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November 30, 2016


'Tis the season for giving! Finding that perfect gift for everyone on your list can be challenging, to say the least. The withinUs Holiday Gift Guide shares our favorite things to give, we hope it will spark some great gift ideas for you this holiday season.

Gifts for the Holiday Host

Candles -

We love lighting candles in the house and curling up to a good book, or our favourite movie, and a cup of tea. There are so many soothing and wonderful scents that help relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. High quality, beautifully made candles make an excellent gift for the holiday party host / hostess.

Vancouver Candle Co. is one of our local favourites. These gorgeous, and deliciously scented, small batch candles are hand-crafted using perfume-grade fragrance and essential oils, premium soy wax and 100% cotton for the wicks. They have recently introduced their super cute Trio Travel Candles. These travel pack trios come with 3, 6oz candles, and are beautifully wrapped- all you have to do is put a bow on it!

Flowers -

Flowers have long been the way to honour special occasions. Throughout the holiday season, people receive so much ‘stuff’ that it is nice to gift beautiful flowers that will brighten up any room for your holiday host.

Landeau is one of our favourites. Each bouquet comes with 25 long stem roses in a beautiful Parisian-inspired hat box. Landau Flowers are a stunning, and simple gift that any host would love. They currently deliver within Vancouver, Los Angeles, and New York City.

 Gifts for Her (and also for Him)

Jewelry - 

We love, love, Melanie Auld Jewelry, and so will your holiday hostess or loved one! Each piece is inspired by travel and different cultures around the world. All jewelry is brass based with 14kt or rhodium plating and stones are sourced from all over the world and are custom cut providing endless design possibilities.

We love the new holiday collection, especially the stone slice trio necklace and modern dangle earrings!  Gorgeous!

We love shopping and supporting independent, local boutiques. The customer service is often top-knotch, their sales staff are always very knowledgable about products and you can also find an array of more rare items ranging from natural skincare, cosmetics, unique and modern pieces for the home, as well as fun fashion. Kiss & Makeup Boutique and Jacob & Sebastian are two of our ‘one-stop-shops’ for those on our holiday list. Whether you are shopping for yourself, a friend, or a family member, we are sure you’ll find the perfect gift at one of these cute boutiques.

Active Wear -

'Athleisure' wear is trending. Who doesn't love comfortable, high quality work out clothing that can also be worn out to meet a friend for coffee? Who knows, perhaps gifting a workout outfit may provide them a motivational push to commit to a workout routine in the new year? You never know!  Some of our favorite places to shop for athleisure wear is New Balance Vancouver and Tonic Active, they have all the latest and greatest gear for the active soul and amazing staff to boot!

Face Oil -

Dry skin is a reality during the winter months, and what better way to help moisturize your skin than with a natural, hand blended product. We like using clean & green products on our face and body.  

KUNYE works meticulously to sculpt a collection of skincare products crafted from the most effective botanicals, super-foods, and minerals on the planet. BALANCE face oil is light-weight and fast-absorbing, making it ideal for both ladies and gents.

Some other withinUs recommendations for face oils are:  Tata Harper's, Beautifying Face Oil, AND One Love Organics, Skin Savior Oil

Gifts for Health

Studio Class Pass -

Is there someone on your list who loves to stay active? There are so many instructor led classes that are really fun and are bound to put the pep back into their workout!

Class passes are an excellent way for your friend to try out new classes, gyms and instructors. Most studios have 5 or 10 class passes, giving them just enough time to get in a groove and decide what they love.

Spin SocietyBarre Fitness Kondi Fitness and BarreRoom are a few of our favorite studios, be sure to check them out!

withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen -

Know someone who seems to have everything? Here is your answer ~ TruMarine™ Collagen. You can never have too much collagen! A thoughtful gift that helps slow the aging process and improves the hydration & elasticity of your skin. The 18 amino acids  in our marine collagen help reduce joint pain as well as encourage the body to recover post-workout by helping repair muscles and soften joint pain. withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen is also 95% clean protein, and helps lean muscle gain!

Add a scoop into your hot or cold drink - it very simple to incorporate into your daily regimen. 

Give the gift of healthy skin, hair, nails & joints.  

WIN / WIN - withinUs supports worthy causes and charities throughout the year and a portion of your purchase will be donated towards Breast Cancer Research in support of finding a cure. 

 Gift of Relaxation + Balance

Facial -

A facial is a fantastic gift for anyone looking for a bit of pampering. A facial treatment will leave them feeling fresh, relaxed and glowing. A gift certificate to your favorite skin care clinic will surely win them over.

The skin gurus at Project Skin are amazing! Check out their newly opened GLOW ROOM where they offer their signature 25-minute facial so you can maintain healthy, glowing skin with the limited time you can spare. Also, check out The Skin GirlsSKN Rejuvenation ClinicA Touch of Joy, and The Skin Room for facials.

Yoga Class Pass -

Inhale tranquility, exhale stress.

There’s nothing like escaping the holidays and taking some time to focus on you. Consider purchasing family members, co-workers or friends a yoga pass. Yoga is a great way to regain balance, increase flexibility, muscle strength and tone. The certified instructors at Yyoga and Oxygen Yoga studios are all passionate and dedicated to supporting your commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

withinUs TruOrganic™ Matcha -

We have serious Matcha Love!  

Matcha will help calm your mind and relax your body throughout the holidays. TruOrganic™ Matcha is the perfect gift for the person who loves superior quality tea and makes a wonderful gift for a friend, loved one or holiday host. Who can resist this delicate, smooth premium & exclusive blend? We think you may have to gift this one for yourself too.

Some amazing benefits of TruOrganic™ Matcha:

  • Antioxidant rich helps to protect cells against free radicals that can destroy cells and tissues and help strengthen the immune system. 1 cup of TruOrganic™ Matcha provides as many antioxidants as 10 cups of brewed green tea.
  • It helps naturally detoxify and cleanse the body 
  • It calms the mind and relaxes the body
  • It lowers cholesterol levels and increases good HDL cholesterol

Juice Cleanse -

How about gifting a loved one with a much deserved body reset? A juice cleanse is a great way to kick-start your healthy eating or to detoxify your body post-holidays. It gives your digestive system a well deserved break and it’s also full of nutrients, vitamins and enzymes. After a cleanse, your skin will glow and you will feel revitalized and renewed, ready for the new year!

Stop by your local, organic, cold-pressed juicery and inquire.

Some of our favorite juiceries are: The Juicery Co., NectarKrokodile PearMELU JuiceThriveCRU JuiceRaw Remedy and Drought.


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Vitamix -

This may be beyond your budget for a holiday gift - but the Vitamix blender deserves every bit of praise it has received - yes, it is pricey, but well worth it. Vitamix stands behind the quality of their machines with full warranties, covering all parts, performance, labor, and two-way shipping for up to 7 years. 

This is a kitchen appliance that the withinUs Team uses on a daily basis and it has never failed us - it is a true workhorse!  We love using the classic blender for our morning or afternoon smoothies, blending up our TruJava (coconut oil, TruMarine Collagen & coffee), making our own nut milks and nut butters, PLUS you can also make delicious soups (eg. butternut squash), and dips (eg.hummus) and desserts. Yum! 

Relaxing Getaway -

Surprise someone on your list with a getaway gift. A gift certificate for a weekend escape at a lovely hotel is a thoughtful gift that anyone would be thrilled to receive. 

Whistler, B.C. is one of our favorite places to escape to. It is relatively short drive from Vancouver, but feels like a world away once you arrive. The withinUs Team have stayed at The Four Seasons Resort, Whistler and we love the exceptional service and food, plus this hotel is completely dog friendly. We love visiting Tofino, BC and think The Wickaninnish Inn is absolutely superb.

We want to hear what some of your holiday go-to gifts are.  Do you have a fun, unique gift idea to share? If so, please make sure to comment below!

Happy Shopping!

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