Dropping off doorstep presents for last-minute gifting isn’t exactly what we imagined for our holiday plans, but wherever you are in the world, we’re all in this together, slugging it out for another season of masking and hunkering down. Keeping our friends and family safe is always a top priority, earning that celebration next year will only make the occasion that much sweeter.

Here’s a few doorstep friendly gifts for last minute gifting.

There’s nothing like the decadence of a beautiful box of chocolates, and with three locations around Toronto, Avoca Chocolates (lead photo) is your ticket to handcrafted glory. Almost too fancy to eat, Avoca crafts a unique line of truffles to tempt everyone on your list, with flavours like Lost Alice described as “Cherry puree falling through a world of dark chocolate…” they sound like an invitation we can’t refuse. With three locations around Toronto, there’s an easy access to Wonka-like creations in your ‘hood.

kandl artistique

Our friends at KANDL Artistique have been sleigh-ing it this holiday season with their latest hot/haute collab with Monica at Eighty-Seventh St, a brilliant visual artist that has crafted some thoughtful and inspiring labels to charm us this holiday season. KANDL also boasts a huge line of internationally acclaimed candles, with swift curbside pickup in Yorkville.


Nothing says I love you like a sleek stay-warm vessel and a sleeve of Nespresso pods. Easy on the eyes and budget, Nespresso pods come in a slew of flavour profiles and while you’re at it, why not Irish up their coffee too? Customize and create a gift that feels like a warm hug, isn’t that what we’re all after right now?

I had my doubts, but the cure for any troubles is bubbles + chocolate truffles, especially a courting effort like this. You’d be amazed to learn how chocolates pair so beautifully with wine, but that is part of the gift, a guided tasting like the very detailed The Art of Pairing over a Zoom call, can you think of a better evening?

Ferraro Ruffino

When in doubt, double down on the love- you can’t argue with a gift card to a favourite restaurant, or better yet, place an order and take dinner dilemmas right out of the equation. Show support for their favourite restaurant, your old hangout together, or that local spot that could use some love. A comfort meal always hits the spot. We suggest anything from Stack, a favourite haunt of ours with crave-able meals that travel super well.

All images by Libby Roach.