Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your Nice List

It’s not beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Toronto, but don’t let the warm weather fool you—the holiday season is in fact right around the corner. Soon enough lists will be made, checked twice, and the shopping frenzy will begin. While there are always those on your nice list that are shopped for easily, there are also those that every year seem impossible. We’ve rounded up some gift ideas for everyone on your list to make your holiday shopping that much easier. 

The Entertainer

For the person who loves to host dinners, pre-drinks, and even classier soirees. They usually have a fully stocked bar, year round, and you always have the time of your life at their events. Whether this individual is a friend or casual host, you’re sure to delight them with Glassware from Black Rooster Décor, a Gold Knife Set from The Drake General Store, or the Barkeep gift box from Present Day. Sleek and modern, the Ocular glassware collection ($13 – $15) from Black Rooster Décor will be cherished and appreciated by anyone who enjoys a nice drink at home. The Drake General Store’s House Doctor Knife Block ($185) is for those who spend a bit more time in the kitchen without sacrificing style. When all the knives are housed inside, the unit is a chic black counter accent piece, but once retracted, the blades reveal an element of glamour with their gold finish. Finally, if you’re looking for something with a little variety, Toronto-based Present Day offers an Old Fashioned gift box ($105) that features a bottle of whiskey, cherries, orange slices, bitters, jigger, and chocolate. Cheers to pleasing even the pickiest on your list.


The #OOTD-er

We all have that one person in our lives—the one who’s always meticulously dressed for every occasion with no detail left forgotten. They seem to know what the hottest trends are before everyone else and have the strongest hashtag game around. This person could be considered a tricky individual to shop for, but not this year with these #giftgoals. First, we would recommend a pair of sunglasses from Canadian-based retailer Bailey Nelson ($145). This eyeware company has made optical waves with their one-price-fits-all approach and consistently on-trend designs for both sun and optical frames. You can order online or shop in-store at 387 Queen Street West. Since sunnies can be a personal choice and not every style fits all, as an alternative we also recommend the newly redesigned Polaroid Impossible Project X camera ($164) available at Urban Outfitters—for all those #selfie moments. Finally, nothing says #ontrend like Beyonce. Head on over to Good Neighbour at 945 Queen Street East and pick up B’s signature “I Woke Up Like This” mug.


The Pet Lover

Any owner will tell you that furry friends are an extension of the family—if not an extension of the self. If someone on your holiday list shares the same haircut as their pooch or has a picture of their pet as a screen saver, then you can delight them this holiday season by thinking about Fido for the festivities. Pick up some locally made treats from either The Bone House or Tom & Sawyer. For something that both pet and parent can enjoy, check out the ridiculously successful Casper Dog Mattress ($150 – $250) so even pets will have visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads.


The True Torontonian

For the individual who proudly represents the 6ix. Whether they love all things Drake or boast about how our city invented brunch, it’s true that Toronto pride has never been more trendy. One of the biggest breakout brands of 2016 has been Peace Collective and their Toronto vs Everybody collection. From T-shirts to hats to jackets, the popularized phrase has been embraced by the city and is worn proudly. Styles are available for both men and women and can be purchased via their online store or at a number of retail locations across the city (including Good Neighbour). If the casual fashion line is not your person’s style, check out Brika’s Illustrated Map of Toronto ($45) that highlights each and every neighborhood in a fun and whimsical way. This print is available in-store at 768 Queen Street East or online.


The Traveler

Whether you know a true nomad or a causal wanderlust-er, you’re sure to have a perpertually travel-bugged buddy on your list. Each traveler has their set must-haves for their journey, from earplugs to gear to carry-on vs checked luggage. Instead of curbing someone’s on-the-go vibe, we recommend gifting complementary items that will enhance their adventures. The MEC Power Traveler Powermonkey Explorer Micro USB ($65), a solar paneled mobile phone charger, requires no international plug to charge your deceive, just the rays form above. Looking for something for the business traveler? Check out Indigo’s Passport Case collection ($18). These fun and sophisticated faux-leather pouches will protect your friend’s passport in style. Finally, for the adventurer who doesn’t want to forget a single moment of their travels (but also doesn’t want to done a selfie stick) GoPro ($199 – $399) has been a leader in action video and photography for the past decade. The ultra-tiny HD and 4K camera is a waterproof and multi-surface mountable device that can capture all those moments you’ll later be liking on Facebook.


The Tween

They’re not a kid anymore who’s happy with random toys, but not yet a teen who can get excited over investment pieces. Tweens (around age 9 – 13) can be hard to shop for if you’re not personally close with them (and even if you are). We recommend checking out the iHome Bluetooth Wireless Mini Speaker ($35) from BestBuy for the iPod-toting tween. Available in an assortment of colours, this is a great intro into the Bluetooth speaker world that won’t have Mom and Dad banging down the door to turn down the volume. Looking for something to curb that youthful curious mind? Ladies Learning Code offers camps and workshops for girls (Girls Learning Code). Its success has led the company to host these workshops all over Canada and is a great way to get young ones into the world of tech at an early age.