Gift Guide 2022: Last Minute Gift Ideas To Save The Day

You promised yourself that this year you would get all your holiday gift shopping done early, you even bought a gift for your mom back in October. But that was it… And now with Christmas day looming just around the corner (less than 10 days to be exact). you are scrambling. Not to worry, we are here with our annual ultimate holiday gift guide to help you check off everyone on your list. We have gifts for everyone from your coworker, to your dad and even that special someone.

Gifts that every foodie wants
We all have someone on our list that loves to spend time in the kitchen creating – cooking, chopping, and even baking. First up, the latest from our friends at Ninja is the  Speedi™ Rapid Cooker & Air Fryer. This countertop appliances can cook a complete, 3-part meal in as little as 15 minutes, all in one pot. Now that’s a Christmas miracle. And at a great price. If you have a baker on your list, gift them a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer. The KitchenAid Stand Mixer ($629.99) features 10 speeds to gently knead, thoroughly mix and whip ingredients for a wide variety of recipes. It also comes in over 20 gorgeous colours to perfectly match their kitchen design or personality. A great chef is only as good as her knives, so why not upgrade them with a pro set from Zwilling this holiday season?Finally, any foodie or at home chef would love the gift of premium ingredients, so gift them a custom gift basket from Eataly. Not sure how to make the perfect gift baskets? Opt for the Trip to Italy box; filled with everything from Genovese Pesto to salted capers.

Fashion-forward gifts for the most stylish person in your life
We love to support Canadian fashion whenever we can, and we know the fashion lover on your list will appreciate a gift from any one of these Canadian fashion stars. For the jewellery fanatic, we would gif them the cult classic Plaza Ring from Dean Davidson. It is the perfect statement ring. Coat lover on your list? We know Canadians pride themselves on the perfect statement winter coat and no one does it better than Sentaler when it comes to chic outerwear. Her classic wrap coats have been a celebrity favourite for years, so get one for your own personal star. Or how about the perfect puffer from Nobis? This Canadian brand is changing the face of luxury yet technical outerwear to keep you warm even in the -40 degree weather. Finally, we know fashion lovers also care about being cruelty free. Designer Hilary MacMillan has built a brand on the very notion that fashion should be fun, cruelty free and size inclusive. We would gift one of her fabulous metallic trench coats.

Watch collector on your list? We would gift them a RADO True Automatic Open Heart Watch. RADO is known for their design forward groundbreaking ceramic watches that are the epitome of minimalist luxury. It’s so good, we would even buy one for ourselves for Christmas.

Gifts for the most active person you know
The latest athleisure brand deigned in Canada is called Verzus. The Toronto-based label prides itself on being the first to offer a complete tech-infused wardrobe—from the shirt you wear into the office down to your running shorts and even your underwear. Every garment is enhanced with anti-bacterial, water-repellent, moisture-wicking, anti-wrinkle, or UV protection technologies designed to make your daily life more comfortable. Speaking of comfort, the most comfy runners on the market these days come from Allbirds. This brand has built a reputation on lightweight runners that still offer the perfect amount of support. Gift a pair of their bestselling Trail Runner or Tree Dasher sneakers.

Hi-tech (and lo-tech) gifts they’ll love
Vinyl records have been making a comeback over the past few years, so why not give the gift of lo-tech music with the gift of a turntable. Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO Turntable is the go-to record player for vinyl collectors. And don’t forget to toss in their favourite record to start off their collection. Now on the high tech side, we are all about the at home movie theatre experience. Gift them the Premiere Smart 4K UHD Ultra-Short Throw Laser Projector from Samsung. Pair it up with the Ray sound bar from SONOS to upgrade that at home movie theatre sound experience.

Gifts for the cocktail connoisseur
Bartesian Premium Cocktail Maker. With just a push of a button, you can create professional mixologist-style drinks using Bartesian capsules and the spirit of your choice. This machine dispenses drinks into your glass in seconds, so you don’t have to stock up syrups, juices, and bitters to enjoy cocktails. If the home bartender on your list is more old school, why not upgrade their glassware with some colour. Fluted wine glasses from Obbaki; opt for the Citrine Green Luisa Calice. These fluted wine glasses are both modern and vintage-inspired, crafted using an artisanal mouth-blown technique. They would make any home bartender happy.

Further, we know any home bartender would be happy to receive some premium. spirits for the holidays. Opt for something like the elderflower liqueur St Germain (a staple for many bartenders) or a great aged whisky like the J.P. Wiser’s 18 year old Canadian whisky. And don’t forget the option of gifting a great alcoholic spirit like Seedlip; it’s perfect for when they have to whip up some mocktails for guests.

Self-care gifts that pamper
Why not gift a massage or other spa treatment via a gift card to the SpaMyBlend at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Toronto? Or why not give the gift of a perfect night sleep with premium bedding from Canadian brand Tuck bedding? Or is your gift recipient more of a bath time person? Then give the gift of a great bath soak from Bathorium; their signature Crush Bath Soak will help with relaxation and stiff muscles (from $9). And it’s a local Canadian brand to support. If you want to up that at home spa experience, toss in an all natural face and neck mask from The Cure Apothecary Throw in an organic Turkish robe from Linen Reform and they will have the spa experience at home.

And what about a little self love as self care? We love giving the gift of intimate toy to your partner (or even yourself, we don’t judge) this holiday season. Head over to LoveHoney.ca for everything from lingerie to sex toys to cheeky stocking stuffers.

Grooming gifts that he actually wants
With more and more men rocking facial hair lately, we’ve noticed a lot of them could use a clean up. You know what we are talking about (and who we are talking about), so gift them the Philips Multigroom 7000. This trimmer will groom their head, face and body all in one tool. It’s the perfect gift. But if you have someone on your list that is already well groomed, perhaps it’s time to gift them some moisture (aka moisturizer). The latest from Schaf skincare, the Restore delivers a potent anti-aging boost to the skin and to any skin care routine. It will be their new favourite skincare product in their regime. Last but not least, everyone on your list will appreciate a new scent. The latest from Hugo Boss scents, Boss Bottled. This perfume for men features a woody-ambery scent with a noble heart of orris concrete and fig tree root accord.

Wanderlust gifts for travellers and globetrotters
Every wanderluster knows the importance of a great piece of carry on luggage. Our latest obsession is the Carry-On Pro from Monos Luggage. Outfitted with an unbreakable polycarbonate shell, ultra-sturdy telescopic handle, TSA-approved lock, whisper-quiet wheels, vegan leather details, and all-premium materials. It’s the perfect holiday gift for a traveller. And you’re supporting a Canadian brand at the same time. Further, anyone who is a frequent traveller would love some lounge passes for their next flight, so gift them some Plaza Premium Lounge passes. Starting at as little as CAD $118.37 for 2 visits and each comes with a complementary festive cocktail or mocktail to celebrate the holidays in style.

Now if you are ready to give the gift of travel, may we suggest a trip to Colorado Ski Country if they are into winter adventures or if they prefer the heat, give the gift of a vacation in St. Kitts.

When all else fails…
The perfect holiday gift is a gift card from Winners, HomeSense, Marshalls. Trust us, everyone on your list can find a great gift from one of these three stores. Added bonus, you can send one of their gift cards virtually, no need to leave the comfort of your home to send one.

Christian Dare

Christian Dare spent much of his formative years working in the fashion industry as a Visual Manager before pursuing a Masters’ Degree in Design. He is the Principal at Christian Dare Creative, the co-founder of Stylist Box and runs a successful men’s lifestyle blog, Christian Dare Edited,focusing on menswear, interior design and craft cocktails. You can find him online at www.christiandareedited.com or follow him on Twitter @christiandare but he is more fun on Instagram christian_dare. 

No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>