that teen/university/college student in your life as well.
Reviews on the Tre wireless ear buds by Sudio say the sound is crisp, and they last for a long time with a single charge. They’re stylish and Swedish, so I think, all-in-all, they make a great gift for the tech lover/music lover/podcast follower in your group.
Tre ear buds, $93.75 (on sale), Sudio
Next up — my favorite insulated water bottle on the market. I bought my first one over a year ago and use it daily for both hot and cold beverages. I can attest to the length of time it keeps things hot and cold. It has never let me down. The hot actually lasts longer than 8 hours, and I can keep my warm lemon water all day at my desk. The other thing I love is that, true to its advertising, once washed, it does not hold the flavor of whatever drink was in it before. I can easily put water in it the day after having used it for coffee or tea. This bottle is from Canadian company Green’s Your Colour and comes in an array of colours. What’s special right now is the limited edition white versions which make great gifts for any adult on your list.
rock steady limited edition bottle, $45, Green’s Your Colour
champagne bliss limited edition bottle, $45, Green’s Your Colour
Anyone who has lived with me before-or worked with me for that matter-may run to buy me this amazing gadget. The Tile Pro is available at Best Buy, and it’s a great gift for those of us who lose/misplace our keys every day or every hour. The free Tile Pro app will locate that item you always seem to lose by emitting a loud sound. Santa, are you listening? I need one!
Tile, $45 CAD, Best Buy
Isn’t winter all about cozy chunky sweaters? This merino wool sweater from Aritzia is not only stylish for a night out with friends but equally cozy for a night in.
merino wool sweater, $166.50 CAD (on sale), Aritzia
2017 seemed to be the year of the beard. If you have someone who is sporting this trend, this kit makes a great gift. Rumor has it that taking care of a beard is a lot of work. This all-natural Canadian-made beard kit is a perfect gift for that beard lover on your list.
The Northern Beard Company – The Revival Kit, $25.48 (on sale), Well
Journaling, becoming more mindful, and seeing andshowing gratitude in every day is proven to make us healthier not only in mind but in body, too. This is a great gift for that special someone in your life. It will help them create a daily habit of journaling and its rewards will be endless.
The Five Minute Journal, $26.95 CAD, Chapters Indigo
My last item is this trendy backpack by Matt & Nat for Indigo. Backpacks are now coming in various versions and styles. I love this one not only because it is sleek, modern, and a great size to fit all kinds of items, but it is also made from sustainable products. Both Chapters Indigo and Matt & Nat are Canadian companies which is an extra plus. Although this backpack seems to be featured for going to work or school, as a mom of a toddler, having two hands free has become quite important while also having (lots) of things accessible. I have this on my wish list, too. Hopefully Santa is reading this blog today.
Matt and Nat X Indigo backpack, $180, Chapters Indigo
Jeez, Daniela, your guides are top-notch! I love all of your ideas for gifts for loved ones (and for ourselves!). Thanks for sharing your ideas with all of us today!
Since it’s December 1st and I’ve started to publish gift guides, I think it’s officially acceptable to share ideas about holiday decor. These spaces are certainly festive! Each is magical in white in its own particular way.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
I’m thrilled to welcome back Daniela to the blog. She’s at White Cabana with a 4-part gift guide series. Her first guide was all about babies and toddlers. Now, she’s back with plenty of great gift ideas for tweens and teens.
I always find tweens/teens a difficult age to buy for as these kids come into their own and develop their own taste/style and hobbies. However, this year, I am seeing some great go-to gifts to make that child/tween on your list smile.
Here is a selection of my favorite finds.
New shoes! The tried and true converse from even my childhood still remain a fan favorite and are great for all ages & come at a great price point.
Converse, $39.99 CAD, Sporting Life
Have you been seeing a lot of Unicorn items lately? Well you are not alone. Almost all retailers are incorporating some type of “unicorn” item into their shops. On that note, who doesn’t love a new pair of slippers? Check out this great cozy pair from Justice — a favorite store for children aged 8-12.
unicorn slippers, $19.90 CAD, Justice
If budget isn’t a concern, this hot “tech” items for the tweens in your life is all the rage. This year, it comes in an awesome white with orange accent.
Nintendo, $199.99 CAD, Best Buy
The all-natural ingredients of the Rocky Mountain Soap products make them great for all ages, but with this seasonal candy cane scent, it’s an extra win. Plus, who doesn’t love a bath bomb? This is sure to be a hit with the children in your life.
vanilla candy cane gift set, $40.95, Rocky Mountain Soap Company
Here’s a fun gift for the person you have no idea what to buy/ This is the mini version, and it’s great for a desk/work station at home or to put outside a bedroom door.
mini cinema lightbox, $29.50 CAD, Indigo
Roots! Who doesn’t love a roots hoodie? This makes the perfect cozy gift for someone on your list.
hoodie, $39.99 CAD (on sale), Roots
hoodie, $48 CAD, Roots
Lego is a gift that never gets old. This special collection of Lego friends lets you build a village one box at a time. Here is a great addition this year with a winter feel.
Lego snow resort ice rink, $39.99 CAD, Indigo
For the Star Wars enthusiast in your life…this may become the hot seller this season.
Star Wars playset, $179.99 CAD, Amazon
And pjs! These should be on all your lists for every age. They’re always a welcome gift. Masala Baby is a NYC-based company, and these organic pjs will please whoever is on the receiving end.
organic pajamas, $44, Masala Baby
Thanks for sharing another awesome list of ideas, Daniela. I know my nephews and niece can’t get enough of Lego, so it’s one of my go-to gifts, too!
I’m excited to welcome my cousin Daniela to the blog today. She has a 4-part gift guide series to share over the next couple of weeks, and I hope you’re eager to see what she has in store for us. Today’s gift guide is all about the babies and toddlers! Take it away, Daniela!
Hey everyone. As an avid shopper and someone who prides herself in finding just the right item for the many children on my shopping list, I am here today sharing with White Cabana readers some of the best items in my opinion for the baby and toddlers on your list this Christmas and yes…they are white or almost all white!
A hot item given the focus we are seeing today on mindfulness, self-care and starting this at a young age is the tee pee. This awesome gift not only looks great in any room but gives the child a place to have some quiet time, read a book or just enjoy some imaginative play.
teepee, Pottery Barn Kids
Make the base of the teepee extra cozy by adding this:
This special doll is perfect for children 18 months and up. In fact, my 2 1/2 year old daughter still prefers this to all her other dolls. It is the perfect fit for small arms and mimics a real baby which is wonderful for play and imagination.
doll, Mastermind Toys
Not only made from superior organic cotton but also Canadian made, these pjs are sure to become your toddler’s favorite. Do you have a future doctor or ballerina in the family? Then surprise them with a pair of these this Christmas.
Want an extra special outfit for that special baby girl in your life? Let her sparkle in one of many options from Canadian company Little Lush Boutique. Although most of the store’s items cater to the little girls in your life, it carries awesome diaper/tie duos great for your next photo shoot that can be worn by both genders.
dress, Little Lush Boutique
Now for my favorite children’s Canadian clothing company. Their staples may be priced a bit higher than the norm however the wash and wear ability of this high quality clothing is far superior than many brands on the market. The organic cotton feels like butter, and you will find that whoever you buy these clothes for will want to wear them the second they are out of the wash. Again and again! Here is a selection of some of my go-to staples from Mini Mioche!
long sleeve tee, Mini Mioche
the ball tee, Mini Mioche
the biker romper, Mini Mioche
long sleeve ballet dress, Mini Mioche
Now for that extra special gift, check out this classic car:
vintage car, Indigo
Thanks, Daniela, for sharing all of these goodies with us, today! You’re definitely a thoughtful shopper and gift-giver, so we’re lucky to have your input for the little ones in our lives!
Happy New Year!
Wishing you and your families a wonderful, prosperous, and healthy 2017!
via Homey Oh My
What’s your approach to wrapping Christmas presents? Do you plan a theme? Do you use wrapping paper or bags? Is everything colour-coordinated?
As for me, I keep things simple (are you that surprised?). I use one wrapping paper design and just a few bags. I keep ribbons and tags simple, too. My wrapping is basic, and Pinterest certainly makes me look like the worst wrapper ever.
Just look at these five beautifully wrapped gifts. Wouldn’t you love to receive one of these? I think I may consider improving my approach to wrapping next year.
via 30s magazine
via Homey Oh My
via Style At Home
I don’t think I have ever decorated a gingerbread house. It wasn’t a yearly tradition in my family’s home, so if I did, it must have only happened rarely. These days, however, it seems like a lot of families make time to make and decorate sweet houses. Some are really elaborate and beautiful like the two in today’s two-of-a-kind.
Here’s the last gift guide of the year.¬† This one is for the techie on your list. Isn’t just about everyone a tech enthusiast these days? While I’m done all of my Christmas shopping for the year, I could easily see myself giving some of these items to my oldest nephew, my sister, or my parents. There’s no age limit when it comes to tech!
Fuji Instax Mini 8 instant camera kit, Bose portable speaker, Bose headphones, XBox controller, drone, Polar Loop 2 activity tracker, TomTom multi-sport cardio GPS watch (I own this watch, and I really like it for running/walking), Tile mate, Samsung Serif tv, Kikkerland travel adapter
If you and your friends are anything like me, then you’re fascinated by the French way of life. If there’s a francophile on your list, you may want to consider one of the following gift options.
soap, Herm√®s carr√©, Herm√®s teapot, Longchamp purse, Parisian Chic by Ines de la Fressange book, H√©diard nougat, Petit Bateau nightie, Bensimon sneakers, la maison plaque, madeleine pan, Ladur√©e flocon de neige individual yule log
For the third Christmas gift guide, I opted for items that would make for amazing gifts for those who love Christmas!
GlucksteinHome glitter snowflake, GlucksteinHome polar boar ornament, GlucksteinHome Starry night tabletop tree, owl snow globe, countdown calendar, time capsule ornament, snowball wreath, disco ball topper, channel quilted velvet stocking, reindeer, menu cards, snowflake hurricanes, paperwhites, merry and joy soaps, winter cottage cookie jar
It may come as a surprise to many of you, but when it comes to Christmas, I am quite traditional. I am always eager to get a real tree in my home (usually around December 1st), and I decorate with ornaments I’ve collected from my travels, and a few that I pick up locally each year. Other decorations around my home are from my childhood, belong to my growing collection of reindeer, or are part of my growing Christmas Spode collection (Am I too young to have a Christmas Spode collection? Nah!). You can see some of my decorations on this guest post I wrote for Rox-Anne at Celebrating This Life last year.
All this said, I’ve noticed a lot more white trees and Christmas decor floating around blogs, Instagram pages, Pinterest, and magazine spreads. They’re absolutely beautiful, and I commend those who embrace an all-white Christmas!
via Kaatje Karin
via Blount Designs
For the second holiday gift guide this year, I’ve gathered some pretty amazing objets for the design fan in your life.
white nest bowl, Chen Chen & Kai Williams book stand, steel paperclips, walnut box, white ceramic cockatoo, storage bin, Jonathan Adler I-Scream vase, Areaware white balancing blocks, Kelly Wearstler Legs marble box
See the first holiday gift guide – for the cook.
Around this time for the last few years, I’ve ordered my Christmas cards via Minted. With Minted, I can personalize my message, have my return address printed, and use my saved recipient address list (free service!) to ensure my cards are perfectly addressed.
I have been a fan of Minted’s collection of art and stationery for years. And each year, I’m impressed by the new additions of artistic cards. While I do appreciate photo cards from my friends and family, I opt for the classic card.
Here are some of the cards that made my short list:
One of the things that I really like about ordering my cards at Minted is the personalized printed message options. Last year, I decided to go all-out with the everyone-gets-the-same-message, and I ended up mailing my cards out without a personal message or signature. Let me tell you – these did not go over well. On my end, prepping my cards was very time efficient. Some of my honest friends and family members, however, were quick to inform me that they didn’t like the lack of real-live ink. So, this year, I’ve toned the automatic-standard-everything down a notch. I’ll be picking up my pen to add notes of well wishes.
Minted cards are printed on high quality paper. Its Signature paper is thick and luxe. I just love how the cards look printed…they’re so pretty and professional. And here’s hoping my friends and family enjoy the design I ordered this year!
Wishing all of you a wonderfully happy Christmas! Thanks, as always, for making time in your busy day for a little White Cabana!
I’m taking a few days off from blogging to spend time with my family, so don’t be surprised if you don’t see an update. I’ll leave you with one of my favourite Christmas Cabanas this year:
I’m so happy to welcome fellow Waterloo-region-based blogger, Rox-Anne from Celebrating This Life, to White Cabana this Monday morning! Rox-Anne and I met via Twitter, then in person, and we’ve been having fun every since. We were fortunate to explore Scandinave Spa and Langdon Hall together, and we always seem to have loads to talk and laugh about when we’re together. I also absolutely love that Rox-Anne and her family do so much traveling both near and far. They always have fun stories to share!
We’re all in luck today because Rox-Anne is bringing us into her home and showing off her white Christmas decor. So, enough of my voice, let’s hear from Rox-Anne…
Hello! I‚Äôm Rox-Anne, the blogger behind Celebrating this Life, a travel and lifestyle blog. I love styling my home for the holidays and decided to take a page from Jordana‚Äôs book and try an all white d√©cor theme for my kitchen. I recently painted my cabinets Cloud White from Benjamin Moore. They were originally a light coloured wood, and I am just so amazed at how much the white brightens the room! I also installed some shelving, bought a wine rack, and installed a backsplash and a marble window sill. I still have a few more projects lined up (is any home d√©cor update really ever done?). Kitchen lighting is first on my list.
Jordana was kind enough to let me take over White Cabana today to show you how I have been able to incorporate more white into my holiday d√©cor.
I came up with this window treatment after finding some birch logs in my garage. I used two pieces of fishing wire and using gold push tacks, attached them to my window trim. I very carefully added some greenery (make sure to mist to prevent the greenery from drying), attached a few white and silver Christmas ornaments with fishing wire, and carefully arranged a few sets of 12 wire lights on top.
These lights are great for adding a little sparkle and they run on a watch battery. Just make sure to tuck the on and off switch under some greenery. ($5.99 each at Sheridan Nurseries) I used two sets on my larger window and one set for my smaller kitchen window.
An adult hot chocolate bar, with my white and gold monogrammed mugs from Williams Sonoma, was a great way to fend off the cold air this weekend.
I recently installed these simple kitchen shelves made with cut MDF board from Lowe‚Äôs. It‚Äôs a great place for displaying my collection of milk glass, and the remote control candles I bought from Costco two Christmases ago add a nice glow to the room. Oh, and yes that is my ever-growing collection of Colonel Sanders dolls beside the stove. It started as a joke and is now a prized collection!
My boys (I have two teenage sons) were out for the night so that left AMH (my hubby) and I on our own for dinner. I set the kitchen island for dinner for convenience but that didn‚Äôt mean I skimped on my tablescape!
I started with a set of rattan chargers from Target and added a dinner plate, salad plate, also from Target, with an angular soup bowl and small appetizer plate I purchased at a dollar store. My favorite Ralph Lauren water glasses, purchased at HomeSense, added a touch of sparkle to the table. Some white napkins, my everyday cutlery, a few white roses with red berries (a farmer‚Äôs market find), and a candy dish of scotch mints (I always have a dish of scotch mints in the kitchen) completed the simple, elegant all white look.
Thanks so much for reading and thank you to Jordana for having me. I hope you have enjoyed this little peak into my attempt at adding more white into my d√©cor! Feel free to visit me at Celebrating This Life.
Thanks, Rox-Anne! Your house is perfectly festive, and I’m impressed by how much white you have in your kitchen. I’m always on the lookout for Colonel Sanders figures for you, but they’re tough to find!
And for White Cabana readers who want to see how I decorate for Christmas, hop on over to Celebrating This Life today as I took over the blog!
Last week, I shared five black and white Christmas trees. This week, I’m sharing five paper Christmas trees. Who will be doing a bit of DIYing this holiday?
DIY paper Christmas trees in black and white, Therese Knutsen
DIY paper Christmas trees in black and white, Seventy Nine Ideas
DIY pop-up Christmas card, Maurice & King
¬†Have a great weekend!
Earlier this week, a colleague asked me if I had a white Christmas tree. Truth revealed – while I do have quite a few white ornaments, I mostly embrace a traditional green and red colour scheme at Christmas. I keep my decorations tame, but I do not shy away from these classic colours. I can’t yet bring myself to go all-white because I really like having a real tree in the house for the month of December.¬† Surprised?
What do you think about having a non-traditional tree? Would you go for a white or black version?
DIY ombre tree, via Little Inspiration
via Hymns and Verses
via Shabby Chicks
via Craftberry Bush
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
The ornament collection at Chapters-Indigo is quite pretty this year. Grab a book, pick up an ornament – sounds good to me!
Tomorrow is December 1st! Eek! Have you begun decorating for the holidays? Besides the wreath on my front door and ordering my Christmas cards, I haven’t yet decorated*. I’m eager to decorate, though, as I love when my house is full of the smell of a fresh Christmas tree and the look of twinkly lights.
One of the first pieces of Christmas fun that many people go for is the classic advent calendar. When I was a kid, we always had simple chocolate advent calendars, but these days, there are so many ideas for more involved and creative calendars.
I love the last one, and it could be easily recreated in your preferred colour scheme. I think red and white would be really pretty.
*I’ve been busy with this project.
Anytime is a good time to visit (or move to!) the Waterloo region (see my Design*Sponge Waterloo city guide here), but Christmas time is especially charming. The streets and stores are decorated, and it seems to me that the people around town are happier than their usually happy selves.
Here is some of what is going on in the next few weeks in the region. If you know of any other events, please add them in the comments!
What: Tree trimming party
Where: Langdon Hall
When: Nov. 25th (tonight!)
Cost: Bring an ornament for the tree at Langdon Hall, then enjoy a drink and music. Learn more about Langdon Hall’s tree trimming event here.
What: Christkindl Market – At this traditionally German market in downtown Kitchener, you’ll find wooden German ornaments, delicious treats, and plenty of Gl√ľhwein.
Where: Downtown Kitchener – City Hall
When: The market is on from December 3rd to 6th.
Cost: free to attend
What: The Grand Philharmonic Choir’s performance of Handel’s Messiah
When: Dec. 12th, 7:30pm
Where: Centre in the Square
Cost: regular tickets $24-$74, tickets can be purchased here
What: The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony’s Yuletide Spectacular
When: Dec. 18-20, various performances
Where: Centre in the Square
Cost: regular tickets $19 and up, tickets can be purchased here
What: Christmas at Castle Kilbride – Marvel at the gorgeous Victorian decor at Castle Kilbride. Go for a tour or enjoy an apple cider and entertainment at a Merry Victorian Christmas
When: now until Jan. 3
Where: Castle Kilbride – Baden, Ontario
Cost: tours – adults $6.50 (see more here)
I know, I know, we haven’t even reached Halloween, and I’m already talking about Christmas! I realize that this is too early for some of you, and honestly, it’s a touch too early for me, too.
When it comes to Christmas/holiday/New Year’s cards, it’s a good idea to plan ahead. It takes time to choose, write, and address cards, so why not start early? Who’s with me? I’ve just placed my order through Minted (this seems to have become my new holiday tradition…and it’s a good one if you ask me!), and the collection this year is a good one.
This year, Minted artists seem to be offering quite a few watercolour-inspired designs in mint and pale pink. Traditional green and red cards are plentiful, too, as are beautiful golden ones. And, as always, there are several black and white designs that catch the attention of people like me.
¬†If you’re looking to send out very personal cards, you may opt to turn your child’s drawing into a card or if you’d rather send online cards, Minted will offer this service soon as well. I’ve enjoyed watching this company expand its services, and its growing community of artists continues to impress me. I’m thrilled with my card selection this year, and I know you will be too if you head on over to Minted to place your order!
Thanks to Minted for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
A couple of years ago,¬†I learned about Danish¬†chef Trine Hahnemann¬†as I was¬†munching on some simple¬†vanilla cookies that a friend made from Trine’s recipe. The little white¬†rings are full of goodness¬†– they’re¬†perfectly sized¬†and have¬†just enough¬†sweetness.
I didn’t make them in time for Christmas, but I did bake a batch in time for my family’s New Year’s Day feast.
before –¬†little ring cookies ready for the oven
Trine Hahnemann’s Vanilla Danish Butter Cookies
375 g butter
250 g sugar
2 vanilla pods
500 g plain flour
1. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until the mixture is pale and fluffy.¬†Add the egg and continue beating.
3. Split the vanilla pods lengthways and scrape out the seeds with the tip of a knife. Stir them into the flour.
4. Fold the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. (I knead the dough a little bit so everything sticks together.)
5. Wrap the dough in cling wrap and chill for (at least) two hours.
6. Preheat the oven to¬†200¬įC (I¬†set mine at 390¬įF).
7. Roll the dough into very thin sausages about fix or six centimetres long. Curl each on into a ring and press the ends firmly together.
8. Place rings on a¬†parchment-lined baking tray (I put the trays in the fridge for a few minutes before putting them in the oven. This helps them keep their¬†small ring shape).
9. Bake for about eight minutes (I baked mine for about 6 minutes.)
10. Cool cookies on a wire rack.
11.¬†Store the cookies in an airtight¬†container and do not mix them with other¬†types of cookies or they will go soft.
*Instead of converting the measurements into cups and tablespoons, I used a scale and weighed¬†each of the ingredients.
DIY doily Christmas trees, Oui Oui Oui Studio
I spent several holidays in Manhattan while my sister and her family lived¬†there, and I always loved walking through the AOL Time Warner Center.¬†The view is awesome and the star decorations are lovely. This photo is a few years old, but the stars – and the view – remain pretty darn special.
stars at the AOL Time Warner centre, photo by Jordana
We all know that I’m addicted to white. Yes, it’s true. When it comes to Christmas, however, I can’t resist adding green and red to the mix. I know, I know, it’s shocking. I¬†love having a¬†real live green tree (mine is from Ikea, and it smells so good!), and my colourful decorations remind me of the places I’ve travelled. That being said, when I saw this white tree at Rona last weekend, I wondered if I¬†should give a¬†white artificial tree a try one year.
I probably would end up just putting lights on it and calling it a day. Maybe I’ll¬†wait for it to go on super sale, and then¬†try it out next year.
I¬†thought these¬†Christmas decorations were also pretty cute:
I wish¬†there was an Ikea in Kitchener-Waterloo.¬†I miss spending chunks of my days there and browsing the¬†collections with a coffee in hand. I haven’t yet made my way there to see this year’s¬†holiday collection in person (or to stock up on Glogg), but¬†I’m looking forward to doing so in a couple of weeks (if there’s anything still in stock, that is!). For now, I’ve rounded up some of the items that have caught my attention.
See more at Ikea.
December 1st is right around the weekend corner…time to¬†get those advent calendars ready! Here are some of my favourites from Etsy.
minimalist advent calendar, $80.11
advent calendar pouches, $69.66
advent calendar kit, $27.44
hanging advent calendar, $88.00
advent calendar reindeer parade, $31.77
Have a wonderful weekend!
I cannot believe it’s October and I opted to write a holiday¬†post. What has come over me? I’ll tell you what – Minted has come through once again this year with a beautiful selection of amusing, traditional, and whimsical holiday cards.
My order arrived last week and¬†I am thrilled (once again) with the design and paper quality of these cards. The cards are also very customizable – flat, folded, booklet, photos, curved edges, gold foil, etc.¬†There’s no reason¬†not to order holiday cards¬†now.
I’ve prepared my 2nd Christmas carol remix for you this Monday morning…ready?
How lovely are your branches!
green¬†white¬†will always grow
Through summer sun and winter snow.
How lovely are your branches!
And if you’re still shopping for Christmas gifts, head on over to Design Maze where I’ve posted a black & white gift guide.
Can I turn a classic Christmas tune into a blog post? Let’s find out, shall we?
jingle all the way
it is to ride
in a one (horse) open sleigh (bed)
What do you think? Does it work? You may just find more of my Christmas song interpretations making the pages of White Cabana in the next 12 days!
Will Martha Stewart be coming to your home for Christmas this year? She can if you first head to the Home Depot and stock up on some of her holiday decorations. Here are some of the items that caught my attention in the Arctic¬†collection.
glass owl, $9.87
star tree topper, $14.97
set of 6 ornaments, $9.96
101 ornaments, $26.96
There are so many creative ways to use photos nowadays. From cards to memory games to mugs to calendars – there’s a way to perfectly personalize holiday gifts and stationery. Pinhole Press, as you may have previously heard, makes gift giving quite easy.
You could start with holiday cards to send to family and friends.
You could then get coordinating labels and gift tags.
Unique gifts for children and adults include memory games, photo books, and magnetic notepads.
Do you like receiving personalized gifts like the ones above? Don’t you think it’s a great way to remember – and share – happy moments?
Images courtesy of Pinhole Press.