Personal Shopper: Christmas Gifts for Lauren's Canadian Friends

Says Lauren: "I am getting a head start on my Christmas shopping and I need some help! My two best friends are Canadian and love displaying their Canadian pride. I am looking for some cute (possibly quirky) Canadian gifts for them and I would love some help from the lovely Outblush staff!"

Hi, Lauren! Marian the Canadian (no, really) here. I'm hoping that your friends enjoy at least some of the following! We'll get perennial Outblush favorite 1) Purdy's Chocolates out of the way first and point out that a 1-pound assortment in shiny Christmas paper can be yours (er, theirs) for $25. 2) Murchie's teas are an even grander Canadian tradition, and a carton of their beloved afternoon blend is $18 CAD.

When it comes to gifts you can't, or at least shouldn't, eat, you can go all out: this 3) original sculpture (Killerwhale) by Haisla artist Lyle Wilson will cost you $8000 CAD. If your friends would enjoy First Nations art but you weren't thinking of having them enjoy it $8000 much, this 4) plush version of Bill Reid's Haida Bear statue is $50 CAD and quite a bit harder to damage. (If your friends are from Vancouver, ask them if they remember patting that statue on the head or otherwise having quality time with it.)

And lest you think I'm ignoring the parts of Canada further east, they really ought to have some Stan Rogers if they don't already - here's 5) The Very Best of ($27). And maybe a 6) pair of pretty labradorite earrings ($71)?

Is this what you had in mind, Lauren? Let me know!

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Posted on 12.10.10 at 10:41 AM

Are they living in the US?

What about Maple Syrup fudge or cookies? We have cookies that come in maple leaf shapes that are AMAZING.

Mott's Clamato juice for holiday Ceasar drinkies?

Or a Group of Seven print if you're feeling generous?

Roots also has lots of things in their very Canadian-looking plaid - tshirts, throws, etc.


Posted on 12.10.10 at 5:54 PM

The Bay has some beautiful red mittens with the Canadian maple leaf on them! Like the Van 2010 ones but cuter!

pam daley

Posted on 12.10.10 at 7:22 PM

For all things hip AND Canadian: Up To You Toronto!

I love this store!

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