It’s the final installment of our gift guide for this year, and we are rounding it out with things we want to wear. In case you missed our gift guides from the last few weeks, check them out here. We love putting them together, and hope that they were helpful with your shopping this year!
It’s fun putting together the wearable guide. I always end up putting in a bunch of aspiration items, like those mittens. I love them, and yet, I live in Phnom Penh, where mittens would be best used as hot pads. That cozy shirt from The Reed? In my dreams. And the Pendleton/Ugg shoes will snuggle my feet for approximately four days. Four glorious, cozy days. To be fair, I already bought the ice cream sweatshirt for myself, because I didn’t want to ask for it, but I think everyone should know what I really care about. Everything else, including the beautiful rings from our friend Jane Heng, can be worn anywhere, year round.
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Similarly, I’m all about the hygge this year. And I just got word that westerly waters are getting churned up, so this only means we’ll be getting cooler temperatures in Phnom Penh very soon! This means I can get out my homey sweats from Roots. There is no better outfit than my definition of the Canadian tuxedo. Pair Cait’s cozy sweats with a pair of these, wool camping socks and my beloved Birkenstocks and we’re set to go for cozy. I love giving these as gifts when friends move to cooler climes. And for the friends who are often found in flight? A sweater cape of course. Who can say no to a wearable blanket that also looks a bit classy? This year’s biggest surprise find were Stewart & Claire’s booze flavoured lip balms. Their version in Negroni was so popular they’re sold out!
Welcome to the second installment of our 2015 Gift Guide. In case you missed the first one last week, we shared a few ideas for the artsy loves in your life. This week we are focusing on all things edible. Because the main take away from the holiday season is that there is never enough food. (jokes) We have looked all over the world for tasty, gift-able things, and these are a few of our favorites. If you need more inspiration, check out last year’s edible guide. Happy drooling!
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I come from a family of food. It’s the center of holiday, vacation, and daily life. My mom and I constantly talk about what we are going to have for dinner, during lunch time. So this list is important stuff, and I will be judged for it. The first item, the chocolates from Lowery’s Candies, are the most important. I wrote about it last year, and I will write about it again next year. It’s a family business out of Muncie, Indiana, and they are the best chocolates I have ever had. They don’t have fancy branding, or a cool website, but they are better than any overly-curated hipster brand. My grandparents sent them to us every Christmas. And the other things are great also. The AeroPress is the reason I was a nice person in London, and that crazy taffy comes in EGGNOG, people. My friend Amanda, who runs Salt & Sundry in DC, stocks this awesome vinegar, and those knives make me want steak. Lastly, who doesn’t want to be a member of the cookie-of-the-month club? No one doesn’t want that. That’s a double negative. You’re a double negative.
If I had infinite funds, all of these would go to my foodie pals. The syrups in particular are my big discovery this year, ever since Jen poured a little tonic syrup over my cold brew a few weeks back, and Cait topped up some dark rum with Morris Kitchen’s Spiced Apple Syrup, I’ve been hooked. So these little bottles of delicious are going to all the mixology nerds out there. And yes, I’m aware that a calendar isn’t exactly edible, but the things in it are. Ever since I saw Molly Yeh’s collab with Brown Parcel Press, I knew it would make the perfect accompaniment to any baker’s kitchen.
Week two of our little goodie guide, and we are taking a shot at all things food, and food-related. There are so many amazing things out there, this list barely scratches the surface. This is a small collection of things we truly love to give, and would love to be given. Hint hint.
While looking at potential goodies for this list, I thought about the food and smells that I love the most around the holidays. A lot of these items are actually deeply personal. Lowery’s chocolates, from Muncie, Indiana, were my grandparents’ favorites. They both passed away this year, and now these delicious little treats mean even more to me. This little list is made up of edibles that are not just only-trend, but also made well and damn delicious. I hope you love them as much as I do.
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So you might notice that none of my goodies are very edible. Except for perhaps the coffee. And while I absolutely love to give and receive infused olive oils, artisanal syrups and the whole lot, I also like to help build kitchens with long lasting wares, tools and reads. And once again, shameless Canadian promotions go to some of our best woodworkers. Combining good quality lumber and sustainable practices to produce the kind of stuff you want to be passing down through generations, I’m loving what Jordan Tomnuk, Nikole Herriot and her dad, are doing to make your tossing, and your serving and your rolling so much more styled.
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PS – points for whoever can identify the cutting boards.