We’re going to have to think outside of the Christmas box this year. Among our ideas are gift cards, digital photo books, cards, and special collections; things that are easily gifted at a safe distance. There is (unquestionably) an upward trend for all things virtual. From virtual events, meetings, gatherings, and even the idea of having a holiday meal together around a virtual dinner table, this season (and year) is going to be one for the history books . Online or not, we’re still gearing up for the holidays and all the festive things that accompany it, including a big favourite, gifts!
To reduce some stress this year, especially when it comes to giving that perfect present to a special someone, FBI STYLE curated an innovative gift guide especially for you (but feel free to share it with other struggling gift givers):
- Cheese Advent Calendar
Say cheese! You might want to gift this one a little early (or just keep it for yourself), in order to prepare for the holiday! The Cheese Advent Calendar by So Wrong It’s Nom, is back in Canada for another year and God knows, we needed it this year.
Surprise your gift-receiver (or yourself) with 24 different kinds of individually-wrapped cheeses, every single day leading up to Christmas, or simply enjoy one (or a few) on any day you choose! They’ve also added five new kinds of cheeses including vintage, aged, PDO (protected designation of origin), Double Gloucester, and Sage Derby from the Ilchester cheese range. Ranging from $20-$30, you can find these at your nearby stores or independent retailers including Fortinos, Sobeys, and Longos.
Gift this to your favourite furry friend (or furry-friend-lover) and they’ll love you forever. For $35 a month, a BarkBox subscription, gives you a customizable box full of treats and toys for your dog, delivered right to your door. Each month features a different theme, such as November’s “Home Alone” or October’s “Lick or Treat.” It contains two innovative toys, two all-natural treats and a chew. BarkBox also makes it easy to give a holiday (or anytime) gift with their eGift cards! So much joy, so little time!
- Coffee Locale Coffee Delivery
Canadian coffee lovers rejoice! Support local and sample unique coffee every month with Coffee Locale. An innovative coffee delivery service, not to mention it’s Canadian, recently joined the eCommerce industry. Hand-picking beans from specialty roasters across Canada, this subscription includes three different craft coffees for you to brew at home, each month.
Coffee Locale’s subscription-based service is perfect for the coffee lover on your list, who is sure to appreciate sustainable and ethical coffee brands such as Firebat, Java, and Relay Coffee Roasters.
Pro-gifting tip: Choose the one or three-month prepaid subscription service to start the perfect coffee experience for the holidays!
- Wine Collective
Yes, another monthly subscription – that you definitely need this season (or potentially needed over the past year)! Perfect for the wine lover on your list, Wine Collective is Canada’s largest monthly wine club and has made gift-giving super easy this year. With their Holiday Gift Subscriptions, the first shipment will arrive in January along with a holiday greeting card. Then, you can sit back and enjoy the wine package that is delivered every month thereafter. You have the option to choose how long the subscription lasts, but why would you want it to end?
All monthly subscriptions packages include three professionally curated, international wines sourced from diverse regions, a wine tasting guide, member perks, free shipping, sustainable packaging and $25 to shop their store. You can also give a One Time Wine Gift Pack ($140), which includes six professionally curated wines along with a wine tasting guide, free shipping, and sustainable packaging. Sip new and exclusive bottles, learn all about the world of wine with tasting notes and a food-pairing guide in hand. You’ll be able to enjoy your new favourites at home, well beyond the holiday season.
- Hops Collective
For some it’s wine; for some it’s beer. If you love craft beer and/or know a beer-fanatic, add this to your holiday gift list. Have some of Canada’s fanciest beer delivered with Hops Collective! Get on board with Canada’s Craft Beer of the Month Club and discover new and interesting brews, professionally curated and locally sourced. Enhance your senses with a crisp IPA or full-bodied stout with intricate flavours and aromas with a new beer-tasting experience.
Create the perfect beer-lover’s gift by choosing from a one-time custom or hand-crafted beer basket. You can also select a fixed-term (or ongoing) membership from one of their Beer of the Month packages, which all come with hard-to-find craft beers from North American microbreweries, a beer-tasting and pairing guide, and a personalized greeting card. Cheers!
- The AGO
Nothing says the holidays (in my opinion) like the Art Gallery of Ontario. Give the gift that keeps on giving with an AGO membership! This worthwhile gift ($35 for a one-year, unlimited, adult pass) will not disappoint in quality, nor in art. Thankfully, we can venture out of our homes to the largest art museum in Canada, and can safely (weather permitting) do so in the cold winter months as well. With a rotating collection of modern and traditional art, exhibits, programs and events, such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra live performances, along with the gallery’s permanent collections, you can enjoy unique experiences with every visit to the AGO. An adult pass also allows guest members, meaning, this gift has double value. You can gift it to a friend, while also treating yourself (assuming you would be the chosen guest). A quality gift accompanied by a bonus of quality time spent together.
Plus, check out the AGO’s unique holiday gift guide, which features other local businesses, as well as many Indigenous artists!
- Craft Culture
Still unsure what to get your special someone, or maybe you’re looking for a mix of all things? Check out Kelowna, BC’s Craft Culture. They’ve crafted The Local Box, exclusive to the 2020 holiday season in place of their regular holiday markets. Support Canadian small businesses and have a specially curated box with some of the best locally-made products delivered across Canada. Within their holiday collection you can choose from their Gift Box for Her, Gift Box for Him, or a Holiday Essentials box. It’s sure to cover anyone on your list, including yourself! The gift packages include a variety of artisan products such as homemade jellies, locally-roasted coffee, skin-care products, and more. Be sure to order by November 25 if you want a guaranteed arrival for Christmas!
Be right back, going to add two of everything to my online shopping cart – one to be gifted and one for me!
8. The Good Foodie by Sunday Farms
Top off your holiday list with the gift of good food! Buy The Good Foodie box for yourself or your favourite host/hostess for the perfect holiday meal. It features seven local brands, artisan food for appetizers through to dessert, a reusable insulated tote bag, two easy-to-prepare recipes, and free delivery.
Sunday Farms believes in the connection of food to our families, community, and nature, and we couldn’t agree more. This small, family-run business promotes sustainability and ethical farming, and their initiative with The Stop Community Food Centre proves their values even further. All proceeds of the Good Foodie box going to the Toronto non-profit organization, helps individuals and families in neighbouring communities access nutritious food through services. Check out their website to donate and learn more about their specialized services, programs and events!
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