Newsflash: Christmas is in T-3 days.
That’s right, 72 hours ‘til Santa.
Whether it’s a heavy workload or the non-stop rush of holiday parties that have gotten in the way of your holiday shopping, no need to panic.
Worry, maybe. Panic, not yet.
‘Cause we’re here with a collection of the best last-minute local shopping ideas you can still pick up before it’s too late.
Not only will you score great gifts for the ones you love, but you’ll also be supporting our city’s finest young creative entrepreneurs.
Talk about a Christmas miracle.
Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish
This Montreal-based brand offers up a line of toxin-free, cruelty-free, vegan lacquers in practically every shade under the sun – an ideal gift for the polish-obsessed.
From sparkly and matt, to holographic and heat-sensitive hues; if there’s anyone on your list in search of next-level nail colour, Trust Fund Beauty is your best bet.
Not only is the brand’s palette sure to please even the pickiest of mani/pedi lovers, its sassy product names and descriptions take the idea of tongue-in-cheek branding to a whole new level, which will surely bring out a chuckle or two out of even the most straight-shooting gift recipient.
So, if you know of any serial spenders, first degree divas, or ‘rich b****s, consider Trust Fund Beauty your go-to gift source.
Ville Marie Candles
Nothing sets the mood quite like candlelight, and Montreal couple Valerie Darveau and Olivier Charland’s line of handmade organic soy wax candles, Ville Marie, will do just that.
Named after Place Ville Marie, one of our city’s most distinctive buildings, whose rotating beacon lights up the Montreal skyline night after night; this amazing brand was born out of the couple’s love of design, nature, and travel.
Meant to bring together friends, ignite old memories, and evoke feelings of comfort and relaxation, these locally-crafted scented candles will please just about anyone on your list.
String Theory Scarves
If you’re looking to bundle your loved ones up in style this winter, String Theory’s collection of wonderfully woven and knit scarves will keep the people on your gift list both warm and on top of their sartorial game all winter long.
Two birds. One stone.
Designers Lysanne Latulippe and Meghan Price set their sights on producing THE perfect scarf, and should you test-sport one of these babies, you’ll instantly agree that they’ve achieved their goal.
From Peruvian baby alpaca to Italian merino wool and cashmere, String Theory’s top-quality textiles are woven and knit into splendidly unique patterns that can be worn by just about anyone, be it a fashion-forward uncle or a shawl-loving tween.
Know of someone in need of household essentials? Well, we’ve got the perfect solution.
Atelier Make’s handmade porcelain tableware collection expertly fuses both Mediterranean and Scandinavian design to create simplistic – yet striking – objects that are meant to enhance the processes of preparing, sharing, and celebrating meals.
From minimalistic lanterns to porcelain plates, juicers, and mugs, the line’s perfect balance of rustic and contemporary design aesthetic has helped to create a tableware line suitable for any home.
Baltic Club’s collection of maps, stationary, and garlands are great way to spruce up any wall. So if there’s someone on your gift list you’d like to help out in the home decor department this Christmas, Baltic Club’s prints are definitely the local way to go.
Swing by their Etsy shop and you’ll find everything from large cork maps of the world to smaller scale maps of Quebec, Paris, Brooklyn, and Montreal. Their animal-themed stationary and garlands – perfect for invites, cards, and decor – can be used for almost any occasion.
Every item is hand drawn and produced in Baltic Club’s Montreal studio, and you can purchase them on Etsy and at various shops around our city.
Atelier Mÿm Notebooks
This collection of expertly handcrafted notebooks is the brainchild of Maya Assouad, who has taken it upon herself to share her passion for traditional bookbinding with the world.
Made with acid-free fine grain paper and high-quality Italian leathers, and carefully hand sewn and bound by Maya herself, each book wonderfully showcases the glamour of Art Deco bookbinding.
Atelier Mÿm notebooks, which can be purchased at Les Étoffes on boul. St Laurent, are an ideal gift for the note takers, sketch artists, and penmanship enthusiasts on your list.
This local soap company’s mission is to fill bathrooms and kitchens the world over with custom-made natural artisanal soaps.
The line currently boasts 24 different soaps made with ingredients such as Shae, Cocoa, or Mango butter along with other food-based products to help create a soft foamy lather that offers up slew of wonderful health benefits.
For those of you out there who are on the hunt for an ideal stalking stuffer, we think BUTR Savonnerie products are ideal.