by Lara Gladych –
Christmas is just around the bend, and there’s never been a better year to shop locally and support your neighbourhood retailers with your holiday spending. I visited some of my favourite stores on the hunt for gift-giving ideas for this holiday season, and came up with ideas to help you get started with presents for all the special someones on your list.
Because we could all use a bit of “jolly” in our face coverings this holiday season, give the gift of a Christmas face mask – the perfect stocking stuffer (Wedding Star “Rudolph” or “Snowflake” $14.95). Cameron Rose.
Something for SOOTHING
Slather your winter- and COVID-stressed skin in anything and everything from Saltspring Soapworks (Vanilla Frankincense or Cranberry Orange Wash $29.99; Body Gelato body scrub $14.99; bath bomb $8.99; lotion $21.99). Flush Bathroom & Travel Essentials.
Something for HER
Stunning and unique, these earrings are perfect for anything from an evening out to a pared-down daytime denim look (Ayala Bar C1083 $190). Provenance.
Something for the SENSES
Fill your ambient space with scents of the season, or any of the other sophisticated fragrances that make up this line of reed diffusers and candles (Nest New York reed diffuser $64, and candle $56, “Holiday” and “Grapefruit”). Shoppers Drug Mart Sidney.
Something for FAMILY TIME
Families have been embracing the magic of puzzles in record numbers, and all the better in the form of a wintery snow scene (Cobble Hill “Winter Barnyard” $19.99). Buddies Toys.
Something for COMFORT
Authentic sheepskin slippers made in Canada for anyone you love (Garneau adult $130; kids $65). Muffet & Louisa.
Something for the PALATE
Gift a fabulous bottle of wine, or enjoy it as a shared experience out with your safe six at one of our local hotspots (Château Purcari, Negru de Pucari by the glass $16; bottle $60). The Farmer’s Daughter.
Something for the HOME
This cookbook holder made Oprah’s Favourite Things list this year (étu home $198), and pairs beautifully with a gardenia scented candle that doubles as a decorative piece (Illume $44). Nest & Nook.Housewares.
Something for HIM
For guys of any age, the ultimate in next-to-skin performance and comfort (Saxx Ultra Boxer Brief 2-pack $59.99, and Volt single pair $33.99; Stance Boxer Brief $33.99, and Infiknit socks $29.99). Cottons and Blues.