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Year-End Gift Ideas for Teachers Featuring Foxy Originals (+Giveaway!)

When I learned that one of my favourite Canadian jewelry brands, Foxy Originals, created a teacher-inspired collection, I just knew I had to share.  A love of teaching is something I’ve always held close to my heart, (I originally went to school to be one, after all!).  I think it’s such a kind and meaningful gesture to give back to a teacher who’s made a difference in your year (or perhaps your life).

Foxy Originals have created 2 necklace designs (both of which come in gold or silver), that arrive ready-to-gift on a card that reads “Live. Love. Teach”.

The Inspire Teacher Necklace reads “Inspire” one one side of a circle charm (1.38″ diameter), and “Live Love Teach” on the opposite side.  This necklace comes on a 17″ chain is just $20.00 Cdn.

The second necklace (and my personal favourite) is the Teacher’s Charm Necklace.  The front of the charm (1.25″ x 0.75″) reads, “It takes a big heart to teach little minds”, and the back reads, “Live Love Teach”.  Also on this necklace is a tiny heart charm, and small beaded charm.  This necklace is also on a 17″ chain, and retails for $25.00 Cdn.

Both of these necklaces are made from fine pewter, and are then plated in gold or silver.  Every item Foxy Originals makes is lead-free and is produced locally.  Both of these necklaces are affordable, meaningful, and versatile gift ideas (you can wear each of them 2 ways!) that a teacher will truly appreciate and use.  They’re also great for dance teachers, singing teachers, and beyond!

Giveaway! 

Foxy Originals has generously offered to host a giveaway of their Teacher’s Charm Necklace in gold to one of my readers!  To enter, simply click the “a Rafflecopter giveaway” link below and follow the instructions.  This giveaway is open to residents of Canada only, and will close on Tuesday, June 14th at 11:59pm EST. Good Luck!

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Gift Guide Day 12: For the Plant-Lover (or Kid at Heart!)

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I love having plants and flowers in the house, but I’m terrible and can never seem to remember to water them (which is sort of essential).  With this fun planter, the Rainy Pot, you won’t just remember to water your plant, you’ll probably look forward to it!  Simply pour the water into the cloud at the top of the wall mount, and watch the clouds “rain” on your plant.  Poured too much?  The Rainy Pot has a small plug under the plant so you can drain it easily.  It comes in Red/Blue or Green/Red, or you can purchase both in a set.  If you’re curious to know more before purchasing one (for under $15.00!), you can always check out the video demonstration here.

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Gift Guide Day 11: A Water Bottle that Doubles as a Wallet

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So you’re at the gym, you’ve forgotten your lock (or you’ve arrived at the gym already in your workout gear), and you’re just not comfortable leaving your keys and wallet unsecured in the change room.  What to do? Don’t leave it at all.  This awesome Autoseal Kangaroo Water Bottle from Contigo stores your money, keys, or ID in it’s handy side storage pocket.  The autoseal technology makes this bottle both leak and spill proof, and the clip handle allows you to secure it to your gym bag, keys, and etcetera.  The opening is wide enough for ice cubes, and it allows for easy, one-handed drinking with the push of a button.  The Kangaroo bottle is BPA free, dishwasher safe (top rack), and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.  Even better? It retails for less than $15.00!

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Gift Guide Day 10: A Gift to Share with your BFF

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We all remember how much it meant when our friend chose us to wear the other half of their BFF bracelet, necklace, or key chain back in the day. Why not bring that feeling back?  These adorable Side by Side charms from Alex and Ani are a modern twist on the BFF bracelet.  Why otters, you ask?  Otters actually hold hands when floating in the water to prevent themselves from drifting apart (que the “awww”), and are therefore a symbol of unity and friendship.  Share one with your BFF and wear these charms as a reminder to, “Bask in the glow of good times and make the best of what floats your way.” (Alexandani.com) You can purchase this set in either a Rafaelian Gold or Rafaelian Silver finish, and they are expandable from 2″ to 3.5″ in diameter.  Who will be your significant otter?  Sorry, couldn’t resist!

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Gift Guide Day 9: A Luxury Balm for your Lips (and Beyond!)

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With the colder temperatures (and the mistletoe), a great lip balm is a must.  Today’s gift, Henné Organics Luxury Organic Lip Balm, is not only an amazing (trust me!) lip product, it can also be used for hands, elbows, heels, and more!  Made with coconut oil, shea butter, avocado oil, and beeswax, it’s certified organic and contains 99% organic ingredients.  It’s long lasting, non-greasy, and feels light-weight on your lips or skin.  This product is a luxe gift that anyone will enjoy, and because it’s colourless, it’s great for men, too!  You can purchase this product online (free shipping on orders $75+) or in-store at Blossom Lounge in Toronto’s Distillery District.

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Gift Guide Day 8: The Little Gift that Does A Lot

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We are all aware of the fashion and beauty emergencies that can happen when you’re on the go: a run in your tights, hair that won’t stay put, a broken nail, a hem that has fallen loose, or an earring back that has gone M.I.A.  We know these emergencies can (and do) happen, but we simply don’t have enough room in our purses to carry all the items we’d need to solve these problems…at least until now, that is.  Pinch ProvisionsMinimergency Kit for Her” holds 17 beauty and fashion emergency fixes in a cute pouch, all while being able to fit in the palm of your hand.

Included in kit are the following:

– Adhesive bandage
– Safety pin
– Earring backs
– Deodorant towelette
– Nail polish remover pad
– Stain remover pad
– Clear elastics
– Lip balm
– Emery board
– Tampon
– Hair spray
– Clear nail polish
– Dental floss
– Mending kit
– Breath freshener
– Double-sided tape

You can purchase the kit shown in the picture above on the Sephora website, or you can visit the Pinch Provisions website to see even more styles and products, including a kit for men.  There are even Minimergency kits for brides and bridesmaids!

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Gift Guide Day 7: Aromatherapy for your Commute

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Today’s gift is a unique spin on the car air freshener.  The Aura Car Diffusion System from Fruits & Passion diffuses your favourite fragrances in your vehicle for up to 50 hours.  Simply plug the unit into your car cigar lighter receptacle (angling at 90 degrees), place a Car Scented Wax Capsule into the unit, and turn it on.  Choose from a variety of scent capsules, including the one pictured above in “Frosted Birch” (notes of birch, cotton, and jasmine).  No need to worry about wax spilling in your car, thanks to micro-perforated film.  It’s like having the comfort of a cozy candle during your commute, without the whole open-flame fire hazard issue (it’s also much more modern than a cardboard tree hanging from your rear view mirror).  The Aura Car Diffusion System comes in black and white, and you can purchase the unit plus a was capsule for less than $20.00.

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Gift Guide Day 6: A Chic Multitasker

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We all have them: the moments when you’re too lazy to take your whole purse or wallet out on an errand, so you just a grab a few individual cards for your pocket instead.  And, if you’re anything like me, you end up forgetting to put them back, and are debit-cardless at the checkout a few days later.  This multitasking Hailey Wristlet from Danier solves this problem in a super-chic and simple way.  Made of glazed leather, (and measuring 7.5″ W x 3.75″ H x 0.88″ D), this wristlet comes with 3 pieces: the wallet, the removable card slot, and the wristlet attachment.  The 3 individual pieces allow you to use this wallet a variety of ways: as a wristlet or clutch, as a wallet in your purse, or as a slim, handy cardholder when you’re on the run.  Just keep your driver’s license, health card, and debit card in the removable holder, and voila, you’re all set for your late night Ben and Jerry’s run.  The Hailey Wristlet comes in a variety of colours (shown above in Grey Python), and is currently on sale for less than $50.00!

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Gift Guide Day 5: A Gift With Meaning

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I love a personalized gift: one that’s unique and has meaning. Each piece in the Speechlust collection is adorned with an uncommonly used word; one that has a much deeper meaning than it’s few syllables would lead you to believe.  One of my favourites (pictured above) is the Halcyon Necklace.  According to the Speechlust website, Halcyon is defined as: “(adj.) To be calm, peaceful and tranquil. (n.) A mythical bird said to calm the waves of the sea.”  Wearing this necklace can be a reminder, “to slow down and keep perspective. When you take the time to breathe, you’ll realize that, like the waves, this too shall pass”.

You can view a full dictionary of all words offered on the site, and can shop by collection.  Some of my other favourites are the Ikigai and the Heliophile necklaces.  All come on a 22-inch chain, and some styles are offered in beaded versions.  Each necklace also includes a card with the word’s definition (so the person you’re giving it to won’t need to Google after opening!).

I also love Speechlust’s story.  Canadian owner Courtney Chilton was inspired to create Speechlust while traveling in Southeast Asia.  She created the brand having had no background in business, learning as she went along.  I admire that she created her brand purely with passion and a love for what she was doing.  All to often, I think we sell ourselves short because we don’t think this passion is enough.  It is.  Give these necklaces to friends, family members, or significant others, and support a small business while doing so.

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Gift Guide Day 4: A Very “Mary” Christmas

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Today’s gift is a fun collaboration between Roots and Mary Maxim: the Mary Maxim Scarf Knit Kit.  Inside is everything you need to make your very own Roots infinity scarf (yarn, needles, pattern and instructions, as well as a cute cotton tote!).  What I love about this as a gift for someone, is that you’re giving them an experience, whether it’s learning something new, or doing something they already enjoy.  I also love that the outcome is a modern, trendy scarf, similar to those in Roots Cabin collection.  Pair it with a cute mug, some hot chocolate, and a scented candle, and you’re giving someone the perfect winter-night in.

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