My Ultimate Gift Guide for 2015
I am in love with the Anatomy of a Gummy Bear Puzzle. Created by celebrity artist and toy designer Jason Freeney, it is a poignant ode to gummy life and death. Found as part of SquishCandies.com repertoire of designer treats, this is how everyone adult should eat their candies this holiday season. Complete with a detachable skeleton and organ pieces – it’s up to you if you every completely put him back together.
The iRobot Roomba 980 Vacuum Cleaning Robot found at Shop.ca is pure joy. Not only can you schedule from your smart phone how many times a week it needs to work but if you want it to pass over your floors once or twice, if you’d like it to do edge cleaning, and when you’d like a Carpet Boost for deep cleaning. The iRobot Roomba is made to fit under most furniture pieces and always returns home to its charging station. Need I say anymore?
If you want to transform your bathroom into a spa, Indigo + Lavender Turkish Cotton Bath Sheets are for you. Inspired by traditional Turkish Hamman towels, these individually loomed, untreated and 100% Turkish cotton towels are wonderfully soft and fluffy. What I love most is that the more you use them, the softer they get. Available in varied color palettes and luxurious textures, these towels will be hard not to gift to yourself. They can be found online at Shop.ca.
S’well has done it again. This beautifully designed stainless steel water canteen transcends expectations. Available in a variety of designer colours, my personal favorite is the one I’ve featured in Sparkling Champagne Glitter. Not only are they designed to keep your drinks cold or hot for long periods of time, they are toxin free, virtually unbreakable and lightweight. Style and hydration have united in the most wonderful way. You can find them at Well.ca.
I was introduced to Noble Tuthilltown Bourbon Barrel Matured Maple Syrup through Well.ca. Noble procures medium amber grade Maple syrup from heritage sugar shacks in the maple orchards of Québec. The syrup is then matured in Tuthilltown charred American oak barrels, with just a hint of raw Tuthilltown bourbon. This combination and process produces a distinct bourbon, maple and oak flavored syrup. Poured over your best batch of pancakes or waffles, this syrup is the adult version we’ve all been waiting to welcome to the table.
Meet Oswald. Hailing from the North Pole, Oswald the Yeti toy has ventured from his homeland to hang out with you. The perfect pal to include when taking a selfie or to include alongside your eclectic collection of magazines and books, he loves to give a good hug and will keep you company for years. You can find Oswald at The Drake General Store.
Having tea always feels a little more magical when drinking out of this ceramic Studio Ghibli Tea Mug. Found at MagicPony.com, this mug is based on the movie My Neighbour Totoro, created by Hayao Miyazaki. Engraved with all the different characters and memorable scenes from the movie, not only is this a unique piece but a great gift idea.
Giving art is something I love to do. The third image from the ongoing series by Kozyndan titled “Animal OddCouples”, have them pairing two animals that struggle due to careless human activity throughout the world. Though the plights of orcas (killer whales) and giant pandas may differ, they look great together, like ebony and ivory all mixed together! Kozyndan thought the visual combination was fun to pass on. Another benefit of gifting this work is that a portion of proceeds from each sale goes towards the Orca Research Trust.
The Book Necklace by Peg and Awl is stunning. Completely usable and wearable hand-stitched miniature book finished with reclaimed leather, they are available in three sizes. These individually designed miniature books unite imagination, writing and accessory together. Found at SonderMill.com
Why not a himmeli custom made by Lumota.ca? Lumota is a Finnish word meaning to mesmerize or enthrall. The word himmeli is derived from the German word for Heaven. Himmelis were traditionally hung over the table during harvest festival to ensure a good harvest the following year – the more elaborate the himmeli, the more abundant the next year’s crop. The most beautiful himmeli were stored hanging from the rafters in Finnish attics from one season to the next. Hand made from brass and nylon string, there are a range of designs to choose from.