The ultimate 2016 holiday gift guide

Bowie Mug


Artist Kate Beaton’s Ziggy Stardust–emblazoned cup is just extraterrestrial enough for early mornings. |

Wooden Coffee Scoops


each. Hamilton woodworking shop Bellowing Timber handcrafts these stout, curvy scoops. |

Sugar Bowl and Creamer Set


Bodum’s sleek serving vessels complement the brand’s classic French press. The Green Beanery, 565 Bloor St. W. |

The Grill of the Future


Pellet BBQs are all the rage for a reason—they’re fast, easy to use and seriously good looking. The Bob Grillson model is also controlled by its own smartphone app. Appliance Love, 950 Dupont St., 416-516-9500 |

Folksy Bowls


each. Instagram-worthy dishes for a breakfast smoothie bowl (or not-so-virtuous helping of ice cream). |

Wooden Toy Donuts


each. The faux powdered rounds from Erzi would pass for the real deal in a Timmy’s display case. Ava’s Appletree, 870 Kingston Rd., 416-515-0808 |

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Limited Release Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cabernet Sauvignon


A perfect addition to your holiday party, this big, bold coastal California wine is aged in Bourbon Whisky Barrels and pairs well with strong cheeses, charcuterie boards, and hearty, winter-friendly pasta dishes. |

Jackson-Triggs Grand Reserve Entourage Sparkling Brut


Toast to the season with this crisp, buttery Ontario sparkler—great with oysters on the half shell. |

Inniskillin Sparkling Vidal Icewine


Bubbles add a novel effervescence to Inniskillin’s world-renowned icewine. |

Spiced rum (in a bottle worth keeping)


This cold weather-ready spiced sipper comes in a ceramic bottle you’ll want to keep after the last drop has been drunk. |

Sparkling water on demand


With three fizz-levels and an easy-to-use push-button design, sugar-free bubbly bevvies have never been so accessible. |

Chef-made pet food


Tom&Sawyer makes real food for four-legged friends that's as tasty as it is nutritious, delivered right to your door. This meal and treat pack for dogs includes the seasonally appropriate “Pawliday Gobbler” Turkey dinner. Tom&Sawyer, 1247 Queen St. E., 647-247-3212 |

Theatre subscription


and up. Tarragon Theatre’s holiday packages—ranging from single-play gift packs to four-play subscriptions—will satisfy any tier of theatre-lover. |

Sweet Treats


The Sweet Danger gift basket from Pusateri’s contains peppermint hot chocolate, salted caramel shortbread and enough chocolate to satisfy even the strongest of cravings. Pusateri's, 1539 Avenue Rd., 416-785-9100 |

Museum-inspired cufflinks


These stainless steel cufflinks, which come in a luxe velvet and leather box, are inspired by the Museum’s Permanent Collection. Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr., 416-646-4677 ext. 7805 |

An easy-on-the-eyes e-reader


This lightweight e-reader has a 6" Carta E Ink touchscreen that displays an easy-on-the-eyes, print-on-paper look, so you can comfortably read for hours. |

Honeycomb pendant


Ten per cent of sales of this sweet pendant go towards the honey bee research centre at the University of Guelph. |

A pair of pearly studs


These 18 karat gold stud earrings with a mother of pearl middle were inspired by the hexagons found in beehives.   |

Old Montreal-inspired pendant


The design on this pendant is inspired by the patterned ceiling of the first Birks boutique in Old Montreal. |

A classic timepiece


The distressed leather strap adds a contemporary look to this classic men’s watch, which comes with free engraving. |

American oak-aged whiskey


Ireland’s most iconic whiskey, Powers Gold Label is triple distilled and matured in American oak casks, resulting in a complex spice and honeyed experience. |

A mysterious single malt


Try your hand at decoding the flavour profile of this mysterious, limited-release single malt: no tasting notes, cask information or age statement. A true test of the senses. |

An old-school sipper


A tribute to the first drops of Jameson whiskey, Jameson Crested is a vivid blend of Pot Still and grain whiskies – full bodied, rich and complex. |

Retro Fridge


SMEG’s retro-chic kitchen appliances come in a Crayola box of colours and have become cult faves. |



each. Bring some of the heat of Drake and Rihanna’s steamy “Work” video into your kitchen. |

Ice Cream Candle


The best thing about this retro-cone candle: it melts just like real ice cream. Easy Tiger, 1477 Dundas St. W., 647-748-6161 |

Bobbette and Belle's Cookbook


The venerable Toronto bake shop’s first cookbook looks (almost) good enough to eat. |

Pepper Grinders


This Danish-designed set comes with pepper­corns from Cambodia, which were introduced to Canada by a Toronto couple. |

Bone-handled bar set


A bottle opener, jigger and corkscrew that will bring old-school style to any home bar cart. BYOB, 972 Queen St. W., 647-727-3600. |

Custom Saya


and up. Mississauga firefighter Tom McLean makes these sayas—or knife sheaths—from scratch. Jamie Oliver has a few of his custom pieces |

Face Wash


Youth to the People’s cleanser lets you have your kale and wash your face with it, too. Jacob and Sebastian, 622 Queen St. W. |

Drinks: A User's Guide


Toronto cocktail writer Adam McDowell’s how-to book features tips on sipping in style. |

Chef-Approved Meatshare


and up. This meat share—run by the chefs at Richmond Station—divvies up a side of beef (plus pork and chicken, when available) among 15 happy carnivores. |

Hand-Painted Ceramic Plate


Artist Laura McKibbon paints rustic scenes, like this log cabin, onto vintage Hycroft dinnerware. |

Phillips Automatic Pasta Maker


Aziz Ansari’s Emmy-winning Master of None used homemade pasta as a major plot device. This machine will dazzle guests without much elbow grease. |

Vegan Soap


and up. Buck Naked’s cruelty-free bars come in lavender-rosemary, cranberry-mint and avocado, among other delicious scents. |

Fossil x Me to We Watch


These fair-trade beaded watch bands are handmade by skilled tradeswomen in Kenya. |

Cool Clutch


Mola Sasa’s bags are crafted from traditional fabrics, which are handmade by artisans in Colombia. Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor St. W., 416-922-2333. |

Waste-Free Tee


Nudnik’s stuff is reconstructed from old sweaters and T-shirts that would otherwise end up in landfills. |

A very patriotic jacket


Four dollars from every Peace Collective purchase—including this bomber—goes toward Breakfast for Learning, which provides morning meals for kids in need. Peace Collective, 131 Ossington Ave., 416-546-5877 |

Earth-friendly boots


Cool, designed-in-Vancouver kicks from Native Shoes are made from BPA-free plastics and no animal by-products. |

Buzzing Bees


Donating toward Plan Canada’s honeybee program gives a family in need a beehive, which is a sustainable source of income. |

Brass and Unity bracelet


and up. A portion of the proceeds from these bracelets—which are designed by a Canadian Forces vet and have been spotted on celebs like Channing Tatum—supports Wounded Warriors Canada. |



and up. A donation to the Canadian Peregrine Foundation comes with a very official certificate of adoption. |

Custom charcuterie stand


This mini-display is made from salvaged timber, so no two pieces are alike. Canadian Salvaged Timber, 442 Dufferin St., Unit J, 416-530-1333 |



Here’s the perfect gift for lovers of A Flock of Seagulls and Ryan Gosling wannabes—the Canuck heartthrob played one of these in the buzzy TIFF film La La Land. Steve’s Music, 415 Queen St. W, 416-593-8888 |



The esteemed Canadian shooter’s landscape photography is as striking as ever in his 2016 coffee-table tome. |



Artist Stephen Lindsay lines these concrete bowls in silver, gold or copper. |



For the stylish stoner, this pipe-bong hybrid from Marley Natural is made from sustainable walnut. Tokyo Smoke, 850B Adelaide St. W., 647-348-6596 |



Finn Juhl’s design is made to order and takes a couple of months to make, so it won’t be under the tree. But trust us: it’s worth the wait. Mjölk, 2959 Dundas St. W., 416-551-9853 |

Canadian-made sparklers


Sophie sported a pair of earrings from this Canadian designer during the state visit to Washington in March. |



This set comes with clay and four backgrounds, and uses a smartphone app to help filmmakers-in-training flex their creative muscles. |



Local artist Nicole Burton’s tribute to everyone’s favourite rodents-on-the-run is as 2016 as it gets. |



The Haitian-Canadian’s debut album, with its buzzy, electro-tinged hip-hop bangers, won this year’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize. |

Travel Shave Kit


This kit includes a real badger-hair brush and a leather case that was hand-stitched in Italy. King's Crown, 2901 Bayview Ave., 647-348-1774 |



and up Kim Kardashian is obsessed with the Lumee smartphone case, which has a forward-facing set of lights. |



The Cadillac of VR gaming devices. |

Moleskine LiveScribe


This notebook can be paired with the Bluetooth-enabled Livescribe smartpen (sold separately) to instantly digitize sketches. |



and up Loved ones will learn the basics of 3-D printing, and can take home their own designs (like these 3-D printed air plant holders). |



With their leather detailing and gold tint, Sennheiser’s Momentum 2 headphones are perfect for music-loving aesthetes. |

hair dryer of the future


The Dyson Supersonic has three speeds and four temperatures— and looks seriously sci-fi. |



The most affordable Tesla yet is only available for pre-order (and there’s a limit of two per customer). |



per month, and up. A superefficient meal-replacement drink and caffeine boost all in one. |



Toronto’s Mariposa builds bikes—from city cruisers to track racers—to your specifications. |



and up. The Flying Yogi is Canada’s first studio teaching suspension yoga, otherwise known as aerial yoga. The Flying Yogi, 007-245 Carlaw Ave., 647-993-9644 |



Homegrown R&B star The Weeknd sports these kicks in Puma’s latest ad campaign. |



A classic nylon shoulder bag that’ll work as well for the gym as for a weekend away. Sporting Life, 2665 Yonge St., 416-485-1611 |

The Great One’s tell-all


Wayne Gretzky’s memoir, released this fall, coincides with the NHL’s 99th anniversary. |

HOCKEY flask


The Drake General Store’s insulated vessel mimics the colours of rinkside boards. |



These made-in-Toronto salts are perfect for a post-gym soak. |



Artist Avril Loreti’s homage to the Leafs is more a showpiece than a func­tional item. Brika, 642 Queen St. W. |



The Blue Jays centre fielder designed this capsule collection with Yo Sox earlier this year. |



Help someone blow off steam, House of Cards–style, with a solid walnut, hand-finished rowing machine. |

Cat-lovers' subscription service


and up. This subscription service delivers artisanal feline luxuries, including treats, toys and apparel, once a month. |

Grass in a box


and up. Pooch Patch is a square of real grass in a box that dog owners short on outdoor space can put on their balcony or patio (it's great for pups with mobility issues, too). |

Top banana plate


Donna Wilson's melamine plate is as cute as it is practical. Hopson Grace, 1120 Yonge St., 416-926-1120 |

Doggy bow-tie (and collar)


This tartan tie—and adjustable cotton shirt collar—will have Fido looking dapper for the holidays |

Bird-print scarf


Perfect for accessory-lovers and amateur ornithologists alike |

Deer totem puzzle


This 3-D model works well as an art piece, or a plaything for tots Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W., 416-979-6648 |

Whimsical colouring book


Part colouring book, part adventure narrative, all fun |

Fancy flatscreen


and up. Considered the best TV that money can buy, LG's splurge-worthy OLED 4K televisions deliver crisp, vibrant colours and impeccable, lifelike image quality even at wide angles. |

KWAF x Toronto Life Discovery Pack


Crammed with artisanal, locally made potent potables (and some chocolate, just because). Also included: A one-year subscription to Toronto Life magazine (or a one-year extension, if you're already a subscriber). |

Toronto Life's December Foodie Box


A package chock full of zesty artisanal finds from local makers, put together with help from FoodiePages. |

An innovative new mattress


and up. Casper's patent-pending mattress is perfect for everyone (yes, even super weird sleepers). |