Gift Guide: Gillian's Favourite Things to Give

Allow us to introduce you to Gillian. She is the resident beauty expert at City and Dale. Gillian writes the Pretty and Dale columns featuring products, tips and looks to shape up your beauty regimen.

Here are Gillian’s favourite things to give this holiday season...

1. Sort of Coal Water Purifier
What do you buy the person who has everything? This. Unless they are one of the cool kids who already frequent 29 Armstrong – the only place in Canada (other than Toronto) that you can find this true object of wonder.  This is a specially processed piece of wood that rests in a pitcher of water (preferably a clear pitcher to display this conversation starter) and removes impurities from  the water around it.  After a month or so, it can be boiled to optimize freshness and be used all over again. Goodbye Brita. Hello magical branch. Available at 29 Armstrong ($35).

2. Magazine Subscription
The gift the gives all year! Give someone a treat every month for the next year.  Find something that will reignite a love for their hobby or let them learn something more about a casual interest.  Pick up some for yourself while you’re at it – lower that guilty gossip magazine budget a bit.  Far less expensive than newsstand pricing, this is an easy and fun gift to give – and you don’t need to fight crowds in the mall to get it! Endless options can be found here.

3. Disney in Concert – Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Let your friends feel fancy when they say “We’re going to the symphony tonight.”  This is a fun gift for everyone in the family.  If you’re new to the symphony, this is a great introduction – familiar, friendly songs played by the renowned Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in a world-class concert hall.  Dress up and go for a classy, pre-symphony dinner first – sure to be a night out to remember! Adult tickets $32-80, Children $20-35. Get ‘em before they’re gone

4. BareMinerals Starter Kit
If you or anyone you know hasn’t had their life changed by BareEscentuals mineral makeup yet, now is the chance.  Great for ladies of any age on your list, this is a game changer.  The starter set includes all the brushes and product you need, plus a quick DVD with a demonstration for application and more explanation behind the whole system.  This is the product that started the whole mineral makeup revolution, inspiring all mass manufacturers to follow suit. Makeup so pure you can sleep in it – say no more. Available at Sephora ($75) or online.