Here’s one tried-and-true formula for last-minute gifts, especially if it’s a new acquaintance or obligatory gesture: they like this and they need that. Voila: Donut soap! $6.95 at Easy Tiger, 1447 Dundas West, easytigergoods.com
Koho coffee beans from Rustle and Still Cafe
Vietnamese coffee is here to stay, so show the coffee lover in your life that you’re up on specialty beans from Vietnam. You can pick up Koho beans at the Rustle & Still cafe in Korea-town. The beans are sustainably grown in the Lac Duong region and are roasted by Markham-based coffee roastery and brewery Hatch. Expect notes of blackberry jam, dark chocolate, macadamia and honey.
$18 at Rustle and Still Café, 605 Bloor West, rustleandstill.com
OXO Steel Double Lever Waiter’s Corkscrew
It may seem dry to gift a corkscrew, but if the recipient is all about wine, they’ll know this is no ordinary corkscrew. Wine connoisseurs say it’s one of the best corkscrews out there. It’s quick, easy to use and sleek looking. We suggest slapping a bow on it to make it look extra festive.
$22.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond, 1602 the Queensway and others, bedbathandbeyond.ca
Selfie Ring Light
While you’re racking your brain about what your friend might need, think: was the last time I saw them on Facetime or Zoom? And how well did I see them? If the answer is “not great,” you can get them this ring light to give them a quick boost of visibility. This affordable USB clip-on or self-standing light works well for phones or laptops, giving you three adjustable light temperature and 10 brightness settings.
$21.95 at Outer Layer, 577 Queen West, outerlayer.com
Holiday socks that are tough enough for camping
These stylish, light-weight, holiday-themed socks will look great while you’re roasting chestnuts with the fam. But they’ll also provide enough warmth and comfort if you decide to hit a hiking or ski trail right afterwards.
$26.95 at Australian Boot Company, 698 Queen West and others, australianboot.com
Lesley Hampton stripe hoodie
Anishinaabe Mohawk designer Lesley Hampton nabs the red carpet spotlight for elaborate gowns worn by eTalk’s Elaine Lui or Reservation Dogs star Devery Jacobs. But her comfy fits get major attention too (ahem: Lizzo). The elegant cotton and polyester unisex hoodie is just one of many from Hampton’s collections that would make a great gift at a reasonable price.
$140. Permissions, 127 Ossington, ownyourpermission.com
Sara’s Soaps and Candles candle
Why brave the throngs of moms at Bath & Body Works when you could give a handmade seasonal candle instead? We’d personally love a snow-day veg on the couch with this Cozy candle, featuring notes of bergamot, musk and mahogany, from local brand Sara’s Soaps and Candles.
$29 at Arts Market, 790 Queen East and 2978 Dundas West, artsmarket.ca
Are you vaguely aware of your gift recipient’s favourite colour? Black Market (and sister shop Public Butter) probably sells a beret in that colour for less than the price of a fancy sandwich. Maybe you’re doubting your loved one’s ability to pull off a beret? Not to fret – the same goes for an impressively multicoloured selection of beanies.
$15 at Black Market, 347 Queen West, and Public Butter, 1290 Queen West, blackmarket.ca
Feather Mint Kush Kit
Safe, discreet, potent and ready to go, Feather’s Mint Kush Kit comes with 0.5 and 1.0 gram cartridges for a smooth, high-THC smoke.
From $26.95. Check feather.com for a retailer near you.
David Fincher: Mind Games
Toronto critic Adam Nayman adds to his illuminating and beautifully illustrated books about master filmmakers Paul Thomas Anderson and the Coen Brothers with a forensic look at David Fincher’s fascinating failures (Benjamin Button) and masterpieces (The Social Network, Zodiac).
$57 at Queen Books, 914 Queen East, queenbooks.ca
Raptors hat with pom
Let’s face it. Every Torontonian is a Raptors fan. And every Torontonian is used to hard, brutal winters. So this colourful toque made of soft and warm acrylic yarns and microfleece and featuring the classic logo and the team name in big cap letters will be a winner.
$29.99 at Sport Chek at Eaton Centre and others, sportchek.ca