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From music to coffee to books, gift ideas abound this Christmas. Photo: Lucy Haines

From books to music to coffee, there's no shortage of Christmas gift deas, in-store or online. Where possible, remember to shop local too, and support the businesses that have been especially hurt during the pandemic.

We all need a little soothing in 2020. Read about the dynamic and diverse uses of essential oils with The Ultimate Guide to Aromatherapy, by Amy Galper and Jade Shutes. Written by two leading experts in Essential Oil Therapy The Ultimate Guide to Aromatherapy shows readers how oils can be used in everything from house-cleaning products and therapeutic inhalers, to diffuser blends, body care and medicinal products. There are over 50 plant profiles and all kinds of recipes in this pretty book.

Who doesn't need a little inspiration? In Break the Curse, Steve Kelley shares how he beat the odds to achieve extraordinary business success. Readers will be inspired by the real-life stories told by the entrepreneur and educator. Kelley also offers ten easy-to-understand steps to reverse hardships and restart your life-- how to think like a genius, how to set powerful goals, how to find mentors and how to build karma. There's plenty more here, so if you need this kind of inspiration in 2020, it might be the book for you.

Calling all coffee lovers. Christmas gift-giving is easy for the coffee-lover on your list. Whether you like to take pods to the office, or have the individual-type coffee maker at home, check out the huge selection of pods at the grocery store. Melitta's K-cup pods are good--I especially like the medium/dark roast. President's Choice brand has some tasty varieties too. There's a blend for any coffee drinker, and pods make a perfect stocking stuffer too.

Winnipeg native Steve Bell has released a new CD and vinyl disc in time for the holidays. The Juno award-winning Christian singer/songwriter has previous albums of Christmas/Advent music, (all lovely listens during the holiday season) but with Wouldn't You Love to Know?, Bell combines songs recorded during the COVID-19 shutdown with a 150-page booklet of reflections. See stevebell.com to order.

RGE RD The Butchery has an already hot item on its provision shelves: a one-use, eco barbecue perfect for those who want the occasional grilled meal. Whether you have a tiny balcony or just cook on a patio table top, this compact grill is ready in five minutes and gives heat for an hour of cooking. See it at the Butchery (12229-107 Ave.) before they're all gone. About $25.

Missing theatre? Need more eggnog and less stress? Give the gift of Fringe this holiday season. The Fringe Gift Guide is a curated, limited-edition bundle designed with your favourite theatre-lover and Fringe fanatic in mind. See fringetheatre.ca for the selection of cozy offerings that can make your holiday season bright.

 If you can get your hands on it, the hottest item on everyone's list is the hot chocolate bomb. Basically big chocolate balls filled with cocoa, marshmallows, and other decadent fillings, you place the bomb in your mug and pour hot milk (or any warm liquid) over top. Word is that For Sweet Sakes in Chestermere is making them (and pretty much sold out), but others have gotten on board. Crafty folk are also making their own, so this might be the way to go if you just gotta have one.