The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide 2021

The year’s most desirable gifts, from bargain-basement stocking stuffers to big-ticket splurges

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These tumblers feature 24-karat-gold-printed designs from Toronto’s Art Deco R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant. |


Ten-year-old Mya, from the Kitigan Zibi reserve in Quebec, makes her hair ornaments from recycled Indigenous kokom scarves.|


Bullet journallers will love the Rocketbook, which comes with 36 erasable pages and smart technology that uploads handwritten notes to the cloud.|


This tote, promoting the pop idol’s latest tour, is a favourite of his current paramour, Olivia Wilde. |


December Diamonds’ line of handmade hipster mermen includes a barista, a lumberjack and a pool boy.Bergo Designs, 28 Tank House Ln., 416-861-1821 |


Toronto illustrator Malika Pannek displays the iconic conservatory in all its glassy glory. Labour of Love, 223 Carlton St., 416-923-8988 |


Spears supporters can celebrate her long-awaited emancipation with this cheerful top.Symbolic Imports |


Dune die-hards and Chalamet-niacs alike will appreciate this new edition of Frank Herbert’s space saga. |


The Canadian brand Lark and Ives makes a vegan leather pouch that’s perfect for your Purell. |


After a long-festering dispute within her estate, the late pop star’s music is back in print for the first time in almost 20 years. |


Rise Little Earthling, the new kids’ line from Joe Mimran—that’s Joe Fresh to you— includes super-cute athleisure items like these drop-crotch cotton joggers. |


and upFormer Toronto event producer Sandro Petrillo is now a full-time soapmaker, creating beautiful bars in scents like geranium and vetiver. |


These TikTok-famous slides are made with ethylene vinyl acetate, a pillowy foam endowed with superb shock-absorbing powers.|


The College Street nacho emporium gets the miniature treatment with Little Locals’ adorable cardboard model kit. |


Mortifying pronoun blunders are a thing of the past thanks to Gamut’s clever lapel badges. |


The return to IRL school isn’t complete without a take-notice lunch carrier (and who doesn’t love a llama?).Scout, 405 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-546-6922 |


It may look like Lalique, but this flute is actually made from Superglas, a plastic that’s shatter-proof and dishwasher safe. |


The AGO’s marquee Warhol exhibit has created new fervour around the prince of pop art.|


Because it was about time old-fashioned Crayolas got a glow-up. |


Mielle’s products have a zealous following among textured-hair aficionados, using fermented rice water to rehydrate thirsty tresses.|


This mod lucite stapler will jazz up any stodgy home office set-up. Easy Tiger, 1447 Dundas St. W., 647-748-6161 |


Kopka’s felted wool cap looks like it was plucked straight from Cher Horowitz’s ’90s wardrobe-matching software. Gravity Pope, 1010 Queen St. W., 647-748-5155 |


Forget Captain America: Marvel martial arts master Shang-Chi, played by Toronto actor Simu Liu, is the superhero du jour. |


The K-pop kings’ official globed glowstick is a must-have item for any self-respecting BTS army member—especially now that arena concerts are back. |


Dry January participants will love a bottle of Sobrii, a boozeless spirit distilled in Stratford with juniper berries, star anise, coriander and Canadian ginseng. |


A pot of Lemonhead’s cultish skin sparkles—made famous on HBO’s Euphoria—is a treat for tweens, teens and whimsical adults alike.|


Netflix’s mega-hit Squid Game brought global attention to dalgona, a toffee-like candy sold on the streets of Seoul. Canadian Baking Supplies sells a kit with everything you need to make your own.|


The nostalgia industrial complex keeps generating delightful blasts from the past, like this reissue of the light-up design game. A perfect choice for millennials lamenting their lost youth.Kol Kid, 674 Queen St. W., 416-681-0368 |


This bedazzled barrette is tailor-made for New Year’s Eve—or mermaid cosplay sessions. Ease, 1446 Dundas St. W., 647-340-0828 |


Carl Durkow’s bubbly creations, made from soy and beeswax, work equally well as mood lighting or sculptural decor.Loversland, 215 Ossington Ave., 416-551-3321 |


Tangram’s smart rope tracks calories burned, jump counts and session duration, whether it’s a heart-pumping HIIT workout or double Dutch in the park. |


Pick a date—your recipient’s birthday, say—and Uncommon Goods will create a custom 500-piece jigsaw featuring that day’s New York Times front page. |


Graham and Brown’s hypnotic prints will transform your powder room into The White Lotus’s Pineapple Suite (hold the murder, of course). |


This chic tether is inspired by nautical ropes and even features a sailmaker’s whipping knot to properly secure your pooch.Wag Swag, 131 Yorkville Ave. |


Dante’s silicone pail and shovel set is the ideal companion for—fingers crossed—your inaugural post-Covid beach vacation. |


Toronto jewellery designers Edie and Jacquelyn Assinewe are members of Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation, and their earrings are inspired by Edie’s spirit name—Dancing Spirit. |


Olivia Rodrigo wears her Doc Martens everywhere—the airport, magazine shoots, even the MTV Awards. One of her favourite pairs are these retro black-and-white wingtip brogues, which she recently sported on SNL. |


Burgeoning mycologists will appreciate this wooden set of shrooms, including porcinis, creminis and other funky fungi.|


Even the Lego edition of 007’s Aston Martin is tricked out with gadgets, including a hidden radar tracker, front-wing machine guns and its own pop-out ejector seat. |


Indigenous makeup maven and Cheekbone Beauty founder Jenn Harper creates sustainable, vegan, Christmas-bash-ready goodies for your face. |


A fluffy pampas plant is neater than a Douglas fir, endlessly reusable and perfectly sized for a Toronto micro-suite.|


Drake’s Carby Musk candle, from his Better World Fragrance House, supposedly smells like the 6 God himself, which is much less gross than it sounds: notes of musk, amber, cashmere, suede and velvet. |


Dana Hollar Schwartz, a Toronto designer now based in Brooklyn, has fashioned a svelte chanukiah you’ll want to display for a lot longer than eight nights. |


Bushmills 10-Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey is the “youngest” of their award-winning single malts, produced using a grain-to-glass distillation method and locally sourced ingredients. It is triple distilled from 100 per cent malted barley and matured for a minimum of 10 years in former sherry casks and bourbon-seasoned casks, which gives it its honey, vanilla and milk chocolate aroma. |

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Sometimes self-care is as easy as throwing a semi-precious sleep mask over your eyes and letting it do its job (which, it claims, is to reduce puffiness and boost circuation).Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor St. W., 416-922-2333 |


The blue-light-blocking framesfrom Dan Levy’s DL Eyewear line are ideal for your bajillionth Schitt’s Creek rewatch. |


This Keith Haring–inspired seat does double duty as a fun decor item and art history lesson. |


Baba Tree, a collective of Ghanaian artisan weavers, creates stylish (and impressively durable) receptacles from locally sourced elephant grass.|


Loftie’s bedside contraption is designed not only to wake you up, but to help you fall asleep—it comes loaded with breathing exercises, white noise and blissed-out soundscapes. |


The chance to show off Lesley Hampton’s prismatic duffle is just the motivation you need to get back to the gym.|


Allbirds’ nubbly T-shirt feels like cotton but it’s actually made from a so-weird-it-works blend of merino wool, eucalyptus fibres and—believe it or not—crab shells. |


Because who doesn’t want to see the Backwoods Barbie when they look in the mirror? |


for three monthsEach monthly LP delivery from Vinyl Moon is a themed mixtape of 10 must-hear tracks from indie artists around the world. |


Piecework’s colourful 1,000-piece jigsaw will keep you occupied through Easter. Easy Tiger, 1447 Dundas St. W., 647-748-6161 |


When you adopt an olive tree from one of Nudo’s Sicilian groves, you also get two tins of EVOO from its harvest. |


This cozy hoodie demonstrates just how much the TTC’s branding has evolved since the ’80s (even if subway service hasn’t). |


This mini charcoal barbecue moves easily between park hangouts and condo balconies.|


Bernie’s mitts got all the memes, but our favourite gloves at January’s inauguration belonged to Jill Biden, whose chic purple pair looked just like these cashmere-lined leather ones.Maguire, 1514 Dundas St. W., 647-245-3223 |


The Duchess of Sussex—a notorious tea-spiller—sips her morning Earl Grey from Burleigh’s Royal Peacock cup and saucer.William Ashley, 131 Bloor St. W., 416-964-2900 |


Ginius’s convenient kits come with everything you need to infuse your own spirits, including juniper berries, herbs and spices, a funnel and strainer, and two booze-ready bottles.|


This sturdy canvas carry-all features a leash attachment and removable foot pad—a creative solution for dog separation anxiety.|


Moonlight Roller’s leopard-suede skates are right on trend: the retro pastime swept Toronto this year, with new rinks, rentals and a drive-through diner with servers on wheels.|


The porcelain container gives “bread box” an entirely new meaning.|


Toronto friends Laura Watts and Fenella Petrie source, refurbish and sell cheerful mid-century Scandinavian cookware, like this one from 1960s Finland |


This Geordi La Forge–worthy visor imparts valuable light therapy to ward off the winter blues.|


Le Labo, the perfumer beloved by celebs like Justin Bieber and Ryan Reynolds, just released its latest fragrance: Thé Matcha 26, a blend of vetiver, fig and cedar notes that smells like a Japanese forest.|


Sprinting legend Andre De Grasse swept the Tokyo Olympics wearing special-edition Puma track spikes.|


One good thing about lingering mask requirements: the chance to wear one made from vintage Hermès scarves. |


The DIY Watch Club is a tinkerer’s paradise: recipients get all the cogs, hands and movements to create their own ticking timepiece.|


The Furbo is a smart way for office returnees to keep tabs on their pandemic pups, with a camera, a speakerphone function and even treat-tossing capabilities.|


Wedgwood’s pretty wild-strawberry pattern will turn your afternoon tea into a Bridgerton-worthy affair. |


Toronto woodworker Adrian Martinus creates beautiful kitchen decor from old skateboard noses. |


The Balmuda has achieved cult status in Japan for its miraculous ability to toast bread without drying it out. |


Mare of Easttown would flip for Muttonhead’s cozy Japanese-cotton button-down—best enjoyed with a Wawa cheesesteak in hand.Muttonhead, 163 Roncesvalles Ave., 647-812-2700 |


This sleek satchel, hand-stitched by Toronto-based Cree leatherworkerDavid Spence, is a great cure for the back-to-work blahs.|


This handy contraption will transform your desk—or dining room table or kitchen counter—into a more ergonomically friendly set-up. |


Mejuri’s dainty beaded band is made from recycled scrap gold and conflict-free diamonds. |


Béis, the travel brand from actor and Toronto native Shay Mitchell, makes an expandableroller suitcase equipped with a weight-limit indicator and 360-degree wheels for easy post-pandemic globe-trotting.|


The lounge-lizard shades are back in vogue thanks to normcore icons like Ted Lasso and Joe Biden. |


Cold brew connoisseurs can whip up their own batches using Growlerwerks’ nitro-pour keg, which keeps coffee fresh for weeks at a time. |


This ride-on glider helps kids perfect their balance and channel James Dean all in one go.|


Toronto advertising pro Jess Papp started crocheting during the pandemic—and a few months later, Holt Renfrew picked up her products. Her caps are an ebullient, upscale twist on the Delia’s catalogue classic. Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor St. W., 416-922-2333 |


For the serial plant killer in your life, artist Livia Cetti hand-makes each of her joyful potted flower arrangements to order.|


Inspired by the loopy work of Mexican architect Javier Senosiain, Concrete Cat’s splotchy creations are equal parts functional and fanciful. |


Hamilton-based textile artist Liz Eeuwes learned her trade in Scotland. Her gorgeous dhurrie rugs are inspired by the Canadian landscape. |


Sea’s puffy wearable quilt is stitched together fromvintage cotton floral scraps.|


This surf-inspired board—it goes 42 kilometres per hour—is part Tony Hawk, part Marty McFly.Longboard Living, 202 Augusta Ave., 416-901-7787 |


The Princess Dianaissance continues apace, thanks to The Crown and Spencer Dior’s Lady D handbag was named in her honour in 1995.|


Poetic prodigy Amanda Gorman became an instant star at the Biden inauguration, and she did it while sporting Prada’s statement headband, which was meant to represent a crown. |


The best thing about House of Gucci—aside from Lady Gaga and Adam Driver’s accents—is the reminder that the brand’s horsebit slip-ons are the coolest loafers of all time. |


Die-hard maximalist J.Lo is a regular customer of Teneka Moore, who bedazzles faux Starbucks tumblers with Swarovski crystals and cheetah prints. |


Oru’s foldable vessel scrunches down to the size of a suitcase, which means you’ll never again have to zoom down the highway with a boat strapped precariously to your roof.|


For a cool half-mil, you can soar 80 kilometres above the Earth—and experience five minutes of weightlessness—on Virgin Galactic’s space plane. |


Herman Miller, the iconic mid-century furniture maker, has gotten into the gaming game. The company consulted 30-plus doctors and experts to create the perfect pressure distribution, cooling technology and spinal support.|


Ask yourself: what would Shiv Roy wear? The answer: Oscar de la Renta’s wide-leg checked wool trousers—perfect for the badass heiress on your lis |


For design-minded campus dwellers, Smeg’s retro icebox will keep your beer cold and your dorm room stylish.|


This modernist fireplace—with a smoke-diverting chimney—is ideal for winter backyard hangs.|


Thom Browne’s line of plush poochwear is called Hector Browne after his four-year-old Dachshund. |


and upAfter a two-year renovation, the iconic concert venue is once again open for business—and naming rights for the seats are up for grabs. |


Forever on brand, the Lemonade singer is a fan of Judith Leiber’s glittering purse, shaped like a pink citrus slice. |

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide 2021


These handpainted enamel baubles add a touch of oomph to any staid suit. |


Equipped with a microphone, 360-degree camera and speaker, this cute concierge frees up your laptop during conference calls.|


Man Ray’s surrealist chess pieces wereinspired by things he found lying around in his studio (the knight is modelled after a violin). |


Elite athletes swear by the Theragun, which applies high-speed percussive pressure for targeted muscle-pain relief.|


Those hotly anticipating the Toronto-born starchitect’s King West skyscrapers can tide themselves over with his debut perfume bottle, a collab with Louis Vuitton.|


Balenciaga’s splurge-worthy Lurex fur coat—a favourite of Kim Kardashian—is toasty, ethical, and twinkly as tinsel.|


The nylon FWD Frame Tote is the ultimate commute bag or carry-on, with sleek minimalist design. Storing your essentials and getting your hands on what you need is easy with the wire-framed mouth, roomy interior and intuitive compartments. Carry it over the shoulder or as a backpack. Available in a range of colours, exclusively at Sport Chek. |

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If you eat a plant-based diet, are physically active, or menstruate, you know it can be hard to get enough iron. Enter the Lucky Iron Fish, a genius and easy-to-use cooking tool that adds 6 to 8 milligrams of iron to liquid-based meals like rice, soup, or pasta sauce. It lasts for five-plus years, is safe for the whole family, and a portion of every sale gives back to undernourished families globally.|

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Coffee connoisseurs can play barista at home with the Nespresso Vertuo Premium in limited-edition teal. Choose one of five sizes (from espresso to a large mug of joe), press the button, then sit back and wait for the perfect, crema-rich cup. Bonus: it’s made from 54 per cent recycled plastics. |

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Slam-dunk your style game in these old school Reebok Question Mids, a reissued version of the pair worn by hoops legend Allen Iverson in his 1996–1997 rookie season. |

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Retro running style never dies with these classic leather sneakers, first released in 1983, that let you rock it old-school day and night.|

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Figuring out what self-care looks like is not always easy, unless you have Aira’s Self Date Kit, a multi-product set that tees up a night of aromatherapy, skin pampering, stillness, meditation and restorative sleep. All products are vegan and made in Canada, infused with nourishing hemp seed oil. |

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and upMake a colourful statement with this ammolite, citrine, garnet and white topaz necklace, crafted in 18-karat gold vermeil and hanging a collarbone-grazing 45 centimetres.|

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Part of BIKO’s State of Flow jewellery collection inspired by streams, rivers and lakes, this 14-karat gold-plated necklace, handcrafted in Toronto, can be worn short or longer with a 5-centimetre extender.|

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and upThe restorative benefits of art are too numerous to describe, so give a lucky person on your list a full year of access to the Gardiner Museum. Make sure they hit the Renaissance Venice: Life and Luxury at the Crossroads exhibit before it closes January 9, and enjoy a 10 per cent discount at the gift shop and Clay restaurant.|

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Fans of biometric wearables will eat up the data-rich nutrition and lifestyle report from AOR’s DNA-based MyBlueprint. The report details your food sensitivities, obesity risk, hormonal health, specific nutrient needs and more, so you can make changes to truly live your best life. |

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For the always-cold cat lady on your list, these comfy 100 per cent cotton flannel PJs come with a matching headband for the ultimate snowy night in—just add face mask, snacks and a cheesy holiday movie.|

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Gift the tastes of Paris with Ladurée’s collection of classic and limited-edition macaron gift boxes filled with your own selection of world-famous macarons at the Yorkville Village pop-up shop. The boxes are so exquisite there’s no need for wrapping. |

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and upTreat your most special someone to timeless, wear-everywhere diamond studs in either 18-karat white gold or platinum. Couple’s diamonds are lab-grown and have the same chemical composition as mined stones, for guilt-free bling.|

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The magical moment when the full moon hovers just above the horizon is the inspiration behind the new Luna Candle, available at Teatro Verde. Made from hand-blown glass, this premium candle is clear on the outside, and the inside is a suspended white sphere that illuminates with a warm, soft glow when lit.|

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Not only will someone on your list be getting the perfect winter hat made from super-soft baby alpaca yarn, but proceeds from the sale of all SENTALER signature ribbed accessories are donated to SickKids Foundation in support of the important work done for pediatric patients at SickKids Hospital in Toronto.|

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The shacket trend hits menswear with this oversized Isabel Marant jacket from TNT Man. The fashionable long cut and dolphin hems meet the functional warm wool blend in an unexpected green buffalo check, making this a stylish departure from the ubiquitous winter puffer. |

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A perfect stocking stuffer or affordable little something for a co-worker, these Belgian chocolate snowmen come in a pretty star box you can hang right on the tree.|

Brought to you byGalerie au Chocolat


and upMany Toronto families struggle to put presents under the tree and food on the table. Moorelands Kids offers gifts of holiday joy to those in need, from individual toys or food to a full Christmas experience for one family.|

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Now that live shows are coming back, give the theatre nerd in your life the Next Stage Festival Ultimate Package, which comes with a Fringe TO toque, ceramic mug, highlighter, face mask, a made-in-Toronto soy candle and a full festival pass to be used January 19 to 30, 2022. |

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With its seventh album, Christmas in Prison, the Art of Time Ensemble—Canada’s genre-busting ensemble that fuses high art with pop culture—reimagines holiday classics from legendary songwriters, including John Lennon, Tom Waits, John Prine and Steve Earle, with this compilation of live recordings from holiday shows. |

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and upDelight the globetrotters in your life with elegantly decorated tableware from the Aga Khan Museum Shop. Steeped in artistic inspiration from the Middle East and the Mediterranean, each piece celebrates connections between diverse cultures. |

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These lush art pieces, inspired by the vibrant world of cannabis, put a twist on the classic botanical print. Created by artist Laura Garcia Serventi, each custom illustration captures the origins of Pure Sunfarms’s signature strains, including Afghan Kush, Blue Dream, Pink Kush, Jet Fuel Gelato, Black Cherry Punch and more. |

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and upPrint Nest turns photos of your fur baby into beautiful, modern digitally illustrated portraits. The pet lover in your life will love it for home or the office. |

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Showstopping yet wearable, these Mejuri hoops are handcrafted in 14-karat solid gold and set with responsibly sourced diamonds. |

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Inspired by the spirit of exploration, the Swiss-made Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic automatic watch features a scratch-resistant and hypoallergenic high-tech ceramic, 80 hours of power reserve, 300-metre water resistance, and Nivachron hairspring technology, which protects the timepiece from magnetic fields. |

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Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey is just the thing for the nutter on your list. Expect aromas and flavours of peanut and buttered popcorn, along with a hint of simple syrup. It’s medium-bodied and rich, leading to a smooth and sweet finish. Great on its own or mixed in a cocktail. |

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Disaronno Velvet is smooth and creamy with the unmistakable almond-vanilla taste of Disaronno. Snow-white over ice, this liquid luxury represents the dolce vita lifestyle with a sip that’s complex and soft on the palate.|

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Grey Goose Vodka is renowned for its smooth, silky character, using only the finest French ingredients. This holiday season, it’s available in a slick gift pack, which includes a 750-mL bottle and two branded glasses—a stylish gift for any vodka fan. |

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A cheeky present for the wordsmiths in your life, Writers’ Tears Pot Irish Whiskey is deep gold in colour, with notes of caramel, citrus peel, oak and pepper. It snagged the Irish Single Malt Whiskey of the Year at the 2018 Wizards of Whiskey Awards to boot. |

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This eye-popping Whitley Neill Rhubarb and Ginger Gin bottle contains the essence of rhubarb, adding a tart, crisp edge to the smooth gin base while the ginger extract warms the palate. |

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This bottle of Bombay Sapphire is ready to gift. The limited-edition holiday packaging, designed by Ottawa artist Fiona McBean, means no wrapping required. This spray can–style gift tin was inspired by the brand’s 10 hand-selected botanicals and contains a 750-mL bottle. |

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Perfected for over a century, Nikka Miyagikyo Single Malt whiskey is made from light peated and non-peated malted barley and is distilled in pot stills heated by indirect steam for a signature fruitiness and delicate mouthfeel. |

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With bold flavours and an even bolder style, D’Ussé VSOP Cognac was founded by Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter and conceived by the senior-most cellar master working today, Michel Casavecchia. Naturally aged to a beautiful full-bodied blend, with a rich bouquet of woody notes and a touch of cinnamon, it has distinctively smooth flavours of spice and almond with dried fruit accents. |

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Old Pulteney 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky pours a burnished old gold and has sweet aromas of chamomile, florals, citrus zest and mint. The honeyed palate gives way to flavours of toasted gin, seaweed, smoke and white pepper, and its finish persists with notes of the seaside, celebrating its historic harbour location. |

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A balanced, unique gin that’s slightly softer and much smoother than traditional ones, this sip has rich notes of juniper, citrus and exotic fruits. The finish is a long one, with a subtle fade of herbs, cocoa and candied lemon peels, while the nose is both citrus-sweet and peppery with a distinctive floral aroma. |

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The espresso martini has no equal when made with the legendary Tia Maria. Its intense coffee aroma and premium taste come from its cold brew extraction method using 100% Arabica coffee beans. This, combined with subtle notes of Madagascar vanilla and strong Jamaican rum, is why the coffee-lover on your list will appreciate it. |

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Patrón Tequila is handcrafted, small-batch tequila that’s made using the finest blue weber agave. This holiday gift pack, perfect for a stocking stuffer, includes 50-mL bottles of clean and smooth Patrón Silver, delicate and subtle Resposado, and mellowed and complex Añejo. |

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As the name implies, El Dorado 15-Year-Old Demerara Rum is laid in oak barrels for at least 15 years and filled with aromas of roasted coffee, candied orange, dark chocolate and spice. The palate is complex but approachable with notes of grilled tropical fruit, leading to a silky-smooth finish.|

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This delicious new maple liquor blends Wayne Gretzky Distillery No. 99 Red Cask Whisky and 100% farm-fresh Canadian cream. Serve all season chilled straight up or on the rocks, or use it as a mix in your favourite desserts, coffee or fancy drinks on those cold winter nights. |

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to $249.95These are available in a range for gifting, including Aberfeldy 12-Year-Old (notes of honey, vanilla and fudge, finished with a whisper of smoke), Aberfeldy 16-Year-Old (notes of honey, citrus and spicy cloves with dabs of rich dark chocolate) and Aberfeldy 21-Year-Old (available in very limited quantities, with notes of heather honey, creamy macadamia nuts, dried fruits, toasted coconut, silky oak and a wee trace of smoke). |

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Upholding elegance and structure, this wine expresses a distinctive Tuscan bouquet with a lingering finish of chocolate. Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro Gran Selezione Chianti Classico pairs exquisitely with Italian dishes, as well as with classic American fare such as grilled rib-eye and roasted vegetables. |

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Mezzacorona Pinot Noir Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT is hand-harvested from small plots on the hills of the Italian Alps along Adige Valley, providing perfect sunlight exposure to ensure optimum fruit ripeness. With bright red cherry, blackberry and brown spice character, this medium-bodied pinot noir can be savoured alongside roasted poultry, charcuterie or festive red meats. |

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Crisp and refreshing on its own, this wine also makes a perfect base for cocktails, including mimosas, bellinis, spritzes and more. Masi Modello Prosecco Brut is on the drier side with 8 grams per litre of residual sugar. |

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Full-bodied with a modern super-Tuscan style, this wine is rich with silky tannins and flavours of mature blackberry fruit and cocoa. Wonderful on its own, Ruffino Modus can also be served with bold dishes like duck and aged cheeses. |

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The Bonterra team has been farming their vineyards organically since 1987. They believe that not only is this better for the environment, but it also produces the purest expression of each grape varietal. Their moderate-weight cabernet sauvignon offers fresh flavours of bright cherry, currant and raspberry, with notes of toasted oak and vanilla before a lingering finish. |

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Robert Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in used bourbon barrels for up-front notes of blood orange and allspice, with a hint of herbs and berry mélange. |

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Bouchard Père and Fils Pouilly-Fuissé Chardonnay—from one of Burgundy’s oldest wine merchants—has a delicate bouquet with peach fruit and floral notes, with soft acidity and a gorgeous, creamy, delicate palate. |

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Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with fig preserve, nuts, toast, herbs and honey. It is an amazing value-priced Cali cab, ideal for barbecued ribs or rare steak. |

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This fresh and impressive chardonnay, with nuts, yellow plum, lees, toast and vanilla aromas, is produced at Umbria vineyards in soils rich in fossil deposits with veins of clay that give the wine a characterful minerality and elegance. Castello della Sala Bramito Chardonnay is ideal for pairing with turkey, roast chicken, hard cheeses and mashed potatoes. |

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The Prisoner is a mix of Zinfandel with Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Charbono, creating a robust, ripe, smooth salute to the blends of early Italian immigrants to California. The evocative label features the iconic 1807 etching by Francisco de Goya, a moody match for the rich dark fruit preserve notes of the wine inside.|

Brought to you byThe Prisoner Wine Company


Just in time for holiday entertaining, Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec will be available for a limited time in Ontario. Its name refers to the three winds that blow through the province of Mendoza, Argentina, keeping the vineyards cool and ensuring the grapes achieve the balance and complexity associated with a fine wine. It is expected to sell out quickly. |

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The late Robert Mondavi is considered the godfather of the California wine movement. Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, a classic cab—with cedar, chocolate, fig, herbs and honey notes—has been made since the winery’s founding in 1966. Enjoy it with hearty dishes like meaty lasagna or filet mignon. |

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Toast Italian style with Martini Asti, a deliciously fragrant, low-alcohol-by-volume sparkling wine made from 100% Moscato bianco grapes and grown in the Asti vineyards of Piemonte. Its DOCG designation means it’s been rated the highest level of quality in Italian wine. |

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Ruffino Prosecco Rosé is a crisp, off-dry prosecco with flavours of strawberry and rose petals. Enjoyable on its own or as an aperitif, it also pairs nicely with grilled fish, roasted chicken, and mixed greens salads. |

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Excellent as an aperitif, Masi Modello Prosecco Rosé also goes well with vegetarian recipes, seafood and fish dishes, but also white meats. Buy a few bottles to have on hand as gifts for party hosts. |

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For California-cabernet-lovers looking for value alternatives to Napa, Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon is just the thing. Expect ripe cassis, blueberry and vanilla tones in a robust but elegant package. This popular, fruit-forward wine pairs well with steak, ribs or roasts. |

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The unique high-rye content and distinct spicy flavour of Bulleit Bourbon make it a perfect pick for the cocktail connoisseur. Medium amber in colour, with gentle spice and sweet oak aromas, it’s smooth on the palate and filled with maple, oak and nutmeg. |

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With 10 generations of experience, the Nolet family knows how to make a great-tasting vodka. Ketel One Vodka uses modern and traditional distilling techniques with selected European wheat for an extraordinary sipper with a fresh aroma and hints of citrus and honey. |

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Don Julio Blanco has used the same perfected recipe for its luxury tequila for over 70 years. Crisp agave aromas blend with hints of citrus—lemon, lime and grapefruit—to make this tequila delicious for both sipping or enjoying in a cocktail. |

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Tanqueray No. Ten Gin has won so many awards, it was inducted into the San Francisco Spirits Hall of Fame. Created with over 170 years of distilling expertise and heritage, this luxury gin has flavours of freshly squeezed lime, orange and pink grapefruit juice, while white pepper and coriander add depth. |

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Singleton of Dufftown 12-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a great introductory scotch, with sweet fruity notes and a lingering warmth. The unique flavour makes it the perfect single malt to enjoy neat, on the rocks or in a favourite cocktail. |

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Johnnie Walker Black Label is a rich and versatile scotch. An exquisite combination of Scotland’s rarest and unique whiskies, it is aged at least 12 years in the finest casks, and is masterfully blended to showcase taste, complexity and depth. |

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to $64.95Feel like a kid again with Drake General Store’s waffle-knit onesie range, available in 10 cheeky patterns for all—from newborns to adults to dogs. Outfit the whole family for a chill holiday season of lounging (and cute photo ops). |

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This new rum offering marks the start of a five-year collection, which will see Bacardí unveil a new offering annually through 2025. This year’s inaugural release has been aged in American oak barrels for eight to 12 years and finished in an oloroso sherry cask for just over two months. The result is a deep mahogany flavour that gives off the aroma of dried fruits, raisins, walnuts and almonds. |

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and upIn a market saturated with desserts (not that we’re complaining), Kwento owner Shannon Nocos makes creations that stand out. Her cakes resemble furry muppets, fuzzy fabrics and Seussian creatures. The flavours, often inspired by Nocos’s Filipino heritage, include classic (confetti cake) and one-of-a kind (vanilla-cardamom with yema, a custard made from egg yolks and condensed milk), all with buckets of buttercream. |


A bit of honey makes everything better. This pack of honey-fied stocking stuffers will help your family have a healthier new year with vitamins, lozenges and drops. All products are made from 100% Canadian honey and produced in PEI. |

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When everyone else was watching The Office on repeat and perfecting their dalgona coffee technique, the team at Paradise Grapevine was making their own wines and wine-based seltzers. Impress the oenophiles in your life by giving or serving them a bottle of the 2020 Vin de Soif, a chuggable red that tastes like summer in December.Paradise Grapevine, 841 Bloor St. W., 416-536-7178 |


to $72.99The Doodle Roll’s oversized colouring posters come in more than 20 themes, each personalized with up to four lines of text. Printed on coated paper sized 2x3ft up to 4x6ft, it wipes completely clean when used with washable markers so the artist can start all over again. |

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and up per pieceThis ain’t your nonna’s cannoli. Cannoli Crunch chef Maria Strazzanti fries up tube-shaped pastry shells the traditional way, but pipes them full of all kinds of flavoured ricotta fillings, covering them in complementary toppings. Think: candy cane and rum plum pudding, but also some sweet-and-savoury combos, like champagne and caviar, that work just as well as an appetizer as they do dessert. Cannoli Crunch, 850 King St. W., 416-363-8898 |


and upAfter almost two years of operating her pandemic-inspired Instagram-based business Pasta Forever, Jess Maiorano is getting an IRL storefront. Until then, you can continue to order her goods online, including this red-and-green focaccia dotted with cherry tomatoes, Castelvetrano olives and fresh oregano—it could almost be mistaken for a wreath.|


and upFor an impressive hostess gift–or a no-prep night in—Graze and Glory has you covered. Alexa Kowaltchuk started her bespoke box biz in the fall of 2020, when we were all confined to our couches, craving the comfort only cheese can provide. Her spreads come with an assortment of cheese and meat, various vessels (baguette, crackers) and accoutrements (olives, fruit, honeycomb), all wrapped up in a pretty little package.|


This all-Ontario sake is a collaboration between the Distillery District’s Izumi Brewery and East Chinatown’s new ramen joint, Oji Seichi. Junmai sake is as pure as the stuff gets, and what’s inside these stubby, long-necked bottles has hints of smoke, maple and green apple, and is meant to be sipped ice cold and paired with ramen—or whatever you’re feasting on.Oji Seichi, 354 Broadview Ave. |


At this year’s holiday party (we can gather again!), consider swapping out the punch bowl for some bottled cocktails from Rodie, Marben’s grab-and-go offshoot. There are a couple of boozy spritzes (Aperol, lambrusco), a Moscow mule and a Fernet and Coke, and—for the DDs—the Novara Spritz, a citrusy sip that’s alcohol-free without tasting like it.|

Prices varyFifth-generation baker Yoni Kamil launched his own Jewish-style bakery from his home in late 2020. It’s now a fully fledged wholesale operation. His challahs and ryes are excellent, but the most coveted items are the golden-brown babkas, which come in classic varieties as well as Lev’s signature chocolate-tahini version, which is studded throughout with big chunks of halva. |


for threeFull-time nurse Rhea Abayan somehow found the time during Covid to start a baked goods side hustle. As Baker-Rae, she makes cinnamon buns and doughnuts with Filipino flavours, like one filled with caramelized plantain cream; another inspired by a chocolatey rice porridge; and the Calamansi Meringue, more of a dessert burger involving two doughnut halves that sandwich a layer of tart calamansi curd and poufs of lightly toasted meringue.|

Prices vary depending on retailerIl Covo chef Ryan Campbell and his partner, Sara Steep, are behind Gertie’s, a pandemic project specializing in one item only: decadent peanut butter pies, now available at stores from Niagara all the way to Montreal. The hefty, puck-sized pies fill a peanut-graham crust with peanuts two ways (PB mousse, caramel) and whipped mascarpone cream, then top it all off with some roasted—you guessed it—peanuts, for crunch.|


for fourWho says summer gets all the ice cream? We say it’s a totally acceptable winter holiday treat—especially when it comes basically gift-wrapped, like these sweet sammies do. Ernie’s Ice Box owner Julia Haist was an actor and food-tour guide when the pandemic cancelled her gigs. Now she makes all the cookies and ice cream from scratch for her artisanal frozen treats, each the size of a small brick. We’re partial to her signature PB&J flavour, a slab of cinnamon toast ice cream with ripples of real raspberries, smooshed between two chewy-soft peanut butter cookies.|


for all threeZing’s jazzy little jars are the result of a mid-pandemic project involving three Torontonians who decided to turn their quest for more flavourful food into a side hustle. They come in three flavours, each designed to quickly punch up any meal. The best-selling Hakka-ish is an Indo-Chinese spin on Sichuan chili crisp. There’s also a chili-spiked honey called Buzz, and Mogambo, which is basically minced garlic on steroids.|


for a box of 12Nancy Burkes realized her lifelong dream last year when she started her biscotti business. And while she’s the self-titled queen of biscotti, her “biscookies” are actually a hybrid of sorts. They have a softer, more cookie-like texture, and come in flavours like orange creamsicle, butter tart and the seasonal dark chocolate candy cane. Order some for “Santa.” |


Little Sister Bakery, at Dundas West’s Market 707, is a labour of love run by sisters Tanvi and Akash Swar, who blend traditional Indian flavours with techniques from around the globe. Their show-stopping ras malai cake is a golden-hued bundt soaked in a milk bath, decorated with rosettes of paneer cheese icing and sprinkled with rose petals and pistachios. Little Sister Bakery, 707 Dundas St. W. |


Haan Palcu-Chang–chef of Favorites Thai BBQ—kept busy during the pandemic with side hustles, including one where he sells the Romanian dishes he was raised on. To wash down the mamaliga (the cornmeal porridge his pop-up is named for), he also bottles his own vishinata, a sour cherry liqueur made from organic Ontario cherries. Its festive hue—and sneaky wallop—make it the perfect holiday-dinner digestif. |


for sixRois Cream started as an Instagram-based biz before moving to the Junction last winter. Their roly-poly macarons are made with the traditional meringue-almond cookies but filled with twice—no, thrice—as much buttercream filling as their French counterparts, in always-changing flavours like matcha brownie, red velvet, Earl Grey and crème brûlée. And for the holidays, they come appropriately decked out. Rois Cream, 382 Keele St. |


The Boxcar Social team—already versed in craft booze and coffee—started their new micro-roastery the moment Covid hit. The timing wasn’t ideal for in-person cupping sessions, but it didn’t hurt their bean subscription service. They feature coffee from other choice brands, but also their own, sourced from their favourite farmers and roasted on-site.Boxcar Social, #104-130 Cawthra Ave. |


These are not the crusty sourdough loaves that every would-be bread snob has been perfecting since the start of the pandemic. These perfectly square, undeniably adorable loaves are shokupan, a Japanese milk bread that chef Aoi Yoshida makes at Musoshin Ramen in Roncesvalles, using her own novel technique. Each one is tagged with a super-hot brand, and would make an extremely coveted gift: Yoshida only makes around a dozen loves per day.Musoshin Ramen, 9 Boustead Ave. |


for 500 mLDavid Xamin (a.k.a. the Bearded Baker) found himself unemployed during Covid, so he started an online storefront selling cookies made using his mom’s recipe. Around this time of year, he also sells his version of the holiday season’s most divisive drink: eggnog. Grab a bottle, doctor a glass up with a shot of spiced rum and you’ve got yourself a tasty fireside sip.|


For chef Ken Yau, the pandemic meant pivoting to a (now-thriving) frozen dumpling delivery business.But what is a stuffed wonton without a good dipping sauce? That’s why Yau developed his own Everything Sauce, a jack-of-all-trades condiment that’s perfect for those signature pork-and-chive or mapo tofu dumplings, or just about anything else that could use a bold, pungent kick.|


Reserva de la Familia Extra Añejo is the award-winning pinnacle of the Jose Cuervo family of tequilas. These small-batch tequilas are handcrafted using an artisanal process upheld for generations, which begins around a decade before the liquid ever reaches a glass, with the planting of 100 per cent blue agave in the estate’s richest volcanic soils. Ultimately, the Maestro Tequilero blends extra-añejo tequilas yielding complex flavours, a rich bouquet and ultra-smoothness. |

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Reserva de la Familia Platino tequila is specially made using the ‘Esencia de Agave’ process, a proprietary method created by Cuervo and known only by the distillers. This meticulous method brings the full character, flavour and essence of agave to life, offering a perfect balance and smoothness unmatched by other clear tequilas. |

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Created by Alex Thomas, one of the few female master blenders in the industry, The Sexton uses only unpeated Irish malted barley for a pure malt flavour. Distilled in copper pot stills for exceptional smoothness and then aged in former Oloroso sherry cask from Jerez, Spain, the result is a whiskey of rich flavour and uncommon complexity. |

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Inspired by the spectacular Canadian forests, lakes and mountains that surround its home, BEARFACE Whisky works with the wilderness and powerful natural elements to transform its whisky into something more wild and adventurous. The whisky maker uses a unique elemental aging process in which oak casks are matured in repurposed shipping containers and exposed to the Canadian wilderness elements for a bolder, smoother, flavour. |

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Cedarcreek Estate Winery’s 2019 Estate Collection Pinot Noir was created in the northern Okanagan Valley, where the lake effect produces deeply complex wines. The combination of the area soil, the varied elevation and careful management of 2019’s cool and rainy harvest season led to a bright and fresh vintage with lively acidities and intense fruit character. |

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A juicy chardonnay from the Okanagan Valley with flavours of fresh fig, honeydew, vanilla, tobacco and ripe pear, Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Chardonnay is made to pair with alfredo pasta, grilled eggplant and baked chicken. |

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for fourGive the host of your next party the night off bartender duty with Dillon’s Negronis, which are ready to serve over ice. This prepared cocktail is crafted from Dillon’s Dry Gin 7, sweet vermouth and Professor Dillon’s Aperitivo. |

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Harvey’s is crafted from a delicate blend of Jerez’s finest wines; delicate finos, aged amontillados, fragrant olorosos and the special Pedro Ximenez grape combined to create a silky, mellow smoothness. The sherries are aged in American Oak butts through the traditional solera system, a system that sees up to 30 different soleras of each type of sherry, aged between three and 20 years, expertly blended together. |

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The Red Barn Jagged Rock 2019 Discordian Chardonnay from Okanagan Valley is fermented and aged in concrete for incredible texture, complexity and length. |

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A light, modern cava blended from three grapes indigenous to the Penedès hills outside Barcelona. Drinkers will discover fresh aromas and flavours of nuts, toast and citrus, and minerally notes. Naturally, it complements Mediterranean fare, like paella, cured meats or manchego cheese. |

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It takes a decade to create each bottle of Graham’s 10-Year-Old Tawny Port in Portugal’s hot and dry Douro Valley. Grapes from five wine-growing estates are blended and then matured into a sip that’s sweet, medium-bodied, creamy and concentrated, yet nicely balanced with flavours of fig, raisin, spice, brown sugar and toasted nuts, with butterscotch notes on the long, rich finish. |