We scoured the city (and beyond) and cherry-picked the year’s most covetable gifts, from affordable stocking stuffers to jaw-dropping splurges
Pehr’s fluffy floating llamas were designed in Toronto and handcrafted
by artisans in India.
Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor St. W., 416-922-2333, holtrenfrew.com.
This handwoven wool rug is a cute—and victimless—take on the hunting lodge staple.
Sharon Tate frames
These oversized vintage specs are dead ringers for the ones Margot Robbie wore in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Hamilton artist Lee Meszaros forages flowers from parks, gardens and forests, then casts them in resin to create stunning ashtrays and paperweights.
Likely General, 389 Roncesvalles Ave., 647-351-4590, likelygeneral.com.
Ember’s smart coffee cup keeps Americanos toasty for an hour at a time, and caffeine freaks can set their ideal heat level from their phones.
Serial plant killers, rejoice: the Swedes have developed an idiot-proof solution. Just fill the glass reservoir with water, and the soil will intuitively absorb only as much as it needs to thrive.
Pop star jeans
Internet crush Shawn Mendes is rumoured to own more than 100 pairs of black skinnies. These, made from raw denim, are a good starter pair.
Over the Rainbow, Manulife Centre, 416-967-7448, rainbowjeans.com.
Bike saddle bag
This satchel was inspired by St. Bernard dogs, who, according to legend, used to carry tiny brandy barrels around their necks for travellers in need.
This clear bedside lamp transforms into a portable lantern for late-night backyard book binges.
Kids at Home, 181B Carlaw Ave., 647-352-5437, kidsathome.com.
For tiny language buffs, the basswood blocks feature simplified Mandarin characters, their English translation and instructions on how to create
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina lipstick
Netflix’s chicest sorceress started wearing Christian Louboutin’s goth-red Very Prive Velvet Matte lipstick after joining the Church of Night coven in season two.
Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor St. W., 416-922-2333, holtrenfrew.com.
This slinky silk blindfold is an essential tool for sleep hygiene, self-care and avoiding eye contact with strangers on airplanes.
Kids’ Doc Martens
These sequin-spangled patent-leather combat boots are the perfect choice for the tween who can’t decide between glamour and grunge.
Beautiful watering can
British horticulturalist John Haws created his elegant and ergonomic watering can in 1886. Now it’s the sprinkler of choice for plant parents all over Instagram.
Lee Valley, 1275 Morningside Ave, 416-286-7574, leevalley.com.
According to trend forecasters, Gen-Z yellow is the new millennial pink.
The hand-stitched, pocket-size leather Dopp kit from Toronto’s Monte and Coe comes with its own tweezers, scissors, comb and nail clippers.
Turns out pot smells pretty good when it’s layered with whiffs of dry amber, citrus and bergamot.
A contribution to Earth Alliance’s Amazon Forest Fund is a great way to both save the planet and suck up to Leonardo DiCaprio, who runs the charity.
Jonathan Adler’s glossy, gold-toothed trinket dish brings some rock and roll to your living room.
William Ashley, 131 Bloor St. W., 416-964 2900, williamashley.com.
Mejuri’s ingenious leather travel pouch has compartments for rings, earrings and other baubles on the go.
Critter night light
Is there anything more Torontonian than falling asleep under the watchful eye of a mischievous raccoon?
Kids at Home, 181B Carlaw Ave., 647-352-5437.
Apollo 11 Lego
Armchair astronauts can recreate the moon landing with this 1,000-piece lunar lander set (including tiny figurines of Neil and Buzz).
It’s machine-washable, available in a dozen vibrant prints, and stylish enough to wear out of the house.
Every quarter, Raven Reads sends out a collection of kid-friendly literary goodies from Indigenous artists and illustrators.
The Quebec-designed stool is made from cherry wood offcuts, and ergonomically constructed for those who find sitting cross-legged to be anything but Zen.
A peacock plume adds a rakish pop of colour to staid lapels and fedora brims.
Vancouver jewellery designer Melanie Auld anchors her spiky bangle with a pair of dreamy moonstones.
LoversLand, 215 Ossington Ave., 416-551-3321, loversland.com.
Anyone could seduce a hot priest in this get-up, iconically worn by Phoebe Waller-Bridge on the BBC comedy.
The Prynt Pocket instantly produces hard copies of your smartphone snaps on special Polaroid-style paper.
The SmartHalo helps cyclists navigate Toronto’s treacherous roads, with a bike light, GPS, speed trackers, and sensors to detect oncoming hazards.
Only a true dandy can pull off silk velvet neckwear.
Superstar hair products
Timothée Chalamet styles his heartbreaking curls with a few dollops of R and Co’s Analog Cleansing Foam Conditioner and High Dive Shine Cream.
The best way to prove you were a Raptors fan before Kyle and Kawhi is with an original uniform from the Vince Carter days.
The Sport Gallery, 15 Tank House Ln., 416-861-8514, thesportgallery.ca.
Meghan Markle’s perfume
The Duchess of Sussex relies on a daily spritz of Jo Malone’s buoyant Wild Bluebell fragrance.
Calhoun and Co.’s gold-stitched celestial blanket shows the moon in all
of its phases.
Scout, 405 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-546-6922, iheartscout.com.
Diptyque, the Rolls-Royce of fancy candles, has branched out into wearables. The delicate stork pin does double duty as a rose-scented fragrance diffuser.
Hypebeasts can festoon their plain white kicks with prints and textures at Stackt Market’s customization station.
Collyer Mansion’s birch discs feature household pets decked out for cameos on The Crown.
A clever substitute for screen time, the analog MacBook swaps out the screen for a blackboard and the trackpad for a chalk holder.
Bergo Designs, 28 Tank House Ln., 416-861-1821, bergodesigns.ca.
Buh-bye, Billabong: this sophisticated suit from Toronto swimwear brand Bather is inspired by old-timey botanical illustrations and still lifes.
Illustrated Handmaid’s Tale
For Atwood completists, Renee Nault’s gorgeous graphic novel renders the horrors of Gilead in living colour.
A spoonful of the citrusy powder and a splash of water transform a glass of Tromba into an instant margarita.
Cocktail Emporium, 20 Kensington Ave., 647-727-3600, cocktailemporium.com.
These hand-blown glass orbs work equally well as weed delivery vessels or cheeky objets d’art.
The hair staple gets an elegantly fuzzy upgrade.
Victoire, 129A Ossington Ave., 416-588-6978, victoireboutique.com.
This Victorian-style booze receptacle is the cutest barware this side of Diagon Alley.
Curiosa, 1273 Queen St. W., 647-341-0394, curiosasociety.com.
Judy Garland vinyl
Thanks to Renée Zellweger’s Oscar-baiting biopic, we’re in for a full-fledged Judyssance. Her 1961 Carnegie Hall recording is her most iconic
The wonderfully woke Creatable World doll is proudly non-binary, with two hairstyles—one short, one long—and a wardrobe that includes both tutus and camo pants.
The revamped parlour game dispenses with the easel and Sharpie in favour
of a stylus that draws the clue in the air and displays it on your phone.
The board man is forever a Raptor in Stephanie Cheng’s poignant print.
Thankfully, this wedge of Swiss smells like sweet mangoes instead of stinky feet.
Easy Tiger, 1447 Dundas St. W., 647-748-6161, easytigergoods.com.
The 500-piece entomological puzzle is an ideal challenge for lazy holiday hibernation.
Scout, 405 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-546-6922, iheartscout.com.
The stainless-steel sipper—which comes in a pocket-friendly, pastel sheath—is an essential tool for our plastic-free future.
Arty egg cups
Salvador and Frida bring a fine-art flourish to the humble huevo.
This cotton baseball shirt (translation: “school strike for climate”) pays tribute to Greta Thunberg’s now-iconic call to action.
Designer dog collar
This sophisticated patterned poochwear is stitched by hand in Port Moody, B.C.
These sleek origami-style ships change colour as soon as they hit the water.
Kol Kid, 674 Queen St. W., 416-681-0368, kolkid.ca.
The sculptural Skittle canteen—made from recycled steel and available in a plethora of pastels—is the undisputed status item for trend-conscious hydrators.
Krista van Brugge designs stunning dried arrangements from the blooms she grows at her home in Brant County.
The colour-blocked silicone wrapper is an adorable way to protect and preserve wireless earbuds.
Mindy Kaling loves the Toronto artist Babbu the Painter so much that she decorated The Mindy Project’s set with Babbu’s punky pieces.
Studio Ghibli postcards
This gorgeous set of 100 cards show the final frames from each of the Japanese studio’s feature films—a perfect choice for anime-niacs.
Feminist board books
This adorable box set instills girl-power thinking into baby brains with bios of icons like Malala Yousafzai and Ella Fitzgerald.
Sneakerheads will love Looker’s clear shoebox, which both preserves and displays your precious Yeezys and Jordans.
DIY arborists can cultivate their own crystallized Japanese cherry trees with a terraforming solution from Copernicus Toys.
OG My Little Pony
Kids and bronies alike will love the original toys from 1983. Each scented steed comes with a ribbon and comb for proper mane maintenance.
Drake General Store, 1151 Queen St. W., 416-538-2222, drakegeneralstore.ca.
K-pop supergroup BTS teamed up with Mediheal to create hydrating sheet masks that will leave your face as fresh and dewy as a boy bander’s.
This mini pressure cooker is the 21st century’s answer to the Easy-Bake Oven.
At the NBA playoffs, Drake trolled Kevin Durant with this Home Alone sweatshirt
This replica of It’s iconic red balloon is whimsical decor by day, glowing portent of evil by night. (Scary clown sold separately.)
Imolarte’s cheerful piece is hand-painted in a 150-year-old studio near Bologna.
Versace’s kids’ items are only slightly less bombastic than their adult counterparts.
Toni Morrison books
The beautifully designed box set is an elegant way to honour the late, great Nobel Prize winner.
For players who are sick of basic black, Razer Quartz makes a headset and base station the colour of cotton candy.
The Montreal brand Matt and Nat was vegan before it was cool. Their quilted parka, stuffed with recycled polyester, is designed to keep your body warm and your conscience clear.
Portable pizza oven
Ooni Koda’s miniature gas oven turns out blistered Neapolitan pies. Your picnics will never be the same.
Spruce, 455 Parliament St., 647-748-4060, sprucetoronto.com.
This aluminum salad dish glitters with shades of purple, silver and champagne.
Black Rooster Decor, 1075 Queen St. E., 416-465-7778, blackroosterdecor.com.
Designer dollhouse furniture
If you don’t want to break the bank on a Saarinen womb chair, Vitra’s palm-size replicas are the next best thing.
Quasi Modo, 1079 Queen St. W., 416-703-8300, quasimodomodern.com.
The cropped mom jeans from Toronto label Pretty Denim are business at the top, party at the hem.
This pooch perch from super-trendy Brooklyn brand Dusen Dusen will be the envy of the canine crowd.
Toronto designer Lesley Hampton elevates the traditional silhouette with sci-fi reflective fabric.
Acorn, a Toronto start-up, collects a batch of your cells and cryogenically freezes them for future cloning or 3-D-printed organs.
3-D family selfie
At Sculptraits’ Etobicoke studio, customers are scanned by futuristic photogrammetry machines, then 3-D printed as figurines.
Sculptraits, 36 Fieldway Rd., 416-966-2539, studios.sculptraits3d.com.
Weed subscription box
Discerning potheads can receive a monthly shipment of handsomely packaged, premium-grade kush in rotating flavours.
No deer were harmed in the making of this adorable kids’ stool—it’s built from solid oak and dappled faux fur.
Ella and Elliot, 188 Strachan Ave., 416-850-7890.
The Memphis Group was an ’80s Italian art collective devoted to kitschy geometry and mismatched prints. These Saved by the Bell–esque earrings were among their original designs.
Studio Brillantine, 1518 Queen St. W., 416-536-6521, studiobrillantine.com.
Like something out of Mission: Impossible, the Bose Frames resemble regular shades but covertly play music directly into your ears.
Bay Bloor Radio, Manulife Centre, 416-967-1122, baybloorradio.com.
Millennial blacksmith (yup!) Mac Osborne teaches one-day workshops in the bygone medieval art.
To replicate Harry Styles’s lounge-lizard chic, you’ll need a flamboyant printed button-down.
Fledgling cyclists are swapping out training wheels for pedal-free, ergonomically designed, retro-styled balance bikes.
Forget Endgame—the real Marvel Golden Age was in the 1940s. This gorgeously geeky compendium from the Folio Society gathers some of the rarest and most important comics from the era, with all the original art.
A subtler take on Carmen Miranda’s fruit couture.
This wooden chest is a Caboodle for cannabis, with humidity-controlled compartments, a removable grinding tray and glass storage jars.
This graceful porcelain tureen is gilded with 14-karat liquid gold.
Architect and designer Yaw Tony makes Wakanda-worthy Afrofuturist silk scarves out of his studio in Markham.
This minimalist 24-karat-gold pendant doubles as a surreptitious vibrator. (If that’s not personal enough, it’s engravable.)
Cheffy superstars like Matty Matheson, Curtis Stone and Michael Smith swear by Rich Brackett’s charcuterie planks, hand-chiselled in Hamilton.
Marie-Chantal’s pretty pintucked frock is fit for a princess—Princess Charlotte, even, who recently wore it to a charity polo match.
This trim, turquoise-topped evening bag is woven from buri palm husks by female artisans in Southeast Asia.
The Toronto brand Sentaler will donate the proceeds from their alpaca cap to SickKids.
The Wasaga artist Sharon Holmes crafts eerily lifelike replicas of your favourite furball from wire, wool and felt.
Just in time for the AGO’s massive Picasso exhibit next summer, the hand-thrown piscine piece is a smokable homage to the artist’s 1954 Sujet Poisson sculpture.
Moira Rose necklace
Catherine O’Hara’s bewigged, bejewelled, utterly deranged character on Schitt’s Creek has become a surprise fashion darling. This excessive vintage bib necklace is just her tempo.
We haven’t invented Marty McFly’s hoverboard yet, but we do have the Flyte Light, which floats above its base through the magic of induction.
Bergo Designs, 28 Tank House Ln., 416-861-1821, bergodesigns.ca.
Charles Birchall and Brad Taylor, both originally from Toronto, met at a horological school in Switzerland and now build their meticulously engineered wristwatches in an old industrial warehouse near Parkdale.
To celebrate Friends’ 25th birthday, Pottery Barn has reissued the titular piece from “The One With the Apothecary Table.”
End table speaker
This sleek piece of birch furniture hides a hi-fi, Bluetooth-enabled sound system.
Pop artist Cindy Sherman depicts herself as Madame de Pompadour on her vibrant rococo tea service.
Style icon Serge Ibaka (he moonlights as a Raptor) caps off his pre-game looks with supple beaver-felt fedoras from Venice Beach milliner Nick Fouquet.
Taylor Swift wore these Spice Girls–tastic platforms in her Pride-themed video for “You Need to Calm Down.”
This crimson trench from the Montreal brand Mackage has appeared on such VIPs as Lupita Nyong’o, Nina Dobrev and noted Canadian coat hawker Meghan Markle.
The wildly opulent, slightly ridiculous 24-karat-gold alligator-skin stuffie sets a new standard for child indulgence.
A floaty jellyfish light transforms any boring Toronto dining room into a shimmering undersea grotto.
These conflict-free diamonds were lovingly grown in a California lab.
The slouchy seat from Toronto studio Objects and Ideas was inspired by the twisting curves of the Wye Marsh near Georgian Bay.
Louis Vuitton’s tiny, gold-lined canister—a favourite of Rihanna—is a delightfully unnecessary extravagance.
Chiara Ferragni’s cheeky eye-embroidered kids’ bomber is a fun twist on the Pink Ladies uniform.
Alarm clock barista
The bedside Barisieur brews a perfect cup of coffee while you hit the snooze button.
Front-row regulars Elle Fanning and Alexa Chung sat on these velvet embroidered cushions at Gucci’s runway show in Westminster Abbey.
The Toronto-born model Lauren Chan sells a line of beautifully tailored, figure-friendly workwear in sizes 12 through 24.
Rule the Seven Kingdoms—or your living room—in this life-sized replica of the Iron Throne, presumably made from the 1,000 swords surrendered to Aegon Targaryen during the War of Conquest.
Lil Nas X wore one of Union Western’s custom fringe jackets in the video for “Old Town Road.” They range from understated to more-rhinestones-than-Dollywood.
This oversized turtleneck is plush, toasty and infinitely more elegant than a fleece Snuggie.
Over the Rainbow, Manulife Centre, 416-967-7448, rainbowjeans.com.
Just like your ’90s Motorola, but bedazzled with thousands of crystals.
Artist Jeff Goodman makes his windswept, opalescent vases by hand in his East York studio.
Brad Pitt has been living his best life in 2019, and sporting David Yurman’s bumblebee ring while doing it.
This shapely chaise from Toronto designer Paolo Ferrari would fit right in at Midge’s Upper West Side apartment.
South Hill Home, 146 Dupont St., 416-924-7224, southhillhome.com.
These painted steel shelves add Santa Fe flair to a kid’s bedroom—and unlike real cacti, they’re fun and functional.
Ella and Elliot, 188 Strachan Ave., 416-850-7890, ellaandelliot.com.
This neon-lit Florentine funhouse mirror is the selfie site of choice for Bella Hadid and Frank Ocean.
The camper bunk, which contains a bed, TV, desk, mini bar and sofa, encourages imaginative play of the #vanlife variety.
The fluffy purse is the creation of Brother Vellies, the glam accessories brand founded by Toronto-born Aurora James and beloved by Beyoncé, Solange, Zendaya and other mononymous icons.
Seletti’s rose-patterned perch looks like it was plucked from the Golden Girls’ Miami lanai—and we mean that in the best possible way.
Silver fox coat
Hustlers fans who want to live their J. Lo fantasy should consider vintage fur—the most ethical way to achieve her stripper-glam look.
WaterRower’s wall-mounted cable machine, equipped with adjustable training weights and pulleys, is handsome enough for the living room.
Meryl McMaster print
The buzzy Cree-Canadian photographer layers shots of herself and her ancestors to create haunting, spectral collages.
Ulla Johnson’s breezy, Coachella-friendly satchels are beloved by celebs like Emma Roberts and Kate Bosworth.
Alexandre Birman’s ultra-feminine footwear—complete with a big suede bow—has Gwyneth’s thumbs-up.
Long Island mansion
The 42-acre compound that plays the Roy family’s Summer Palace on Succession can be yours for the price of a small European country.
These furry Fendis have graced the feet of Kimye scion North West.
The stunning speedboat from Toronto brand Beau Lake is the ultimate in luxury (mahogany trim, Bluetooth speakers, built-in charcuterie board) and eco-friendliness (it’s powered by a lithium smart battery instead of fuel).
The silk-swathed ombré table light is one part ’20s flapper, one part Deadwood saloon.
Moooi’s intricate area rug is copied from a design hand-painted on an antique ceramic plate.
Members of Toronto’s RClub get to borrow from a fleet of rare and vintage cars, including an Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, a Ford Mustang 289 Coupe and a Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet.
Lizzo’s infectious hip-hop flutery has brought the ancient woodwind back into vogue. Jupiter’s student model is a great choice for beginners.
Long and McQuade, 925 Bloor St. W., 416-588-7886, long-mcquade.com.
Feline jungle gym
For cat parents desperate to earn their pet’s elusive affection, Tuft and Paw’s kitty tree—with a hammock, ramp, pole and multiple perches—will endear you to Fluffy forever.
The Mississauga company Adventure Canada whisks travellers through the Northwest Passage, which, after centuries of failed crossings, is all smooth sailing now (thanks, climate change).
Duke and Dexter’s suede slip-ons are hand-painted with mischievous cardiganed foxes.
Topman’s ’90s-overload muscle tee is a paean to belter extraordinaire Whitney Houston.
Smart meat thermometer
The Bluetooth-enabled Meater allows lazy chefs to check if their pot roast is done from the comfort of their sofas.
Dickson BBQ, 2030 Avenue Rd., 416-487-4029, dicksonbbq.com.
The only thing more satisfying than finishing this 260-piece recreation of King’s Landing is pulling a Drogon and knocking the whole thing down again.
Toronto jeweller (and currency defacer) Micah Adams collects antique Canadian pennies and refashions them into patriotic jewellery.
For astrological bandwagon jumpers, the kaleidoscopic cards from Toronto illustrator and mystic Devany Amber Wolfe is a cheat sheet on signs, houses, planets and moons.
There’s no escaping it: the fanny pack is back. This Italian leather version
is a tasteful way to embrace the trend without losing your dignity.
Want Apothecary, 1070 Yonge St., 416-924-8080, ca.wantapothecary.com.
The Octopus smartwatch helps precocious tots develop healthy habits, using quirky icons to remind them to brush their teeth and finish their homework.
Warren Steven Scott, a Toronto-based designer and member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation, crafts neon jewellery inspired by Coast Salish totems.
This four-piece cast-iron set from Barebones Living works as well on a portable induction stove as it does in a gourmet kitchen.
The company that created the Roomba has one-upped itself with the Braava, a brainy AI vacuum equipped with a jet spray to clean grime and grease.
Toronto gingerbread house
If you’re willing to throw down some coin for an epic centrepiece, the bonkers-talented bakers at Bobbette and Belle will make a gingerbread house that’s entirely edible but looks too good to eat.
Bobbette and Belle, 1121 Queen St. E., 3347 Yonge St., 416-466-8800, bobbetteandbelle.com.
for 100 grams
The colourful candied bricks are sold by weight in flavours such as chocolate-chili and almond-cardamom.
Parallel, 217 Geary Ave., 416-516-7765, parallelbrothers.com.
Hatch Roastery’s cute-as-a-button cans combine two of the trendiest potables du jour: creamy nitro cold brew and oat milk—the new thing in non-dairy alternatives—with a little cocoa added for that mocha hit.
Bartender Jeff Carroll’s bitters are used at the city’s top spots, including all the Drakes and Piano Piano. This recipe—made with orange oil essence, cranberry and Christmassy spices—adds a little extra to classic cocktails like Manhattans and negronis.
The Organic Boutique, 970 Queen St. W., 647-352-2585, carrollandco.ca.
Mattachioni’s kicky house-made spread improves everything it touches (except maybe your eyes).
Mattachioni, 1617 Dupont St., 416-519-1010, mattachioni.com.
Brigadeiros, Brazilian confections made using sweetened condensed milk, cocoa and butter, are like the love children of fudge and truffles. These gorgeous orbs come in flavours like crème brûlée and salted caramel.
Chocollata Gourmet, 986A Kingston Rd., 416-693-2448, chocollata.com.
and up per piece
Pasta might seem like an unusual gift choice, but not when it’s the fresh ricotta-stuffed ravioli and mezzaluna from Famiglia Baldassarre, the 10-seat lunch counter.
Famiglia Baldassare, 122 Geary Ave., 647-293-5395, famigliabaldassarre.com.
These glossy, small-batch bonbons wouldn’t be out of place in a jewellery box. Not for the plain-chocolate lover on your list, they come in far-out flavours like soy sauce kalamansi, tom yum caramel, Ovaltine and durian—the fruit so odorous it’s banned from Singapore’s public transit system.
Onyx, 617 Gerrard St. E., 647-948-9107, onyxchocolates.com.
My Zaidy’s Bakery studs and stuffs their deep-fried dough rounds with all kinds of confections. We’re partial to the s’mores, Oreo and tiramisu varieties, though purists can still find classic rounds filled with jellies, creams and custards.
My Zaidy’s Bakery, 7241 Bathurst St., #4, Thornhill, 905-763-0373, facebook.com.
Pâté de campagne
Butcher Emily Tucker combines pork and chicken liver with all sorts of good stuff, including sour cherries and pistachios, then wraps it in house-cured bacon.
Chantecler Boucherie, 1318 Queen St. W., 416-628-3586, restaurantchantecler.com.
Belgian chocolate shells are filled with mini chocolate bars and gummy candies that can only be accessed with a little help from a hammer. They’re basically edible pinatas, minus that whole blindfold business.
Celebreak, 647-383-7486, instagram.com.
Scandi sugar cookies
and up for a platter
These sugar cookies are pretty enough to decorate a tree, but even better paired with a mug of hot cocoa.
The Sweetest Thing, 282 Kerr St., Oakville, 905-582-0862, thesweetestthing.com.
The scratch-made tarts come in 20 rotating flavours, including plain (for the purists), chocolate-chip, coconut, chai, Skor, peanut butter and—the signature offering—raspberry, which is only available on Saturdays.
Sweet Oven, 1911 Queen St. E., 416-519-9559, thesweetoven.com.
Aged in red-wine casks from Niagara and finished with wildflower honey, this rosy hooch goes down smoothly, with flavours of juniper, candied lemon and honeysuckle.
These intricate and auspicious Thai delicacies are made of mung bean paste (it tastes better than it sounds) and coconut cream, then painted and dipped in agar for a glossy sheen.
Patchmon’s Thai Desserts, 258 Dupont St., 647-882-5250, thaidesserts.ca.
At Little Pebbles, the cannelés feature Japanese ingredients, in flavours including chocolate, earl grey and vanilla-rhum. The volcanic treats have custardy innards with crackly outer shells made shiny with Ontario beeswax.
Little Pebbles, 160 Baldwin St., #8, 416-792-0404, little-pebbles.com.
Head brewer Brandon Judd makes approachable, balanced beers—not the super-boozy, hella-hazy hop bombs that have been dominating the craft beer scene for so long—and uses at least 20 per cent Ontario grain in every brew.
Avling Kitchen and Brewery, 1042 Queen St. E., 416-469-1010, avling.ca.
Sourdough has a pretty cool superpower: it stays fresh for days—long enough for Dear Grain in Dundas to ship their breads to any address in the province. Pick two slow-fermented loaves and a delivery frequency, then break out the butter when the bread lands on your doorstep the day after it was baked.
Coffee tasting kit
The #MYJAVA tasting kit comes with a choice of four seasonally changing, fair-trade (and in some cases, organic) beans—like the Colombian Cosmic Goose—packaged in adorably arted 100-gram bags
This DIY care package from Toronto’s top sellers of smoked salmon includes 250 grams of lox, a container of fresh cream cheese from Monforte Dairy and four Gryfe’s bagels on which to pile it all. All that’s left to do is make some mimosas.
Kristapsons, 1095 Queen St. E., 416-466-5152, kristapsons.com.
This mead-wine mash-up from Rosewood Estates Winery—which is run by a third-generation beekeeper—blends honey with gewürztraminer grapes for an off-dry sip, full of lychee and wildflower flavour.
Rosewood Estates Winery, 4352 Mountainview Rd., Beamsville, 905-563-4383, rosewoodwine.com.
Butcher family pack
The family pack of beef, pork and poultry products from Etobicoke-based West Side Beef Co. is the perfect “I’m coming in from out of town with my partner and two kids and we’re gonna need a place to crash for a few nights and we go through a lot of food” contribution gift.
Caviar gift set
This fancy caviar service for two from the Caviar Centre comes with a one-ounce tin of Russian osetra, eight French cocktail blinis and two mother-of-pearl spoons—because caviar can’t be eaten with just any old spoon.
Caviar Centre, 220 Duncan Mill Rd., suite A1, 416-441-9788, caviarcentre.com.
Brothers Rasoul and Ismail Alsalha make all kinds of sweet and savoury Middle Eastern goods at their bakery, but this baklava box is the best way to try a bit of everything. It comes packed with a choice of things like esh al ashfour (crunchy vermicelli bird’s nests filled with syrup-soaked pistachios) and swar (phyllo bracelets piped full of Nutella).
Crown Pastries, 2086 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough, 647-351-2015, crownpastriesbaklava.com.
Southbrook’s wild-fermented golden elixir is bone dry and only mildly effervescent, so it drinks like a brut champagne, and it’s got a bit of barnyard funk to it (that’s a good thing!).
Southbrook, 581 Niagara Stone Rd., RR4, Niagara-on-the-Lake, 905-641-2548, southbrook.com.