25 Gifts to Help Get Your Loved Ones Through Lockdown 2.0
From a candle-making kit to cozy home slippers to a card game designed to encourage meaningful virtual interactions.
By FASHION Staff
Date November 20, 2020
As we adjust to a second lockdown that’s expected to last through the end of the year, why not spread some cheer with gifts that promise to elevate one’s time at home? Click through for 25 gifts guaranteed to make lockdown 2.0 just a little bit easier to get through — from a candle-making kit to cozy home slippers to a card game designed to encourage meaningful virtual interactions.
Saguaro Forms and Cactus Gold Foil Puzzle
($28, Galison at Merchant of York)
Featuring one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous designs, Saguaro Forms and Cactus Flowers, this 1000-piece puzzle with gold foil offers an elevated take on a leisurely pastime.
Solo Pro Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones
($380, Apple x Beats)
Considering we’re going to be spending the entire holiday season at home, these noise-cancelling headphones will make for the perfect gift for anyone you’re sharing close quarters with (or even for yourself).
Soy Wax Candle Making Kit
($60, Baltic Club)
This candle-making kit includes all the necessary material to make four scented candles at home, and includes two festive, woodsy scents: Cypress & Fig and Honey, Fig & Ginger.
Resistance Weight Bangles
($65, Bala at Indigo)
These 1-lb wrist and ankle weights will take any at-home workouts up a notch.
($35, Claire Saffitz)
Gather your household in the kitchen and work your way through this dessert-focused cookbook that features recipes like Spiced Persimmon Cake and Salted Halvah Blondies from Bon Appetit’s Claire Saffitz.
Pro Facial Steamer
($197, Dr Dennis Gross)
This professional steamer is the ideal way to begin an at-home facial and is the perfect gift for any friend missing regular visits to the spa.
The Baker Gift Box
($78, The Kitten and the Bear)
From Toronto’s artisanal jam-and-scone shop The Kitten and the Bear, this gift set contains a scone mix, stonewashed French linen apron, Scottish lemon curd, a teabag rest and vintage silver spoon.
($299, Norka Living at Le Maison Simons)
Help create a cozy corner in a loved one’s home with this comfy lounge pouf.
Whisky Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup
($30, Kinsip at Holt Renfrew)
Help elevate someone’s weekend breakfasts with this smoky maple syrup aged in KINSIP’s whisky barrels in Prince Edward County, Ontario.
Lana Room Shoes
($110, Old Faithful Shop)
Woven on slow Japanese looms, these room shoes promise “a soft, cashmere-like weave that feels like a plush blanket on the skin.”
Monthly app membership
Gift a monthly fitness subscription to anyone in your life who misses their group classes and gym workouts. A Peloton App membership offers classes ranging from yoga to strength to cardio to meditation, and requires no hardware beyond a mat and some free weights.
"Fresh" wine pack
($243, Grape Witches)
The two Toronto female sommeliers known as the Grape Witches curate monthly “wine packs” featuring organic, biodynamic and natural wines. Bonus: $4 from every pack goes to the Toronto Restaurant Workers Relief Fund.
At-home spa gift box
($150, Health Hut)
This pre-curated gift box allows each item to be customized so you can make your own selections of body scrub, candle, face mask, lip balm, eye pillow and dry body brush.
($100, HBC x B Yoga)
Elevate a yoga lover’s daily practice with this limited edition striped mat that’s a partnership between B Yoga and Hudson’s Bay.
With access to podcasts, audio series and audiobooks from Canadian and international talent like Alanis Morissette, Barack Obama and Desmond Cole, an Audible subscription is a gift that’ll keep the recipient entertained for hours on end.
($100, Type Books)
Gift a book lover a “mystery bag” of 4 to 5 books, expertly selected by a staff member at Toronto’s Type Books. Just fill out a brief questionnaire about the recipient’s reading tastes and let them do the work!
Digital Connections card set
Many of us will be spending the holidays away from loved ones this year. Keep the closeness alive with this book containing exercises, questions and prompts designed to help us communicate better virtually.
Lucite Jumbling Tower Game
($219, Sunnylife at Urban Outfitters)
This chic Lucite Jenga set will keep a family — or bunch of roommates — entertained for hours