1. In this day and age, new inventions are a dime a dozen. Not many will stand the test of time, and even fewer will achieve the same legendary status and longevity as the Swiss Army Knife. Originally created in 1891 as a soldier’s knife, this multi-functional tool has evolved to become more than just a utilitarian object for the trenches, but a pocket-sized item for people on the go—you just never know when a pinky-sized screwdriver or bottle opener may come in handy. Victorinox, which marks its 125 anniversary this year, has released a special commemorative collection that includes the re-launch of four Swiss Army Knife models ($34 to $125), the limited-edition 1884 travel alarm clock ($595), and two watches from the Infantry Vintage collection, available at Sleuth & Statesman (130 King St. W., 416-363-7575) and Europe Bound.
2. Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio lends his celeb credentials to a cause close to his heart. The sought-after thespian, whose credits include Titanic, The Aviator and Catch Me If You Can, has joined forces with noted watchmaker Tag Heuer to represent a limited-edition watch—only 1,400 have been made—with proceeds benefitting the National Resources Defense Council, an organization that seeks to protect wildlife and preserve natural habitats. Bearing either an electric-blue rubber strap or a steel bracelet, the Aquaracer 500M ($2,900) is water resistant to 500 metres and features luminescent markers on the hands and indexes, plus an orange-tipped second hand. Pick up your own piece at Radiant Fine Jewellers (Vaughan Mills, 1 Bass Pro Mills Dr., 905-660-4550).
3. The One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale is back with more than 800 exhibitors from across Canada brandishing their creative wares. The 35th-anniversary installment of this much-anticipated artisan event carries the gamut of goods from jewellery, ceramics and toys to photography, organic food and paper goods. Among the potential pick-ups are wool mittens made from recycled materials ($26 to $35) by Torontonian Sarah Ottewell, paintings by Montreal artist Susan Fairbrother, and handmade notebooks from Double Happiness.