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It should be easy, but sometimes finding a gift within a certain price range that is still thoughtful can be difficult. Let us help.
Finding the perfect Secret Santa gift is more difficult than it seems. First, if you're buying for someone specific, you want to gift to be thoughtful—but that can be difficult if you only have a limited budget. And that's the thing about the budget—you need the gift to be less than, but close to, your budget (whether it's self-imposed or part of a larger secret santa mandate). Plus, sometimes you don't know who your secret Santa is! And shopping for a mystery person means you need to get something that will appeal to pretty much everyone.
Got it straight? No? Don't worry. We've compiled some of our favourite gifts to give that fit into your Secret Santa budget—whether it's $5 or $30.
Gifting beauty is always a good idea if you ask us. These face masks are inexpensive so feel free to pick up a few.
Patches are a great way to personalize your style—but they're also creative and compact expressions of art.
This item combines two of our favourite things—the Toronto Blue Jays and lapel pins! Not a sports fan? Luckily there are plenty of lapel pin options to make sure you find the right one for your giftee.
We know not everyone is a fan of slippers—but these ones are so cozy and a steal at $15!
Colouring books have shown to relieve stress and help people meditate—they're also super fun!
Having a hand cream in your bag all winter long is necessary to avoid dry, cracked hands. A practical gift has never been so indulgent!
Cloth napkins are a much more environmentally-friendly pick than their paper alternatives—and super chic around the holidays.
Give the gift of a cozy home. We especially love this limited edition scent from Canadian brand Province Apothecary.
Everyone loves a scented candle—especially a rich, warm scent that makes staying in that much better.
A calendar for the new year is something we always forget to pick up in December. Make sure to find one that suits your giftee's personality.
Having a notebook on hand is a requirement for many people. This fun pack is Pantone-coded!
It's a problem if you don't have a hat come December. The Drake General Store wants you to wear your provincial pride on your head with these colourful picks.
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In the flurry of healthy eating advice that dominates January, ditching gluten is among the trendiest. But there’s new evidence to suggest that if you don’t have to go gluten-free, you might want to hold up a minute.
According to a study released Monday by the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association, keeping whole grains on the menu is associated with living longer and with preventing cardiovascular disease in particular.
Lead researcher Hongyu Wu of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and her colleagues studied the eating habits and health data of more than 118,000 men and women from two large American studies -- the Nurses' Health Study (1984-2010) and the the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (1986-2010). The participants were all free of cancer and cardiovascular disease when the studies began.
By 2010, there were 26,920 deaths in the group. After adjusting for lifestyle factors such as smoking, obesity and age, the researchers found fewer total deaths and fewer deaths due to cardiovascular disease - which includes conditions such as heart attack, heart valve problems and stroke - the more whole grains people ate.
Whole grains did not, however, appear to significantly affect cancer deaths, despite some previous research pointing to a reduction in colon cancer deaths due to eating whole grains.
Every bite counts
It turns out that every serving (28 grams/per day) of whole grains was associated with 5 per cent lower total mortality or 9 per cent lower cardiovascular disease mortality. Bran - the hard outer layer of whole grains - appeared to play a greater role than the germ, the inner reproductive portion. Wu and her co-authors speculate that the bran’s fibre, B-vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals may be the key disease–fighting heavy hitters, as other research has found.
And the best news is that those servings included a wide range of foods (including some which are gluten-free, for those with celiac and sensitivities.)
The whole grains measured in the study included whole wheat, whole wheat flour, oats and oat flour, amaranth, bulgur, barley, cornmeal, brown rice, brown rice flour and a movie-night favourite, popcorn.
Wu writes that her findings add heft to current North American dietary guidelines promoting an increase in whole grains in our diets.
At the very least the promise of a longer, healthier life should make us think twice before ditching our favourite bulgur pilafs and whole wheat pastas, don’t you think?
Looking for ways to amp up your nutrition? Try the superfoods of the future! We've also got the Best-Ever Whole-Grain Pancakes!
We often read about transitioning footwear from winter to spring and summer to fall but what about fall to winter? The struggle can be real—do you pull out the heavy duty lug-sole Sorel boots or do you hold out with a pair of rubber Hunter boots? Since Canada is vast, depending on where you live can mean different degrees of protection—and traction. Here are 13 transitional boots that will have you looking stylish and protected this fall and winter. We picked one to go with every major city in Canada, related to their average fall forecast.
Vancouver's wettest season is autumn, with an average of 450mm of rainfall. Come December the average temperature hovers around 6°C. Which means it's the perfect time to break out a pair of fleece lined rubber boots, or simply add liners to a pair of wellies you already own.
Redford boots, $110.
The most common forms of precipitation during November and December are light to moderate snow fall. Temperature can range drastically throughout the day, with daily highs of around 7°C dropping to -5°C.
Clarks Whistle Be a Leather Booties, $180.
Halifax gets a hefty rain fall come the autumn, with its rainiest month being November. The average temp is 6°C but come December it drops to -5°C with rain fall turning into snowfall of about 35 cms. Look for a water-repellant boots to keep feet dry and wool inning in your boots to get yours toes tasty.
Ecco ‘Elaine’ buckle boot, $290.
Charlottetown's rainiest time is during the fall, and come December there’s a mix of rainfall (59mm) and snowfall (66cm) with an average temperatures of -4°C. No need to pull out the big guns yet, stick to a sleek pair of waterproof boots.
Cougar ‘Quill’ boot, $110.
Come December Saskatoon sits at -11°C with light to moderate snowfall and an average of 18cm falling by months end.
Evener Peak Waterproof boots, $300.
Come December Toronto’s average forecast calls for moderate weather sitting at 1°C with a nice dusting of snow, 22cm to be exact. No need for heavy duty winter boots just yet, slip into something a little bit more fashion than function.
Arvida boots, $170.
December in Montreal is typically cold. According to Canada's National Climate Data, the average daily temperature for the month is -5°C. Though January and February are the snowiest months, Montreal normally has a blanket of snow come December. The month usually sees about 58 cm of snow, so it’s important to have a good bit of traction and warmth built into your boots.
Anchorage boot, $312.
Yellowknife's December average sit at a brisk -20°C with roughly 60 cm of snow projected, so it's time to break out the snow boots!
Ugg ‘Caleigh’ boot, $158.
Come the month of December daily temperatures range from -9°C—20°C. Snowfall is usually light and sits around 30cm. Look for boots that provide plenty of warmth, breathability and dry quickly.
Como boot with a temperature rating of -30°C, $170.
Fredericton enjoys a sunny climate, averaging about 2,000 hours of sunshine a year however its temperatures are on the chillier side come December, sitting around -6°C with snowfall accumulation hitting highs of 37cm.
Perry Top Sider Black saltwater boots, $140.
Winnipeg has its nickname "Winterpeg" for a reason, the city's temperature fluctuates but come December averages sit at -15°C with a light snowfall, accumulations only reach 12cm.
ROYAL CANADIAN ‘Kanata’ lace-up leather boots, $220.
Out east they get a warmer fall, and St. Johns is no exception. But the temps start to change quickly nearing the transition to winter with temps going from 4°C to -10°C in a flash with an snowfall for the months of December reaching 63cm. Try slipping on a pair of breathable leather boots with a flexible lug-sole and sterling lining.
Naturalizer ‘Tamsie’, $200.
Iqaluit is in the Arctic, so it's COLD. It's average fall to winter temperatures are crisp and cool: -23°C. Rubber boots won’t cut it, you need a boot that’s warm, functional and durable.
Tofino II Boots, $176.