Happy Boxing Day!

While many of you may be using this day to partake in Boxing Day sales madness, and others still fulfilling family obligations, some of us on the fourth floor are all about taking advantage of the laziest day of the
year to relax and play with all of our new toys.
 While the hectic holiday rush is over, the beautiful lights are still up
and the leftovers are still fresh, so go on. Put your feet up and follow
these simple steps for the ultimate veg day.


Get your Netflix on


Is there anything better than a guilt-free movie day?  We love streaming our fave classics like 16
Candles
and She’s All That without having to scour the Internet for a working
link or, god forbid, leaving the house to go to a video store (those are still
around in some places, right?)  We know what you’re
thinking – is Canadian Netflix really worth the $7.99 a month? YES! But don’t
take our word for it; use the free one month membership when you sign up to
decide for yourself. Still not impressed? Use a hotspot shield to hide your IP
address and dig into that sweet, sweet US Netflix (but you didn’t hear that
from us).

Order In


Lots of restaurants and grocery stores may
still be closed, or have limited hours. If you don’t have a wealth of leftovers to keep you satiated for the
day, don’t risk it. Check OrderIt.ca or
Just-Eat.ca to see what cravings you can satisfy without stepping out your
door. Remember, the origin of Boxing Day comes from the yearly tradition of
tipping and gifting all the household service people (housekeepers, handymen,
delivery drivers) so don’t forget to spread some of that post-holiday cheer.

Catch up on “me time”
Nobody wants to carry the stress
and troubles of the past year into the new one. Pick up that book you’ve been meaning to finish, have a bath, Skype your
long distance besties, paint your nails or hey – have an all-day nap. And you know, just
because you’re keeping it low key doesn’t mean you have to stay completely
sedentary. When was the last time you
went for a leisurely stroll, or did yoga in your living room? Everyone is
allowed to phone it in once in awhile, so you have the fourth floor’s permission
to Treat.Yo.Self. You’re welcome.


Happy Boxing Day!

We hope you’re full and happy from the weekend festivities, whether they involve a Christmas tree or a menorah. If you need to burn off some extra calories, here’s some mad-hot shopping you can do. Fighting the crowds will take some energy, so make sure to have that extra helping of mashed potatoes.

Fred Perry and Oliver Spencer stores are offering 50 to 70 per cent off all of their stock. ‘Tis the time to pick up some beautifully tailored pieces for ladies and gents. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 962 and 964 Queen St. W.  

Visit the Oliver Spencer store for great deals.

Be sure to use ShopCatch while you’re out today. It’s the easiest app to tell you where the best deals are, wherever you are. There are mall maps, store directories and keyword/category searches. Free to download. 

Holt Renfrew is notoriously secretive about their sales; retail sales staff often don’t know about the sales until the day-of. So while we can’t share the exact Boxing Day sales details, we can tell you the Bloor Street outpost will be open as of 7 a.m. All you earlybird shoppers can get there early and be done shopping in time for brunch. 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 50 Bloor St. W.

Holts’ festive holiday window.


Each year, our favourite Ossington boutique, Jonathan + Olivia, has an incredible Boxing Day sale. This year they kicked off their sale early – from December 22 onwards, they’ll be offering up to 70 per cent off select merchandise. This includes markdowns on already reduced items! From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 49 Ossington Ave.

Still a relative newcomer to the Queen West block, Bicyclette Boutique will be closed on Boxing Day but will hold a Boxing Week sale beginning on Monday, December 27. Almost everything in the store will be 30 to 70 per cent off retail. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 880 Queen St. W. 

If you’re not one to battle the crowds on Boxing Day, then head to the Drake Hotel for the first night of the annual What’s In The Box Music Festival. For a measly $5, you can catch Buck 65 and Grandtheft tearing it up in the Underground. This might be the best possible way to burn off those holiday calories.
Photo credit: David Walman