The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide 2019

We scoured the city (and beyond) and cherry-picked the year’s most covetable gifts, from affordable stocking stuffers to jaw-dropping splurges

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Pehr’s fluffy floating llamas were designed in Toronto and handcrafted by artisans in India. Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor St. W., 416-922-2333 |

Tiger rug


This handwoven wool rug is a cute—and victimless—take on the hunting lodge staple. |

Sharon Tate frames


These oversized vintage specs are dead ringers for the ones Margot Robbie wore in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. |

Floral ashtray


Hamilton artist Lee Meszaros forages flowers from parks, gardens and forests, then casts them in resin to create stunning ashtrays and paperweights. Likely General, 389 Roncesvalles Ave., 647-351-4590 |

Temperature-controlled mug


Ember’s smart coffee cup keeps Americanos toasty for an hour at a time, and caffeine freaks can set their ideal heat level from their phones. |

Self-watering pot


Serial plant killers, rejoice: the Swedes have developed an idiot-proof solution. Just fill the glass reservoir with water, and the soil will intuitively absorb only as much as it needs to thrive. |

Pop star jeans


Internet crush Shawn Mendes is rumoured to own more than 100 pairs of black skinnies. These, made from raw denim, are a good starter pair. Over the Rainbow, Manulife Centre, 416-967-7448 |

Bike saddle bag


This satchel was inspired by St. Bernard dogs, who, according to legend, used to carry tiny brandy barrels around their necks for travellers in need. |

See-through light


This clear bedside lamp transforms into a portable lantern for late-night backyard book binges. Kids at Home, 181B Carlaw Ave., 647-352-5437 |

Chinese blocks


For tiny language buffs, the basswood blocks feature simplified Mandarin characters, their English translation and instructions on how to create the symbols. |

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina lipstick


Netflix’s chicest sorceress started wearing Christian Louboutin’s goth-red Very Prive Velvet Matte lipstick after joining the Church of Night coven in season two. Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor St. W., 416-922-2333 |

Eye mask


This slinky silk blindfold is an essential tool for sleep hygiene, self-care and avoiding eye contact with strangers on airplanes. |

Kids' Doc Martens


These sequin-spangled patent-leather combat boots are the perfect choice for the tween who can’t decide between glamour and grunge. |

Beautiful watering can


British horticulturalist John Haws created his elegant and ergonomic watering can in 1886. Now it’s the sprinkler of choice for plant parents all over Instagram. Lee Valley, 1275 Morningside Ave, 416-286-7574 |

Danish jug


According to trend forecasters, Gen-Z yellow is the new millennial pink. |

Grooming set


The hand-stitched, pocket-size leather Dopp kit from Toronto’s Monte and Coe comes with its own tweezers, scissors, comb and nail clippers. |

Cannabis candle


Turns out pot smells pretty good when it’s layered with whiffs of dry amber, citrus and bergamot. |

Amazon donation


A contribution to Earth Alliance’s Amazon Forest Fund is a great way to both save the planet and suck up to Leonardo DiCaprio, who runs the charity. |

Lips tray


Jonathan Adler’s glossy, gold-toothed trinket dish brings some rock and roll to your living room. William Ashley, 131 Bloor St. W., 416-964 2900 |

Jewellery case


Mejuri’s ingenious leather travel pouch has compartments for rings, earrings and other baubles on the go. |

Critter night light


Is there anything more Torontonian than falling asleep under the watchful eye of a mischievous raccoon? Kids at Home, 181B Carlaw Ave., 647-352-5437

Apollo 11 Lego


Armchair astronauts can recreate the moon landing with this 1,000-piece lunar lander set (including tiny figurines of Neil and Buzz). |

Shower cap


It’s machine-washable, available in a dozen vibrant prints, and stylish enough to wear out of the house. |

Book subscription


Every quarter, Raven Reads sends out a collection of kid-friendly literary goodies from Indigenous artists and illustrators. |

Meditation bench


The Quebec-designed stool is made from cherry wood offcuts, and ergonomically constructed for those who find sitting cross-legged to be anything but Zen. |

Feather pin


A peacock plume adds a rakish pop of colour to staid lapels and fedora brims. |

Cool cuff


Vancouver jewellery designer Melanie Auld anchors her spiky bangle with a pair of dreamy moonstones. LoversLand, 215 Ossington Ave., 416-551-3321 |

Fleabag jumpsuit


Anyone could seduce a hot priest in this get-up, iconically worn by Phoebe Waller-Bridge on the BBC comedy. |

iPhone printer


The Prynt Pocket instantly produces hard copies of your smartphone snaps on special Polaroid-style paper. |

Bike system


The Smart­Halo helps cyclists navigate Toronto’s treacherous roads, with a bike light, GPS, speed trackers, and sensors to detect oncoming hazards. |

Bow tie


Only a true dandy can pull off silk velvet neckwear. |

Superstar hair products


for both Timothée Chalamet styles his heartbreaking curls with a few dollops of R and Co’s Analog Cleansing Foam Conditioner and High Dive Shine Cream. |

Retro jersey


The best way to prove you were a Raptors fan before Kyle and Kawhi is with an original uniform from the Vince Carter days. The Sport Gallery, 15 Tank House Ln., 416-861-8514 |

Meghan Markle's perfume


for 100mL The Duchess of Sussex relies on a daily spritz of Jo Malone’s buoyant Wild Bluebell fragrance. |

Cozy throw


Calhoun and Co.’s gold-stitched celestial blanket shows the moon in all of its phases. Scout, 405 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-546-6922 |

Perfume brooch


Diptyque, the Rolls-Royce of fancy candles, has branched out into wearables. The delicate stork pin does double duty as a rose-scented fragrance diffuser. |

Sneaker studio


Hypebeasts can festoon their plain white kicks with prints and textures at Stackt Market’s customization station. |

Whimsical coasters


for six Collyer Mansion’s birch discs feature household pets decked out for cameos on The Crown. |

Kids' laptop


A clever substitute for screen time, the analog MacBook swaps out the screen for a blackboard and the trackpad for a chalk holder. Bergo Designs, 28 Tank House Ln., 416-861-1821 |

Floral trunks


Buh-bye, Billabong: this sophisticated suit from Toronto swimwear brand Bather is inspired by old-timey botanical illustrations and still lifes. |

Illustrated Handmaid's Tale


For Atwood completists, Renee Nault’s gorgeous graphic novel renders the horrors of Gilead in living colour. |

Travel cocktail


A spoonful of the citrusy powder and a splash of water transform a glass of Tromba into an instant margarita. Cocktail Emporium, 20 Kensington Ave., 647-727-3600 |

Peach pipe


These hand-blown glass orbs work equally well as weed delivery vessels or cheeky objets d’art. |

Faux-fur scrunchie


The hair staple gets an elegantly fuzzy upgrade. Victoire, 129A Ossington Ave., 416-588-6978 |

Quirky decanter


This Victorian-style booze receptacle is the cutest barware this side of Diagon Alley. Curiosa, 1273 Queen St. W., 647-341-0394 |

Judy Garland vinyl


Thanks to Renée Zellweger’s Oscar-baiting biopic, we’re in for a full-fledged Judyssance. Her 1961 Carnegie Hall recording is her most iconic post-Oz moment. |

Gender-fluid doll


The wonderfully woke Creatable World doll is proudly non-binary, with two hairstyles—one short, one long—and a wardrobe that includes both tutus and camo pants. |

Pictionary Air


The revamped parlour game dispenses with the easel and Sharpie in favour of a stylus that draws the clue in the air and displays it on your phone. |

Kawhi print


The board man is forever a Raptor in Stephanie Cheng’s poignant print. |

Cheesy soap


Thankfully, this wedge of Swiss smells like sweet mangoes instead of stinky feet. Easy Tiger, 1447 Dundas St. W., 647-748-6161 |

Beetle mania


The 500-piece entomological puzzle is an ideal challenge for lazy holiday hibernation. Scout, 405 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-546-6922 |

Collapsible straw


The stainless-steel sipper—which comes in a pocket-friendly, pastel sheath—is an essential tool for our plastic-free future. |

Arty egg cups


Salvador and Frida bring a fine-art flourish to the humble huevo. |

Climate tee


This cotton baseball shirt (translation: “school strike for climate”) pays tribute to Greta Thunberg’s now-iconic call to action. |

Designer dog collar


This sophisticated patterned poochwear is stitched by hand in Port Moody, B.C. |

Bath boats


These sleek origami-style ships change colour as soon as they hit the water. Kol Kid, 674 Queen St. W., 416-681-0368 |

Water bottle


The sculptural Skittle canteen—made from recycled steel and available in a plethora of pastels—is the undisputed status item for trend-conscious hydrators. |

Long-lasting bouquet


and up Krista van Brugge designs stunning dried arrangements from the blooms she grows at her home in Brant County. |

Airpod case


The colour-blocked silicone wrapper is an adorable way to protect and preserve wireless earbuds. |

Desi poster


Mindy Kaling loves the Toronto artist Babbu the Painter so much that she decorated The Mindy Project’s set with Babbu’s punky pieces. |

Studio Ghibli postcards


This gorgeous set of 100 cards show the final frames from each of the Japanese studio’s feature films—a perfect choice for anime-niacs. |

Feminist board books


This adorable box set instills girl-power thinking into baby brains with bios of icons like Malala Yousafzai and Ella Fitzgerald. |

Footwear storage


Sneakerheads will love Looker’s clear shoebox, which both preserves and displays your precious Yeezys and Jordans. |

Crystal kit


DIY arborists can cultivate their own crystallized Japanese cherry trees with a terraforming solution from Copernicus Toys. |

OG My Little Pony


Kids and bronies alike will love the original toys from 1983. Each scented steed comes with a ribbon and comb for proper mane maintenance. Drake General Store, 1151 Queen St. W., 416-538-2222 |

Sheet mask


K-pop supergroup BTS teamed up with Mediheal to create hydrating sheet masks that will leave your face as fresh and dewy as a boy bander’s. |

Kids' Instapot


This mini pressure cooker is the 21st century’s answer to the Easy-Bake Oven. |

Courtside hoodie


At the NBA playoffs, Drake trolled Kevin Durant with this Home Alone sweatshirt |

Pennywise lamp


This replica of It’s iconic red balloon is whimsical decor by day, glowing portent of evil by night. (Scary clown sold separately.) |

Majolica teapot


Imolarte’s cheerful piece is hand-painted in a 150-year-old studio near Bologna. |

Baroque sweatshirt


Versace’s kids’ items are only slightly less bombas­tic than their adult counterparts. |

Toni Morrison books


The beautifully designed box set is an elegant way to honour the late, great Nobel Prize winner. |

Gaming gear


For players who are sick of basic black, Razer Quartz makes a headset and base station the colour of cotton candy. |

Cruelty-free puffer


The Montreal brand Matt and Nat was vegan before it was cool. Their quilted parka, stuffed with recycled polyester, is designed to keep your body warm and your conscience clear. |

Portable pizza oven


Ooni Koda’s miniature gas oven turns out blistered Neapolitan pies. Your picnics will never be the same. Spruce, 455 Parliament St., 647-748-4060 |

Shimmery bowl


This aluminum salad dish glitters with shades of purple, silver and champagne. Black Rooster Decor, 1075 Queen St. E., 416-465-7778 |

Designer dollhouse furniture


and up If you don’t want to break the bank on a Saarinen womb chair, Vitra’s palm-size replicas are the next best thing. Quasi Modo, 1079 Queen St. W., 416-703-8300 |

Sequinned slacks


The cropped mom jeans from Toronto label Pretty Denim are business at the top, party at the hem. |

Dog bed


This pooch perch from super-trendy Brooklyn brand Dusen Dusen will be the envy of the canine crowd. |

Moto jacket


Toronto designer Lesley Hampton elevates the traditional silhouette with sci-fi reflective fabric. |

Cell preservation


Acorn, a Toronto start-up, collects a batch of your cells and cryogenically freezes them for future cloning or 3-D-printed organs. |

3-D family selfie


for four At Sculptraits’ Etobicoke studio, customers are scanned by futuristic photo­gram­metry machines, then 3-D printed as figurines. Sculptraits, 36 Fieldway Rd., 416-966-2539 |

Weed subscription box


Discerning potheads can receive a monthly shipment of handsomely packaged, premium-grade kush in rotating flavours. |

Bambi chair


No deer were harmed in the making of this adorable kids’ stool—it’s built from solid oak and dappled faux fur. Ella and Elliot, 188 Strachan Ave., 416-850-7890

Pop-art earrings


The Memphis Group was an ’80s Italian art collective devoted to kitschy geometry and mismatched prints. These Saved by the Bell–esque earrings were among their original designs. Studio Brillantine, 1518 Queen St. W., 416-536-6521 |

Audio sunglasses


Like something out of Mission: Impossible, the Bose Frames resemble regular shades but covertly play music directly into your ears. Bay Bloor Radio, Manulife Centre, 416-967-1122 |

Metalworking course


Millennial blacksmith (yup!) Mac Osborne teaches one-day workshops in the bygone medieval art. |

Printed shirt


To replicate Harry Styles’s lounge-lizard chic, you’ll need a flamboyant printed button-down. |

Kids' bike


Fledgling cyclists are swapping out training wheels for pedal-free, ergonomically designed, retro-styled balance bikes. |

Comic collection


Forget Endgame—the real Marvel Golden Age was in the 1940s. This gorgeously geeky compendium from the Folio Society gathers some of the rarest and most important comics from the era, with all the original art. |

Fancy growler


This copper-plated pressurized keg keeps beer frosty and fizzy. |

Grape earrings


A subtler take on Carmen Miranda’s fruit couture. |

Weed humidor


This wooden chest is a Caboodle for cannabis, with humidity-controlled compartments, a removable grinding tray and glass storage jars. |

Swan bowl


This graceful porcelain tureen is gilded with 14-karat liquid gold. |

Colourful scarf


Architect and designer Yaw Tony makes Wakanda-worthy Afrofuturist silk scarves out of his studio in Markham. |

Naughty necklace


This minimalist 24-karat-gold pendant doubles as a surreptitious vibrator. (If that’s not personal enough, it’s engravable.) |

Serving board


and up Cheffy superstars like Matty Matheson, Curtis Stone and Michael Smith swear by Rich Brackett’s charcuterie planks, hand-chiselled in Hamilton. |

Floral dress


Marie-Chantal’s pretty pintucked frock is fit for a princess—Princess Charlotte, even, who recently wore it to a charity polo match. |

Classy clutch


This trim, turquoise-topped evening bag is woven from buri palm husks by female artisans in Southeast Asia. |

Pompom tuque


The Toronto brand Sentaler will donate the proceeds from their alpaca cap to SickKids. |

Dog sculpture


and up The Wasaga artist Sharon Holmes crafts eerily lifelike replicas of your favourite furball from wire, wool and felt. |

Art bong


Just in time for the AGO’s massive Picasso exhibit next summer, the hand-thrown piscine piece is a smokable homage to the artist’s 1954 Sujet Poisson sculpture. |

Moira Rose necklace


Catherine O’Hara’s bewigged, bejewelled, utterly deranged character on Schitt’s Creek has become a surprise fashion darling. This excessive vintage bib necklace is just her tempo. |

Levitating bulb


We haven’t invented Marty McFly’s hoverboard yet, but we do have the Flyte Light, which floats above its base through the magic of induction. Bergo Designs, 28 Tank House Ln., 416-861-1821 |

Luxury timepiece


Charles Birchall and Brad Taylor, both originally from Toronto, met at a horological school in Switzerland and now build their meticulously engineered wristwatches in an old industrial warehouse near Parkdale. |

Friends furniture


To celebrate Friends’ 25th birthday, Pottery Barn has reissued the titular piece from “The One With the Apothecary Table.” |

End table speaker


This sleek piece of birch furniture hides a hi-fi, Bluetooth-enabled sound system. |

Cheeky porcelain


Pop artist Cindy Sherman depicts herself as Madame de Pompadour on her vibrant rococo tea service. |

Baller hat


Style icon Serge Ibaka (he moonlights as a Raptor) caps off his pre-game looks with supple beaver-felt fedoras from Venice Beach milliner Nick Fouquet. |

Rainbow Louboutins


Taylor Swift wore these Spice Girls–tastic platforms in her Pride-themed video for “You Need to Calm Down.” |

Dramatic coat


This crimson trench from the Montreal brand Mackage has appeared on such VIPs as Lupita Nyong’o, Nina Dobrev and noted Canadian coat hawker Meghan Markle. |

Teddy bear


The wildly opulent, slightly ridiculous 24-karat-gold alligator-skin stuffie sets a new standard for child indulgence. |

Pendant lamp


A floaty jellyfish light transforms any boring Toronto dining room into a shimmering undersea grotto. |

Ear crescent


These conflict-free diamonds were lovingly grown in a California lab. |

Ontario rocker


The slouchy seat from Toronto studio Objects and Ideas was inspired by the twisting curves of the Wye Marsh near Georgian Bay. |

Lipstick case


Louis Vuitton’s tiny, gold-lined canister—a favourite of Rihanna—is a delightfully unnecessary extravagance. |

Fuzzy jacket


Chiara Ferragni’s cheeky eye-embroidered kids’ bomber is a fun twist on the Pink Ladies uniform. |

Alarm clock barista


The bedside Barisieur brews a perfect cup of coffee while you hit the snooze button. |

Tiger pillow


Front-row regulars Elle Fanning and Alexa Chung sat on these velvet embroidered cushions at Gucci’s runway show in Westminster Abbey. |

Plus-size blazer


The Toronto-born model Lauren Chan sells a line of beautifully tailored, figure-friendly workwear in sizes 12 through 24. |

Statement chair

Rule the Seven Kingdoms—or your living room—in this life-sized replica of the Iron Throne, presumably made from the 1,000 swords surrendered to Aegon Targaryen during the War of Conquest. |

Cowboy jacket


and up Lil Nas X wore one of Union Western’s custom fringe jackets in the video for “Old Town Road.” They range from understated to more-rhinestones-than-Dollywood. |

Neon cashmere


This oversized turtleneck is plush, toasty and infinitely more elegant than a fleece Snuggie. Over the Rainbow, Manulife Centre, 416-967-7448 |

Cellphone purse


Just like your ’90s Motorola, but bedazzled with thousands of crystals. |

Glass vase


Artist Jeff Goodman makes his windswept, opalescent vases by hand in his East York studio. |

Signet ring


Brad Pitt has been living his best life in 2019, and sporting David Yurman’s bumblebee ring while doing it. |

Maisel-esque sofa


This shapely chaise from Toronto designer Paolo Ferrari would fit right in at Midge’s Upper West Side apartment. South Hill Home, 146 Dupont St., 416-924-7224 |

Cactus bookcase


These painted steel shelves add Santa Fe flair to a kid’s bedroom—and unlike real cacti, they’re fun and functional. Ella and Elliot, 188 Strachan Ave., 416-850-7890 |

Italian mirror


This neon-lit Florentine funhouse mirror is the selfie site of choice for Bella Hadid and Frank Ocean. |

Kids' bed


The camper bunk, which contains a bed, TV, desk, mini bar and sofa, encourages imaginative play of the #vanlife variety. |

Shearling bag


The fluffy purse is the creation of Brother Vellies, the glam accessories brand founded by Toronto-born Aurora James and beloved by Beyoncé, Solange, Zendaya and other mononymous icons. |

Floral chair


Seletti’s rose-patterned perch looks like it was plucked from the Golden Girls’ Miami lanai—and we mean that in the best possible way. |

Silver fox coat


Hustlers fans who want to live their J. Lo fantasy should consider vintage fur—the most ethical way to achieve her stripper-glam look. |

Weight machine


WaterRower’s wall-mounted cable machine, equipped with adjustable training weights and pulleys, is handsome enough for the living room. |

Meryl McMaster print


The buzzy Cree-Canadian photographer layers shots of herself and her ancestors to create haunting, spectral collages. |

Beaded tote


Ulla Johnson’s breezy, Coachella-friendly satchels are beloved by celebs like Emma Roberts and Kate Bosworth. |

Goop-approved sneakers


Alexandre Birman’s ultra-feminine footwear—complete with a big suede bow—has Gwyneth’s thumbs-up. |

Long Island mansion

$176 million

The 42-acre compound that plays the Roy family’s Summer Palace on Succession can be yours for the price of a small European country. |

Kids' slides


These furry Fendis have graced the feet of Kimye scion North West. |

Retro boat


and up The stunning speedboat from Toronto brand Beau Lake is the ultimate in luxury (mahogany trim, Bluetooth speakers, built-in charcuterie board) and eco-friendliness (it’s powered by a lithium smart battery instead of fuel). |

Fringe lamp


The silk-swathed ombré table light is one part ’20s flapper, one part Deadwood saloon. |

Delft carpet


Moooi’s intricate area rug is copied from a design hand-painted on an antique ceramic plate. |

Car club


Members of Toronto’s RClub get to borrow from a fleet of rare and vintage cars, including an Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, a Ford Mustang 289 Coupe and a Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet. |

Starter flute


Lizzo’s infectious hip-hop flutery has brought the ancient woodwind back into vogue. Jupiter’s student model is a great choice for beginners. Long and McQuade, 925 Bloor St. W., 416-588-7886 |

Feline jungle gym


For cat parents desperate to earn their pet’s elusive affection, Tuft and Paw’s kitty tree—with a hammock, ramp, pole and multiple perches—will endear you to Fluffy forever. |



and up The Mississauga company Adventure Canada whisks travellers through the Northwest Passage, which, after centuries of failed crossings, is all smooth sailing now (thanks, climate change). |

Luxe loafers


Duke and Dexter’s suede slip-ons are hand-painted with mischievous cardiganed foxes. |

Tie-dyed top


Topman’s ’90s-overload muscle tee is a paean to belter extraordinaire Whitney Houston. |

Smart meat thermometer


The Bluetooth-enabled Meater allows lazy chefs to check if their pot roast is done from the comfort of their sofas. Dickson BBQ, 2030 Avenue Rd., 416-487-4029 |

3-D puzzle


The only thing more satisfying than finishing this 260-piece recreation of King’s Landing is pulling a Drogon and knocking the whole thing down again. |

Inspirational cookbook


Born to Cree parents and raised by a Métis father and Mi’kmaw-Irish mother, Shane M. Chartrand has spent the past 10 years learning about his history, visiting with other First Nations peoples, gathering and sharing knowledge and stories, and creating dishes that combine his diverse interests. Containing over 75 recipes along with personal stories and photographs of his journey, tawâw is the result: part cookbook, part exploration of ingredients and techniques, and part chef’s personal journal. |

Lost Words puzzle


This 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle, based on the internationally bestselling collection of poems and illustrations The Lost Words, recreates Jackie Morris’s magical watercolour painting that accompanies Robert Macfarlane’s spell-poem for otter. |

Organic wine


The Coyam 2015 represents Emiliana's philosophy, in which organic and biodynamic agriculture has become an inspiration for their work. This red blend is full of beautiful aromas of dark fruits and walnuts, full-bodied with integrated tannins and a long finish. |

Penny studs


Toronto jeweller (and currency defacer) Micah Adams collects antique Canadian pennies and refashions them into patriotic jewellery. |

Oracle set


For astrological bandwagon jumpers, the kaleidoscopic cards from Toronto illustrator and mystic Devany Amber Wolfe is a cheat sheet on signs, houses, planets and moons. |

Belt bag


There’s no escaping it: the fanny pack is back. This Italian leather version is a tasteful way to embrace the trend without losing your dignity. Want Apothecary, 1070 Yonge St., 416-924-8080 |

Kids' wearable


The Octopus smartwatch helps precocious tots develop healthy habits, using quirky icons to remind them to brush their teeth and finish their homework. |

Statement earrings


Warren Steven Scott, a Toronto-based designer and member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation, crafts neon jewellery inspired by Coast Salish totems. |

Camping cookware


This four-piece cast-iron set from Barebones Living works as well on a portable induction stove as it does in a gourmet kitchen. |

Robot mop


The company that created the Roomba has one-upped itself with the Braava Jet M6, a brainy AI vacuum equipped with a jet spray to clean grime and grease. |

Niagara wine


The Audacity of Thomas G. Bright, made in Niagara, is technically new, but its roots are firmly planted in 1874. The exceptionally smooth merlot-cab blend—which was finished in whisky barrels—is named after Bright, credited with transforming the Canadian wine industry by growing European grapes in Ontario. |

Inniskillin vidal icewine


This special icewine was made using local grapes harvested at a chilly -10°C, but the wine itself will leave you warm and toasty. Notes of ripe peach, juicy mango and citrus fruits are balanced beautifully by bright acidity. Try it with dark chocolate or sharp cheeses, or in an icewine martini. |

Bourbon barrel–aged merlot


Sideways dealt merlot a rough blow, but 15 years later it’s time to get over it. There’s nothing wrong with the easy-drinking red, especially when it’s finished in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Get the limited-edition release before it’s gone—they only made 500 cases. |

Single-malt scotch


To honour Captain Bill Smith, grandson of The Glenlivet’s founder George Smith, the Scottish distillery created this single-malt scotch. Finished in American sherry and cognac casks, it smells like the holidays (apricot jam, baked apple, raisin) and tastes like them too (ripe pear, chocolate, citrus). |

Toronto gingerbread house


If you’re willing to throw down some coin for an epic centrepiece, the bonkers-talented bakers at Bobbette and Belle will make a gingerbread house that’s entirely edible but looks too good to eat. Bobbette and Belle, 1121 Queen St. E., 3347 Yonge St., 416-466-8800 |

Israeli halvah


for 100 grams The colourful candied bricks are sold by weight in flavours such as chocolate-chili and almond-cardamom. Parallel, 217 Geary Ave., 416-516-7765 |

Cold brew


for 12 Hatch Roastery's cute-as-a-button cans combine two of the trendiest potables du jour: creamy nitro cold brew and oat milk—the new thing in non-dairy alternatives—with a little cocoa added for that mocha hit. 905-474-3555 |

Orange-cranberry bitters


Bartender Jeff Carroll's bitters are used at the city’s top spots, including all the Drakes and Piano Piano. This recipe—made with orange oil essence, cranberry and Christmassy spices—adds a little extra to classic cocktails like Manhattans and negronis. The Organic Boutique, 970 Queen St. W., 647-352-2585 |



and up Mattachioni's kicky house-made spread improves everything it touches (except maybe your eyes). Mattachioni, 1617 Dupont St., 416-519-1010 |



for nine Brigadeiros, Brazilian confections made using sweetened condensed milk, cocoa and butter, are like the love children of fudge and truffles. These gorgeous orbs come in flavours like crème brûlée and salted caramel. Chocollata Gourmet, 986A Kingston Rd., 416-693-2448 |

Fresh pasta


and up per piece Pasta might seem like an unusual gift choice, but not when it’s the fresh ricotta-stuffed ravioli and mezzaluna from Famiglia Baldassarre, the 10-seat lunch counter. Famiglia Baldassare, 122 Geary Ave., 647-293-5395 |

Funky-flavoured chocolates


for nine These glossy, small-batch bonbons wouldn’t be out of place in a jewellery box. Not for the plain-chocolate lover on your list, they come in far-out flavours like soy sauce kalamansi, tom yum caramel, Ovaltine and durian—the fruit so odorous it’s banned from Singapore’s public transit system. Onyx, 617 Gerrard St. E., 647-948-9107 |

Unconventional sufganiyot


and up My Zaidy's Bakery studs and stuffs their deep-fried dough rounds with all kinds of confections. We’re partial to the s’mores, Oreo and tiramisu varieties, though purists can still find classic rounds filled with jellies, creams and custards. My Zaidy's Bakery, 7241 Bathurst St., #4, Thornhill, 905-763-0373 |

Pâté de campagne


per kilogram Butcher Emily Tucker combines pork and chicken liver with all sorts of good stuff, including sour cherries and pistachios, then wraps it in house-cured bacon. Chantecler Boucherie, 1318 Queen St. W., 416-628-3586 |

Candy-filled cake


and up Belgian chocolate shells are filled with mini chocolate bars and gummy candies that can only be accessed with a little help from a hammer. They’re basically edible pinatas, minus that whole blindfold business. Celebreak, 647-383-7486 |

Scandi sugar cookies


and up for a platter These sugar cookies are pretty enough to decorate a tree, but even better paired with a mug of hot cocoa. The Sweetest Thing, 282 Kerr St., Oakville, 905-582-0862 |

Butter tarts


for six The scratch-made tarts come in 20 rotating flavours, including plain (for the purists), chocolate-chip, coconut, chai, Skor, peanut butter and—the signature offering—raspberry, which is only available on Saturdays. Sweet Oven, 1911 Queen St. E., 416-519-9559 |

Pink gin


Aged in red-wine casks from Niagara and finished with wildflower honey, this rosy hooch goes down smoothly, with flavours of juniper, candied lemon and honeysuckle. |

Look choup


for 32 These intricate and auspicious Thai delicacies are made of mung bean paste (it tastes better than it sounds) and coconut cream, then painted and dipped in agar for a glossy sheen. Patchmon’s Thai Desserts, 258 Dupont St., 647-882-5250 |

French cannelés


for six At Little Pebbles, the cannelés feature Japanese ingredients, in flavours including chocolate, earl grey and vanilla-rhum. The volcanic treats have custardy innards with crackly outer shells made shiny with Ontario beeswax. Little Pebbles, 160 Baldwin St., #8, 416-792-0404 |

Shorty cans


per can Head brewer Brandon Judd makes approachable, balanced beers—not the super-boozy, hella-hazy hop bombs that have been dominating the craft beer scene for so long—and uses at least 20 per cent Ontario grain in every brew. Avling Kitchen and Brewery, 1042 Queen St. E., 416-469-1010 |

Sourdough subscription


per delivery Sourdough has a pretty cool superpower: it stays fresh for days—long enough for Dear Grain in Dundas to ship their breads to any address in the province. Pick two slow-fermented loaves and a delivery frequency, then break out the butter when the bread lands on your doorstep the day after it was baked. |

Coffee tasting kit


The #MYJAVA tasting kit comes with a choice of four seasonally changing, fair-trade (and in some cases, organic) beans—like the Colombian Cosmic Goose—packaged in adorably arted 100-gram bags |

Brunch bundle


This DIY care package from Toronto’s top sellers of smoked salmon includes 250 grams of lox, a container of fresh cream cheese from Monforte Dairy and four Gryfe’s bagels on which to pile it all. All that’s left to do is make some mimosas. Kristapsons, 1095 Queen St. E., 416-466-5152 |

Mead blanc


This mead-wine mash-up from Rosewood Estates Winery—which is run by a third-generation beekeeper—blends honey with gewürztraminer grapes for an off-dry sip, full of lychee and wildflower flavour. Rosewood Estates Winery, 4352 Mountainview Rd., Beamsville, 905-563-4383 |

Butcher family pack


The family pack of beef, pork and poultry products from Etobicoke-based West Side Beef Co. is the perfect “I’m coming in from out of town with my partner and two kids and we’re gonna need a place to crash for a few nights and we go through a lot of food” contribution gift. |

Caviar gift set


This fancy caviar service for two from the Caviar Centre comes with a one-ounce tin of Russian osetra, eight French cocktail blinis and two mother-of-pearl spoons—because caviar can’t be eaten with just any old spoon. Caviar Centre, 220 Duncan Mill Rd., suite A1, 416-441-9788 |

Baklava box


and up Brothers Rasoul and Ismail Alsalha make all kinds of sweet and savoury Middle Eastern goods at their bakery, but this baklava box is the best way to try a bit of everything. It comes packed with a choice of things like esh al ashfour (crunchy vermicelli bird’s nests filled with syrup-soaked pistachios) and swar (phyllo bracelets piped full of Nutella). Crown Pastries, 2086 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough, 647-351-2015 |

Organic cider


Southbrook’s wild-fermented golden elixir is bone dry and only mildly effervescent, so it drinks like a brut champagne, and it’s got a bit of barnyard funk to it (that’s a good thing!). Southbrook, 581 Niagara Stone Rd., RR4, Niagara-on-the-Lake, 905-641-2548 |

Vector track top


The Reebok Vector Track Top is a bold '90s-inspired style for the streets with deconstructed Vector graphics pulled from the archives to create a retro vibe. A tall collar adds to its vintage appeal, and its durable plain weave fabric gives it a crisp, structured feel. |

Bold Niagara red


This Bordeaux blend is hand-crafted in the Ripasso technique for added depth and complexity. Rich flavours of dark fruit, smooth tannins and a long, warm finish make this the perfect wine for gifting. |

Genius toothbrush


based on suggested retail price The Oral-B Genius X offers AI capabilities that help users achieve dentist-level brushing. It tracks where people are brushing in their mouth and offers personalized feedback on the areas that require additional attention. |



The Kobo Libra H2O is the perfect balance of innovative digital reading technology and modern design. Available in black or white, you can choose the model that best suits you. Read longer than ever before with comfortable ergonomic design, portrait or landscape orientation, easy-to-use page-turn buttons, and full waterproofing. The Kobo Libra H2O is designed for a better reading life. |

All-new gift book


Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Beyond the Bizarre! is filled with thousands of strange stories, unusual feats, and hair-raising oddities from around the world. Bursting with vibrant and eye-catching photos, this book is a must-have for every Ripley’s fan. |

Fun facts collection


Hop Right In!, the brand-new edition to the bestselling Fun Facts & Silly Stories series, is packed with amazing stories, unbelievable facts, eye-catching photos, and wacky games and puzzles. |

Nitro Circus gift book


This insider's guide to everything Nitro Circus includes the tale of how it all got started, bios of top athletes and behind-the-scene stories straight from the legends themselves, including Nitro Circus founder and ringleader Travis Pastrana. |

Animal-print box


This glass cheetah-print box features a geode handle and metallic details, as well as a felt-lined interior to protect jewellery and keep precious mementos safe. |

Sequin fox purse


This kids' sequin fox purse is both fashionable and functional, with a zipper pocket to safely secure special keepsakes on the go. |

Men's skincare package


This complete men's skincare set is sold with travelling case, face scrub and moisturizer and body cream. You can take your full skincare routine from your bathroom to wherever your travels take you. |

Kentucky bourbon


This smooth but complex bourbon whiskey is distilled, aged and bottled at the most award-winning distillery in the world. Made from non-GMO corn, rye and barley malt, it comes of age in new oak barrels after a minimum of eight years. With rich flavours of vanilla, toffee and candied fruit, it’s a treat served neat. |

Small-batch vodka


A relative of the famous Pappy Van Winkle bourbon—it’s made at Kentucky’s Buffalo Trace Distillery using some of the same ingredients—this new small-batch vodka is distilled 10 times, and triple-filtered to boot, for a delicate and balanced profile with a clean taste and hints of vanilla. Serve it over ice with soda and a lemon wedge. |

Local amber ale


An homage to pioneer Toronto brewer Robert Henderson, this amber ale can trace its lineage to the classic British beers, with enough American influence to make it unique. The copper-coloured brew has notes of caramel and baked bread. Pair it with a blazing fire. Henderson Brewing Company, 128A Sterling Rd, 416-535-1212 |

Craft gin


Made in Niagara, this small-batch craft gin—a winner of 10 international awards—is triple-distilled from Ontario potatoes. Infused with 34 botanicals, the aromatic gin has a pretty pink hue and tastes just as good on its own when chilled or mixed with your favourite tonic. |

Beer subscription


per month For the beer lover who needs more than lagers in their life comes Muskoka Brewery’s Moonlight Kettle Series, a monthly mail-out of experimental brews. The six- or 12-month subscription will surprise any wannabe cicerones witha delivery of offbeat styles, like a white stout, a Champagne-inspired IPA or a pineapple sour. |

Cognac and orange liqueur


A unique blend of refined VSOP cognac—for trivia buffs, that stands for “very superior old pale”—and bitter orange liqueur, this extra-luxe cuvée has a flavour profile of candied orange, macerated citrus and vanilla. |

Niagara bubbly


Jackson-Triggs' Entourage Brut is a citrus- and stonefruit-forward sparkler that's perfect for gifting, toasting or ringing in the new year. |

California red wine


The Prisoner, a bold red blend from California, combines Zinfandel with Cab-Sauv, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Charbono grapes for a robust and smooth sip that delivers dark chocolate and dark fruit flavours. Forget turkey or ham—this wine was made for grilled steak. |

Super Tuscan wine


Modus, a blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet grapes, was first produced in the late ’90s and almost every years since, it’s scored 90-plus points from the world’s top wine critics. It’s full bodied and chock full of complex, ripe fruit flavour. |



Add some sparkle to someone’s life with these bubbles, or pop a bottle of it at your next holiday shindig. With intense apple and peach flavours, this refreshing Italian sparkler is the ideal aperitif. |

Italian pinot grigio


This refreshing pinot grigio was made in the shadow of the Italian Alps. Its clean and crisp green apple notes will cut through all the gravy at your turkey dinner. |

VQA wine


Niagara’s most anticipated VQA releases of the year are a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from winemaker Thomas Bachelder at Le Clos Jordanne. These wines are made with grapes grown on the Jordan Bench, arguably one of the best sites in Canada for these two varietals. |

Harry Potter book


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Journey offers a behind-the-scenes look at the award-winning play. With stunning photography and insightful interviews, this deluxe edition is a beautiful gift for Harry Potter fans and theatre lovers alike. |

Fine deluxe Canadian whisky


A gift fit for royalty, with its regal blend of 50 full-bodied Canadian whiskies matured to perfection, each imparting a rare characteristic to create this superb whisky of delicately smooth taste. |

Limited edition Canadian whisky


Aged 10 years, Crown Royal Limited Edition is blended with distinguished batch distilled whiskies to create an exceptionally rich taste with the signature smoothness of Crown Royal. The whiskies are extra-aged to perfection, ensuring the highest quality and a unique blend with more body, smoothness and complexity. Exclusively available in Canada. For that extra special someone this holiday! |

Aged scotch


Lagavulin 8 Years Old is a single-malt scotch that's chock full of smoky, mint-chocolatey and peaty flavours, with notes of apple crumble and spice. Who even needs dessert? Serve it straight up or with a wee drop of water in your best nosing glass. |

Jojo metallic midi dress


This sheer, plum-coloured balloon-sleeve dress, woven with subtle metallic thread, is a shining choice for events. Wear to your next winter party with sock boots and a black coat. |

Fleur Heatfix clutch


In a classic navy hue, the Heatfix clutch is embellished with diamantes that sparkle when they catch the light. Wear yours with a special-occasion dress for an elegant and fun ensemble. |

Dog book


Weaving elegantly and eruditely between historical myth and pop culture anecdote, between the peculiar views of philosophers and the even more bizarre findings of science, Mark Alizart offers us a surprising new portrait of the dog as thinker—a thinker who may perhaps know the true secret of our humanity. |

Canadian classic fiction


Hugh Garner, one of Canada’s best-known writers and winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, tells this classic story of a 16-year-old adolescent living in Cabbagetown in 1929 during a time of struggle, hunger and deep sadness. |

Fratelli Sicilia Panettone


Two brothers from Sicily are on a mission to put a new spin on the classic panettone. Starting with careful attention to the sourdough—and the best flour, egg yolks from local hens, and citrus fruit creams from Paternò—the dough patiently ferments for at least 36 hours, then is inverted to form its perfect dome. The packaging is modern and sleek, and each panettone comes with jar of crema for slathering. |

12-year-old rum


Created on the banks of Guyana’s Demerara River, El Dorado’s smooth and uniquely complex aged rums represent 300 years of Caribbean rum crafting. This one in particular, a creamy blend with notes of butterscotch and candied orange peel, is the LCBO’s best-selling deluxe amber rum. |

Italian red wine

Full-bodied and smoother than a freshly Zamboni'd ice rink, this Italian red blend is rich with dense red-fruit flavour and a finish that goes on and on. Drink it now or cellar it for next year. |

Toronto photography book


This monochromatic take on Toronto uses the luminous black-and-white medium to craft highly personal interpretations of the city’s personality. Fascinating photographic statements draw attention to hidden elements throbbing beneath countless concrete, glass, and wood surfaces. |

Spirits guide


Canadian Spirits, by Stephen Beaumont and Christine Sismondo, is a full-colour romp across Canada from an award-winning, bestselling duo, featuring profiles of distilleries from across the country and tasting notes on commercial and craft spirits. |

Award-winning wines


and up Visit Adamo Estate Winery for all your gift-giving needs, from gift certificates for wine tours and tastings to winemakers' dinners and award-winning wines. |

Small-batch gin


This award-winning, small-batch Canadian gin is made using locally sourced water and wild juniper hand-picked from the shores of Georgian Bay. Bursting with juniper and citrus notes, it's ideal for mixing and will elevate any cocktail. |

Skincare duo


Inspired by her clients’ skin needs and busy lifestyle, skincare expert Victoria Radford of Radford Studio has designed a simple daily regimen focused around high-performance products that deliver lasting results. Radford Buff and Radford Face are unique formulas conceived by Victoria using clean ingredients, and it's now easier than ever to extend that post-facial glow and reach skin-deep perfection in one’s home. |

Jane Waterous painting


U.S. A reflection of human connection, The Gatherings, Jane Waterous’s most renowned series, represent an embodiment of three decades of work. The sculpture-like, three dimensional figures jump off the canvas, dancing in a synergistic halo of light, depth, colour and action. While each work conveys a unique emotional experience, they all share a feeling of joy and wonderment. Available at Galerie de Bellefeuille. |

Adidas jumper


This black wool stitched logo jumper, available at TNT, features a rib knit, dropped shoulders and fitted cuffs. |

Gold medal rum


This exquisite, double-gold-medal-winning rum is for those with distinguished taste. Aged at the base of an active volcano, this 18-year-old, deep-gold luxury rum offers intense vanilla and spice notes with aromas of nuts and caramel. The long and extra-smooth finish will convert even the biggest whisky lovers. Distilled with 100-per-cent renewable energy, Flor de Caña is proudly Fair Trade–certified. |

Barrel-aged rum


Naturally aged at the base of an active volcano, this 12-year-old full-bodied rum is the perfect gift for the rum lover on your list. Flor de Caña 12 offers holiday notes of vanilla and baked apples along with aromas of toasted nuts, red fruits and honey. Exceptionally smooth and well-balanced, Flor de Caña is distilled with 100-per-cent renewable energy and is Fair Trade–certified. |

Ritual box

The Ritual Box by AHLOT is an elegant storage solution that brings a sophisticated edge to your cannabis ritual. Made by the curators of Canada's first and only Cannabis Collections™. |

Premium olive oil


The newest harvest of the Domenica Fiore Novello premium olive oil has just landed—pressed just days prior and flown in from Italy directly to Pusateri’s. Made in small batches, picked and pressed within four hours, it’s one of the only 2018 novello oils available in time for the holidays. |

Argentinian malbec


Finca Los Primos, a malbec from San Rafael-Mendoza, comes from Bodegas Bianchi, one of the oldest family-owned wineries in Argentina. |

Spa gift card


and up This holiday season, pamper yourself or someone else with the gift of serenity at Toronto's leading day spa. Our specially priced holiday packages are available as a gift card or to book and enjoy until December 31, 2019. Elmwood Spa, 18 Elm St., 416-977-6751 |

Double barrel reserve whisky


This Ontario-made whisky undergoes an extra aging process of up to two years in once-used bourbon barrels. The result is a bottle of liquid gold, with a flavour rich in vanilla, caramel and spice. Use it to kick up your favourite holiday drinks with a taste that’s truly Canadian. |

Wine club


Know a wine lover who wants the inside scoop on Ontario’s best VQA wines? Sign them up to receive a monthly delivery of curated wines from top producers, including three small-batch VQA wines; an assortment of special reserves, limited editions, and pre-release wines; and tasting notes and food pairings included in each box. |

Made-in-Toronto gift box


For indecisive foodie gifters, Foodie Pages' Six-specific bundle gets rid of the guesswork by curating a selection of big-name, made-here gourmet goodies. Makers like Forno Cultura, SOMA Chocolatemaker and Kozlik’s are all included in the edible mix, which features a total of eight artisan products. It’s like taking a trip to a well-stocked gourmet store without having to brave the cold or hunt for parking. |

Fullmoon serum


This water-based vegan serum is packed with results-driven superfood active ingredients like retinol, peptides and vitamin C for good skin days everyday. |

Flyer Vault book


From B.B. King to Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash to Daft Punk, Cab Calloway to Biggie Smalls, The Flyer Vault is a stunning collection of 150 years of Toronto concert history, with a foreword from Rush’s Geddy Lee. This visual tour de force is perfect for any music lover. |