We are all running out of time to finish our holiday shopping, and that can really get stressful. But if you start panicking, that can lead to you picking up generic gifts that, well… suck. We want to help you make solid choices that everyone in your life will be happy with.
By that, we mean choosing gifts that are cool, creative, and functional. Think about the things that would make someone’s life better (and yours), even in the smallest way. It could be making them smile with cute graphic socks, or helping to ease the burden of their household chores.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up seven holiday gift ideas that are impossible to hate.
A Monthly Sock Subscription
Our feet take a beating every day of the week, and unless you’re going for a pedi on the regular, you probably don’t show yours a lot of TLC. If you’re looking for an interesting, fun gift to treat yo’self or a friend, a monthly sock subscription is a perfect idea.
All you have to do is create an account with an online store like Sock Box and wait for bright and beautiful socks to be delivered in the mail each month. You can sign up for three, four, six months, or longer. Because let’s face it; nobody likes wearing socks with their toes peeping out.
Price: Select socks start at $6
Where to buy: sockbox.ca
Vacuums are a game-changing part of adult life, but so many of us have failed to invest in a truly great one. Chances are your nearest and dearest have had the same half-broken vacuum for the past 10 years. Give them the gift of a cleaner home this season with a cordless DuoClean floor and carpet vacuum.
It gives you up to 40 minutes of powerful, versatile cleaning when fully charged. And it does everything from deep clean carpets to directly engage floors, plus, it transforms into a hand vacuum, too. (Just so you know, Shark is the number one vacuum brand in the US, and the fastest-growing in the UK.)
Where to buy: sharkclean.ca
Sure, everyone takes photos on their smartphones — but what do you do with them then? Maybe share one or two on Instagram then have the rest join your endless Google Photos album? (You know it’s true.)
So now you and yours can enjoy all the immediacy of Instagram, but with an actual physical momento for you to cherish afterwards. This handy instant camera allows you to capture on the go without wasting any time pondering whether to shoot landscape or portrait snaps.
Where to buy: well.ca
Milkshakes can do no wrong, which is why a classic milkshake maker is a gift that’s impossible to hate. This turquoise beauty can be used to make deliciously thick milkshakes, smoothies, protein drinks, and even holiday cocktails. The sky’s the limit.
The spindle is made from highly-durable food-grade stainless steel, and the tumbler locks in so you don’t have to worry about any spills.
Where to buy: Amazon.ca
It’s almost 2019, and you can get a robot to clean your house for you. Keeping your floor clean is a total breeze when you have a lightweight robotic vacuum cleaner. The versatile Shark ION robot vacuum cleaning system S87 takes home cleaning to a new height. This super high-performance robot has a built-in handheld vacuum for versatile cleaning from floor to ceiling.
It’s WiFi and voice-enabled, so you can clean your home from the touch of your smartphone. Dual-spinning side brushes make it perfect for cleaning pet hair from your floors. Meanwhile, the smart sensor ensures the device completes a cleaning job. This could be the best possible gift, ever.
Where to buy: sharkclean.ca
You probably know a couple of people who aren’t afraid to be bold with their style, and there’s no better way to celebrate the fact than by getting them a quirky piece of clothing you know they’ll wear.
On the other hand, you could do this for your friend who’s a little more reserved with their style, too. After all, who doesn’t love bright and energetic clothing? Check out the collection at Public Space.
Where to buy: publicspace.xyz
Whether you’re a novice cook or a seasoned home chef, this gift will instantly help elevate your cooking game. The Ninja Foodi is an electric pressure cooker with built-in TenderCrisp technology, so you get the best of pressure cooking and air frying all in one pot.
Cook from frozen, 360 meals, and one-pot wonders, that will easily impress guests at your next party. Who needs an oven when you have this?
Where to buy: ninjakitchen.ca
Don’t worry if you can’t find what you need via these websites because Shark and Ninja products are available at Amazon.ca and at major retailers across Canada including Canadian Tire, Walmart, Costco, London Drugs, and Best Buy, among others.