Gift ideas for house & home | Last minute gift guide

by W. Andrew Powell

There’s a little something for everyone in our gift ideas for house and home, from styling and cleaning, to rest, relaxation, and cooking. Read on for the perfect gift suggestions.

Shark FlexStyle Hair Styling System

Shark FlexStyle Hair Styling System | $349

The Shark FlexStyle makes hair styling simple, from curling and drying, to getting picture-perfect locks in just a few minutes.

The FlexStyle features Auto-Wrap Curlers, Oval Brush, Paddle Brush, Styling Concentrator and Curl-Defining Diffuser for all kinds of styles and looks. The FlexStyle twists from styling mode to drying, it has 4 heat and 3 airflow settings, and it minimizes heat exposure so it won’t damage hair.

And on top of all the features, the styler and dryer is affordable and so versatile.

iRobot Roomba j7+ Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum | $999

iRobot Roomba j7+ robot vacuum

Over the years I’ve tried a few robot vacuums and they all have their top features, but nothing beats the iRobot Roomba j7+ Self-Emptying Vacuum. The software is intelligent, it’s quick and efficient, and it takes the work out of your regular cleaning schedule.

The Roomba j7+ intelligently avoids obstacles, like shoes and cables, the brushes pick up all kinds of dirt, and it’s easy to set custom cleanup zones, like around a couch or table. The iRobot app gives full control over the vacuum, to clean the whole house or just a room, and it also works with Google Home or Alexa.

For the friend or family member who hates to vacuum, the iRobot Roomba j7+ is a fantastic gift that keeps on giving.

Sleep Well Box | $79

Sleep Country Sleep Well Box

Everyone needs a great night’s sleep, and this holiday season you can give Sleep Country’s Sleep Well Box to inspire anyone to settle in for bed time.

The box includes a MicroPlush Robe, a pair of MicroPlush Faux Fur Slippers, and a MicroPlush Faux Fur Eye Mask in white.

Self-care starts at home, and it pairs perfectly with bedding and pillows from Sleep Country, or for the furry friends, you can also gift them a Faux Fur Pet Bed.

To find the right gifts, visit a Sleep Country location across Canada.

Shark HydroVac | $399

Shark HydroVac

For everyone who wants clean floors without scrubbing, the Shark HydroVac is one of my favourite things. The 3-in-1 multi-surface cleaning system easily cleans up spills, mud, and dirt from floors and there’s no need to pull out the broom, mop, or vacuum. It does it all.

The HydroVac charges so it’s ready whenever it’s needed, then with the push of a button it soaks up the dirt using the anti-microbial brush roller. Cleanup is a breeze, and it also works on rugs, even pulling up harder to clean dirt.

The Shark HydroVac is available from Canadian Tire, Best Buy, Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond, and other major Canadian retailers.

Kanel spice blends | From $12

Kanel spice blends

For anyone who loves to cook, having the right spices is the gift that gives all year ’round, and Kanel spice blends are my favourite.

The unique, tasty, and vibrant spice blends add zip and zing to every dish. Made in Montreal, the spices are fresh and exciting, and I love their range all the flavours.

Try Stockholm Lemon & Dill, Montreal Bagel Spice, Organic Sunday Roast, or Sweet Korean Heat. There are over 20 different spice varieties to try, and Kanel also makes an incredible mulling spice–Hygge Mulling Spice–for awe-inspiring mulled wine, and it’s also great in hot apple cider.

Kanel spice blends are available on their website and in select stores, including The Mercantile, Pretty Clean Shop, and Forno Cultura in Toronto. Browse the store locator to find more places to shop.

Hush Knit Weighted Blanket | $329

Help your loved one reduce stress, and warm up under a Hush Knit Weighted Blanket that’s perfect for the couch or bed, and offers stylish comfort for every home.

The Hush Knit Blanket weighs 15 lbs, it’s machine washable, and they’re hand-made for the best quality. Hush also makes a variety of other styles of weighted blankets, from cooling to classic, as well as throws.

Plus, Hush offers 100 night trials of their products to test them out.

Visit the Hush store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto, and discover other stores across Canada.

Visit The GATE’s 2022 Holiday Gift Guides for more giveaways & holiday features.

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