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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Entertainer

Handpicked products for your favourite home chefs, foodies and “let me get you another cocktail” hosts. 

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High Tea

A collaboration between Vancouver’s Hinterland Design and artist Genevieve Dionne, these limited-edition tea sets ($350) are thoughtfully detailed with copper handles, walnut knobs and a coordinating tray. hinterlanddesign.com

Smoke Show

Tom Dixon’s #trending smoked-glass Tank whisky decanter ($150) and glasses ($95 for the pair) elevate any fireside entertaining. holtrenfrew.com

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Block Party

For their latest series of serving boards made from wood salvaged from fallen trees around Vancouver and other parts of B.C., Bowyer and Toulson have added an extra-long charcuterie board (approximately 24 by 7 inches; $150) that’s ready to work the holiday party. bowyerandtoulson.com

Top Brass

Designed by Italy’s Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri, the Collar thermo bottle ($55) for Stelton is matte Teflon-covered steel with a smooth-as-liquid brass lid. providehome.com

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Cookie Royale

Like mom’s, but better. Give the gift of fresh-baked cookies with an elegantly packaged and fuss-free kit from one of Canada’s top bakeries. This Duchess ginger cookie kit ($20) includes almost all of the ingredients and easy step-by-step instructions. duchessbakeshop.com

Designer Pick – Kevin Mitchell, Mitchell Design House, Calgary

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What’s Cooking?

“I think it’s always fun to give someone the gift of experience, and what better way than to give them an evening of learning to cook like a pro? It’s even more fun if you book yourself a spot at the same event so you can experience it together. cookbookcooks.com

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Raising the Bar

This debut bean-to-bar Fabric collection from Jacek Chocolate ($10.50) uses ethically sourced cocoa beans that have been sorted, roasted and refined in-house in Sherwood Park, Alberta. There are three bars in the collection—our pick is the 90% from the Dominican Republic with rock sugar. jacekchocolate.com

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Wonder Wrap

One of our favourite kitchen essentials, Abeego food wraps ($18 for set of three) can be used over and over to cover plates and store veggies (magically keeping produce looking fresher, longer) thanks to a constitution of breathable beeswax, tree resin and organic jojoba oil infused into hemp and organic cotton cloths. And did we mention Abeego hails from Victoria? canada.abeego.com

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Look Sharp

For the chef who views knives as works of art, enter the Knife Fight ($90). Available in black walnut, ash and white oak, this sleek wall-mounted magnetic attachment will keep blades in good shape and kitchen counters clear. oliverapt.com

Daily Grind

Fashioned from stone and beechwood, Castor Design’s Crux marble mortar and pestle for UmbraShift ($100) is our pick for the world’s most beautiful, versatile kitchen implement. vanspecial.com; guildhallhome.com

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Bitter Sweet

For the mixologist in your life: the handcrafted, all-natural bitters in the Token natural bitters sampler set ($36) will help add depth and personality to just about any cocktail party. Made in Edmonton, each aromatic is named after a neighbourhood in the city. Sample the Strathcona Orange, Whyte Lavender, Ritchie Cherry or Calder Chai. tokenbitters.com

Table Talk

The Garrido stoneware set for EQ3 ($86 per set) features organic shapes with simple sophistication. Crafted in a matte finish of grey or terracotta, this standout collection is suitable for everyday as well as special occasions. eq3.com

Gillian Segal – Gillian Segal Design, Vancouver

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Diffuse the Situation

“2018 was the year of the diffuser for me. After having my baby, I wanted a home fragrance that was non-toxic and relaxing. I bought a Vitruvi diffuser ($119) and have used it almost every day since. Not only does the diffuser help humidify a room, there are also amazing benefits to essential oils. Doesn’t hurt that they are also incredibly beautifully designed, and a Vancouver company to boot! It’s the perfect gift for anyone on your list.” vitruvi.ca

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