General 54’s Fabulous Holiday Gift Guide: Part One
Text and photos by Alex Coupar
The carefree debauchery of Thanksgiving and Halloween is a fond and distant memory. This next month, for many of us, will be a whirlwind of planning and gift hunting, culminating in a colourful maelstrom of holiday presents, parties and goodwill. Basically, it’s time to start talking gift guides! Boutique General 54 has been putting together a thoughtfully curated selection of locally and Canadian-made artisanal jewelry and accessories, in addition to its regular lineup of beautiful clothes, so you too can have a handmade holiday this year (even if you’re all thumbs).
This week, we’re focusing on the type of gift that has universal appeal and is easy to give to just about anyone on your list. Whether you have to ship it across the country, are on a holiday budget, or aren’t yet exactly sure who the lucky recipient will be, we’ve got a lot of options.
If you’re anticipating an anonymous office gift exchange with your cool colleagues, you want to convey that you care, without getting too specific. The beanies, watch caps and gloves from Upstate Stock have both practicality (they are made in a factory that has been creating affordable and warm wool knits for working Americans for years) and a style that can fit in with just about any of your other winter gear. These pieces’ rugged good looks make them very popular with both ladies and gentlemen; and you can feel satisfied in the knowledge that you’re supporting the re-emergence of quality North American manufacturing.
Montreal-based leather artisan Marc Simard offers a stylish collection of notebook covers, pouches, belts and card holders that he has handcrafted with care using recycled full-grain leather and off-cuts left over by the boot industry. Many of his beautifully polished leather items feature unique embossed designs. Like all high-quality leatherwork, these pieces will continue to look better and gain character as they age. They are an excellent choice for anyone in your life who would appreciate a useful gift that also boasts ethically handcrafted appeal.
If you have loved ones who live far away, sometimes the best thing is to simply mail them a card that conveys your best wishes for the holidays, the old-fashioned way. Popolo Press uses traditional printing methods to create colourful and meticulously detailed works of art that go way beyond anything you’ll find at an ordinary greeting card store. Factory Central has several cards that feature cozy and Christmasy scenes. Whether you’re searching for a specifically holiday-themed card or one that depicts a natural wintry landscape or whimsical imagery, these cards will likely remain displayed on the recipient’s mantelpiece well into the New Year. Pick one, or six, and fill them with your thoughts of peace and love!
Hopefully these ideas have given you a bit of inspiration on the hunt to find the perfect thing for all the lovely people in your life! Have you honed a selection of go-to gifts like notebooks or wallets over the years, or is it a fresh new search every season?
Thank you for reading
General 54 xx