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A Whole Lot of Christmas

Finding the perfect Christmas tree

So anyone who knows me, or who’s been reading CTS regularly, or has visited my Pinterest, knows that I’ve gone a bit Buddy the Elf on Christmas this year. I’m feeling the holiday spirit big time this year, in a way I haven’t in many years. Last Christmas, I was in a pretty dark place, and before that I was in Australia, where I had a tough time feeling very Christmassy.

If you need a little help with getting yourself into the festive spirit – or need help finding last-minute gifts – here’s a roundup of all my Christmas content this year, plus a bit of extra holiday goodness.

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Gift Guide: Volume 4 // Gastown Gift Guide

Gastown Gift Guide Forgive me while I get a bit Vancouver-centric on you. Because I’m a big proponent of supporting local, this next instalment of my gift guide is all gifts that you can buy in my ‘hood – Gastown: the oldest neighbourhood in Vancouver and home to heaps of adorable little boutiques. If you happen to live in Vancouver, spend a (rainy) day in Gastown this weekend. Grab an eggnog latte, take a wander, and pick up gifts for all your people. Continue Reading


Gift Guide: Volume 2 // For Your Favourite Ladies

Last year, I didn’t do Christmas very well. At all.  I went in with great intentions, but it was a very busy, very difficult time in my life, and I ended up doing my shopping for about two hours after work the night before I went home for the holidays…and cried pretty much the entire time. I ended up with gifts that I didn’t feel good about, that I wasn’t proud to put under the tree. This year, I’m determined to do better — in fact, it isn’t even December and most of my gifts are already bought. This year, come Christmas week, I will be relaxing with feet up and nog in hand. For the women on your list, here are my suggestions for knock-it-out-of-the-park gifts. Gift-Guide_Ladies Continue Reading


gifts for the jet-setter

Since I am at heart a traveller who has decided to put down roots for a while, and because Chelsea Tells Stories began as a travel blog, this next gift guide is probably not unexpected. If you’ve got a nomad on your list this year, I recommend that you put one (or many) of the following gifts under the tree:
Gifts for the Jet-Setter

1: Baggu duck bag in Sailor Stripe | 2: Jennifer Hill iPhone case in Bangkok | 3: Beats Solo headphones | 4: Fuji Instant Camera | 5: JCrew jewelry case | 6: Everyday Camera Strap from Uniforma | 7: WakaWaka Power solar charger | 8: Artifact Uprising Hardcover Photo Book | 9: Moleskine Classic Photo Notebook | 10: ONA camera bag

1. On the road, you really can’t have too many versatile canvas bags. This one is cute (nautical stripes=always classic), and can be used for picnics, beach days, and/or trips to the laundry. It is washable and can be scrunched up and stuffed in a backpack when not in use.

2. Boston-based designer Jennifer Hill designs gorgeous patterns based on trips to places she’s never been. Buy your favourite gypsy an iPhone or iPad case based on his or her favourite city. Pictured here is Bangkok; there are heaps of others to choose from.

3. As I’ve written before, noise-cancelling headphones are an essential for long-haul travellers. These ones happen to be associated with RED, so a percentage of proceeds goes to help fight HIV/AIDS. Also…they’re purportedly almost impossible to break, which is a bonus for clumsy ladies like me.

4. Help your wandering friend supplement their digital photos with tangible ones, printed right on the spot while they’re on the road.

5. This lovely little jewelry organizer from JCrew will help ensure that your travelling lady friend’s bling isn’t a tangled mess upon arrival.

6. The camera strap that comes with any SLR is neither comfortable nor cute. Rectify that with one of these colourful leather straps from Uniforma.

7. This solar charger means travellers don’t have to leave their devices back at the hotel while they’re out exploring. Bonus: for each WakaWaka charger purchased, one will be donated to help with typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines.

8. I can’t say enough good things about Artifact Uprising’s lovely photo products. Help your loved ones get their favourite travel photos off their devices and into their lives with a photo book, photo box, or set of postcards. (Or buy them a gift certificate so they can curate their own collections!). I will be compiling a couple photo books one day very soon…

9. Another way to make tangible what lately has largely been digital is a Moleskine photo notebook. Every traveller loves Moleskines (I think?), and this one is extra special because it’s fully customizable–cover and inside pages…

10. Mark my words: this gorgeous ONA Brixton camera bag will be mine one of these days…

If you need more ideas, check out my list of essentials for long-haul flights. Or…help your friend travel light by giving meaning rather than material. Scatter Joy for education in Ethiopia (’cause your nomadic friend most certainly knows how fortunate she is and would love to know that good has been done in her honour!).

(And if anyone in the world is wondering, yes, I want every one of the things on this list myself!).