Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide 2020

Gifts by Category


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.


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.


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!


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.


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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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.

Holiday Gift Guide

Durham Women’s Network 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, we’ve taken the guess work out of finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your ‘Nice List’ with our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide!

Check out our curated list of ‘must-have’ products and services from the businesses of some of the wonderful Durham Women’s Network members.

Fashion, Style and Jewellery

Contagious Designs Canada based in Whitby specializes in quality sterling silver and hand stamped accessories. From necklaces, to braceletsrings and earrings—you can shop their collections online to find the perfect piece, or work with them to create something custom that you know your special someone will absolutely adore.

JAM Designs based in Courtice creates handmade, one of a kind diffuser braceletsnecklaces and malas, as well as makes their own skincare and bath products and private label essential oils (Jewel of the Lotus). Choose gifts from their online shop of beautiful pieces, or work with them to select the semi-precious stones and design of your choice.

Cute as a button kids Christmas attire (including PJs!) will put a smile on the little ones faces—as well as everyone else around them—when they get all dressed up in their new outfits. Head over to La Petite Boutique, a specialty children’s boutique in downtown Whitby, to shop for locally made pieces.

What’s more fun than opening a new Christmas themed t-shirthoodieor apron to rock around the house in over the holidays? Bored Shirtless Tees based in Ajax is the place to go to find sweet festive gear, and they can also create custom prints with any design.

We all know that a fabulous handbag is any woman’s best friend! Shop Poppy and Peonies collections with Annie Pade, Brooklin Area Influencer (there are tons of gorgeous handbags under $100!).

For the fashionista in your life or someone who’s looking to refresh their wardrobe with pieces that suit them beautifully, you’ll want to pick up a gift card for a style session from Smithery in Ajax! Style sessions can be attended solo, or with a group of girlfriends for an exciting outing (champagne included!).


IdleWild Designs Canada based in Brooklin offers unique, custom wreaths and decor for holidays and year-round decorating. Choose from one of the beautiful pre-made creations, or collaborate with the designer to craft something extra special for the person on your list who appreciates (and swoons over) all things handmade.

Fluid Concept based in Oshawa offers a diverse selection of stunning hand painted silk scarvesand handmade resin creations that you can easily order online from Etsy. These unique pieces will definitely be well-loved by those who receive them!

With Love Gift Co. based in Oshawa is passionate about great gifts, and offers unique and modern gift baskets for any occasion using lots of local and handmade products. Choose from their wonderful pre-made arrangements, or work with the maker to put together something extra special with the many marvellous items they’ve personally hand curated.

Marshmallow Market Co. is the new kid on the block in Bowmanville, but is already making a big statement with their  super sweet and classy custom creations and printable art—from home decor, to seasonal itemsdrinkwaret-shirts and more! You get to work directly with the lovely designer to personalize items from their wide selection of pieces. Have a new idea in mind? Slide into their DMs to start your extra special collab!

If you’re looking for a handmade and local shopping experience for all things festive, you won’t want to miss the Picks and Giggles 4th Annual Holiday Market at Kingsway College in Oshawa on December 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 90 local artisans will be showcasing their beautifully made pieces and services. Tickets are available online and at the door.

You can find another great one-stop shopping experience for your holiday gift giving needs at Mosaic Creative in Oshawa. This 3,500 square foot retail space features a funky, upbeat mix of vintage and artisan goods from more than 65 local makers.

Kim’s Knits and Chisels based in Whitby has a super cool gift idea for the athletes and competitors on your list—custom wooden medal holders!

Beauty and Skincare

Give the gift of glowing, healthy skin from Beauty Foundations Clinic in Whitby. From customized facials, to popular cosmetic injectables (think wrinkle-reduction treatments like Botox/Dysport, or the perfect pout achieved from dermal fillers), top-quality skincare productslaser hair removal and much more. Nurse Ana and her team of highly-trained skin experts make it their number one priority to help men and women achieve their beauty goals!

The Lip Lab Medical team in Whitby, headed by Nurse Jean, offers high-quality cosmetic injectables (such as Botox/Dysport and dermal fillers), which are the perfect gift to help those looking to achieve a more youthful and fresh appearance.

Say hello to stocking stuffers that they’ll actually use! Whitby Soap Company makes super cute and colourful family-friendly and kid safe bath and body care products (including bath bombs!). You can either place your order online for delivery or pick up in Whitby.

The Ten Spot in Oshawa offers facialslaser hair removalwaxingmanicures + pedicures and more! Grab a gift card for someone on your list, and the team at this new beauty bar will have them leaving with confidence and feeling like a solid 10!

You’ll be sure to make a splash with the makeup and beauty lovers in your life when gifting them professional grade make up andskincare products from LimeLife by Alcone. Check out the limited-edition holiday collection, and shop with one of their Beauty Guides—Makeup with Mer from Bowmanville.

Another great line of high-quality makeup and skincare products to check out for holiday gift ideas is Beauty Counter! Take a peek at the lovely limited-edition holiday gift sets, and shop with Oshawa-based Consultant, Karyne Whalen.

For cute stocking stuffers, check out LipSense by SeneGence! You can shop the long-lasting lip colour in more than 50 shades with Pickering-based Independent Distributor, Angela Drew Kimelman.

Health, Wellness and Self-Improvement

For the person who’s impossible to shop for, Kristen Hunt Reiki in Whitby has got you covered with a gift certificate for a Reiki Treatment (with a psychic reading!). Kristen is a Level 2 Reiki Master and Psychic Medium who helps her clients to release stress and restore physical and emotional well-being—a great way to start off the new year!

Looking for a special gift for an extra special woman in your life? A HERSpace gift certificate could be just the gift they’ll love! The HERSpace™ Movement offers a variety of safe and grounded spaces for women to gather, connect, share, be supported, heal, and grow together using spirituality, creativity and movement. The gift certificate includes the January or February Immersive, HERPages Book Club meet up, and hangouts—all at various locations in Durham Region.

Give the gift of yoga and mindful meditation from Mindful Yoga Moments in Whitby to the yogis in your life, or someone special who could use a little bit of relaxation and ‘me time’ heading into the new year. Gift certificates and 25 per cent off coupons are available.

If you’re looking to inspire and motivate a friend or family member with a thoughtfully selected book, you’ll want to pick up a copy of Your Extraordinary Self for them—written by Brooklin’s very own Tammie Kip!

Women’s Health Physiotherapy Centre in Ajax and Whitby are dedicated to women’s health rehabilitation. The all-female team of healthcare professionals offer gift certificates for their specialized services, including pelvic health check-ups, pelvic physiotherapy, massage therapy for pregnancy, birth preparation and beyond, prenatal and postpartum services, and more. A super thoughtful gift idea for new moms, moms-to-be, or women of any age!

Massages are the ultimate way to relax and relieve stress! Gift certificates for a massage with a registered massage therapist are available at Massage Connection in Oshawa and Courtice.

We’re all about gifts that promote self-care, healing, and balancing of the mind, body and soul! This holiday season, Robin’s Authentic Wellness in Ajax is offering a great deal on a stress relieving and body balancing reiki treatment and spiritual reading. Robin is a Certified Reiki Master Practitioner who is passionate about helping people become the best version of themselves.

Help your loved ones start or continue on their natural healing journey in 2020 with a gift certificate from Tranquility Natural Healing. This beautiful healing studio in downtown Port Perry offers aromatherapy massage, crystal healingenergy fusion,reflexologyreiki, chakra balancing and more!

The Healing Hand in Port Perry is offering gift certificates this holiday season for a reflexology treatment to help your friends and family relax, refresh and revitalize.

For those who have faced the loss of a loved one, the holidays can be an extremely difficult time. The gift of healing through grief counselling with My Good Grief in Whitby can help get them on track to reclaiming their lives and create a new future for themselves.


Give the gift of a fun, modern photography session to your family this year under the tree! The White Box Experience, by Trinity Design Photography in Whitby, is where this award-winning studio creates a one of a kind story about your family. Sessions are quick and ‘teen and reluctant photo client’ approved.

Kaptured by Kelly in Bowmanville is having their Santa Minis photoshoot on December 7. Photos of your super cute littles with Santa will be loved by your family and those who received them with a card!

Food and Drink

We’re all about making memories with loved ones, and so is M & R Cakes & Café! A gift certificate for a Traditional High Tea (or any of their other baked goodies and desserts) at this well-loved café in downtown Whitby is sure to be a hit.

Mitchel’s Cake & Dessert Company in Whitby, specializing in delectable buttercream (YUM!), is creating beautiful, custom cupcake bouquets for your corporate and hostess gift needs.

Hosting or going to a holiday party? Drink Better, based in Whitby, imports wines from small family operations in Canada and around the globe. Drink Better’s portfolio of exclusive wines—that aren’t available through the LCBO—are shopped for by the case!

Home and Garden

Time is something we could all use more of! With a gift certificate for Go4 Girl—a personal concierge service based in Ajax—your loved ones will be thanking you for helping them get some items crossed off their ‘to-do’ list!

Know a new homeowner or someone who would love a new low-maintenance garden? A gift certificate for Down 2 Earth Landscape Design in Pickering would make a wonderful gift to help them create a beautiful outdoor space that they can enjoy for years to come!

Tower Gardens by Juice Plus+ would make a superb present for those with a green thumb! The Town Garden system lets you grow up to 20 vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers—both indoors and out. Shop with Whitby-based Representative, Patricia Pearsell.

Here at the Durham Women’s Network (DWN), we’re all about connecting, collaborating with and supporting the many talented and dedicated women entrepreneurs and leaders in our community. You can help support them as well—Show some love and shop local this holiday season, and choose to buy from local businesses whenever possible throughout the year; you will be delighted with all of the amazing products and services you can find right here in Durham Region. Happy Shopping!

If you’d like to join our tribe, get involved in our Facebook Group of more than 4,000 women in Durham Region.

You can also follow along with DWN happenings by following us on our Instagram and Twitter, and subscribing to The #Connected Vodcast on YouTube

Published by Elise Hawley