Would it even be Christmas if we weren’t doing last-minute shopping for what seems like two months straight!? Seriously, can consumerism just chill for a second? Don’t get it twisted, we love shopping as much as the next person, but let’s gift with intention this holiday season, instead of going crazy buying another generic item we may never use.
With your sister, your mother, your best friend, your lover, heck even yourself in mind, we’ve rounded up the very best gifts for her. We’ve got luxurious stocking stuffers, absurd statement pieces, and even a few practical items to round things out this year with an emphasis on sustainable, local, and independent brands.
Who wouldn’t like to find a little orange box inside her stocking this holiday!? Just in time for the gifting season, Hermès has released their a firey trio of limited edition autumn winter Rouge lipsticks. Packaged in their signature refillable tubes, this seasons shades transport us to another world where molten hot lava bubbles up flambouantly, a burning nod to Gregoris Pyrpylis’s creative direction.
The iconic collection includes Rouge Feu, a classic fiery red with a chic matte finish; Rouge Cinabre, a vermillion red with just a hint of shimmer; and Rouge Grenat, a crimson red with a translucent flash of garnet that straddles metallic and matte. As always the lipsticks are fragranced with notes of notes of arnica,
sandalwood, and candied angelica flower, by Christine Nagel, director of creation and olfactory heritage for Hermès Parfums.
Jewellery really is the best gift to give and receive. It may come in a tiny box, but the excitement level is sky high. Is it a tennis bracelet? Diamonds!? Not quite – it’s honestly better! This super cool squiggle ring by Steff Eleoff, a Toronto-based female-founded brand has been on our wish list for quite some time. Her pieces have been worn by some of the world’s biggest names, including Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Willow Smith, and Kali Uchis, and hopefully, the only name that matters, you! We love the squiggle ring because it can be worn as a midi ring or stacked with any of her other pieces so you can give them as a gift year after year and build a collection.
It’s officially holiday party season, and that means plenty of dry martinis will soon be flowing into the festive forthcoming weeks. Once revered as a drink of gravitas, the martini has made a swift comeback over the past year, rising to the top as the undisputed *it* cocktail of 2022. With the Espresso Martini now deemed basic, we’re making glamourous moves to the Cîroc Martini, an instant icon of sophistication and modern luxury. Distilled from French grapes and inspired by over a century of wine-making craftsmanship and expertise, Cîroc Blue Stone Vodka adds just the right level of distinction with a fresh, smooth finish.
Cîroc Blue Stone Vodka provides the ultimate je ne sai quai you need to make your martinis that much sexier this holiday. Perfect for your entire festive cocktail menu, Cîroc Blue Stone Vodka is ideal for elevating your Gimlets, Moscow Mules, or Cosmopolitans garnished with a festive fresh cranberry.
Bundle up a bottle of Cîroc with your favourite vermouth, a jar of huge cerignola olives and a pair of crystal martini glasses for a luxurious gift sure to impress her this holiday. Cîroc Blue Stone Vodka is a lovely way to toast the season and make memories with friends and loved ones this holiday.
Keep her self-care routine stocked in all the right ways with Body Ritual kit from cult favourite skincare brand Nécessaire. While you might not be able to guess her favourite line (mine is Fragrance-Free for any friends reading he he), this set includes an assortment of their most popular body products in super handy travel sizes, that allow her to take the routine on the go, or try out in the off chance she’s new to the Nécessaire cult. The set includes their Body Exfoliator with Bamboo Charcoal in Eucalyptus, Body Wash with Niacinamide in Eucalyptus, and the Body Serum with Hyaluronic Acid and Body Lotion with Niacinamide in Fragrance-Free.
This year Fendi celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Baguette with twenty-five iconic re-editions of the infamous armpit bag. While any piece from the collection would make a perfect gift, we love this furry animal print version for its festive yet timeless appeal. First shown on the runway in fall winter 1999-2000, Baguette #19 is made from long-haired horsehide in an electric vitamin green, finished with a black palladium-finish FF clasp. It also comes packaged with a shoulder strap to wear cross-body, under the arm, or detached as a clutch. It’s giving Y2K in the best way.
It’s officially chilly finger season, and that means your girl could almost definitely use a couple of new pairs of gloves this year. But skip the skinny finger cashmere lined variety, no matter how sexy they seem, and opt for these super fun printed mittens from one of our favourite Scandinavian designers Stine Goya. Not only are they the most adorable print which will pop with almost any black jacket, but they will also actually keep her fingers warmer than any other glove.
Not sure we know anyone who wouldn’t be absolutely over the moon to find a Diptyque candle waiting for them under the tree this holiday. We always look forward to their stunning holiday collection each year, and this seasons does not disappoint – it glows in the dark. Perhaps the most giftable from the limited edition collection is this candle set which features one of each 70g holiday edition candle that burns for twenty hours each. Each candle takes you on a festive journey for the senses from woody to smoky to sweet, there’s a candle for every mood this holiday.
Beloved Toronto-based skincare brand F. Miller has released a limited edition of their best-selling face oil packaged in a gorgeous custom ceramic vessel by artist Nick Norman. Inspired by ancient Corinthian bottles that once held perfume and oils, this may be the perfect thoughtful gift for the skincare lover on your list. The Aryballos holds 30ml of face oil, doubles as a targeted tool for acupressure and facial massage and comes sealed with a cork and wax seal.
We love a fun necklace just as much as the next girl, especially this gold fish version from cool girl London-based label Chopova Lowna. With sustainability at its heart, the brand fuses folklore and sportswear seamlessly with so much intrigue it’s hard to look away and not yearn for every single piece, especially their jewellery.
She always needs more sweaters, especially if they’re Jacquemus. We love this vibrant purple Le Papier sweater in a flattering cropped polo shape that brings a much-needed cozy glimmer of joy to the colder months of the year. This fuzzy stretch nylon polo is made in Italy and features a shaggy finish that feels like a warm hug. This is an A+ Christmas gift on our books.
Yet another practical gift guide idea for your friend, lover or sister this holiday season from our faves over at Canada Goose. You might know them for the unanimously warm winter puffers, but they’ve made their first foray into winter boots, and they’re just what you need to take on Canadian winter. The aptly named Toronto Boot pays homage to our hometown with a unisex design inspired by the shape of a Maple Leaf. With an outsole designed for grip, an insulted midsole to keep you warm from the ground up, and a structure that allows you to hop through slush and ice on firm fitting, the Toronto boot will keep you going all winter long.