December 20, 2010

Gift exchanges or stocking stuffers - you need gifts under $20! Here's some from mark. Nicole by OPI, TRESemmé and LUSH!

This is the week I dread - work gift exchanges, secret santas and last minute gifts for people that I wasn't expecting to get a gift from - you know what I mean - buying last minute gifts for people I just don't know that well!  Of course that makes it hard to get them something thoughtful and while I am tempted to just hand out boxes of chocolates and call it a day, I have come up with a few ideas that anyone on your list should be happy to get!

mark. comfy cozy home fragrance diffuser oil - 15ml x 2 - $16 - help them sweeten up their cubicle with the warm scent of vanilla.  Available from your Avon rep 1-800-265-AVON or online at

Olay Gift Set - $12.99 -  containing a Foaming Face Wash - 200ml, Refreshing Toner - 212ml and a face cloth - if you are lucky you can still find the set - if not you can pick up the products separately to slip in a stocking.  I think they're a great gift idea because they are suitable for all skin types and everyone knows and likes the Olay name - my mom hates it when I buy her "fancy" brands that she's never heard of before!

Nicole by OPI One Less Lonely Girl Collection - $10.99 - If you know anyone with Bieber Fever, these are the perfect gift (you would be surprised at how many 40 year old women like him so don't think just the tweens will appreciate them!)These weren't supposed to be in store until February but Shoppers Drug Mart is getting them early - shown are:
Give Me the First Dance - sexy silver
Me + Blue - metallic deep blue
Step 2 the Beat of My Heart - heart filled hue
One Less Lonely Glitter - pale purple
OMB! - metallic red
Surprisingly, nail polish is an easy gift to give, especially in funky colours - it's easy to tell if someone likes to wear polish or not!  Remember you will only find these at Shoppers now and everywhere else in February.
While you are at Shoppers, swing by the travel size section - you can fill up a small clear plastic makeup bag to give to people you know travel or go to the gym.  I like this gift idea because it's good for the guys too and you can spend as much or as little as you want and still get a decent amount of items.  I like these TRESemmé Moisture Rich Shampoo & Conditioner - 89ml - $1.59 each, oh and little deodorants are great too, unless it's someone in the office known to be smelly, then it just comes off kind of passive aggressive...
LUSH Secret Santa - $10.95 - this aptly named set contains a sweet orange-smelling Satsumo Santa bath bomb and an uplifting citrus-scented Snowcake Soap already wrapped up for you!

Handmade Lavender Eye Pillows - $20 - Toronto blogger and artist Alanna Banks hand crafts these eye pillows (among many other crafty items) from her home in her free time. Made with 100 per cent cotton fabrics in an assortment of colours and patterns, each eye pillow has a removable slip cover that is machine washable. Heat them up for added comfort or lay them over your eyes as is for a quick escape from the hectic holiday season. These would also be a great New Year's gift to help out with the hangover! Available exclusively from etsy, or by contacting Alanna at

- Lisamarie -


  1. The nail polishes are gorgeous even if I don't like Beiber!!!

  2. Love the gift ideas! Those nail polishes are gorgeous, and for that price?!


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