Gift Guide: Tweens and Teens

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

Happy shopping!

– Daniela


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!




Gift Guide: For the Tech Enthusiast

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

Other 2016 gift guides: for the francophile, for the Christmas collector, for the design fan, for the cook.




Gift Guide: For the Cook

I was debating creating Christmas gift guides because I know there are so many wonderful guides already floating around the internet, but then I thought it might be fun to see what I could come up with all-in-white. I’ll be publishing a few guides over the next couple of weeks so as to not overload everyone, but to also get us into the generous holiday gift-giving spirit.

I’m kicking things off with a “for the cook” guide. While I adore my kitchen, I’m not much of a cook. My go-to handmade pastas and pizzas are top-notch, but beyond those staples, I’m just an average cook. I do like to bake though, so some of these items are good for both the chef and the baker in your life!


Le Creuset dutch oven, Le Creuset large spatula, Martha Stewart kitchen towels, Kate Spade polka dot apron, KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer, KitchenAid pasta attachments, Peugeot salt and pepper set, GlucksteinHome linen napkins, Sophie Conran for Portmerion pie dish, OXO produce keeper, Stelton ice bucket, marble bowl, Godinger marble cheese board, Cuisinart knife set, Joseph cutting board


Marketplace: Izola for the Home

Izola‘s collection has certainly expanded since I last featured this American design and home goods store (see these posts). Here’s what I’m currently liking from the online collection:


Determination Exercise book, $15


Toilette kit, $45


Privé pouch, $28


sport soap, $9


par avion soap dish, $16


It’s Written in the Stars handkerchief, $16


shoulder tote, $240

A few more last-minute gifts

by Johanne

3 days away and still lots to do.

I’m all for the one-stop shopping experience. This year I managed to cram my Christmas gift shopping list into four stops, including stores where I had to go anyway to buy supplies for my own holiday survival kit (ie. the wine & spirits store).

Hopefully you’re getting near the bottom of the list and maybe, like me, you’re already done (!). Either way, ain’t nothin’ wrong with taking a little peak at what’s happening at one of our fave all-around go-to suppliers: the Paper Source.

If not for this Christmas, surely other occasions will come up to justify a little bit of this:

Paper cardstock tree house, $29.95

Smencils smell deelish and are made from 100% recycled paper. Perfect for decorating a paper tree house! $15.95 for a yummy 10-pack

Bathtub tea, $3.95
Camera rubber stamp, $6.95
Printed in Italy utensil paper, $3.75 for a 20″ x 28″ sheet
Monogram letter press stationary, $6.50 for 10 flat cards
Donkey memo paper (includes 140 blank slips), $12.95

For these and more visit the Paper Source.

Stocking stuffers for the foodie

by Johanne

White stocking stuffers for the DIY foodie:

Beaded napkin rings, $30 for a set of 4 at Urban Barn

Peppermint hot chocolate and handcrafted marshmellows set, $32.50 at Williams Sonoma

Personalized apron, $29 at Williams Sonoma

Stainless steel moose corkscrew, $30 at Urban Barn

Koi glass tumblers, $24 at Urban Barn

Cookie jar, $14.95 at Crate & Barrel

Classic Century sauce boat, $47.95 at Crate & Barrel

Milk frother, $19.95 at Crate & Barrel

Microwave egg boiler, $4.49 at Kitchen Stuff Plus

Stainless steel pierogi maker, $8.99 at Kitchen Stuff Plus

Handmade cocktail picks, $0.99 for a set of three at Kitchen Stuff Plus

Mini lettuce spinner, $24.95 at Crate & Barrel

Matryoshka measuring spoons, $8 at Urban Outfitters

Lace dish, $6 at Urban Outfitters

Monogrammed soap set, $29 at Pottery Barn

Images courtesy of Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, Urban Barn, Urban Outfitters, and Kitchen Stuff Plus.