The ultimate holiday gift guide
The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide
Maple Sugar Block
The Rubik-size cube can be grated over ice cream, fruit or even blue cheese. Ninutik.com.
Real Estate on Mars
for one acre. Questionably legal deeds are sold by entrepreneur Dennis Hope, who’s been subdividing extraterrestrial bodies since the ’80s. Buymars.com.
Skyline by Patrick J. Adams
This cityscape proves the Suits star does stunning work on either side of a camera. lumas.com.
Monte & Coe Duffle
Handmade in Canada, the handsome weekender features an Italian wool felt body, vegetable-tanned leather trim and sturdy brass hardware. Gotstyle.ca.
Founded by a pair of Toronto natives, Akid’s sneakers have appeared on VIP progeny like Gwen Stefani’s son Apollo and Kanye-Kardashian scion North West. Akidbrand.com.
Pelle’s glowing glycerin bars are hand-chiselled to resemble precious gems. Jacob and Sebastian, 622 Queen St. W., 647-345-0478. Jacobandsebastian.com.
Just like regular Doh, but with lights and buzzers. Shop AGO, 317 Dundas St. W., 416-979-6690, ago.net/shop.
and up. The Treasure Chest in the Windsor Arms sells recycled mink and fox fur coats—and gives 10 per cent of proceeds to charity. 18 St. Thomas St., 416-971-9666, ext. 6503.
It’s a somewhat defensive take on the iconic I Love N.Y. emblem. Gotstyle, 21 Trinity St., 416-260-9696, gotstyle.com.
WORLD’S BEST CHOCOLATE BAR
for 65 grams. Soma’s Porcelana bar won gold at the International Chocolate Awards in London. Soma Chocolatemaker, 32 Tank House Ln., 416-815-7662, somachocolate.com.
DAN LEVY’S glasses
The frames are from the actor’s 2015 eyewear collection. Optical Outlook, 104 Yorkville Ave., 416-961-9589, dleyewear.com.
for four packs of 12. Discriminating pickers will appreciate the complex tang of six-year-old barrel-aged Kentucky bourbon. Daneson.com.
A shining metallic bowl elevates the lowly stir-fry. Mjölk, 2959 Dundas St. W., 416-551-9853, mjolk.ca.
and up. Toronto crafter Jacqueline Poirier (resident artist at the Ritz-Carlton) specializes in eerily realistic pottery portraits. Jacquelinepoirier.com.
The organic cotton cushion is printed with an owlish design by Swedish illustrator Lasse Skarbövik. Studio Pazo, 219 Queen St. E., 416-507-0000, studiopazo.com.
Each pack contains a hand-carved wooden brush and a natural cleanser. Parkprovince.com.
and under. For winter sweaters, lonely lapels and other articles in need of subtle swagger. Philistine, 928 Queen W., 416-532-3662, philistinetoronto.com.
MOBILE SPINNING SYSTEM
The iPhone-compatible device has all the functionality of a professional DJ mixer for about half the price—making it ideal for dabblers. Chapters.indigo.ca.
The Toronto brand May28th makes cheerful wrist candy with Swatch-ish appeal, like this flowery plastic and silicone timepiece. Pipler Accessories, 453 Parliament St., 647-346-2324, shoppipler.com.
It’s never wise to spring a small mammal on an unsuspecting friend. But for rabbit-ready families, Sargent Fuzzy Boots is a two-year-old male in search of his forever home. Torontohumanesociety.com.
retro JAYS HAT
True, they didn’t go all the way. But the Jays gave us plenty to whoop about this year, including the AL East Division title. And we’ll always have Bautista’s catapulting bat. Lids.ca.
The ideal gift for new homeowners: a custom house portrait by local illustrator and New Yorker cartoonist Tom Chitty. Drawnbytom.com.
Tanya Taylor’s Robin sweater has appeared on half of Hollywood, including Mindy Kaling. Plebes can now buy it online. Tanyataylor.com.
and under. The so-ugly-they’re-awesome Hawaiiana adds an air of authenticity to northern luaus. BYOB Cocktail Emporium, 972 Queen St. W., 647-727-3600, cocktailemporium.ca.
Frigid winter winds are no match for ear-warming cashmere. Kit and Ace, 102 Bloor St. W., 1-844-548-6223, kitandace.com.
MONOGRAMMED DOPP KIT
Toronto start-up Hey Roan’s oiled leather toiletry sacks are hand-stitched and stamped with a discreet custom monogram. Heyroan.com.
ORGANIC BEET spirit
For the craft cocktail nerd who thinks she’s sipped them all, this earthy elixir was super-popular in Napoleonic France. Torontodistillery.ca.
BICYCLE WINE RACK
The handmade leather straps affix to any city cruiser via antique brass fasteners. Spacingstore.ca.
JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S ACTING DEBUT
In The Great War, an oft-forgotten 2007 CBC drama, the prime minister plays Talbot Mercer Papineau, a Rhodes Scholar who died at Passchendaele in 1917. Amazon.ca.
Toronto artist Contrabotanic makes perfect gifts for habitual houseplant killers. Etsy.com.
JOHN TORY’S BIKER BOOTS
The mayor swears by his sturdy Fryes (he’ll even pair the strappy, studded harness boots with suits). Thefryecompany.com.
Canadiano’s one-cup coffee makers are carved out of cherry, walnut, birch and white oak (each wood pairs best with a different kind of bean). Canadiano.co.
The ridiculously popular hands-free scooter reaches a top speed of about 12 klicks per hour. Venommotorsportscanada.com.
LUXURY CANNED GOODS
and under. Charlotte Langley specializes in custom canned food. Options from her holiday menu include shepherd’s pie, smoked oysters and sticky toffee pudding. Scoutcanning.com.
DIAMOND SIX STUD
The tiny ode to T.O. is made of 14-karat gold and encrusted with diamonds. 6 by Gee Beauty, 6 Roxborough St., 1-855-960-8080, 6bygeebeauty.com.
Picasso purportedly did his best sculpting with a blade from Opinel, the famous French knife manufacturer. This kitchen kit contains a paring knife, a serrated blade, a slicing knife and a veggie peeler. Hopson Grace, 1120 Yonge St., 416-926-1120, hopsongrace.com.
GLITzy PIZZA BAG
The sparkly pepperoni slice is made with fabric from a family-owned British mill. Jcrew.com.
black onyx NECKLACE
Mystics say the inky stone stimulates the root chakra and enhances concentration. ilovebiko.com.
for four. The traditional Moscow mule receptacle keeps any cold drink icy (and looks cool on a bar cart). Drakegeneralstore.ca.
SMART comic BOOK
Local artist Kate Beaton’s satirical strips feature Wonder Woman and Tiny Hermione, a palm-sized version of the Harry Potter heroine. Amazon.ca.
REALLY GOOD CHARCUTERIE
for 250 grams. Tissue-thin slices of jamón ibérico are imported from Salamanca, the ham capital of Spain. Hamlovers.ca.
The commemorative custom plates are issued by civic historians at Heritage Toronto to any home in the GTA that has been standing for over a century. Heritagetoronto.org.
The ubiquitous American Girl’s Canuck counterpart comes with a 64-page bilingual journal. Maplelea.com.
The Shop’s five-hour class covers all the tapestry-weaving fundamentals. (Other options include shibori dyeing and denim repair.) 1139 College St., 416-824-2555, theshoptoronto.ca.
Florentine designer Maria Sole Cecchi’s Lego-mosaic boxes are the undisputed it-bags of the season. Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor St. W., 416-923-2333, holtrenfrew.com.
and under. A completely unnecessary extravagance for doting pet parents. Dogfather and Co., 1007 Yonge St., 416-960-1088, dogfatherandco.com.
In return for a spit sample, American company 23andMe will produce a report full of such unnerving health predictions as your likelihood of having a heart attack or becoming a heroin addict. 23andme.com.
The ingenious tool was created for a famous Japanese noodle house. Drakegeneralstore.ca.
THE WEEKND’S beauty behind the madness ON VINYL
The chart-topping crooner is on his way to eclipsing Drake. His moody new album is a suitable dead-of-winter soundtrack. Fatbeats.com.
denim bow tie
All the prep without a smidgen of ponce. Frank and Oak, 735 Queen St. W., 647-930-8711, frankandoak.com.
GREY GOOSE VX
Expertly crafted in France and presented in a luxury gift box, this new premium spirit combines Grey Goose vodka with a hint of cognac. Lcbo.com.
Sony Mirrorless Camera
and up. Test the limits of creativity with the world’s fastest focusing camera. Every shot benefits from 24.3MP detail and a BIONZ X processor. Sony.ca.
Sony Ultra-Slim 4K Television
The X900C TV combines 4K clarity, brilliant high-dynamic range and Android TV in one elegantly slim package. Sony.ca.
LEGO® Dimensions Videogame
Characters from different LEGO® worlds come together in one action-packed game, allowing players to mix-and-match vehicles and gadgets like never before. Ebgames.ca.
Hebederma Anti-Aging Serum
Made to order in Canada, the all-natural skin serum is free of preservatives, parabens, alcohol and fragrance. Hebederma.com.
Delonghi Nespresso Lattissima Touch
This compact cappuccino maker has a removable milk carafe and six customizable beverage buttons. Purchase any Nespresso machine over $199 and receive a $100 mail-in rebate. Linenchest.com.
Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Shiraz
Fans of full-bodied reds will appreciate the bold flavours of this unique wine, which is aged in whiskey barrels. Lcbo.com.
Elmwood Spa Day
The indulgent Holiday Sparkle package includes water therapies, a Swedish massage and a delicious three-course lunch. Elmwoodspa.com.
Robert Marc Eyewear
and up. The sophisticated frames are handcrafted with titanium and Italian acetate, and branded with the designer’s signature hinge. Josephson.ca.
Sony Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The SRS-X33 delivers amazing audio, one-touch listening convenience, hands-free calling and up to 12-hours of battery life. Sony.ca.
Men’s Burton Covert Jacket
It’s got Pit Zips, thumb grips and pockets for just about everything. Thermolite insulation and a plush taffeta lining lock in core warmth. Sportchek.ca.
Women’s Burton Cadence Jacket
The stylish design hides tons of mountain-friendly features, including goggle and media pockets, mesh-lined Pit Zips and a removable waist gaiter. Sportchek.ca.
Tickets to Ripley’s Aquarium
Make a splash this holiday season! Ripley’s Express Anytime tickets can be pre-ordered online and remain valid for 365 days. Ripleysaquariums.com.
J.P. Wiser’s Hopped
This full-flavoured whisky blends peppery hops with the spice of J.P. Wiser’s rye for a rich, dark ale finish. Lcbo.com.
Three of California’s most notable coastal regions come together to create a complex pinot noir balanced with fruit and spice. Lcbo.com.
Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro Gran Selezione 2010
This award-winning, full-bodied wine is one of only 38 Chianti Classico wines granted Gran Selezione status. Lcbo.com.
Powers Gold Label Whiskey
The popular Irish whiskey, famous for its spicy, honeyed flavours, is triple distilled and matured in American oak casks. Lcbo.com.
Powers Irish Whiskey
Sony h.ear on Headphones
The over-ear headphones combine premium hi-res audio quality, striking design and long-listen comfort. Sony.ca.