Father’s Day is only a few weeks away, and I gathered up a few awesome (selfish and dreamy!) local gift ideas to celebrate Father’s Day in style. I never know what to buy my husband and if you’re in the same boat, you may appreciate these local gift ideas. There are a few items that cater to different budgets, so I am sure you will find something that suits your needs in my list. As long as you actually put some thought into it this year, the thought will actually count! Don’t scramble with a last-minute two-four from the beer store and get him something he deserves (or something you can use yourself!! haha)
Last week, Shoppers Drug Mart invited me for a complete women’s pampering weekend leading up to the “Love You” Run for Women on Sunday, May 7, 2017. If you were following along my Instagram stories, you would have seen that we checked into the Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, got made over ( by DIOR!!) at the SDM Beauty Gala inside the Rideau Centre, had dinner at Restaurant 18 and then I pampered myself with some of the products I received in my goody bag from Shoppers Drug Mart! And… I almost fainted when I received a note to pick up a free pair of Brooks running shoes at the Running Room. I can’t wait to break these bad boys in, after my surgery on June 7!
What’s the most cost effective way to add a bit of edge to your look and declare your personal style? Jewelry of course! It’s amazing how a little bling and chain can go a long way. Today’s holiday gift guide is all about supporting local and finding unique Ottawa gift ideas for yourself or your gal pals this Christmas.
What if I told you there is a sweet little eye-candy shop nestled on York street in the Byward market, just around the corner to Sussex. You’ve seen it, it’s by the parking lot, you just haven’t satisfied your curiosity enough to enter the white gates. The store is called Stunning, and if you haven’t been inside, you’re missing out!
I discovered Stunning last year, when I finally took the plunge and went in the shop, where I met the lovely store owner Mandy Gosewich and her dog Pearl. Now, I’m a seasonal regular. I wait for Mandy to post some bait on her Instagram feed, and then pop in when I am tempted to see the treasures in real life. That’s what happened when I spotted these little puff earrings!
Mandy has an exceptionally edgy style, and sources her goodies from all around the world. She has great stories about her buying trips to New York, and can tell you where each piece comes from. What I love about shopping there, is the reward for your individuality. Because there is so much to chose from, it’s up to you to find something that calls you, that suits your personal style. You know you will be the only one with the awesome necklace, or killer earrings, and that you were the one to find them! A challenge we easily forget when we go shopping at big retailers.
Mandy helped me pick out a few awesome pieces to showcase in this gift guide. I hope you love them as much as I do!
So, what do you think? What caught your eye? I am in love with my little puff earnings and can’t wait to wear them for my Christmas party! I really want that long necklace too…
So will you satisfy your curiosity next time you’re in the market? If you head over to see Mandy, please tell her Chantsy sent you! Happy shopping and don’t forget to support local when you can this Christmas!