Unwrap 20 of this year’s most coveted gifts. Here are 10 to start:
1. FOR THE DARK SIDER
Show your love for Episode VII: The Force Awakens with this homage to the Star Wars franchise. Nixon’s Stormtrooper watch captures the essence of the helmeted defenders of the Galactic Empire with a cheeky yet elegant design. The brand also has Imperial Pilot and Darth Vader watches, both as black as the deepest galaxy. $600 (U.S.), nixon.com
2. FOR THE PURIST
Grown Alchemist is an archly cool grooming brand coveted for its purest of ingredients and apothecary-style packaging. Grown Alchemist is from Australia—and all of its products are made there. The Dopp gift-kit features seven products for hair, body and face made of 100 percent certified organic ingredients.
3. FOR THE ELEVATED SIPPER
Grey Goose VX is a masterful blend of Grey Goose Vodka finished with a hint of precious cognac. Best enjoyed simply, on the rocks, in a snifter glass. Presented in an elegant box as an extraordinary gift for the luxury spirit afficionado. Suggested retail price $100, at select liquor stores across Canada
4. FOR THE FAN OF WINTER
The Hybridge Lite® is an award-winning jacket from Canada Goose that pairs a light, flexible fit with premium down insulation. No one provides protection from the elements like Canada Goose, which has been making high-quality outerwear in Canada since 1957. $525, canadagoose.com
5. FOR THE ROAD WARRIOR
Fans of the Vamoots DR road bike swear riding it is like floating—its titanium frame keeps vibration from the road to a minimum. These high-performance, lifetime bikes are hand-crafted in Colorado and feature thicker-diameter seat posts to add comfort on long rides and the surefire reliability of disc brakes.
About $9,000, moots.com
6. FOR THE DANDY WHO HAS EVERYTHING
In the age of artisanal everything, even toothpicks have been kicked up a notch. The Canadian company Daneson fashions these toothpicks from birch wood, which are then soaked and rolled in sea salt. The collector’s box has 24 bottles and about 12 toothpicks per bottle. $119, daneson.com
7. FOR THE GOLD WORSHIPPER
With its stacked bands of silver, gold and rose gold, this lightweight cocktail ring from Links of London can elevate any look or style, since it goes with practically everything. The Aurora Tri-Metal Cocktail ring also pairs nicely with larger jewellery. $295, linksoflondon.com
8. FOR THE FLAVOUR ENTHUSIAST
While many flavoured vodkas taste artificial, Grey Goose has infused its line of flavoured vodkas with the highest quality fruit for an all-natural taste. The tasters pack has three 50ml bottles of Grey Goose Flavoured Vodka and one 50ml bottle of Grey Goose Vodka. Suggested retail price $19.99, at select liquor stores in Ontario and British Columbia
9. FOR THE MAN ABOUT TOWN
No one knows rain like the English, and no one knows men’s umbrellas like London Undercover. These high-quality brollies have a contemporary feel yet are made to last with maplewood handles and a generous canopy. They can be personalized, with up to four initials on the leather fasteners.
Approx. $150, londonundercover.co.uk
10. FOR THE FRAGRANCE FIEND
Byredo, maker of scents for both sexes, is the brainchild of Ben Gorham, a Swedish-French Canadian with a sense of quality and fine packaging. Creative types have fallen hard for the brand’s austerely chic Gypsy Water. Byredo’s eau de parfum is alive with notes of juniper berries, bergamot, lemon and pepper.
$220 (U.S.), byredo.com
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