One of a Kind, Holiday Gift Guide 2019

The holidays are fast approaching and I’ve started to think about the gifts that I need to get for loved ones. One of my favourite places to go for inspiration and shopping is at the One of a Kind Show* (did you catch what I did with the title of this post?!). This annual craft show is the largest and most attended in Toronto. I go every year to see what new things our local, national, and small business artisans are creating. Having just gone to this year’s winter show (from November 21 to December 1), I’ve curated some items available at the show into this gift guide, all of which I picked up either for myself or to gift. However, if you find similar items elsewhere, by all means you can choose to get it wherever!

Design + Illustration

Gotamago (Booth I25, from Toronto ON) has a variety of illustrated stationary and prints for the home, your desk, or gifting. The two design collections that stood out to me were the hand illustrated Toronto cityscape from above, and the Chinese sweets. Check out their recipe cards* and mini notecards*, both were just released for the holidays. The recipe cards are definitely for myself to help keep track of my favourite recipes in a cute and easily accessible way. For someone who regularly uses a variety of stationary and would appreciate the cute illustrations, consider a gift like this to add to their stash. In case you can’t make it to the show, Gotamago also has an online store here. Use the code GOTLOVEDP to get 20% off your entire order and get all the illustrated paper goodies you need!

Stationary

Craftedvan (Booth A09, from Vancouver BC) is known for their magnetic bookmarks! You’re bound to find one with a picture that reminds you of the gift recipient. It makes the gift more meaningful knowing you chose a particular one for them, and it’s functional. Hopefully it can inspire them to spend less time on digital devices and use the bookmark for hardcopy books/planners. If you’re in need of small gifts or stocking stuffers, consider a gift like this!

If you want to find the most beautiful prints and cards, visit DOLCEARTIST (Booth O29, from Richmond Hill ON). Tabitha paints every original piece of art that’s then digitally applied to all her stationary. Aside from her paintings, she has amazing calligraphy that she uses for the text in her work. If there’s one item to check out from her this year, it would be her hand-bound monthly planner. It’s made with the finest materials that she selected herself. The planner is filled with her artwork and calligraphy, and designed with functional layouts. DOLCEARTIST was the one who I commissioned to do my day-of wedding stationary last year so I am sure of her work. She also does custom wedding invitation suites! For someone who loves the beautiful combination of bespoke art and calligraphy pieces, consider giving a gift from her!

Glass

I unfortunately forgot to take a picture of the booth for your reference, but these pyrex glass straws were from Glass Sipper (Booth V56, from Vancouver BC). I purchased one glass bubble tea straw from them last year and I’ve used it quite a bit! I got another one so that C can also have one to reuse and use less single-use plastics. They have a variety of sizes and lengths for different types of drinks. They also have straws that are decorated to add some detail and personality, like this one with a pineapple! These straws are very durable and easy to see if they’re cleaned well. For someone who is or wants to be more environmentally conscious, consider a gift like this.

Flavours

A good soup requires loads of ingredients, and Mitchell’s Soup Co. (Booth F33, from St. Thomas ON) makes it easy by preparing and portioning all the dried ingredients together for different types of soup. Each pack can make at least 8-12 servings! Their best seller is the Mexican Tortilla Soup. For someone who would love the guidance in cooking a hearty, delicious soup, consider a gift like this.

Give the gift of healthy, homemade smoothies that taste store bought with Living Farmacy (Booth G36, from Toronto ON). They’re made with only fruits and vegetables with no sugar added. Each pack can make a 12 oz craft smoothie. All you need to do is mix one of these packs with 2/3 cup of water (or any liquid base that you like) in a bottle, shake it up, and it’s ready to go! They have five different flavours that you can mix and match. It’s available as a subscription service as well, which is very tempting for myself. For someone who would appreciate the beauty of ready-made, fresh smoothies that takes out the hassle of preparing all the different ingredients, consider a gift like this.

I’ve never tasted honey as good as the ones from The Heritage Bee Company (Booth H22, from Mulmur ON). It’s delicious to have as a sweet addition to drinks, baking, or snacks. They also have a variety of flavour infused honey, which I haven’t seen elsewhere. Some flavours include cinnamon, lavender, vanilla, ginger, and others. The honey is premium, raw, unpasteurized, and hand processed directly from the beehives. Your purchase will support the local ecosystem and environment too as you make a difference for the bees. For someone who loves honey or craft edibles, consider a gift like this!

Personal Care

Body scrubs are especially handy in the winter when our body is especially dry. Two Sisters Naturals (Booth A08, from Barrie ON) makes small batch, natural solutions for the body and home. They also have body butters, body oils, facial mists, clay masks, bath bombs, and many other handcrafted, body care products. Their Lemon Drop Body Scrub smells and is so fresh! For someone who enjoys doing at-home spa treatments or wants to give their body some TLC, consider a gift like this.

Fashion Jewellery

I’m at the age where I appreciate quality jewellery over fast fashion accessories that you can easily get at the mall. High quality jewellery are made with hypoallergenic materials and crafted to be enduring pieces. I purchased one of my favourite earrings from PAUZE atelier (Booth C33, from Montreal QC) earlier this year at the spring show, and at this winter show I picked up their silver bar necklace. If you are looking for cheap jewellery, then this show will not be the place to find that. For someone who appreciates the craftsmanship, timeless style, and lasting quality of handcrafted jewellery, consider a gift like this.

Hopefully this helps you with gift ideas for your family and friends! If you are in Toronto, you still have until Sunday December 1 to visit the show. Let me know in the comments below what your best gift idea is this year!

*Products were received as part of a collaboration. Entrance to the show was gifted for editorial consideration. All thoughts and opinions are my own and genuine.

Until next time,

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