We’ve come up with our selection of the most interesting, desirable and just plain cool gift ideas for Christmas.  Here you go:

Mr. Roboto

Robotic vacuum

iClebo Arte YCR-­MO5  |  $450

Who likes vacuuming?  Not anyone I know.  How about a robot vacuum?  There’s a few on the market, but according to Consumer Reports, the iClebo Arte produced impressive results, especially on bare floors. It tends to move its charging base around while cleaning and it can wobble a bit when it goes from bare floors to carpets, but it was also quiet, simple to program, and easy to clean.

The Gift of Light

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Goal Zero Lighthouse 250 Lantern  |  $80

Forget the old propane lantern, this one is 250 lumens of bright LED light.  The Goal Zero has an internal battery capable of stowing 4400mAh of power—enough to recharge an iPhone 6s twice, with electricity to spare. Recharge from USB, external solar panel or the included hand crank.

A Personal Chef with no Cleanup!

Chef for a dayVarious pricing

For a real treat, send a professional chef for a day to work their magic in the home of your friend or family member.  Shopping, prep, cook and clean! There are various GTA websites to choose from:

http://www.thechefalliance.com  (membership organization that can provide referrals)

http://www.chefstop.ca

http://www.chefrevolution.ca

Warm Them Up

Dyson AM09

Dyson AM09  |  $450

For year round climate management, the Dyson AM09 Hot+Cool is pretty sweet.  It aced Consumer Reports’ tests for room and spot heating and it stays cool to the touch, which helped it do well in their fire-safety tests. And just one button activates the cool function (although summer is a long way away!).  It even has a remote to turn it on.

Feel Good Jewellery

Living Water charm bracelet

Living Water Charm Bangle | $28 (U.S.)

Supporting clean water projects, this hand made bracelet features recycled materials, and the bangle is covered in nickel-free Gold or Silver Rafaellan finish. The stylish and very sharp-looking design dresses up any outfit, and it expands to fit any wrist.

Living Water International is a nonprofit organization devoted to bringing clean water to impoverished communities.

Wake Up & Save Water

Speakman Reaction showerhead

Speakman Reaction | $25

A turbine powered showerhead? Sign me up. Even if you’re not a morning person, the Speakman Reaction will wake you up. Apparently this showerhead is scientifically engineered to flourish with low water pressure – that’s where the turbine power comes in.  The turbine engine “infuses energy and velocity into each and every spray”! This low-flow showerhead will save water, and comes in 3 fab colours.

A Unique Experience

Muskoka_Bay1Trythat.ca / trulyexperiences.com/ca | Various pricing

Experiential gift certificates are unique gifts to anyone. Whether a helicopter ride, hot air balloon, recording studio session, drag racing school or exotic car rental, there’s something for everyone.

http://www.trythat.ca/experiences/ontario/

Or to kick it up a notch:  how about a Harrods’ shopping spree with Michelin star dining in London? Or a treehouse retreat for 2 in the Amazon? Or charter the legendary sailing yacht Moonbeam IV?  Then there’s always the First Class Global Dining Destination – dining at 6 of the world’s best restaurants.  Who wouldn’t want that?  On the other end of the scale is golf at Muskoka Bay GC, glamorous dining out in Toronto, and spa packages for the Ritz Carlton.

http://trulyexperiences.com/ca

Get Organized

Handy-Earphone-CaseEngraved leather earbud organizer  | $16 (etsy.com)

Here’s a great stocking stuffer – a leather earbud case. No more getting your earbuds tangled in your carry-on.  This leather earbud organizer is perfect for protecting your tech, and you can get it engraved too.

Get the Popcorn

Samsung 4k tv-cropSamsung 65? 4K Ultra HD 3D Curved TV | $3,700

It’s hard to top the 65? 4K Ultra HD 3D Curved TV. Designed to match the curve of your eye, this TV is 4 times the resolution of Full HD 1080p. It offers incredible colour depth with crystal-clear visuals, brilliant life-like colour, and razor-sharp detail. Packed with wow:  the curved display makes you feel closer to the action, no matter what angle you’re viewing it at; the TV up-converts video to make it pop on the 4k display; and it’s a Smart TV that can sync up to your other Samsung devices.

Give the Gift of Time

concierge servicesVarious pricing

Today’s solution for busy people – your own personal concierge!  Companies provide tailored services to suit your needs, anything from purchasing that special gift, car services, home management and much more.

Imagine freeing someone from day to day errands, travel or event planning, research, holiday set up/takedown, passport/permit/licensing errands, gift buying, laundry service – the list goes on!

http://www.butlergirl.com – Serving Toronto, York Region, Newmarket and Surrounding Areas

http://etvoilaservices.ca – Bilingual service – serving Oakville, Burlington and Milton areas.

More Than Meets the Eye

Haitian hand beaded necklace

Haitian Hand-beaded Necklace | $85 (worldvision.ca)

This beautiful, bold necklace, which is long enough that it can be worn long, or wrapped twice around, features porcelain beads. Made in Haiti, sales will help support the artist, Annie, who makes the necklaces, and other similar projects.

Get Steady

CoastlineRobotics-camera stabilizerLanparte HHG-01 Camera Stabilizer from Coastline Robotics |  $422.00

This product is a must have for those who would like to say bye to shaky, awful videos and switch to professional quality videos using a GoPro or a smartphone.

Give the Gift of Energy

NestNest Learning Thermostat | $249

Meet the 3rd gen Nest Learning Thermostat. It’s slimmer and sleeker with a bigger, sharper display. And it saves energy. That’s the most beautiful part. It automatically adapts as your life and seasons change. Use it for a week and it programs itself, plus you can control it with your smartphone, and it keeps data so you can see where you use more energy and how to use less.

Age is Good

Sip-charred oak barrelCharred Oak Barrels | Starting at $50.00

This is the perfect gift for the cocktail lover! These charred-oak barrels take your favourite spirit from ordinary to exceptional in just a few weeks. If you want to make this an extra special gift for someone, fill and age their favourite cocktail in the barrel for them to enjoy upon opening. Aging the first batch only takes two weeks. Barrels come in three sizes to choose from: 1L, 2L and 5L.

Give the Gift of Sound

Experience-Headphones-cropLSTN Reclaimed Wood Headphones from Experience Headphones | Starting $189

The perfect holiday gift. Each pair of hand crafted LSTN headphones features a unique woodgrain—no two pairs will ever be the same. All headphones are made with reclaimed wood, and each pair sold helps to restore the hearing of a child in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

Home or Cottage Escape

cacoonCacoon | From $340
The concept behind these colourful and whimsical outdoor seating spaces is to essentially function as a hanging hammock. The ‘single’ can hold a couple of kids or one adult comfortably, while the ‘double’ (pricier at $500) hosts two adults. These are a great pick if whoever you’re buying for has one sturdy tree in their yard or at the lake, but maybe doesn’t have two (which you’d require to string up a hammock). Comfortable and cozy, pick up some magazines or books for your giftee to wile their remaining summer days away. Perfect for home or cottage.

Sources: 

http://www.consumerreports.org/holiday-shopping/gift-guide-for-the-do-it-yourself

http://www.consumerreports.org/holiday-shopping/gift-guide-for-the-person-who-has-everything

http://www.futurpreneur.ca/en/2015/holiday-guide/

http://www.thegate.ca/style/023935/holiday-gift-guide-2015-charity-gift-giving/

http://canadiangiftguide.com/2014/08/12/fun-games/

https://www.etsy.com/listing/123024948/sale-3x-engraved-leather-earphone?ref=market

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/samsung-samsung-65-4k-ultra-hd-3d-curved-led-tizen-smart-os-tv-un65ju7500fxzc-un65ju7500fxzc/10362646.aspx

https://nest.com/ca/thermostat/meet-nest-thermostat/