‘Twas the Night Before Christmas…
There are two types of people in this world — those who have their Christmas presents all wrapped up and ready to go before the holiday madness begins and those who wrap their freshly-bought presents on the subway on the way to the party. Guess which one I am…
I’ve mastered the art of panic buying the perfect gift for everyone on my list minutes before the stores close on Christmas Eve. My secret? Find a store that has everything you need, from food and electronics to luxury beauty and wrapping paper. My top choice is always Shoppers Drug Mart. They’re everywhere, they’re open late, and they sell a wide range of amazing products for every budget. Plus, you can spend your PC Optimum points. You know, if you just happen to have spent all your hard-earned money buying presents for yourself.
Read on for last-minute Christmas gift ideas from Shoppers Drug Mart for everyone on your list.
1. Yummy Treats
Even if you’re not exchanging gifts, don’t show up empty-handed to your next Christmas party. Food is always a good idea, and the hosts will appreciate having extra treats on-hand. Fancy chocolates, like the Lindt Mini Pralines* or a box of Ferrero Rocher* (a holiday classic), never fail to impress.
2. Stocking Stuffers
I love buying beauty accessories all year long, but I get really excited when the Quo ornaments* come out. Who doesn’t love a mini lip gloss or a brightly-coloured makeup sponge? I love that they can be hung on the tree on Christmas morning. I like pairing them with nail polishes*, hand creams, chocolate or tea to create a festive little care package.
3. Luxury Beauty
Fragrances, high-end skincare, shiny gift sets, beauty tools — there’s always so much to discover in the beauty aisles. This year’s picks include the Burberry Her Eau de Parfum* (a new favourite!), the FOREO ISSA Play toothbrush* (made of silicone and available in fun colours, from the makers of the v. popular LUNA) and the gorgeous Quo All About Eyes Kit* (that includes 54 eyeshadows and 12 eyeliners, not pictured because I couldn’t quite manage to capture it in all its glory).
Not everyone knows this, but Shoppers Drug Mart carries a huge selection of electronics. I’m not talking off-brand headphones and boring phone cables. This year, you can pick up a Google Home Mini, a Nintendo Switch, Xbox games, Beats headphones, a tablet or even a laptop from your local drugstore. Wild. Just think of all the PC Optimum points you can accumulate if you buy all of your expensive presents there…
My top pick (*hint hint*) is the Fujifilm Instax Mini. It’s the perfect way to capture memories on Christmas morning.
5. Gift Cards
I know gift cards* are a lazy option, but sometimes the best gift you can give someone is to let them buy something they truly want, or better yet — need.
Merry Christmas! I hope you find a little something for everyone on your list this year…even if you’re reading this minutes before the stores close.
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