Last-minute shopper? We have you covered.


The holidays never change. They happen the same time every year, and yet somehow it always feels like it’s come out of nowhere and now you’re rushing to find everyone’s gift! Whether it’s slipped your mind completely or you're looking for a more thoughtful gift than usual, we have you covered. Here’s a list of last-minute ideas you can find at St. Vital Centre that is thoughtful and unique, from the cinephile to the fashionista!

The Wine + Beer Aficionado
For the friend in your life who’s deep into local breweries, here is the perfect gift for them! The set includes 6 glasses designed to enjoy a variety of different beers, from stouts to sours. If wine is a bit more their speed, treat them to something modern and functional like an electric corkscrew or a wine decanter as a beautiful, elegant piece to enjoy their wine even more. Cheers!

The Friend Who Needs A Day for Relaxation
We all know someone who keeps real busy, especially this time of year. We’ve rounded up a handful of gift ideas to help them de-stress and find a sense of calm. We can’t recommend gift sets from The Body Shop enough for those who love more festive scents like Joy & Jasmine or the Bloom & Glow British Rose. Pair it up with an iconic and cozy fleece throw from The Bay and your loved one will have a cozy night to remember.

The One Who Dresses to Impress
The parties don’t suddenly stop after the holidays, we still have New Year’s Eve to look forward to! This season is the perfect time to try out some new makeup looks like the Step Bright Up highlighter palette or the Ace Your Face from MAC Cosmetics. Whether it’s a gift card to Sephora or helping them update their glam routine, you’ll be sure to give your friend some gifts that’ll leave them stunning and turning heads at the next party.

The Student in Your Life
For the person in your life who’s itching (or not, no judgement) to go back to school after the winter break, we think we’ve got just the right gifts in mind! Lugging around a ton of schoolwork can be exhausting  - so treat them to a new backpack like the Nova Mid-Volume Backpack, designed for the school year, complete with water bottle pockets to keep them hydrated for those long study sessions. Maybe you’re shopping for kids hopping on the cool new trend like fanny packs, perfect for keeping all of the essentials in just one pouch!

The Coffee Lover
We’ve all missed the daily trips to the cafe right? Show the barista in your life some extra love with a new espresso machine to make their morning brew even easier. If they like a more manual approach to their coffee brewing ritual, a Moka pot brews an excellent cup of Italian coffee with flavourful taste and a smooth texture.

The Book Worm
Book-loving friends may seem simple to shop for — but what if they're already deep in a book of their own? Avoid that mess by giving something reading-adjacent, like a new bookplate or a stylish new clamp-on reading lamp for when they’re reading in bed.

The Music and Moviegoer
Do you know anyone else who’s obsessed with their Spotify Wrapped this year? Give them the latest and greatest bops and add to their vinyl collection with Grammy-nominated albums, or keep them in the festive spirit with Christmas-themed albums.  How about the cinephile who’s eager to come back to the movie theatre? Treat them to a tin of tasty popcorn from Kernels for their next binge-watch.

These are just a few ideas to help spark your creativity while doing that last-minute shopping this holiday season. We’re certain that special find will light up the eyes of your loved ones. Happy Holidays!

See something you like? Here are the items featured in today’s Spark Blog, all available at St. Vital Centre.

Micro Brasserie - Beer Glasses - thinkkitchen $29.99
Menu - Wine Breather Carafe Clear - Indigo $69.95
Final Touch - Electric Corkscrew with Foil Cutter - Indigo $59.50
Bloom & Glow British Rose Essentials Gift Set - The Body Shop $35.00
HBC Stripes Multistripe Fleece Throw - Hudson’s Bay $45.00
Best-Kept Secret Lip Kit - MAC Cosmetics $42.50
Step Bright Up Extra Dimension Skinfish Palette - MAC Cosmetics $49.00
Herschel Supply Co. - Nova Mid-Volume Backpack - Blackwell Shoes $75.00
Herschel Supply Co. - Fifteen Rubber Fanny Pack - Blackwell Shoes $38.00
Bialetti - Moka Express 3 Cup - Hudson’s Bay $44.99
Nespresso - Vertuo Coffee & Espresso Machine - London Drugs $329.99
Nota - Metal Bookstand - Indigo $39.50
Hooga - Rechargeable Amber Booklight - Indigo $19.99
You make it feel like Christmas - Gwen Stephani - Sunrise Records $34.99
Kernels Popcorn - Prices vary

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