Subscriptions that people don’t need to think about renewing are always a safe bet. Get ready-made antioxidant and immunity-boosting smoothies for that person who’s always on the go. Whether on a monthly or weekly basis, Blended for You smoothie packs arrive at your door frozen and come in over 20 flavours.
$70-$75, Blended For You (blendedforyousmoothies.com)
If there’s a time for opulence, it’s over the holidays. These Pink Dawn champagne saucers are more of a want than a need, making them perfect for the person on your list who loves to channel their inner Gatsby. Handmade in Poland with sky high stems and a regal air, these coupes beg the champagne to keep pouring. Cocktail Emporium also has a variety of coupe glasses at different prices.
$150, Cocktail Emporium (various locations, cocktailemporium.com)
Bring the tropics to your at-home bar with a daiquiri gift set. Sip on the fruity cocktail in the bamboo stem coupes. Everything is laid out for you – pineapple cane syrup, star anise bitters, dehydrated lime wheels – all you need to do is add the rum.
$76, Cocktail Emporium (various locations, cocktailemporium.com)
A great stocking stuffer or add-on to a bigger gift – because even the most accomplished bakers like to take it easy sometimes. Make the softest, chewiest brownies without the hassle.
$10, Drake Commissary (128a Sterling, thedrake.ca/drakecommissary)
Whip up gnocchi from scratch and make it a family affair with this easy to use kit. It comes with Terroni’s extra virgin olive oil, Paolo Mariani flour (the same they use for Sud Forno’s breads), a bottle of passata (whole tomatoes passed through a food mill) for the sauce and a small striped board, a traditional and unique tool for streaking the gnocchi and creating garganelli noodles.
$39, La Bottega di Terroni (labottegaditerroni.com)
Nicole Campbell and Krysta Oben, known around town as the Grape Witches for their affinity for natural wines and left-field wine nights, opened Grape Glass in the spring. It’s a bottle shop and club house stocking the kinds of wines you don’t find at the LCBO. Their monthly wine packs are tailored to different themes and come with six bottles from far flung locales, delivered to your door.
$241, Grape Witches (1247 Dundas West, grapewitches.com)
Following the New York Times bestseller Matty Matheson: A Home Cookbook, this is an ode to home cooking jam packed in typical Matheson style. Brimming over with 135 recipes from his family and friends from all different kinds of cuisines, this is his definitive guide to mastering cooking at home like a pro. Learn to make bread, a flawless T-bone, clam orecchiette or pho ga, it’s all here.
$40, Indigo (various locations, chapters.indigo.ca)
NutriBullet has a cult following and for good reason. Every home cook needs a blender that can double as a food processor. With large blades and fast speeds, the NutriBullet blender makes quick work of sauces, pestos, puréed soups, sorbet, smoothies and creamy dressings. It’s a kitchen essential.
$140, Best Buy (various locations, bestbuy.ca)
The Distillery mainstay Wildly Delicious is known for their infused oils and vinegars, but their compotes are game changers on any cheese platter. The mulled red wine, peach bourbon, black tea, and fig, brandy and vanilla flavours elevate more than a simple jam ever could.
$7.50 each, Wildly Delicious (11 Tank House Lane, wddistillery.com)
For those with a sweet tooth, this European-style hot chocolate is divine. The buttery caramel and milk and semi sweet chocolate are enhanced by the pure sea salt. Inspired by the hot chocolate served in Parisian cafes, the luxurious recipe will have you licking your lips.
$28.95, Williams Sonoma (various locations, williams-sonoma.ca)
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