2014 Holiday Gift Guide For Kids

Saturday, November 29, 2014

When it comes to holiday gift giving, it's the children’s gifts that are the most fun. Seeing the joy on the kids face as they unwrap their holiday gifts, is often times even better than receiving a gift of your very own.

Check out some gift giving  ideas to make kids happy this holiday.

Skylanders Trap Team-

Activision is redefining kids’ gaming with another ground-breaking innovation, Skylanders Trap Team.  Skylanders Trap Team reverses the magic of bringing toys to life - incredibly letting kids take characters out of the digital world into the physical world, effectively bringing life to toys. Portal Masters capture the most wanted villains in all of Skylands in Traps and can then send villains back into the game where they play as them to fight for good. Skylanders Trap Team is available on all-major platforms and, for the first time ever, the full console version is available on iPad, Kindle Fire and Android tablets (complete with its own Bluetooth portal and controller!).
Why it’s a great gift for kids:
·         Skylanders is one of the few video games that offers two-player split screen, so kids can play with a friend or parent
·         Skylanders characters make great gifts on their own and can be used in-game or as standalone figures for playtime
·         It keeps kids entertained for hours with lots of side games and extra puzzles and challenges
·         It’s a great value as all of the characters from the previous challenges can be played in Skylanders Trap Team

Nerd Block-

Nerd Block is a mystery subscription box for geeks and nerds founded in 2013; our motto is geek tested, nerd approved. We operate by sending each subscriber a box filled with  4- 6 toys, collectibles and a custom t-shirt every month! We know what nerds like, because we are nerds ourselves and we will never include anything that we haven't approved first. Nerd Block is the perfect gift for the nerd in your family, whether it be for a birthday, Christmas or just because! 

The Amazing Zhus- ( USA only)

Children love magic, and they love the circus. Imagine mesmerizing mice characters that allow children to astound their friends with fantastical feats of magic and thrilling stunts - these are the Amazing Zhus. They can clairvoyantly read and respond to Magic Cards, or predict the pea's location in the Shell Game trick - every time.  These talented pets can even perform stunts like the High Wire or High Dive. There are both Magicians and Stunt Pets to collect - but better get them before they 'disappear'!

Where to Buy: Walmart

The Happy's- (USA only)

Meet The Happy's. These amazingly adorable and remarkably real pets really play with you as they chase a ball, perform tricks and make silly sounds. Each playful pup or kitty is delightfully unpredictable in their play, which is what makes it just like a real pet. Each Happy's pet comes with a special treat which allows them to perform a trick like wiggle, pounce, chase their tail or beg. All treats work with all Happy's so the more treat the more tricks The Happy's can do!

Educational Insights Robot Face Race

Sometimes it is hard to get children the right gift. Educational Insights has a great gift idea called the Robot Face Race. The concept of the game is to push a popper and you are given a robot body, which you then have to match up to the robot face on the game board. If you find it first you win! It’s a great quick game that the whole family can play. You will be surprised that often times the kids are faster than the parents. The recommended age is 4 -12 years. Let me tell you that kids can get really excited about finding the right head for their robot body, plus it teaches them important skills such as scanning and matching. Since the game play is so short you can play multiple rounds in a night, or just quickly play when you have just a little bit of time. 

Educational Insights Dino Construction Company "Boom" The Brachiosaurus Backhoe

For gift giving this year, consider Educational Insights Dino Construction Company "Boom" The Brachiosaurus Backhoe. This toy is part dinosaur part back hoe and is pretty great at scooping up sand and dirt. Plus what little child does not like dinosaurs? It has an extra long neck and moveable jaws, so you can really get your imagination to soar while playing it. It is great for indoor or outdoor play which is great since we have winter coming up. The toy is great because it is easy to maneuver and that there are many different ways that you can play. It is a very sturdy toy, and best yet for parents it does not require batteries, unlike that majority of kid’s toys out there these days. The toy is built kid tough so it can hopefully be used and loved by your child for many years.  Dinos never go out of fashion!

** Watch this spot for more upcoming gift giving ideas.

Dad It's Cold Outside!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Jakey likes to go out for short walks with Gerry after supper. And by short walks I mean, to the back yard and back- or to the garbage stand and back. He was wearing his winter coat as he always does, but most time his feet freeze up, he freezes and just chooses to be picked up and carried home. Poor little guy! "Dad" to the rescue!

Black Friday Deals - Check It Out!

Do you know what comes next after Thanksgiving? Black Friday! And what comes to mind when you hear those two magical words? Shopping and great deals! Be ready to shop for those great deals after you stuff yourself with sumptuous turkey on Thanksgiving. Mark your calendars. Save on Black Friday Deals.

$100 Spa & Wellness Gift Card for $79.99-

Are you ready for Turkey Day and then some shopping? We know you are a trained shopper and can spot the best deals out there. The busiest shopping day of the year is officially upon us which means that your inbox and social media feeds are probably flooded with e-tailers claiming to have the very best, can’t miss deals. We understand how overwhelming (and stressful) it can be to make the smartest purchase decisions, so in true Spa Week fashion, we’re offering a discount on the gift that truly never goes out of style: rest and relaxation!

Starting on Black Friday purchase a $100 Spa & Wellness Gift Card for $79.99 by logging onto: to get a hold of this holiday season’s best deal.

The deal starts on the 28th and ends on Dec. 31st!

Vitamins Baby-

For over 50 years, little boys and girls have been growing up in Vitamins Baby. With their mission to provide the highest quality baby products for newborn, infants and toddlers at affordable prices, offers a full selection of infant and toddler clothes including preemie, newborn layette, multi-piece sets, playwear, sleepwear, educational books, baby shoes, and baby accessories. Whether you are purchasing for your own child or as a gift, always know Vitamins Baby products are made with your child in mind. 

Save 40% with code SAVE40
This sale will run until Monday for Cyber Monday too.

Demeter Fragrance Library -

For this year’s Black Friday, Demeter Fragrance Library is selling its Limited Edition Holiday Sampler, which contains 10 of our best selling fragrances in 3mL vial samplers.
The Scents include:

Demeter Baby Powder
Demeter Cannabis Flower
Demeter Cherry Blossom
Demeter Clean Skin
Demeter Jasmine
Demeter Laundromat
Demeter Patchouli
Demeter Pure Soap
Demeter Wet Garden

Not big on commitment, these vial samplers are a great way to try and/or gift their fragrances.
Only 100 of these very special sets will be available on Black Friday at

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Happy Thanksgiving Neighbor!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Just wanted to wish or southern neighbors a Happy Thanksgiving. Most may or may not know that we celebrated our own Thanksgiving, here in Canada last month.

Enjoy your family, friends, good food, count your blessings and give thanks.


Tuesday November 25th

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sorry for the lack of personal messages lately, but been busy with our Holiday Gift Guides, and getting ready launch the new site soon.

Well, I hate to be the one to say it but the cold weather has set in- well, at least here it has. Temps are already dropping to the mid -30's at night. Jakey gets out with me for his car ride at mail pick up time,(we don't have home delivery so go to pick up our mail at the post office). He also goes out after supper for a very short walk to the back gate and not much further on the back lane and he freezes up, (even with his winter coat on- it's feet that are freezing up), and I'm carrying him back in. I'm tired of winter already and it really has only begun. We spend so many months in the house in the winter too, that we'd really like to have more of a life.

Gerry is ready to retire and we both are ready to head south. Although I don't think we'll get out of here now. Stuck here till Spring at least. But it's coming, and next winter I DO NOT want to be here. We both want to be somewhere in the southern USA with our RV. But enough of my complaining for now. At least we weren't snowed in like New York was. We both think living down south will be cheaper too. The cost of living is so high here- and now with winter, the electric and heat bills are going to be eating up alot of $$. Trying to eat healthier too because of health issues and cost of all the healthy food is so much. Sometimes I will "cave" and buy 1-2 things  but alot of times I have to say no.  I pick and choose.  Living up North really is hard on the pocketbook.

Gerry has been in Toronto the last 2 days- glad he is home tonight- I HATE being alone in the evenings. My mom said: "well you have the dog". Sure mom- a little Yorkie really makes me feel secure-lol. Gerry had to go for some company negotiations. More like a 3 hour meeting. 2 planes, 3 hours+ flight time and 2+ hours layovers- seems like so much hassle. Jakey misses him as well. Has been watching for him out the window during his usual times he comes home- lunch and at 5. In the day he sits on Gerry's spot on the couch and sleeps and waits. Poor little guy.

I just got my desk top computer back last week- had a virus that totally shut me down. Yes, I do have anti virus but something happened and was powerless to fix it on my own. Took it in, and was without it for a few days, but was nice to have the lap top for back up, and only ended up paying $50 ( tax included) and lost nothing.

Till next time though- Gerry home soon and t.v/relax time for me.


Subway Canada's Hungry For Hot, Crazy For Cool Sweepstakes and Instant Win Game - Plus a Giveaway (Canada only)

SUBWAY® Canada has officially launched their Hungry for Hot, Crazy for Cool Sweepstakes and Instant Win Game*. This is the first time that SUBWAY® Restaurants has offered a national winter cup promotion that allows winners to choose prizes that reflect their sandwich preferences — whether it’s a Hot Prime Rib Melt or a Cold SUBWAY Club®.

To enter, fans are encouraged visit participating SUBWAY® Restaurants across Canada to purchase a 21oz specially marked prize cup fountain drink. Peel off the label to reveal a unique contest pin code then simply visit to register and type in the code for a chance to win. Lucky winners then choose between ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ prizing, which includes:

Daily Instant Cash Prizes
$25 SUBWAY® Cash Cards
Weekly Prizes
GoPro HERO3+ Silver Edition camera & Surfboard Mount
Digital Gift Card for snowboard gear and apparel
Sunglasses Gift Card
GoPro HERO3+ Silver Edition camera & snowboard mount
Numark iDJ Live DJ Software Controller for iPad, iPhone & iPod
Winter Boot Digital Gift Card
MOGA ACE™ POWER Controller for iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, and iPod touch
Orage Winter Gear Digital Gift Card
Grand Prizes
Bahamas vacation for 4 and $1,500 MasterCard gift card
Swiss Ski vacation for 2 and $1,500 MasterCard gift card

“We wanted the prizes to reflect the ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ theme of the contest,” says Bell when asked about the winter cup promotion. “At SUBWAY® Canada, we know that cold Canadian winters can be tough on our customers. With these ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ prize options, lucky winners can choose items that best compliment how they prefer to perk up the winter, like a hot tropical destination or  cold ski chalet getaway.”

The in-store contest runs from November 17, 2014 until February 1, 2015 at participating SUBWAY® Restaurants from coast-to-coast. For more information about SUBWAY®Canada and the Hungry for Hot, Crazy for Cool Sweepstakes and Instant Win Game, visit; join SUBWAY® Canada’s online community at or follow @SUBWAYCanada.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Go to for Official Rules including complete details. Open to legal residents of Canada 13 years or older (subject to the Regie in Quebec). Ends February 1, 2015 at 11:59:59 PM CST. Prizing: 275 Instant Prizes, 88 Weekly Secondary Prizes and one of two Grand Prizes of either a trip package to the Bahamas or Switzerland. Odds of winning one of the two Grand Prizes depend on the number of eligible entries received during the Promotion Period. ARV of each Grand Prize is approx. CAD $11,500 depending on city of departure. Skill-testing question required.

Subway Canada is also offering a $20 gift card giveaway to one of our lucky Canadian readers. A giveaway will be held by on December 6, 2014 from all entries received. Limit to one entry per household.

To Enter:

Leave a comment for Subway Canada and your email.
Tweet this giveaway for an extra entry!

Good luck to all!


Friday, November 21, 2014


Submit your photos and tell Ganong your story on Instagram using #DelectoHolidayto be automatically entered to win the ultimate Delecto holiday gift package.

See the site for more details!

Today's Winner 
prize giveaway today

and our winner :
Julie Wood 

**Winner has been contacted and has 7 days to reply before a new winner is selected.
Thank you to all who took time to enter.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide For Men

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Are you ready for  Christmas  and gift buying? Often we find it hard to buy that special gift for the man in our lives. Whether it is big or small the gift should show how much you care .

We've found some great ideas- like:

This comprehensive and beautifully illustrated guide to the LEGO Architecture series showcases every amazing LEGO Architecture set- including the Guggenheim, the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower and Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Falling Water. This slip-cased volume is packed over 300 full-color images alongside in-depth insider information and in-depth explorations of the real buildings on which the LEGO Architecture series is based.

**also available at Indigo ,Amazon and McNally Robinson.

** Watch this spot for more gift giving ideas.

Top 20 Gift Cards for 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, an industry leading gift card exchange website, released their annual Top 20 Most Wanted Gift Card list for the 2014 holiday season. Topping this year's list is Home Depot, followed by Lowe's, Amazon, Walmart and Starbucks. 

This year's Top 20 list is based on a national sample of approximately 22,000 gift card wish lists. Making the list for the first time are Toys R Us, Victoria's Secret, and Dick's Sporting Goods.

To provide holiday shoppers with more insight, this year's list has a breakdown of the top gift cards by category, including Superstores, Restaurants, Travel and Vacation, Sports and Outdoors, Electronics and Appliances, and more.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide For Women

This holiday season, when shopping for your mom, sister, daughter or friend, remember that the most meaningful gifts are the ones that come from heart.

Here are some great gift giving ideas we have rounded up this holiday season:

The Body Shop Canada-

Grant your loved one’s every body care wish this holiday with this deluxe box set. The perfect gift for the Pink Grapefruit lover in your life! This gift sends a child to class through the partnership between The Body Shop and War Child. For more information on this, please click here.

Set includes:
  • Pink Grapefruit Body Butter 200 ml
  • Pink Grapefruit Body Scrub 200 ml
  • Pink Grapefruit Body Mist 100 ml
  • Pink Grapefruit Lip Butter 10 ml
  • Cream Mini Bath

Polaroid Z2300BL 10-Megapixel Instant Print Digital Camera 
with ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology-

The Polaroid Z2300BL 10-Megapixel Instant Print Digital Camera with ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology is the newest addition to the Polaroid instant digital camera line and allows you to take pictures you'll see developed in front of your eyes in minutes. It's the modern version of the classic Polaroid instant camera you've grown to love and just in time for your wedding, anniversary, birthday or other big event. This 10-megapixel camera has a 2.5-inch LCD screen to view images and includes a 6x digital zoom and anti-shake image stabilization. The built-in speaker and microphone allows you to record 720p HD videos and view them instantly on the camera screen. The compact size makes it portable so you can send friends and family home with pictures of their own within minutes. The Z2300BL is SD card compatible for expanded memory up to 32-gigabytes and features an integrated printer with ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology.

T-Fal  Fresh Express-

New T-Fal Fresh Express™ is fun to use, safe and easy to clean. It quickly grates, shreds, or slices a variety of fruit, vegetables, cheese and even nuts!
Makes things so much more easier in the kitchen, especially when entertaining and prepping or for when you are looking at food prepping and freezing large amounts of foods.

  • Express slicing and grating in a unique compact design – fresh food fast!
  • 5 cones for a choice of food prep needs
  • Thin slicing – cucumbers, potatoes
  • Thick shredding - beets, cheese
  • Thin shredding – zucchini, onions, bread crumbs
  • Wavy slicing cut – carrots, fruits
  • Grating – parmesan
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Available at: Hudson’s Bay, Canadian Tire, Walmart, Target, London Drugs, Home Outfitters, Sears
  • Suggested retail price: $102.99

***Watch this spot for more gift giving suggestions.

2014 Holiday Stocking Stuffers For Women

We all know that sometimes the best gifts are the ones that some in small packages. This is why so many of us really enjoy opening up the Christmas stocking stuffers. Here are some great ideas that will please all the women in your life:

Live Happy magazine-

Extend the feeling of holiday cheer all year long by gifting a subscription for her to Live Happy magazine, the first magazine to bring practical tips, personal stories and exclusive interviews to boost moods and maintain happiness. You can order your subscription here

·         1 year subscription (6 issues) for just $17.95
·         2 year subscription (12 issues) for just $29.95

NIVEA’s newest line of face care products  protect your skin from the harsh outdoor elements and keep skin glowing and hydrated year-round! New NIVEA Sensitive Face Care products effectively reduce the three main signs of sensitive skin. Say goodbye to redness, tightness and dryness and embrace the cold outdoors. With NIVEA sensitive products you won’t have to worry about missing any holiday parties, your skin will be radiant and ready for any occasion! Just because the seasons are changing, it doesn’t mean your skin should suffer, help fight off cold weather dryness and leave skin feeling beautifully smooth. Perfect for stuffing her stocking with.

**Watch this spot for more great stocking stuffer ideas for women.
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