Gifts for the Impossible to Buy For Just Got Easier Thanks to the knack!

I don't know about you, but I have some real doozies on my list this holiday season - people who either seem to have everything they need or are so specific about what they like, that it is hard to get them something truly unique.

I have scoured the globe for fun and interesting gifts for these difficult folks and hope that this helps you find the perfect gift for your friends, family and neighbours or perhaps that special something for yourself.

And don't worry if you don't see it in this list. I'll be doing these right up until the holidays so if you don't see something here, chances are it will be in a post later this week or next!

And instead of having to remember to check in every day, just get the knack emailed to you. You'll receive one every day and with all the links included, you'll be able to shop online and not worry about what time the shops open or close or get caught up in the frenzy of holiday shopping!

The holidays just got a little easier.

Warmest wishes,


Stephanie Dickison
Publisher & Editor - the knack

For the Photo Fiend

If you know someone who loves taking pictures, I've found the most beautiful camera bag!

jill-e designs Small Yellow Camera Bag is the sunniest, prettiest, most fashionable camera bag I've ever come across. It is so pretty in fact, that if you end up using it for other things, I wouldn't think you were crazy at all.

The exterior is "weatherproof" yellow nylon with cream leather trim and handles and the interior includes velcro sections that can be adjusted, all accessorized in a cute polka dot pattern.

The design of the bag is just so well thought out. There is a padded detachable shoulder strap, netted pockets, a matching yellow pouch that allows you to keep track of all your little personal items (it even attaches to the bag to keep items from falling out!). And there are front, back and side pockets (you can never have too many) in which to cart around everything you could possibly need on a shoot. It's so roomy!

The bag holds 2 "moderately sized lenses" or 1 long telephoto lens, along with the usual camera needs - memory card holders, batteries, cables, manuals, filters, camera strap, lens cleaning cloths, expo disc, waterproof camera jacket, camera card reader, etc.

In other words, it will carry just about anything you can fit into it. Which is why when I'm not using it for camera stuff, it's coming along with me as just a regular bag - because it has everything I want in a bag - beauty, durability and accessibility.

Everyone is going to want one - photo buffs and fashionistas!

For the Chocolate Addict

People who love chocolate will be getting inundated with boxes of chocolates and packets of hot chocolate. So stand out from the crowd with Sweet Beauty Organic Chocolate Spa Treatments!

Sweet Beauty offers products made with a blends of antioxidant rich organic Fair Trade chocolate from Seattle's Theo Chocolate, expertly mixed with natural, super-food oils and butters. Enriched with fine chocolate, it offers natural skin softening glycerides that moisturize your skin.

Lisa Fran├žoise—a spa chocolatier who is also a professional skincare expert— has created a line of body creams, sugar scrubs, facial scrubs, facial masques, body soaps, milk baths, and lip balms.

I tried the Sweet Beauty Berry Pretty Facial Scrub with acai, pomegranate, blueberry and chocolate. Not only do you get a really great exfoliation from it, it smells like chocolate brownies have just come out of the oven! Wow! Are your friends going to FREAK OUT when they get a hold of this. Do not be surprised if this results in suddenly moving way up on the BFF chain and are getting invites to movies, dinners and the like.

And for the super indulgent feeling, it doesn't get much more decadent than Sense Mocha Sugar Scrub. This is a great way to keep your skin smooth during the winter months, but what a way to do it! Like spreading chocolate icing all over your body, you may get seriously addicted to this stuff. Just don't eat it - despite the intoxicating blend of chocolate, coffee, sugar and rosemary, it's best to indulge on the outside of your body only!

Oh, you're going to be remembered this holiday. For giving the best present ever!

For the New Year Resolutions Follower (or Fitness Lover)

Everyone knows someone who every January puts forth a bunch of things that they are going to stop doing and new habits that they are going to start.

Usually one of these is fitness related.

Well, now you can help someone actually reach their goals with products from Stott Pilates!

You can start them off with a beautiful Eco-Friendly Mat that comes in 2 bright, fun colours. It's perfect for warm-up stretches, floor work and a great accompaniment to workout DVDs. It is cushy and comfy, which is more than I can say for most of them. And the best part - it's made from 100% recyclable and biodegradable TPE (Thermal Plastic Elastomer) foam and comes with a carry strap, which means you can show it off when you go to pilates or yoga class. And show it off you will. 'Cause it's that pretty. Every one is going to want one.

The Mini Flex-Ball Power Pack is a fantastic little kit that allows you to work out in a small space, yet achieve a better posture and back strength. It comes with the Mini Flex-Ball, Mini Flex-Ball Workout DVD and bonus Easy Start poster. It's fun, easy and a great starter for beginners or as an alternative exercise for those who stick to the usual weight and cardio routines at the gym.

I have always wanted a Stability Ball and now I have one - it's amazing! I have put mine in place of my office chair, as I way to work on my core while I work (I've always been a multitasker). What's great about this one is that it is made of latex-free, anti-burst polyvinyl with a non-slip, ribbed surface, so you can use it, really use it, unlike those ones you've seen at the store. And while you're at it, get a Core Balance DVD. It's a crazy intense Stability Ball workout, but you'll get hooked just like I did, I'm sure! My stomach is killing me, but over time, my abs are going to look insane, so I'm okay with the pain for now!

And if you have any avid golfers on your list, this is a really inventive gift - The Pilates for Golf Power Pack! It is so cool. There are warm-ups and drills to keep you sharp on the course as well as exercises to keep your muscles in shape for those long drives!

The pack includes a Pilates Express Mat, Pilates on the Green Level 1 DVD, Pilates on the Green Level 2 DVD, and Exclusive Warm Up Exercise Guide. While your competition got weird golf chips and cozies for Christmas, you'll have maximized your game and honed in on your best swing ratio.

Stephanie Dickison

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