Some Tips for Safe Online Shopping

Credit CardWhile there’s no doubt online shopping is the modern, convenient way to get those names on your list crossed off, you need to keep in mind there are people who want to scam you in cyberspace as well. That said, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable shopping experience with us at our gift shop, so we’ve decided a add a few tips for safe online shopping that you’ll want to keep close by.

For example, when you’re looking for unique gifts, we have just what you need for that hard to buy for person on your list, but we recommend you don’t use public WiFi to complete the transaction or any Wi-Fi network that is not secure.  As tempting as it might be to use your iPad or mobile device in a mall, coffee shop or crowded store that has free Wi-Fi, you could be putting your personal information at risk.

It’s best if you wait until you’re on a protected network before you start typing in personal information and shelling out payments.

Always look for the little padlock or “https” in the URL bar on the checkout page. Remember, our checkout is safe and secure and is an integral part of our overall dedication to your 100% satisfaction, during the holidays and any other time of the year.

Support your local businesses. Keep in mind many of our gift ideas are made in Canada.

A Few Great Reasons Why Women Should Shop Online This Holiday Season

Elf with Christmas ParcelsIt’s getting colder outside but that means the holidays are getting closer so our thoughts are warming up even as the mercury dips. Getting those winter clothes out is just behind Christmas shopping on many women’s priority list and in the busy world we live in, any new innovation that can improve on either of these traditional activities is essential.

That said, here’s a great few reasons why you should fill everyone’s stocking by shopping online at our gift shop this Holiday season.

• Shopping on the internet is more direct. Why go through the bother of dealing with pushy sales people, aggressive parking lots and lugging bags from store to store? You can shop from the comfort of your own home and cross names off that holiday list with a coffee in your hand and your computer right in front of you.

• Shopping online brings the inventory to you. Comparison shopping for the best deals and all the latest items is much easier when it all comes to you. Even the latest items, like our Ruby’scloset Make-up File can be bought right through our online checkout and shipped to the recipient’s destination. This is one of our unique gifts that has been designed in Australia and is perfect Christmas gift for the woman who like to be organized. Why not check out this very special product and the many other original gifts.

• Still looking for some more reasons to shop online this holiday season? How about the fact that if you really want an opinion on, you can email the link and get a response via email from the person you think might like these gift ideas?

Coming Soon – New Gifts for Christmas

It’s that time again when we need to start looking for those gifts for Christmas. Are you a chaotic last minute shopper or an organized list making early shopper?

No matter which, we will be uploading our new gifts for the holidays soon.

We have some exciting new products and some returning old favourites from Warm Buddy that will be arriving in early October. There are also new products for women and babies from Basic Spirit. Both of these companies products are made in Canada.Bunny SlippersSleep Sheep

It’s always difficult to find a gift for a man so we decided to make things a little easier for you by finding some high quality gift items that he will really like. Hint: Man cave bar-ware.

Our last order of Christmas themed tins of delicious Belgian chocolate and goodies sold out so quickly last year we decided to get more and to add to the range. Yummmm! The staff are eying them as I write this, so please order them soon, before they lose control.

Peppermint BarkChocolate MiceTreats Suitcase

Lulujo has a beautiful new Turkish Towel. These are soft, absorbent multi-purpose towels are made from cotton and are ideal for the beach, bath, picnics etc.

Turkish Towels

Just some of the new items coming soon.

Many of our popular products are now all fully stocked.

The Search is On

Stop WatchIt’s Holiday Shopping Time Again

Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again. We have been to the trade shows and have found many new and exciting products which we will be uploading to the website over the next couple of months.

There are some new products and returning favourites from Canadian brands like Warm Buddy and Basic Spirit. We have also found some really unique products for men.

We will shortly be having a huge CLEARANCE SALE to make room for the new stock. Please check or facebook and twitter pages regularly for news. This will be a great opportunity to purchase holiday gifts and other items at a huge discount.

Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation

Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation and Small Business

Like all of you I hate spam emails and I totally agree with trying to stop spam. However, I don’t think these new laws will have any effect on the amount of junk email we get; all it will do is further hinder legitimate Canadian small businesses from getting their products and services seen by the public. Small businesses do not have the big advertising budgets of the big corporations for TV, Radio and Print, so they have to use email, online and social media to get their message out.

Anyone who owns a small business in Canada knows that is an uphill battle to get established and while the government keeps on saying that they want to help small business. It’s all talk.

What is spam?
Everybody defines spam differently but the most despised emails are for pharmaceuticals, porn, foreign email and bogus “fishing” emails.

Where do the real spammers get your email address?
There are many hackers who “scrape” the internet to find email address; you may innocently have given your email address to somebody in a post, on your website, on social media or in a chat. Many companies buy and sell their lists of email addresses.

If the government really wants to stop spam email, it cannot do it alone. It can only be done in conjunction with our neighbours to the south and in fact with all the countries of the world supporting it. The likelihood of this happening is …… well let’s just say ….. it’s not going to happen. The Canadian government said it will fine and go after people and companies in other countries who send spam emails to Canada. Hah! What a joke.

So, all that has happened is that in place of “junk” emails coming from Canada they will come from the USA etc. and legitimate Canadian small business will get another nail in its coffin.

Traditional Shaving Gifts for Men

Badger Shaving Brush

Shaving Gifts For Men That Are Traditional and Unique

Looking for a Father’s Day gift that is completely original and unique, that hearkens back to the days of the barber’s pole and richly lathered cheeks? Look no further, for a fine selection of nostalgic shaving gifts for men that add to many of the time honoured traditions of yesteryear.
Here’s something that ranks high on the Father’s Day list for the man who thinks he has everything. The Badger Shaving Brush comes to us from our cultured and refined friends in Germany and the Gold-Dachs “best basics” grey badger bristles are just the thing for a close, comfortable and stylish shave. This item comes complete in a soft plastic box and if you let us handle the gift wrapping, all you need to do is sit back and watch his expression when he opens it up.


In keeping with a European theme and because just the brush might not be enough, we also offer a Shaving Brush and Cream Set from Italy that boasts a pure boar bristle brush, a complementary stand and jar of shaving cream. There’s more in our inventory including the famous Colonel Conk Amber Glycerin Shaving Soap and a variety of other accessories that can be shipped from our location to yours.

Special Gifts for Special Children

Buying gifts for special needs children

Thoughtfulness is always the first criteria when you’re picking a gift for anyone, but you want to exercise a little more care than usual when you’re picking something out for a special needs child. Of course you need to take into account the personality of the person who will be the recipient, but there are other considerations like the ability level of the child as well. Some checkpoints can help you to make sure you get something wonderful that will be both safe and easy to use.

Children that have particular cognitive and/or development issues will respond to certain sights and sounds better than others. It’s always a good idea to ask a parent when you’re buying a gift for their child, but even more so when that smaller person has special needs. Toys come with a variety of lights, sounds and textures and the child’s parent is undoubtedly the expert when it comes to which ones are better suited.

It’s good to get some input on specifics here like the child’s motor skills as there might be some toys or gifts they can’t hold without the assistance of the parent but would nevertheless enjoy.

An experience

Depending on the child’s particular disability, they might not get out of the home environment as much as they should for the interaction and new experiences they need to stay engaged. Planning a trip or outing is great, but it might be best if you call ahead to ask about any special accommodations like wheelchair ramps that might be required at the local zoo or movie theatre. Another great way to make any outing special is to add some personal element that adds to the festivities. Decorating a wheelchair for the trip or giving it a personalized nameplate can make the day even more exciting.

Art Supplies

Special needs children respond well to painting and other artistic endeavors. T-shirt painting kits are an especially hot item these days and if you’re worried about getting something that can make a mess that parents will need to clean up, look for the kits that come complete with water based paints for easy washes.

Puzzles and Games

Depending on the level of impairment the child suffers from, games and puzzles are a great way for children with physical barriers to exercise and develop their cognitive abilities. However, you need be aware the product’s designated age for the child might be different considering their cognitive and physical needs.

Baby Shower Gifts

Embroidered Washcloths Baby Gift

Some handy tips for buying baby shower gifts

It’s hard not to get carried away on the swell of good feeling when you’re buying a baby shower gift, and there’s every reason to enjoy spreading good tidings to a growing family. However, you need to be sure you don’t buy a gift that hasn’t been duplicated so often it might not even get removed from the package, or one that isn’t what the new parents need.

Here a few tips to keep you both practical and sentimental.

Pink is good. Too much pink, not so much

There’s nothing wrong with being traditional, but you do need to use a bit of good judgment at the same time. While pink is the colour for the baby girl, there’s no need to limit your gifts to that colour only. Of course you might want to stay away from blue for those little girls, but there are other shades that tell everyone you’ve put a little thought into what you’ve bought. Spring green, white or even lighter shades of brown are nice alternates and the chances are the extra effort will be appreciated.Pico Charlie Cole Baby Gift

Buy for the season

New parents will appreciate all the items they get during a baby shower, but the ones they can use right away will get the bigger accolades. Here’s a hint. If you know someone is pregnant, try to guess at least the general season they’ll give birth in and buy something for a shower that hasn’t even been announced yet. Remember, if you wait until that little bundle of joy arrives, you could find yourself in that tricky time when stores are changing inventories. That could leave you with limited choices.

Gift Certificates Are No Cop-Out

Gift certificates are a great way for new Moms to pick out what they need after all the other gifts have been opened and cataloged. These generally come in several different denominations, making it easy to add some variety. Picking ones to be redeemed at an online gift shop allows new Mommies to shop for what they need from the comfort of their own homes where they can keep a watchful eye on their new bundle.

Finally, take your time, enjoy the process and even get a little creative. Looking through the different gift ideas the Internet supplies might just steer your gifting in directions you might not have otherwise thought of.

Uniquely Flavoured Basilur Ceylon Tea

Basilur Tea

Whether you just like the tradition and mystic that surrounds tea or are an aficionado who knows exactly when to ‘take tea’, one of our latest additions from the far reaches of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) is sure to entice the taste buds as well as the need for something on the exotic side.

We’ve brought in Basilur tea as a new item in our online gift shop because it suits our clientele with discerning tastes. It doesn’t matter if you’re more attuned to a rich blend of black teas infused with exotic fruit flavours, a green tea blended together with berries and cream or pure Ceylon black tea and strawberries to name a few choices, Basilur tea offers something both unique and urbane for people with sophisticated tastes.

Basilur Gift Set

Remember any one of these fines choices makes an outstanding Christmas gift or just an everyday expression to that special someone when you want to make an unforgettable gesture. We offer gift wrapping and shipping so there’s really nothing for you to do but select the right blend.

Basilur tea has found a new home in our online gift shop because we know you’ll try it once and make one of these luxurious blends the favoured beverage for all kinds of refined rendezvous’.

Great reasons why you should shop online

Shopping BagsYou might be waffling about shopping online because you’re old fashioned and still remember the glossy pages of the department store catalogues. On the other hand, you could be one of those folks that doesn’t really believe the things you see on the Internet are real and can actually wind up right at your doorstep if your order them. Regardless of which category you fall under, there are many compelling reasons why you should shop online. Here are a few of the bigger ones.

Choice

Now while it is true you could shop from home before flipping through the pages of the latest department store catalogue, the inventory you can access online dwarfs what you could expect from those printed publications. Today’s online gift shop can rotate stock in and out from any inventory usually with only a few clicks. The results are more selection at your fingertips.

Convenience

Find the right online gift shop and you’ll get an all-in-one experience where you don’t even need to get up from your seat to complete the purchase. Gift wrapping and low or even free shipping are just a few of the features that make it easier than ever to buy online.

Cost

Setting up an internet based business usually means entrepreneurs can save on advertising, warehousing and other costs associated with the older, more traditional brick and mortar models. Smart online gifts shop owners pass these savings along to you.

Finally, the Internet is the best place to get great gift ideas for those hard to shop for people on any holiday list. A quick search using the right term will supply you with literally thousands of ideas to get you started.