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Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

The Holiday season is approaching! That means it's time to get gifts for your loved ones. While all retail stores in Toronto are currently closed due to the Covid-19 lockdown, most shops offer a website in which you can shop online at the comfort of your own home or at Avalon. If you haven't read our previous blog, check it out to learn more about online shopping. Looking for a gift but not sure what to get? Don't worry! We've gathered some ideas in this post that can hopefully give you some inspiration. There's something for everyone so I'm sure you can find the ideal gift!

For Her


If you are shopping for your BFFs or girlfriend, makeup, skincare, perfume, gift card from their favourite clothing store are all great options. I've picked a few different ones for your reference.

For makeup, I would recommend lipsticks as they are usually pretty affordable, has lots of options, and have cute packaging. Depending on your budget, you may even get more than one color or get a mix of lipstick and lip tint. I highly recommend Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint. It is a lightweight, sheer and ultra-moisturizing tinted lip balm. The most popular color is Bare Rasberry. I like how it's very moisturizing and is just lightly tinted so it looks very natural.

For skincare, I would recommend getting the gift sets from Sephora or if you know the brand they like, that's even better. Most skincare brands have their own gift sets during Christmas and they have really nice packaging. Some brands or if you are buying from Sephora, you can even shop by budget. When you're shopping, just choose the shop by price option so you can be sure you're shopping within your budget.

For perfume, Jo Malone is a classic. Their Wood Sage and Sea Salt Colongne is the most popular, followed by the English Pear and Freesia Cologne. Another classic is the Chanel No.5 collection which has an elegant and refined scent.

For Him


Marshall is known for their speakers and the designs. Whether you're buying it for your boyfriend, your husband, or your dad, etc., it's the perfect gift for him of any ages if they love music.

If he is kind of messy or loses things all the time, a charging station is the perfect gift for him. He can simply put all his gadgets in one place, or even the small items like glasses, watch, keys, etc.

A custom phone case is a great gift for your special someone. It may be printing his initials on it, drawing, a picture, a character that he likes, etc. Creativity is all yours so make it unique by designing it by yourself.

For Them


If you're exchanging gifts with a group of friends/family/coworkers but not sure who you're giving to, or maybe you are giving to a couple, or a family, here are some unisex gift ideas:

Smell is closely tied to memory. Candles are affordable and give a warm feeling. It is a great gift to bring back memories you had with them. They can be found in many places, even in grocery stores so it's the perfect last minute gift.

Who doesn't love a soft and warm blanket. Throw blanket not only keeps them warm but can also be part of the decorations in their home. It adds a cozy feeling to their home and will never be outdated.

A letter board is definitely a fun addition to their home. They can use the board to leave messages for their family or roommates, or display their favourite quote. Letter boards come in different colours so you can for sure pick one that fits in the space and matches the vibe of their home.


I hope that gave you some inspiration of what kind of gifts you can get for friends and family last minute. If takes time for the gifts to be shipped directly to their home. Make sure you get them quick as Christmas is next week! If you're one of our guests currently staying at Avalon, you can take advantage of our free fast wifi and do some online shopping! If you're not one of our guests, we hope to see you after the lockdown if you're ever looking for short term rentals in Toronto. All our premium suites at Avalon are fully furnished with a fully equipped kitchen and all the amenities you need. We have 5 types of suites ranging from studios to 2 bedroom suites so just pick one that accommodates your needs. To learn more, visit our website or call us at 416.731.1372.

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