Holiday Gift Guide
Wrap up your shopping with timeless presents from local stores
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