What do the ELLE editors want to see under the tree this year?

Kathryn Hudson, Features editor I’ve somehow been wrangled into hosting 101 holiday get-togethers this year. Family is coming to town! In-laws want to hang! Old friends are home for the holidays! Literally, the glossy Cinnamon
KitchenAid Blender and Stand Mixer from
Amazon.ca (check out the gift giveaway
here) are the only things that have a chance of getting me Martha Stewart-ready in time—and hopefully saving my holiday-sanity. At the very least I’ll be able to make a blender full of Margaritas and a batch of semi-decent sugar cookies. Right?

Vanessa Craft, Beauty director

Beauty editors often refer to stand out products that should be housed in a “beauty museum”. Whether it’s for an incredible design, form or function, there are simply some makeup creations that deserve to be set within a glass case located inside a temperature-monitored room behind a velvet rope. Please, no flash photography. The NARS Kudoki Kabuki Mini Lip Coffret ($135, exclusive to The Bay) is one such item. With a clear style nod to Japanese simplicity and elegance, the bento-box style case holds three hand-poured lipstick pots filled with eye-popping holiday colour. It’s my top pick from the ELLE Holiday Giveaway, especially as the prize includes the NARS Hanamichi Kabuki-Inspired Eyeshadow Palette ($70, www.narscosmetics.com).

Christina Reynolds, Senior editor

“For me, rugs are like new clothes: I like to change them with the seasons.” — Kirsten Korhani, creative director, Korhani If you’d like to swap out your current ho-hum rug for a more fashion-inspired style just like Kirsten Korhani, then enter to win three ELLE Canada-Korhani co-designed rugs as part of our Holiday Giveaway Contest. Better hurry! The contest closes December 9th.  To read more about the design process behind the rugs that were inspired by the fall/winter runway collections of Chloe, Peter Pilotto and Missoni, check out the December issue of ELLE Canada or read the story online here.

Alannah O’Neil, Associate editor

As soon as the weather gets cold, my chocolate cravings heat up. There’s simply nothing more decadent than lounging by the fireplace with a glass of red wine and some gourmet chocolate. That’s why my ideal gift from the ELLE Holiday Giveaway is the Green & Black Organic chocolate prize pack. Green & Black products are fair trade certified and use organic cocoa sourced principally from the Dominican Republic and Belize. With two baskets valued at a total $500 (check out the gift giveaway here) I’m sure to be well-stocked until the snow melts! (To read more about Green & Black Organic, check out the story here.)