With a year of celebrating Canada’s 150th milestone, there are a number of nifty gifts that would make any Canadian beam with pride. Here’s a quick shopping list – and the neat part is that you don’t even have to get out of your comfy couch or battle parking lots to get them. A few clicks is all that it takes to get your holiday shopping done.
Shake up a good cocktail
Whether vodka, gin, rye, rum or whisky is the potion of choice, there are a handful of artisan distilleries with different small batch creations that will can be easily wrapped up with a bow. Take a drive to get the taste of place or, be on the look out for these rare finds at the LCBO:
- Kings Lock Craft Distillery – Prescott klcraftdistillery.ca
- Kinsip House of Fine Spirits – Prince Edward County kinsip.ca (they make a variety of cool cocktail bitters too)
- North of 7 Distillery – Ottawa northof7distillery.ca
- Top Shelf Craft Distillers – Perth topshelfdistillers.com
Add a dash or splash of this neat treat
Move over maple syrup, the grapes are coming! Typically used for icewine, Vidal and Cabernet grapes grown in Niagara are now being crushed to make a unique, one-of-kind Ice Syrup.
Drizzle on pancakes or use as a marinade or add a dash to salad dressings, Ice Syrup has unlimited uses for any cook. You can even add a splash to a sparkling wine to make a truly Canadian Kir Royale.
$20 each at www.icesyrup.com or fine grocers.
Go crazy for Canadian craft beer
Back by popular demand, the one-of-a-kind Hoppy Holiday Advent Calendar will make any beer fan smile from ear to ear. This is the grown-up version of an advent calendar when we were kids.
Rather than filled with chocolates or toys, there are 24 hard-to-find craft beers from every corner of Ontario to create a unique assortment spanning the full gamut of styles of beer.
Check out savvycompany.ca/advent for price & to order.
Serve Canadian Cheese – please!
Vanessa Simmons has been called Canada’s famous Cheese Sommelier because she is knows how to put together a cheese board that will WOW. She has made it super easy for you this holiday season by hand-picking an assortment of artisan cheeses – from across Canada – for you to give as a gift or serve at a holiday party.
Simply order her Savvy Cool Curds Holiday Pack and Vanessa will send you 5 ready-to-eat cheeses in wedges and rounds that are not available at grocery stores.
$55 plus delivery anywhere in Canada www.savvycoolcurds.ca
Everyone will love this book!
This coffee table book is 178 pages with the best photos, essays & stories from across Canada during our big birthday year including many memories of the Ottawa 2017 celebrations. Each page defines what it means to be Canadian.
A perfect gift for proud Canadians or to have on hand when visitors come to town.
$50 available online only – click here >>
This article written by Debbie Trenholm appeared in the November-December issue of Ottawa Life Magazine