With folks spending more and more time in their homes this year, we’ve really come to appreciate the little things. Good design, whether it be an object, home accessory, kitchen catchall, or room spray, can raise ones spirits and be just the right gift for anyone on your holiday list this year.
We’ve rounded up our favourite lifestyle and design centric gifts that can really elevate the everyday and help us find new appreciation in the everyday this holiday.
An incredible coffee table book is always a good idea for basically everyone. The Barcelona-based interiors magazine Apartamento celebrates ten years of with over 300 photographs of some of the most eclectic lived-in homes of industry legends and celebrities including Florence Welch, François Halard, Glenn O’Brien, Paz de la Huerta.
What fits better into your life than a good bottle of whisky? Honestly. It’s twinkling in the soft lighting from your bar cart, calling you over to enjoy on the rocks, with water or mixed up a delicious cocktail. Enter The Glenlivet’s smooth and fruity 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky. This isn’t your grandfather’s single malt, this is YOUR single malt, yes you! It’s bold, progressive and hella’ welcoming, plus it’s one of the most versatile bottles in your bar cart when it comes to at home mixology. Toss it into a frothy whisky sour, classic Manhattan, Seelbach, or up the ante with some passion fruit and ginger for a more innovative approach. Need a little more inspo? Head here to learn how to mix up a delightful Spiced Speyside or a Glenlivet Royale. The Glenlivet 12 Year Old Single Malt is an essential gift for your bestie, your boss, your sister, or your very own bar cart this holiday.
If you’re in the Toronto area order via Runner or wherever wine and spirits are sold.
Arguably the most versatile piece in a living room, a stool or ottoman can transform from side table to an extra seat at the dinner table or a snazzy plant stand. We couldn’t stop thinking about this Colonna Stool designed by legendary Italian designer Ettore Sottsass for Kartell after we saw it. Made from batch-dyed thermoplastic technopolymer the stool is available in pink, violet, red and black and would make a wonderful gift for any design lover this holiday.
We’ve yet to meet anyone who wouldn’t be absolutely delighted receiving a luxurious candle, especially one from BYREDO. Candles not only keep ones home smelling utterly delicious but they also make everyone feel a bit more cozy. Handmade in France in a mouth-blown glass vessel, this Bibliothèque Candle combines notes of fresh peach and plum, with peppered with violet, leather and vanilla and burns for approximately 60 hours.
Puzzles have really made a come back in 2020 – what holiday gift list would be complete without one!? We love this cute 1,000-piece KAWS jigsaw of from his Companionship in the Age of Loneliness exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. Available in two different designs, both works for the exhibition, the puzzle is a perfect gift for anyone in need of a new hobby and a dose of colour therapy.
Coffee and tea have become a ceremony in our house with coffee shops closed off and on this year. For anyone you think could use an update to their coffee+tea set up, Copenhagen’s Studio Arhoj created the perfect gift sure to wow this holiday. Available in seven beautiful colour options, the set includes 2 Slurp Cups and 2 Petri Dish, all wrapped up and ready to go in a reusable tote with a card.
With the days shorter than ever before it seems there isn’t a moment when we’re not looking forward to going to bed. Over the past number of months instead of chasing jet lag and sleep deprivation around the world, we’ve been home hacking our sleep health. An amazing pair of sheets is essential to your wind down routine and we love this duvet cover set from Toronto’s own KOTN. Blending luxury and comfort, the duvet set is crafted using a 400-thread-count weave, and available in four different colourways suited to anyone’s taste.
We’ve always delighted in walking into Aesop store’s all over the world and now they’ve made that experience possible at home with their new Aromatic Room Sprays. This trio pack is the perfect sampler including Cythera, Istros, and Olous Aromatique Room Sprays all in one box. It’s safe to say we could all stand to have our sprits lifted and invite a bit more calm into our lives this holiday and these scents will help set the mood.
Candles have become our favourite way to make dinners at home have a restaurant vibe. Take an everyday dinner from casual to sophisticated with these charming HAY spiral candles – a lovely housewarming gift for small socially distant holiday gatherings. Available in a variety of colours, these candles burn for seven hours and are made in Italy of paraffin wax.
Everyone needs a stunning catch-all to toss curious items into on the daily. Montreal’s own Concrete Cat delivers as always on premium design and jazzy almost psychedelic colour palettes in the wavy tray. Each piece is made by hand and no two are the same. Safe to say this would be the ultimate special gift for anyone on your list this holiday.