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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.
Enter for your chance to receive one of four prize packs with all seven of this month's top picks from Penguin Random House Canada.
The following prize is offered:
7 books from Penguin Random House (PRH)
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
The total prize value is: $204 CAD
Whole30, an intensive one-month dietary reboot that requires cutting out dairy, grains, sugar and processed foods, took the Internet by storm last year, as much for its strict approach (cheat once and you have to start from scratch) as its health benefits. But Melissa Hartwig, one-half of the duo behind the program and a certified sports nutritionist, knows that ditching bad habits is usually a more long-term project. Enter her new book, a guide to rethinking your relationship with food, complete with advice on creating your own perfect diet and strategies for overcoming slipups. — Stacy Lee Kong
Food Freedom Forever (Viking Canada)by Melissa Hartwig, $32.
When Zoe Walker sees a photo of herself in a personal ad that she didn't place, she's confused, but not afraid. Soon, more ads, featuring different women, all commuters, appear. Then, Zoe starts seeing those women on the news, the victims of increasingly violent crimes—but no one save Kelly, a transit cop, believes her when she says there's a link. This fast-paced read will have you looking over your shoulder on your way to work, wondering who has been paying attention to you, without you noticing. — SLK
I See You (Berkley) by Clare Mackintosh, $24.
Canadian-born, U.K.- based YouTube star Estée Lalonde's debut book is full of charming no-pressure advice for creating a stylish life, including chapters on beauty, fashion, food and home, all punctuated with regular appearances by her boyfriend, Aslan, and their greyhound, Reggie. But it's in the sections on people and life, where she candidly describes her ever-present struggle with anxiety and what it was like to grow up on the fringes of the in crowd, that Lalonde gets real. — Grace Toby
Trevor Noah was born in South Africa during apartheid to a black mother and a white father—so the title of the comedian and Daily Show host's first book, Born a Crime, is, pardon the pun, no joke. A hilarious but thoughtful read, Noah's essays touch on poverty, racism and his heartwarming, complicated bond with his mother, who, despite her tough love, shares his penchant for laughter. — Kate Wells
Born a Crime (Doubleday Canada) by Trevor Noah, $35.
Love at first bite
Any Ina Garten fan knows that her husband, Jeffrey—who can often be seen smiling blissfully while enjoying a homemade feast on Food Network Canada's Barefoot Contessa—is the one true not-sosecret ingredient to any recipe Ina cooks up. Her newest cookbook (her 10th!), Cooking for Jeffrey, is an edible love letter to her husband, and to the dishes she's been making for him for decades. It features a plethora of recipes that are perfect to serve at a dinner party, such as Camembert & Prosciutto Tartines, Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken, Challah With Saffron, and Limoncello Ricotta Cheesecake. Another reason to love the book: Almost every dish comes complete with a make-ahead tip, so you'll never have to scramble in the kitchen while your guests are enjoying one another's company. If you've been meaning to entertain more, or if you just want reliable, full-flavoured, simple, rustic food to add to your repertoire, this is what you'll want to curl up with. — Jennifer Bartoli
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Most of us don't need a reason to whip up tacos for dinner, but if you do, we have some pretty delicious recipes to get you started.
Need to eat fast? These tacos come together in no time and use ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge.
Get the recipe: Weeknight Chili Chicken Tacos
Inspired by the traditional Mexican tacos served with spicy thin pork slices and pineapple, this slow cooker version features pork shoulder broken into tender bite size chunks.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Tacos Al Pastor
A touch of curry powder gives these Caribbean-inspired tacos a spicy kick. Garnish with baked tortilla chips and low-fat sour cream. Serve any extra salsa on the side.
Get the recipe: Grilled Curry Shrimp Soft Tacos
Tender pulled pork topped with crunchy radishes, creamy avocado and sweet summer corn work together in this easy dinner.
Get the recipe: Shredded Pork Tacos with Avocado Corn Salsa
Panko bread crumbs (which are coarser than regular bread crumbs) give this fish an extra-crunchy crust.
Get the recipe: Fish Tacos With Mango-Avocado Salsa
Any no-cutlery-needed breakfast is welcome in a busy household. The tortillas can be warmed in the oven, filled, rolled and wrapped to go. Serve with your favourite toppings for the full taco treatment.
Get the recipe: Breakfast Soft Tacos
Customize the tacos with your favourite toppings, such as thinly sliced radishes, shredded cabbage or lettuce, diced avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream and lime juice.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Pulled Beef Tacos
Topping Vietnamese-inspired tacos with a fresh carrot salad adds the perfect amount of crunch.
Get the recipe: Lemongrass Chicken Tacos
Make this quick version of Mexican carnitas (braised pork tacos) with leftover roast pork. Slice the pork as thinly as you can, then coarsely chop or shred it into bite-size pieces.
Get the recipe: Roast Pork Tacos with Apple Cucumber Salsa
To make the guacamole in advance, leave the pit in with the mashed avocado and place plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent browning; remove the pit right before serving.
Get the recipe: Pork Tacos With Red Cabbage Slaw and Guacamole
Inspired by traditional Chilean pebre salsa, the salsa on these steak tacos is equally delicious with chicken breast tacos. For a little heat, add a tablespoon of minced jalapeño peppers to the salsa.
Get the recipe: Steak Tacos With Pebre Salsa
Classic beef tacos are a real crowdpleaser and a family favourite. To feed more people, simply double or triple the recipe.
Get the recipe: Beef Tacos with Corn Salsa
Packed with hearty lentils, these tasty tacos are super satisfying.
Get the recipe: Chili-Lime Sweet Potato Tacos