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The Find: the 17 coolest items on offer at the Christmas 2014 One of a Kind Show

The Find: fifteen amazing items on offer at the Christmas 2014 One of a Kind Show

The One of a Kind Show, a twice-yearly shopping extravaganza dedicated to Canadian-made goods, kicks off its 40th anniversary tomorrow at Exhibition Place. The massive hall will once again be crammed with stalls selling all kinds of unique gift ideas—including gourmet food, quirky toys, artful kitchen accessories and statement jewellery—from over 800 designers and artisans. It’s the closest you can get to a one-stop-shop for Christmas gifts, and well worth a trip or two. That said, navigating the hundreds of sellers can be overwhelming, so we’ve nailed down the coolest products you won’t want to miss. Here, our 17 favourite items up for grabs this season, including leather baby moccasins, a hand-blown glass Scotch set and ultra-luxurious facial masks.

Nov. 27-Dec. 7. Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd., oneofakindshow.com

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HBC took out a very large mortgage on its Saks Fifth Avenue Manhattan flagship

$1,250,000,000

—The value, in American dollars, of the 20-year mortgage taken out by Hudson’s Bay Company on its Saks Fifth Avenue flagship in Manhattan. Appraised at USD $3.7 billion, the New York retail property is worth considerably more than the USD $2.4 billion HBC paid to acquire Saks last year. “We believe the Saks Fifth Avenue building is the most valuable retail building in the world,” said the Bay’s CEO Richard Baker, who spoke to the Globe. Baker also disclosed the value of HBC’s total real estate portfolio, which is a whopping USD $7.2 billion.

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Store Guide: Elte Market, the trendier, more affordable offshoot of high-end home store Elte

(Images: Jenna Marie Wakani)

(Images: Jenna Marie Wakani)

Name: Elte Market
Sells: Furniture and home accessories
Contact info: 1381 Castlefield Ave., 416-789-0800, elte.com
Hours: M-Sa 9:30-5:30, Su 12-5

The family-owned business behind home stores Elte and Ginger’s has just opened a new shop called Elte Market. Housed in an enormous industrial complex, the store’s modern decor items are designed to appeal to a younger, trendier clientele. Store buyers Jamie and Andrew Metrick, part of the family’s fourth generation, spend three months a year in places like India and Indonesia, sourcing materials and looking for design inspiration. The stuff they bring back is funkier than what’s sold down the street at Elte. Says Jamie, the self-proclaimed “rug guy”: “We have a bunch of Moroccan prints and patterns that wouldn’t really fit in over there.”

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Street Style: WORNettes and readers celebrate the indie fashion journal’s final issue

Street Style: WORN party

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After 10 years and 20 issues, independent fashion journal WORN, often referred to as the “style bible for fashion nerds,” launched its last-ever issue at Saturday night’s annual Black Cat Ball. The happy, sock hop–inspired event brought out a bunch of loyal readers, most of whom were stylishly dressed in black-and-white, with some sporting subtle feline accents (cat ears, tails). The WORNettes—i.e. the magazine’s staff and contributors—were there, too, and ready to talk about what WORN meant to them and to Toronto. Here’s what everyone had to say.

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The Find: sustainable, paper-like bins provide a new way to artfully organize household objects

(Image: Toofifteen/Facebook)

(Image: Toofifteen/Facebook)

Toronto-based company Toofifteen has created a beautiful new way to use Tyvek, a sustainable material used to make protective coveralls. The new business, launched by design duo Ashley Botten and Nina Jones, consists of three simple products: a pouch (that you can write on and decorate yourself), a multi-purpose bin and a “pouf” (essentially a square ottoman), each of which is recyclable, durable, mold-resistant and extremely easy to wipe clean. We particularly love the versatility of the bin, which comes in three sizes and can artfully contain a variety of household things, like floor plants, bathroom towels and fruit. It’s also the most affordable option, with small bins priced at $23.

Available at Augustina Boutique, 138 Cumberland St., or toofifteen.com

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be torture—not if you know where to go and what to get. We asked retail tastemakers across the city for suggestions. Here, 80 inspired gift ideas

Toronto Christmas Gift Guide 2014
Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Under $50
Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: $50 to $150
Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Over $150
Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: See All 75 Gifts

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Explorers

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 14 inspired suggestions for the travelers, adventurers and urban explorers on your list

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Explorers

White Faux Bison Head, $225, Elte

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Gifts $50–$150

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 25 gifts priced between $50 and $150

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Gifts $150 and Under

Hooded Pack-Away Puffer, $69, Joe Fresh

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Gifts Under $50

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 27 gifts that won’t break the bank

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Gifts $50 and Under

Krochet Kids Hoot Tuque, $45, Holt Renfrew, H Project

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: DIY Gifts

DIY classes and workshops to help you channel your inner elf

Christmas Gift Guide 2014: Japanese Tie-Dye
Japanese Tie-Dye

The Shop offers drop-in classes in the art of shibori. DIYers pleat, bind and knot white fabric before dipping it in dye for twisty prints. Dec. 23. $45. 1139 College St., 416-949-1184.

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Style Setters

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 24 inspired suggestions for the style-conscious friends on your list

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Groomers

Peppercotton Confetti Bracelet, $248, Ewanika

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Gifts $150 and Over

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 28 gifts worth splurging on

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Gifts $150 and Over

Accordion Briefcase, $595, Philip Sparks

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: See All Gifts

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 80 inspired suggestions

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: See All Gifts

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Kids

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 12 inspired suggestions for the little ones on your list

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Kids

Haptic Lab Ship Kite, $50, Kol Kid

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Cooks

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 13 inspired suggestions for the dinner-party-throwers on your list

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Cooks

Dumpling Cube, $25, ShopAGO