Holiday Gift Guide

From retail to entertainment, local luminaries share what tops their gift list, their wish list, and the priceless presents that money can’t buy.

Lisa Tant - Vice President, Fashion Editor at Holt Renfrew

Lisa Tant Vice President, Fashion Editor at Holt Renfrew
“One of the most treasured gifts I’ve ever received was given to me by my partner on our first Christmas together. I had been named the editor-in-chief of Flare that year, so I had bought myself a simple gold ring studded with diamonds — which was accidentally flushed down the toilet soon afterwards! Andy asked his 13-year-old daughter to play sleuth, so one day she and I went to Birks to try on rings ‘for fun.’ And that Christmas I was gifted with the exact ring that I had lost. I’ve worn it every day since — even 12 years later.”

1. “Grace: The American Vogue Years by Grace Coddington, the former creative director of Vogue”
2. “Vintage jewelled brooches — a handful of these for each of my friends to decorate their favourite winter coat”
3. “Gift certificates for brunch”

4.“A spa day would be heavenly!”
5. “A city bike with a basket for shopping and my new dog — I’m planning to get a puppy in the new year!”
6. “A super-colourful pair of Nikes — I love my heels, but I live in comfy sneakers”

Giuseppe The Mc - Comedian

Giuseppe The Mc Comedian
“The most meaningful gift I’ve ever received was my Shure Wireless Microphone. My wife’s parents and sisters gave it to me as my career as an emcee and performer started to grow. Every time I use it, it reminds me of how much support I have in chasing my dreams.”

7. “The Speak Out game from Hasbro — I have no clue who I’ll give this to, but someone in my family must have it!”
8. “IDO3D Vertical Five Pen 3D Art Set for my kids”
9. “Nespresso VertuoLine for my wife Rose Marie”

10. “The Canon EOS Rebel T5i EF-S camera”
11. “Oster 76076-010 Classic 76 Professional Hair Clipper from TBBS”
12. “The Samsung Galaxy S7”

Lisa Resnic - Marketing Director, Hillcrest Mall

Lisa Resnic Marketing Director, Hillcrest Mall
“I have to say the most meaningful gift I ever received was when I was a little girl — Barbie. I appreciate that it isn’t particularly meaningful at face value, but I do remember the joy. And I’d still be thrilled to receive one today! Also, a coffee table book about Audrey Hepburn, who I would have loved to meet.”

13. “The Whistling Scatter Dot Tea Kettle by Kate Spade New York with some tea from DAVIDsTEA”,
14. “686 Enterprises Women’s Gossip Softshell Pant”
15. “The Large Banff Bag Tribe from Roots”

16. “Liya Torn jeans by Citizens of Humanity”
17. “The Kensington Parka in black by Canada Goose”
18. “The Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Collection by Too Faced”

Andria Zanchin - Senior Vice President, Zanchin Auto Group

Andria Zanchin Senior Vice President, Zanchin Auto Group
“The most meaningful gift I’ve given was to my daughter. I gave her a gold ring with a little heart on it that I wore for many years when I was younger. It’s now been two years since she received that ring and it’s her favourite — not because it is the most stylish, but because she feels like I am with her when she has it on. Many other rings have come and gone, but she takes such good care of her heart ring. She wears it every day.”

19. “Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses — always a staple!”
20. “Professional photographs of my children, because they grow so fast”
21. “A truckload of toys, water and baby items to the Ronald McDonald House. I make my kids deliver it so they can see first-hand how their kind actions are appreciated”

22. “Lagos ‘Signature Caviar’ Mini Oval Rope Bracelet”
23. “A family vacation to Cap Juluca Resort in Anguilla”
24. “Lunch at Café Boulud at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, and a Healing Bamboo Massage at the hotel’s spa”

Photos by Carlos A. Pinto / Dolce Media Group

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