From stocking stuffers to thoughtful statement pieces, here are our top picks for gift giving this holiday season.
Life of the party
Throw the perfect holiday party with a little help from Eataly. Stuffed with high-quality ingredients like balsamic vinegar of Modena, essentials for cooking a restaurant-worthy risotto, decadent chocolate truffles and of course, a traditional panettone, the Entertaining All’Italiana gift box is the perfect present for the hostess with the mostest. — $189.90, shoptoronto.eataly.ca/
For travellers on the go, Espe’s River messenger bag is a stylish solution. Female-owned and designed in Canada, all of Espe’s vegan leather pieces retail for under $100. The River messenger bag is available in black or tan and is outfitted with antique bronze hardware. Decked out with plenty of pockets and zipper closures, plus an adjustable shoulder strap, this unisex bag provides plenty of storage for securing your valuables while adding a smart and practical look to any outfit.
— $98, espe.ca
Cougar’s Villa boot is a super lightweight, easy-to-wear wedge. The boot is available in four beautiful shades in sizes six through 11: cream, almond, cognac and black. Always waterproof, the boots will keep your feet snug up to -24 C, making them an ideal choice for both fall and winter. The polar plush lining ensures your feet stay dry and warm, while an anti-slip rubber outsole provides protection against wet or icy conditions.
— $200, cougarshoes.ca
Believe in Miracle
Sick of compromising on your skincare routine while on vacation because of size restrictions? This customized collection contains a four-week supply of five essential skincare products (cleanser, serum, toner, day cream and night cream) in 15 and 30mL containers. All of Miracle 10’s products are fragrance-free, paraben-free, not tested on animals and are made in Canada. Perfect for frequent jetsetters or for those simply looking to try out a new line, these collections conform to airline carry-on regulations and fit neatly into your purse or luggage.
— $145, miracle10.com
Look smart season to season. Perfect to pair with pants or layered on top of a dress, the Veronica Beard Dickey Jacket is a versatile wardrobe staple for any occasion. Available in sizes 00 to 24, the jacket comes in black or navy with gold or silver statement buttons. Made of a cotton and polyester blend, the relaxed fit allows for comfort and flexibility, while the shoulder pads add a touch of drama.
After a long day of travel, there’s nothing like a good night’s sleep. Henrie is a new, Vancouver-based, female-founded luxury pillow brand. Their signature adjustable pillow is filled with a blend of chopped memory foam and premium kapok, a natural fluffy fibre. Suitable for all bodies and sleeping positions, the Henrie pillow also features a removable, organic 450 thread count cotton outer cover that’s machine washable and each pillow comes with a storage bag to keep any excess pillow filling.
— $199, henrie.com
Set the table
Come home to a good meal — and dine in style! Meticulously crafted in Portugal, the charcoal grey dinnerware set by Canadian cookware company, Kilne, is a beautiful, 16-piece addition to your kitchen. Handmade of recycled clay, each piece is slightly imperfect, giving off a rustic chic feel. Dishwasher safe, each plate and bowl is also oven-safe up to 250°C and freezer safe down to -20°C.
— $326, kilne.com
Pilot Coffee Roasters’ holiday gift set is the perfect stocking stuffer for coffee-loving travellers—and let’s face it, most of us are! The set includes a 300 gram bag of their signature holiday blend roast (cranberry, cinnamon and chocolate notes) as well as a one-of-a-kind ceramic cup in collaboration with Paule Vezina, who runs a local artisanal ceramics studio, Poterie Vez, in Quebec.
— $60, pilotcoffeeroasters.com