One of Toronto’s largest artisan shows is back in the city, and it could not have better timing! The One of a Kind Show comes twice a year, but we’re partial to the winter show. Perfect for holiday shopping and a great local alternative to the Black Friday/Cyber Monday frenzy, it’s definitely one of the best holiday markets in the city. But with so many vendors to shop, it can also be overwhelming. We’ve selected the top gifts available at the show (running until Dec. 4) for you to narrow down your search — naughty or nice, there’s something for everyone!
For the crafty kid
The holidays are the best time to get your craft on, and The Make Station has the perfect gift for that. Packaged into perfect little kits for kids (or your inner child), choose from penguins, pigs, koalas, dogs and more creatures to make, or even opt for the DIY-ornament route ($20) that they have on offer, new at the One of a Kind Show.
For the creative dresser
Mudanca has been at the show all week with some very creative knit fashion items, including hats, sweaters, cardigans, tote bags and more. Opt for this truly one of a kind (there’s only one!) patchwork pullover ($150) for the person who likes to take risks with their fashion choices.
For the home-obsessed
Quebec-based Le Point Visible makes stunning quilted designs, from full quilts to hanging ones to add to your art collection. The brand also makes cozy and cute quilted cushions — buy your own ($130), or purchase this perfect DIY kit ($75) to try your hand at quilting.
For your bestie
Sure, period care might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re brainstorming gift ideas. But Somedays has come up with some pretty innovative pain relief options, including a flaxseed heating pad, cream for cramps and more that your best friend with unbearable period pain will certainly appreciate. Gift the better period kit ($119) and get ready for the thank yous to roll in.
For the local lover
Have a parent who loves to rep Toronto? A partner who is obsessed with their neighbourhood? Home & Away has crafted these nifty neighbourhoood necklaces, bracelets, rings and even cufflinks just for them. Grab a necklace that is more region-specific (Rosedale, Annex) or go for the general Toronto one ($78). The brand also offers pendants for other Ontario and Canadian cities in case your loved ones aren’t from Toronto.
For the amateur chemist
OK, kits are a bit of a trend this season. But for good reason! Giving the gift of a personalized, DIY creation is as creative as it gets — especially when it comes to self care. Make This Universe specializes in DIY skincare kits so that your gift recipient can personalize their skincare to what their skin needs. Try the clay face mask kit ($42), which offers a version for oily, sensitive or dry skin types if needed.
For the beginner puzzler
Puzzles are not for the faint of heart! But if you know someone who is a puzzle lover or who is just starting out, I’ll Know It When I See It has the coolest dim sum puzzle ($34) for the foodie who likes to keep their hands busy! If dim sum is not their thing, the brand also offers a sushi puzzle and a mahjong puzzle. And throw in a few funky magnet and stickers from the company while you’re at it, some inspired by the owners’ Chinese Canadian experience.
For the music collector
Upcycling It is the place to go for people in your life who are big on music memorabilia. Their resin serving trays ($70), made out of old classic records, are especially cool and will dazzle any musical guests.
For the gardener
Ever heard of a seed bomb? Created with the goal of allowing wildflowers to grow with little effort, Radical Roots offers seed bombs that are meant to support the soil conditions of your garden, provide food and shelter for small animals and help butterflies, birds and bees thrive. This eco warrior wildflower bomb ($16) includes 15 different wildflower species to make your garden a colourful haven for the surrounding environment.
For the cocktail aficionado
From cocktails to mocktails, these Split Tree cocktail mix sets are perfect for the hostess with the mostest. They’re so popular that they’re sold out online, so the One of a Kind Show offers exclusive access these sets! Try the gin set ($48), with blackberry blackcurrant, rhubarb elderflower, tonic and sour mix options.