Millie’s Spotlight Holiday Gift Guide

This year I’m planning to stay at the top of the “Nice List”. To help me along the way I’m focusing on giving gifts that keep on giving. My holiday gift guide suggestions are good for your body, your loved ones and give back to our community. Let those holiday tunes play in the background and browse away.

For the men on your list:

These funky bow ties by Jesse Tyler Ferguson are not only super cool looking, but proceeds of their sales go to support marriage equality organizations. (Bow tie info: The Berkeley – Khaki – JTF Bow Ties, 100% silk)
Available: for $25

For the women on your list (ahemmm…and from you to you):

After all that running around from party to party, the stresses of the holiday season will take a toll on anyone. Why not treat them (or yourself) to a therapeutic water circuit, body or massage treatment? Body Blitz just recently opened a new location at 497 King St. East. You can purchase a treatment or give your loved one a gift card. Either way, this is the type of gift that will put a smile on anyone’s face.
Available: from

For the socially conscious person on your list:

Craig and Marc Kielburger, co-founders of Me to We believe that we can make a difference with our purchases. These handmade wrap bracelets are made by Maasai mamas from Kenya. Me to We gives half of their profits to Free the Children, an organization that (as stated in their website) “believes in a world where all young people are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change.” (Bracelet info: Tatu Three Wrap Bracelet – leather, pewter, grey and silver bead bracelet)
Available from for $29.99

For the foodie on your list:

I’ve purchased many, many…and I mean many cookbooks in my life. The Art of Peruvian Cuisine (Part I) is one of the best purchases I’ve made. These recipes are perfect examples of the best of Peruvian cooking. Your taste buds will be happy and your hearts will be overjoyed knowing that part of the purchase is going to the Felipe Antonio Custer Foundation. This non-profit organization helps children in poor areas of Lima, Peru to receive an education. Last year, the writers/chefs released a Part II cookbook. I’m putting this one on my wish list this year.
Available from for $75


Written by Millie (Castaneda) Soriano

Millie Soriano (formerly Millie Castaneda) is a teacher by day and a health & fitness writer by night. As a writer, she visits locations and events, blogs at her site, and writes articles about healthy lifestyles in and around the city here at Spotlight Toronto. Her passion for maintaining balance in her life drives her curiosity to try all things new. This includes new gyms, bootcamps, 5K, 10K and half-marathon races, CN Tower climbs, you name it!

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