It’s that time of the year again … Christmas is about giving, and giving means shopping, and shopping means discoveries. Right ? Like, gifts you can give someone special or make to yourself later to yourself because you so deserve it. And needless to say, it’s all local-made, aka the best kind of present you could make oneself. As the Christmas market season is in full-swing, here’s an exhaustive list of what a dear one could possibly need in their life. Let’s even suggest you keep it around all year-long since these goodies are not going anywhere but near you after the holidays !
The fashionista’s wishlist
The fashion label integrates tailored cuts in a soft palette into its collection while the price tag remain surprisingly affordable. For the cold season, Robert Atelier also make the fullest, coziest infinite scarf you wrap your neck into. www.robertatelier.ca
Forget about any other designer bag, this is exactly what any lady needs: black, sturdy, stylish and handcrafted. The plus: so many different style, sizes and models. I have a clear preference for all of them. thestowe.com
Through its first issue, The Fine Print magazine raises the bar high reporting fashion, art, photography and innovation. Both the print and digital format are appealing and complete, gathering inspiration for the creative mind. thefineprintmagazine.com
Made in Montreal with natural fibres, Atelier B merges a streamline design drawing inspiration from the 50s and 60s with an elevated textile craft. The mile-end store meets gallery concept-atelier is also a must-stop prime shopping destination. www.atelier-b.ca
This Ilk makes intricately bold jewelry using lace pattern and gold-tone metal. Each piece is handcrafted and lightweight, making a refined statement. thisilk.com
The minimalist’s selection
The vegetable tanned leather slow-made line produced by Matu uses only natural material and eco-friendly techniques with high standards. The result is a line of durable, minimalist leather goods of accessories prompted for a daily usage; you will also want to look at them all day long. www.matumtl.com
Arc Jewelry creates geometric and structured shapes casted into silver or bronze, that you will never, ever want to take off — I have been wearing my ring for 365+ days straight and it hasn’t lost its shine or charm. arc-jewellery.com
Bringing together modernity and tradition, Cantin offers bags and tech cases made of wool, recycled fibers and felt and leather. All water-resistant, shock-proof and functional with a classic look, your iPad or Macbook deserves the best. www.cantintraditions.com
For the fun pal
‘’Useful objects that make you smile’’ — self-explanatory and easy on your wallet ! panoplie.ca
What comes to mind when mentioning handmade embroidery ? If your answer is à propos handwork referencing your favourite things (basket-ball, ice-cream, sandwich, etc), De L’Ile ‘s t-shirts and crewnecks are your way to go. www.delileatelier.com
Wear it. Pass on the message. Feel better already: Repeat. #takeiteasyman www.ponymtl.com
Pin it, patch it, sew it, no limits. At this price, takes tons of this uplifting material. www.rosehoundapparel.com
The beauty crack’s low-down
To put it simply, the best soaps in town, made with traditional methods with a clean, modern aesthetic. It looks as good on your skin that it does on your tray. www.carriage44.com
These unisex scents captivates and enthral any sense of smell. Their roll-on oil or solid formula prevents waste and the botanical perfumes are made of 100% natural ingredients. Literally to die for. www.lvnea.myshopify.com
Les Lares reinstate the art of luxury perfumery with an approach that is respectful to the body and the environment. High-end and eco, for the best of both worlds.
The artsy type / the design buff round-up
Calling itself a wearable art gallery, Art-A-Porter combines of art and high fashion, allowing you to wear the work of artist on a garment produced in a limited edition. For your favourite work of art! www.art-a-porter.com
One of the most talented illustrator in the country, he’s posters are charged with geographical, historical and political themes using retro imagery, mixing both minimalism and maximalism aesthetics in an endearing signature style. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, NPR, The Guardian, our editor-in-chief’s house and many more. www.fifteen.ca
Aunt Magda’s clay sculptures explore nuances and form in a spiritual manner in delicate and delightful-looking work. Any home will radiate from using a cup, a plate or a vase of her design. www.auntmagda.com
A serving board in-style to impress your guest, fusing function and design: the original model incorporates a slate band to indicate what being served. www.avenuecoloniale.com
Store your clutter away in one of these sleek and polished wooden boxes. Aren’t they oh-so beautiful? insulaires.ca
Your destination for all textile homeware and goods… including a tipi for your cat ! bigarade.io
The gourmet’s delight
When life gives you lemon … Lemo Lemonade takes upon a 100 years-old family recipe to build the perfect refresher, which can also be used in cocktails. www.lemolemonade.com
What is gin without it’s famous tonic ? Any reason is good enough to drop the Schewps for a locally crafted alternative, sold as tasteful a concentrate.
Any cheese-lover around (insert raising-hand girl emoji right here)? What about a kit to make your own homemade cheese in order to regal yourself and impress your guests ? The process if not only simpler than you think, but also delicious ! www.u-main.ca
Self-described as a ‘factory of sweet things’. Enough said, no need to justify yourself if you go crazy. www.dinettenationale.com
Getrude & Rose
Pickled aficionados, rejoice: you can now enjoy the best jars in town. Hint: you will never want to eat anyone else’s kimchi. www.gertrudeandrose.com
Honey, you win! Alveole produces locally honey, collected in beehives implemented in our urban landscape. www.alveole.buzz
What are you waiting for ? Treat yourself (and others) !
About Christelle Saint-Julien
Professional writer and translator based in Montreal, Christelle compiles projects on project such as brainchild Naked Underground Montreal, literary collective Le Shindig, music, arts and sharing her passion for local culture.