Awesome online shopping
Love to shop but can't get to the mall? Boot up your computer and get online for the best browsing in town (and beyond). Bonus: once you finish your power shop, missing car keys and crawling traffic won't diminish that elated feeling.
Give your home a boost with beautiful products from Delta, B.C.-based saje.ca. This online store offers products that promote natural wellness, and you'll find everything from all-natural candles to refreshing room sprays, essential oils and intoxicating diffuser blends.
GREAT GIFT GIVING: Looking for the perfect gift? saje.ca offers gift certificates in $10, $25 and $50 denominations, so you can give someone the gift of shopping.
This Vancouver-based kitchenware site offers everything you need -- and didn't know existed -- to make food prep a snap. With such beautiful, high-quality items, you may prefer to order in and admire your new cookware.
GLOBAL VILLAGE: Feed your hunger for exotic fare in the World Cuisine section. Pick up a tortilladora to make tortillas by hand, a Le Creuset Moroccan tagine for some savoury slow-cooking or Karansekake forms to bake a Norwegian wedding cake.
The sharp sensibility of Herman Miller, the funky designs of Alessi and the artful simplicity of Knoll are only a fraction of the modernist shopping experience at this Victoria, B.C.-based store. From furniture to lighting, rugs to tableware, visiting gabrielross.com is like a trip through a design museum with a long stop at the gift shop.
FREE FOR THE TAKING: Besides a phenomenal selection of desirable designs, Gabriel Ross offers free shipping across Canada. Ahhhh.
Yes, you know all about ebay.ca, but have you dared to take a look? The auction site is brimming with fantastic deals, top brands and rare finds. At press time, A Herman Miller Aeron chair was selling for $455 (retail price approximately $1060) and a Nigella Lawson Living Kitchen mortar and pestle set for $20 (retail price approximately $70).
IT'S IN THE DETAILS: Be sure to thoroughly read the shipping policy before buying, otherwise your great deal may be no deal at all. Also beware of shipping and handling fees, which may be charged even if you pick up an item.
Treat your frozen toes to some cushiony warmth with a new area rug from rugman.com. The Markham, Ont.-based company offers both modern and traditional rugs and boasts over 1500 new arrivals each month.
A HELPING HAND: Buying a rug is a tricky -- and expensive -- business, so make sure to use all the tools available to help with your decision. rugman.com offers a variety of views -- by size, by detail and even by flooring. It also offers a live chat option for real-time support and a Rugs 101 section to educate you on materials, techniques and buying.
When the weather breaks, gardeners know to head to Ottawa-based Lee Valley Tools to stock up on top quality supplies for digging in the dirt. And if you're feeling generous, you can treat the woodworker in your life to a little something as well.
HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW: Not sporting a green thumb? No worries. Get started in the Articles section, where you'll find helpful information like a month-by-month home garden schedule, tips on vegetable gardening in pots and tricks to controlling pests and weeds.
indigo.ca is more than just a book lover's haunt. The Canadian chain also offers a selection of goodies for the home, from frames and candles to stylish storage boxes and photo albums.
SPRING HAS SPRUNG: Put together a gardener's gift bag with items from Indigo's new spring line. Toss together a pair of gardening gloves, Garden-In-A-Bag, lavender, garden incense and more in a beautiful floral-print tote. OK, you can throw in a gardening book, as well.