Tis’ the season for holiday shopping.

Some people have made their list and are checking it twice, while others are struggling just to come up with gift ideas.

This post is for the latter.

BONUS: These are all small, local businesses.

Good hair days.

In order to have healthy, beautiful hair you need: a healthy diet, a good stylist and salon quality products for your hair type.

Hairstylists and barbers are an important part of our community fabric. They do more than just hair, they become friends and therapists.

People tell a hairdresser things they wouldn’t dare confess to a priest and they are open about matters they try to conceal from a doctor. When people place their secret lives in the hairdresser’s hands, the hairdresser gains an authority few other people attain.

John Steinbeck

So please, please, please – if you need to buy hair products, skip the drug stores, skip Amazon and big box stores and purchase them directly from your salon.

NOTE: Figuring out which hair products to buy isn’t difficult, just call the salon and they will help guide your purchase.


Here are some Pureology holiday sets available at Texture Hair located in Ottawa’s West End.

I am obsessed with the Pureology Shampoo and Conditioners. They are so rich and moisturizing and they smell amazing.

Texture Hair | 1884 Merivale Rd. Unit 6, Ottawa, ON | 613-241-8977 OR 613-226-8398

They also have some L’Oréal Professionnel Série Expert sets as well.

Texture Hair | 1884 Merivale Rd. Unit 6, Ottawa, ON | 613-241-8977 OR 613-226-8398
Texture Hair | 1884 Merivale Rd. Unit 6, Ottawa, ON | 613-241-8977 OR 613-226-8398

BONUS: This is a gift that keeps on giving – it will last well past the holiday season. And we all know that when your hair looks good, you feel good too!

A little bling.

I love stacking necklaces – this is a perfect gift with an added personal touch.

Milk | 45 William Street in the ByWard Market

Either give me more wine or leave me alone.


La Bottega Nicastro is my favorite specialty grocer. They have everything you can think of when it comes to Italian food.

They also have a wine shop with over 200 retail priced Italian labels, including Prosecco – my favorite. They also make great gift baskets.

Food and wine – you can’t get better than that.

La Bottega Nicastro | 64 George Street in the Byward Market

Let them eat popcorn.

YOW POPCORN CO. is like the mecca of popcorn. They have so many unique flavours including: Truffle Parmesan, Sweet Cinnamon Kettle Corn and Sriracha Lime.

BONUS: They also have the cutest festive packaging ever.

YOW Popcorn Co. | 65 Bentley Avenue
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