15 last-minute gift ideas
We’ve made a list and checked it twice: here’s how to be a holiday star with the best new finds
December 22, 2015
Handmade in France, the Nez du Whiskey box ($549.99) features 54 tiny bottles of the most commonly found whiskey aromas in the world. From floral and spicy to vinous and peaty, learn the scent and you’ll be a tasting connoisseur by New Year’s. Atkinson’s, 1501 W. Sixth Ave., 604-736-3378, Atkinsonsofvancouver.com.
Holiday cheer starts with Kate Spade’s Two of a Kind Mask bottle opener ($40) and stainless steel Top Hat ice bucket ($89) etched with “Bottoms Up.” The Bay, 674 Granville St., 604-681-6211, Thebay.com.
Pastry chef Ricardo Rosas has reinvented the traditional bûche de Noël at Faubourg. This year they're offering a dark chocolate and coconut bûche ($6'' for $35.00 8'' for $46.50 or 10'' for $57.00) with dark chocolate mousse, a coconut crémeux and an almond basil mousse over a chocolate sablé breton. The perfect holiday host gift (remember to order 48 hours in advance). 769 Hornby St., 604-267-0769, Faubourg.com.
Classic monogram gifts get a contemporary makeover with these silvertone and goldtone Initial cut-out bracelets ($45) by jewellery designer Robert Lee Morris. The Bay, 674 Granville St., 604-681-6211, Thebay.com.
Oeuf's knits are made in Bolivia by a self-managed community of indigenous women. In line with fair trade principles, their artisans are paid a living wage. This rabbit hat ($78) is made from soft, luxurious baby alpaca wool which is hypoallergenic and eco-friendly. Redfish Kids, 851 Hornby St., 604-685-7339, Redfishkids.com.
Vancouver-based People Footwear (from the founders of Native Shoes) offer ultra-light, cushy shoes with locally inspired monikers—the Cypress, the Stanley, and here, the Phillips sneaker ($60) in Highland Red with mesh side, removable sock liner, and high-tech, crack-resistant construction. Boys Co., 1044 Robson St., 604-684-5656, Boysco.com.
The classic Christmas sweater gets a modern Cowichan-style makeover with this zip wool cardigan ($234) by J.Crew. 1088 Robson St., 604-684-2367, Jcrew.com.
Artist Steve McDonald’s Fantastic Cities colouring book ($19.95) offers bird’s-eye cityscapes from around the world. Indigo, 2505 Granville St., 604-731-7822, Indigo.ca.
Plastic animal crayons ($10.95) keep hands clean (they don’t melt like wax) and come in a pack of six for pint-sized artistic expression. Indigo, 2505 Granville St., 604-731-7822, Indigo.ca.
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Elizabeth and James
The limited-edition Nirvana Black mini rollerball fragrance ($14/.24 oz) by Elizabeth and James evokes sandalwood and vanilla—and doubles as a tree ornament. Sephora, 1045 Robson St., 604-681-9704, Sephora.com.
The Sparkle & Shine box set ($269.67)—blow dryer, ceramic brush, Sake Bomb shampoo, conditioner, 100-proof treatment oil, and Sparkling Soda shine mist—delivers the perfect DIY blowout for holiday parties. Nordstrom, 799 Robson St., 604-699-2100, Nordstrom.ca.
Christmas Jewel tea ($62/100 grams) by TWG Tea is a mix of green tea, festive spices, sweet orange, and jasmine pearls plated with molten 24-carat gold—all perfectly packed in a jewellery box. The Urban Tea Merchant, 1070 W. Georgia St., 604-692-0071, Urbantea.com.
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Clé de Peau Beauté
Clé de Peau Beauté’s Bal Masqué limited-edition makeup coffret ($250) takes its cues from the drama of a masquerade ball with four eyeshadows in antique shades, Bordeaux mascara, and crimson lipstick. Holt Renfrew, 737 Dunsmuir St., 604-681-3121, Holtrenfrew.com.
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Aromatherapy & Associates
For the tub devotee, there’s the Ultimate Bath Jewels essential oils collection ($122) by Brit-based Aromatherapy & Associates—10 9-ml bottles of all-natural bath and shower oils to relax, reboot, and rejuvenate. Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Pacific Rim, 1038 Canada Place, 604-695-5300, Fairmont.com.
Hipsters and the Filofax-forward will rejoice with Vancouver-based Design Love Co.’s 2016 limited-edition Marble/Smokey Lavender daytimer ($65), featuring a 12-month format, a budgeting section, tear-out to-do lists, and three pockets for receipts. LYNNsteven Boutique, 225 Carrall St., 604-899-0808, Lynnsteven.com.