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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
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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 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: 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: 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, $478, 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

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Homebodies

We asked retail tastemakers across the city for holiday gift ideas. Here, 16 inspired suggestions for the home decorators (and couch snugglers) on your list

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Homebodies

Moroccan Pillow, $85, GoodFolk

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Gifts That Keep On Giving

Subscription gifts that will keep friends and family unwrapping all year

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Purchase, Give, Repeat
For Condo Dwellers

Foodie Pages Chef’s Box
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What you get: Five or more local, sustainably produced pantry staples, like cold-pressed sunflower oil and Stasis preserves, selected by big-name chefs like Mark McEwan, Anthony Walsh and Lora Kirk.
Price: $55 per package

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Toronto Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Thrilling Gifts

OD’ing on stuff? Three memorable gifts that will give them a thrill

Toronto Christmas Gift Ideas 2014: Adventure Time
For health nuts
Aerial Yoga

Fly Studio, downtown’s first aerial yoga space, has yogis perform postures in silk hammocks suspended from the ceiling. The mix of meditation, inversion and acrobatics gives the workout a Cirque du Soleil twist. $85 for a private class. 489 Queen St. W., 647-350-3597.

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Gone Girl: I was a private school kid from Rosedale—until I ended up on the street

She had loving parents and all the opportunities and privileges in the world. Then she discovered drugs

Gone Girl: Emily Wright

The author in kindergarten, in her Havergal uniform (Image: courtesy of Emily Wright)

M

y parents gave me a great chance at life. I grew up in a three-bedroom house in Lawrence Park, where I spent weekends riding my bike and making mud pies with my younger brother. At Christmas, my parents took us on vacations to Hawaii and London and Kenya. In the summers, we rented a cottage in Muskoka, where we built teepees and chased frogs. One year, knowing how much I loved acting and tap dancing, my parents sent me to an elite arts camp in the Catskills.

In 1992, when I was seven, we moved to a sprawling Edwardian house in Rosedale, effectively upgrading from middle class to nouveau riche. My father had risen from a working-class childhood in Montreal to the upper echelons of Bay Street finance. The new house was his prize for all he’d accomplished, a way to show the world what he could do for his family. Growing up, I was provided with unconditional love and support. My mother made a point of encouraging my artistic side, making me costumes for dance recitals and driving me to extracurricular activities.

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Dear Urban Diplomat: how do I talk my daughter out of being a Sunshine Girl?

Dear Urban Diplomat: how do I talk my daughter out of being a Sunshine Girl?

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Dear Urban Diplomat,
My daughter is 19 and desperate to pose as a Sunshine Girl. She keeps threatening to send in her picture, convinced it’s the path to stardom. How do I talk her out of it?

—Sunblock, Pickering

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