It may seem a little early to start thinking about the Holidays, but summer is slowly drawing to a close and soon the Holiday season will soon be upon us. While we are all still enjoying this beautiful Canadian summer, I had the pleasure of attending Mint Agency’s Holiday Preview Event where I had a first-hand peek at some exciting new products and offerings!


At the touch of a button, the Gran Lattissima offers the ultimate latte experience.  While I am not a huge coffee drinker, the beauty of this machine is pretty impressive and I could not help but fall in love with the simplicity and modern design of this latte maker. The incredible features it comes with are enough to make me want to have one on my kitchen counter. Three different programs allow for a choice of a Ristretto, Espresso, or Lungo coffee and the milk program allows for a choice between making a Cappuccino, Flat White, Coffee Latte, and Latte Macchiato. The milk jug holds an impressive 500 ml of milk and its equally impressive functions include the choice of hot foam or hot milk. Incredibly fast heat-up times, 25 seconds for coffee and 15 seconds for milk, ensure that you never have to wait too long for that much-needed cup of coffee. 

The new Nespresso Gran Lattissma will be on sale starting September 2019 and it will retail for $699. You can either get your hands on it at the Nespresso Boutique, or online at


This beauty is my cup of tea! The two distinctive shapes and a range of three colours make the Essence Plus the type of machine that can match the décor of any kitchen or office. The four programmable buttons allow for the preparation of Espresso, Lungo, Americano, and Americano XL. This smart coffee machine has a one-touch order button embedded that connects directly to the Nespresso App, ensuring you never worry about running out of capsules again. Another feature, which is my personal favourite since I am a tea drinker, is the hot water option which allows you to make a customized cup of coffee or your favourite tea. The automatic de-scaling alert ensures that you always have the best quality and the best tasting cup of coffee, and the automatic power-off function saves electricity by turning the coffee machine off after 2 minutes of no use. 

Get your new Nespresso Essenza Plus in September 2019 for $249 at Nespresso Boutiques, or online at


On arrival, I honed into the SodaStream area because I was stoked to learn more about how it conveniently turns tap water into sparkling water. Its sleek design is striking and perfect for any modern kitchen. What I love about these bad boys is that they give you the ability to create your own unique sparkling beverages. Adjusting the required fizziness and flavour to your personal taste is super easy, additionally, SodaStream gives you the ability to elevate any party or event by adding sparkle to any of your cocktail and mocktail creations. If you know someone who loves to entertain, then the SodaStream will make the perfect early Christmas gift. 

SodaStream not only keeps you hydrated, but it helps you to save the environment too. Choose between some delicious, certified organic flavours: Blonde Cola, Blueberry &Lime, Classic Indian Tonic, Old Fashioned Lemonade, Pink Grapefruit, and Raspberry & Mint. 

The retail price for the FIZZI Sparkling Water Maker is $119.99 

The FIZZI ONE TOUCH Sparkling Water Maker retails at $179.99


If anyone out there is wondering what to get me for Christmas, then this is it. Mornings are, well, rough for me because of my bad habit of skipping breakfast. I’ve been trying to improve on this since university, and while I have gotten a lot better, I still often skip breakfast. Having a proper healthy breakfast is essential and something I aim for and the Vitamix Mixer is on my Christmas wishlist because it’ll give me the ability to make restaurant-quality smoothies in a matter of seconds. Rest assured this mixer is not just about smoothies, its capable of so much more! Healthy soups, homemade jams, and other delicious foods can be created in no time. One of the things I’m looking forward to making is homemade soup, and as a Trini, corn soup is a staple in our culture. I’ve already got my grandma’s recipe on hand for when I get my hands on the Vitamix Mixer! 

One of a Kind Show

For those on the hunt for unique stocking stuffer gifts, be sure to check out for the One of a Kind Show taking place at the Enercare Centre (Exhibition Place), from November 21 to December 1 this year. This is the place for you if you enjoy buying skilfully crafted handmade gifts while supporting local artisans from across the country. And the timing couldn’t be more perfect for those on the hunt for unique Christmas gifts. Look out for the delicious flavours in edibles, home décor, visual arts, fashion clothing and accessories, children’s clothing and toys, and so much more. There is something for everyone at the One of a Kind Show!

STK Toronto

If you are looking for the perfect gift for the food lover in your life, then the dynamic, fine-dining steakhouse experience from STK Toronto is it. STK is a globally recognized, modern steakhouse with a chic lounge and is known for its contemporary take on classic American cuisine. 

So which of these items will you add to your Christmas wishlist? 

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Christmas gift buying guide 2019

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