*Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.*
We all have at least one of them on our list this year. You know – normal, everyday people who are just really hard to shop for, because they’re either too fabulous or too frustrating. Clearly, they suck. It’d be nice to pretend they don’t exist, but often, we’re related to them, or have known them for so long we forget how much they suck until it’s time to buy them a gift. It’s an interesting dilemma.
The good news? There’s a gift for Miss Perfect Pants and Sir I Hate Everything. And today, not only will you receive some awesome gift ideas – you’ll have the chance to win the whole kit and kaboodle. Read on, gift givers!
He tilts his glass of wine and then sniffs deeply before he takes a sip. But it’s no ordinary sip – the wine is gently swished in his mouth (complete with pensive look on his face) before he deems it appropriate to swallow. He is Mr. Vintages – your resident wine expert.
You know him well! He brings a $13.95 bottle of wine to your house and raves on and on that he sampled it in Turkey and the 2009 tastes so much better than the 2011 because he doesn’t like the way the new owners manipulate the oak. After about 5 minutes of his spiel, your grip around your own wine glass tightens… and you wonder for the 78th time, “Why are we friends again?”
Awesome Gift Idea: PC Black Label Vidal Ice Syrup. Harvested and pressed from frozen Vidal grapes, this divinely rich syrup is bursting with flavour nuances of apricot and plum, along with the balanced acidity of citrus. Use the versatile ice syrup in a myriad of both savoury and sweet culinary creations.
I received this item as part of PC’s Holiday Insider’s Report (translation: the best press drop of the year) and I’ve since enjoyed it drizzled over vanilla ice cream and strawberries, with creme caramel, and I’ve even tried it with a good old fashioned Belgium waffle. Next up: incorporating it in a roast beef au jus.
(It’s not very swishable but it’s VERY brag-worthy.)
Miss Perfect Pants
The trouble with Miss Perfect Pants is that not only is she perfect, but she also looks fabulous in her lululemons. This can be attributed to the fact that she actually works out in them instead of treating them like upscale jogging pants. But her perfectly tight derriere is often overlooked thanks to her her perfectionist ways – she’s constantly pulling out pictures of the orphans she saved from a burning building – but only after she reminds you about the soup kitchen she volunteers in. And before she leaves, she’ll whip out a reusable bag and ask if she can take some non-perishable items off your hands.
Awesome Gift Idea: She may have a gold star, but does she have a goat? I’m serious. This Christmas, purchase a goat on her behalf. Plan Canada Gifts of Hope are gifts that support real projects that change real lives in developing countries. A $75 goat provides milk for a family: protein, nourishment and health. Just imagine what a herd of 12 can do for a community! This gift provides the possibility of a livelihood, an income and the ability to make choices about the future. Pair the gift card with luxurious goat’s milk soap and cream for Miss Perfect Pants, or for the foodie on your list, a cheese board and cheese knives.
The Buffet King
He’s big, and so is his appetite. In fact, slap a beard and red suit on him, and the next thing you know, little children are sitting on his knee asking for presents. He’s got a cholesterol problem, a weight problem and a listening problem – because every time you tell him to put down the beer and nachos and take care of himself, it falls on deaf ears. He is enjoying life without apologies, because as Drake said, YOLO (you only live once).
Awesome Gift Idea: Consider this an investment in his future care: The Heart & Stroke Calendar Lottery. At only $25, the calendar makes a perfect gift for The Buffet King. There is a chance to win 3 daily cash prizes, every day of the year – all while helping an important cause. Every 4 minutes someone in Ontario visits a hospital because of heart disease and stroke and 1 in 5 Ontarians have high blood pressure, the number one risk factor for stroke. Net proceeds from the Calendar Lottery support important lifesaving research.
Sir I Hate Everything
He’s lean, mean and he’s a tween. And, he hates everything. He hates the sweater you bought him last year, and he already hates the iPhone 4S you gifted him just four months ago. (If only he had a revolving birthday to coincide with the launch of new iPhones, you’d be set.) He thinks Obama is cool and Justin Bieber is a total loser – even though his hairstyle is eerily similar to the pop star’s. He is Sir I Hate Everything, and you’ve got him on your holiday shopping list this year.
Awesome Gift Idea: Thankfully, this one’s a no-brainer – because if there’s one thing tween boys love, it’s hamburgers. Thick, juicy hamburgers with the most delicious sides and shakes. This Christmas, drop a couple of South Street Burger gift certificates in his stocking. You’ll be empowering him to do what tweens do best – hang out at a burger joint with a friend. And with their new menu options – including grilled hot dogs and gluten-free burger buns, his tummy will thank you too.
Mrs. Amuse Bouche
Martha Stewart has nothing on Mrs. Amuse Bouche. She speaks with a slight sneer as she recounts the latest Michelin star restaurant she has reviewed for her food blog (which receives 45,000 unique visitors per month, didn’t you know?). She laughs off suggestions that she is a pretentious foodie, patiently explaining the difference between Hollandaise and Bernaise sauces… to your 3-year-old. Mrs. Bouche eyes the holiday spread you have put together warily, wondering if she can indeed eat prosciutto that hasn’t been purchased from Antonio’s – or would that be cheating? “Where did you buy your prosciutto? Was it from Antonio’s?”
And, when you tell her that the olives have not been imported from Spain, she dies a little inside.
Awesome Gift Idea: PC Black Label Truffled Coffee Beans. Quite possibly the most luxurious snack ever; premium coffee beans are roasted just enough to bring out their complex flavours. Then, they’re “enrobed” (pretentious foodie word!) in rich dark chocolate and dusted in fine cocoa powder, creating a silky texture. A sumptuous coffee flavour lingers on the palate after the deliciously dark chocolate has melted away.
One lucky reader will win a gift pack, including a $50 President’s Choice Gift Card, a Heart & Stroke Calendar and $20 in South Street Burger gift certificates – plus a surprise or two! (Value $100+). To enter, simply fill out the following form with your qualifying entries. Good luck!