Christmas Ideas

Buying Music for Christmas

I love receiving music at Christmas. But buying CD’s, music or tickets for a show for someone isn’t the easiest thing in the world. So we decided to collate gift ideas and tips to help you choose, also get the latest deals for music stores and enter to win a $60 gift card.

Congratulations to Caroline M You just won the $60 gift card for itunes and you’re still eligible for the other giveaways. Thanks to all the participants and don’t forget to enter the competition for today’s giveaway!

Popular Albums and Gift Ideas for 2011

I was checking the top 50 albums for this week at and since almost half of the albums were Christmas ones, I didn’t want to give you this as a selection of gift ideas because receiving Christmas CD’s on Christmas eve just isn’t a good idea (it’s a bit late for this kind of gift). Instead I’ve chosen some CD’s that are part of the top 50 and I’ve separated them in different categories according to the kind of music and for what category of age it could be more appropriate. But this is a rough idea, as I would probably buy CD’s for myself that are in all of the categories.

We searched over 7 trusted stores to try and find which store sold each music album cheapest, so the buy it now links are most likely going to be the cheapest prices in Canada online. As you can see most are cheaper at but keep in mind that you will need to spend $25 in order to enjoy free delivery on your order.

For All Occasions

Adele 19

Adele 19, by Adele, $10 at, Buy it Now

Adele 21

Adele 21, by Adele, $12.99 at, Buy it Now


(More for adults)
Marsalis & Clapton

Play the Blues: Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center, by Eric Clapton and Wynton Marsalis, $21.15 at, Buy it Now

Tony Bennett

Duets II, by Tony Bennett, $14.99 at, Buy it Now


(More for teenagers)
Amy Winehouse

Back to Black, by Amy Winehouse, $8.99 at, Buy it Now


Here & Now, by Nickelback, $14.99 at, Buy it Now


Talk, Talk, Talk, by Rihanna, $12.99 at, Buy it Now


(More for young adults)
Coeur de Pirate

Blonde, by Coeur de Pirate, $14.99 at, Buy it Now


Metals, by Feist, $11.99 at, Buy it Now

More Gifts Ideas

Some people find it hard to buy CD’s as gifts, so here are a few more gifts ideas related to music. First, gift cards for a music store is always a safe choice (especially itunes gift cards), even though it’s not the most personal gift you could get. But if you’re struggling and running out of ideas, then it only takes a few seconds and you’re done. Just don’t get a gift card for your significant other.

Another interesting idea is to buy tickets for a show that like. In fact this is an excellent idea, just have a look at the major concerts places (you should be able to do this online fairly easily) and check the upcoming shows for the year. You would be surprised by how many shows happen in your city each year. If you’re buying tickets for your parents or grand-parents, you could also check for tickets to a Symphony Orchestra as there are more chances they will like it than your nephew will.


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Buying Books for Christmas

Each year books are among the most popular gifts for Christmas. This is probably because they can be an appropriate gift for anyone; from mothers, brothers, sisters, dads to friends. And with such a variety of books available, it’s almost impossible not to find a gift for someone.

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Congratulations to Belinda! You just won the $40 gift card for Chapters and you’re still eligible for the other giveaways. Thanks to all the participants and don’t forget to enter the competition for today’s giveaway!

Popular Titles and Books Ideas

Here’s the top 10 best books of 2011 according to the New York Times if ever you’re looking for great books ideas. I’ve also added the price of the books that I’ve found at

The Art of Fielding11/22/63SwamplandiaTen Thousand SaintsThe Tiger's Wife

Fiction Books:

  • The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach Little, Brown & Company, $19.13
  • 11/22/63, by Stephen King, Scribner, $21.99
  • Swamplandia, by Karen Russell. Alfred A.Knopf, Cloth, $12.88
  • Ten Thousand Saints, by Eleanor Henderson. Ecco, Harper Collin Publishers, $19.79
  • The Tiger’s Wife, by Téa Obreht. Random House, Cloth, $9.35
  • ArguablyThe Boy in the MoonMalcolm XThinking Fast and SlowA World on Fire

    Non Fiction Books:

  • Arguably (Essays), by Christopher Hitchens, Twelve, $26.41
  • The Boy in the Moon (A father’s journey to understand…), by Ian Brown, St-Martin’s Press, $15.96
  • Malcolm X (A life of reinvention), by Manning Marable, Viking, $22.77
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman. Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, $22.44
  • A World on Fire (Britain’s crucial role in the American civil war), by Amanda Foreman, Random House, $26.40

What to Consider when Buying a Book?

There are a ton of factors to consider before buying a book as a gift, so here are a few ones that I think we should always verify. First, what is the age of the person you’re buying this gift for? This is more important when buying books for kids as there could be a huge difference between books for 4 year old’s and 6 year old’s. Same thing when it comes to books for teenagers, make sure that if you buy a novel it is appropriate for young adults.

The second thing to consider when buying a book is if the person is a heavy reader or not? In other words, do they only read one book a year or do they finish one within 1 week? This could change a lot in what kind of books you should buy. I strongly suggest not to buy a 1,000 page book for someone who doesn’t read a lot as they are not going to read it. If you’re not sure about this, you can always go for a book that is more image focused like a cooking book or a travel one.

And finally and this is probably the most important one, what are the other persons interests and hobbies? For example if you know that the person likes to read, then buy the latest novel from Dan Brown or John Grisham. Or if yo know that they love wine, then go for the 2012 wine guide, etc. There are books for any kind of interests. And finally, something that I’ve learned over the years; people (especially men) that don’t read a lot seem to love biography books on notable people or people they like because it is not all fiction.

If you know that the other person has an e-reader device, you might want to go for ebooks instead. It’s cheaper, but a little more difficult to wrap up at Christmas.

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