So you waited until the last minute (again). Why settle for sub-par gifts just because you’re in a pinch? Janna Zittrer recommends you skip the mad rush at the mall and order these stylish gifts online today for delivery by Dec. 24
Thé Noir 29, the latest scent from niche New York perfume brand Le Labo, boasts 29 ingredients (hence the number in the name), including a unique extraction of black tea leaf, along with bergamot, fig, bay leaves, cedar wood, vetiver and musk. Available exclusively in Canada at Toronto’s Gee Beauty, the smoky essence is blended fresh upon order and comes in spray, solid, balm, perfume oil and travel form. As a special touch, every label can be personally stamped with the compound date and recipient’s name.
Le Labo Thé Noir 29, $175 for 50 ml through 6 by Gee Beauty. (Choose expedited shipping, $30 plus applicable taxes, for guaranteed delivery in two to three business days.)
SWEAT IT OUT
Everybody loves a good pair of sweatpants – just ask Adam Bledin. The founder and creative director of Lazypants has dressed everyone from paparazzi bait Kourtney Kardashian to trendsetting star Zendaya in his slouchy staples. Now, Toronto-based Bledin has partnered with the Hudson’s Bay Company to launch a co-branded collaboration that combines The Bay’s famed stripes with Lazypants’s logo. Available in navy and grey, the cozy sweats will bring some sartorial cred to those Master of None marathons.
Hudson’s Bay Company x Lazypants, $95 through thebay.com. (Choose express shipping, $15.95, for guaranteed delivery in one to three business days, or next day shipping, $23.95, for guaranteed delivery in one business day.)
CALLING THE SHOTS
In 1991, two Austrian students discovered a compact-sized Russian camera called the Lomo Kompakt Automat that earned an enthusiastic following thanks to its trademark vignette shadowing, artistic light leaks and saturated-colour effects. More than two decades later, analogue-photography fans can still capture such creative shots with the help of a wide-angle lens (did someone say epic selfie?), then print them on the spot for hard-copy party favours in a flash.
Lomography Lomo Instant Wide Portobello Road camera, $289 through shop.lomography.com. (Choose FedEx international express, $50, for guaranteed delivery in one to two business days.)
This season, designers and style setters alike are going wild for flashy furs. There were technicolour pelts at Saint Laurent, fuzzy colour clashes at Roksanda and crayon-bright coats at Versace, not to mention a parade of fluffy pieces on the streets outside the shows. Hooked onto a purse, wallet or set of keys, a cheeky pom-pom charm is a fun and foolproof way for your favourite fashion lover to work the trend.
Michael Michael Kors Pavé extra-large fur keychain, $58 through michaelkors.ca. (Choose flat-rate shipping, $20, for guaranteed delivery in two business days.)
Make hibernation an haute affair with a luxurious cashmere throw. Handcrafted from fine Italian wool in a seasonal checkered print, this versatile blanket scarf by the chic Montreal brand Want Les Essentiels de la Vie is as suited to adding a touch of rustic charm to a winter cabin or a classic pattern pop to a contemporary living room as it is to keeping anyone extra-warm when wrapped overtop a wool coat.
Want Les Essentiels de la Vie Marylebone blanket, $1,095 through wantlesessentiels.com. (Choose UPS express shipping, $60, for guaranteed delivery in one business day.)
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of their Dutch-based biannual, Fantastic Man, co-creators Jop van Bennekom and Gert Jonkers filled a hardbound coffee-table book with their favourite features and photographs from the magazine’s archives. The decade-spanning summation on men’s style includes in-depth interviews with such fashionable icons as David Beckham, Tom Ford and Helmut Lang, alongside images from acclaimed photographers Juergen Teller, Bruce Weber, Wolfgang Tillmans and more.
Fantastic Man: Men of Great Style and Substance by Jop Van Bennekom and Gert Jonkers, $50.99 through chapters.indigo.ca. (Choose priority shipping, $6.99, for guaranteed delivery in one to four business days.)
SERVE AND PROTECT
From holiday-party hosting straight through to BBQ season, household chores look far more palatable in an apron that merges fashion with function. Featuring a waist pouch and bib pocket with a place for every tool, and adjustable leather straps at the neck and waist to ensure a perfect fit, there’s no better way to tackle domestic duties in style while shielding clothes from errant splatter and spills.
Rudsak apron, $120 through rudsak.com. (Choose Canada Post Xpresspost shipping, $12.95, for guaranteed delivery in three business days.)
FACE TO FACE
Just in the time for the holiday shopping rush, Holt Renfrew has launched its highly anticipated e-commerce site with a selection of more than 7,000 beauty buys ranging from makeup and skincare to home fragrances and products for men. Boost any guy’s grooming game with a luxurious shaving cream packed with such skin-protecting ingredients as hyaluronic acid, basil extracts and organic pomegranate. For the girl who has places to be (and be seen), Holt’s private label 16-shade shadow palette is the ultimate pampering fix.
Holt Renfrew Holiday 2015 eyeshadow palette, $45, and Acqua di Parma Collezione Barbiere shaving cream jar, $81, through holtrenfrew.com. (Choose express shipping, $15, for guaranteed delivery in two to three business days, or next day shipping, $25, for guaranteed delivery in one business day.)
Any cookware that can simultaneously inspire new recipes and live as a display piece on the kitchen counter is a good bet for the gourmets on your list. Le Creuset’s stoneware-lidded tagine not only passes for decor, but also offers great heat retention for slow-cooked stews and comes with a cast-iron base that’s strong enough to withstand both stovetop and oven temperatures, too.
Le Creuset 1.9-Litre Moroccan Tagine in Marseille, $243.80 through amazon.ca (Choose two-day shipping, $23.91, for guaranteed delivery in two business days, or one-day shipping, $29.91, for guaranteed delivery in one business day.)
GIVE ‘EM THE SLIP
Velvety-soft slippers lined with faux fur offer plenty of warmth for winter days spent snuggled up indoors. From pancake breakfasts to family movie nights in front of the fire, this rainbow-striped pair with fuzzy pom frills will keep kids’ toes nice and toasty, plus they’ll stay put thanks to an elasticized heel. Better still, the slip-resistant soles should prevent unwanted falls and put safety-minded parents at ease.
GapKids Pom slippers, $26.95 through gapcanada.ca. (Choose two-day shipping, $17, for guaranteed delivery in two business days, or next day shipping, $22, for guaranteed delivery in one business day.)
PHONING IT IN
Determined to “class up” the average phone case, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon teamed up with J.Crew to create the Pocket Dial, a dapper-looking iPhone cover with a detachable pocket square. While the silk polka dots come standard, the limited-edition collection does include interchangeable clips in classic patterns to suit any look. Since it’s also the season to give back, 100 per cent of net proceeds will benefit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a Kenya-based charity that protects African elephants from extinction and poaching.
Jimmy Fallon for J.Crew Limited-Edition Pocket Dial for iPhone 6/6S, $64 through jcrew.com. (Choose DHL express, $25, for guaranteed delivery in one to three business days.)
Although you can never go wrong with something that sparkles, Elsa Peretti’s green jade Bean earrings make a strong case for chromatic jewellery. A pretty pop of colour for any festive look, the vibrant stones cast in 18-karat gold are evocative of the Italian-model-turneddesigner’s Studio 54 days. Anyone is sure to swoon over the blue Tiffany box, but feel free to score extra points by pointing out that stars like Keira Knightley, Emma Watson and Jessica Biel are all Peretti fans, too.
Elsa Peretti Bean earrings, $860 through tiffany.ca. (Choose FedEx shipping, $20, for guaranteed delivery in four to five business days.)