If you are anything like me, shopping for gifts at this time of year can be frustrating.  What do you get the person who has everything?  Or that super hard to shop for person on your list?


As a small business owner myself, I am drawn to those other entrepreneurs who pour their heart and soul into their businesses.  Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and rely on your support, especially at this time of year.  As a side note, would you consider paying in cash or via debit card instead of by credit card? The costs associated with payment via credit card are significantly higher than by debit card, and every penny counts!


The following is my own personal list of a few of “My Favorite Things”


Aspire Health & Performance’s Top Ten Gifts for Christmas: (in no particular order as we find these all equally amazing).


  1. For the coffee lover, an assortment of Cherry Hill Coffees.
  2. A series of yoga classes by Martini Yoga offered privately or at Oranj Fitness.
  3. The book “Breaking Away” by former NHL player Patrick O’Sullivan, which details the physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father.
  4. Volcanic Hills Wine Club for the wino in your life.
  5. A life changing package at Aspire Health & Performance for all ages and levels of fitness.
  6. To help maintain your fitness and mobility when you aren’t training with us, or for your fitness enthusiast, check out some of the great products from Rocky Mountain Fitness.
  7. For any catering needs, or for just the best damned lunch in town, a gift certificate to Pearson’s European Deli would be ideal
  8. If one of your loved ones is chronically stressed and needs a way to relax and increase well-being, try a few sessions at the upcoming Gravity Float and Wellness.  It is amazing.
  1. For a haircut, style, or colouring, both for men and women, I recommend Carisa’s Haircut Hideout

And last but not least…

  1. Pay it forward. Donate to your favourite charity. Donate your time to the local food bank or shelter. Be present for someone who is less fortunate. After all, isn’t that the true spirit of Christmas?