Friday, November 23, 2012

Our Top Gift Picks At The One of a Kind Show Toronto

Yesterday morning I got an early look at this year's One of a Kind Show (OOAK) running NOW through December 2, 2012 inside the Direct Energy Centre located on the grounds of the Exhibition. As is the tradition, it really is a fabulous place to snag an array of stylish, independently Canadian designed gifts that range from fashion to food to fine art.  

Here are my top picks: 
For The Gourmand
SOHOT promises that it's all about the "afterglow" with their sauces. Shop delicious  flavours like Climaxxx, Gingerly Hot and Cilantro Sutra to add a gentle, flavourful heat to your culinary adventures. 
For The Style Maven
In gift giving, so much can go wrong with clothing purchases in terms of selecting the right sizing or style but I really think you'd be hard pressed to find a fashion lover who didn't appreciate a piece from  String Theory. Their eye catching graphic scarves in alpaca or  merino wool blends  include interesting prints that are designed in house. Each one has a story.
For The Spa Lover
'Smell goods' are my favourite gift to receive at the holidays and LoveFresh offers up decadent and deliciously scented lotions, butters, body washes and scrubs that will look chic on your vanity and give you that spaaaah feeling every day.  
For The Cool Guy
Yves Drop offers vintage ties upcylced with silk screened images that range from cute little sparrows to two turn tables and a mic. I now want to wear menswear on the daily. 
For The Kiddies
Continuing on the upcycled trend,  cate & levi offers the cutest puppets and stuffed animals created from gently worn sweaters and tees. 
For The Corporate Creative
Traditional office accessories won't suit your creative exec so the gift of a leather and felt briefcase, tech case or folio from C comme Ça. would be much appreciated. 
For The Home Body
If you've got someone on your list who loves adorning their home, I have a crush on these blanket pillows, silk screened with a nod to the Queen from iDENTITY. So soft and comfy yet fit for royalty, no doubt. Limited edition versions crafted from vintage Hudson's Bay blankets were also spotted. Major #want!
To shop these gifts and more, head over to the One of a Kind Show today through til December 2nd, 2012. The show is open daily 10 AM - 9 PM Monday to Saturday and 10 AM -  6 PM on Sunday with late night shopping until 11 PM on November 29th. Ample parking is available and of course, easy transit access.  --- Tamika Auwai

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Tamika, for this article. Choosing gifts is not one of my strong points so this is really helpful. You'd given me some great ideas that I myself wouldn't have thought of otherwise.