November is here, which means it’s time to trade in pumpkin spice lattes for peppermint mochas and candy apples for candy canes! It’s hard to believe that Christmas is 6 weeks away!
The crowds at the mall during the holiday season are always so overwhelming, which I why I love to get a head start on my shopping list in November before the mad dash begins. Willow Park Village is the perfect place to sip on a festive drink and take in the twinkling tree lights, while shopping the village’s 50+ speciality shops
Since this is one of my favourite times of year, I’m putting together a holiday gift guide for both men and women, which will hopefully provide you with some unique gift suggestions for everyone on your list.
Let’s kick things off with my gift guide for all the men in your life:
For the Foodie: There are few men who don’t love a nice steak dinner. For the foodie in your life, treat them to a gift card to Caesar’s Steakhouse. A longstanding favourite in Calgary’s restaurant scene, Caesar’s is known for its impressive wine list and delicious, tender Alberta beef. Caesar’s has always been one of my dad’s favourite restaurants, so his gift this year is an obvious one!
For the Gym Junkie: Know someone who can’t get enough of the gym? 9Round offers kickboxing-themed fitness programs that combine cardio and resistance training for a full body workout in just 30 minutes. Give the gift of fitness with a monthly or annual 9Round membership; it’s perfect as a stocking stuffer or as a gift alongside a pair of boxing gloves.
For the Fisherman: if your hubby loves fishing as much as mine then Country Pleasures is the perfect place to find gifts. From fly fishing rods to wading boots, it’s a fisherman’s dream. This year, I’ve booked my husband a trip on the Bow with one of Country Pleasure’s expert guides – I love giving experiential gifts because it’s something to look forward to once the holiday season is over.
For the Old World Enthusiast: William Evans is a new addition to the village, and they carry an amazing selection of gifts for men. My husband and I decided to treat my father-in-law, an avid traveller, to the Stamford bag – it’s perfect for a weekend getaway or to carry-on a flight. The soft leather means it ages well overtime making this a bag that will last for years to come.
Lastly, why not treat your guy to a pre-holiday gift with a trim and shave from Dario’s Barbershop? With all the holiday parties on the horizon, a visit to Dario’s will ensure your partner is looking suave for the busy season ahead.
It’s crazy to believe that November is nearly half way over – next time you here from me, the holiday season will be in full swing!
Until next time,
– XO Willow