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Add some Canadian style to your holiday gift shopping.

From funky slippers and cozy head toppers to Inuit earrings and leather messenger bags, let Canada inspire your presents this year.

07 October 2015
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It’s no secret that Canada is a stylish place. After all, it is the birthplace of international trendsetters such as Dsquared2 and former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, who dazzled the world with his flair for roses in his lapels and jaunty neckerchiefs.

Tap into a bit of Canada’s legendary style via holiday gifts that will spark “wow!” responses. Here are eight surefire winners for everyone on your list:

Heads up: Mad Cap Hats
Handmade in Grimsby, ON, these lovely chapeaux come in a myriad of colours and styles. When the weather outside is frightful, slip on the Ruffle Niagara, a cozy head topper made with polar fleece. Practicality and fashion meet here—available through Etsy.com.

Northern Exposure: Uqqurmiut Centre for Arts & Crafts
For something more exotic, order some of the beautiful crafts created by the community of Pangnirtung, NU. From gorgeous scarves to earrings made from caribou antlers, goods are made by local Inuit women and shipped worldwide. Love the double-layered, knitted wool mittens (or pualuk in Inuktitut).

Colour your world: Royal BC Museum
Even if you can’t get to Victoria and its stellar museum showcasing the province’s culture and history, you can shop online at its excellent gift shop. There’s a wealth of Emily Carr-inspired merchandise, including artful stocking stuffers such as a set of eight, twist-up crayons in a package featuring Woo, Carr’s Javanese monkey.

Toe-to-toe: Garneau Slippers
François Garneau has been making feet happy with creations from his studio in Quebec’s Eastern Townships since 1977. Made by hand, his sheepskin and leather slippers come in funky colours (hello, hot pink!) and styles, but also keep toes comfy year round.

Go west: Alberta Fine Leathers
This Albertan company has built a reputation on creating a wide range of leather goods with a distressed look, inspired by the bygone days of stagecoach travel. The more worn the leather becomes, the more attractive it gets. Check out the roomy messenger bag made from buffalo hide, a must for globetrotters.

Wooden it be nice: Larch Wood Canada
For the foodie on your gift list, consider a cutting board made in Cape Breton, NS, out of larch wood, beautiful enough to command a spot at any dinner table. These trees grow in abundance in Cape Breton and are prized for their distinctive grain patterns. Durable, Larch Wood boards will last a lifetime.

Gem of an idea: Mandana Studios
This one-woman studio in Burlington, ON, creates one-of-a-kind jewellery using a variety of gemstones, including found-in-Canada Labradorite from Newfoundland. The artist loves nature motifs, so expect whimsical flower blossoms, birds and leaves on her work.

Rockin’ in red: MountieStore.com
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are an iconic institution worldwide. Their style—the hat, tall black boots and red serge—are instantly recognizable. Share that panache with gifts from the official store, where you can nab nifty items like a Mountie Stetson hat and ”red serge” T-shirts for chic kids.

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