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50 Problem Solving Presents Under $50: The Great Canadian Gift Guide

Tired of giving gifts that end up collecting dust on the shelf? These thoroughly practical presents are guaranteed to please everyone on your holiday shopping list.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Chapters Indigo no-touch toolPhoto: Liam Mogan

The definitive stocking stuffer of the pandemic: an antimicrobial tool to avoid direct contact with high-touch surfaces.
No-touch tool, $20, Chapters Indigo

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Marshall's shoe shine kitPhoto: Marshalls

Emergency first-aid for salt-stained shoes.
Shoe shine kit, $17, Marshalls

Next, find out how to get rid of the salt stains in your car!

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - IKEA Fnurra illuminating alarm clockPhoto: IKEA Canada

An illuminating alarm clock that wakes you up gently, with a gradual increase in brightness and volume.
Fnurra alarm clock/wake-up light, $25, IKEA Canada

Here’s more great advice on how to wake up happier every morning.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Etsy Tree Top Toys American Sign Language flash card discsPhoto: Tree Top Toys on Etsy

Beautifully-designed flash card discs to master the ABCs of American Sign Language.
ASL alphabet flash cards, $28, Tree Fort Toys on Etsy

Discover the fascinating histories of eight classic Christmas ornaments.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Marvis alcohol-free mouthwashPhoto: Marvis

Dry-mouth sufferers will appreciate this refreshing alcohol-free rinse.
Marvis mouthwash (120mL), $23, Hudson’s Bay

Feeling fresh enough to pucker up? Here’s how the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe got started.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - DavidsTEA Cold Survival KitPhoto: DavidsTEA

Tasty tea blends specifically designed to soothe common cold symptoms.
Cold Survival tea kit, $29, DavidsTea

Check out the health benefits of drinking tea every day.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Under Armour Sports MaskPhoto: Under Armour

A breathable face mask they can comfortably wear during cardio.
UA Sportsmask, $35, Under Armour

Make sure you’re avoiding these common face mask mistakes.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Chapters Indigo pour-over Bodum coffee makerPhoto: Chapters Indigo

This back-to-basics coffeemaker is pretty enough to keep on the counter.
Bodum pour-over double-wall 1-litre coffee maker with filter, $40, Chapters Indigo

How many of these common coffee brewing mistakes are you making?

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Etsy Gratitude JournalPhoto: Etsy

Inspire a New Year’s resolution to count every blessing in 2021.
Gratitude journal, $12, Pocket Squares on Etsy

Don’t miss these pro tips on how to be more thankful every day.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Swiss-Tech phone case tool kitPhoto: The Home Depot

An entire tool kit concealed in an impossibly slim phone case.
Swiss+Tech iPhone multi-tool case, $14, The Home Depot

This is how often you should be restarting your phone.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Clarins self-tanner from SephoraPhoto: Sephora

Even if the pandemic has put paid to their annual escape south, they can still enjoy a natural-looking sun-kissed glow.
Clarins Liquid Bronze self tanning lotion (125ml), $43, Sephora

Learn to spot the telltale signs you’re not getting enough sunlight.

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Canadian gifts - gift guide - Amazon Totem gamePhoto: Amazon

For a family game night that brings out the best in everyone.
Totem: The Feel-Good Game, $25, Amazon

Check out more of the best-reviewed board games of 2020.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Vanity mirror with Bluetooth speakerPhoto: The Home Depot

Not a morning person? This sleek vanity mirror is the perfect pick-me-up: it doubles as a wireless speaker!
Glacier Bay double-sided LED vanity mirror with Bluetooth technology speaker, $30, The Home Depot

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Thymes Frasier fir scented candlePhoto: Chapters Indigo

An evergreen-scented candle is the next best thing to a fresh-cut Christmas tree.
Thymes Frasier Fir aromatic candle, $35, Chapters Indigo

Are you on the market for a fresh-cut fir? Here’s the best time to buy a Christmas tree in Canada.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - HomeSense pink marble lap deskPhoto: HomeSense

A lap desk turns any seat in the house into a home office.
Pink marble lap desk, $20, HomeSense

These working from home tips could also come in handy.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Amazon Masontops Pickle Pebbles fermentation weightsPhoto: Amazon

Glass weights to keep home-pickled produce fully submerged in the brine.
Masontops Pickle Pebbles fermentation weights (pack of four), $23, Amazon

These Depression-era cooking tips are just as relevant today.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Canadian Tire Tasco binocularsPhoto: Canadian Tire

Lightweight binoculars will bring a backyard bird feeder into focus.
Tasco 10×25 binoculars, $25, Canadian Tire

Avid birders will also want to check out our collection of great Canadian bird stories.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - KitchenAid mini food processor from The Home DepotPhoto: The Home Depot

A compact food processor makes healthy meal prep *that* much easier.
KitchenAid 3.5-cup mini food processor, $49.99, The Home Depot

Find out how to cook everything faster!

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Chapters Indigo recycled plastic bottles toquePhoto: Liam Mogan

Make it a “green” Christmas with a toque fashioned entirely from recycled plastic bottles.
Love & Lore cable pom hat, $29, Chapters Indigo

Check out nine ways to trick your body into feeling warmer on a frigid day.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Best Buy Tile Bluetooth TrackerPhoto: Liam Mogan

A Bluetooth tracker ensures they’ll never lose their keys again.
Tile Pro Bluetooth item tracker, $40, Best Buy

Find out more things highly organized people do on their smartphone.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - bread whisk and scraperPhoto: Amazon

Professional-grade tools take the sweat out of fresh-baked bread.
Breadsmart Artisan bread whisk and bench scraper, $20, Amazon

Check out more clever kitchen hacks that will save time, money and effort.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Home Hardware Benchmark Twistor cordless screwdriverPhoto: Home Hardware

Awkward angles are no match for this flexible cordless screwdriver.
Benchmark Twistor cordless screwdriver, $49.99, Home Hardware

Armed with that new screwdriver, they’ll be able to tackle these quick home repair jobs in 10 minutes or less.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - IKEA Kapaster throw blanketPhoto: IKEA Canada

A chic throw blanket can breathe new life into an old sofa.
Kapaster throw, $30, IKEA Canada

Thinking of offloading a present you’ve received? Here’s expert advice on how to regift—and get away with it!

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - PetSmart pet camPhoto: PetSmart

Keep tabs on a furry friend with a streaming pet cam.
Wyze V2 Pet Camera, $40, PetSmart

Get to know the most common household health risks for pets.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Weleda Let It Glow Skin Food duoPhoto: Weleda

A mega-moisturizing gift pack that’s perfect for toting around in their bag.
Weleda Skin Food travel moisturizers, $20, Well

Always do this if you want to avoid dry skin in winter.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Mastermind Toys Hands Full gamePhoto: Mastermind Toys

Part Twister, part Simon Says, this interactive game will get any couch potato moving.
Hands Full game, $40, Mastermind Toys

These heartwarming stories about meeting Santa will fill you with the Christmas spirit.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Ryobi laser level, The Home DepotPhoto: The Home Depot

This laser level is all they’ll need to install the gallery wall of their dreams.
Ryobi Air Grip compact laser level, $40, The Home Depot

Feeling crafty? Try your hand at these DIY Christmas decorations anyone can make.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Seedlip distilled non-alcoholic spiritsPhoto: Cocktail Emporium

Elevate their mocktail game with a distilled non-alcoholic spirit.
Seedlip Garden 108, $49, Cocktail Emporium

Don’t miss these holiday cooking tips we learned from our grandmas.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Staples USB charger backpackPhoto: Staples

They’ll never have to hunt for a power outlet—no matter how far they roam.
Backpack with USB charger, $35, Staples Canada

Find out 10 surprising ways you’re shortening the life of your phone.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Amazon seed planting templatePhoto: Amazon

A seed-sowing template ensures perfectly-spaced plants—and a bountiful veggie patch.
Seed spacer garden tool, $33, Amazon

Check out more expert gardening tips that will save time, money and effort.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Roku ExpressPhoto: Roku

A streaming content player makes virtually any TV Netflix-ready.
Roku Express, $40, Roku

Once they’re up and running, try streaming the best Christmas movies of all time.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Wella Oil Reflections Shine hair kitPhoto: Wella

Including a luxe shampoo, conditioner and mini-oil, this salon-grade hair treatment will restore lustre to dry and damaged locks.
Wella Professionals Oil Reflections holiday box, $37, professional salons across Canada

These home remedies for dry and damaged hair could also come in handy.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Kitchen IQ knife sharpenerPhoto: Bed Bath & Beyond

A quick fix for knives that have dulled in the dishwasher.
KitchenIQ compact electric and manual knife sharpener, $38, Bed Bath & Beyond

Find out how the pros care for their kitchen knives.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Best Buy Belkin wireless chargerPhoto: Best Buy

A wireless charging pad reduces wear and tear on a phone’s original charging cable.
Belkin Boost Charge 10W Qi wireless charging pad, $35, Best Buy

Here’s the reason why cold weather seems to drain your phone battery.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Make This Natural Deodorant, One of a Kind ShowPhoto: One of a Kind Show

Green-up their grooming routine with an eco-friendly natural deodorant.
Make This Universe natural deodorant kit, $35, One of a Kind Show

Find out what it’s really like switching to natural deodorant.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Chapters Indigo rechargeable hand warmerPhoto: Chapters Indigo

Because no amount of insulation is enough to keep hands toasty warm in -20C.
Rechargeable hand warmer, $22, Chapters Indigo

Read the chilling story of what it was like on the coldest day in Canadian history!

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Ancestry.ca gift subscriptionPhoto: Ancestry.ca

The historical records on Ancestry.ca could help fill the gaps in a family tree.
Ancestry.ca gift subscription, $15/month

Find out what happened when these Canadians discovered their AncestryDNA results!

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Chapters Indigo herb growing kitPhoto: Chapters Indigo

When they’re living without a garden, but still want to flex their green thumb.
Modern Sprout self-watering basil grow kit, $33, Chapters Indigo

Check out more inspired winter gardening tips from landscaping expert Carson Arthur.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Winners rose gold keyboardPhoto: Winners

If they’ve been hunched over their little laptop since lockdown began, a wireless keyboard spells relief.
Rose gold wireless keyboard, $25, Winners

These pain management tips from physiotherapists could also come in handy.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - HomeSense whiteboard organizerPhoto: HomeSense

Bring order to a teen’s chaotic schedule with this daily organizer.
Framed whiteboard, $25, HomeSense

Want to pass on some wisdom along with your gift? Here are 20+ secrets professional organizers don’t want you to know.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Walmart LED illuminating dog necklacePhoto: Walmart

An LED-illuminated necklace makes nighttime walks a little safer.
Nite Ize Nitehowl LED Safety Necklace, $11, Walmart

Discover 13 ways to help your pet live longer.

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Canadian gifts - gift guide - Staples charging cordPhoto: Staples

With its handsome leather tying-strap, this durable charging cord is virtually tangle-proof.
General Supply Good + Co. charging cable, $30, Staples Canada

Find out how to charge your phone as quickly as possible.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Anna Olson silicone baking matPhoto: Anna Olson Kitchen

If they go through three rolls of parchment paper prepping for the annual cookie exchange, a silicone baking mat pays for itself.
Anna Olson Kitchen silicone baking mat, $22, Hudson’s Bay

Don’t miss our best-ever Christmas cookie recipes.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - PetSmart Tropiclean pet shampooPhoto: PetSmart

When furry friends can’t wait until spring for their next bath.
TropiClean papaya waterless shampoo for pets, $12, PetSmart

Here are 20 things you’re doing that veterinarians wouldn’t.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Oxo Good Grips 3-in-1 avocado toolPhoto: Bed Bath & Beyond

A clever kitchen gadget specifically designed to split, pit, slice and scoop avocados.
OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 avocado slicer, $13, Bed Bath & Beyond

Psst—the healthiest part of an avocado is probably in your garbage!

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Brita Soho water filtration pitcherPhoto: Brita

Finally—a water filtration pitcher for the condo-sized fridge.
Brita Soho pitcher, $20, Walmart

Still buying bottled water? Here are 50 facts that will make you rethink single-use plastics.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - PetSmart hands-free dog leashPhoto: PetSmart

A hands-free leash makes walking the dog an invaluable opportunity to multi-task.
Arcadia Trail hands-free leash, $47, PetSmart

Feeling winter’s chill? Find out exactly when it’s too cold for a dog to be outside.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - IKEA LEGO Bygglek storage boxesPhoto: IKEA Canada

This innovative new LEGO collection serves double duty as storage.
Bygglek LEGO boxes (set of three), $16, IKEA Canada

Find out more about IKEA’s collaboration with LEGO.

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - Earth's Own almond nogPhoto: Earth's Own

Even if they’re saying no to dairy, they can still say yes to this tasty holiday tradition.
Earth’s Own almond nog, $4, grocery retailers across Canada

Raise a glass to our countdown of the 20 best Christmas songs—ranked!

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Canadian gifts - holiday gift guide - The Home Depot chuckwagon trianglePhoto: The Home Depot

If it’s hard to get everyone’s attention when Christmas dinner is served, take a page out of the Wild West playbook.
Lodge chuckwagon dinner bell, $36, The Home Depot

If you loved these Canadian gift ideas, you’ll also get a kick out of these hilarious holiday jokes.