Dobbernationloves Newsletter Contest: Enter to Win Over $6500 in Prizes!

Attention Ontario contest lovers (and anyone else who simply loves to win fabulous free things)!

Dobbernationloves is thrilled to be hosting “the best contest in the history of life,” over the holidays this year! The festive contest includes over $6500 in prizes and features some of our favourite brands!

Continue reading to learn more about why we’re hosting this festive contest, what prizes are featured in the giveaway and how to enter and win!

Dobbernationloves Newsletter Contest

Dobbernationloves is a Toronto-based lifestyle publication that focuses on stories related to travel, food, drink, film, television, the local arts scene and trendy tech.

Launched in 2006, Dobbernationloves regularly shares inspiring articles that highlight trendy restaurants, recipes worth making at home, wine beer and spirit guides, culinary guides you can use on vacation, destination guides from Muskoka to Morocco, luxury hotel and resort profiles, fashion and beauty musings, film and TV reviews, a monthly book club list, Toronto theatre reviews and stories on trendy tech.

So why host a fabulous festive contest? Dobbernationloves is crafting its first ever newsletter, which will launch in January, 2020. We’ll be sending out regular updates on what’s trending in the GTA as well as adventures we think you’ll enjoy on holiday.

Sign up for the Dobbernationloves newsletter for a chance to win our holiday giveaway and you’ll be the first to read our latest stories and learn about upcoming contests.

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The total value of Dobbernationloves Newsletter Contest is $6547!

One lucky winner is going to receive over $6500 in prizes!
One lucky winner is going to receive over $6500 in prizes!

Dobbernatinloves Newsletter Contest Details

To enter the Dobbernationloves Newsletter Contest, simply fill out your name and email address in the box below. You will receive a follow up email confirming your entry into the contest.

Looking to increase your chances of winning? Your confirmation email will include a personalized link that we encourage you to share on social media and directly with your friends and family. For each new sign up that comes from your personalized link, you will receive one additional entry!

The Dobberantionloves Newsletter Contest is open to Ontario residents who are 19+ years old. Once the winner is announced each brand will coordinate delivery of the prize to your Ontario address. All services must be redeemed before December 30th, 2020.

The Dobbernationloves Newsletter Contest begins Tuesday November 26th at 6am and ends Wednesday January 15th at 5pm.

The Winner of the Contest Will Receive…

Kabo Fresh Dog Food

Kabo is the perfect gift for the dog lover on your holiday hit list. The Canadian canine food brand prepares nutritionally balanced recipes made from healthy, local ingredients.

The Kabo team worked with pet food nutritionists and vets to develop recipes that help your dog get all of the nutrients they require using fresh, human-grade ingredients without any of the harmful additives and chemicals found in other food options on the market.

The winner will receive a years supply of fresh dog food valued at $2000.

iRobot’s Roomba i7+

iRobot is the world’s leader in robot powered vacuums. One of the company’s latest robot cleaners, the Roomba i7+, takes autonomy to a new level with the ability to clean specific rooms by name and even empty itself. 

The iRobot Roomba i7+ Robot Vacuum with Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal takes convenience to a new level – automatically emptying dirt into an AllergenLock bag that holds 60 days of dirt, dust and hair. 

The Roomba i7+ robot vacuum uses Imprint Smart Mapping technology to learn a home’s floor plan, so it knows the kitchen from the living room, giving you control to choose which rooms are cleaned and when. And because it’s WiFi connected, you can also enjoy hands-free control with Alexa enabled devices and the Google Assistant.

We tested the Roomba i7+ and liken our unboxing experience to having a new puppy arrive at home. Add Roomba to your family this holiday season and your 2020 will be the cleanest one yet!

The winner will receive an Roomba i7+ valued at $1349.

Enjoy a weekend getaway to Kitchener at The Walper Hotel, a chic boutique property.
Enjoy a weekend getaway to Kitchener at The Walper Hotel, a chic boutique property.

Waterloo Region Getaway

Kitchener Waterloo is one of our favourite getaways in Ontario. Located a short 90 minute drive from Toronto, the region is famous for its German roots and friendly Mennonite community.

One of Dobbernatinloves’ most read stories each year is our guide to he best craft breweries in Kitchener Waterloo. The region’s unique German history means you’ll find plenty of quality beer bars and restaurants serving pickles, pretzels and fermented vegetables like sauerkraut. Every year during Thanksgiving long weekend, the local community celebrates Oktoberfest, dubbed the world’s second largest after Munich in Germany.

The winner will enjoy the following on their Waterloo Region Getaway valued at $500:

  • overnight stay for 2 at The Walper Hotel in Kitchener
  • tickets for 2 to the Flavours of Kitchener Walking Tour with local culinary expert Andrew Coppolino
  • tickets for 2 to a Drayton Entertainment Show during the 2020 season
  • a gift basket filled with locally made artisan products courtesy of St. Jacob’s Farmers Market
Enjoy a colour and cut at Sassoon Salon in Yorkville, Toronto.
Enjoy a colour and cut at Sassoon Salon in Yorkville, Toronto.

Sassoon Toronto

Sassoon Toronto in Yorkville is ranked as one of the best hair salons in the city. Those looking to celebrate the new year with a new look can enjoy a stylish colour and cut thanks to Sassoon’s talented team of trend-setting stylists.

The winner will receive a gift card from Sassoon Toronto valued at $500.

Enjoy dinner for two at Hockley Valley Resort's Cabin Restaurant.
Enjoy dinner for two at Hockley Valley Resort’s Cabin Restaurant.

Hockley Valley Resort

Hockley Valley Resort is one of the best getaways for those looking for a weekend break in Ontario. The all-seasons resort is located near Orangeville, a short drive from downtown Toronto. The winner will receive a 3-course dinner for two at the hotel’s signature Cabin Restaurant (valued at $170) along with a $100 gift certificate to nearby Adamo Estate Winery.

The winner will receive a Hockley Valley Resort prize valued at $270.

Chapters Indio's signature Aura Digital Photo Frame.
Chapters Indio’s signature Aura Digital Photo Frame.

Chapters Indigo

Each month Dobbernationloves readers gets giddy in anticipation for the release of our monthly Chapters Indigo book column. Columnist and celebrated bookworm Charlotte Empey reads through each months best books and selects her favourite five to recommend.

The Chapters Indigo holiday store offers everything from Christmas tree ornaments, candy cane-scented candles, family pyjama sets and essentials for entertaining. This holiday season, Aura Frames are bound to be one of the hot ticket items at Chapters Indigo. Made exclusively for the Canadian retailer, Aurora Digital Frames are a quick and easy way to share and view photos at home.

The winner will receive an Aura Smart WIFI Digital Photo Frame from Chapters Indigo valued at $259.

Mark Scheibmayr illustrated this portrait of my family at our cottage in Muskoka.
Mark Scheibmayr illustrated this portrait of my family at our cottage in Muskoka.

Illustrated Portrait by Mark Scheibmayr

Mark Scheibmayr is a Toronto-based illustrator who Dobbernationloves fans already love. Each month Mark illustrates our book club column for Chapters Indigo. Check out our favourite book suggestions for September, October and November to get a sense of his style and skills…as well as a few holiday gift suggestions for the bookworm on holiday gift list.

Mark also writes a quarterly illustration column using iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Check out his step-by-step guides on “how to draw a dog,” and “how to draw shoes.”

Mark’s expertise is producing portraits, which are both playful and pretty. Mark’s speciality is sketching portraits of people’s pets. I hired Mark last year to create the portrait featured above, a beautiful image of my family at our cottage in Muskoka.

The winner can chose a custom 11×14 portrait of a single pet or person OR a 8×10 portrait of two pets or two people valued at $250.

Saul Good Gift Co focuses on curating high quality local products.

Saul Good Gift Baskets

For over thirteen years, Saul Good Gift Co. has specialized in creating handcrafted, heartfelt gift baskets.

We recently featured Saul Good in our roundup on the best Toronto Gift Baskets. We love the brand because it focuses on stuffing its gift baskets with high quality products made by local Ontario artisans. Each Saul Good package is delivered in 100% post-consumer recycled cardboard with a hand-illustrated map of Toronto.

The winner will receive Saul Good’s luxurious Megacity Gift Basket valued at $245.

Bathorium offers Canadian-made beauty products for the bath.
Bathorium offers Canadian-made beauty products for the bath.


Greg Macdonald and Mathieu Roy Chabot dreamed up their beauty brand Bathorium while working as cocktail experts at the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel Toronto. It was in 2014 when the duo found inspiration in how Europeans treasure their bath time. Soon after they decided to launch their own company to help Canadians find beauty in the bath.

All of Bathorium’s bath products are made in Canada at the company’s Kanata, Ontario headquarters. They source ingredients from all over the world to ensure the best quality of natural oils, salts, clays and butters are used to detoxify and moisturize the skin.

Bathorium’s online shop features a wide selection of gift ideas for spa and bath lovers. The brands signature product is a line of luxurious Bath Bombs. You’ll also find Bubble Bath Elixirs, CRUSH bath soaks, and a selection of seasonally inspired gift sets.

The winner will receive BeRejuvenated Bubble Elixir, Charcoal Garden Detox CRUSH, Konjac Bamboo Charcoal Body Sponge, Apres Bath Sleepy Time Pyramid Bagged Tea and MILK Coconut + Vanilla Mineral Bath Soak valued at $150.

Hamilton Beach

Hamilton Beach is famous for its vast selection of trendy kitchen gadgets.

One of the brands most popular appliances for foodies this year is its Digital Air Fryer. Keen to enjoy crunchy fried snacks using little to no oil? The Hamilton Beach Digital Air Fryer allows you to get the crispy texture of chicken wings and french fries from the comfort of your own home!

The winner will receive a Hamilton Beach Digital Air Fryer valued at $150.

Ontario oenophiles rave for Charlie's Burgers Wine Program.
Ontario oenophiles rave for Charlie’s Burgers Wine Program.

Charlies Burgers Wine Club

Franco Stalteri is the man behind Charlie’s Burgers. The brand initially launched as a series of secret private dining events, hosted by high-profile chefs. In 2013 Franco launched CB Wine Program, where members are sent a selection of wines each month.

The Charlie’s Burgers team tastes upwards of 700 wines annually and visit wine producers across the Old and New World. They select 12 producers each year to be featured in the CB Wine Program. Charlie’s Burgers selects and imports cases of wine (2-6 bottles per month) exclusively for its members. These special wines are not available for purchase anywhere in Ontario.

The CB Wine Program also features two different Toronto restaurants each month, allowing members to bring their wine to dinner and not pay a corkage fee. Toronto’s famous Cheese Boutique also creates a basket of products exclusively available to Charlie’s Burger members each month. Items are selected to pair perfectly with Charlie’s Burger wines and are available to members at wholesale pricing.

The winner will receive a one month membership to the CB Wine Program valued at $132.

Cocktail Emporium is Toronto's best bartender boutique.
Cocktail Emporium is Toronto’s best bartender boutique.

Cocktail Emporium

Toronto’s best one-stop-bartending shop is Cocktail Emporium, with boutiques located on Queen Street West and in Kensington Market (keep your eyes peeled for a Union Station location opening soon). Cocktail Emporium recently launched an online store, offering international delivery to those looking to buy the best bitters, tonics and shakers.

Cocktail Emporium also sells signature gift baskets for cocktail fans and recently teamed up with RUNNER to deliver booze too!

The winner will receive Cocktail Emporium’s Deluxe Steel Bar Tools Set valued at $120.

Second City is Toronto's most famous comedy club.
Second City is Toronto’s most famous comedy club.

Second City Toronto

The Second City is ranked as one of the best comedy clubs in Toronto. Located in the heart of the Entertainment District, Second City is where many Canadian comedians, like Eugene Levy, Catherine Ohara and Martin Short, got their start.

The Second City Toronto offers shows 7 nights week. The main shows consist of a two act sketch comedy revue performed by six Second City actors. The show is then followed by a third act of Improv comedy. Food and alcoholic beverages are served throughout the performances. 

The winner will receive 4 tickets to a show from Second City’s 2020 season valued at $112.

DK Publishing produces beautiful books on travel, food, drink and much more!
DK Publishing produces beautiful books on travel, food, drink and much more!

DK Publishing

From learning how to get the most from your next glass of whiskey or finding inspiration for your next great travel adventure to perfecting your massage techniques, if you are looking for ways to make your life better, look no further than DK Publishing. DK ‘s line of books have been renowned worldwide for their innovative uniquely visual approach to reference publishing for over 40 years. 

Dobbernationloves’ publisher Andrew John Virtue Dobson selected these three DK Publishing titles as personal favourites.

Dobson spent the Spring of 2019 sipping whisky at the best distilleries in Islay, Scotland and Jamesons in Cork, Ireland. Whiskey: A Tasting Course, is a great gift idea for the spirit lovers on your holiday hit list.

Always the avid traveler, Dobson has gifted Where To Go When to countless friends and family. The must-have travel resource is organized by times of the year, allowing those looking for a “holiday in April,” to quickly scan the best weather in a destination and popular festivals during a particular time of year.

Dobson has visited some of the best spas on earth, from the Four Seasons Maldives to Ritz Carlton Phulay Bay. Complete Massage is a perfect how-to guide for those looking to perfect the art of full body restorative healing.

The winner will receive Whiskey: A Tasting Course, Where To Go When and Complete Massage valued at $110.

Allison Westlake's Coriander Girl is the best flower shop in Toronto and Prince Edward County.
Allison Westlake’s Coriander Girl is the best flower shop in Toronto and Prince Edward County.

Coriander Girl

Allison Westlake’s Coriander Girl is ranked as one of the best flower shops in Toronto. The famous florist also operates a boutique out of Prince Edward County.

Coriander Girl was one of the first florists in Toronto to bring garden-style to the main stream 10 years ago. The brands aesthetic is best described as organic, asymmetrical, never contrived. Much like flowers grown naturally in a wild English garden. Allison loves to use ranunculus, scabiosa, tulips, poppies, garden roses, foxglove, delphinium and dahlias in her show-stopping arrangements.

The winner will receive complimentary Coriander Girl flower delivery valued at $100.

Carnivore Club is the best gift idea for meat lovers.
Carnivore Club is the best gift idea for meat lovers.

Carnivore Club

Carnivore Club is the only subscription service that curates premium charcuterie from a different supplier each month.

There are two main offerings you can choose from: the Classic box ($44.99) or the Snack box ($34.99). The Classic Box features traditional cured meat items including prosciutto, jamon, salami and summer sausages. The Snack box features meat snack items including jerky, pepperettes, salami chips and biltong.

The winner will receive both the Classic Box and Snack Box valued at $100.

Scout is Canada's best craft cannery for sustainable seafood lovers.
Scout is Canada’s best craft cannery for sustainable seafood lovers.

Scout Canning

Scout is a craft cannery and purveyor of sustainable seafood by Toronto’s own Chef Charlotte Langley. Seafood lovers across Canada can order Scout’s quality canned products online via

Scout currently produces three sustainable seafood tins: Butter Poached Lobster, Mussels in Smoked Paprika Fennel and Tomato Sauce, and Ontario Trout with Dill.

The winner will receive Scout swag as well as two of each of their signature seafood tins valued at $100.

The Spice Tailor

The Spice Tailor is a line of Indian food created by Anjum Anand and launched in 2011. Anjum is the author of eight cookbooks and the star of three cooking shows in the United Kingdom. The brand has won numerous accolades including “Best New Product” at the prestigious World Food Awards in 2012. It also won two new product awards at the Canadian Grand Prix in 2019.

In Ontario, The Spice Tailor’s line can be found at Loblaw’s stores, Sobeys, Longo’s, Urban Fresh, Foodland and Walmart. In Canada, the available sauces are Classic Butter Chicken, Original Tikka Masala, Delicate Korma Curry, Fiery Goan Curry and Keralan Coconut Curry. The daals include Punjabi Channa Masala and Delhi Black Makhani.

The winner will receive a gift basket featuring Anjum Anand’s latest cookbook as well as a selection of The Spice Tailor curries valued at $100.


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  1. This is absolutely incredible!! Thank you for being so generous!! I look forward to reading the first newsletter! 🙂

  2. Ugh these all look so good but love how unique that illustrated drawing is. Thanks for putting all of this together Andrew