We appreciate that the holiday season can be hectic, and that thoughtful gifting can be rather time consuming. In the spirit of shopping small and supporting local, we've put together a list of our favourite indulgences from independent brands and boutiques we love. Pull anything or everything from this list, and the guy in your life will be sure to thank you.
Keep your dapper man warm in The Dylan Shirt from 18 Waits. Dress it up or down, this button up shirt is highly versatile and perfect for a range of holiday festivities. Slim fitting, expertly tailored, and made in Canada. 18 Waits, $173.
We tend to live day-to-day in the same one or two pairs of jeans. Introducing the perfect denim into your wardrobe means being able to easily transition from day to night, and casual to dressy, with one pair. Neuw's Iggy Skinny in Raw Indigo Stretch are those jeans for us. Insanely comfortable and suitable for all occasions, this Australian brand has our attention. Available at Dutil -- without a doubt, our preferred denim shopping experience in Toronto (also available in Vancouver and Calgary). Expert advice, great selection and free on-site alterations. Dutil, $150.
We're all about well-crafted basics, and Canadian cult favourite wings + horns leads the pack in this department. This coveted Merino Half-Zip is on our list of must-haves for this season. For us, their collection is the definition of elevated essentials for your capsule wardrobe. wings+horns, $205.
No one appreciates a winter getaway more than Canadians, and most of our friends south of the border for that matter. Get ready to break out of the cold and into the sun with the Eric Trunk or Joshua Brief. Designed in Canada and hand-crafted in Europe, these swimsuits are fit to be your most trusted vacation companion. The Eric Trunk in Rust Bamboo is a personal favourite, but our biased opinion is that they're all pretty great. Copper Bottom Swim, $90-155.
Little has garnered more attention in the last year than beautifully-crafted white leather sneakers. Understated and classic, KOIO's Capri Triple White sneakers are at the top of our list. Handmade in Italy from full-grain calf leather, these are the ultimate in wardrobe essentials. KOIO, $248.
A great gift for the active adventurer, we recommend these Merino Wool Boxer Briefs from Toronto-based brand Unbound Merino. We love these briefs for their moisture-wicking, antibacterial and odour resistant properties, but they're also designed with comfort and durability in mind. Unbound Merino, $40.
For our sophisticated weekend warriors, the Weekender Bag from Monte + Coe is a gorgeous gift he'll treasure. Designed and handcrafted in Toronto from premium Italian wool and brass hardware, this luxurious duffel is the perfect compliment on your short-haul flight out of the snow -- we're thinking sunny Palm Springs. Want the full suite? Pair this Weekender with their Passport Holder and Dopp Kit. Monte + Coe, $450.
We love a good cocktail, but nothing warms our insides quite like the Maple Whisky from Kinsip, sipped straight. Small batch and handcrafted, this whisky is finished in barrels used to age maple syrup. Available at the distillery in Prince Edward County alongside the complete range of their spirits, or at the LCBO. Kinsip, $25.
An excellent complement to Kinsip whisky, this Leather Roll-Up Bartender's Kit is a thoughtful gift for the cocktail junkie in your life. Available for purchase with tools for someone newly setting up, or without for your more established mixologist. Cocktail Emporium, $105.
Treat your man to a new glow, because medi-spa treatments aren't just for women. We're big fans of the facial treatments at North Medical Spa in Toronto. Book him in for a chemical peel or HydraFacial, or grab a gift certificate and let him choose. Their service is exceptional and free consultation helps ensure you get the best treatment for your needs. North Medical Spa, prices available upon request.