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One of a Kind Show and Sale

The One of a Kind Show is Back!


One of a Kind Show Toronto Enercare Centre

NOVEMBER 26 TO DECEMBER 6  Twice a year, Canadian artisans draw consumers seeking unique gifts for themselves as well as for family and friends to the Enercare Centre (formerly called the Direct Energy Centre) for the One of a Kind Show & Sale. Don some comfy walking shoes to peruse crafty wares from more than 800 vendors, whose expansive offerings include gourmet jams, ceramics, jewellery, clothing, photography, paintings, glassware and greeting cards. Among the highlights are handmade dolls and toys by Bubynao, butter tarts in a jar by Shut Ur Pie Hole, cooking and cocktail bitters by Really Horrible Enterprise, and children’s apparel made from reclaimed wool by Woodwater. On December 3, shoppers can enjoy extended retail hours until 11 p.m.  —Linda Luong

• One of a Kind Show & Sale, Enercare Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd.; oneofakindshow.com
• Map and reviews

December Editor’s Picks: Shopping

The Room at The Bay

The Room at The Bay

1. A fixture of the city’s fashion scene since its conception in the 1930s, the St. Regis Room at the flagship Queen Street location of The Bay has been overhauled and relaunched. Though now simply called The Room, this expansive 21,500-square-foot space still caters to the city’s pedigreed denizens. Nestled on the third floor, this luxury boutique—designed by modern gurus Yabu Pushelberg—treats women’s fashion like fine art. Jackets, dresses, shoes and handbags by the likes of Ungaro, Balmain, Erdem, Herve Leger and Matthew Williamson are among the nearly 70 designers showcased in this softly-lit environ accented with Lucite chairs and a sculptural mobile. For the crème de la crème, there is a VIP platinum suite, as well as a makeup bar, lounge and complimentary concierge service.

3 Sprouts hooded towels

3 Sprouts hooded towels

The One of a Kind Show and Sale is on through to December 6, 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, toys and ceramics to photography, stationery and food. Pick up a unique gift for someone special—an organic hooded towel ($35) from 3 Sprouts, wool mittens ($26 to $35) made from recycled materials by SLO, or handmade notebooks, organizers and photo albums ($20 to $85) from Double Happiness.

Kensington Hamper Petit from Crabtree & Evelyn

Kensington Hamper Petit from Crabtree & Evelyn

If you’re in search of a few last-minute presents, try a pre-packaged set that is ready to go. Even better—there’s no wrapping required. Among the seasonally inspired options are a set of spiced chestnut essential-oil hand soap, lotion and dish soap ($49.95) from Williams-Sonoma, and a Merry Cranberry Celebrations bath set ($15) from The Body Shop. Or pick up the Kensington Hamper Petit ($80) at Crabtree & Evelyn—it’s packed with tea, marmalade, cookies, preserves and a jam pot.

November Editor’s Picks: Shopping

Commemorative Collection Swiss Army Knife by Victorinox1. 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.

Tag Heuer NRDC Aquaracer 500M2. 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).

Wool mittens by Sarah Ottewell3. 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.