The best last-minute holiday gifts for under $30

Whether you have beer drinkers, pot smokers, puzzle doers or transit nerds on your list, these quickie gifts won't break the bank

Toronto subway magnets

Public transit nerds can do no wrong at the Spacing store. If you know someone who doesn’t have one of these cute TTC magnets, you can grab one for $3 or sets for each subway line and the soon-to-be-defunct Scarborough RT. $3 each, sets from $10.

Festive face masks

Vintage shop Black Market has taken classic styles you might consider thrift-shop go-tos – animal print, sequined – and applied them to face masks. For your loved ones who can’t party on New Year’s Eve but want to look festive in the LCBO lineup. Packs of three for $20.

John Lennon, Yoko Ono And The Year Canada Was Cool

Remember when Canada was cool? Author Greg Marquis puts late Beatle John Lennon and still-cool art star Yoko Ono’s notorious 1969 visit – as well as the rise of celebrity activism – in a wider Canadian context in this newly released book. $24.95 at Formac Lorimer Books.

Various jigsaw puzzles

I bet you know someone that has resisted the pandemic jigsaw puzzle trend. Gift shop Outer Layer has an assortment of puzzles ranging from abstract patterns to portraits of late rock stars Prince and Freddie Mercury. Resistance is futile. $19.95-$29.95.

Portable weed grinder

Imagine a cheese grater that fits in your wallet like a business card and you have this portable weed grinder. The perfect accoutrement for a future park hang. $10 at Tokyo Smoke.

Wesley CBD Sleep Comfortea 

For the person who has everything but still can’t sleep. Dispensary CAFE has a variety of cannabis-infused teas that will make the winter months dreamier. $5 per tea bag.

Plant vessel

These locally made, two-inch concrete planters come with a plant (if you do pickup) and the marble aesthetic will add a touch of outdoorsy-ness to your indoor space. $29 at Likely General.

Pizza night light

This novelty gift is ideal for that person who is obsessed with posting pizza-related memes on social media – or just obsessed with eating pizza and could use a night light. $12 at Studio Brillantine.

Aura Cacia aromatherapy room diffuser

If you know someone who wants (or needs?) their place to smell like a spa, this aroma diffuser should do the trick. Comes with five diffuser pads. $14.99 at Healthy Planet.

Local brewery gift cards

For the beer lover in your life who is all about supporting local, many of the best local breweries are doing gift cards this season, including Left Field, Muddy York, Bandit, Great Lakes and Henderson.

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