Beat the Holiday Rush by Ordering these Creative Gifts Early

In the blink of an eye, the holidays will be upon us. It happens every year – you think you have lots of time, and then suddenly you’re scrambling to get everything ticked off your holiday shopping list. Why not make this year different? If you’re planning to send gifts or cards abroad, or want to be able to give out gifts to friends, co-workers and teachers before the holidays begin, then there’s even more reason to be proactive and start ticking off your holiday shopping list early.

Our London Drugs Photolab has all kinds of gift ideas, from greeting cards to tree ornaments that you can personalize with your own photos for some truly unique and thoughtful gifts. The best part? You can order them all without ever having to step foot in a mall. By ordering early, you can get your gifts delivered to your home well before the holidays – either by ordering online, or using our London Drugs Photolab App for iOS and Android.

Keep reading below for 6 creative gift ideas that will help you beat the holiday rush!

Personalized Greeting Cards

If there’s one thing that belongs at the very top of your to-do list, it’s your holiday greeting cards. Depending on how far around the world you’re planning to send your cards, you’ll want to give ample time for them to arrive (preferably at the start of the holidays). Before the holiday rush hits, take some time to design your cards, create your list of recipients, and get them ready to toss in the mail.

Holiday greeting cards are a tradition for many families, as they’re a chance to get your family and friends caught up on your year (and show off your beautiful family with a few photos too). To help you make your cards extra special, we offer personalization options that allow you to add photos and text directly to the cards – no more hand cramps writing them by hand! (Pro tip: order a stack of 25 cards to save!). Our Photolab also has a variety of themed card templates for Christmas, Hanukkah and general Winter themes, so no matter what your traditions, you can find a beautiful card to customize.

Not sure what photo to use on your card? Check out our blog here on tips for taking the perfect holiday card family portrait.

Christmas Tree Ornaments

Gifts like personalized Christmas tree ornaments are an excellent choice for co-workers, teachers, or anyone else you want to share a little something with to wish them a happy holiday season. If you’re looking to give out gifts to these people though, it’s best to order them before the holidays begin. That way, you can have them ready to go before the last day of school or work. You’ll also want to give out your ornament gifts a bit earlier than Christmas so they have time to hang them on the tree and fully appreciate them during the holiday season!

New this year, we have beautiful wood ornaments, in addition to ceramic, crystal, pewter, metal, and ball ornaments. Each one can be customized with a photo, as well as a personal message or a date if you like.

Heart Puzzles and Storage Tins

Holiday parties can often take place weeks before Christmas is here. If you know you’ll be heading to some parties this holiday season, it’s a good idea to have a few small gifts in your arsenal that you can give to the party hosts, or bring as part of a gift exchange. Our photo puzzles are a fun and unique gift if you’re doing a Secret Santa gift exchange, for example. Just pick an image of your choosing, and we’ll personalize the puzzle with that image! You can even order a puzzle that comes with a matching storage tin.

The Gift of Fine Art

Consider yourself an amateur or pro photographer? Why not turn your best photos of the year into prints to give to your friends and family! Or simply take your favourite shot from a photo session you’ve had, and order some prints to share. This is a great way to gift someone a special memory to treasure. Our If your not sure why print surface is best for your image, you can always visit our LDExperts in the Photolab. Our Photolab also has two brand new fine art papers that can elevate your images from ‘photos’ to ‘fine art’ in time for the holidays.

Baryta Fine Art Paper

Baryta is a bright white cotton paper ideally suited for photographic images. This smooth cotton paper was designed for long life – perfect for those memories you want to stand the test of time. Fine art photography, portrait photography, wedding photography are all ideal for this print surface. It’s also great for scrapbooking, if you’re planning to get very creative with your gift-giving.

Kauai Fine Art Paper

If you really want to step up your gifting game, you can go with some museum-quality prints. Kauai is a smooth hot press fine art paper that is best for print that require Museum Grade quality, especially when Image Permanence is a critical factor. This smooth cotton paper was designed for long life, and similar to our Baryta fine art paper, it’s ideal for fine art photography, portrait photography, wedding photography and scrapbooking.

Cozy Photo Blankets

What do you buy for the person who has everything? Rather than scrambling at the last minute for gifts for those tough-to-buy-for people on your holiday shopping list, here’s a gift idea you can order right now: a personalized fleece blanket. These cozy blankets can be customized with either one image, or a collage of images. They’re a great way to give the gift of coziness, plus the photo personalization adds some real uniqueness and thoughtfulness that they’ll appreciate.

Personalized Pet Tags

Know of someone whose pet is their best friend? Here’s a creative gift idea they’re sure to love: a personalized pet tag! You can order a pet tag with a snapshot of them with their beloved pet, and even add their pet’s name to it. We also have customizable pet bowls that you can add an adorable photo of their furry friend to. A perfect gift set for all the pet lovers on your holiday shopping list!

Morale Mail: Send a Care Package to Members Serving Oversees

Once again this holiday season, Canada Post is offering free shipping for family and friends of deployed men and women who wish to send their loved ones a special care package. This comes at a time of year when it can be difficult for those posted overseas who can’t return home for the holidays, and a gift from home can go a long way to making them feel cared for.

You can create your own Morale Mail care package, complete with everything from chocolates and personal notes, to personalized gifts. A photo book of them with their family and friends would be a thoughtful way to show them you care. Or a cozy blanket customized with a photo of their beloved pet on it, so they can feel a little more at home. Why not also include a personalized greeting card telling them you’re thinking of them?

Free shipping on parcels will be available from October 16, 2019 until January 10, 2020, and regular letter mail (up to 500 grams) will be free of charge until Deccember 31st 2019. You can find more information on Morale Mail here.

It can take up to 28 days for parcels to arrive, so the sooner you plan out your care package the better, to ensure it arrives in time for the holidays!

5 Ways to Show Dad You Love Him This Father’s Day

Dads of all kinds have been there for us, from our first bike ride without training wheels to when they shed a tear at our high school graduation. After all the birthdays, soccer practices, and comforting hugs, we’re all grown up—but our dads get to still play a huge part in our lives, especially as we have kids of our own.

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What Does Your Perfume Say About Your Personality?

Choosing your perfume is a highly personal adventure. Just like a picture is worth a thousand words, a woman’s signature scent can say a lot about who she is. It’s not a surprise that most of us choose carefully! If you’ve taken the journey of spraying and smelling many different fragrances to find the one—either for yourself or someone else then you know there is so much more to choosing a perfume than meets the eye (or the nose).

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All of us have unique tastes when it comes to the perfect fragrance. But what if you could have a peek into what your scent preferences say about your personality? Here are the four key scents and how they link to dominant personality traits. So whether you’re choosing a fragrance for yourself, your mom, your significant other or your best friend, we’ve got you covered!

But… why should you trust your nose?

We know from Alan R. Hirsch, a smell and taste researcher, that certain fragrances can be indicative of one’s personality. To explore this concept further, we’re taking you on a spin around the fabulous Fragrance Wheel by Michael Edwards, to see what your scent preferences might say about you. Edwards’ fragrance wheel describes four families of scent: Floral, Oriental, Fresh, and Woody. No matter which scent your nose gravitates toward, these four act as the primary bases for all perfumes. 

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Floral and Introspective

The floral family highlights the aroma of fresh flowers like rose, jasmine, lily, and frangipani to create classically feminine perfumes. Have you ever tried Acqua di Gioia Eau de Toilette, Viva La Juicy, or Marc Jacobs’ Daisy? It has been suggested that ladies who love fragrances with floral notes are the introspective, sensitive, and considerate type.

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Oriental and Lively

The oriental family features orange blossom, incense, resins, and sandalwood with sweet and warm notes like vanilla, musk, cinnamon, and cardamom. These fragrances are said to attract the woman who is the life of the party—lively, energetic, and social. Ready to go out on the weekend? Before you hit the dance floor, try these fragrances La vie est belle  by Lancôme or Burberry Brit Eau.

Fresh and Ambitious

The fresh family draws in the aromas of bergamot and citrus oils for bright sporty scents that invigorate and energize. Women attracted to the zesty, tangy smells of citrus are strong-minded, ambitious, and natural leaders. If you’re headed into the boardroom, try My Fifth Avenue from Elizabeth Arden or Clinique’s Happythe freshest of the bunch, worn and loved by power women.

Woody and Curious

And then, of course, there is the woody family, centred on aromatic woods and herbs. This is where you will find the lavender lovers. People who are a little more reserved but curious, love these notes. These women value friendship and teamwork, and can be thoughtful and contemplative. Fragrances such as Calvin Klein’s Euphoria and Donna Karan’s Cashmere Mist will captivate these quiet observers.


Next time you’re on the hunt for a new fragrance, take notice of the ingredients that trigger your fancy. Do they reflect your mood or personality? At London Drugs, you’ll find a plethora of perfumes spanning from soft florals to deep woods to guide your nose in the right direction.

4 Unique Father’s Day Gifts for a One-of-a-Kind Dad

Father’s Day is quickly approaching and you want to gift Dad something extra special this year. But where to start? A sure way to impress is to gift him something from the heart. Our Photolab Experts suggest creating a personalized gift that shows you put time and thought into it. From cards to beer steins, we have a few creative and customizable gift ideas up our sleeves that Dad will love.

Father’s Day Cards

Sometimes it’s hard to find the words to tell dad just how grateful you are to have him in your life. So why not say it with photos? Create a completely personalized Father’s Day card with your own photos, to show him just how many special moments you’ve cherished together.

You can even choose from our wide variety of Father’s Day-themed card templates. Does he love baseball or golf? We have designs for those and much more. As always, our cards also come in an assortment of styles and papers, so you can make your Father’s Day card one-of-a-kind—just like Dad!

Father’s Day Photo Mug

You know Dad needs his ‘jet fuel’ every morning, so why not gift him a personalized photo mug to sip on his favourite brewed coffee? We have designer mugs, espresso mugs, latte mugs—even a special designer magic mug, which only reveals your hidden design when hot liquid is added.

If you’re helping the kids with their Father’s Day gift, our Photolab Experts suggest adding an extra special touch, using their own artwork! Make it a fun DIY project at home, then scan their hand-drawn images and upload them to our Photolab website, or we can help you scan them in-store. Then just simply add their scanned artwork to any of our mugs! Will it make dad tear up? We think it just might.

Father’s Day Beer Stein

Or if beer is more dad’s style, we have a feeling he’s going to be very excited to give this new gift a try. Our designer beer stein can be personalized with Father’s Day-themed templates and your own photos and text, to create a special keepsake he’ll love to use.

Instagram Photobook

You and dad have shared so many special memories together. You’ve posted a lot of them on your Instagram, but if dad isn’t the most tech-savvy, he may not have had the chance to see them. Show him how much you’ve treasured those times together by whipping up an Instagram photobook of your best square snapshots. He’ll appreciate having a hard copy he can flip through and cherish for years to come.


Remember: our Photolab Experts are always here to help you with your photo gifts. Just visit us at your local London Drugs! Or, if you’re ready to go, you can start personalizing your Father’s Day gift on our Photolab website, at any of our in-store Photolab kiosks, or using our London Drugs Photolab App for iOS and Android.

On the Hunt for Easter Treats? Egg-citing Gift Ideas for the Entire Family

Everybody loves getting something sweet Easter morning, but there’s nothing wrong with shaking it up every now and then, especially when the majority of us are still working through that Valentine’s Day bulk.

 

Personalized Mugs

With 47 different customizable Easter mug templates, you’ll have no problem finding the perfect breakfast companion for everyone at the ‘big kids’ table.

Spend some quality time with the tots! Have little ones create their own handprint art, which can be easily digitized so you can add it to an Easter-themed mug design. You can digitize your artwork using an at-home scanner, or visit your local London Drugs Photolab in-store to use our self-serve scanner, or have an LDExpert scan it for you.

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Easter Cards

For the family unable to make it – or the sentimental aunt, cousin or grandparent – customize an Easter-themed greeting card! Choose your favorite vacation photo, a dance recital snapshot, or the hockey goal candid – tell a story, share some news, or just send a ‘Happy Easter!’ greeting.

There are over 30 different templates to choose from, and our LDExperts are always available to help you through, step by step, at every London Drugs Photolab.

 

But what is Easter without eating an entire Lindt bunny before breakfast? We’re all kids at heart – can anyone say no to the kind eyes of the marshmallow Peep, or turn down cracking open that mysterious orange plastic at the center of every Kinder Surprise egg?  So why not fill that personalized mug with Easter goodies, as an added treat!

 

2017 Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

Still shopping? No sweat! We’ve collected all our 2017 Gift Guides into one convenient list.

Starting back in November, we created gift guides to help you surprise and delight every type of person on your list. In case you missed them, or need a refresher, you’ll find each gift guide below.

Holiday Gift Guide for the Home Cook

Christmas is a time of epic food and meals shared with friends and family. Tis the season for those who love to cook! This guide is for those who love spending time in the kitchen.

Top tip: If you’re not sure they’ll use the latest gadget, a tried and true kitchen basic is always appreciated.

[Shop the full Home Cook Gift Guide]

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Holiday Gift Guide for Technology Buffs

Got a few gadget-obsessed people on your list? This guide is for them. Smart tech, wearable tech, and fashionable tech—yes, you can get it all!

Top tip: Great gadgets make life easier, not harder. Include batteries when necessary!\

[Shop the full Techie Gift Guide]

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Holiday Gift Guide for Kids (and Parents)

Is there anything kids love more than tearing into a wrapped present? Maybe the surprise item inside! This guide is for the kids in your life, with gift ideas that parents will love too.

Top tip: Board games and lego are classic toys for a reason! And they’re great fun for the whole family.

[Shop the full Kids Gift Guide]

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Holiday Gift Guide for DIYers

A guide for those who love to do it themselves—“it” being anything and everything! These folks can be among the hardest to shop for, since they prefer experiences over things.

Top tip: For DIYers, it’s all about tools!

[Shop the full DIYer Gift Guide]

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Holiday Gift Guide for Music Lovers

This one’s for those who have perfected the soundtrack of their lives. Help them enjoy the music they love even more with a great gift.

Top tip: Headphones are essential for a modern music lover on the go.

[Shop the full Music Lovers Gift Guide]

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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. And find more gift ideas from the London Drugs Christmas Experts.

London Drugs wishes you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Music Lovers

We’re well into December, which means holiday shopping season is in full swing. Still have some shopping to do? We can help!

Throughout the holiday season, we’re sharing gift guides aimed at different groups of people, with a wide range of gift ideas and price points on each. So far we’ve covered what to get for the Home Cook, Kids (and Parents), Techie, and DIYer on your list.

This week, we have a gift guide for music lovers. Whether they’re a music fanatic or a musician themselves, we have some ideas for what to put under their Christmas tree.

Here’s our guide to pitch-perfect gifts for music aficionados.

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