Even though I don’t do a lot of holiday shopping, I still love this time of year and get excited when I see the hustle and bustle of shoppers in malls. I like the busyness of this time of year, the lights, the general feeling of warmth and love everywhere. And yes—there is a sense of materialism, at least to some degree, everywhere I look, but I think overall people are feeling love more than anything else. The fact that malls and shops are open later and that there are tons of great fall things on sale and new winter items in stock makes it extra easy for me to head out during this time of year.
Though, there aren’t a lot of places to really stop and relax when things get really busy—holiday shopping or not. There is my old stand-by, a coffee shop. One of my favourite places to sit and relax is Second Cup. I really enjoy their warm atmosphere, their friendly staff and —of course—their delicious coffee.
To have a warm cup of coffee while still making every part of the holiday season seem like a special occasion, check out the limited edition Winter Wonderlineup.
Candy Cane Latte
Candy Cane Hot Chocolate
Candy Cane Chiller
Holiday London Fog
Holiday Treats to Eat:
Mini Mint Brownie
Mini S’mores Cupcake
Shortbread Sandwich Cookie
Which of these holiday drinks and treats have you tried
and which ones would you like to try?
One thing I love about Second Cup, is that you can have a coffee to-stay. Unlike other places, that only have to-go cups, you can ask for a mug to drink your coffee in. I really appreciate that Second Cup uses Fair Trade Rainforest Alliance and organic coffee. All coffee from Second Cup is Fairly Traded! It doesn’t just stop there, though. These Rifiki bracelets can be purchased from Second Cup for $10,with the proceeds supporting Free the Children campaign to provide safe, clean water. The bracelet is perfect as a stocking stuffer, and is so versatile—it can be used as a necklace, bracelet or hair accessory, and is handmade by mothers in Kenya. I really like gifts like this one that are both good for the gift recipient and beneficial for the person who made it, too.
I, personally, like to wear the bracelet wrapped around my wrist. I find the blue beads very soothing in colour and coolness. I haven’t yet worn it as a necklace, but might do so in the spring.
I received the above mentioned bracelet as well as a gift card for Second Cup in order to try out their holiday coffees for myself.