a Christmas shopping guide


My birthday was a couple weeks ago, and as with every birthday for the past 4 years, I was undoubtedly spoiled by my wonderful boyfriend. He is an excellent gift giver and really listens to what I like, even though I may make an effort to repeat myself a couple times so it sticks. Some people may like a couple smaller gifts, while others may like one big gift so I put together a list of things for the special women in your life.

With a couple weeks left to go until Christmas, I put together a gift guide for the commuting business woman in your life whether it’s your lady, your friend or your family member. I decided on this particular guide because a) I am the commuting business woman and b) some of us forget to buy items to make our daily commuting life easier. Most of these items are ones that I have or would love to receive so I hope that even if they may not be for you, they will still inspire you.


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Weather appropriate shoes:

  • Every commuter needs a comfortable pair of shoes, especially rain and snow appropriate. I will not vouch for my Hunter Boots (more on that in another post) so I will recommend a pair of the Sorel Tivoli (pictured above)
    or the Ugg Adirondack winter boots. I find them to be comfortable and light enough to walk long distances in, and still cute to match your winter coat (don’t forget to spray your boots with a protectant and waterproof spray). 


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A handbag:

  • A sturdy tote bag, preferably in a neutral colour, is a must for carrying around necessities. It should be able to fit an umbrella, a book for the train, and a reusable water bottle (see next item). My favourite bag is my Longchamp Large Le Pliage bag which is waterproof and still office appropriate. Alternatively, if you want to splurge, a Louis Vuitton Neverfull tote bag is a lovely option. Regardless of the one you choose, make sure it won’t crumble if it starts raining.


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A reusable water bottle:

  • I talked on the importance of staying hydrated in my previous post and having a reusable water bottle with you all the time will help you get your 3 litres a day in! Since I have it next to me all the time, staring me in the face, I always reach for it (and sitting next to the water fountain helps). I love this one from Swell because of how sleek it looks and it can hold up to 740 mL of water – makes it easy since you only fill it up 3.5 times!


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A mini emergency kit

  • You know when you’re in need of something, and there’s always that one person whose bag is like the drugstore – filled with all the necessities of life. While no one wants to carry around that much, a mini emergency kit makes a cute gift or stocking stuffer to ensure you are always prepared! Sephora has super cute ones however you can definitely put one together in a small cosmetics bag. You can include: band-aids, Kleenex, Tide to go, safety pins, hand cream, hand sanitizer and a hair tie amongst other things.


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A reading device:

  • Although I mentioned a book earlier, a Kindle also works just as well and will definitely come in handy for those long train rides. Ever since I started commuting earlier this year, I have gotten back into reading. It’s a hobby I love, especially if the book is of the suspenseful, witty type. A couple books I finished recently that I loved were The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer, All the Missing Girls by Meagan Miranda, and Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll.


I hope you found some inspiration from my favourite items for a commuter. Sometimes giving somebody something they need is more important than giving them something they want.


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