I’m thankful that I don’t have an incredibly long holiday shopping list. A few kiddos here, a grandma or two there. And for the most part, I’m after simple gifts – ones that I can likely order online without too much energy or stress. And at moments like this, I’m both happy and sad that I don’t have teens or 20-somethings to shop for, because honestly, nothing would please me more than to indulge in a little fashion shopping spree.
And then, everything changed! A few weeks ago, my friends and I opted to exchange stocking stuffers this year. It’s been too long since we’ve treated ourselves (see “kiddos and grandma” reference above), and even longer since I’ve been able to pick out some stylish gifts for girlfriends. Game on! Last weekend, I shopped like it was 1999.
My fashion destination: Lime Ridge. You may remember the epic #LimeRidgeShoeParty I held back in September. Well, since then, I’ve been looking forward to working with the stylish shopping mecca again. So when they proposed that I come check out all of their fashionable finds as part of the blogger #ArtofGifting Challenge, I was definitely on board.
Since the day it opened in August 1981, Lime Ridge has enjoyed its position as the Hamilton area’s dominant shopping centre. With over 200 shops and services, Lime Ridge offers the community the widest variety of fashion retailers carrying the latest styles and hottest brands. Ideally located on the escarpment, it’s just 45 minutes west of Toronto and perfectly situated for the fashionably discerning shoppers in Hamilton and surrounding area.
I spent a wonderfully chilly Sunday afternoon relishing in the festivities of the season: twinkling lights, towering Christmas trees, and through it all, the soft glow of retailer’s holiday displays. BCBGMAXAZRIA. Danier Leather. Forever XXI. H & M. Aritzia. Victoria’s Secret. It is a fashionista’s place of worship.
My first stop, Forever XXI, yielded a plethora of gorgeous accessories for every woman on your holiday list. From bangles to bracelets, chunky rings to statement necklaces, the colourful baubles are the perfect finish to a holiday outfit – and the perfect stocking stuffers! Below: Coordinating bangles priced at $4.50 – $7.50.
The options are perfectly endless at the fountain of accessories. With most items under $12, I picked up three gold cuffs ($8 each) and a little something for myself, too.
On the upper level, I found a whimsical little cart with everything from wallets and clutches to travel umbrellas. Although I didn’t find a suitable stocking stuffer for the gals on my list, I had a great time sifting through the accessories and made a mental note to return.
Next, I popped into Victoria’s Secret, where I found a heavenly gift set. And even though it was almost too tempting to resist, I opted to keep shopping and place it on my “maybe” list. Aritzia provided a lot of “OMG I WANT!” moments, but with only leggings and phone cases priced under $50, it was hard to round up an appropriate stocking stuffer. However, I did love the range of affordably-priced rings at Pandora, and picked up a sweet little ring for $30.
As I rounded the corner, I couldn’t wait to visit BCBGMAXAZRIA. For years I considered it my own little fashion haven, coveting just about every item in the store. Case in point: these shoes.
Yes, I know they’re beyond my “stocking stuffer” budget. Santa? If you’re reading this, I’ve been a VERY good girl.
I did, however, find an amazing little gift that I’m saving for my BFF. (Avert your eyes, bestie!) It combines the best of both worlds – sweet and sassy… and a little bit dangerous. Don’t you just adore this spiked cherry jewelry box? It was placed among gifts between $35 and $75 (the jewelry box retails for $70).
(I also took a shining to this spiked pewter-style apple – I’m just afraid the boys would steal it off my bureau!)
Although I could have stayed in BCBGMAXAZRIA forever, I did have two more names on my holiday list. Next, I visited Danier Leather, where I found a coat for my own “must-have” list, but nothing for my friends’ stocking stuffers. Undeterred, I made my way to Loft.
Friends, it is a gift-giving paradise. In addition to gorgeous fashions for the style-conscious women in your life, the accessories are on trend, affordable and most importantly, diverse enough to suit a variety of tastes.
I instantly fell in love with these warm, cozy slippers. For under $30, I crossed one of the remaining two names off my list. And this warm, bejeweled winter hat? Most adorably stylish accessory ever. Love it!
And just like that, my holiday shopping was complete. I do believe I’ve mastered the #ArtofGifting!
Live in the Hamilton or Greater Toronto Area? You’ll want to stop by Lime Ridge this season for the the widest variety of fashion retailers carrying the latest styles and hottest brands. Its best-in-class retailers have all the styles you need to look your best this season, and all the gifts you need for under the tree!
(Hint: Take advantage of Holiday Hours - Monday to Saturday 9:00 am to 9:30 pm, and Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm)
This is a sponsored post as part of the Cadillac Fairview Art of Gifting challenge.
The opinions on this blog are my own.