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Five actually good last-minute gift ideas

December 16, 2014

Ready or not, Santa’s coming down the chimney in just over a week. There’s cookies to bake, things to wrap, a turkey to stuff, and only a few hours in between all that to finish your Christmas shopping. Some (I) call this fun. But I understand it can be a stressful time of year so here, let me offer some expert advice.

Before you decide to phone it in completely and just raid that endless selection of gift cards at the checkout stand on your next grocery run, consider these ideas that are a bit more thoughtful, but just as simple (and as always, #finditdowntown!):

For the person on your list who deserves a little down-time:

We all know someone who fits this criteria. Heck, we all fit the bill. Call up Riverstone Spa at the Inn at the Forks or Ten Spa at Fort Garry Hotel and get this person a little me-time treat. And while you can, and I would highly recommend it, don’t feel obligated to go all out – even someone who goes in for a basic manicure or pedicure treatment is entitled to use the steam showers, sauna, and lounge around in a fluffy robe for as long as their hearts desire. But if you can splurge on the mud wrap, massage and/or facial, by all means do.

For the person on your list who is either a kid, Disney fanatic, or kid at heart:

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy is coming to the MTS Centre in March and there are a whole bunch of kiddos who want to see it. An afternoon out with a miniature Disney fan, mesmerized as their favourite characters and heroes glide and fly across the ice? Priceless (tickets start at 29.99). Also, this is a fantastic cotton candy opp – messy, I know, but worth it.

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For the person on your list who’d love a delicious treat:

And again, who wouldn’t? Why not make it an experience with a gift certificate to Prairie 360? As I’m sure you’ve seen on Instagram, the view is stunning and the meal is guaranteed to be tasty. It can be budget friendly too – brunch goes for $20 per person. For a higher-end option, go for a few courses and wine pairings overlooking the twinkly lights of the city below. How romantic!

For the holiday season lover on your list:

If I was on your list, this would be my number one wish (hint hint!!!). The holiday season is absolutely not complete without catching the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker performance (at least once). That’s all there is to it. If there’s someone on your list who hasn’t experienced the Sugar Plumb Fairy in real life, no matter how old or young they are, this is the gift for them.

For the person on your list who enjoys a beer every now and then:

This idea probably has the potential to cover off a bunch of people on your list: Carbone Coal Fired Pizza beer buttons. You might have heard, but there’s this new, delicious pizza place on St. Mary Ave. where you get to pour your own pints. You can purchase the buttons that activate the taps and load ‘em up with as many dollars as you like. Want to try before you buy? Help your neighbours out and post your go-to, last-minute gift ideas and you could win a $25 Carbone beer button. Contest closes Friday, Dec. 19 at 3PM – just in time for you to pick up and re-gift your prize if you’re in that much of a pickle! ;)  

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Top 5 must-haves for your next holiday party

December 9, 2014

It’s my favourite time of year, I think we’ve established that already. But just to remind everyone, I LOVE the holidays. I love getting creative with gift-giving (aka shopping!), indulging in all the delicious treats that seem to come with the season, and I especially love throwing a good holiday party for all my friends.

I know you’ll make great use of these five tips for your next holiday party!

1. Music to set the tone.

To get yourself in the mood, you have to put on some holiday tunes while you get ready. Personally, I like to check out the seasonal collection of CDs at the Millennium Library (2nd floor) for an eclectic mix.

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2. A signature scent.

I love working a delectable signature scent into my ensemble – it’s an important accessory! Which is why I could only narrow it down to two favourites. Hermes Rouge ($134) and Des Merveilles Elixir ($145), both from Perfume Paradise. I suggest putting a little dab right behind each ear once you get out of the shower, and let the compliments about your subtle yet sophisticated choice wash over you all night.

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For your man, spritz him with Abercrombie & Fitch Fierce ($114) and thank me later.

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3. Chic table setting.

It’s coming together. It’s sounding good, you’re smelling fabulous, now it’s time to set the table. This one takes some thought. Will you have a theme? What’s the nature of the event? Classic and classy? Casual and friendly? Upscale cabin in the woods? Whatever you’re looking for, Glucksteinhome at Hudson’s Bay downtown has some beautiful tables set up for inspiration, and some even more beautiful sales. I’m a fan of the Alpine Cabin series – plaid tablecloth (regular 69.99) and napkins (19.99), now 40% off – you can dress them up or down.

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4. Make your own floral arrangement

Not a DIY-er, you say? Nonsense. I love leaving it to the experts too, but it feels good to make something beautiful for yourself (or someone special). Plus in this case, the experts at Freshcut Downtown will be guiding you along every step of the way.

What: Create a beautiful centrepiece to take home for the holidays!

When: December 16, 5:30 PM

Where: Freshcut Downtown (Portage Place)

Cost: $25 plus tax, portion of proceeds go to Change for the Better

Space is limited! Call 204-943-6514 to reserve your spot!

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5. Wine.

Need I say more? Fenton’s Wine Merchants at The Forks has you covered – even if the MLCC strikes this holiday season. I suggest anything red or white, sparkly or pink, frequent re-fills and a plan for a safe ride home.

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Wish you had something special for your next holiday party? Snap a photo and put it on your #downtownwishlist by tweeting or Instagramming me (@downtownpeggy) or posting on my Facebook wall! Remember to use the hashtag #downtownwishlist. You have to #finditdowntown!

Happy holidays!

Granting wishes is fun!

December 3, 2014

Thanks so much for sharing your #downtownwishlist wishes with me! I love seeing the products you spot and love downtown!

What do I love more than that? Giving this stuff away! Here’s a roundup of #downtownwishlist winners so far! And remember, if you’ve shared photo of your wish, I’ll contact you if you’ve won, so keep your eyes peeled!

Keep the #downtownwishlist wishes for yourself or someone special coming my way! Get at me on Twitter @downtownpeggy, Instagram @downtownpeggy or post on my Facebook wall, and your wish just might be granted. Remember, you have to find it downtown!

 

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From The Urban Bakery, to keep her bros lookin’ good and reppin’ the 204!

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A nice, warm winter coat for her husband!

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Share your #downtownwishlist!

November 25, 2014

Let’s get straight to the point. I love three things: downtown, shopping & holiday cheer. And they all come together quite nicely at this time of year!

So this year I’ve decided to share my downtown wish list with you, and in return, grant some of your wishes too!

Follow along on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds to see my picks for the holidays and while you’re out and about downtown and something catches your eye, either for you or someone special, snap a photo and tag me in it using the hashtag #downtownwishlist and your wish just might be granted! It’s that easy.

It might look a little something like this:

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I can’t wait to see what you’re wishing for this holiday season!

Party with Peggy at the Parade!

November 10, 2014

The Santa Claus parade is this Saturday, Nov. 15! It’s a tradition and it’s become one of my favourite events of the year because so many families come downtown and it brings lights and joy and excitement for the holiday season!

Speaking of excitement, I heard this year fireworks and pyrotechnics with be happening along the parade route instead of afterwards at The Forks – so plan accordingly!

And I know it’s getting really chilly outside – I even saw a few flurries of snow over the weekend…so in order to make one family’s Santa Claus parade experience a little warmer and a little brighter, I thought I’d give away some VIP seats and all kinds of treats, with help from my friends at Portage Place!

I want to hear about your favourite downtown holiday activity – so comment below, and you and your family will be entered to win my VIP Santa Claus experience!

You have the next few days to let me know. The contest closes at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14 and the winner will be announced shortly after.

Pre-parade activities get underway at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15. Parade begins at 5 p.m. For more info visit winnipegsantaparade.com

I almost forgot! It’s Halloween!

October 31, 2014

I was walking down Portage Avenue this morning and I saw some people in some really wacky outfits – capes , fur, wigs in every colour…

I wondered what was going on, and then I remembered.

It’s Halloween!

And I don’t even have a costume! But it’s not too late. I’ll just leave it in the hands of the extremely capable staff at Harlequin Costume & Dance. They have a huge selection of dance shoes, bodysuits and accessories, but more than that they have excellent, authentic costumes for rent and pieces for purchase.

I’m going to head there (375 Hargrave St.) right after work and see what I can find, and I might just see if Shoe Net (420 Portage Ave.) has any great shoes or accessories to make my outfit that much better.

And since I’ll be all dressed up downtown, I think I’ll see what’s going on at the RBC Convention Centre for Central Canada Comic Con – it’s happening tonight – October 21 – November 2!

 

Happy Halloween!

Time to accessorize!

October 17, 2014

The WAG Gallery Ball is only one day away and I’ve just finalized my outfit – cutting it close, I know!

Thanks for helping me decide on my dress – I love it! But this is a black-tie affair and accessories are a must.

So I just got back from the WAG’s Gallery Shop and wow, have they got a great selection of jewelry! I love that so many of their pieces are created by local and Canadian artists.

Deciding was tricky – there were so many beautiful and completely unique pieces by artists like David Rice, Brook Drabot, Lily Rosenberg and Elizabeth Garvin Design – to name just a few.

The people at the Gallery Shop were a big help. I brought along some pictures of my dress and together we came up with some wonderful possibilities.

In the end, this is what I chose:

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This natural ruby pepplest bracelet by Joan Hamilton, a jeweller from Caledon, Ontario, and these banana fibre light earrings from Winnipeg’s very own dconstruct.

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I just couldn’t wait till tomorrow for the big reveal – I’m too excited!

And the WAG Gallery shop sells wonderful items along with jewelry too! Beautiful pottery, glass, wall art, Inuit art, books and gift ideas – and we all know the holiday gift-giving season is coming!

Check out the shop inside the WAG, 300 Memorial Blvd.:

Tuesday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Closed Mondays

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