You know that feeling you get when you discover a product and wonder just how you ever lived without it? It’s the kind of surprise that fills a hole in your life you didn’t even know was there. Now that you’ve tried this wonderful item, you’re hooked. And happy. And thankful. That right there is what we call the essential gift. It’s that unique something special—for any special someone you know. So here they are: Our top 5 picks that nobody (and yes, that includes you!) should live another second without this holiday season.


LIFE: Philips goLITE Blue $149.99-199.99 Philips goLITE Blue

Why it rocks: Imagine being able to give the of a good mood. Pretty valuable, huh? Research shows that blue light from the summer sky helps us to be active, energetic, and improves our mood and that’s something everyone deserves. The new GoLITE Blue is a lightweight portable device designed to help increase energy levels naturally while fighting Seasonal Affective Disorder, winter blues and jet lag—all in just 20 minutes a day ‘under the light’. Use the travel pouch and rechargeable battery to fire it up wherever you are.

Where to buy: For retailers visit

FUN: Franklin’s Fold-N-Go $49.59 Franklin's Fold-N-Go Beer cap drinking game

Why it rocks: Beer pong for grownups! Need we say more? OK, we will. How about this: No more boring parties where everyone just stands around. Franklin’s Fold-N-Go 10 Cup Game is just the ticket for your next get-together. This set includes two collapsible targets with travel handles, six 10-cup balls and a carry bag for easy transport and storage. Like you’re going to let anyone borrow it. Uh, yeah.

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DRINK: Etched Stemless Wine Glasses $US40-60  Etched Stemless Wine Glasses

Why it rocks: Everyone needs a conversation piece to get the mood rolling. How about using these easy-to-hold stemless wineglasses? Etched with quotes you’ll want to repeat, and oh-so-fillable, they’re all you need to get the party started. Shipped in sets of four, they come in a variety of themes from Girl Talk to Tipsy to Wine Wisdom (we’ve got ’em with Yiddish sayings, too.) Each 21-ounce glass features a different sand etched typographic design.

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TECH: Fujifilm Instax Mini Wireless Printer $180 Fuji Instax Phone Printer

Why it rocks: Don’t you hate when your camera is loaded with great photos and you just never get around to them? We know this: they’re not doing anyone any good just sitting there on your device. With this simple-to-use FujiFilm Instax Mini Wireless Printer that prints beautiful pics in record time, you’ll go snap-print happy. Plus, you can finally use all those empty silver frames.

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HOME: Keurig 2.0 K300 Brewing System $139.99  Keurig 2.0 Brewer

Why it rocks: Coffee lovers (isn’t that everyone?) will cheer when they unwrap this sleek new Keurig 2.0 Brewer. What makes it special? Unlike other single serve brewers, you can brew either a single cup or a 4-cup carafe with the touch of a button. Featuring Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology, the machine reads the lid of every K-Cup or K-Carafe pack to brew your drink just right each time. Features include an extra large 80-ounce water reservoir, 2.8 inch colour touch display, programmable clock, an auto brew option, cup size settings, and strength control for brewing bolder coffee. There’s even a separate setting for hot cocoa and specialty drinks like lattes and mochas.

Where to buy: At retailers across Canada and at

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