The Upgrade 2021: 25 Gifts for Those in Pursuit of Better
When it comes to gifting, we’ve always believed that the search for quality should supersede the desire for quantity. This year in particular has shown us just how much expertise should be celebrated, how important craftsmanship is, and that we all deserve to experience excellence. From the latest tech releases to quality capsules sure to revitalize a winter wardrobe, find the perfect gift or a well-earned treat for yourself in this season’s gift guide—no matter the time of the year.
LOUIS XIII Cognac
For the spirits collector who has everything, each bottle of LOUIS XIII cognac is fit for a king. This specific brandy is blended from 1,200 different cognacs (or eaux de vie) that are aged up to 100 years. Ahead of a century and a nod to its origins in 1874, the precious eaux-de-vie are slowly aged in traditional French oak casks from a Cellar Master, also known as a maître de chai. Notably, every eau-de-vie hails from Grand Champagne—the premier cru of the Cognac region—for a distinguishable, peerless taste and aroma profile.
Housed in a Baccarat-studded decanter, LOUIS XIII’s concept and design has an equally impressive and historic story. Founder Paul-Émile Rémy Martin happened upon a metal flask originally uncovered from the site of the Battle of Jarnac in 1569, inspiring its distinct design, which features a 20-carat gold neck and ten spikes on each side of the bottle. (cont’d…)
LOUIS XIII Cognac
(cont’d…) Tasting is an experience, itself. Extract the liquid gold drop by drop via your spear or pipette and let the cognac rest. From there, breathe in its complex aromas from near and afar and then place a drop on your lips. The LOUIS XIII cognac is meant to be savoured and enjoyed one sip at a time, making this a ritualistic moment.
Adding to its rarity and customization, each decanter is individually numbered. If you wish, you can engrave it with your or your giftee’s initials. From there, you’ll find a chip integrated into its cork stopper, which enables you to access the LOUIS XIII Society, a private club for members to enjoy exclusive experiences and personalized services. This is the gift of ultimate luxury and elevated style. – NT
HUAWEI WATCH 3 Pro
Smartwatch fans will have another reason to add to their wishlist with HUAWEI’s most advanced version yet: its WATCH 3 Pro series. This wearable—with extra-fast charging capabilities and a five-day long battery life in smart mode (and 21 days in ultra-long batter life mode)—adapts to your lifestyle in an exquisite design that’s as stylish as it is practical. Its rotating crown lets users zoom in and out of images and slide across menu options accurately, and its precise feedback of instant vibrations is a first for this series. Choose from over 30 dynamic watch faces from informative to entertaining. It even displays the moon phases in real-time!
HUAWEI WATCH 3 Pro
Its fitness tracker is one of its defining features and provides over 100 indoor and outdoor workout modes, which you can customize for the activities you frequently use. New health features even have skin temperature detection in case of a fever, heart-rate, and sleep monitoring. For the smartwatch aficionado who is focused on health and wellness, and likes a fashionable accessory, it’s a good time for an updated gift. – NT
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame x Yayoi Kusama
One of the most decorative and artful collaborations of the year comes in the form of champagne house Veuve Clicquot’s partnership with iconic Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. In 2006, Kusama played with her famous polka dots by revivifying the original portrait of Madame Clicquot for a charity auction in Tokyo. Now, the dialogue between the two women continues with a collaboration that celebrates their passion for elegant design and exceptional taste. (cont’d…)
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame x Yayoi Kusama
(cont’d…) As for the wine itself, Madame Clicquot believed that Pinot Noir had the broadest range of expression, with La Grande Dame acting as the perfect showcase of such excellence. On the bottle, Kusama uses opulent floral designs to symbolize vital energy, love, and the celebration of life. The polka dots—Kusama’s signature patterns—are reworked like champagne bubbles to make this particular La Grande Dame 2012 bottle a beautifully unique gift to add to your loved ones’ top shelf. – DS
Xbox by Gucci
Xbox received one of the best gifts of the year for the console’s 20th birthday when it partnered with luxury brand Gucci this fall and produced an extravagant limited-edition console with a matching case. Recently, high-fashion has formed an unexpected marriage with the gaming community, a combination that would have seemed entirely impossible years ago. But today, players can dress their Fortnite characters in Balenciaga and their Animal Crossing avatars in Valentino.
Now, Alessandro Michele’s house may have provided gamers with the most spectacular partnership yet. Producing a limited-edition Gucci Xbox Series X console, laser-embossed with the iconic GG monogram motif and decorated with red and blue stripes inspired by the Gucci House Web, the console is the perfect gift for the ultimate gaming enthusiast. The collection also features a number of subtle nods to gaming culture, with the iconic GG motif re-appropriated in a shout-out to gamer parlance, where the acronym stands “Good Game.” These subtle touches from Gucci elevate the device into something bridging the gap between art and technology. – DS
Looking for an at-home workout without the bulky equipment or awkward tech glitches from your laptop livestream? Lululemon has revolutionized a new fitness program that looks right at you from a mirror. Using only two feet of space on your wall, not only can you see your friends during your workouts via the 5 megapixel camera, you can also get live feedback from instructors, replicating the personal training experience. Classes range from over 50 categories (from bootcamp and four-week challenges to family fun programs) and you can visit its library to curate your own experience. The variety of workouts plus slick design and community make this the perfect gift for anyone trying to incorporate a fitness routine into their homes without sacrificing style and space. – NT
Hamilton American Classic PSR Digital Quartz Watch
For the wristwatch enthusiast who loves nostalgia, Hamilton has recreated its revolutionary Pulsar, just in time for its 50th anniversary. The new watch, called the Hamilton PSR, showcases a hybrid display and stainless steel case bringing this game-changing invention back to the future. The original watch, which was the first digital electronic wristwatch in 1970, has been worn by forward thinkers like Elton John and Keith Richards. You may know the watch from its cinematic debut in the James Bond film Live and Let Die. (Hamilton is also known as the Movie Brand and is a favourite with Hollywood production designers.)
The original and recognizable LED-display of the Pulsar has been upgraded to a hybrid display that’s readable during daylight hours and its push button activates an OLED display that is a replica of the pop of red on its clock. For more modern conveniences, the watch has anti reflective-coated sapphire crystal and a 100m water-resistance rating. Blending in its American spirit and Swiss precision, this watch gives a fun nod to its “solid state wrist computer”, and is a charming story of a watch that changed the way we told time. – NT
Moncler Maya Hooded Down Puffer Jacket
In 1952, entrepreneurs René Ramillon and Andrè Vincent pioneered the first down jacket when they started their outerwear brand with the goal of protecting workers from the harshest of climates. An abbreviation of a small mountain village located in Grenoble called Monestier-de-Clermont, today Moncler is known as the ultimate purveyors of winter style and performance. Inspired by their iconic collections from the 80s, the Maya jacket is a modern take on a classic silhouette that integrates their cumulative knowledge and legacy as winter experts. That means: a lightweight and down-filled jacket cut from the brand’s iconic shiny nylon for warmth, a detachable drawstring hood for convenience, and an adjustable drawstring waistband and snap button cuffs to keep things secure. Combined, it’s a parka that means business but also doesn’t take itself too seriously—a stylish option that you can have fun with and rely on during the winter months. Available at Harry Rosen
Thermador Built-In Coffee Machine
Whether a coffee machine was a pandemic purchase or we all made more of an effort supporting our local cafes, the daily routine and ceremony of the celebrated bean has taken on more importance in the past two years. Now it’s time for an upgrade with Thermador’s sleek built-in coffee machine, which enables you to order a barista-perfected cup from your bed with the touch of a button and store up to eight personalized beverages by name. It’s perfect for large households or when you’re hosting over the holidays for your guests to have their own special order. (cont’d…)
Thermador Built-In Coffee Machine
(cont’d…) The WiFi connection through its system, Home Connect, enables this smart-enabled machine to remote start and customize your order down to the ounce, and discover new concoctions in the app through your phone or tablet. Whether it’s a single cup or a latte, you can use the Automatic Double Shot to deliver an additional shot of espresso for that extra boost to survive long winter mornings. Its built-in Ceramic Disk Grinding System enables you to enjoy freshly ground coffee for a smooth and consistent texture and flavour every time without the noise. Want tea? It makes that, too. Moreso, you can automatically clean the machine with an automatic rinse program for each cup.
The versatile design and brushed stainless steel finish will delight Marie Kondo enthusiasts with its minimalist aesthetic. Not only is it a conversation piece and statement feature in your kitchen, it’s also fun to show your selection, including size and temperature control, on a full colour LCD display. Separate containers for beans, milk, ground coffee, and accessories makes this as practical as it is stylish. – NT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust
Glamour, style, performance, elegance—all words synonymous with the Rolex Lady-Datejust. Released in 1957 at a time where women were blazing new trails across various industries (think: Audrey Hepburn, Sylvia Earle, Adèle Simpson, and Françoise Sagan), the now iconic timepiece was unveiled as the heir to the Rolex Datejust, inheriting its timeless appeal in a smaller size and breaking technical ground at the time with its case size. Today, the legacy and spirit of the Lady-Datejust endures, adopted by women who are pioneering their own paths through the world. While many iterations of the Lady-Datejust exist across bezel, dial, and more, the features that remain consistent throughout include superlative chronometer certification, a power reserve of 55 hours, COSC-certified self-winding mechanical movement, high-performance Paraflex shock absorbers, scratchproof sapphire crystal with a Cyclops lens, and a 28 mmm Oyster case that is waterproof up to a depth of 330 feet. Combined, these features make up for a high-performance timepiece that is instantly recognizable for its signature design as it is for its trusted reputation.
Few companies have mastered the art of intricate, time-honoured craftsmanship quite like British automobile manufacturer, Rolls-Royce, which is what makes its Cellarette such a special release. The newest addition to a historic line of collectibles, the whiskey and cigar chest is fit with an array of accoutrements designed to perfect any soiree. The leather lined, black anodised aluminium bottle holder and the intricately detailed cigar cutter and lighter adds a remarkable attention to detail that will both surprise and delight guests.
The ideal centerpiece to a night of entertaining, the bespoke whiskey and cigar holder has a polished aluminum chassis covered in Havana leather and comes with an Obsidian Ayous open-pore veneer serving tray that reflects Rolls-Royce’s legacy of producing exceptional accessories. Inside, a set of hand-blown lowball glasses with the “RR” monogram elaborately reveal themselves by rotating outward as the mechanical operation mimics the opening of coach doors on Rolls-Royce models. Available through Rolls-Royce dealerships, the Cellarette is the perfect gift for those who appreciate entertaining with a flair for luxury. – DS
Highland Park Cask Strength Release No. 2
For the whisky enthusiast who enjoys spirits in their purest form, Highland Park Cask Strength Release No. 2 offers just that: whisky straight from the cask, with no water added after maturation. The result? A robust and intense flavour with a greater depth of finish brought together by a number of single casks. The beauty of a cask strength single malt is its full flavour, which can be customized to suit the taste and strength preference of the whisky lover who is enjoying it by adding ice or a drop of water.
What’s the difference between Cask Strength Release No. 1 and No. 2 you ask? Each batch in the annual cask strength series shares the same underlying character but the resulting flavours are different based on the cask make-up the liquid is pulled from. The second release has been matured predominantly in Sherry-seasoned European and American oak casks and a few select ex-Bourbon casks. Its flavour profile can be described as a “smoky peppered praline,” with flavours of pear and almond cake, toasted oak, liquorice, cracked black pepper, and aromatic peat.
This natural deep golden libation is the perfect accompaniment year-round, housed in an ornate glass bottle that looks as pretty on the shelf as it does in hand.
Highland Park Cask Strength Release No. 2 is available in limited quantities just in time for the holidays and can be purchased at select retailers across Canada for an RSP of $139.95. – NT
Highland Park 15 Year Old Viking Heart
Behold, the Highland Park 15 Years Old Viking Heart, one of the world’s most respected single malt whiskies on the market.
With a light golden and bright appearance, Highland Park 15 Years’ flavour profile is a combination of holiday scents and comforting desserts. On the nose, aromas of crème brûlée, heather honey, and crumbled cinnamon are at the forefront, while the palate delivers fresh pineapple and lemon zest with hints of freshly-baked sponge cake and toasted shards of cinnamon. The expression finishes with lingering notes of citrus and vanilla with waves of peat smoke.
This nuanced and intensely balanced whisky is a result of the five keystones of production that are inherent to the Highland Park Distillery. As one of the last remaining distilleries in Scotland to carry out the long-standing tradition of hand-turned florr maltings, Highland Park’s smoky notes come from burning local peat to dry its malted barley, only seven miles from the distillery in Orkney. Both European and American Sherry-seasoned oak casks are used to deliver a mix of warm, spicy notes and a balance of sweet vanilla. To top it all off, the cool Northern climate results in the whisky aging slowly and evenly. Master Whisky Maker, Gordon Motion, combines the malts, which are then returned into casks to harmonize.
Perfect for gifting and collecting, the sophisticated design of Highland Park’s first ceramic bottle, created by renowned UK ceramic specialists, Wade is sure to please. Inspired by Scottish heritage of old earthenware vessels found in Orkney, this version is 100 percent recyclable. Its intricate illustration is embossed with the lion and serpent design that appears on many of Highland Park’s glass bottles making it the perfect addition to anyone’s bar cart.
The wild harmony created from Highland Park’s intricate techniques creates a depth of flavour in a sentimental bottle that is worthy of the craft whisky experience.
Want to enjoy a dram of Highland Park 15 Years Old Viking Heart over the holidays? This limited-release can be found at select retailers across Canada for an RSP of $149.95.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G’s foldable phone (that also doubles as a tablet) is a thoughtful gift for Android fans who travel frequently yet want to save space. Its latest iteration is its best featuring a 7.6-inch display and for the first time, bringing the fan-favourite S Pen experience to a foldable smartphone. With 4 megapixel Under display camera technology, users can enjoy uninterrupted viewing experiences and stay fully engaged in their favourite content, powering productivity and creativity.
The Z Fold3 includes a rear triple 12 megapixel camera, featuring a ultra-wide, wide angle, and a telephoto lens as well as a 10 megapixel cover camera for all of your photography needs. Its Armor aluminum and IPX8 certification makes the Z Fold3 the world’s first foldable phone that is water resistant. Translation? It can be submerged in up to 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes. You can even transfer your Whatsapp chats from iPhone now that it has the feature. This phone is truly a multi-tasking powerhouse for tech savvy and a buzz-worthy present. – NT
TAG Heuer Monaco Heuer Watch
Since 1860, Swiss watch company TAG Heuer has stayed committed to its vision of being a leader in precision technology and bold, avant-garde style. Creating timepieces likened to high-performance racecars, the brand has always aligned itself closely to the world of sports due to its parallels in innovation, design, and tenacity. Take the TAG Heuer Monaco collection, for example.
Instantly recognizable for its unique, square-faced design, the Monaco was a favourite of rebel style and cinematic icon Steve McQueen while he was filming his movie, Le Mans. Today, the Monaco adds a vintage charm to any wrist with its sporty aesthetic, complete with 39mm brushed steel case, blue Alligator strap, sunray brushed dial, and red central and subdial hands. You don’t have to be a racecar driver to be able to appreciate this boundary pushing watch.
Chanel AirPods Case
Is it a belt? Is it a necklace? Or is it a bag? Ultimately, who really cares, it’s gorgeous. These days, every luxury brand seems to be churning out tech accessories to further integrate themselves into the lives of their customers and make a quick buck—often via underwhelming execution. But such is not the case with Chanel’s AirPod case belt bag from the brand’s 2021 Cruise collection. At $2,550, the case costs more than the AirPods they’re meant to protect, but that’s besides the point, isn’t it? The fact that it’s a vessel for your tech is merely the cherry on top to an accessory that is already indulgent on its own. Made of goatskin leather, the belt is accented by gold- and silver-tone rivets along with an interwoven leather chain, while the case itself is presented in a pillowy quilted leather with the brand’s signature CC motif.
Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra Bracelet
In 1968, world-renowned jewelry brand Van Cleef & Arpels crafted what would soon become one of the brand’s most recognizable designs—the Alhambra collection. Inspired by the four-leaf clover and signifying luck, the collection utilizes the expertise of the Maison by harnessing the skills of its lapidaries, jewelers, stone-setters, and polishers for each piece to come together. From mother-of-pearl to lapis lazuli to malachite, the Alhambra collection has mastered the art of reinvention throughout the decades by utilizing a spectrum of different materials, colours, and symbols. This iteration features a yellow gold bracelet with five clover motifs—three made of malachite and two emblazoned with 24 diamonds. Simultaneously charming and elegant, the bracelet can just as easily be worn as an accent piece on a night out as it can on a dinner date with friends.
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Collection
For the refined watch lover, the Parmigiani Fleurier watch is a timeless pursuit and without fail, the pièce de résistance for the one who has everything. Launched on the Maison’s 25th anniversary, its Tonda PF collection is guided under the new leadership of Guido Terreni, who brings sartorial allure and contemporary luxury built upon Michael Parmigiani’s heritage brand, skill, and knowledge. Parmigiani Fleurier is one of the only manufacturers in the world with complete control over its production and comprises nearly 350 employees to produce highly technical cases and microcomponents.
The latest Tonda PF collection is centred around a delicate high-end timepiece, taking an elevated elegance and craftsmanship into a new, sportier direction of luxurious daily wear. Its new signature is all about the details: the new placement of the PF logo appearing at 12 o’clock, dressed in a vertical, oval, double-edged appliqué; the indices of each timepiece set across two levels of the dial; and the Grain d’Orge guilloché dial pattern reinforcing its refinement. (cont’d…)
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Collection
The collection includes three models: the Tonda PF Micro-Rotor, a slim, pared-down, high-end two-hander with platinum micro-rotor; the Tonda PF Annual Calendar with retrograde date; and its crown jewel, the Tonda PF Chronograph featuring an almost flush dial and an integrated high frequency chronograph movement. All three models are available in steel with platinum hand-knurled bezel or entirely crafted in 18ct rose gold. The maison is also featuring a limited edition: the Tonda PF Split Seconds Chronograph. To commemorate the 25th anniversary, the watch features a dial, case, and bracelet made of platinum 950, whose high frequency, openworked, split second chronograph movement is built out of solid gold.
Like a tailored suit, the bracelet is flexible and its link size enables the perfect fit for the wearer. This is the ultimate in discreet luxury for the cultured sartorialist. – NT
Louis Vuitton Horizon Light Up Speaker
Largely inspired by the label’s iconic Toupie handbag, the new Louis Vuitton Horizon Light Up Speaker seeks to reinvent the world of portable audio. At home, the speaker acts as an art object in metal, black perforated and embossed leather, and adorned with the House’s emblematic signatures. But in use, the product comes to life in a colorful light show that synchronizes to the beat, with a digital interpretation of the iconic Monogram Flower. With its wireless connectivity and high-quality 360-degree sound, Louis Vuitton’s Horizon Light Up Speaker is a stylish and inconspicuous travel companion, perfectly in tune with the French fashion house’s spirit of travel.
Sitting elegantly between being an exceptionally well-crafted gadget and a piece of high-fashion, this gadget is the ideal gift for those with a penchant for extravagant accessories. According to Louis Vuitton, the idea is that the Horizon speaker will serve as an artistic centerpiece of your living room or outfit, a unique blend of fashion and technology. But in creating such a unique design, the label has also managed to produce an extremely high-quality speaker. Featuring a three-inch subwoofer, two 0.75-inch tweeters, three microphones for voice calls, up to 15 hours of playback off a charge, a charging dock, and both Bluetooth 5.1 and AirPlay 2 for wireless audio, the speaker delivers everything you’d want in your listening experience while providing unmatched luxury design. – DS
Tiffany & Co. Table Tennis Paddles
Few brands in the world release items with the same level of elegance and whimsy as Tiffany & Co.’s Everyday Objects collection, with these table tennis paddles epitomizing such charm. The release of these special edition items follows a trend of luxury houses foraying into new pillars, from lifestyle, to homewares, to design, but the playfulness and tasteful design on the paddles helps set them apart from other alternative luxury items. The perfect gift for ping-pong fanatics who appreciate the finer things in life, these paddles provide a vogueish way to improve one’s game with a touch of luxury.
Produced from leather and reclaimed American walnut with sterling silver plaques, the paddles have been elevated from their traditional style into a stunning alternative. Along with the paddles are three logo-bearing white ping pong balls that are packaged in the brand’s iconic boxes. Black on one side, iconic Tiffany blue on the other, the set helps add a fun decorative element to any room and will act as a conversation starter for years to come. – DS
Radford Tint Moisturizer
Victoria Radford, founder of eponymous Canadian skincare brand Radford, built her business on the premise that clean beauty is about finding the best ingredient for the best outcome. Using an array of natural ingredients, transparency remains at the forefront of the brand, which is why consumers have fallen in love with Radford’s products, namely its daily skin perfector, Tint.
The perfect gift for literally anyone on your list who appreciates self-care, this best-selling oil-free tinted moisturizer offers a sheer hint of coverage. An entirely vegan product free of toxins, artificial fragrances, and animal testing, Radford’s Tint provides a responsible solution to your skincare routine. Available in five diverse shades—shell, sand, beachy, sunkiss, and bronze—the moisturizer gives instant enhancing coverage and is infused with skin-loving ingredients to deliver long-term benefits. Worn alone or underneath foundation, Tint is made to reflect natural skin undertone and offers a subtle sidekick to your everyday beauty routine. – DS
Tata Harper Superkind Bio-Barrier Serum
Beauty entrepreneur Tata Harper started her own skincare line on the basis that women shouldn’t have to sacrifice their health to look (and feel) beautiful. Pioneering the “farm to face” movement in the industry, founders Tata and Henry Harper operate Tata Harper Skincare from their 1,200 acre organic farm in Vermont’s Champlain Valley. The vertically-integrated operation is steadfast in its mission to produce natural and non-toxic products that deliver results.
Exhibit A: their Superkind Bio-Barrier Serum. Hypoallergenic, vegan, and dermatologist tested, this all-in-one anti-aging serum helps rebalance the skin’s microbiome and fortify the skin barrier for a rejuvenating appearance. Ideal for people with stressed, sensitive, or dry skin, each bottle contains 26 multifunctional ingredients designed to target signs of aging like winged kelp, alpine rose, sugar leaf, and more.
Eco-conscious consumers can also have peace of mind in their purchase. The majority of Tata Harper’s packaging is made of glass (which is highly recyclable and reusable). What little plastic that is used is derived from sugar cane (a renewable resource) instead of petroleum, and the boxes are made of 100 percent post-consumer materials or recycled paperboard. Even the ink is sustainable, made of a soy base so that it can easily be removed in the recycling process.
The beauty industry is saturated with so many brands that it can be a dizzying experience to navigate them all. For those that value the planet and simple, natural ingredients, this is the brand for you.
Dior Aqua Bottle
Is it excessive to want a designer water canister? Most certainly, but a little frivolity never hurt anyone. While we’re on the topic, Dior’s Aqua bottle and leather holder is a stylish way to stay hydrated throughout the day. Made of a stainless steel bottle with the Dior Oblique motif and a laser-etched ‘DIOR’ signature, the vessel is equipped with isothermal technology to keep drinks hot for 12 hours and cold for 24 hours—perfect for a blustery winter day or hot summer afternoon. An off-white grained calfskin leather sleeve with ‘DIOR’ signature ensures a steady and insulated grip, while the removable and adjustable nylon jacquard and grained calfskin shoulder strap allow for ease of use while you’re out for a walk or traveling.
Good Natured Wines
A bottle of wine is a tried and true host gift for the holiday season (or let’s face it, all year-round) and supporting local brands is more important than ever. Good Natured Wine is a new Canadian wine brand offering approachable VQA wines at an accessible price point with a vibrant plant print on its labels for sipping in style. Made with locally grown grapes in Ontario’s Niagara region, the brand offers a few varietals, available at the LCBO and The Wine Shops in Ontario. (cont’d…)
Good Natured Wines
(cont’d…) The Merlot Gamay Noir is an easy-drinking blend with flavours of plum, cherry, and vanilla bean with a hint of spice. It is the perfect pairing for comfort food like stews, pot roasts, and meats, and makes for a fabulous charcuterie pairing option. A 2021 “Best Buy” at the BTI World Value Wine Challenge in Chicago, the Crisp Chardonnay is a tasty medley of peach, pineapple, Bartlett pear, banana, and lemon. It’s not only clear and bright in taste but also in its look and feel, ideally served chilled with lighter meats and fishes like fish cakes, salmon, chicken, or your pairing for a turkey dinner. The Balanced Red is a medium-bodied mix of Merlot and Shiraz offering a fruit-forward bouquet of blue plum and black cherry, accented by a spice, oak, and dark chocolate. Notes of spice, oak, and coffee bean linger on the finish.This is the perfect wine for grilled red meats and a BBQ cookout or as a casual sipping wine for cozy nights by the fire. Finally, the Fresh White is a light, fruity mix of Vidal Blanc (85 percent) and Riesling (15 percent) that brings forward a medley of peach, pear, melon, and apple tasting notes. Try this bright wine with lighter fare like fish and chips, paninis, or poached salmon. – NT
S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water
This season, add a gourmet touch to the array of holiday meals and social gatherings with S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water—one of the most renowned mineral waters in the world. The perfect beverage to pair with a flavourful meal, to balance a full-bodied wine, or to simply sample on its own. S.Pellegrino’s gentle bubbles, balanced carbonation, and rich minerals brings out the best flavours and aromas in the tastiest dishes, making it a perfect way to bring a sparkle to your treasured holiday meals.
S.Pellegrino promises to bring out the best in any dining experience while supporting the culinary community to deliver premium experiences to you. With longstanding relationships with some of the world’s leading chefs, restaurants, and caterers, the brand has committed its support to the culinary world through nurturing the next generation of chefs. This promise is expressed through the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy and Competition which provides resources, events, mentorship and networking opportunities to emerging chefs throughout the world.
With this level of commitment to continued culinary excellence in Canada and beyond, it should come as no surprise why S.Pellegrino has become a staple at every dining table. A perfect fit for everyone this holiday season, S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water is a perfectly simple, tasteful, and effervescent addition to your holiday festivities. Please visit https://www.sanpellegrino.com/ca/en for more.
Consciously made in Portugal, CDLP’s Homewear is cut exclusively from a lustrous woven lyocell to offer an exceptionally comfortable fit whether you’re working from home or off the clock. Its Home Shirt, for example, bears a stylish and slightly boxy fit, chest pocket, and tone-in-tone Corozo buttons—the perfect holiday uniform. Accent satin piping is a subtle nod to a tailoring influence and goes beautifully with the matching trousers, robe, or shorts.
Similar to the Home Shirt, CDLP’s Home Trousers are made from the same woven lyocell, a sustainable cellulose material with silk-like softness. Tailored for maximum comfort, the Home Trousers feature two side pockets, welt back pockets, and stretch drawstring waistband. Committed to working with small-scale European suppliers to remedy mass-manufacturing and obsolete products, CDLP’s Homewear is the perfect guilt-free luxury gift sure to provide comfort throughout the year. Available at Holt Renfrew – DS
Canada Goose Snow Mantra Boot
When it comes to cold weather gear, Canadians know a thing or two about bundling up. Part of this is thanks to a spectrum of homegrown brands that have become masters of enduring nature’s harshest elements. Let’s face it, Canada boasts the best outerwear brands in the world.
One of these brands is Canada Goose, which recently built on its over 60-year foundation with the launch of its first footwear collection. Now covering its customers completely from head to toe, the function-first extreme weather outerwear brand decided to launch into the category to extend its commitment to high-performance gear. The debut collection is a nod to the brand’s roots while simultaneously reflecting its continued evolution, and features two distinct styles—the Journey Boot and the Snow Mantra Boot. The latter is what Canada Goose considers to be the pinnacle of its introduction into footwear, made to protect in the most extreme cold-weather environments in the world. The Snow Mantra Boot is tested to keep your feet warm in as low as -30 degree Celsius temperatures, and features target insulation, reflective laces, and a removable liner for ease of drying. And while the brand’s DNA may be rooted in Arctic and Antarctic exploration, city dwellers are just as easily able to integrate these heavy-duty boots into their regular rotation.
Rado True Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier Watch
Minimalists, this one’s for you.
First launched in 2011, the True Thinline is the thinnest ceramic watch that Rado has ever produced, coming in at less than five millimetres in thickness. It’s the type of timepiece for those who appreciate a ‘less is more’ approach, letting its desing speak for itself.
The True Thinline is Rado’s first to use an injected monobloc case construction. What does that mean? It’s an injection moulding technique that allows the shape of the case to be made in one single piece without using a steel core, opening up a world of new and unseen design possibilities. The result is a contemporary, monochromatic take on the typical wristwatch silhouette.
Within this collection lies a truly unique collaboration with Swiss-born architect, Le Corbusier, which draws inspiration from his iconic Architectural Polychromy colour theory. Nine vivid and visually-stunning timepieces make up the collaboration that will have you literally wearing a piece of design history on your wrist.
Philips S7000 Electric Shaver
Consider shaving irritation a thing of the past. For over 80 years, Philips has been on a mission to modernize the daily grooming routine to be more efficient, effective, and perhaps most importantly, enjoyable. The Philips S7000 electric shaver is the latest in their toolkit of high-tech grooming essentials, aimed at reducing skin irritation and friction by 25 percent. With a protective SkinGlide coating made of micro-tech beads positioned between the three shaver heads and 45 self-sharpening, high-performance blades, each shave is a smooth and enjoyable experience. What sets this electric razor apart from the rest is also its suite of tech features. The Philips S7000 SkinIQ technology can sense your beard density and adjust its power usage for a more consistent and unifiorm shave, and the GroomTribe app provides adaptive feedback to help users address specific skin issues like razor burn, redness, and in-grown hairs. Lastly, the built-in precision trimmer allows you to add a finishing touch to areas like your mustache or sideburns for a polished final look.