December 16th, 2016

The Ultimate 2016 Gift Guide

Still haven’t finished your holiday shopping? Don’t sweat it, we’ve collected all our 2016 Gift Guides into one easy-to-shop list. 

Starting back in November, London Drugs has posted one new gift guide each week to help you surprise and delight a tricky-to-buy-for group on your list.

In case you missed them, or need a refresher, you’ll find each list below.

Top Gifts for Busy Women

A guide for women with schedules full of work, family, and community engagements. She’ll love these gifts, once you slow her down long enough to open them.

Top Tip: Your gift should help her get more done–or at least feel better doing it all. Ideally, both!

[Shop the full Busy Women Gift Guide]

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Top Gifts for Techies


This is a guide for those who can’t resist at least trying out every new gadget that catches their interest. Virtual reality? Smart homes? Tiny computers? They want it all.

Top Tip: Shopping for techies is about more than gadgets; there are also cables, adaptors, cases…

[Shop the full Techies Gift Guide]

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Top Gifts for Foodies

A guide for those often found either standing in a kitchen or sitting behind a plate. More than a hobby, being a foodie is a mindset saying, “I don’t eat to live, I live to eat.”

Top Tip: Think your foodie has every kitchen tool they need? Trust us, they don’t. 

[Shop the full Foodies Gift Guide]

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Top Gifts For Photographers

This one’s a guide for those who see life through a viewfinder, even when not holding a camera. And speaking of cameras … photographers need so many extras that no camera even appears on the list.

Top Tip: If you share a computer, an external hard drive for pictures will help you both.

[Shop the full Photographers Gift Guide]

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Top Gifts for Music Lovers

Finally: a guide for those whose favourite songs list is about as long as all the songs most of us can name. Young or old, music lovers appreciate good music from any era.

Top Tip: In 2016, music fans want to easily enjoy their tracks anywhere, and wireless earphones and speakers can help a lot.

[Shop the full Music Lovers Gift Guide]

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For more gift advice, speak to an LD Expert today. To make a purchase, visit London Drugs in-store and online. And to continue your search for that perfect gift, here are more Gift Ideas For Everyone.  

Until next year, London Drugs wishes you and your family a Merry Christmas and a truly lovely New Year.



December 14th, 2016

Top Gifts for Music Lovers

It’s halfway through December, which means the window for holiday shopping is closing fast. Have a few gifts left to buy? We can help with the music lovers on your list!

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Starting with Busy WomenTechiesFoodies, and Photographers we’re posting gift guides for a different group each week.

This week, it’s our gift guide for music lovers. Whether you’re shopping for a musician, an audiophile, or mainly a fan, we’ve got you covered.

Music Lovers Gift Guide 2016 London Drugs

Here’s our guide to pitch-perfect gifts for the music lover on your Christmas list.

1. Rock Out Anywhere, Wirelessly

Music Lovers Gift Guide 2016 London DrugsThe need for a good pair of headphones is nothing new. But if there’s one 2016 tech trend music fans can agree on, it’s the shift to wireless audio.

Which type of wireless earphones is best for the music lover in your life depends on how active they are. If they tend to exercise a lot, wireless active earphones will be best.

Still, even the most active music lovers will likely also want a pair that places superior sound quality above every other consideration. This can only be achieved by a quality pair of over-ear headphones.

No matter what type of wireless earphones they receive, they’ll be thrilled to no longer have a wire snaking between their music and their ears.

2. Kick It Old School with Vinyl LPs

Music Lovers Gift Guide 2016 London DrugsIn 2016, as music streaming gained in popularity, single album sales on compact disc and even in digital formats struggled. Meanwhile, vinyl LP sales hit sales levels unseen since 1988, the year George Michaels’ Faith topped the charts.

Audiophiles often claim that nothing sounds better than vinyl, which may be true. But the vinyl resurgence is also driven by the search for deeper connections to the music we love.

These days, chart-topping new releases are once again available on vinyl. But many music lovers also use the format to catch up on classic albums released before their time. This makes vinyl the ultimate bridge between music lovers of all ages.

At London Drugs, we carry LPs from every genre and era. Of course, we also have record players, in case the music lover in your life is just starting out or needs an upgrade.

3. Bring Big Sound Anywhere

Improvements in data transfer technology have made today’s wireless speakers better than ever. So it’s no surprise powerful portable speakers took 2016 by storm.

Unlike stationary home audio systems of the past, wireless speakers allow music lovers to leave the living room in peace, moving the party elsewhere as needed. They are also much easier to set up than traditional sound systems. And compared to an old-school boombox, these modern marvels are lighter and smaller with longer battery life.

The result is that music fans have finally been set free. They can now easily share and enjoy quality sound in any room of the house, or really, anywhere in the world.

More Info: 5 Ways To Enjoy Wireless Audio

4. Sound (Better Than) Your Very Best

Music Lovers Gift Guide 2016 London DrugsFor many music lovers, no gathering is complete until the karaoke machine comes out. This is especially true during the holidays. The only problem? Not everyone’s pipes are quite ready for a public showcase.

That’s where the Singtrix Home Karaoke system comes in. Created by the team behind Guitar Hero, it uses advanced studio sound mixing technology to make any singer sound they way they’ve always dreamed they could. That is, like a total pro.

You can harmonize with yourself, apply incredible voice effects, and even sing your favourite extreme guitar solo. Of course, the brave can still perform unfiltered.

The possibilities are as endless as the laughs. It also works with your smartphone or tablet to display lyrics. Descriptions really can’t do this amazing gadget any justice.

Hear it in action below:

For more gift-giving advice for the music lover on your list, speak to an LD Expert today. To make a purchase, visit London Drugs in-store and online.

We’ll be back next week with a 2016 gift guide wrap-up. See you then! 



December 9th, 2016

Top Gifts for Photographers

There’s snow on the ground and cheer in the air. But wait, you still haven’t finished your holiday shopping? Don’t worry, we can help.

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Starting with Busy WomenTechies, and Foodies, we’re posting gift guides for a different group each week, covering everything from stocking stuffers to show stoppers.

This week, it’s our gift guide for photographers. At London Drugs, photography is one of our specialties. So if it’s a passion for someone on your list, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s our guide to buying picture-perfect gifts for the shutterbug on your list.

Note: This guide does not cover cameras. But you can find advice from LD Experts here: The Best Point-And-Shoot Cameras / Choosing The Right Camera.

And you’ll find Photolab gift ideas here: Giving Gifts They’ll Actually Love

1. Let There Be Lighting

As the old saying goes, “wherever there is light, one can photograph.” It’s true. But “brighter light, well directed, makes those pictures crisper” could easily be added.

For a hobbyist, the opportunity to take portraits, product shots, or really any posed photos using softbox lighting could be a dream come true. For an aspiring professional, it’s essential. You may also need an independent flash for certain shots, depending on if you’re adding light or simply redirecting it.

Then again, there is more than one way to achieve superior lighting. A light reflectorfilter, or a flash diffuser are great tools to have. And even the right light bulb and a directable lamp can provide an edge.

2. Moving & Storage (For Pictures)

For digital photographers, capturing the shot is just the beginning. Next, it’s time to upload, sort, edit, and ultimately store the image files.

But high-quality photo files are notoriously large. One detailed JPEG can be over five megabytes. So one gigabyte holds only about 200 good images. Meanwhile, moving groups of photos can take a long time. This is especially troublesome on a multi-use hard drive, like a laptop or family computer.

The solution is an external hard drive used only for images. Many hold one terabyte of data, enough for about 200,000 quality shots. Now that’s more like it! Some, like the Canon Connect Station, are custom-designed for use by photographers.

3. Upgrade Their Camera Bag

Most cameras come with a carrying case. But many photographers–especially nature photographers and frequent travellers–require more space to carry their whole toolkit. They need a dedicated camera bag.

But not just any backpack or saddle bag will do. A true photographer’s bag is specially designed to hold a camera, plus additional lenses, film, and more. Many have dedicated pouches for laptops or tablets, as well as rain guards to protect the valuable contents.

Exactly which bag is best for the photographer on your list depends on their unique needs. Luckily, we carry dozens of camera bag options, so chances are you’ll find just what you need.

4. A Quick-Draw Camera Strap

A regular strap, the kind that usually comes with a camera, keeps the unit resting on your chest. This is safe, but not always convenient. A great accessory strap keeps it out of the way, while also helping you capture the perfect shot.

So what should you look for? A great camera strap is comfortable, durable, adjustable, and ambidextrous. One of the most important features, though, is that it allows the wearer to quickly draw the camera to capture fleeting images in the blink of an eye.

At LD, we carry plenty of great camera straps that fit the bill. But one of the best and most versatile is definitely the Black Rapid Cross Shot.

For more gift-giving advice for the photographer on your list, speak to an LD Expert today. To make a purchase, visit London Drugs in-store and online.

We’ll be back next week with a top gift guide for music lovers. See you then! 



December 2nd, 2016

Top Gifts for Foodies

Black Friday has passed and advent calendars are already missing some doors. Still have holiday shopping to do? Then it’s time to get serious. Don’t worry, we can help.

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Starting with Top Gifts for Busy Women and Top Gifts for Techies, we’re posting gift guides for a different group each week, including everything from stocking stuffers to show stoppers.

This week, it’s our buying guide for foodies. Whether the aspiring or actual chef in your life is a nutrition nut, an entertainer, a home baker, or an everyday meal maker, we’ve got you covered.

Foodies Gift Guide 2016

Here’s our guide to buying a deliciously perfect gift for the foodie on your list.

1. Remix Their Mixer

Mixer Attachments Gift GuideThe foodie on your list may already own a countertop mixer, most likely from KitchenAid. Assuming they do, why stop there when so many accessories and attachments are available?

You see, these mechanical marvels can be repurposed to drive everything from grain mills to pasta makers and so much more. That includes simple attachments like different bowls and beaters, even spill guards. There are also adorable quilted mixer covers available as special order items.

If the foodie among your family or friends doesn’t have a countertop mixer, consider working to fix that. They make great group gifts and the proud new owner will think of you whenever they use it, which will be a lot.

2. Expand Their Toolbox

Kitchen Tool Gift GuideFoodies love to try new things, especially new cooking techniques. You can help them out by buying them a new niche utensil or specialized appliance. For foodies, this feels like getting a new tool in their toolbelt.

The trick is finding something they don’t already have. Depending on how stocked their kitchen is, that can sometimes be tough. But no foodie truly has everything and new gadgets become popular all the time.

So here are some ideas to help you think outside the ice box. How about a zester, a frothera muddlera fry cuttera pestle & mortar, or a kitchen mandolin. Not even sure what some of those do? Perfect. That’s a good sign.

Want more kitchen tool and gadget ideas? Here’s a few hundred .

3. Mind The Cooking Basics

Fry Pan Gift Guide

For foodies, like the rest of us, it’s very easy to get caught up in the thrill of the new and unusual. But foodies are also in constant need of upgrades, replacements, and back-ups for their kitchen basics. Like a plain white tee, these kitchen staples never go out of style.

We’re talking pots, pans, baking sheets, knives, and, of course, spatulas. Plus, a lot more. If they use it more than weekly, it’s a staple. If you can give your foodie a basic with a twist, perhaps in an unconventional size or shape, that’s a bonus. But don’t be afraid to stick to tried-and-true classics either.

For many foodies, it’s tough to let go of an old favourite or to realize just how worn out it has become. Until a shiny new kitchen basic arrives, that is. And there’s no better time to start fresh than the holidays.

4. Wanted: Quality Ingredients

Natural Honey Gift GuideNo amount of kitchen attachments, gadgets or basics is worth much without the real star of all culinary creation: the food. That’s why foodies are always looking out for quality ingredients.

You see, they don’t experience the world quite like the rest of us. Where some see simply dried fruit, they’ve discovered the key ingredient for incredible scones. When others see only roasted nuts, they know it’s a superstar ingredient that can be grated, ground, or grilled in enough recipes to make your head spin.

The point is, you don’t need to know what they’ll do with it. Just make sure any ingredients you buy them are of high quality. They’ll take it from there, trust us. If you’re lucky, you might even get a taste of whatever they whip up.

For more gift-giving advice for the foodie on your list, speak to an LD Expert today. To make a purchase, visit London Drugs in-store and online.

We’ll be back next week with a top gift guide for photographers. See you then! 



November 30th, 2016

How to Make the Perfect Care Package

Care packages are the perfect remedy for those who are feeling homesick this holiday season. Whether they’re overseas on a business trip, across the country studying for exams, or even just next door fighting the flu, everyone will be grateful for a little thoughtful delivery. Perk up a loved one’s day by making them a care package for every occasion.

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Keys to a great care package

You don’t have to blow the budget to assemble the perfect care package. Make sure to keep these tips in mind before you begin:

  1. Look for decorative bins and multipurpose storage boxes to contain your gifts. Not only will they keep everything safe and neatly packed, but they can also be reused.
  2. Wrap your items in tissue paper for added cushioning, and invest in some bubble wrap if you’ve included any breakables.
  3. If you’re planning to send food, make sure to double check with your postal outlet for any restrictions. If anything has the ability to melt or burst, this is where the bubble wrap comes in handy.
  4. Don’t go overboard – keep it small. This will make it cheaper to ship, and easier for the recipient to bring home.
  5. Take your package to the post office and have it weighed to ensure that there are no shipping complications. If you’re on a deadline, have the parcel expedited.
  6. Have fun! Surprise your loved one with inside joke items, heartfelt notes and anything you think will put a smile on their face.

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Make it a treat

Most people are excited whenever they receive snail mail that isn’t a bill. Make it extra special for them this season, and include something that they may not have time to pamper themselves with on a day-to-day basis.

Make it tasty

If someone is missing home and unable to get their hands on certain food products where they are, make sure to include their favourite snack or holiday treat for a little taste of home.

Make it helpful

Everyone needs an emergency kit during flu and exam season. Make yours functional and fun by including necessary distractions along with the essential cold fighters.

Make it personal

Make your care package unique to whoever is receiving it. Include family photos, handwritten cards and anything else that reminds them of home.



November 23rd, 2016

Top Gifts for Techies

It’s the last weekend of November and before long you’ll have holiday parties to attend and travel plans to make. So why not get your shopping done early? 

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Starting with last week’s Top Gifts for Busy Women, we’re posting weekly gift guides for different groups, including everything from stocking stuffers to show stoppers.

This week, it’s our gift guide for techies. Whether he or she works or studies in IT or is just keen to test out all the latest in tech, we’ve got you covered.

Tech Gift Guide

Here’s our guide to help you buy a cutting-edge gift for the techie on your list.

1. VR is (Finally) Real

Tech Gift GuideSadly, much of the tech we dreamed of as kids remains unavailable. Despite coming close last summer, we’re still waiting for hoverboards like the one Marty McFly rode, and let’s not get started on lunar hotels. Sheesh.

But it’s not all bad – 2016 finally brought us virtual reality, or VR, headsets. Still, it’s important to know that not all VR is the same.

On the top end are the most potent VR sets, like Playstation VR, which require powerful nearby tech, in its case a Playstation 4 and PS4 camera, to run truly stunning experiences. They’re great for those really ready to invest in VR, or who’ve been ready for decades.

For others, there are awesome, amazingly affordable VR headsets that utilize your smartphone to play the thousands of downloadable VR games from your preferred app store. And speaking of childhood memories, there’s Mattel’s updated VR View-Master, offering fun for kids aged 7 to 99.

2. Super Smart Homes

 

Tech Gift GuideUntil recently, about the smartest home tech devices were robot vacuum. Those are still great (and even mop now), but today there are many home tech devices available.

Nest is a pioneer in connected homes. By pairing with your smartphone and adapting to your needs, their original smart thermostat made thermostats cool in 2011, which had been hard to imagine before. Now they also offer a smart smoke detector and a security camera.

But smart homes go beyond even that. There are also smart outlets available to reveal exactly how much energy each appliance uses and when. Not to mention internet-connected smart doorbells, air quality sensors, and multi-cam security systems.

There are even smart light bulbs now. No, really.

3. Join the Stream

Tech Gift GuideThese days, virtually all techies use “streaming media.” It means playing audio or video content without downloading it. Instead, their device simply receives a ‘stream’ of data.

This innovation allows access to massive digital libraries, like those on Netflix and Spotify. It also allows more flexibility at home about where to play your content, as you can also stream from one device to another.

As with all tech revolutions, there are tools that make streaming easier. For streaming video to your TV, there are devices like Google’s Chromecast, Apple TV, and Roku devices.

For streaming any saved media, there are media hubs. For streaming to your existing stereo equipment, there are Bluetooth audio receivers. Meanwhile, wireless in-home audio systems can stream sound to every room, and portable wireless speakers stream music anywhere.

4. Run a Gadget Play

Tech Gift Guide

If there’s one thing no techie can resist, it’s the allure of a shiny new gadget. Believe us, we’ve tried.

It could be something simple, like an aluminum stylus. Or much more elaborate, like an ultra compact PC that fits in the palm of your hand. Oooohhh.

We all know techies love their smartphones. So help keep them charged, super chargedcharged in the dark, or charged on the go.

A great option for scatterbrained techies is the Tile tracking system that virtually eliminates the worry of ever losing one of their wonderful toys. Oh, and don’t forget cords and adapters. Techies love those. Just ask what they need, but be prepared for a list.

For more gift-giving advice for the techie on your list, speak to an LD Expert today. To make a purchase, visit London Drugs in-store and online.

We’ll be back next week with a top gift guide for foodies. See you then! 



November 20th, 2016

Top Gifts for the Busy Woman in Your Life

The nights are starting earlier, the leaves are all gathered, and Canadian Thanksgiving is a distant memory. All that means it’s time to start planning your holiday shopping. Need some good ideas? London Drugs is here to help.

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Each week until mid-December we’ll post shopping guides for different people on your list, including a wide range of options on each – from stocking stuffers to the real show stoppers.

We begin with a list for the busy woman in your life. Of course, these days that group includes most women. Whether it’s commitments to school, business, family, or their community, it seems Canada’s women are always on the go, even in the snow.

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