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Great Ot­tawa Gifts

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Five great Ot­tawa gifts to take home

1 CROSS-COUN­TRY CATER­ING

This Canada-shaped bam­boo cheese­board was pro­duced in Bri­tish Columbia and fin­ished with a mix­ture of nat­u­ral oils, beeswax, and bam­boo ex­tract. It’s a mem­ber of the Love My Lo­cal fam­ily that in­cludes pieces shaped like Van­cou­ver Is­land, sev­eral Cana­dian prov­inces, and coun­tries like France and Italy. Bon ap­pétit! $106,

Boogie + Birdie, 256 El­gin St., boo­gie­and­birdie.ca

2 PRETTY IN PINK

A beau­ti­ful belted trench coat of­fers a slick spring look with a durable wa­ter re­pel­lency fin­ish and a clas­sic notched col­lar to stay cozy and dry this sea­son. The slim fit SOIA+KYO Athena jacket comes in black and oat­meal beige, but it’s the bal­let pink that re­ally makes an im­pres­sion. $375, Nord­strom, CF Rideau Cen­tre, 50 Rideau St., nord­strom.com

3 MOOSE ON THE LOOSE

This in­tri­cate pre-cut pa­per kit is a fun chal­lenge to cre­ate a mounted moose head al­most a me­tre wide. Its dif­fi­culty rat­ing is medium and thank­fully Low Poly Crafts of­fers a prac­tice kit in each of their unique DIY projects so your moose looks mar­vel­lous. $100, Maker House Co., 987 Welling­ton St. W., mak­er­house.com

4 NICE MUG BUD

Lo­cals can’t help but love this sweet ce­ramic sou­venir that pays homage to Ot­tawa’s of­fi­cial flower. Not only that, the Ot­tawa Tulips Mug is a great way to have your morn­ing cup be­fore head­ing over to the Cana­dian Tulip Fes­ti­val (see pg. 22). $14.95, Irv­ing Rivers, 24 By­Ward Mar­ket Sq., irv­in­grivers.com

5 JUST WATCH ME

Get the best of both worlds with this watch: a clas­sic look filled with mod­ern fea­tures. The Garmin Vivoac­tiv 3 is smart­watch that records dis­tance, pace, and GPS co­or­di­nates of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties. It comes with 15 pre­loaded apps and can even link to a credit card to pay quickly when you’re on the run. $500, Moun­tain Equip­ment Co-op, 366 Rich­mond Rd., mec.ca

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