‘Tis the season to be jolly…
Well, ‘tis always the season for this little lady to be jolly, but the official season for merriment & giving is upon us. With it our thoughts turn to finding that special something to put under the tree or pass across the menorah to those we love. But where to look for something with meaning, and not just another trinket or gadget that helps fuel the economy of excess we are inundated with this time of year? This year, skip the mall altogether. This multicultural mecca we live in is home to so many local artists, designers, and one-of-a-kind shops that there really is no need to fight the crowds and buy something with no unique story. This year, don’t only think local when stocking your fridge, but also when trimming beneath your tree.
Want to bring that party host with the most an atypical and unique gift this year? Pop by Tin Taj, a Queen West institution for all things ornamental. Pick from an array of sheet metal ornaments sure to add a little festive bling to any tree. Keep heading east to the queen of pastries and and choose from a selection of heaven sent macaroons at Nadege, tie it all together with a little ribbon from Mokuba (see what I did there?!) and you can be assured yours will not be re-gifted.
This year, don’t just shop for shopping’s sake. Bring back some of the magic of the season by grabbing a few friends and head over to the Distillery for an authentic Christmas Market. Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market runs until December 12th in the Distillery District and has a little something for everyone in your group. Visit one of the 5 beer and mulled wine gardens and enjoy a (few) warm cup(s) of cheer. Then stroll through the European styled marketplace and browse through the “hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products”. Kids can even hop on a Ferris wheel for a view from the top and mix and mingle with the traveling elves.
Economic meltdown happen to bypass your wallet & leave you with a healthy holiday shopping budget in 2010? Is there a friend or in-laws on your list for whom only the best will do on Christmas day? Head uptown to Hollace Cluny, “Toronto’s most respected destination for modern design and decorative arts”. (Literally) light up their faces on Christmas morning with a contemporary lighting piece by Roll & Hill. For something with equal visual but slightly less economic impact, pick up a piece of Sophie Cook Ceramics, because heck if its good enough for Armani, who wouldn’t love it?!
Enjoy parusing those little shops you might otherwise have walked by this year and remember; friends don’t left friends gift soap.