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Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide 2020

Shopping local has never been more important. That’s why Durham Women’s Network has teamed up with some amazing boss babes to pull together a carefully curated list that will meet the needs of everyone’s wishlist!

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Beauty

Who doesn’t love to feel and look beautiful? A day of pampering and having your every need met is on the top of nearly every woman’s wishlist. It’s the perfect time to treat yourself, or a loved one, to an indulgent experience that has lasting effects.

Beauty Foundations Clinic is a one-stop shop that will help you check your holiday gift list twice. Owner Ana Milne is an exceptional advocate for women feeling and looking their best. The clinic’s top-of-the-line medical-grade products and exceptional services are consistently rated among the highest in Durham Region. 

The Whitby med spa clinic offers a range of treatments beyond the traditional anti-aging facial. Treatments are available for melasma, hyperpigmentation, acne, scarring, and rosacea. Services such as hair restoration PRP, laser hair removal, body contouring and teeth whitening are also offered, and guaranteed to give you that extra boost of confidence. 

If you’re looking to splurge on the best skincare products, look no further. The luxurious SkinCeuticals and GLO Beauty lines are carried, with an exceptional deal on the first Tuesday of every month.

If you’re looking to make a great impression this holiday season, connect with Beauty Foundations Clinic today to customize the perfect gift or service set.

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Give the gift of confidence this holiday season! Love you, be you is the motto behind LUBU Makeup, a beautiful gluten-free cosmetics line that is curated locally. This specialty brand is paraben, gluten and cruelty-free, and offers vegan options. Makeup is owner Karen McIntosh’s love and passion—she created the line with her own sensitive skin in mind, and has developed her line of products for every skin tone and skin condition.

LUBU best sellers include lip stays, metal lipsticks, velvet lipsticks, and a delectable moisturizing vanilla bean lip gloss; bronzers and illuminators; and a bold nude kit that has nine eyeshadows, two blushes, one contour and one highlighter. 

New products are launching soon, including lip plumper, hempseed lip glosses, mineral eyebrow pencils, brushes, cream blush that you can also use as a lip colour. Perfect stocking stuffers!

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Want to wake up with perfectly groomed brows, defined lips and a full lash line every morning? It’s time to consider permanent makeup and the consistently natural look that it offers. Microblading, lip blushing and permanent liner are just a sample of the offerings at Motor City Tattoos in Oshawa. Owner Lorena Welsh has been in the tattoo industry for more than 10 years and is an accomplished permanent makeup artist of eight years. She has traveled worldwide, working with several experts to find the best and most effective techniques in the industry. Gift cards are available and start at $25.

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Want to learn the tricks of the trade in the makeup business? Valeria Nova, of Two Chicks and Some Lipstick, is a hair and makeup artist, educator and entrepreneur, with a passion for unforgettable makeovers and teaching women to look and feel their best! With more than a decade of professional experience and an impressive list of celebrity clients, she inspires women to connect with their feminine spirit—through makeup! Check out her Online Self Love + Makeup Program, a series of professional how-to video tutorials and easy to follow online guides. The online program is designed to inspire women to love the person in the mirror, embrace makeup, and become their very own makeup artist! 

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Aloette Cosmetics gives you clean skincare and makeup that all beauty lovers can feel good about! As pioneers in aloe vera-based beauty, they have always prioritized overall skin health by formulating their products with their proprietary organic aloe vera and nourishing botanical ingredients that promote healthier looking skin.

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Looking for natural and skin-friendly bath products? Check out Get Naked Soaps, the lovingly created business owned and operated by Michelle Gamelin of Whitby. Shortly after the birth of her daughter, she began to notice a variety of skin issues on her newborn that left her limited to what she could use on her sensitive skin. After trying countless store bought products with no relief, she decided to take it upon herself and study the process of natural soap making. She immediately fell in love and never looked back! Her newborn’s skin issues subsided immediately, and it was with this inspiration that the Plain Jane bar was created.

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Holler and Howl is naturopathic doctor Ana Candia’s new venture into all-natural personal care products, carefully curated and sold on Etsy. Facial toner, tree sap lip balm, room sprays, age-defying eye balms and more are available to browse via the Holler and Howl shop on Etsy. Stock up on your goodies today.

Experience

Station Gallery has incredible online art programming to get you through the winter months. The creative hub in the community is a public art gallery and a registered charity that shows art exhibitions of emerging, mid-career and established artists. The gallery brings art and culture to kids, youth, adults and families of all ages and abilities through programs, classes and workshops, performances and special events. 

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If you’re missing travel and want a change of scenery or need a break, LIVE Virtual Vacation Experiences has just the thing for you. Pour a rum punch and Zoom to the Caribbean! Whether you’re planning a special date night for your partner, or a corporate socially distanced holiday party, you are in for an unforgettable experience. With a personalized itinerary, visit Antigua, Barbados or Saint Lucia for a cooking demonstration, watch the sunset on a catamaran, or listen to a steel drum band. All from the comfort of your own home!

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Food & Drink

Villa Vida Loca Farm Market in Sunderland—the heart of north Durham—is your one-stop-shop for all things local, farm fresh, handmade and personally chosen. This boutique farm market is where you’ll want to go for sweet and unique gifts for everyone on your nice list. Can’t decide what to choose from the large selection of items? Well, you’re in luck because Villa Vida Loca is all about creating custom gift baskets for holiday gift giving. So, go right ahead and pick a few of the faves you know they’ll love. Here’s a few must-haves to include: pure and/or infused unpasteurized wildflower honey from their apiary (so. many. options! raw, creamed, buckwheat, cinnamon, cacao, pumpkin spice, orange zest, lemon ginger, turmeric, lavender, three chili and garlic), pure, local maple syrup, natural soaps and salves, and handcrafted beeswax candles. Visit the market on Saturdays and Sundays until the end of November, or shop the online store.

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Shopping for a sophisticated foodie? Olive That! Tasting Bar will have you saying “I’ll take all of that!” Whitby’s very own gourmet olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting room offers an impressive 80 flavours of both oil and vinegar that are incredible on their own, or paired to create bold flavour combinations. Both pre-made and custom gift baskets are available.

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Have a BBQ lover on your holiday gift list? Head on down to Healthy Meats in Whitby, where quality, natural and organic meats are free range and free of hormones and antibiotics. The family-owned and operated store works with farmers to bring only the best quality chicken, turkey, beef, pork, lamb and in-season fish to the table. A wide variety of gift sets are available for the culinary fanatics in your household.

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Home Décor

For those who appreciate breathtaking art and fashion, Fluid Concept’s stunning hand painted silk scarves will be well-loved by anyone lucky enough to receive one. These one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art, that can be worn year-round, are sure to make any chicky rocking them feel even more beautiful and vibrant than ever—these are true statement pieces that radiate sophisticated style! Like what you see? Make sure to also check out shop owner, Laura Ricketts’ Fluid Concepts at Home for resin and gemstone inspired home décor and accessories.

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Home décor lovers will thank you over and over again throughout the year for gifting them with one of IdleWild Designs Canada’s creations. Or, treat yourself—after all you deserve it!

Check out a selection of Sherri’s unique pieces in downtown Whitby at Unique Town Boutique or visit IdleWild Designs Canada’s Facebook or Instagram pages to see the full collection. Custom handcrafted wreaths, arrangements and decor items are also available—be sure to contact Sherri directly for your special holiday orders.

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The ever-so talented Sarah Shaw of Shaw Studios is creating beautiful hand painted (from the inside!) 4” glass tree ornaments. These unique pieces are sure to even make Santa himself stop in his tracks. Shop the collection online or get in touch with Sarah to order a custom piece!

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Jewellery & Women’s Wear

There’s nothing like snuggling up by the fire with a chunky knit blanket and hot cup of cocoa during the cold months. And when we have to venture outdoors, a cozy and stylish knit scarf is a must-have (of course!). Here’s where Knit by Steph comes in! Her beautiful hand-knitted chunky knit blankets and scarves are sure to keep your loved ones feeling warm and cozy all winter long. With a passion for creating and an artist’s eye, Steph loves taking the time to work with her clients to come up with something special and unique before picking up the knitting needles. From choosing the colour, style (think infinity, non-infinity, buttons and pom poms!) and yarn blend (lush alpaca, cozy wool and vegan), you know you’re getting a true custom experience when you’re ordering a beautiful Knit by Steph piece. Looking for some inspo? Check out pre-made styles on her social media pages!

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Discover gift ideas that will be cherished for a lifetime at Dana’s Goldsmithing! Since 1992, those who seek special and one-of-a-kind jewellery have been coming from near and far to this progressive and trendsetting store located in downtown Port Perry. With a focus on “Making it Personal” in everything they do, Dana Smith, Founder and her team are well-known throughout the Greater Toronto Area for creating beautiful and everlasting custom jewellery that tell their clients’ unique stories. Visit their stunning showroom or online shop to be captivated by a selection of in-house designed pieces and fashion forward lines. You can also meet with one of their expert designers in-store or virtually to explore your custom design options!

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Wear your intention on a handcrafted bracelet stamped with your unique word. Perfect gift for loved ones! A choice of brass or nickel. Is there a challenge you want to overcome or something you want more of in life? Wear it. See it. Manifest it! $25 to 30 each.

Photography 

Looking to step up your branding game? Want to refresh your family photos? Josie Cipriano Portraits offers photography sessions in Durham Region, Toronto and the GTA. Get creative this winter with a beach mini photoshoot and create a memory that lasts. Josie’s creative styling and art direction will get you in the festive mood.

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Give the gift of storytelling under the tree. Trinity Design Photography has been creating one of a kind storytelling artwork for families for over seven years. Popular items include the very popular White Box family series, family session and headshot/branding gift certificates.

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Self-Care 

Align your chakras and find your inner peace with Modern Balance Yoga. Cheryl Generaux brings yoga to you, allowing for an immersive experience without having to leave your home. There’s no better time to put a self-care routine in place. Learn more about Cheryl by following her on social media.

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For those who seek relief from a range of symptoms and to bring their body back to a place of ease—allowing self-healing and self-regulation—Durham Osteopathy is accepting patients at their new clinic in downtown Whitby! Osteopathy is a drugless, non-invasive, manual therapy that uses gentle motions to address structural imbalances in the body. These imbalances impact cardiovascular supply to and from tissues, lymphatic drainage and proper nerve conduction. Symptoms such as pain, loss of balance, digestive issues, headaches, sleep disturbances and a decrease in general vitality are often successfully addressed by Osteopathic Manual Practitioners. This whole-body approach is what sets the practice of Osteopathy apart!

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Close your eyes and feel the power of relaxation take over you. Treat yourself, or someone you love, to the inviting and comfortable atmosphere of Natural Flow Reflexology. This Bowmanville-based clinic is run by Jen Hauke, a reflexologist with a focus on self-care and wellness. There’s no better way to enjoy peace this holiday season.

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JAM Designs Boutique works with the realization that we are all unique. That’s why none of their aromatherapy designs are ever the same! Each mala, bracelet or diffuser offers up a new look. It also makes collecting their pieces dangerously easy—you’ll never have to worry about ordering a duplicate. In addition to their stunning accessories, the boutique offers their own private label essential oil line. Feel good and look good, all while shopping local.

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Practical Services

It’s the gift that keeps on giving! Babes Who Brand is an exclusive membership for businesses who want to take their marketing to the next level. For an annual fee, members have access to resources, videos and live Q&As hosted by marketing and business experts. Want to stay on top of the latest trends? This is the membership for you.

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2020 has us thinking outside the box when it comes to events. Cue Evention. This full-service event management agency develops and delivers a customized event experience. Celebrating big, but socially distanced? Contact Evention to pull together a memorable moment.

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We finally found the perfect gift for the ones who have it all! Effy Terry, founder of Organize That, is a Platinum Certified Marie Kondo Organizing Consultant and can take you through a transformative process to remove the physical clutter in your home and show you how to remove obstacles that are keeping you stuck. Organize That also offers traditional decluttering and organizing and specializes in strategies for challenges with physical, cognitive and sensory conditions. 

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Looking to monetize your website, social media and virtual events? Sue Sutcliffe has been specializing in digital strategy for decades. A true leader in the digital space. Whether you’re building your first online course or developing an online strategy, Sue has a wealth of knowledge, ready to share with you!

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Want to get your finances in a row for the new year? Contact Karen Robertson, of RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities. Make your new year’s resolution stick. Karen and her team create a total, coordinated wealth management strategy to help you and your family make progress toward your financial goals.

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