How to supercharge your holiday gift-making with rewards
DIY experts share their tips for creating unforgettable gifts that also let them earn major points on their Scene+ card
The start of the holiday season is a great excuse to get festive and break out the ugly sweaters—but finding the perfect gifts, and staying on budget, can be a challenge.
One solution that can help you (and your wallet) breathe a bit easier? Try your hand at crafty DIY gifts for a personal touch, using materials and supplies that also help you rack up points on your loyalty program.
DIY home expert Connor Lamoureux and food blogger Tasnim Rahman know a thing or two about putting the joy back in gift giving with extra-special presents. This year, they’ve simplified their plans by picking up supplies where they already shop every day, while earning Scene+ points to use once all the unwrapping is done.
Connor Lamoureux, better known on social media as Connor Creates, is a West Coast–based digital creator whose content defies a singular niche, and stems from an endless sense of curiosity. “It’s my joy to create, whether it be an art project, woodworking, cooking or filmmaking,” he says. “Variety keeps things fresh and always fun!” This season, Connor challenged himself to create DIY wooden gifts out of an old stack of firewood. He’s a regular at his local Home Hardware, so picking up tools for the project was easy, as was earning 50 points for every $50 spent with his Scene+ membership.
Armed with basic tools like an axe, a drill and chisels, he started chipping and smoothing away—and soon enough he had a stash of charming candle holders, vases, lamps and spoons. Once he had a few complete, he gift-wrapped them and left them in a variety of public spaces for passersby to find and enjoy. “I was really happy with how it all turned out,” he says.
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He even transformed a leftover piece of wood into a retro-inspired lamp. “It was my first time making a few of these pieces. It was such a fun, creative challenge!” He says even if the result isn’t perfect, the effort and thoughtfulness behind a handmade gift adds extra meaning.And while he’s always stopping into Home Hardware for something—“It’s one of those stores that I visit practically every week,” he says—he saves the points he collects to reward himself with movie nights at Cineplex and travel offers, when he doesn’t have a project on the go. He earns a point for every dollar he spends using his Scotiabank Scene+ Visa Card, which he sees as a way to turn sandpaper into a sandy-beach getaway.
Toronto-based blogger Tasnim Rahman shares family-friendly recipes, travel adventures and lifestyle content on Instagram and TikTok from her point of view as a mom and science teacher. This year, she’s giving traditional holiday sweets some extra festive flair, and her son’s getting in on the fun.Rahman painted homemade gingerbread cookies with her son—a favourite of his this time of year. “Sprinkles and gummies galore!” Rahman says. “The cookies turned out great, and the experience was a nice way for my son and I to spend time together and do something creative. Naturally, the project grew, and we ended up making some nachos, and hot chocolate to enjoy afterward.”
When shopping, Rahman loves the convenience of having what she needs in one place. “Sobeys is my one-stop shop for holiday baking, and it’s a huge bonus that I can earn Scene+ points on my regular grocery run,” she says.As a movie lover, Rahman is a longtime Scene+ points collector, but she recently acquired a Scotiabank Scene+ Visa Card upon learning she can redeem points on big-ticket purchases, like travel and grocery hauls. “I can also use my Scotiabank Scene+ Visa Card as well as my Scene+ card to get even more points on a single purchase,” says Rahman.