What do you get the person who has everything? Something totally unique! It’s the ultimate shopping challenge, and we’re about to make it a whole lot easier.
Everything you’ll find in the CBC Arts gift guide was inspired by the stories we’ve covered this year. From stocking stuffers to super-luxe treats, most of these items were designed by Canadian artists. Some were even made by hand — the very definition of one of a kind. Save yourself a trip to the mall, and fire up a few browser tabs. It’s time to go shopping.
Things to wear
Keith Haring “Breakers” Bath Robe – Shop AGO, $178
Art is for everybody — and the same could be said for comfort. This plush cotton robe is a souvenir of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Keith Haring exhibition.
Geri Kramer designed last month’s CBC Arts logo, and if you want a piece of her artwork, you could always get a tattoo. This gift idea, however, is definitely the tamer option — appropriate for all ages and levels of commitment. Baggins Shoes is located in downtown Victoria, mere blocks from Kramer’s shop, Tattoo Zoo. And the store sells these illustrated Converse low tops made to order.
Sss-speaking of sss-snakes … a patch by CBC Arts logo designer Patricia Larocque (a.k.a. Ffembroidery) would add some quirky and luxe flair to just about anything. These li’l guys are hand-stitched by the Saskatchewan-raised artist herself, but for a more cheap and cheerful option, she also sells machine-embroidered badges individually and by the pack. Shopping for your BFF? Throw it back to the days of slumber parties and cootie catchers with this shareable “Besties” pack (€5).
CBC Arts logo designer Sloan Brown runs two of her own art businesses: Rookie Signs and Drake Cereal. The latter shop is where we found this particular cotton throw — a slam dunk for any fan of basketball and/or hibernation.
Revive Minis Kangaroo Chair – Etsy, $55 It’s the MCM score of their dreams … but small enough to stuff in a Christmas stocking. Briar Nielsen, one of the competitors on CBC’s Best in Miniature, sells tiny handmade replicas of designer furniture through her brand, Revive Minis.
Things to make and do
Dollhouse Miniature bed DIY Kit – Minterior, from $20
Or maybe you know someone who’d prefer to make their own tiny furniture! Another star of Best in Miniature, Gabbi Whiteley, sells DIY kits like this one. Her brand, Minterior, specializes in sleek and unique dollhouse accessories for kids.
On second thought, just keep being a sloth and dream of the healthy new habits you swear that you’ll start next year. Stand-up paddleboarding sounds like it could be fun, right? When the warm weather hits, you’ll be ready to hit the water on this artist-designed board by Montreal’s Dalkhafine.