We shouldn't have! But we did gather up.
We shouldn’t have! But we did gather up a fourth well-edited round of great style, tech and eco gifting options.
Thank You Red repurposes ornate shards of china as chic necklaces ($35, Nathalie-Roze & Co., 1015 Queen East, 416-792-1699, nathalie-roze.com).
This assertive Inniskillin Reserve Cabernet Franc 2007 is a yummy, funky, rambunctious mélange of flavours revolving around a solid core of ripe fruit and oakiness. Hit the party platter and you’ll be Innis-killin it all night (750 ml/$16.95, product #91140, at most LCBO Vintages outlets).
You can store some badass butter in Ketto Design’s skull dish ($30, Propaganda, 686 Yonge, 416-961-0555, shopaganda.ca).
Forget standard LCBO-issue wine bags. These booze totes come in a rainbow of oilcloth prints ($11.95 each, Winkel, 1107 Queen East, 416-465-4247, shopwinkel.blogspot.com).
Ditch disposable java sleeves for good and grip your cup with these wood coffee cuffs ($68, Design Exchange Shop, 234 Bay, 416-363-6121, dx.org).
If he likes the feel of flannel but not the hoser look of plaids and checks, wrap him up one of Klaxon Howl’s Utility shirts ($159, 694 Queen West, 647-436-6628, klaxonhowl.blogspot.com).
Sony’s released all seven seasons of the hard-hitting drama in The Shield: The Complete Series, which comes in a handsome bound album format with 63 hours of solid extras, including two new docs ($139.99 at HMV, 333 Yonge, and others, 416-586-9668, hmv.ca).
The Sanyo VPC-WH1 camcorder is fully submersible up to 3 metres. With HD 720p recording, 30x zoom and three hours of continuous recording, it’ll outlast you on any snorkel trip. $499.99, Henry’s, 119 Church, 416-868-0872, and others, henrys.ca.
Use the Sleek Audio wireless headphones and you can exercise and listen to your fave music at the same time – without getting tangled up in wires. Just attach the transmitter and you’re wire-free ($299, Bay Bloor Radio, 55 Bloor West, 416-967-1122, baybloorradio.com).
Swedish designer Pia Wallén’s felt slippers ($75, Mjölk, opening December 15 at 2959 Dundas West, 416-551-9853, mjolk.ca) are simply cozy.
Try dipping into El Dorado Golden Cream Liqueur, whose first ingredient is cream and whose booze is actual rum, not the generic alcohol used in some other cream liqueurs (750 ml/$24.95, product #34421, at selected liquor stores).
Call Simon Carter’s brown leather work bag “Lewes” ($425, 754 Queen West, 647-428-7545, simoncarter.net).
Arguably the best of the handful of Micro Four-Thirds cameras to hit the market in the past year, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 is the perfect shooter for those who want to upgrade from a compact and use interchangeable lenses, but are reluctant to carry around 20 pounds of DSLR equipment. $849.95, Vistek, vistek.ca.
Mix up a batch of holiday punch in this reproduction Russel Wright ceramic pitcher ($110, Good Egg, 267 Augusta, 416-593-4663, goodegg.ca).
You’re guaranteed not to bomb gifting M0851’s aviator jacket ($950, 23 St. Thomas, 416-920-4001, m0851.com).
She might black out if you splurge on Rado’s True monochromatic watch ($1,950, Holt Renfrew, 50 Bloor West, 416-922-2333, and others, holtrenfrew.com).
Photos by DAVID HAWE
Fashion assistant: STEFANIA YARHI