7 Sanity-Saving Gifts You Don’t Need to Visit the Mall to Buy

The weather has changed and with it, your wardrobe. The house is decorated (maybe a little too meticulously.) Your Instagram posts have changed from hashtags of pumpkin spice and haunted houses to Christmas lights, and “sweater weather” captions. But something still seems to be missing. Under the tree is nearly or completely bare, and it’s already too late to hit the mall because: let’s face it, no present is worth sacrificing the little sanity you have around the holidays. So, for those who like to live dangerously and find adrenaline in leaving Christmas shopping until “last minute,” here’s your sanity-saving gifting list. You’re welcome!

HP Sprocket

For that friend that is constantly behind the camera, this pocket-sized printer is perfect. A little bigger than your cell phone, this powerful mini will bring their Instagram posts to life.

Roku Express

It’s been days, and you haven’t seen them. Eight seasons later, they crawl from the depths of their couch forts, with complaints that with another show come and gone, they have nothing to live for. Give your cinema savvy couch potato the gift that goes well beyond Netflix, with thousands of shows, documentaries, and movies.

Cuisinart Ice Cream, Frozen Yoghurt, and Sorbet Maker

It’s a hard pill to swallow, but Dairy Queen isn’t open 24/7. Thankfully, there’s this lifesaver in a box. Not only does it make ice cream in 20 minutes or less, but it can easily whip up some frozen yogurt or sorbet for the health-conscious craver.

Garmin Vivomove HR Sport

So if no one is going to say it, we will. Fitbits are the O.G. They’ve changed the way we see getting around in a day, but no, they don’t go with that dress, and Michael Kors smartwatches cost an arm and a leg (one of which you’ll need if you actually want to wear the darn thing). So here she is, the chic and affordable solution to counting calories and wrist alerts.

Smart Plugs

Does anyone do anything without their cell phones anymore? They’re our bathroom companion, our candy crush enabler, and with a little help from your friends at London Drugs, you can control the lights, TV, or kitchen appliances with a swipe of the screen. It doesn’t look like much, but this little guy will change the way you relax.

“Diamonds” Are A Girl’s Best Friend


You might be shocked to learn that right next to the pharmacy, either behind or beside the frozen foods section, you’ll find Pandora-level shine. For that “extra” gal pal, that insists all she wants are “shiny things” every year, from literally everyone.

ReTrak 4D Augmented Reality Cards and VR Headset

Buying for the little one can be tough. Mostly because they’re not coy when they don’t like what we’ve gotten them. Where we had Slinkies and Tamagotchis, they’ve had CGI and 3D. Give them a gift a little more their speed and then maybe check it out for yourself when they go to bed… because regardless of what you grew up with, dinosaurs are still super cool, especially in 4D.

Time to curl up in your mermaid blanket with a glass of mulled wine, and shop away from the comfort of your home! You can find all of these gifts at our favourite Canadian retailer, London Drugs. The shopping experience is hassle-free, and if you need some good ol’ fashion customer service, they’ll have you covered. No stress. Normally online shopping at this hectic time of year is like playing wallet roulette. Will it arrive in time? At, you can order online and pick up in store in two hours or less, or have it delivered straight to your door! Yassss!

Contributor: Angela Joyce,  Calgary Editor at

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