For The Guy With Street Style
Shoe trees are a must-have for extending the life of and maintaining the shape of quality shoes. ECCO cedar shoe trees also protect against moisture which is ideal for storing shoes in off seasons. Available online, $30
A simple piece of silver jewelry, yet one-of-a-kind, handcrafted in Kelowna, British Columbia this Men’s Silver Mountain Ring is sawed, and soldered and then stamped with trees into the band. Available from ScenicRouteCo.etsy.com, $175.00
A classic boot that looks right at home with a pair of jeans and a tee just or can be dressed up to wear to more dressy occasions. The Kenton Plain Toe Boot from ECCO complete with hand-stitched details and textured panels is available online and wherever ECCO footwear is sold, $270 (also in black).
Time for a wallet update? There is a reason that the Jos Flap Wallet from ECCO is a classic. It’s not overly bulky with its 3 credit card slot, slash pockets and billfold and coin compartments and its understated detailing of the shiny hardware with pebbled leather makes it a favourite. Available online, $90 in various colours.
There’s no doubt that beards are still having a major moment. Are they here to stay? Regardless, beard care has become top-of-mind for anyone sporting facial fuzz. All-natural, organic and against animal testing, the handcrafted Ad Floreo from Vancouver, British Columbia has a wide selection of unique oils and balms for all grooming needs. This beard oil gift set is $49 and is available from adfloreo.etsy.com
Mr. Roboto a.k.a. The Techie
A timeless time piece? Inspired by the forceful shape of transatlantic cruisers, The Paul Hewitt Grand Atlantic Line represents a unique timepiece designed for special occasions or as your daily style highlight. Features anti-scratch sapphire glass, premium MIYOTA quartz movement and 5 bar water-resistance. Available at The Bay, $360
For the avid TV watcher and lover of binge watching meet Google Chromecast Ultra. Stunning picture. Speedy streaming. Stream entertainment to your 4K Ultra HD & HDR or 1080p HDTV in striking detail. Available online at Staples Canada, $90.99
Sure our phones have become a go-to when we want to snap a quick pic, but nothing will ever replace the quality of a hand-held camera. Proof: the Panasonic DC-ZS70 MSRP. Complete with all the bells and whistles a family photographer needs while being intuitive enough to act as your own personal assistant, $649.99
How about the gift that keeps on giving? Brew Box is a monthly craft beer subscription box that sends craft beer that is not easily found in the LCBO or the Beer Store. In fact, 90% of the beer in the subscription boxes are not available in these stores. Brew Box offers 3 different subscription boxes; The Brewscovery Box (features 4 litres of beer and tasting notes), The Brewthusiast (includes 2 rare craft beers) and the Saw Dust City Club (includes 2 premium Saw Dust City beers, up to 10 tall boys, tasting notes and a members only glass). Each box includes shipping. You can purchase a one month, three month, six month or year long subscription. Order online, starting at $58/month
Part of fixin’ drinks is the theatre. That is what a friend of mine once said. And any theatre expert will tell you that you need props. This old fashion muddler, handmade in Prince Edward Island, by Cattails Woodwork is made from roasted tiger maple. Because each one is made to order, each is unique making it a one-of-a-kind gift. This Etsy shop offers a variety of beautifully made woodcraft items, all that would make for a special gift. Available online from CattailsWoodwork.etsy.com, $30
For the handyman (or woman), this waxed canvas tool roll with leather strap and brass hardware is the perfect place to store all of those often used hand-held tools. Handcrafted using leather, waxed canvas, beeswax and paraffin, this utility belt made in Edmonton, Alberta is one of those gifts that will get lots of use over the years. Available online from Fieldworkco.etsy.com, $62
And for the teeny-tiny fixing jobs, this 51-Piece Micro-Tool Set is the perfectly handy gift for the person who keeps using a steak knife as an improvised screwdriver to change the battery on a remote control unit. Along with various accessories for handling small components, it has a comprehensive array of small standard and specialty bits to fit the tiny fasteners found on most household electronics. Available from Lee Valley, $22.50
Forget Let’s Talk About Sex . . .Let’s Talk About Poo. That’s where I am at these days and it seems most people I surround myself with are too. Baby poo, toddler poo, colonics, colonoscopies, constipation, diarrhea, tummy health, overflowing toilets. Do other people’s friends and family talk this much about their gut health and poo? Years ago I would have never added this to a gift guide and now, as I survey the 3 Squatty Potties in my home, I recommend to you the Squatty Potty Poo Emoji Plunger Available at Walmart, $19.99
The Zen Seeker
I just heard that the forecast is predicting a cold Canadian winter. Slippers do a great job at keeping toes nice and toasty! These sheepskin black leather slippers made to order from Woolfell in Montreal, Quebec may just be your answer. Available from WOOLFELL.etsy.com, $112
Along a similar line, we can’t hole-up indefinitely and wait for the winter to pass. It’s best to make the most of it by getting outside, enjoying snow-filled walks and taking in the winterscapes. KOMBI offers the best in warmth and protection when it comes to winter gloves. The Mentor is a medium-cuff all-leather glove (or mitt) that has moisture wicking, is waterproof and insulated to keep hands and fingers warm. Available where KOMBI is sold and online, $160.
A good night’s sleep is the ultimate! There is no greater gift. Endy is a 100% designed, manufactured and shipped in Canada company that allows you to fully customize a mattress that is then shipped to your door in a box! The mattress is then unrolled to its form and voila, the best sleep awaits. It’s a company that is truly changing the way Canadians are sleeping! Available at Endy.com, $850 for a Queen.
Effortless packing. The classic black Duffel is a travel essential, destined to become your go-to overnight, carry-on or gym bag. Featuring a lined, zipper protected pocket on the inside and additional pockets on the outside, this is a surprisingly spacious bag with 2 exterior pockets, 1 large interior pocket – all zipper protected and removable genuine leather shoulder strap. Available online at Destination Bags, $160.