Holiday Gift Guide: Ultimate Shopping List
December may not have officially hit yet, but the stores are blasting holiday tunes, Christmas trees are already shedding needles on the floor, and those of us who are smart are starting our season’s shopping.
Earlier this month we challenged everyone to shop local this year. Not only is this great for our local economy, but it supports local businesses and artisans and allows us to source out items that are produced more ethically and sustainably and to find unique items for those loved ones on our shopping list. In this spirit, we set off on a tour of two of the pop-up flea markets on our list (Trinity Bellwoods Flea & Toronto Art Crawl) this past weekend.
During our festive adventure filled with the scent of pine and cinnamon, we compiled a fantastic shopping guide to satisfy every person on your list!
Wild Wood by Rowan Homespun Market/Apothecary
Wild Wood is a holistic skin, body and wellness tonic line handcrafted in small batches using the finest and purest herbs, extracts, oils, and butters. Both nourishing and effective, the line features an array of facial serums, exfoliants and clay masks, herbal tinctures, beard oils, oral rinses, botanical baths, body oils and butter, hydrosols, natural deoderants, and dry shampoo. Wild Wood is available at Rowan Homespun Market/Apothecary, a delightful East-end boutique that supports and promotes local vendors, farmers and artisans. 2196 Queen Street East (at Balsam Avenue).
Inch X Inch, Amethyst Pendants
Inch X Inch has quickly become one of our favourite jewelry designers since we first discovered the line at The Trinity Bellwoods Flea in the summer. The latest additions to the collection are these hefty amethyst pendants that sparkle suspended from either a thick silver chain or a double chain necklace. At only $50-$55 these pieces are a total STEAL that will make you look all “Hey Big Spender.” They aren’t yet available on the website, but you can message the designer Marcella and get them HERE.
Heather Hird Design, Buffalo Leather Envelope Clutches
Bags are getting smaller and smaller as we continue to strive for a minimalist utopia. Finding the perfect sleek and chic clutch is essential for achieving street style maven status. Heather Hird’s elegantly minimal envelope clutches are the perfect for stowing your bare essentials in for a day or night on the town. The large Buffalo Leather Envelope Tablet Case is $90 and available HERE, while the smaller Buffalo Leather Envelope Clutch is $70 HERE (available in black on the site – message the designer for the tan).
The Drift Collective, Hand-crafted Wooden Skateboard
Ihn Huh, one of the brothers that founded Drift Collective, was inspired to start making wooden skateboards through his love for riding and the growing popularity in smaller, commute-friendly boards. The exquisitely hand-crafted wooden boards are ideal for the skateboard enthusiast who needs a board that can easily fit into a backpack or bag after the ride. Chic enough for a trek to the office!
The boards are $200. Message for more information at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out more of their products HERE.
Coven by Sonia Kang, Athame Collection
Coven is the go-to for fashion bloggers and stylish women in Toronto. The line is made and designed locally in the designer’s private Queen West studio, and the casting for the fine jewelry is done at a local family-owned casting company here in the city. The Athame Collection is the perfect present for the stylish minimalist in your life – sleek, refined, but raw. The collection is in the $49 range. The pendant is currently not available on the website (message the designer for information or to order). The Athame Choker is $49. Buy it HERE.
Christopher Robin, Succulent Sculptures
One of the newer additions to The Trinity Bellwoods Flea is Christopher Robin, a local design duo that are bringing some greenery and the memories of warmer days to your home! The shop creates hand-made glass objects and converts vintage finds into pots for plants. These magical succulent goodies are not available online, but you can message the duo at their studio to inquire for custom pieces at email@example.com, like them on FACEBOOK, or check them out at the next Trinity Bellwoods Flea on December 19th-20th.
No.7 Mexican Hot Sauce Inc.
Blending a Mexican tradition right here in Toronto, Carlos Flores’ delicious hot sauce doesn’t contain any added sugar or salt, is gluten-free, nut-free, vegan, and all-natural. And did we mention it’s delicious?! There are six flavours to choose from (or get them all): Habanero Original, Jalapeno, Habanero Garlic, Chile Pasilla Sauce, Chile de Arbol, Habanero & Ghost. We can’t even pick a favourite….they are all AMAZING!!! $8 a bottle, or get 3 for $35 HERE. Or get the full list of stores No.7 retails at HERE.
Citchen Candle Co., Incense Sticks
From the company that brings us the most heavenly scented soy candles and the woman behind The Trinity Bellwood Flea: Citchen Candle Co. now has incense sticks. And DAMN do they smell good. We are going to be continuously burning the Christmas in the livingroom, Chai in the kitchen, and Vanilla Spice in the bedroom! A package of 10 hand-rolled sticks is $8. They are currently not available on the website (although you can find the candles THERE), but you can nab up a bunch at the next Trinity Bellwoods Flea on December 19th-20th.
Priestess by Chelsea Jamieson,
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