What is more fun than little mini gifts to delight your friends and family with? As an only child, I have to confess to having two stockings when I was growing up. I was definitely overindulged when it came to gifts. It’s always fun to see how many presents you can stuff into a stocking before the weighted stocking holder comes crashing down and dents your hardwood.
Below I’ve compiled a selection of pint-sized gifts that you can stuff stockings with, you’ll find something for everyone on your list, whether they are your love interest or your loathsome in-laws.
Let the record show, I’m not against stuffing your own stocking. Consider it a kind of insurance policy, you’ll KNOW you’re going to get something you like this Christmas if you do it for yourself. As such, and in the spirit of, “buy your own diamonds”, get yourself or someone you REALLY like, this lovely rainbow ring from JV Studios. This arced ring stacks beautifully with round stones and is handmade in Vancouver.
You knew there would be socks. You would have been disappointed if there weren’t socks. I am a bit of a men’s fashion snob. I have a guy at Harry Rosen in the Rideau Centre. He literally runs over to greet me when I walk in. The sheer number of men I’ve made over in that store, I should be on commission. I love when a man takes any opportunity to show a little flair, socks are an easy and safe way to start their fashion transformation. Pick these up from Schad boutique on Sussex Drive.
I don’t use a jade facial roller but I understand they are all the rage with the Goop set. For the person in your life who is a beauty buff and is on top of everything that boosts collagen, reduces fine lines and helps their $450 night cream penetrate, buy them this dual-action jade facial roller by Province Apothecary from Victoire boutique in Wellington West.
No Christmas dinner is complete without a bite of chocolate. Get your fix from Ottawa-based chocolatier Alicja Confections, visit her flagship store on Bank Street to pick out your favourites.
I love to infuse small touches of elegance where I can. While I certainly don’t channel the minimalist lifestyle in my day-to-day, I adore the style and simplicity of these playing cards. I’m always up for a heated hand of euchre if I can round up 3 other millennials who know how to play. Bring a touch of class to your next card game with this set of cards from The Modern Shop.
Back on the men’s fashion game, once they’ve mastered the fancy sock look, take them to the next level with a lapel pin. This charming lapel pin comes in a variety of colours that can be mixed and matched with different sport coats and suit jackets (ideally in combination with a complimentary pocket square). Pick one up at Stomping Ground in the Glebe.
I don’t know about you but you can’t talk me into a burpee unless I’m listening to Cardi B. Help them achieve their 2019 fitness goals with these Powerbeats 3 headphones by Beats by Dre. Pick them up at your local Chapters on sale for $174.96.
Help them define their waist, regardless of any holiday overindulgence with the help of this stylish woven leather belt in cognac. From trendy accessories provider, B-Low the Belt (featured on several Jenners), grab it from Little Italy style icon, Vincent.
Easily one of my favourite bitters. This cardamom bitters by Fee Brothers has an authentic flavour that adds a beautiful baking spice dimension to any number of cocktails, I’m partial to using this with any whiskey-based drink. Get it from The Bagel Shop in Ottawa or online from Cocktail Emporium in Toronto.
Nothing says, “I like my hands to be moderately warm but mostly stylish,” like a pair of gorgeous leather gloves by Montreal-based, globally-renowned leather goods specialist, Mackage. Nearly, all my coats are by Mackage and I would pretty much kill for this stunning chevron-quilted gloves.