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thank you 51,250 times!

This has been quite the month! On December 1st I launched my #613giftguide, and you folks went so bananas that I immediately started receiving requests for another one, and offers of amazing prizes from even more local businesses.

So I launched a second, and then a third, and you wonderful peeps just kept on entering and sharing the love. In fact, you folks entered a total of 51, 250 times. CAN YOU EVEN FRIGGING BELIEVE THAT? You 613ers are the best! The official best!!

I want to say a heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you entered, commented saying how you were going local this year, sent me such thoughtful notes, and shared your own favourite local gems.

When I started this little project of mine just over a year ago, I could never have imagined the incredible response and the phenomenal community we'd build together. Honestly, I'm deeply touched and humbled by you incredible folks. Thank you.

Let's announce some winners, shall we? Here we go!

winner of #613giftguide number one

Tania W.! Tania won a monster-sized prize worth over $1000 that included:

  • a Meowy Christmas gift pack from Milk Shop

  • a pair of saltwater float sessions from ISO Spa

  • a grey Brooklyn beanie & texting gloves from T's Crochet Shoppe

  • a $100 gift card from Mopify

  • two Woodsmoke & Olive candles from Maker House Co.

  • a copper Bodum coffee press & coffee cups from Pot & Pantry

  • an unlimited one-month fitness pass from The Dailey Method Ottawa

  • a trio of handmade headbands from Eaby Chic

  • a sparkle wrap necklace from Vincent

  • a festive wreath from blumenstudio

  • a blow-dry and Redken hair products from Westboro Spa & Hair Studio

  • a pair of passes to any beer tour from Brew Donkey

winner of #613giftguide number two

Jennifer G.! Jennifer won another huge prize also valued at $1000 that included:

  • a $100 gift card for The Ten Spot in Westboro

  • a FURLA designer wallet from Valamode

  • a pair of Rayban sunglasses from Eyemaxx Optical Studio

  • a $100 gift card for EVOO Greek Kitchen

  • a trio of Paddywax candles from Boogie & Birdie

  • an unlimited one-month fitness pass from Iron North Studio

  • a set of two gold-filled stacking bracelets from Strut Jewelry

  • a men's or women's hoodie and $50 gift card for Dominion City Brewing Co.

winner of #613giftguide number three

Avi N.! Avi won a truly massive prize worth nearly $1000, packed with goodies from The Freewheeling Craft Pop-Up Shop:

  • Assortment of Alicja Confections chocolate

  • Ties + Things set of 3 bowties

  • Chobhi Dahlia scarf

  • Sadie & June Ottawa heart map

  • Clay Pigeon Designs kitty bowl

  • Chalkboard Chique decanter set

  • Mini Geeks grow-with-me pants

  • Nature Imprint platter

  • On the Rocks Originals: 2 pairs of earrings and 1 tie bar

  • Down East upcycled mittens

  • Tangente infinity scarf

  • Top Shelf Preserves Whiskey Orange Marmalade

  • Eco Equitable Flagbearer duffle bag

  • Ode to August Six One Three tee

  • Cardamom & Cloves 6-month spice subscription

  • The Sweetest Digs pillow, art prints, mug, and pencil case

  • Wild Things Jewelry & Decor necklace

All the winners have been contacted and are collecting their mountains of local prizes. Tania, Jennifer, and Avi, congratulations on winning three of my most popular giveaways ever!

To everyone else, you know I've got loads more for you!!

Both contests are open across Canada, so please share 'em with all your favourite Canucks wherever they live. And tomorrow I'm launching a New Year's Eve giveaway, so keep your eyes on the blog!

Wishing every single one of you a very Merry Christmas and only good things in 2017. xo

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