We asked nine super-stylish Torontonians to share what is on their gift lists this holiday season. From evocative artwork to jewellery from local designers, here are their picks.
Chloe Wilde: A bit of a tease
“I love everything from Canadian lingerie designer Mary Young. She’s a girl boss who has an eye for women’s lingerie that’s fashionable and comfortable with a hint of edge. Naughty or nice, the Dawn set in black should be on every girl’s list. For the home, I’m into Saje’s silver AromaGem diffuser. It looks like a gemstone that’s oh so pretty. Combined with the Happiness diffuser blend collection, you’ll be smiling ear to ear every time you fire that baby up!” Chloe Wilde is a reporter for E! Canada and CTV’s etalk and pens The Wilde Files, her personal blog.
Stephen Wong & Kirk Pickersgill (lead photo): Keeping it personal
Wong: “Without a doubt, beauty products are great for giving (and receiving) as they rely less on individual taste and more on experience! Moroccanoil pure argan oil is a personal favourite.”
Pickersgill: “I’ve always wished Christmas took place in the summer, because the overcrowded social calendar does not mix well with the impending deep freeze. A spa trip is key. I visited Lac + Beauty recently, and the facial was so exceptional that I actually fell asleep.”
Stephen Wong & Kirk Pickersgill are the designers behind noted Canadian label Greta Constantine.
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Anjli Patel: Coolgirl accessories
“I always buy Canadian and gift something I would use myself. This season, that something is this grey and gold Mini Issa cross-body bag by Opelle. I discovered Opelle earlier this year at Toronto Fashion Week. I bought a Mini Issa from that capsule collection and have been using it all season. I would also love to receive both the Thistle ring and choker from Beaufille’s spring 2017 collection — surrealism at its best. Hopefully my husband is reading this!” Anjli Patel is a fashion lawyer who rather enjoys picking lint off her husband, Parambir.
Amanda Lee Shirreffs: Inspiring creativity
“I’ve always been the type to jot down a few luxe items on my Christmas list. Sure, I may still be waiting on a pair of Eaton’s heeled clogs from ’96, but sometimes Santa gets backlogged. The top of my festive list is a print from the great artist Shae DeTar. Her work is an inspiration. I really love to shoot memorable moments — Instax Mini film is the best! Lastly, I want a gorgeous rare 1930s wide-sleeve gown from Shrimpton Couture. Who doesn’t want a dress made entirely of woven ribbon?” Amanda Lee Shirreffs is a stylist who has worked for Vogue Italia and has a passion for all things ’70s.
Alexander Liang: Shop the Market
“The Toronto Designers Market in Parkdale is a great spot to find gifts this Christmas. It’s a space for emerging designers to showcase their goods, and they carry everything from Christmas cards to jewellery (which my girlfriend loves) to home decor accents. I love all kinds of fashion accessories, so that’s an easy go-to for me. They’ve got it all. I’ve also got my heart set on all things Gucci! I’ve been obsessed with everything the brand has been doing this season, so naturally, they’ve got a top spot on my wish list.” Alexander Liang is a style and travel blogger and father to his miniature schnoodle, Sofia.
Liz Trinnear: Running with Jewels
“This year I would give the fashionista in my life — and likely myself, let’s be honest — pieces from Canadian jewellery designer Jenny Bird. Not only are they on trend and unique, but they are timeless pieces that one will own for years to come. I’ve been a Bird girl since the beginning, and this holiday I will be converting more of the women in my life into the Bird world.” Liz Trinnear is an etalk reporter and Much host who recently interviewed Mariah Carey twice.
Adrien Reynolds: All the Local love
“My dream gift to receive would be Canadian made. The thought of my loved ones supporting local designers makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. If I were so lucky, my heart would swell with joy to unwrap a Horses Atelier jumpsuit or Biko earrings. A girl can dream! I also love a good treasure hunt, so a gift card to my beloved consignment-slash-vintage store, Common Sort, would suit me just fine.” Adrien Reynolds does fashion PR for Faulhaber Communications and is forever sharpening her peculiar sense of humour.
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Derrick Adams: Luxury and leisure
“I think Christmas should feel magical, and the gifts we give should spark that feeling in our friends and family. I’d love an azure blue double-breasted cashmere pea coat and a pair of Tom Ford Austin Double Monk Strap shoes in smoky grey. The height of luxury and style! The ultimate gift I could give to my family would be a jet-setting trip to Africa.” Derrick Adams owns footwear haven Studio D Shoes and is always dressed to the nines.