With the clock winding down on your holiday shopping we’ve brought a few of our fave finds from 2019, all in one neat and tidy package. From easy $20 buys to stocking stuffers, we’ve got a few sweet finds to round out your list. Best of all, shop in your jammies, there’s online links to everything, so leave the malls for visiting Santa, and shop in the comfort of your own couch!
The Three Ingredient Baking Book
Fresh from the Taste Canada Awards, Charmian Christie brings her original and relatable hook to her latest baking book. Using only three ingredients, Charmain “The Messy Baker” folds in her love of baking to pretty much idiot-proof recipes. From Chapters/Indigo $29.95
T-Fal is long celebrated for their durable and economical kitchen finds. And who can’t use a new indestructible pan? Or a cheeky hint at a lump of coal? Either way, make room under the tree for this budget-conscious find. From $24.97 at your local Wal-Mart.
Chocolatier and Chef Brandon Olsen and visual artist Sarah Keenlyside snag well-deserved accolades for their confections, handmade right here in TO. Flavours are seasonal and inspired, like this Gingerbread blend. While they make for lovely stocking stuffers, you’re best to keep them cool, so consider putting one out for Santa. From $10 at CXBO or at upscale grocery shops like McEwans.
Best of Bridge Cookbook
Cookbooks are a great gift for pretty much everyone on your list. The lovely ladies that make up Best of Bridge, the Canadian digest on what to dine on has been around for decades, and the origin story alone is worth its weight in gold. A great gift for the kiddo who’s moving out, or the great-aunt who could use some new recipes. Familiar, accessible and comfortable, this cookbook brings the best from the minds of Emily Richards and Sylvia Kong, who are now caretakers for the brand. From $28 at Chapters/Indigo.
Stash some of these in a stocking, part protein bar, part sweet treat, CLIF bars check a lot of boxes, and make for a thoughtful ‘hey, don’t get hangry’ energy boost. With umpteen flavours and combos, including the new festive Peppermint Bark energy bar you can feel good about fueling your friends and family for the year.
Custom Kit Kat
If you haven’t stepped foot inside this Wonka-esque sweet shop in Yorkdale, you’re missing out! The tricked out gourmet chocolatory brings together the ubiquitous appeal of everyone’s fave chocolate bar with flavourful garnishes and fixings, like potato chips, crushed and dehydrated rose petals and of course, candy canes. Make your own bar, or grab one off the shelf, but best bet is to book ahead for the chef’s table experience, where you work with a chocolatier to build the best bar. From $8, visit Kit Kat Chocolatory for booking.
Organic Traditions has a beautiful box of Superfood teas and lattes, presented in a advent-style format perfect for gifting. Gourmet options like turmeric latte or matcha green tea are welcome additions under any tree. Vegan lattes are a snap, just add water for a rich cuppa, so you can feel good about gifting this healthy collection. From $24.99 through Organic Traditions.
Another fave for my vegan pals, Mother Raw is on a mission to provide healthy and flavourful sauces, dressings, dips and condiments that are organic, vegan and of course, delicious. Grab a few to make a gourmet gift basket, or stock up for your own hosting duties. With minimal processing techniques, Mother Raw insists on high quality methods to ensure nutrient rich products. Starting at $7.49 through Mother Raw.
Neat and tidy, and not taking over your precious counter space, the nifty Black + Decker Hand Mixer is a perfect substitute to expensive (and clunky) mixers. This sleek model features 5 speeds and a biggie sized tote to ensure you don’t lose any of the nifty attachments. From $24.99