The chilly season is upon us, which means it’s time to start thinking about holiday shopping. We decided to switch things up this year and organize our editor-approved gifts by the five senses: taste, smell, sight, touch and sound. Whether it’s an Instagram-worthy a
gate cheese board (taste) or a plush pair of suede slippers (touch), scroll down to discover 50+ holiday gift ideas that satisfy the senses. There might be a few goodies in there for you, too!
Up your holiday cheese board game with a chic agate board that makes everything from brie to gouda look downright delicious.
Source: Hudson’s Bay
Anthropologie Quincy Composite Agate Round Cheese Board, $88,
Cheers to special occasions big and small with these elegant, mouth-blown Champagne coupes. The unique frosted finish (created by sandblasting) feels especially apropos for a wintery f ê te.
Source: Shop House & Home
Mist Champagne Coupes (Set of 2), $90,
This serving set from Vancouver’s Fable homewares includes a dreamy ceramic bowl that’s hand-finished in Portugal and serving spoons made of premium stainless steel. Best of all, everything is dishwasher safe!
The Serving Set, $114,
Crafted from olive wood and stainless steel, these elegant knives are perfect for paring veggies or slicing through steak.
Source: Erin & Co.
Opinel Olive Wood Steak Knives (Set of 4), $95,
Equip your bar cabinet with small-batch simple syrup, lavender bitters and lemon-lime shrub from Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Abiding Citizen.
Abiding Citizen The Luckygirl Cocktail Kit (Set of 3 Bottles), $45,
Cassis Monna & Filles’ preserves – cultivated from black currant from the family’s Saint Lawrence River estate — make a tasty addition to holiday roasts, tourtières, pâtés and, of course, cheese boards.
Cassis Monna & Filles Festive Trio Set, $38,
Simply pop these stylish stones into your freezer a few hours and you’ll be able to chill any bevvy without watering it down with ice.
Coast Drink Stones (Set of 4), $20,
Brew your own tasty holiday coffees, with unique tasting notes like cereal and biscotti, from home with Nespresso’s beautifully packaged (and totally stocking stuffer-worthy) holiday pods.
Vertuo Next in Black Rose Gold, $219,
& Coffee Capsules in Amaretti, Pecan Biscotti and Il Caffè, $1 each,
‘Tis the season for fondue! Conjure up all those nostalgic holiday feels with this candlelit set.
Source: Crate & Barrel
Boska Candlelight Twinkle Fondue Set, $150,
Show a little socially-distanced love this year by sending a sweet treat in the mail. These Postcard Chocolate Bars come beautifully packaged — simply add a stamp and pop them in the mail, or better yet, have Alicja Confections send your postcard for you!
Source: One Of A Kind
Alicja Confections Postcard Bars in Gingerbread, Happy Holidays & Champagne, $10 each,
Candles make a great host or hostess gift — especially when they’re affordable, packaged in a beautiful stoneware vessel and smell like roses and raspberries.
Osynlig Scented Candle in Rose & Raspberries, $12,
Fill your home with the wintery scents of pine and freshly cut wood for several months with this luxurious oil diffuser.
Source: Shop House & Home
Lucia Les Saisons Oil Atomizer, $40,
Delight your scent-savvy friends with these unique Japanese paper incense sheets that come in a pretty wooden box. Display the leaf-shaped scent sheets — which have aromas such as Spicy Jasmine and Smoky Cinnamon — like potpourri before burning.
Source: Old Faithful Shop
HA KO Paper Incense Mat Set, $45 (Set of 5),
We could all use a little de-stressing over the holiday season! Soothe your soul with a naturally relaxing blend of lavender, chamomile and orange essential oils.
Peace of Mind Kit, $34,
Get into a merry mood with an invigorating blend of witch hazel, patchouli and lemongrass mist from a Canadian, female-owned company founded by two best friends and wellness enthusiasts.
Source: Crying Out Loud
Cardea Au Set Activate Mood Mist, $36,
Take your essential oil diffusing to space-aged new heights with a whisper-quiet, bluetooth-enabled device that disperses scents for up to 24 hours and 1,000 square feet. Constructed from recycled aluminum, this high-tech diffuser breaks down fragrance oils into a dry mist, so no oily residue is left behind — plus, it even allows you to adjust the scent intensity using your phone!
Aromini BT Nebulizing & Medium Space Scent Diffuser in Gold, $455,
Made in the heart of South Africa, this luxurious bath salt contains mineral-rich salt harvested from the Kalahari Desert, as well as seaweed, botanicals and caffeine. It’s the ultimate way to unwind after a day of holiday shopping!
Source: African Botanics
Kalahari Desert De-Tox Bath Salts, approx. $98,
Give the gift of superior air quality with this purifier, heater, cooler and fan from Dyson. The slick device removes pollutants and disperses purified hot or cool air — and it looks good doing it.
Pure Hot + Cool in White/Silver, $800,
Do you love the smell of freshly washed sheets? Keep that comforting aroma with you all day long with this unisex Warm Cotton perfume. The cap is made out of sustainable wood from Spain, and the juice is vegan, cruelty-free and phthalate-free!
Clean Reserve Warm Cotton Perfume, $134,
This sister-run company based in Midhurst, Ontario, uses plant-based ingredients to concoct their body and home products. These six aromatherapy blends are tailored to your mood, so whether you want to feel more energized, are looking for tension relief or need to wind down, there’s a rollerball for that.
Source: One Of A Kind
Two Sisters Naturals 6-Pack Aromatherapy Bundle, $88,
Woodsy scents of cedarwood, lily of the valley and sandalwood give this vegan botanical body serum a transportive quality. Lather it on and feel as though you’re in a lush forest.
Olive & Babassu Botanical Body Serum, launching Nov. 12 at
Rather than assembling flowers en masse, try traditional Japanese Ikebana flower arranging by highlighting a few special stems. This hand-blown glass vase allows you to see the beauty of the whole flower — from bloom to stem — and a polished brass insert with holes makes arranging dried or fresh flowers easy.
Source: Shop House & Home
Mjölk Small Ikebana Vase by Jaime Hayon, $150,
Take your games night up a notch with swanky gold lucite dominoes. Even when you’re not in game mode, this stylish set looks great on a coffee table.
Gold Lucite Dominoes Set, $120,
Add a touch of global flair to your walls with an array of colorful Senegalese baskets. Not only are they pieces of woven art and craftsmanship, they can also do double duty as a catch-all on your entryway table.
Source: Expedition Subsahara
Badara Wall Basket in Cream & Rainbow, approx. $90,
; Adia Woven Bowl, approx. $77,
From cocktail hour to hors d’oeuvres–o’clock, serve up bevvies and bites in style with a metallic bar cart. Smoked tempered glass shelves and wheels that rotate 360 degrees mean this portable trolly can be the life of the party.
Source: The Home Depot
WHI Zedd 2-Tier Bar Cart in Gold, $234,
New York Times bestselling book, Homebody, HGTV star Joanna Gaines shares her secrets for designing a home you’ll love. “The book follows six foundational styles — farmhouse, modern, rustic, industrial, traditional and boho — and features 22 homes that represent a range and combination of those looks,” she says.
Products: Homebody by Joanna Gaines, $27, available through Homesense
For the plant enthusiast on your list, reach for this heirloom-quality brass watering can with an oiled walnut handle.
Min Watering Can (Brass), $395,
The new Kobo Nia is the company’s most compact, purse-friendly device ever. It can store up to 6,000 eBooks (no more lugging around a stack of books on your weekend getaway), and the adjustable ComfortLight makes reading at night a breeze.
Kobo Nia, $130,
In case you missed it, the
terrazzo trend isn’t going anywhere. These speckled planters are the perfect accessory for fresh foliage, whether it’s adorning a petite balcony or adding a subtle dose of color to a windowsill.
Blue Terrazzo Planter with Wood Legs in Large, approx. $85 each,
The ultimate holiday gift is one that is both beautiful and ethical. These intricate Bolga Fans are handwoven in Ghana and made out of ethically sourced straw.
Baba Tree Bolga Fans, $47 each,
Crafted from 18-karat gold and freshwater pearls, these dainty studs are a generous gift that can be passed down for generations.
Source: David Yurman
Infinity Earrings with Peal in 18K Gold, $800,
What would a holiday gift guide be without a pair of pyjamas? This organic cotton set — in a sweet blush pink hue — is breathable while you sleep at night and might just be your new work-from-home outfit.
Women's Organic Cotton Oxford Pajamas in Pink, approx. $77,
Soft curves and snuggly upholstery make this chair a must for anyone wishing to give rooms a comfy, cozy feel.
Source: Shop House & Home
Bruges Lounge Chair, $550,
A bad night’s sleep will be a thing of the past with these light-blocking silk sleep masks — available in eight elegant shades. Time to catch some zzz’s!
Source: Au Lit Fine Linens
100% Silk Sleep Mask, $40 each,
These soft-as-a-cloud suede slippers are lined with shearling wool, perfect for keeping feet warm during the colder months.
Suede Slippers, approx. $103,
Toronto-based, female-founded company Sam & Lance know the important of living sustainably — it’s part of their company ethos. Their Zero Waste Starter Bundle is the perfect introduction to a more earth-conscious journey: it includes reusable cotton rounds, beeswax food wraps, vegan floss and more!
Source: Sam & Lance
Zero Waste Starter Bundle, $105,
This pumpkin-hued knit throw not only looks good tossed over a sofa, bed or chaise, but it will keep you cozy during a relaxing evening in, binge-watching your favorite Netflix series.
Source: Zara Home
Knit Blanket, $60,
If you have a skin care enthusiast on your list, look no further than this advent calendar chock-full of Clinique products. From lipstick to makeup remover and their award-winning moisturizer, this luxe set is sure to please!
Source: Hudson's Bay
Advent 24 Days Of Clinique, $95,
No serene soak in the tub is complete without a fluffy faux fur bathrobe to sink into. The teddy bear fabric feels like a warm hug!
Source: Pottery Barn
Teddy Bear Robe, $112 each,
Imagine waking up on a cold winter morning tucked under this touchably soft flannel duvet — you’d never want to leave! This set includes one duvet cover and two matching standard size shams.
Cozy Flannel Duvet Set in Plaid, $258,
Calling all garden lovers! These thorn-proof goatskin gardening gloves adjust to the shape of your hand (like high-quality leather should) for all of your pruning needs.
Women's Gardeners Gloves, $62,
Even though our travel plans have been grounded (for now), it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy skin care on-the-go. This gel cleanser and Konjac Facial sponge sloughs away dirt and leaves your face feeling fresh!
Source: Wyld Skincare
Staycation Skin Travel Set, approx. $51,
The new Google Nest Audio proves just how stylish speakers can be. Choose between five fashionable colors — Charcoal, Sand, Sky, Sage and Chalk — for a smart assistant that speaks to your aesthetic. Fun fact: the enclosure is made of 70 percent recyclable materials!
Nest Audio in Sage, $130,
A quiet evening in wouldn’t be complete without the crackling sound of a dimly-lit wood-wick candle. With notes of black amber, lavender and musk, this sultry scent is the definition of comfort. Plus, a
with every candle you purchase! tree is planted
Source: Mala The Brand
Fireside Candle, $30,
With its Scandinavian minimalist aesthetic (made in collaboration with Benjamin Hubert of
Layer Design), this wireless speaker beautifully blends into a bookshelf or console.
Source: Holt Renfrew
Bang & Olufsen Beosound Balance Wireless Speaker With Google Assistant, $3,000,
This is your sign to start a meditation practice! This mindful starter kit includes a pillow, mallet, brass bowl, incense, vegan soap and more!
Large Standard Singing Bowl, $253,
These wireless, noise-cancelling headphones will keep you in the zone — whether you’re working up a sweat or in a Zoom meeting. They boast 40 hours of battery life, an adjustable fit and super comfy ear cups.
Source: The Source
Beats Solo³ On-Ear Wireless Headphones in Satin Gold, $250,
An electric kettle is a kitchen must-have for many reasons: pour-over coffee brewing is a breeze thanks to temperature control (which stays hot for up to an hour) for the perfect cuppa every time.
Source: Williams Sonoma
Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle in Black, $217,
How charming is this record player and its suitcase-style shell? It plays both vinyl and digital music for music lovers of all ages! This item is currently sold out, but will be back on the shop soon.
Crosley Cruiser Deluxe Turntable in Purple Ash, $100,
At first glance, this might look like a regular lamp, but listen closely, and you’ll notice it’s actually a speaker, too! You can control the brightness and sound in the palm of your hand through the Sonos app.
Symfonisk Table Lamp with WiFi Speaker in White by Iina Vuorivirta and Andreas Fredricksson, $229,
Upgrade a showerhead with this high-tech version, complete with a wireless speaker. Using Bluetooth technology, you can blast your favorite tunes and podcasts while getting ready in the morning.
Source: The Home Depot
KOHLER Moxie Showerhead with Wireless Speaker in Polished Chrome, $354,
Whether the sounds of the city or a snoring parter gets in the way of you and a restful night’s sleep, these earbuds will be your new bedtime essential. Pair them with the Bose Sleep app for an endless supply of soothing sounds to help you drift off to sleep.
Sleepbuds™ II, $330,
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