Revealed: 20 of the year’s most coveted gifts
We’ve combed the style files for the top 20 gifts of the year:
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
11. FOR THE HIGH-STYLE LADY
Mackage, the Canadian fashion line founded by Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan in 1999, has taken the fashion world by storm with their elegant—and warm—winter coats, available in a variety of lengths and trims for women, men and children. The designing duo also make accessories such as bags, gloves and hats.
Various prices, mackage.com
12. FOR THE SNEAKER COLLECTOR
When Adidas paired up with fashion icon Yohji Yamamoto, the result was the Y-3 Qasa, which pushed the running shoe in new and ever-stylish directions. The newest Qasa retains the signature tubular rubber outsole but elevates the look with a high-cut front. It’s black, white and red all over, the colour trio we will be buying in 2016. $400 (U.S.), y-3.com
13. FOR THE AUDIOPHILE
The doyen of headphone manufacturers, Sennheiser has created phones with the largest transducers ever made. Assembled in Germany with premium steel parts, the HD 800 are light and non-fatiguing, and replicate the headphone specifications demanded by the aerospace industry. Approx. $1,800, en-ca.sennheiser.com
14. FOR THE GLITTER GIRL
Cutler and Tony Gross are famous for their luxury eyewear brand in London, delivering cutting-edge frames and state-of-the-art lenses. More recently, Cutler & Gross has become a staple brand for celebrities like Keira Knightley, Michelle Obama, Michael Fassbender and Jay Z. $790, cutlerandgross.com
15. FOR THE CULTURED COCKTAILIST
The Grey Goose Martini Gift Set is the perfect gift for those who appreciate the world’s most cultured cocktail. These elegant Grey Goose glasses were designed smaller, with a narrow slope, to concentrate aromas and keep your cocktail chilled longer. Suggested retail price $59.99, at select liquor stores across Canada
16. FOR THE JET-SETTER
The serious traveller will rely on Globe-Trotter, a century-old British purveyor of fine handmade luggage. The retro styling on the 21-inch, leather-trimmed Centenary trolley case belies such modern features as a retractable handle, discreetly positioned wheels and an extra-deep, efficient oblong interior.
Approx. $2,280, mrporter.com
17. FOR THE HOST WITH THE MOST
Jonathan Adler has gone from potter to lifestyle guru—he now presides over a 30-store global empire of furnishings and décor accessories. He makes everything any style-conscious host or hostess needs, including these smashing acrylic trays, reminiscent of the 1970s—a design meme of the moment. $106.50 (U.S), jonathanadler.com
18. FOR THE PERFECT POUR
Stir your martini cocktails for a silky texture with this beautiful Yarai glass pitcher. It features a classic Japanese Yarai weave pattern and a large spout for perfect pours. The set includes a Hawthorne strainer with a raised lip that focuses the pour, preventing spills and drips. $45, cocktailemporium.ca
19. FOR THE HOST WITH GOOD TASTE
Grey Goose Vodka is distilled from French winter wheat and is made with naturally filtered spring water from Gensac-la-Pallue. The expertise of maître de chai François Thibault ensures exceptional smoothness and taste. The 750ml bottle with box is available at select liquor stores across Canada. Suggested retail price $49.99
20. FOR THE SPACE-AGE HOST
Observing the rituals of cocktail hour has never been more imperative, even for those with limited space. The Alana bar cart is finished in sleek chrome and black lacquer, and has plenty of room for your glassware, bar accessories and spirits bottles. $540, cocktailemporium.ca
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