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Our 2015 Toronto Holiday Gift Guide

OUR TORONTO HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE ENSURES EVERYONE ON YOUR “NICE” LIST CAN UNWRAP A SMILE OR TWO. THESE 55 PRESENTS ARE GREAT FOR CRAFTY FRIENDS, COOL KIDS, DESERVING CO-WORKERS AND MORE. DON’T FORGET TO PICK UP A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF!

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HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR WORKER BEES
Perfect for your favourite co-workers, these gifts help make the 9-to-5 of career-minded individuals run more smoothly with pretty and practical organizational tools to keep track of meetings and deadlines, while fun desktop accessories are great for personalizing a cubicle. And because commuting is still part of most professionals’ daily grind, we’ve also added a few thoughtful items to make getting to and from work a bit more pleasant.

1 Kikkerland concrete desktop planter, $33.50, Bergo Designs
2 Moshi Mythro earbuds, $29.95, iStore
3 Weekly Times desk note pad, $26.95, CB2
4 Fish paper clip holder, $34.95, CB2
5 Acme Made 13-inch skinny sleeve for MacBook Pro/Air, $44.95 each, Apple
6 Herschel Supply Hudson messenger bag in navy crosshatch, $59.99, Te Koop
7 Fitzy cord keeper, $12, Brika
8 Rifle Paper Co. folk wall calendar, $30, Scout
9 Work Week sock pack, $29, Drake General Store
10 Balzac’s Blend coffee beans, $14, Balzac’s Coffee Roasters
11 Carry travel mug, $32, David’s Tea

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HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR HOSTS & HOMEBODIES
We all know someone who prefers the comforts of their own abode, the type who’d rather entertain at home than partake in a boisterous night out on the town, or even someone who simply likes to snuggle under some soft blankets for a cozy, quiet night in. These pampering items are sure to get their seal of approval. For the eternal host or hostess, there are gifts to make their next dinner party most memorable, and for the nesters, luxe goods to make them truly feel like the the king or queen of their castle.

1 Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes that Will Change the Way You Cook by Kristen Miglore, $41, Ben McNally Books
2 Lusomé Donna pyjama shirt and pants, $95 each, Au Lit Fine Linens
3 Butter Celebrates! A Year of Sweet Recipes to Share with Family and Friends by Rosie Daykin, $35, Good Egg
4 Alessi Pulcina espresso coffee maker, $88 to $132, Bergo Designs
5 AlaTurka Samur Iznik mug, $49, Aga Khan Museum
6 Canada Goose and Pendleton 3-in-1 down-filled blanket, $1,100, Sporting Life
Faribault wool throw, $129, West Elm
8 Women’s Gaspé leggings, $110, Roots
9 Le Creuset 5.3-litre French oven pot, $520, 3.2-litre braiser, $435, Hudson’s Bay
10 Men’s third period hoody, $88, Roots
11 Karma slippers, $35, Drake General Store

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HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR WEE ONES
It’s the most magical time of year—especially for good little boys and girls, who’ll be eagerly searching beneath the tree for colourful packages bearing their names. No matter if these fun—and yes, even educational—items are from mom, dad, grandpa or grandma, a beloved aunt or uncle, or jolly St. Nick himself, they’re sure to bring smiles to the faces of your favourite tots.

1 Animal crayons, $14.99, Hudson’s Bay
2 Bears on natural baby romper, $36, Hatley
3 Baby cable cashmere hat, $55, the Cashmere Shop
4 Tolmie, HBC’s 11th annual heritage charity bear, $21.99, Hudson’s Bay
5 Chapter 1 onesie, $10, Indigo
6 Astounding ABC, $8.95, Aga Khan Museum
7 DigiOwl, $12.99, Mastermind Toys
8 Kikkerland geo blocks, $22, Bergo Designs
9 EZPZ happy mat, $30, Baby on the Hip
10 Lanka Kade jigsaw puzzles, $17.99 and up, Mastermind Toys

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GIFTS FOR THE CREATIVE CLASS
Help aspiring artists express themselves with an assortment of items designed to unleash imagination. Both the visually and intellectually inclined will enjoy gifts that facilitate doodling and journaling, while DIYers can indulge in some arts and crafts with pre-fab kits—all the necessary supplies are included! And of course, you can also encourage one of the hottest trends in creative stress relief: colouring for adults. Staying within the lines is optional!

1 Mini Maker, $35, Drake General Store 
2 Prismacolor Premier Artist Pencil Tin Set of 132, $195.95, Curry’s
3 Animal Kingdom colouring book by Millie Marotta, $9.99, Homesense
4 Kiriki Press DIY embroidered doll kit, $18, The Paper Place
5 Mid-Century Modern Animals colouring book by Jen Ski, $9.99, Homesense
6 Fantastic Cities: A Coloring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagined by Steve McDonald, $22, Ben McNally Books
7 The Giant Book of Creativity for Kids by Bobbi Conner, $25.95, Indigo
8 Wander Often Wonder Always notebook, $11.95, Indigo
9 Meccano Tech Meccanoid G15 personal robot, $229.99, Mastermind Toys
10 642 Tiny Things to Draw and 642 Tiny Things to Write About, $12.95 each, Swipe Design

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GIFTS FOR THE HEALTH CONSCIOUS
Know a star athlete or gym buff? Help them achieve their fitness goals (while looking stylish at the same time) with exercising essentials ranging from the perfect moisture-wicking top to a hold-all gym bag. A user-friendly fitness tracker is a must-have for those who’re trying to get into shape, and when it comes to these handy bands there’s no shortage of styles to choose from. On the other hand, mindfulness-oriented presents are excellent options for your most zen friends.

1 TomTom Runner cardio GPS watch, $259.99, Best Buy
2 Touch Zero One watch, $160, Swatch
B Mat yoga mat, $48 to $95, strap, $48, 889 Yoga
4 Brooks men’s Dash half-zip running top, $74.99, the Running Room
5 Garmin Vivofit 2 activity tracker, $199.99, Best Buy
6 Deena bag, $140, Lolë
7 Muse brain-sensing headband, $299, Best Buy

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MADE-IN-TORONTO GIFTS
Looking to pick up a non-kitschy souvenir of your Toronto visit? These tokens—some decorative, others functional—have been thoughtfully conceived by local artisans, and in some cases have even been handcrafted in Hogtown.

1 Foxy Originals Viva necklace, $40, Trixie Boutique
2 Don’t Grow Up print by the Penny Paper Co., $18, Brika
3 Jolie Laide leather camera strap, $79, Muttonhead
4 Tuck Shop Trading Co. vintage pennants, $20 each, Love the Design
5 Colleen Poitras Designs Toronto cufflinks, $60, Made You Look
6 May 28th red polka dot watch, $28, Brika

—Linda Luong

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