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A&K’s Holiday 2011 Gift Lists

Thursday, 1 December 2011 | Tags: , , , ,

Whether you've got tots or teens, fashionistas or foodies on your holiday list this year, we've scoured the globe to bring you the best gift ideas this holiday season, including some great gets under $50!

Our List of Gift Lists

(Prices are an approximate range)

 

1.

Nespresso Citiz with Aeroccino Milk Frother

$349-369

This compact little number makes the perfect espresso drink every time, while Aeroccino frother adds the finishing touches with flair and flavour.

Amazon.ca

Amazon.com

       
       
2.

Sodastream Starter Kit

$99-145

Make your own fizzy drinks at home with the touch of a button. Adjust flavours to your preferred taste and gasification (bubbles). No more bottles to lug home or recycle.

SodaStream.ca Amazon.com
       
3.

Handcrafted Wooden Spoons

$10-30

A pleasure to use, hand-carved wooden spoons are such versatile cook’s tools. Artisan-designed spoons like the Berard line at Williams-Sonoma can easily go from stovetop to tabletop. 

Cookworks.ca
Williams-Sonoma 

Amazon.com

       
       
4.

Domenica Fiore Olio Novello

$20

Pure Extra Virgin Olive Oil direct from Italy. Robust, smooth, and full of flavour. 

Ask for it at your local gourmet food store or Italian deli. Also look for it at Zara and Ciofe in Vancouver. 

    GourmetWarehouse.ca 
       
5.

Modernist Cuisine

The Art and Science of Cooking

$450-600

This 6-volume set is not for the faint of heart. It is, however, for someone who is wild about cooking and really wants to bring inventiveness to their cooking.

Modernist Cuisine
Chapters-IndigoAmazon.ca Amazon.com
Barnes & Nobleicon
       

 

1.

 

Gosh Light & Shine Lip Glaze
$20-25

A sweet stocking stuffer. Not only is the gloss good, there’s a little mirror on the side and a light in the applicator to help illuminate your pout. Great for a night out!

Look for this at the cosmetics counter of your local drug store/pharmacy. (E.g. Shoppers in Canada; Walgreens in the USA) 

 
         
         
2.

The Marriage Plot

$16-22

The first book from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffery Eugenides in 10 years. A great read! The author of The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex is now diving into the middle of marriage.

  The Marriage Plot
Amazon.ca
Chapters-Indigo
Kobo
Audible
Amazon.com
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Audible
         
         
3.

 

Bodum Pavina Double-Wall Glasses

$20-40 (set of 2)

Whether it’s chilled eggnog or mulled wine, these double-wall glasses help maintain temperature, warm or cold. A variety of sizes and types are available, from shot glasses to tumblers to mugs.

 
Amazon.ca
Chapters-Indigo
Amazon.com
Cooking.com
         
         
4.

 

Lollia Shea Butter Handcreme

$24-29 (4 oz)

A rich, indulgent cream in a variety of fragrances that moisturizes without being greasy, while also looking good on your nightstand.  

 
Organize.com Amazon.com
         
         
5.

Linen Way Tea Towels

Starting at $18

Gorgeous kitchen linens in a wide array of colours and patterns for a reasonable price. www.linenway.com

 
 
Chintz & Company  Pioneer Linens

SueFisherKing 

 

1.

Blabla Dolls

$38-55

A reborn classic available in a multitude of animals and styles. Makes us want to be a kid again! Sure to be a treasure.

   
Blablakids.com 

LussoBaby

 

Amazon.com

Blablakids.com 

         
         
2.

Educo Healthy Gourmet Salad for Green Eaters

$25-35

If you have a burgeoning chef in your midst, these felt kits make for easy clean-up. And that’s always on the menu at our house!

   
LussoBaby

JackAndLola 

Amazon.com
         
         
3.

PrintaKid

$17-37

What kid wouldn’t want to be the hero of his or her own story? Many exciting adventures to choose from.

   
     

www.printakid.com

         
4.

Big Bag of Science (Be Amazing)

$40-50

More than 70 activities in one place. Now that’s what we call the right formula for hours of learning and fun. 

   
Amazon.ca Amazon.com
         
         
5.

Ark Kreations (Ark Imports) Animal Hats

$25

Junior can go out like a lion, or a lamb! Matching mitts on a string available too.

 
   
     

1.

iPig Docking Station & Speakers (Speakal)

$99-150

For the iPod, a fun and unusual way to enjoy music, this docking station is available in a variety of colours, and also a fun selection of animals and characters.

 

 

 
Amazon.ca Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble
         
         
2.

Rock-it Portable Vibration Speaker (OrigAudio)

$25-50

Make anything hollow into a speaker! Cardboard boxes, coolers, cups, tables, garbage cans, lamp shades, you name it. Plug in any audio device with a regular 3.5mm headphone jack. Great for on-the-go tunes, or a fun new way to enjoy your music.

 
OrigAudio.ca Amazon.com
         
         
3.

Harry Potter Complete 8-film DVD collection

$99-165

A timeless, epic collection for die-hard fans (both adults and kids). Available in regular DVD and Blu-Ray.

  Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection
Chapters-Indigo
Amazon.ca
Barnes & Noble
Amazon.com
         
         
4.

OPI Nail Lacquer Muppets Collection

Not just for kids! This 12-colour collection has fabulous names including Meep-Meep-Meep, Animalistic, and Wocka Wocka. Rich colours full of sparkle, they’re fun for everyone. Our favourites are Fresh Frog of Bel Air, and Rainbow Connection.

Available at your local nail salon. 

 
         
         
5.

Daff Felt iPad Cover

$52-60

One of these beautifully-designed cases will keep your electronics safe and stylish. Lots of colours to choose from.

 
      Luminare
       

1.

Faux Leather Leggings

$100-500

A rock and roll look that’s all the rage this season. Faux versions are available at many stores, including Club Monaco. Fab and affordable.
  Blank Denim Vegan Faux Leather Leggings
     
         
         
2. 

Diane von Furstenburg Clutch

$325-500

The Minaudiere is definitely making a comeback. This offering from DVF is spot on.

 
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3.

Shereen de Rousseau Jewelry

De Rousseau’s use of less common semi-precious stones gives her jewelry line weight and edge. We love the howlite beads on necklaces like the Agnes ($375) pictured here.

 
      ShereenDeRousseau.com
         
4. 

Wool and the Gang Sweater

‘Tis the season of the sweater. Why be limited to what’s already out there when you can use your imagination and whip up your own? (Pre-made options also available.)

 
     
       
       
5. 

Jeffrey Campbell Booties

$198

Kick things up a notch with a sweet JC suede bootie that’s far from basic black. Look for it in stores like Holt Renfrew in bright colours. 

 

 
  Revolve Clothing 
   

 

1. 

A Bag from “The Property Of”

$194-276

As a work bag, gym bag, or carry-on. So cool, we want one too! 
Wallets, cardholders and more also available.

 
      www.thepropertyof.com
         
2.

A Bow-Tie by Turnbull & Asser

$85

For Grandpa, or the ultra-chic hipster. Only the truly stylish need apply. 

 
  www.mrporter.com 
         
         
3.

 

Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk

$15-25

A coffee table book aimed at improving sexual communication. Diagrams and a good dose of humour included. 

  Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk
Chapters-Indigo
Amazon.ca
Amazon.com
Barnes & Nobleicon
         
         
4. 

Mougin & Piquard for J.Crew Grande Seconde watch 

$495

In tan or black, luxurious real leather. A classic that will stand the test of time.

 
     
         
5. 

Chan Luu Men’s Bracelets

Take a cue from Johnny Depp. These uber-trendy bracelets are now available in men’s styles.

  Chan Luu - Bsm-1002 (Black) - Jewelry
  chanluu.com
Zappos.com
Amazon.com
 

1.

Devore Gold Rustic Zebra Pattern Cowhide Rug

$895

A new twist on a decor staple. Expensive, but how gorgeous is this? Also comes in traditional zebra print.

Available at The Cross Decor & Design 

 

 
         
         
2. 

Hermes Blue d’Ailleurs Earthenware

$180-1800

The whole set is stunning. A gift for the person who has everything. Each piece stands strongly on its own, from bread plates to platters, 
from tureens to teapots.

Available at Hermes, Bergdorff Goodman (in-store), and Barney’s (in-store).  

 
         
         
3. 

Bogner Ski Jeans: Mabel

$849

In blue denim, these ultra-stylish ski pants are sleek and slimming, a far cry from the girth-adding puffy pants of yore. Great both on and off the slopes.

Available at Bogner

 
         
         
4. 

David Yurman Cable-Wrap Ring

$1450

A gorgeous, versatile ring that can go from corner coffee shop at 2pm to cocktail hour at 5 without batting an eyelash.

Available at David Yurman.  

   
         
         
5.

Nobis Puffy Jackets for Men & Women 

Down outerwear that gives you warmth without the bulk. These sleek designs take you from the slopes to the city with ease.

Available from Nobis

 
       

         
1.

Michael Bublé Christmas CD
$11-16 

It doesn’t feel like “the season” until you’re listening to a smooth-voiced crooner singing traditional Christmas melodies. 
Like dark chocolate for your ears!

 

  Michael Buble - Christmas
      Chapters-Indigo
Amazon.ca
Amazon.com
Barnes & Nobleicon
       
       
2.

Jonathan Adler Frame

$58-78

This designer’s latest collection in enamel is sleek, curvy, and colourful.

Available at JonathanAdler.com

   
       JonathanAdler.com
       
3. 

Kusmi Tea

Made in Paris for over 140 years, Kusmi Tea has a wide variety of flavours as well as tea accessories. Plus, the packaging is especially cute. Makes a great stocking stuffer too!

Available online at KusmiTea.com. Check out the store locator for independent sellers in your area.   

 
       KusmiTea.com
       
4. 

Thomas Haas Ginger & Chocolate

Good quality chocolate is always a crowd pleaser. (But seriously, who wants to share?) Spice it up with these ginger chocolate treats, or any of Haas’ unique flavour combinations.

In one word: Yum. ThomasHaas.com 

   
       ThomasHaas.com 
       
5.

Frasier Fir candles by Thymes

$30-50

These elegant candles in a variety of festive glass holders bring the sweet smell of the holiday season to any room in your home.

  Frasier Fir Red Glass Candle by Thymes
    Chapters-Indigo
Amazon.ca

Amazon.comBarnes & Nobleicon

     

1. 

Skull Striped Hoodie

$50

Even furry friends get chilly at this time of year. This style will keep your pooch warm without compromising his street cred at the doggy park. For 1-22lb pooches.

Available at BarkingBabies.com 

 
         
         
2. 

Best Bully Sticks

$5-10

Available at most pet stores, these all natural chewy sticks are treats with ulterior motives. Great for teeth cleaning and keeping your sweetie occupied for a little while.
 

   
   Petsmart.ca Amazon.com

BestBullySticks 

         
         
3.

Hudson’s Bay Company 4-Ball Boxed Set

$10

Designed by Harry Barker, 100% natural rubber for 100% dog park fun.

Available at  The Bay (Canada only). 

 
        The Bay
         
4. 

Furhaven Cat Cave

$25

The royal treatment for the king or queen of the jungle– er, home.

Furhaven.com 

  FurHaven Cat Cave Pet Bed - Chocolate/Cream
  Meijer Supercenter Amazon.com
         
5. 

Yeowww! 100% Organic Catnip “Stinkies” Sardine Tin

$12-15 

Stinky to us, golden delicious to our feline friends.  Meow!

   
   NipAndBones Amazon.com
Natural Pet
 
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