Painter Shara Hughes’s deluxe contribution to the new cache of Dior Lady limited edition handbags boasts a lively palette, as do covetable pieces that are composed of repurposed, vintage materials. An Areaware mirror is so captivating it begs to be gazed upon itself.
King City, Ont., based Bouq’s handmade flowers inject warm weather vibrancy into any space, while Calgary’s Meghan MacWhirter creates clever ceramics shaped like pumpkins and croissants for fun-loving foodies who want to cheekily entertain. A miniature Hermès bag looks ready to go perched atop a set of skateboard wheels.
Traditional gifts don’t need to be predictable. Consider a bold watch fashioned in honour of Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier; a toaster with a sartorially inspired pleated texture; a handbag (or is it a paint can?) that makes you do a double-take; a teddy bear that embraces logomania; or a piggy bank that mimics the shape of a shoe box.
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Is there someone on your list who has it all? Look to pieces that are all-the-way unexpected such as mules with nail polish bottle heels or an otherworldly lamp by Brooklyn-based Sara Devic. The perfect find should shout “surprise” without saying a word.
Whether it’s a cartoon-like handbag, a unique soft sculpture or a ceramic piece with a distinct identity, many of this season’s best presents are packed with personality.
Fool the eye with Chanel’s portable mirror, which mimics the look of a tennis racket, or Cereria Introna’s amusing tart-shaped candle. Picton-based Jonathan Kaiser’s adorable handmade birds add life to any corner, while Gohar World’s mother of pearl spoons put an artsy spin on caviar service.