Tis The Season: 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

Tis The Season: 2022 Holiday Gift Guide
22 Nov 2022

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

And that’s not just a Christmas song by Andy Williams – it really is my favouite time of year! We get to put smiles on the faces of the loved ones in our lives by surprising them with gifts that are well thought out. Whether it is an item or experience, we have something here for everyone.

Parks Canada Discovery Pass & Swag

A Parks Canada Discovery Pass gives you 12 months of unlimited access to over 80 destinations across Canada, from coast to coast to coast. You’ll have faster entry to your favourite National Parks, National urban parks, National historic sites, National marine conservation areas, and Historic canals and waterways. And, the Parks Canada Discovery Pass pays for itself in as little as seven days (compared to daily admission fees)!

And if you are looking for some swag, the Parks Canada Shop has got you covered. T-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, ball caps, toques, bandanas, socks, drinkware, travel mugs, park crests, reusable straws and utensils, pins, magnets, decals, and lots of other souvenirs. Great gift ideas for any outdoor lover on your list!

Helicopter Tours

Is there a better way to experience the city and sites than from high above? Helicopter tours are a wonderful way to see some of your favourite locations – fly over Toronto, Niagara Falls, and the 1000 Islands. Give the thrill of a lifetime to someone on your list.

Meat Slicer


bdk holiday gift guide 2022 hamilton beach meat slicer

We enjoy having sliced salami on charcuterie boards as an appetizer, either for ourselves or when we are entertaining guests. While cutting the meat with a good knife is fine, it can take a while and get quite tiresome when cutting large amounts of meat.

The Hamilton Beach Meat Slicer has cut down our cutting time significantly and has saved my aging hands from having to do it all manually.

It features a 7.5″ stainless steel rotary blade, adjustable thickness settings from deli thin to over 0.5” thick, a sturdy base and suction cup feet for stable & safe operation, and a powerful 200-watt motor.

Makes a great gift for your meatatarian friends!

Bonsai Tree

Giving the gift of a Bonsai Tree is a tradition practiced by many people during the holiday season. Bonsai trees are beautiful and unique, making them the perfect present for anyone on your list. If you’re looking to buy a bonsai tree as a gift, be sure to do your research first. There are many different types of bonsai trees available, so you need to find one that is right for the person you’re buying it for.

Night Bag

bdk holiday gift guide 2022 Black Grover Waxed Canvas Roll Out Bag

If you’re travelling overnight, the best way to stay organized with your toiletries is with a good-quality night bag. The Black Grover Waxed Canvas Roll Out Bag from TRENDHIM is a solid choice. When I arrive at a hotel, I unpack my bags and hang my roll-out bag in the washroom on the towel rack. Because this night bag is waterproof, I don’t have to worry about it getting damaged.

Whiskey Glasses Gift Set

bdk holiday gift guide 2022 Whiskey Glass Set

If you have friends who love their whiskey, then here is great gift idea! This Whiskey Glasses Gift Set comes in a premium crafted wooden gift box and includes 2 uniquely shaped lead-free whiskey glasses (10oz / 300ml), 8 natural granite chilling stones with a velvet carry bag, metal tongs, and 2 slate table coasters. All you need is the whiskey!

Foaming Hand Soap

bdk holiday gift guide 2022 Scentheory seasonal collection

If you haven’t discovered foaming hand soap, you’re truly missing out. No more picking up a bar of soap – just wet your hands, pump yourself some foaming soap, lather, and rinse.

The foaming hand soaps from Scent Theory are made with mood boosting essential oils. The seasonal collection includes Winter Wonder Land, Holly Berry Wreath, Frosted Sugar Plum, Vanilla Maple Cookie, and Peppermint Snowball. They are perfect for use in the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room during the holidays.

These foaming hand soaps make a great gift. Or, just buy some for yourself. They are pretty awesome!

Glass Christmas Vacation Moose Mug


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These genuine 8oz Glass Christmas Vacation Moose Mugs are available at RetroFestive. Pour yourself some spiked eggnog in one of these bad boys, and cheer in the festive season like Clark Griswold and Cousin Eddie!

Mario Black Moda Flat Cap

bdk holiday gift guide 2022 Mario Black Moda Flat Cap

This stylish Mario Moda Flat Cap is Italian-made using quality materials. It’s constructed with 100% heavy cotton but is surprisingly lightweight. Whether in blue jeans and a t-shirt or a 3-piece suit, the Mario Moda Flat Cap will complement your distinguished style.

Portable USB Charger

bdk holiday gift guide 2022 Portable USB Charger

My portable INIU Portable USB Charger keeps my iPhone charged while away from a power source. As well, the handy LED display shows me how much juice is left. This is the perfect gift for the avid traveller. Make sure to pick up one for yourself. You can thank me later.

Outdoor Portable Pizza Oven


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Pizza ovens have been all the rage for the past couple of years, and for a good reason. They make restaurant-quality pizzas in just a couple of minutes! If you are looking for a versatile and multi-fuel oven, the Ooni Karu 16 Multi-Fuel Pizza Oven is a great option. This oven reaches 950°F (500°C) in just 15 minutes. You can cook using wood or charcoal out of the box, or buy the optional gas burner to use gas. If you are looking for something a little smaller (and less expensive), check out the Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Pellet Pizza Oven. It’s less than half the price, reaches the same temps, and produces the same quality pizzas. You can purchase OONI pizza ovens and accessories from MaxZim Maple Products in Hamilton, Ontario. They are a family-owned OONI and Green Mountain Grills authorized dealer.

Spencer Grey & Tan Laptop Bag

bdk holiday gift guide 2022 Spencer Grey And Tan Laptop Bag

Having a nice modern bag for my laptop is essential, but it has to fit more than just my laptop. This Spencer Grey & Tan Laptop Bag is both good-looking and quite practical. It has plenty of room to carry my laptop, battery charger, cables, headphones, power strip, and any other tech item I may need while traveling.

Wireless Headphones


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I like to watch movies on my iPad when I’m travelling, especially during flights. Having a good pair of headphones is essential. A good set of noise-canceling Bluetooth over-the-ear headphones like the Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones are fantastic for this purpose. Not only are they wireless and sound great, but it also helps to mute the nearby chitter-chatter.

BlissLights Sky Lite

bdk holiday gift guide 2022 BlissLights Sky Lite

Looking to add some mood lighting to your room? The BlissLights Sky Lite turns any room into a mesmerizing planetarium. This light projects a blue nebula skyscape and drifting blue stars onto the ceiling and walls. Just place it on a desk or night table – no installation required. Perfect for a bedroom, gaming or home theatre room, party room, or meditation space. Think about how these lights will look under an outdoor gazebo while sitting in a hot tub. Pure bliss! The soothing effects of the BlissLights Sky Lite creates a very relaxing environment and makes a fantastic gift. But you might want to buy two of these, so you have one for yourself!

Faraday Box

bdk holiday gift guide 2022 Faraday Box

Give someone the peace of mind that their vehicle will still be in their driveway when they wake up. A Faraday Box is an RFID-blocking device that protects your key fobs from being duplicated while they are not on you. With your car key fob in the faraday box, any emitting signal is completely blocked, preventing duplication and potential car theft.

Cordless Shaver

Andis Lithium Titanium Foil Shaver bdk holiday gift guide 2022

I’ve owned a lot of cordless shavers over the years, but none gave me a close shave like the Andis Pro Foil Lithium Titanium Foil Shaver. I take this compact shaver with me when I am traveling, as it gives me a really close shave. This versatile shaver has a long battery life, with the ability to use it cordless or plugged in.

Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera

Do you have kids that are interested in photography? There’s no better way for them to get instant satisfaction from their photographic skills than with the Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera. Point, shoot, print. Can’t get much simpler than that!

Carry-On Spinner Suitcase

If you’re looking for quality carry-on luggage, then look no further than the Travelpro lineup. The Platinum Elite International Expandable Carry-On Spinner is a quality suitcase with solid construction. Travelpro is known for its durability and is used by pilots and seasoned travellers. And with a really good quality carry-on suitcase, you no longer have to worry about an airline losing your checked bags.

Apple AirTags

bdk holiday gift guide 2022 Apple AirTag

Speaking of airlines losing your checked bags… if you absolutely have to check your bags, drop an Apple AirTag in with your belongings. That way, if the airline does lose your bags, you’ll be able to track them down. AirTags are also great to place on your keyring, wallet, purse, or on your pet’s collar. You’ll need an Apple device to track the AirTag’s location.

Pet ID Tag


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I would be remiss if I did not include a couple of gifts for your fur baby. These Pet ID Tags are perfect for your pup. We got one for Storm and she loves it. You can order whatever Province or State you want, add in all of your info, and it is delivered to you within a couple of weeks. We’ve had ours for a couple of years, and it still looks brand new.

Pet Collar


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You’re going to need a quality collar to hang that Pet ID Tag on. Why not order it from the same place? We have a few of these Pet Collars for Storm, and we switch them around several times a year. The collars are very high-quality with durable metal buckles. There are lots of different designs to choose from, and you can even buy a matching leash!

The Season Of Giving!

It’s the season of giving, and I hope these ideas give you inspiration for those on your Christmas list. I mean, we can’t depend on Santa for everything!

Happy Holidays!

Big Daddy

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Craig Silva

Craig is a husband, father, team leader, travel and food writer, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, and social media strategist. He likes to travel, go camping, go on road trips, watch movies, build stuff, operate the grill, and sing with his band. Craig is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and Travel Media Association of Canada. If you are a PR agency or brand and would like Craig to review a travel destination, vehicle, restaurant, product or service, please send him an email.

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