INGRID’S FAVOURITE THINGS: It’s not too late to shop


INGRID’S FAVOURITE THINGS: It’s not too late to shop

Crunch time to Christmas!

Before you start thinking that lottery tickets from the gas station are a great gift idea, how about you let me help you out.

I am no Oprah or Ellen but I am fortunate enough to have some cool things sent to me. I am duty bound to share this with you so you don't have to wander the aisles looking for the perfect gift.


For the sports fan.

Wayne Gretzky has a new book.

He's the great one and has many amazing stories. But now he talks about what the game means to him with stories looking back at some great moments in hockey.

And the man can tell a story!


For the thrill seeker. 

If you know someone who loved "Gone Girl" and "Girl On The Train" this is a must read.

Clare Mackintosh is author of "I See You". Imagine seeing a grainy picture of yourself in the classified ads with no explanation. Are you alone? Who is watching you?

Great ready to curl up with this! But guaranteed to mess with your head a little.


For the the thinker in your family, the one who likes to analyze everything, this gift is for them.

 Pick up Jodi Picoult's latest book "Small Great Things"

I am a huge fan of her books because she can weave a story and make you lose track of time. (I abandoned my family for days while reading Picoult's "Leaving Time").

In "Small Great Things" a white supremacist couple go the hospital to have a baby but they don't want Nurse Ruth, who is black, to touch their baby.

The hospital complies, but the baby later goes into cardiac distress when Ruth is on duty. She hesitates before rushing in to perform CPR.

When her indecision ends in tragedy, Ruth finds herself on trial.

If that isn't enough to hook you, then I don't know what is.


For the one on your list who organizes "game night".

A new game for you.

Punderdome. If you love to make bad puns, start playing.

Even if you are not good at it then your bad answers will make for laughs.

I pulled two cards. One said "The Beatles", the other card said "alcohol".

My coworker yelled "Let It Beer" and "Love Me Brew" and we hadn't even read the rules.

If you see yourself facing some long family dinners then this may be the answer to surviving the holidays.


And if my gift ideas saved you some time then feel free to head to the gas station or corner store and buy some lottery tickets for me!

Merry Christmas!

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