“May no gift be too small to give, nor too simple to receive, which is wrapped in thoughtfulness, and tied with love.” – L.O. Baird
Today we share some of our favourite gifts for the teachers, neighbours, and coaches who enrich our lives.
Skip the poinsettias this year! With a variety of offbeat shapes and designs to choose from, Double L Decor makes gifting fun with their concrete planters. $10-$25, available online and at the One of a Kind Show.
Beautiful mugs never get tired. Haejin Lee Ceramics focuses on on functional tableware designs that are modern and simple with a one of a kind feel. Prices vary, available online and at the One of a Kind Show.
Hamilton Beach’s Single Serve Blender is the perfect gift for the health-conscious, busy coach or teacher. Make a quick, nutritious smoothie (or icy drink or shake) for one and take it with you by simply using the travel lid. Minimal work and clean-up for maximum healthy deliciousness. Comes with a 5 year guarantee for peace of mind. $27. Widely available at retailers across Canada and online.
Who doesn’t like to receive yummy treats? Favourite Toronto patisserie Nadege now has a selection of holiday inspired macarons, cookies, logs, and chocolates that will put a smile on anyone’s face. Be sure to pick up an extra goodie or two for yourself. The holidays can be stressful, you deserve a treat too. Prices start at $2.30, available at Nadege shops and online.
People who love paper, LOVE paper, and they will LOVE Baltic Club notebooks. Whimsical designs on high quality paper, artisanally crafted by a duo whose passion for paper is contagious with one visit to their website. Prices range.
Kailey Hawthorn creates one of a kind throw pillow covers that add a touch of fun to any space. Adding a monogrammed one to a teacher’s reading nook would really cozy it up! Prices start at $35 and are available online at the One of a Kind Show.
Teapigs was created in England 10 years ago by two passionate tea lovers who met working at a really big tea company. Available in Canada since 2014, Teapigs is tea of the highest quality: whole leaf tea, whole leaf herbs and flavours that burst. For the holidays, Teapigs has teamed up with two Canadian influencers Monika Hibbs and Alyssa Garrison to create limited-edition mugs to gift with the many teas on offer. $1 from each sale will go to charity. Take Nathalie’s word for it, and stock up on the liquorice and peppermint tea. To die for. Teapigs Mug & Tea $19.99. Shop all of the flavours here.
We met the wonderful team behind Tonic Blooms in the fall, and we are so impressed with their business model. Tonic Blooms has no storefront, so the money saved on real estate goes to the customer. They guarantee two-hour delivery within a huge catchment in Toronto. Yes, you read that right. Two hours from the time you place your order to the time it’s delivered. And because they get their blooms right from the flower growers, they are super fresh and have a long shelf life. You can customize a bouquet or choose from a wide range of styles, but why not let the crew choose for you? The Farmboy is a florist’s choice, and it’s made from the freshest, in season stems available. It’s wrapped in a gorgeous denim cloth and wrapped with twine, for a beautiful presentation($39-$79).
If you’re looking for a high-quality and natural skin care line based on 100% pure botanical ingredients, look no further than the products offered at nearby Ste Anne’s Spa. They never use toxic chemicals or synthetic fragrances, and the herbs and flowers in their products are grown naturally without the use of chemicals, many of which are from their grounds. It’s hard to imagine the person who wouldn’t love the hydrating lotion in their desk or next to the kitchen sink – it’s great for the hands and a generous 250ml is $25. All skin care products available online, with plans to arrive at several health stores soon.