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Niche gifts are great when you’re shopping for someone with specific tastes. But if you find yourself scratching your head and stressing over what to buy that certain person, big or small, we’ve come up with a list of gifts that literally everyone will love unwrapping.
Read on to find the best presents that’ll please the masses.
CLASSIC WHITE SNEAKERS
Get these for your son or get these for your mom, it really doesn’t matter. White sneakers are classic wardrobe staples that you can’t go wrong with. The worst that could happen is you get the wrong size, so do the right thing and don’t forget the gift receipt in the box.
Classic leather sneaker, $100 at Reebok
A SPEAKER THAT DOUBLES AS A SHELF
Sleek, functional design? Check. Powerful, rich sound? Check. Sonos quality speakers at Ikea prices? Check. Not only does this speaker sound great (and is compatible with Airplay 2), it can be mounted onto the wall to function as a shelf. Crowd pleasing indeed.
Ikea Symfonisk Bookcase Speaker, $149 at Ikea
This year, Egg Farmers of Canada is partnering with Food Banks Canada to inspire Canadians to give back. To spread awareness, they’re challenging people to share a holiday meal with someone they love, while using the hashtag #RecipesThatGive on social media. To make the meal part a bit easier, they’ve also come up with a few delicious recipes that can easily be gifted in cute little mason jars. Who wouldn’t love receiving a tasty, soon-to-be homemade holiday treat?
Recipes for Giving Back at Food Banks Canada
A TOQUE THAT’LL LAST A LIFETIME
Yes, $70 is a lot to spend on a hat. But what if the hat was so well-made that it came with a lifetime warranty, was machine washable, and was ethically sourced with sustainable and traceable materials? They’d never have to buy a winter hat again. Ever.
A REALLY SLICK SUITCASE
Got some extra cash to splash out on someone really special? This lightweight Away suitcase is The One. It’s sized to fit in most overhead bins, made with a durable polycarbonate shell, has 360° spinner wheels, comes with a TSA-approved combination lock and a hidden laundry bag. But the best part? The ejectable battery that charges your phone. You can even monogram the luggage tag for $15.
The Carry-On, $325 at Away
DO THEY NOT HAVE THESE ALREADY?
If you’re not yet an Apple believer, the AirPods will make it so. These wireless headphones are designed to sit comfortably in your ears, more so than traditional earbuds. They’re perfect for listening to music, podcasts and gaming, sure, but they’re also great for using your hands-free device while on the move and making calls.
Apple AirPods, $219 at Apple
THE OTHER GUYS
Not everyone can plonk down $200+ on a set of wireless earbuds, so why not go for something a little more budget friendly? With a 4.4 star review (and over 3000 ratings), they’re bound to be decent alternatives — or at the very least, good value for your hard earned cash.
Wireless Enacfire Earbuds, $70 at Amazon
A TOOL KIT
Sure, your super handy aunt Irene probably owns a hefty toolbox, complete with cordless power drill. But for the rest of your not-so-handy friends and fam, this sweet little hardware set will probably be beneficial.
Urban Toolkit, $30 in store at Winners
A SWEET COLOURING TABLE CLOTH
Whether you have kids or not, a table cloth that can be coloured on is fun for all ages. Invite anyone between the age of two and 102 over and we guarantee they won’t be able to resist picking up a marker and filling an empty space or two.
World Colouring Tablecloth, $40 at Uncommon Goods
If you’re giftee is on the keto diet, skip this suggestion. Otherwise, gourmet candy is never a bad idea and the folks at Squish have got you covered. Their confectioneries come in fun flavours like like lemonade fizz, prosecco, banana orange, pina colada and more, and there’s even a vegan-friendly option, so no person is left behind.
Vegan Prosecco Bears, $25 at Squish
ATTRACTIVE REUSABLE BAGS
For folks who stink at remembering to bring cloth bags to the grocery store, gift them with a set of attractive and reusable bags. San Francisco-based Baggu has been making reusable nylon bags since 2007, and each one, which can be conveniently carried over the shoulder, can hold two to three plastic grocery bags worth of stuff.
3-pack Baggu reusable bags, $40 at Indigo
THE INSTAGRAM COAT
Whether it’s for your OG dad or your beloved Gen Z/young millennial TikToking cousin, the ’90s The North Face Denali fleece is back with a vengeance. It’s machine washable, water repellent and even more durable than the 1995 original. Classic yellow isn’t their thing? No prob, it comes in 11 different colours.
Retro Denali Jacket, $250 at The North Face
ITS MORE AFFORDABLE BROTHER
Canadian winter is only made worse when underdressed. Your loved ones will stay roasty toasty in a fleece zip-up. It’s not as trendy as its The North Face counterpart, but it’ll do the job of keeping your pals extra warm and cozy under any winter coat.
Fleece Pullover, $20 at Uniqlo
UNIVERSAL BATTERY PACK
Literally everyone could use one of these. Heck, even if the person on your list already has one, an external battery pack is the kind of thing it’s okay to have two of. Kids with Switches need them to ensure endless games of Fortnite and Granddad needs one to keep on top of his Facebook Marketplace searches.
External Battery Pack, $50 at Amazon
A BEAUTIFUL WATER BOTTLE
Not only are these bottles attractive and functional (beverages stay cold for up to 24 hours, hot for up to 12), you’ll help someone cut down on single-use plastic bottles by gifting one.
S’well water bottle, $45 at Indigo
OUTER SPACE POSTER
Giving art isn’t always advised, but if you’re picking something simple that lacks any wild patterns or colours, chances are you’ll choose a crowd pleaser. Our suggestion: a hand-drawn print of the constellations, made in Montreal, because, heck, we all live under these stars.
Sky poster, starting at $40 at Simons
STAR WARS COOKWEAR
Everyone is stoked for the new Star Wars flick, including cookware giant Le Creuset. Last month, they released three limited edition cocottes shaped like tiny droids. Seriously, fun for all ages, and even if you don’t really like cooking.
Star Wars cocottes, from $90 at William-Sonoma