Did you know that more than 60% of Canadians plan to wait until mid-December to start buying holiday gifts? SO, there’s still plenty of time for you to come up with the perfect presents for all your friends and family. There are so many ways to be generous, and our Strategic Objectives Team has an awesome, and original variety of products and services to recommend from our clients.
Whether you’re looking for a gift of inspiration, with a donation that reverberates around the world; a cool new top coat and hiking boots to ensure your man is cozy all winter long; delicious hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, and indulgences to delight the holiday palate; stunning new makeup to colour their world, and save her skin; or a sustainability-approved new SUV, our SO Holiday Gift Guide 2021 has you covered for all your last-minute gift-giving needs.
Please read on and enjoy!
Give the Gift of Inspiration
Tis’ the season to empower young girls and inspire communities around the world with generous gifts of confidence from Canadian charity, Children Believe. Its meaningful Gifts for Good program offers several gifting options ranging from thoughtful scholarship opportunities to providing essential classroom supplies, and supporting ambitious ideas. There are SO many ways for you to help kids living in vulnerable communities. Please do. Your gift will really make a difference!
A Box Full of Mystery to Keep Fidgeters Busy
Fidget products are back in a BIG way for the holidays, thanks to their stress- and anxiety-relieving benefits, and TikTok virality. Canadians can find all the latest fidget gadgets at Showcase, home to the hottest trends and world’s largest retailer of its kind, including this exciting 21-piece Mystery Fidget Box! Each box contains a surprise combo from the national retailer’s more than 100 most popular trending products, like popping games, monkey noodles, infinity cubes and more!
Beautiful Stocking Stuffers for Him, Her, and They
May we suggest these must-have gift sets of makeup, skincare, and fragrance from Canadian beauty brand, Groupe Marcelle, to treat your family, friends, and even yourself for the holidays?!
Whether you’re looking for beautiful, glittery makeup, lifting-and-firming skincare, or fragrance for him or her, Lise Watier’s luxe holiday gift sets are designed for the most special people in your life.
Annabelle Cosmetics are right on-trend with holiday pastels perfect for Gen Z and the young at heart. Check-out the limited-edition Snowball Collection, only available for the 2021 holiday season!
Suitable for Men
Spoil the man in your life, or spoil yourself! Tip Top’s G Grafton Slim Fit Long Wool Top Coat is designed for maximum comfort and cozy style for the holidays and all winter long. This wool-blend formal top coat presents a fresh, sharp look when paired with cool new looks, also exclusively available at Tip Top.
For His and Her Adventurers
Finding the perfect winter footwear is always a challenge and that’s why we’re #SOproud to recommend the KEEN Howser III Slide to gift someone you love, or yourself. They’ll keep your toes toasty while evoking stylish après ski chic. Awesome for dog-walking, camping, cabins, and everywhere in-between – the Howser Slide is perfectly cozy both inside and outdoors. Designed to complete your quintessential Canadian holiday ‘fit, the Howser III Slide is a gift that will keep on giving for years, and comes in a variety of styles for both men and women.
Family Fun Playing with Food
Looking for a fun holiday activity with the whole family? We have you covered with a tasty, reimagined holiday house, built with Pop-Tarts toaster pastries!
This delicious, family-friendly holiday hack is oh-so easy to make with any, or all seven Pop-Tarts flavours, plus Pop-Tarts Bites.
Kick-Start Holiday Mornings with Café-Quality Coffee
Looking to treat the coffee lovers in your life? Look no further than NEW Starbucks® by Nespresso for Vertuo coffee capsules! These newly released capsules make the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys a café-quality cup of Joe at home, with the simple touch of a button. Available in six fan-favourite roasts, you can find them at major Canadian supermarkets.
Coming in Hot!
Give the entertainer in your life the gift of perfectly grilled meat, every time! The Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub is the secret ingredient to grilling your holiday meal to perfection. Ideal for the beginner griller, the friend who can’t keep track of time, or that family member who gets distracted by, well, everything, the Weber Smart Grilling Hub takes the guess work out of grilling by sending notifications — about grill temperature, food readiness, when it's time to flip, and when it’s time to serve — directly to your phone. The Weber Connect is your ticket to never overcooking your meat again.
Plant-Based Feasts for the Health Conscious Foodie
Whether you’re hosting a holiday fête, or attending one, the menu is always key to every celebration. Dish after dish, food fatigue is real. And that heavy feeling you get from eating too much can stop you and your guests from Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. Swapping out some of your heavier meat dishes for Zoglo’s Incredible plant-based meal options will treat you and your guests to meals that are light, delicious, and nutritious.
Looking for some amazing plant-based holiday recipes? Two-time MasterChef Canada winner, Chef Pino Di Cerbo, has mouth-watering suggestions for everything from appetizers to main dishes using Zoglo’s Incredible™ products.
The Healthy Stocking Stuffer
Convenient, versatile, nutritious, and delicious in seven flavours, RXBAR protein bars are always welcome stocking stuffers for the fitness-fiends in your life!
Gluten free, soy free, and dairy free with 12 g of protein per bar, each RXBAR features high-quality, simple ingredients to keep you energized and on track through the holidays. Perfect on-the-go, as a quick breakfast, or pre/post workout fuel, they’re available at major grocers and health food stores across Canada, plus online at shoprxbar.ca.
Chocolate Lovers Unite
Green & Black’s NEW Intensity Scale measures its delicious, organic chocolate bar assortment by degrees of cocoa, sweetness, and flavour intensity to make the gifting of chocolate a unique, engaging, and individual flavour experience this holiday season. There’s deliciousness and something for everyone, even your partner who loves the sweeter things in life, and your bestie who prefers to pair intense flavours with Madeira, m'dear. Tuck some bars in their stocking, or wrap a wide assortment with a bow – sweet!
Hit the Road to Sustainability
Don’t go green with envy this holiday season, go green with the all-new 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV! An eco-friendly, tech-advanced — and not to forget stylish — all-wheel drive, the Sorento PHEV will inspire you to take your winter adventures to new heights. A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle offering up to 51km of pure electric range, this sleek SUV is a sustainable solution for those taking their first steps into the wonderful world of electrification.
A FREE Gift of Financial Literacy
‘Tis the season to be jolly and give yourself the gift of financial literacy! Don’t wait to make New Year’s Resolutions to start improving your finances — check out CPA (Chartered Professional Accountants) Canada’s FREE Financial Literacy Program now to reap the year-long, and lifetime rewards of smart financial decisions. This no-cost, unbiased program offers live sessions, tools, and resources on topics ranging from effective tax strategies to estate planning, and debt.
Check out these fascinating stats on how Canadian’s plan to invest in the holidays:
We hope our handy-dandy Strategic Objectives Holiday Gift Guide 2021 helps you find the perfect last minute gifts you need for everyone on your list.
We wish you joyful holidays full of love, peace, and happiness. Please stay healthy and safe.
About Strategic Objectives
Headquartered in Toronto and co-founded by partners Deborah Weinstein and Judy Lewis, Strategic Objectives is Canada’s most award-winning PR agency, and one of the country’s most creative, innovative, passionate, and successful marketing communications firms. Recipient of the Clutch 2021 Global Leaders Award and named Best Mid-Size PR Agency in the World at the IABC Gold Quill Awards 2019, Strategic Objectives is IABC/Toronto Agency of the Year 2021 and has been for nine of the last 12 years.
We create results-driven strategies integrating digital, social, and mainstream media, virtual, and experiential events, and influencer marketing programs to achieve outstanding measurable results. Global experts in social responsibility and cause-related marketing, we are the only Canadian communications company to ever receive the exclusive United Nations Grand Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Relations, and the only all-Canadian agency to be named to the PR News Top Ten CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) A-List.
Canada is our space. Our national, bilingual team includes an all-star roster of more than 40 top PR pros, strategists, storytellers, content creators, trend-spotters, trend-setters, designers, social media experts, video and graphic artists, digital developers, and pop-culture junkies. We are obsessed with providing outstanding client service and doing things differently to deliver impactful, measurable results.
Strategic Objectives is a proud women-owned business and Certified by the Women Business Enterprise in Canada (WBE Canada), a Canadian non-profit organization committed to the advancement and opportunities for Canadian women-owned businesses.
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