Find the BEST Gifts to Buy with the TELUS Holiday Gift Guide!

Okay, everyone, it’s not too late. I know you’re stressed out—there’s not enough time to buy all the gifts, bake all the treats, see all the people and wrap all the things… but we’re a species that’s all too good at overcomplicating stuff for ourselves.

Ladies and gents, I’m here to show you a better way.

It wasn’t so long ago that people just knew TELUS for its phones. They’ve always had more services out West, but it’s not like you’d think to give the gifts of a mobile plan when Christmas came along.

But things have changed. Now you have the TELUS Connected Experience Stores and plenty of offerings online from their many brand partners. It’s a brave new world my fellow last-minute shoppers, and TELUS might just be the ones to help save your Christmas!*

(*Perhaps your Christmas doesn’t need saving at all and you just like cool stuff. If that’s you, don’t worry—this post’s for you, too!)

The 2017 100 — It’s Not WHAT You Do, It’s How You DO It.

Unless my life sees some major changes this year, 2017 may mark the last list of 100!

It’s January 13th—I’ve spent nearly two weeks of my new year agonising over 100 items that matter enough to hit a list of goals and aspirations for the year ahead. And that’s a key difference from the lists that came before it.

Before it was a task list—I’d look around at everything that needed doing and jot it down, because my life would obviously be better with them out of the way.

But task lists aren’t inspiring. They’re not motivational. As a creative, that’s like dropping a pile of 100 things I dread on my lap and nagging myself to get ’em done by the year’s end.

Once I realised what I was doing to myself, so much so that I just went through my least successful year yet for my list, I knew I needed to make a change for 2017.

The 2017 100 — It's Not WHAT You Do, It's How You DO It. — New Year, New Perspective

I’m particularly proud of the list I’ve put together for The 2017 100. I didn’t take any shortcuts—I wrote out 100 things that’d help me live the life I’d like to lead and prove instrumental along the path there. Rather than hurriedly scrawl out a list I’d likely ignore ’til December, I wrote one that I’d happily check off, knowing that each accomplishment would take me a step closer to a far better 2018. I feel like I’m finally getting it right this time, and I hope that shines through as you give it a look for yourself!

But that’s enough of my chatter—I’ve already made you wait long enough. Here for your consideration is The 2017 100—because it’s not what you do… it’s how you do it!

GIVEAWAY: Scoring the Best Gifts Thanks to the Best Buy Blue Shirts!

I’m apparently impossible to shop for.

Scoring the Best Gifts Thanks to the Best Buy Blue Shirts! — Vegas Haul Februaru 2013
If you send me to Vegas and you’re all like, “Hey Casey, here’s $1000 to spend,” you’d better believe I’m going all-out!!!

In the nine years we’ve been together, Sarah’s seen firsthand how I operate. When I need something, I usually get it myself. My purchases usually involve a ton of research and consideration before committing, but when I’m ready, I’m not one to wait for permission to add a new tool to my life.

Which makes it really hard to get me Christmas gifts when I’ve already bought the things I’d put on my wishlist months in advance. But my fierce independence didn’t dissuade Best Buy Canada who approached me with a mission—to choose a cool gift for myself from their Top 20 Under $200, a list curated by my helpful local Best Buy Blue Shirt, and find someone on my “nice list” who’d get something too!

Scoring the Best Gifts Thanks to the Best Buy Blue Shirts! — Baby Palmer Playing in the GrassI guess there’s plenty of people I could’ve chosen for my nice list, but really—the more I hustle, the more I realise how important my family is to me, and whether good times or bad, they’re always the ones I’ll think of first.

So after making a list (and checking it twice), I saw something I’d always wanted to try, but never saw reason to buy for myself, and added the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit to our home!

GIVEAWAY: How AfterShokz’s Bluez 2S Bluetooth Headphones Will Rock You to the BONE.

I fancy myself a bit of an audiophile. Not the super-pretentious sort who’ll only listen to music within a certain frequency range or pooh-pooh on those who don’t have thousands laying about for a premium home entertainment system, but with music playing such an important role in my life, I want it to sound good.

At home, it’s all about my audio-technica M50s that fit comfortably over my head while banging out the blog posts. While on the go, I prefer something a little more portable and use my Shure SE425s (because R.I.P. SE535s…), which combine dual drivers and a nice long cable to keep me from tying myself up—especially in the sardine can commute home, where all I want to do is vibe out a little before I get home to my kids and the real job I have when away from the office. (That’s parenting, for anyone who didn’t catch it.)

But what about the times you want to go wireless? When you’re working on getting the perfect beach body or biking around town enjoying the unseasonably warm weather we’re getting this winter?

That’s where the AfterShokz Bluez 2S come in.

How AfterShokz's Bluez 2S Bluetooth Headphones Will Rock You to the BONE — Casual Wear on the Street

Last I remember using a Bluetooth headset, they were all the rage—these dinky earpieces you’d clip on your ear to let the world know you were far too busy to interact with it.

But things have come a long way since then, and AfterShokz is out to prove it has a premium, durable headset, with the wires often made synonymous with sound quality, lengthy strands of wires and insulation to get your favourite tunes from your devices to your eardrums.

Using patented bone conduction technology originally developed for military special operations and law enforcement 15 years ago (yes, you read that right), AfterShokz’s open ear design for the Bluez 2S is not only comfortable, it delivers sound through your cheekbones to your inner ears via mini vibrations, which gives you solid sound quality without removing the ambient noise awareness that comes in handy when you’re trying to do things like not get hit by traffic. It’s only been out for a number of months and retails for $99.99 USD—and better yet—one of you lucky readers will walk away with an AfterShokz Bluez 2S of your very own in the colour of your choice! The contest is open to Canadians aged 18+ outside of Quebec and runs until April 5th at 11:59 PM—may the odds ever be in your favour!

AfterShokz Blues 2S Headphones Giveaway

The AfterShokz Bluez 2S — A New Way of Giving Your Earbuds the Good Stuff!

How AfterShokz's Bluez 2S Bluetooth Headphones Will Rock You to the BONE — Push Up ExerciseEvery now and then, a new technology comes along that asks us to rethink how we think about the world and open our minds to new possibilities if we take a step away from the norm. The AfterShokz Bluez 2S may very well start to change the way we think about mobile audio, but it all starts with the willingness to do away with wires and experience a whole new world of sound in the most unexpected of ways!

Good luck to everyone who enters, and if you need me, I’ll be here jamming to some tracks from the latest Rihanna album!

Adios and until the next,

–case p.


Disclaimer: AfterShokz compensated me for their giveaway with a pair of AfterShokz Bluez 2S wireless headphones for myself! I already own numerous wired sets—since I basically can’t work without music in the background—but I’ve gotta say; I never saw bone conduction technology coming! You should give a try if you’re given the chance ????