gearing up for the holidays: gifts made easy


Ever since Maya came along, I have been spending money in two places: the coffee shop (for you Ottawa folks out there, I’m a diehard Bridgehead lover) and Shoppers Drug Mart. Lucky for me, there is a block in my ‘hood that houses both of these shops. My routine? I pack Maya up in the stroller, walk down, grab my decaf Americano, and more times than not hit up Shoppers to grab bottle supplies, vitamins, shampoo/deodorant/toothpaste/etc, or some quick groceries.

Are you guys Shoppers Drug Mart people? If you haven’t been there recently, you should go. From makeup, to healthcare products, to kids stuff, and household supplies, they carry a huge selection. There are even tons of options for gift giving – perfect for the upcoming holiday season. Here are a few of my fave gift options that are in stores now.

For Her – Who doesn’t love getting perfume and nice lotions? I never buy perfume for myself, so it’s always a nice treat to receive it as a gift. I haven’t tested out this Marc Jacobs one, but I love the packaging! It’s the Marc Jacobs Honey Holiday Set which includes perfume, lotion, and shower gel.

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For the kiddo – Play-Doh is one of those no-brainer kid gifts. Hours of play and creativity with this stuff. Check out the cute colours in this Play-Doh Candy Cane Set.16751

For Him – I always forget that Shoppers Drug Mart has a section with electronics. These Sony Wireless Headphones look pretty swish and I know my man would love ’em.16754


One of the other perks of shopping at Shoppers? They have a rewards system (Optimum) that lets you collect points, which transfers into dollar value. I signed up for their newsletter, so I get their emails letting me know when they have promotions going on like 20x the points or cash back. Mama has saved up some serious optimum points lately… I think some fancy new makeup is in my future!

If you’re looking for a convenient place to get some great gifts for this holiday season, Shoppers might just be the place! Now through December, select beauty products will have a free gift with purchase, so visit your local Shoppers Drug Mart while quantities last.

Visit too browse their holiday catalogue, visit their Facebook page to join their holiday contest on December 2nd, to win some fab prizes, and join the conversation on twitter for great gift ideas (#giftsmadeeasy).


*Disclaimer: This post was brought to you by Shoppers Drug Mart, but all opinions are my own. Seriously, I shop there ALL the time! 


  • Casey @ Waffling

    I LOVE shoppers too. It is basically the only option around my work to buy anything. Today i went there for lightbulbs (but they didnt sell the kind I needed) and I still ended up spending $20!

    • gemma

      Haha – I know, right? I always seem to buy more than I was intending, too..