The ultimate 2016 holiday gift guide
Artist Kate Beaton’s Ziggy Stardust–emblazoned cup is just extraterrestrial enough for early mornings. Topatoco.com.
Wooden Coffee Scoops
each. Hamilton woodworking shop Bellowing Timber handcrafts these stout, curvy scoops. Bellowingtimber.com.
Sugar Bowl and Creamer Set
Bodum’s sleek serving vessels complement the brand’s classic French press. The Green Beanery, 565 Bloor St. W., greenbeanery.ca.
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, Appliancelove.com.
each. Instagram-worthy dishes for a breakfast smoothie bowl (or not-so-virtuous helping of ice cream). Westelm.com.
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, avasappletree.ca.
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. Lcbo.com.
Robert Mondavi Private Selection
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, tomandsawyer.com.
SMEG’s retro-chic kitchen appliances come in a Crayola box of colours and have become cult faves. Thebay.com.
REAL JERK HOT SAUCE
each. Bring some of the heat of Drake and Rihanna’s steamy “Work” video into your kitchen. Thebay.com.
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, easytigergoods.com.
Bobbette and Belle's Cookbook
The venerable Toronto bake shop’s first cookbook looks (almost) good enough to eat. Amazon.ca.
This Danish-designed set comes with peppercorns from Cambodia, which were introduced to Canada by a Toronto couple. Drompepper.com.
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., cocktailemporium.ca.
and up. Mississauga firefighter Tom McLean makes these sayas—or knife sheaths—from scratch. Jamie Oliver has a few of his custom pieces Sharpandshinyshop.com.
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., jacobandsebastian.com.
Drinks: A User's Guide
Toronto cocktail writer Adam McDowell’s how-to book features tips on sipping in style. Chapters.indigo.ca.
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. Westsidebeef.com.
Hand-Painted Ceramic Plate
Artist Laura McKibbon paints rustic scenes, like this log cabin, onto vintage Hycroft dinnerware. Lauramckibbon.com.
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. Bestbuy.ca.
and up. Buck Naked’s cruelty-free bars come in lavender-rosemary, cranberry-mint and avocado, among other delicious scents. Bucknakedsoapcompany.com.
Fossil x Me to We Watch
These fair-trade beaded watch bands are handmade by skilled tradeswomen in Kenya. Shop.metowe.com.
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., holtrenfrew.com.
Nudnik’s stuff is reconstructed from old sweaters and T-shirts that would otherwise end up in landfills. Nudniktoronto.com.
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, peace-collective.com.
Cool, designed-in-Vancouver kicks from Native Shoes are made from BPA-free plastics and no animal by-products. Nativeshoes.com.
Donating toward Plan Canada’s honeybee program gives a family in need a beehive, which is a sustainable source of income. Plancanada.ca.
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. Brassandunity.com.
SAVE A BIRD
and up. A donation to the Canadian Peregrine Foundation comes with a very official certificate of adoption. Peregrine-foundation.ca.
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, canadiansalvagedtimber.ca.
ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS BY EDWARD BURTYNSKY
The esteemed Canadian shooter’s landscape photography is as striking as ever in his 2016 coffee-table tome. Chapters.indigo.ca.
Artist Stephen Lindsay lines these concrete bowls in silver, gold or copper. Urbanproduct.ca.
WOOD AND GLASS BUBBLER
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, tokyosmoke.com.
THE CHIEFTAINS CHAIR
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, mjolk.ca.
Sophie sported a pair of earrings from this Canadian designer during the state visit to Washington in March. Jdj-jewellery.com.
DIY STOP-MOTION ANIMATION KIT
This set comes with clay and four backgrounds, and uses a smartphone app to help filmmakers-in-training flex their creative muscles. Amazon.com.
HIGH PARK CAPYBARAS POSTER
Local artist Nicole Burton’s tribute to everyone’s favourite rodents-on-the-run is as 2016 as it gets. Squareup.com.
KAYTRANADA’S 99.9% ON VINYL
The Haitian-Canadian’s debut album, with its buzzy, electro-tinged hip-hop bangers, won this year’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize. Fatbeats.com.
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, kingscrown1774.com.
and up Kim Kardashian is obsessed with the Lumee smartphone case, which has a forward-facing set of lights. Lumee.com.
OCULUS RIFT HEADSET
The Cadillac of VR gaming devices. Bestbuy.com.
This notebook can be paired with the Bluetooth-enabled Livescribe smartpen (sold separately) to instantly digitize sketches. Store.moleskine.com.
3-D PRINTING WORKSHOP
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). Makelab.ca.
With their leather detailing and gold tint, Sennheiser’s Momentum 2 headphones are perfect for music-loving aesthetes. En-us.sennheiser.com.
hair dryer of the future
The Dyson Supersonic has three speeds and four temperatures— and looks seriously sci-fi. Dysoncanada.ca.
TESLA MODEL 3
The most affordable Tesla yet is only available for pre-order (and there’s a limit of two per customer). Tesla.com.
per month, and up. A superefficient meal-replacement drink and caffeine boost all in one. Soylent.com.
Toronto’s Mariposa builds bikes—from city cruisers to track racers—to your specifications. Mariposabicycles.ca.
SUSPENSION YOGA GIFT CARD
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, theflyingyogi.ca.
Homegrown R&B star The Weeknd sports these kicks in Puma’s latest ad campaign. Ca.puma.com.
HERSCHEL SUPPLY DUFFEL
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, sportinglife.ca.
The Great One’s tell-all
Wayne Gretzky’s memoir, released this fall, coincides with the NHL’s 99th anniversary. Chapters.indigo.ca.
The Drake General Store’s insulated vessel mimics the colours of rinkside boards. Drakegeneralstore.ca.
These made-in-Toronto salts are perfect for a post-gym soak. Reallygreatgoods.com.
TEAM TORONTO TEA TOWEL
Artist Avril Loreti’s homage to the Leafs is more a showpiece than a functional item. Brika, 642 Queen St. W., brika.com.
KEVIN PILLAR’S SOCKS
The Blue Jays centre fielder designed this capsule collection with Yo Sox earlier this year. Yo-sox.ca.
Help someone blow off steam, House of Cards–style, with a solid walnut, hand-finished rowing machine. Waterrower.com.
Cat-lovers' subscription service
and up. This subscription service delivers artisanal feline luxuries, including treats, toys and apparel, once a month. Thewhiskerbox.com.
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). Poochpatch.ca.
Top banana plate
Donna Wilson's melamine plate is as cute as it is practical. Hopson Grace, 1120 Yonge St., 416-926-1120, hopsongrace.com.
Doggy bow-tie (and collar)
This tartan tie—and adjustable cotton shirt collar—will have Fido looking dapper for the holidays Miloclothing.com.
Perfect for accessory-lovers and amateur ornithologists alike Simons.ca.
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, shop2.ago.net.
Whimsical colouring book
Part colouring book, part adventure narrative, all fun Chapters.indigo.ca.
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). Kwaf.ca.
Toronto Life's December Foodie Box
A package chock full of zesty artisanal finds from local makers, put together with help from FoodiePages. Foodiepages.ca.