Here at MadHatter, we're big fans of celebrating the magic around us as often as possible. As we near one of the most magical times of the year, our team wanted to share all the things that get us excited for the holidays. From our favourite holiday recipes, to techy stocking stuffers, to the holiday commercials that really lit up our lives this winter, and everything in between.


Every day from now until Christmas Eve, enjoy the collection of magic that the team here at MadHatter has put together to share with our community!


Welcome to Mad Hatter's 12 Days of Christmas countdown!

Day 12: Top Three Christmas Campaigns

The Mad Hatter’s look forward to seeing the big brands' Christmas campaigns each year, and appreciating the creativity that goes into them - especially the emotional campaigns which cause our eyes to brim with tears.



Amazon - Joyride

Amazon did a great job celebrating the season and keeping it simple with an emotional ad called “Joy Ride’. This ad features three mature women sitting on a bench watching the younger generation slide down a hill laughing with no concerns but being in the moment. After returning home, one of the women orders a set of cushion seats from Amazon in order to line the sleds for her and friends for comfort. She then surprises her friends with the cushions the next day, allowing the aged friends go down the hill in comfort.

WestJet - Holiday Heroes

As always, WestJet never fails to make our hearts swell during the holiday season. The focus of their 2023 Christmas advert was acknowledging that during all of the hustle and bustle there are many people that do not have an opportunity to spend time with family and friends over the holidays due to employment scheduling, lack of financial freedom and distance. WestJet surprised three employees in the travel industry that were working hard, busy bridging others to be with their families over the holidays, by bringing their families to them to spend time together - highlighting the importance of spending time with loved ones over the holidays.

IKEA - Take a Holiday from the Holidays

IKEA took a clever approach to the festive season this year, focusing on moments of solitude that are needed but rarely obtained during the holidays. Their Christmas advert shows different situations where people participating in the holidays sneak away seeking moments of respite in random rooms around the house, highlighting home items from who else but IKEA.


Be sure to check out our favourite Christmas adverts released over the years below!


Community Engagement Christmas Campaigns


Christmas Campaigns in Circulation - 2016


Top Three Emotional Christmas Campaigns




It's not what we have in life, but who we have in our life that matters.
J.M. Laurence
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Day 11: Gadgets to Gift this Christmas!


Pico Plant Waterer

Plant watererChristmas is not only a season for cherished moments with family and friends but also an opportunity to share our hobbies with those we hold dear. Being a developer, there's no greater satisfaction than leveraging my skills to enhance the hobbies of my loved ones. My girlfriend loves plants and her aspiration to expand her collection sparked an idea to introduce automation into the mix, particularly for tasks like watering. The concept evolved beyond mere automation; my tech enthusiast side sought optimization. Which is how I found the simple solution of using the Raspberry Pi Pico Plant watering system, which allows us to effortlessly care for several plants via a simple server setup. I’m excited to try this project at home and perhaps in the future grow some vegetables for cooking, and I thought I’d share to inspire others to do the same!



Nix Colour Sensor

NIX colour sensor

Have you ever been going about your day when you come across an intriguing colour that would be perfect in your next creative project? With the Nix Colour Sensor, you can easily figure out exactly what that mysterious colour is called along with all the details you need to make use of it!

This innovative device is a game-changer for artists, designers, and anyone who loves exploring the world of colors. The Nix Mini 3 allows you to capture and identify colors instantly, making it a handy tool for creative projects, graphic design, and anything else you may need a unique colour palette for. Its compact size makes it convenient to carry anywhere, ensuring that inspiration is always at your fingertips. Give the gift of precision and creativity this holiday season with the Nix Mini 3 Color Sensor – a thoughtful and practical present that will delight the creative soul in your life.

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Day 10: Christmas Inspired Pinterest Board


Known as a hub for creativity, inspiration, collaboration and organization, Pinterest remains one of our favourite applications to this day due to being an image discovery engine. 


In celebration of the season, the Hatter’s have created a Pinterest board full of festive ideas, for work and home, ranging from decor to drink recipes and even including unique ways to wrap gifts. 


The personalization features Pinterest provides is pleasing, as we truly see the content we want to see. 


Check it out here


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Day 9: Stocking Stuffers for Tech Lovers


1. Electronics cleaning brush:


Clean computer workspace

You use your computer every day. You do your admin tasks in the morning, use countless applications throughout the day to get your work done, and pop into your emails at the end of the day to make sure nothing was missed. For many of us, the majority of our day is spent on our computers.

And, let’s be honest… it’s starting to show.

The dust that appears to be collecting on the screen is a reminder of how long it sits open. There’s still a tiny mark on the trackpad that you’re pretty sure is a splash of coffee. And is that a crumb peeking out at you from underneath the spacebar? 


We’ve all been there. This holiday season, pick up the perfect stocking stuffer to help keep your workspaces clean.


This option is one of many under $40. An electronics cleaning kit is the perfect stocking stuffer or small gift to give to those in your life who have computers that could use a little TLC. Many kits come with a keyboard brush, screen spray and wipes, and miniature dusters to get into all the little nooks and crannies of your workstation. 


2. Tile tracker:


Wallet and keys on desktop

One of the main venues of innovation in the tech industry is size; the smaller, the more portable, the better. Most of us can agree that today’s smartphones that fit perfectly in our pockets are far more desirable than the 4.5lb devices of the early eighties. 

But the smaller the device or accessory gets, the greater the chances that eventually, we’re going to lose track of it. 

Imagine no longer feeling the stress of digging through your bag to find your stylus or tearing apart your living room to figure out where you’ve left the remote; *cue relieved sigh*.

Luckily, alongside the reduction of device size came the production of a beautifully handy device called the Tile. There are many variations of this device, but the basis is that the Tile is a keychain tracking device that can be hooked up/attached/stuck to all of your tiny little tech toys. When you’ve lost one, no need to worry. Simply use the app in your phone to alert you to the location!

Lost your phone itself?

…. Ok you got me there. Have you tried “Find My iPhone”?




3. Solar powered charging bank:


Sunny table top with mug

It’s frustrating when your device dies when you really need it and there’s no outlet, and it’s possibly even more frustrating when your powerbank ALSO dies when there’s no outlet.

If there’s one power source that we can find almost anywhere, it’s the sun. This solar powered charging bank doesn’t require a wall outlet to charge. Instead, just find a nice sunny spot to set it up and enjoy more battery power from a new source!








4. Shortcut Keyboard covers:


Four custom keyboard covers

Keyboard shortcuts are another one of those innovations that have the intention of making life easier, which they absolutely do.

As long as you remember the shortcuts you need, that is.

When you’re someone who enjoys making use of some of the most popular creative software programs, such as the Adobe Creative Cloud, then you’ve also been introduced to a plethora of new and more complex shortcuts specific to the program you’re using. There are so many keyboard shortcuts that you probably aren’t even aware of half of them, let alone have them all memorized.

Enter: Shortcut Keyboard Covers. 

A silicone keyboard cover that not only makes your keyboard super stylish, but also conveniently has the keyboard shortcuts you may need printed directly onto the cover itself. Rely less on your memory—which would probably be better used to remember the Christmas list you’re trying to get through—and just take a look at your keyboard for whatever shortcut you need.

This website has an impressive amount of options so you can find a keyboard for your specific needs!



5. Smart, reusable notebook: 


Reusable notebook

There’s nothing worse than coming up with an idea or thinking of something you need to remember at an inconvenient moment when you don’t have any way to write it down. But it’s also slightly annoying to have endless sticky notes and bits of paper laying around with important things written on them.

This reusable notebook offers a solution to all of the above. Since it’s easily erasable and portable, you can take it with you everywhere, pull it out when you need it, and then erase it to reuse it. No more endless notes laying around or wasted paper.










6. Bluetooth pocket printer:


Mini printed photos

This is a fun one. It may not be the most necessary, but it sure is cool to have the ability to print a small version of whatever you’d like via Bluetooth. And, it’s pocket sized, so you’re free to bring it with you wherever you go. 























7. Blue light blocking glasses -


Blue light blocking glasses

A classic, and for good reason. Many studies have shown that certain blue light can affect the body’s ability to fall asleep and get good sleep. It’s no wonder then that many of us struggle to sleep well and keep a consistent sleep schedule when we’re on our devices all the time. Since the popularity of blue light blocking glasses has increased so much over the past decade or so, the styles and options have also grown exponentially. 

It's such a simple, easy gift or stocking stuffer that can also genuinely improve someone’s life.











8. USB coffee cup warmer: 


Electric coffee cup warmer

Whether you’re working on a 20 page website mockup or sifting through the thousandth line of code on the hunt for a pesky bug, having a cup of coffee or tea by your side always makes the work a little bit better. But that pleasantry is almost non-existent when you pick up your cup for a sip only to find that the sip is barely room temperature.

With this USB coffee cup warmer, you never have to worry about cold coffee again! This warmer has three different temperature settings and an auto shutoff option, so you hardly have to think about accidentally leaving it turned on.


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Day 8: Seasonal Spotify List 


Little Toy TrainsI love Christmas songs but one thing that I always find interesting is that I keep hearing the same song everywhere I go. Don’t get me wrong, I still appreciate the same song from Mariah Carey, you know which one I mean, but this Christmas I wanted to give a chance to other songs that may not be as popular but hold still hold that warm meaning that we love to share on the holidays.


My favourite one is Little toy trains. This song starts with a mellow country tune which is very relaxing by itself. But what is really inspiring in this song is the loving message from a parent to their child.


This reminded me of the jolly times my parents got me ready to bed when I was a child. And also fills me with joyfulness when I get to do the same to my future children. Before we know it, every end of the year “All is calm, all is well. Soon you'll hear Kris Kringle and the jingle bells”.

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Day 7: Unwrap the Future with our Wearable Tech Gift Guide


As the holiday season approaches, finding the perfect gift for the tech-savvy individuals in your life can be a daunting task. Our Wearable Tech Gift Guide is here to help you navigate through the latest innovations that seamlessly blend technology with style and functionality. From cozy Bluetooth beanies to cutting-edge smart glasses, these gadgets are sure to make the season bright for your loved ones.

Bluetooth Beanie

Stay warm and connected with this Bluetooth Beanie, the perfect fusion of fashion and technology. This cozy accessory comes equipped with built-in Bluetooth speakers, allowing users to wirelessly listen to their favorite tunes or answer calls while on the go!

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Apollo Wearable

For those seeking balance and wellness, the Apollo Wearable is a groundbreaking device designed to help manage stress and improve focus. This sleek wearable uses gentle vibrations to activate the body's natural relaxation response, promoting a sense of calm and well-being. The Apollo Wearable is a gift that prioritizes mental health in a tech-forward way, and we love it!

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Oura Ring

Elegance meets innovation with the Oura Ring, a sophisticated piece of smart jewelry that goes beyond aesthetics. This sleek ring discreetly tracks various health metrics, including sleep quality, activity levels, and overall well-being. Its personalized insights empower users to make informed decisions about their health and lifestyle (and this gold colour is gorgeous!).

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RayBan Smart Glasses

Combine iconic style with cutting-edge technology by gifting the RayBan Smart Glasses. These stylish spectacles seamlessly integrate smart features, allowing users to make calls, listen to music, and receive notifications without reaching for their smartphone. They’re the perfect accessory for tech enthusiasts who value both form and function.

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Whether it's a cozy Bluetooth beanie for chilly days, a stress-relieving Apollo Wearable, a health-tracking Oura Ring, or the sleek RayBan Smart Glasses, these wearable tech gifts are sure to make a lasting impression on the tech aficionados in your life. Embrace the future of fashion and technology with these thoughtful and functional presents that redefine the way we live, work, and play!

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Day 6: MadHatter’s Favourite Holiday Recipes


In this post, we've gathered a collection of favourite holiday recipes from our team m, each with its unique flair and flavor. Let's embark on a culinary journey and discover the stories behind these cherished recipes.


Christmas Paneton (Sweet Bread) - Renato:

Sweet Bread

In Latin America, Christmas wouldn't be complete without the rich and aromatic Christmas Paneton. Renato's recipe, passed down through generations, features a delectable, sweet bread infused with fruits, nuts, and spices. Its soft texture and heavenly aroma make it the perfect centerpiece for holiday gatherings, filling homes with the warmth of tradition and the spirit of the season.

Make your own:

Homemade Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream

Apple Crumble

A favourite of Calvin's, Homemade Apple Crumble is a timeless classic that never fails to please. Freshly baked apples, cinnamon, and a buttery crumbly topping come together to create a dessert that is both rustic and indulgent. Served warm with a scoop of velvety vanilla ice cream, this dessert is a symphony of flavors that captures the essence of winter festivities.

Make your own:

Lasagna or Mulled Wine

Lasagne and Mulled Wine

Brandon presents a festive dilemma with two equally enticing options. For those craving a hearty and savory dish, a classic lasagna recipe promises layers of pasta, rich meat sauce, and gooey cheese—a comforting holiday favourite. Alternatively (or perhaps alongside the lasagna…) enjoy the aromatic and spiced allure of mulled wine, a warm beverage that infuses red wine with citrus, spices, and a touch of sweetness.

Make your own (lasagna):

Make your own (mulled wine):

Natural Hot Apple Cider or Vegan Eggnog

Our Agency Director, Melanie, offers a choice between two soul-warming beverages.

Egg Nog and Apple Cider

The first is a Hot Apple Cider, made with fresh apples, cinnamon, and cloves—guaranteed to evoke the nostalgia of crisp winter days. Alternatively, for those seeking a dairy-free indulgence, why not try to create vegan Eggnog, a creamy and spiced concoction that captures the essence of the classic holiday drink without compromising on flavour.

Make your own hot apple cider:

Make your own vegan egg nog:

Homemade Speculaas Cookies


Kayla invites to experience the joy of baking Homemade Speculaas Cookies. These traditional Dutch spiced cookies, often associated with the holiday season, boast a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. With their intricately designed molds, these cookies not only please the palate but also add a touch of festive charm to any holiday gathering.


Make your own speculaas cookies:

Apples with Cream, Pecans, and Cherries

apples pecans cherries

Our Creative Designer Nancy's favourite holiday foods is a simple yet elegant dessert that celebrates the natural sweetness of fruit. Sliced apples, drizzled with velvety cream, adorned with crunchy pecans, and crowned with succulent cherries create a dish that is both visually stunning and delicious. This dessert is a testament to the beauty of simplicity, allowing the natural flavours to shine through.

Make your own apples with cream:

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Day 5: 'Tis the Season for Family Friendly Online Fun!


The closer we get to Christmas, the more excited! What better way to get into the festive spirit and keep everyone entertained than by exploring some fun and interactive Christmas web applications?


Elf Yourself - Dance Into the Holidays!

Elf Yourself has become a staple in the realm of online holiday entertainment. This web app lets you turn yourself and your loved ones into dancing elves, complete with festive backgrounds and catchy holiday tunes. The process is simple: upload photos of faces you want to elf-ify, customize the elf features, and watch as your personalized elves showcase their dance moves.

Elf Yourself App

Elf Yourself is a fantastic icebreaker for virtual holiday gatherings and a guaranteed source of laughter for both adults and children.

Check it out here:




Google Santa Tracker - Games, Coding, and Christmas Magic!

For a more interactive and educational experience, check out the Google Santa Tracker. Google's annual Santa Tracker offers a variety of features to keep you and the kids entertained in the countdown to Christmas.


One of the standout features of the Google Santa Tracker is its collection of engaging games. From snowball fights to jetpack adventures, these games are designed to be enjoyable for all ages. What makes the experience even more exciting is the inclusion of block-based coding games.

Santa Tracker App

As Christmas Eve approaches, the tracker provides real-time updates on Santa's journey around the world, allowing children to follow his sleigh as he delivers presents to different countries. It's a magical and heartwarming way to build anticipation and create lasting memories for the entire family.


Check it out here:


These web apps are sure to add a sprinkle of festive magic to your days leading up to Christmas. So, gather your loved ones, fire up your devices, and let the holiday fun begin! 

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Day 4: Places to Get Holiday eCards! 

This year, consider going the eco-friendly route by opting for delightful holiday eCards. Here are four wonderful websites where you can find an array of animated eCards to make your season bright:


1. Paperless Post

Paperless Post has long been a go-to destination for chic and personalized online greetings. Their holiday eCard collection is no exception, featuring a blend of stylish designs and interactive elements. From elegant winter landscapes to playful animations, Paperless Post offers a diverse range of options to suit every taste.


 Paperless Post



2. Kisseo

Kisseo is another fantastic platform to explore when looking for charming and whimsical holiday eCards. With a wide selection of designs ranging from traditional to contemporary, Kisseo caters to various preferences. The animated cards bring the festive season to life, making your digital greetings memorable and enjoyable.





3. Send Wish Online

For a unique and interactive eCard experience, look no further than Send Wish Online. This platform takes digital greetings to the next level with playful animations and engaging features. The holiday eCard collection includes a variety of options, from festive snowmen to heartwarming winter scenes. What sets Send Wish Online apart is the ability to create collaborative eCards where multiple people can contribute messages and well-wishes. This feature is perfect for coordinating greetings from friends, family, or colleagues, adding an extra layer of warmth to your holiday wishes.


Send Wish Online


4. Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain has been a pioneer in the eCard industry, offering a blend of timeless classics and modern delights. Their Christmas eCard collection is diverse, featuring everything from traditional nativity scenes to animated Santas spreading joy. The option to add a personal touch with customizable messages makes the experience even more special.


blue mountain e card


Far away from loved ones this holiday season? Embrace the convenience and eco-friendly nature of digital greetings. Spread the joy, and make this holiday season a little brighter for your loved ones with a personalized and animated eCard!

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Day 3: Festive Ways to Supercharge Your Holiday Productivity


The holiday season is in full swing, and while the temptation to slip into a hibernation-like nap is strong, responsibilities often refuse to take a holiday. We've got three delightful ways to invite a festive spirit into your productivity, making work feel a bit merrier and brighter.


1. Plant Holiday Cheer with Forest App

Kickstart your productivity with a touch of holiday magic using the Forest app. This adorable timer lets you plant and grow virtual trees for each dedicated work session. The best part? All the trees are decked out in festive holiday themes for the month of December! Take a look at this screenshot from one of our team members' accounts:

Forest App

Watching your productivity bloom alongside these holiday-themed trees adds a delightful twist to your work routine. It's a win-win – get your tasks done and enjoy a festive forest!


2. Create a Cozy Work Atmosphere with Holiday Background Videos

Transport the Christmas ambiance directly to your workspace with holiday-themed background videos. Imagine working to the soothing sounds of a crackling fire, snowy windows, and soft instrumental Christmas music. Here are a couple of options to elevate your work environment- 


Immerse yourself in the cozy ambiance of a Christmas bookstore with this 8-hour video, perfect for a productive workday:




Alternatively, enjoy the serene atmosphere of a holiday lounge room available to listen to live 24/7 leading up to Christmas: 

These background videos create a festive cocoon around your workspace, making your tasks feel a bit more magical.


3. Gamify Your To-Do List with Habitica's Winter Wonderland

As the countdown to Christmas intensifies, maintaining focus on work tasks amidst the holiday chaos can be challenging. Enter Habitica, a productivity tracker that turns your to-do list into a game. Gamify your tasks and enjoy playing while you work. 


The app also features a special Winter Wonderland theme, ensuring an extra dose of holiday excitement!


With these holiday-themed productivity boosters, you're only days away from conquering your to-do list and savoring the joy of the season. Give them a try, and may your workdays be both merry and productive!


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Day 2: Places to Purchase Holiday Inspired E-books

We strongly believe that reading is one of the best ways to spend free time over the holidays, so we have compiled a list of the best places to purchases e-books for yourself or friends and family. 


Amazon Kindle Store
Amazon's Kindle Store is one of the largest and most well-known ebook platforms. You can purchase and download ebooks directly to your Kindle device or use the Kindle app on various devices.


Apple Books
If you have an Apple device, you can use Apple Books to purchase and download ebooks. The platform is user-friendly and integrates well with Apple devices.


Google Play Books
Google Play Books offers a wide selection of ebooks that you can purchase and read on various devices, including Android devices and iOS devices.


Barnes & Noble Nook Store
The Nook Store is Barnes & Noble's ebook platform. It provides a variety of ebooks that you can purchase and read on Nook devices or using the Nook app on other devices.


Kobo is another popular ebook platform that offers a diverse range of ebooks. You can purchase and download ebooks for Kobo e-readers or use the Kobo app on other devices.

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Day 1: Christmas Movies 

What better way to end our Christmas Countdown, than with some movies in celebration of Christmas eve. 


Home Alone

Starting our list of favourites is Christmas comedy Home Alone, released in the nineties. 


Gather around with family and friends to enjoy this classic movie about an eight year old boy who has to fend off burglars after being accidentally left at home during the holidays after his family catches a flight, forgetting about him.



How the Grinch Stole Christmas 

Another classic and crowd pleaser, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, is a good way to remind viewers that the importance and magic of Christmas is not based on money and presents.


It follows the Grinch, a crank creature who attempts to ruin Whoville's Christmas plans by stealing gifts and decorations on Christmas Eve. After connecting with a special someone, the Grinch concludes that Christmas is not all about gifts.




Another great comedy, Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, a toddler accidentally transported to the North Pole then raised among Santa's elves who travels to New York searching for his actual father. 


As an adult Buddy travels to New York searching for his real father. After finding his father, a relationship is awkwardly formed. 


Hoping everyone has a safe and memorable holiday! 


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