There’s less than a week to Christmas and not only is your patience waning, so are your ideas for unique gifts.

Here are eight gift ideas that are useful, will support Canadian retailers and are unique enough to impress even the most discerning person in your life.


Possibly the most stylish, coziest sweatpants on the market, Lazypants are 100 per cent made in Canada. The founder of the company is Toronto’s own Adam Bledin and his designs have been worn by everyone from actor Jeff Daniels to singer Cody Simpson, from supermodel Allesandra Ambrosio to singer and actress Selena Gomez. Best of all, until Dec. 31, Lazypants is giving 10 per cent of all online pants sales to SickKids hospital. Found in the trendiest shops around town, these pants are guaranteed to make everyone feel warm and fuzzy.

Elari bag

Whether they are a parent on the go or a stylish jet setter, an Elari bag is one of the most versatile, fashionable wallets anyone could have. It looks like a makeup bag at first glance, but those who cherish organization will appreciate the spaces for several diapers, wipes, creams and a fold-up change pad. No children in sight? No problem! The compartments will perfectly fit a large selection of toiletries and makeup.

Toronto residents Dawn Brinker and Melissa Kaplan designed several versions of the Elari bag in order to offer both men and women gender neutral options. Whether you like plain, stripes or snakeskin, the Elari collection is conveniently sold in more than a dozen stores across the GTA.


Know someone who is a city slicker and proud neighbourhood dweller? Look no further than the Spacing store. This shop hasn’t been around for too long, opening up on Richmond Street near Spadina Avenue at the end of October. This is the place to go to find gifts for the true blue Torontonian. How about a T-shirt that says “What would Jane Jacobs do?” or laser cut Toronto map coasters made from birch plywood? A guitar pick made from a TTC metro pass and subway magnets are great choices for stocking stuffers.

Peace Collective

A cool gift that supports a great cause and bright future. That’s what you get when you buy any item of clothing from Peace Collective. For every piece sold, Peace Collective, in partnership with World Food Program USA, will provide a child in need a school meal for a month.

Their sweatshirts and T-shirts are urban hip and pay homage to Toronto, with slogans such as “Toronto vs. Everybody” and “Toronto is home.” There are several styles for both men and women.

Arborist toques

These locally designed winter hats from Arborist are warm, soft, retro and very trendy. Not surprisingly, they come in a variety of designs that pay tribute to Canadian heritage. Love hockey? Proud Prairie girl? Parlez-vous Francais? Look no further than Drake General Store for availability.


A gluten-free diet has gained a lot of traction this year as more and more people are looking for healthier alternatives to traditional carbohydrates. The Veggetti is an ideal kitchen tool, turning vegetables like zucchini, carrots and squash into healthy spaghetti. It even comes with a sizing option that allows you to cut thick, flat fettuccini strips. Best of all, this gadget is battery free and dishwasher safe, making it convenient and useful. The Veggetti is sold at Canadian retailer Showcase, which has 20 locations across the GTA.

Tommie Copper gym wear

Exclusive to Showcase, the Tommie Copper fitness line is notable because the material is infused with copper, a metal that is proven to help boost circulation and recovery and helps ease muscle pains. The clothes are lightweight, have anti-odour protection and incorporate wicking technology. Some of the products sold include T-shirts, calf, knee and elbow sleeves, pants and gloves .

Craft beer

You can't go wrong with a good craft beer. Whether you go to the Bellwoods Brewery or the Indie Ale House in the Junction, you will come out with the perfect hostess gift. Both microbreweries feature seasonal beers with catchy names like Blitzen and Hellwoods. The artsy labels are also available on graphic tees, hoodies, posters and beer bags.