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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 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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WhatDidSheFind Gift Guide: Day Twenty-Nine

Photo and logo as seen on Thegivingkeys.com

Photo and logo as seen on Thegivingkeys.com

Based out of Los Angeles, The Giving Keys employs only those who are looking to transition out of homelessness.  So, in a sense, when you buy one of these “Classic Pendants“, (or other products from their website), your actually helping to provide someone with the key to a new life.  Moreover, each re-purposed key is meant to be paid forward based on the sentiment hand-stamped on it: “hope”, “let go”, “strength”, and etcetera.  When you encounter someone who could use the message on the key, pass it on to them, and then share your story on The Giving Keys website.  The Classic Pendants shown above retails for $35.00 US and comes on a 27″ chain (there a variety of chains to choose from).  There are also a number of words to choose from, or you can customize your own, (9 character limit), for an additional $5.00.  You can purchase these keys online, or search the website to find a local retailer.

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WhatDidSheFind Gift Guide: Day Twenty-Seven

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Today’s gift is the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, an award-winning product that is a serious multi-tasker, and a must-have for any woman’s makeup bag (men can use it too!).  Created in 1930 by Elizabeth Arden herself, she even used it to soothe her thoroughbred horses’ legs!  Some of the many uses for this product (for humans) are:

-Moisturize dry hands and feet.

-Soothe chapped lips.

-Use as in in-flight moisturizer to prevent dry skin.

-Calm sunburns.

-Comfort minor scrapes and skin abrasions.

-Condition cuticles.

-Shape eyebrows.

-Add shine to legs, cheeks, and lips (you know that “glossy eyelid” look you find in magazines?  Many makeup artists use this product to achieve the look!).

-Calm skin post-wax or shave.

You can purchase this product in both the original and unscented formulas for around $25.00 CDN at Shoppers Drug Mart and The Bay.

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WhatDidSheFind Gift Guide: Day Twenty-Five

Photos and logo as seen on Oldnavy.ca

Photos and logo as seen on Oldnavy.ca

Like most things in life, cold-weather accessories are just more fun to wear when they have cute sayings on them, like these ones from Old Navy.  Even better? They are all on sale for $7.00 each (use code SANTA until December 14th at midnight)!  Shown above are the “Women’s Message Scarves” in Neutral (which says “Happy”), and Black (which says “Love”), and the “Women’s Patterned Knit Gloves” in Black (which say “Chic” when held beside one another).  Fun, fashionable, and affordable, these make even a summer-lover like me want to join in the outdoor fun.

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WhatDidSheFind Gift Guide: Day Twenty-Four

Photos and logo as seen on Aldoshoes.com

Photos and logo as seen on Aldoshoes.com

Beauty and fashion combined into one, this adorable “Cronkite” evening bag from Aldo can be worn as a clutch or shoulder bag.  Measuring at 8.7 X 4.4 inches, it is big enough to hold all of your holiday party essentials, while also doubling as a statement piece.  Shown above is the Midnight Black version, however you can also purchase it in Clear (with black lace detailing; check it out here).  Currently on sale for $39.98, you can purchase this both in-store or online at Aldo/Aldo Accessories.

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