Let's be brutally honest here: Christmas is a fun holiday for the chilling, eating, spending time with friends and family, but the gift-giving part of Christmas is a buzz-killer. Shopping for gifts is insanely boring and receiving gifts is not any better. People already have too much material goods here, our houses are filled with stuff we never use or wear, it just keeps pilling and pilling, and Christmas gifts are to a large extent responsible for this over-dose of materialism.
Well, this need not be the case any longer! The big brains here at Montreal-Clubs.com have created the ultimate shopping list, one that will make Christmas your sexist and jazziest holiday.
Chocolate, teas and other aphrodisiacs.
It has taken a long time, but Montreal is truly graduating to the culture of quality coffee, tea and chocolate. Instead of spending an arm and a leg on useless clothing for your beloved one, how about you schedule a night at one of the Juliette & Chocolat, indulge in chocolate bites and warm chocolaty drinks, I guarantee it will make your better half melt. Or organize a visit to the newly opened (and first North-American boutique) of Kusmi Tea. The boutique is small and chique, and you will get to discover an unbelievable variety of quality teas. Smell them, try them out together and get some for home. If the century old tradition of Kusmi Teas is not your thing, you can also support local tea enthusiast David's Tea (they have a boutique on Mont-Royal).
Spas, jacuzzi-filled hotels, ski slopes and bars with fireplaces.
Christmas is all about snow right? Take that to the extreme and spend a night/day or two in a cozy setting, skiing during the day and partying or resting in the jacuzzi at night. We're lucky we have tons of snow in Quebec and you should take advantage of that. For a truly country-side experience, we recommend the West Brome spa or Frelighsburg village for logging and skiing at the woody Sutton Ski resort (the best skiing south of Montreal). For a more urban/snowboardy experience, head out to Bromont for skiing and stay at Chateau Bromont, which has some outdoors jacuzzis. Needless to say that the combination of a day on the slopes followed by a glass of wine and an outdoors jacuzzi will delivery pleasant bliss.
Quality wines, single malts and other magical beverages.
After a year of drinking Labatt 50, I think your tender half deserves quality beverages for Christmas. Nothing simpler than this: head out to the SAQ Selection outside the Atwater Market, you will find quality bottles there. How about some Quebec-made ice-cider like Pinnacle, or a real single-malt Scotch or a rich French red wine? You can't go wrong with a bottle of quality alcohol and some foie gras as a Christmas gift.
New Years Eve tickets
Instead of blowing all your money on stuff that will end-up collecting dust, how about you blow all your money on a night of extravagance and over-indulgence? Get tickets for one of the new years eve parties held in Montreal (offered by our friends at ClubZone.com), put on a nice shirt or dress, and surprise your loved one with a night of too much drinking and dancing. Such nights are always fun.
This ought to be enough help for you to turn this dull Christmas gift tradition into an out-of-the-ordinary affair. But please, if you really insist on buying clothing, make it some sexy underwear, not the cheap La Senza stuff, something of quality and design.
Enjoy your holidays and if our advice doesn't produce the "desired" results, complain in the comments section bellow, so we can improve our recipes for next year.
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