Caviar, Candles, and Advent Calendars: MONTECRISTO’s Holiday Wishlist

Obakki Woven Tree

This year Obakki, a purpose-led lifestyle brand based in Vancouver, has partnered with Mexican weavers to reimagine the traditional holiday tree. Handmade by a collective of female artisans in Querétaro, the 200-centimetre-tall woven tree preserves ancient weaving techniques while also respecting the environment, using raw cotton yarns along with fibres from the indigenous Sansevieria plant. And on Thursdays until December 14, you can shop for gifts at Obakki’s Holiday Market pop-up.

Tiffany Crest Collection

For the new Tiffany Crest collection of tableware, artistic director Lauren Santo Domingo mined the iconic brand’s vault for motifs. The inaugural collection—including a dinner plate and a dessert plate, as well as a teapot and teacups—pays tribute to the heritage jeweller’s craftsmanship, artistry, and history with a coat of arms featuring Jean Schlumberger’s Bird on a Rock perched atop the crest.

Riversol Advent Calendar

Riversol’s luxury skin-care advent calendar will keep faces fresh during the holiday frenzy. Each limited-edition 12-day calendar includes a mix of full-size and travel-size skin-care treats, as well as a new lip treatment and a bath soak (a collaboration with Midnight Paloma). Ingredients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and Beta-T—an antioxidant sourced from the Pacific red cedar tree—help to deliver medical-grade results.

Bowmore Timeless Series Scotch

Thanks to a combination of sherry-seasoned European oak casks and ex-bourbon American oak barrels, the latest limited-edition release in Bowmore’s Timeless Series features hints of sherry-soaked raisins, cocoa, bitter orange, cherry blossom, and licorice, all set against contrasting notes of peat and sea salt. Inspired by an hourglass shape, the distinctive box includes a premium 53.7 per cent cask-strength single-malt whisky and a grain-filled hourglass that counts down three minutes—the perfect amount of time to properly savour the balanced aromas of this decades-in-the-making masterpiece.

Burberry Highgrove Scarf Collection

Crafted in organic silk and finished with hand-rolled edges, Burberry’s limited-edition Highgrove scarves celebrate the gardens at the private residence of King Charles III. Named after the seasons, each of the four scarves was illustrated by British artist Sammi Lynch, a recent graduate of the Royal Drawing School.

Zwilling Enfinigy Deluxe Coffee Set

With the festive season in high gear, Zwilling’s award-winning Enfinigy Deluxe Coffee Set can help keep partygoers awake and lively. Featuring a precision grinder with 140 adjustable grind sizes, an easy-to-clean milk frother, and a 1.5-litre glass-carafe drip-coffee maker with a blooming function and a smart-descaler feature, the sleek set is available in either black or stainless steel.

International House of Caviar Gourmet Gifts

From Italy’s Caviar Giaveri Imperial Beluga to Canada’s Northern Divine Organic Sturgeon Caviar, the best caviar is sourced from around the globe by International House of Caviar. Other gourmet goods include Italian conserva, Ibérico ham, aged cheese, and green teas from Japan, to please even the most discerning foodie on your list.

Begüm Khan x Guerlain Bee Bottle Fragrance

In 1853, Guerlain’s founder, Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain, gifted the company’s first Eau de Cologne Impérial Bee Bottle as a wedding present to Empress Eugénie de Montijo and Emperor Napoléon III. The hand-gilded flacon was engraved with the emperor’s coat of arms and flecked with bees—the emblem of the French empire—and it has gone on to become one of the brand’s most enduring symbols, celebrating both craftsmanship and precious ingredients.

This season, east and west join when Guerlain partners with Turkish jeweller Begüm Khan to create a limited-edition Bee Bottle that celebrates the iconic fragrance’s 170th anniversary. The bottle, still made to this day by glassmaker Pochet du Courval, features a jewelled bee hand-painted in 24-karat gold and hand-set with 37 sparkling pavé gems.

Hermès Gloves

Get to the heart of the matter this holiday in Hermès’ Heart Gloves, available in Noir and Cognac online, and Rouge H (red) in-store. The gloves are made by hand from glossed lambskin and feature a whipstitch detail.

L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Cream

’Twas the night before Christmas, but not all were nestled snug in their beds—so for tired morning faces, there’s the new edition of L’Occitane’s Immortelle Divine Cream. With 100 per cent organic Immortelle essential oil, a natural antioxidant sourced from Corsica, this rich cream (which sells every two minutes around the world) targets the appearance of age spots and wrinkles.

Dior Candle Trio

Christmas without a candle is like a holiday feast without dessert. This limited-edition set from La Collection Privée Christian Dior includes a candle designed by artist Pietro Ruffo featuring a spicy scent, along with Saint Honoré and Ambre Nuit candles that highlight floral, woody, and ambery notes.

Sangre de Fruta Soap

’Tis the season for flus and colds, but Sangre de Fruta artisanal soap is the perfect gift to help ward off germs. Containing botanical extracts, essential oils, and ingredients such as orange peel, rose absolute, and Brazilian purple clay, each exquisitely fragranced bar is made on Bowen Island and wrapped in limited-edition botanically dyed paper designed by artist Laura Admussen.

Neve Floral Designs

Image courtesy of Nancy Deol Photography.

For the green thumb on your list, there’s bespoke floral design with natural, modern wreaths crafted by Anna Lambert of Neve Floral in Vancouver. From December 8 to 10, Lambert is hosting a pop-up at Nineteen Ten, where she’ll craft exquisite wreaths made from local evergreens, dried florals, and wild rosehips. Holiday styling bundles feature evergreens, eucalyptus, and wild accents—for vases and elegant mantels everywhere.

Canadian Club Sherry-Cask Whisky

Hitting shelves this month is the Canadian Club Issue No. 1 Classic Sherry Cask 15 Year Old, which is the first expression in the new Invitation Series from the 160-year-old Canadian Club. The award-winning Classic 12 Year Old whisky sees a second aging in Oloroso sherry casks, marrying the richness and sweetness of sherry with the renowned features of classic Canadian Club whisky. Result? A journey infused with toffee, caramel, and oak flavours.

Marvis 7 Flavours Gift Set

Come prepared for meetings under the mistletoe with the stocking-stuffer-ready Marvis 7 Flavours Gift Set of mini toothpastes. The luxe Italian brand uses vegan ingredients that contain no gluten, parabens, alcohol, or fluoride. Silica, aluminum hydroxide, and sodium nitrate help to remineralize teeth, while flavours like cinnamon mint and amarelli licorice promise to take your sweetheart’s breath away.

Purdys Canadian Wine & Spirits Chocolates

For the oenophile with a sweet tooth, there’s the Canadian Wine and Spirits Gift Box from Vancouver stalwart Purdys Chocolatier. This new holiday collection features chocolates with velvety centres infused with liquors such as whisky cream and icewine from celebrated Canadian wineries and distilleries, including Mission Hill and Legend Distilling. Purdys uses sustainable cocoa in all of its chocolates.

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Post Date:

November 30, 2023