Hol­i­day Gift Guide

Wrap up your shop­ping with time­less presents from lo­cal stores

Where Ottawa - - FRONT PAGE - by matt har­ri­son and dayanti karunaratne pho­tog­ra­phy by marc fowler/me­trop­o­lis stu­dio

Wel­come Home This faux-antler wreath ($130, Tin­sel­town) brings a rugged touch to hol­i­day decor. The snowy owl toy ($64, Flock Bou­tique) is the flip side of the elfish doll shown on page 14. Crèche crea­tures be­come child’s play in this manger set ($89, 3 Lit­tle Mon­keys).

Green Thumb Tend to in­door plants with this re­mark­able Haws cop­per wa­ter­ing can en­joyed by the Brits for more than a cen­tury. To avoid get­ting wa­ter ev­ery­where, it has a long neck that al­lows for pre­ci­sion wa­ter­ing, it comes with a de­tach­able ex­tra-fine brass rose for even spray­ing, and it can hold a quart (that’s a litre) of liq­uid. $89, Lee Val­ley

Sip the Bird The time­less­ness of birds, as sym­bols of flight and es­cape, con­tin­ues to soothe our mod­ern-day claus­tro­pho­bia. Wake­field ar­ti­san, Kate Dou­glas, taps into this sen­ti­ment through her wheel thrown, porce­lain bird-themed mug. The other, per­haps evok­ing a birch for­est, is equally med­i­ta­tive — each per­fectly com­pli­ment­ing that spot of tea or morn­ing cof­fee. $35, Wake­field Ar­ti­sans Ga­lerie

Gin­ger Kick Ot­tawa au­thor Cather­ine Bed­dall ex­plores The

Magic of Ginger­bread. A book of recipes, yes, but it could also be thought of as an ar­chi­tec­tural tome or a me­chanic’s man­ual. Through­out, Bed­dall pro­vides sim­ple, step-by-step in­struc­tions on as­sem­bling ev­ery­thing from the sim­plest ginger­bread ‘per­son’, to ro­bots, rockets, and chess sets. $22.99, through Peter Pau­per Press Inc. High Fly­ers Wake­field ar­ti­san Dave Bradley’s stylish, pas­tel birch bird houses are de­signed for the crea­ture (and the hu­man ob­server) with mod tastes. $75, Wake­field Ar­ti­sans Ga­lerie.

De­signer Tote Grey or ivory? Olive or nude? Black or cognac? The ad­van­tage of BP’s Street Level Rev­ersible Tote is that you al­ways have a colour op­tion, since this faux leather hand­bag can be flipped in­side-out for a dif­fer­ent look. Big enough to hold a lap­top, it is 100 per­cent polyurethane for dura­bil­ity and has a mag­netic clo­sure. Comes with a match­ing wrist­let (not shown). $58, Nord­strom

Tra­di­tional Art As the fu­ture races head­long into the next tech­nol­ogy, let’s not for­get the past — namely such skills as catch­ing eels, fire-mak­ing with­out matches, or, err, hedge cop­pic­ing… Au­thor Una Mc­Gov­ern un­earths these, and myr­iad other tra­di­tional arts in her book,

Lost Crafts: Redis­cov­er­ing Tra­di­tional Skills. Even if you never master the mak­ing of top­i­ary mazes or craft­ing a pair of clogs, her book is a fas­ci­nat­ing look at so­cial his­tory and by­gone eras. Pub­lished by Hod­der Ed­u­ca­tion. $16.95, Per­fect Books

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