Hi everyone, Melissa from Melissa Cartier here again.
My husband and I have a little tradition where our only gifts for each other are meaningful, within a budget we set and must fit in our stockings. I love opening my stocking each year, and some of my favourite memories as a kid was Santa placing my stocking at the foot of my bed for me to find when I woke up. As for buying stocking sized gifts for my husband… it’s a challenge. He’s very practical and doesn’t really like chocolate (we are very different haha).
While looking at the different creative projects on the London Drugs Photolab App (iOS version only), I noticed the Book-It Mini Books. The price easily fit within our set budget and they are small enough to fit in a stocking. Kevin and I have created so many memories with our son this past year that it was so easy to put together a little book of some of our favourites. While I didn’t need the quick timeline, I was really impressed these Book-It Mini Books can be made in 24 hours!
The Book-It Mini Book I made is adorable. I chose the black hard cover, pearl finish paper and a single image on each page. I also chose the centered square image option which I love because it reminds me of a little book of Instagram photos. It’s going to make a great stocking stuffer but if you’re looking for smaller gifts that are still meaningful the Express Books and Book-It Mini Books are a great option. They are quick, easy to make and budget friendly, so they are perfect for co-workers, your child’s teachers or anyone you’ve travelled with.
I love getting photos developed and putting them into photo albums (with each photo dated, of course) but I could see myself using the Book-It Mini Books as little keep sakes after notable events where we take quite a few photos. Family trips, birthdays or even holidays. I have so many photos from Thomas’ first Christmas that would be so sweet to compile in a Book-It. I know Kevin is going to love finding this little book of memories in his stocking this year!
Hi everyone, Melissa from Melissa Cartier here!
On my blog, I recently shared my process for developing all of my photos quickly and directly from my phone using the London Drugs Photolab App! After hearing how much I love their app, the lovely team from London Drugs asked if I’d like to talk about some of the creative products their Photolab has to offer. The first thought that popped into my mind was trying some of them out by tackling a few names on my Christmas list and I quickly agreed.
One person on my list that I have a really tough time buying for is my Dad. His Christmas list every year is black socks and golf balls. I wish I was kidding. While I don’t mind working from a Christmas list I can’t say I’m eager to buy him black socks every year. Besides, isn’t the best part of Christmas shopping finding thoughtful gifts that have meaning behind them? One of my favourite gifts to get for my dad is a framed photo. Two years ago it was a photo from my wedding and last Christmas it was a photo of him and my son.
After scrolling through all of the creative products I could make in the London Drugs Photolab App (how fun would it be to make a recipe book or a book of Instagram photos for a gift?), I settled on a Coffeetable Photo Book. I loved the traditional look of the Photographic Albums as well. It didn’t take me long to create a quality book full of our favourite memories from this past year all from photos on my phone. I really liked that I could choose a layout for each page and while I had the option of including text, for this book I wanted more of a picture book feel. I chose a 10×8 muslin cloth book with a window for this project, but on my next one I think I’ll get a custom photo cover because those look really impressive
If you have a photographer, or just someone in your life who is sentimental like I am, these photo books are both fantastic gift options.
My Coffeetable Photo Book was ready in 5 days and I’m so happy with how it turned out! The quality of the pages didn’t disappoint, and I know my Dad is going to love flipping through all of the memories our family has created this year.
We love to partake in the old-fashioned holiday traditions: singing carols around the piano, putting out cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve, turkey and pie with the family. These days, the holidays aren’t complete without a few modern traditions as well, and any self-respecting gift-giver is sure to check out Oprah’s annual Favorite Things list before hitting the shops.
The venerable lifestyle guru has been sharing her Christmas Wish list with us for the last 22 years, and whenever a product is chosen as an Oprah favourite, it automatically becomes the hottest item of the season. This year’s list is a veritable avalanche of must-haves and fun luxuries (in fact, it’s her biggest list to date) and we are thrilled to announce that three of the items included on this prestigious list can be found at London Drugs!
Here are three of Oprah’s Favorite Things that you can pick up at your nearest London Drugs location or at londondrugs.com – for your gift list, or yourself.
These luxurious slipper socks are made with the softest, fluffiest most comfortable lining, guaranteed to wrap your precious feet in warmth and comfort. PUDUS silicone grippers provide special anti-slip traction for your safety and comfort. Available in a wide range of colours and patterns.
Oprah says: “I put on these cozy sock slippers for the Favorite Things shoot, and I loved them! So will anyone you give them to, from toddlers to grandmas.”
The Cuisinart® AirFryer Convection Oven is a premium full-size toaster oven with a built-in air fryer. That means it not only bakes, broils, and toasts, it also lets you air-fry right inside the oven. Air frying, which uses powerful ultra-hot air, is a healthier way to prepare delicious fried favourites, from wings to fries to shrimp to a full-size chicken. And since toaster ovens stay on the countertop, this fryer doesn’t have to move back and forth, from cupboard to counter.
Oprah says: “A toaster oven that bakes, broils, toasts, and has a built-in air fryer? What else can you ask for?”
This Ferrari of electric toothbrushes has a Deep Clean mode for an invigorating clean, and the AdaptiveClean and DiamondClean brush heads provide 10x more plaque removal vs. a manual toothbrush for healthier gums and whiter teeth in just two weeks. Comes with a handy Charger Glass – simply place your Philips Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush in the glass to charge. The Charging Travel Case charges via USB or wall outlet, which allows you to take your DiamondClean anywhere and everywhere.
Oprah says: “The first Sonicare made the list 20 years ago, and it’s only gotten better—literally one of my favourite things that I use twice a day. This year’s version is a smart toothbrush with an app that gives feedback on brushing habits, four super effective brush heads for different cleaning modes, and sensors to adjust intensity or tell you if you missed a spot. Trust me, you’ll look for excuses to brush.”
Your mom is amazing. She loves you, supports you, and always puts you first. She deserves a little ‘me’ time, and Mother’s Day is the perfect chance for you to spoil and pamper her. Our Beauty Advisors, many of whom are moms too, are sharing their favourite products for indulging in a little rest and relaxation, so you can find the perfect gift for you own mom this Mother’s Day.
Mom shouldn’t just be pampered once a year. This paraffin bath from Revlon will treat her hands, elbows and feet to some TLC whenever she needs it. The warm bath uses thermal heat to ease stiff and aching joints, while removing dull dry surface skin to leave skin soft and beautiful.
Gift mom everything she needs for the perfect pedicure. The Amope Pedi Perfect Pedicure Set comes with a rechargeable foot file, charging station, moisturizing foot cream, custom fit suction shower hook, and an Amope & Veet coupon booklet.
Pick out one of Essie’s new Gel Couture Nail Polishes in mom’s favourite colour, and pair it with a bottle of their Gel Couture Top Coat. The high performance nail polish comes in 42 beautiful shades and lasts for up to 14 days. Best of all, there’s no lamp needed: just apply the couture colour and top coat for impeccable gel-like shine.
This luxurious and sudsy body wash and bubble bath from Bliss is just what mom needs for some downtime. Attach a DIY coupon for a few hours of ‘me time’ so she can enjoy a little relaxation all to herself.
These super hydrating Beauty Rest’ore sheet masks from MaskerAide are infused with Argan Oil, Super Fruit Extracts, Green Algae and Vitamin E, and will go to work right away restoring, regenerating and repairing the skin. Choose a selection of different MaskerAide masks to create your own special Mother’s Day gift basket, specialized depending on her skin’s needs.
Not sure what fragrance mom will like? Our Beauty Advisors recommend Giorgio Armani’s Acqua di Gioia. It’s a fresh aquatic scent that isn’t overpowering, and is ideal for the warm season ahead. Other Beauty Advisor favourites include Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium, Calvin Klein Deep Euphoria, and Lancôme Trésor.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, receive a $20 instant bonus with a minimum $100 purchase of luxury fragrances. Or shop these select fragrances, on sale for $21.99! These offers are valid May 12 to May 17, 2017 and are available in-store or online. Select brands are available at select stores, while quantities last.
If you notice mom has been a little stressed lately, this serum-in-mask from Lancôme is the best way to treat her. Let her forget the stress, tension and fatigue built up over the course of the day with this dose of overnight intense facial hydration. The formula reduces the visible signs of stress and will give her skin a boost of radiance overnight.
This facial mineral mist from Youngblood will give mom an instant feeling of relaxation, no matter where she is. Youngblood’s signature mineral blend with lavender, vanilla, ginger and lotus instantly rejuvenates, protects and hydrates the skin. She can use it after cleansing, after makeup application to set foundation, or any time for a refreshing pick-me-up.