Canada is blowing out 150 candles on its birthday cake this year. Now that’s a milestone to commemorate! What better time to give event gifts a patriotic theme?
To mark the occasion, TSEvents went shopping for cool gift ideas. Check out the following items that beautifully celebrate our country, our artists, our cities and our neighbourhoods:
Canadian Brush Strokes
Gift Canada as an art card, matted/framed print, canvas, or limited edition print. Canadian Art Prints and Winn Devon Art Group, one of the largest art publishing houses in the world, offers prints and limited editions from Canadian masters including the Group of Seven, Tom Thomson and Haida artist Bill Reid, along with an extensive collection of First Nations and Inuit artists, provincial and wildlife imagery. Explore the potential of adding a personalized dedication plaque to a print from the company’s library. The firm can also produce custom art cards using an image, logo and message that you supply and will be releasing a Canada 150 collection soon.
Dish It Up
Whimsical wildlife artfully frolic across the colourful landscapes of creative Canadiana-statement tableware and pottery décor by Artables. Sold in museums, galleries and gift stores across the country, Alberta-based artist Debra Durrer’s hand-painted designs are also available for one-of-a-kind customization and corporate gifting to reflect special events and milestones. Her latest collection pays commemorative tribute to our nation’s birthday with a series of Confederation date-marked bowls, dishes, coffee mugs and coasters. Each piece is presented in a personalized wooden crate.
Light The Candles
Pay an olfactory tribute to the nation with Vancouver Candle Co.’s luxury scented candle collection celebrating Vancouver and Toronto’s neighbourhoods. Elegant and unique, artisan Nick Rabuchin has created distinctive scents reflective of each neighbourhood. Spark up Yorkville for a sophisticated aroma of sweetness and musk. Breathe in the Distillery’s smokey, woodsiness with a hint of spice. Rosedale has a complex blend of fresh florals. Combining all-natural essential and cosmetic-grade fragrance oils for a gentle, long-lasting fragrance, the hand-poured soy wax candles are numbered and signed by the designer. Available in a signature boxed glass candle, travel tins or a travel candle trio packaged as East End and West End ‘hoods.
Transit systems were horse-powered when Canada was born, however, they are intrinsically woven into the modern development of the nation’s cities. Transit-themed products have been trending in popularity with an additional spike expected as we look to parlay national pride into local respect, too. The Toronto Transit Commission recently relaunched its online shop stocked with an expanded selection of official merchandise. There are the usual culprits like coffee mugs, dishware and t-shirts. Newer merchandise shows creative promise, like subway token cuff-links, an umbrella featuring the subway system map and phone case displaying station names.
Wear The Gear
Roots, purveyor of iconic Canadian fashion, gets in on the birthday act partnering with Ottawa to create official 2017 merchandise for the city that will host the nation’s biggest party. A portion of sales will help fund the celebrations. The custom line includes apparel, headwear, leather goods, blankets and accessories. The lifestyle retailer also offers its own specially designed Canada Collection that includes made-here clothing and leather goods. Work with the company’s B2B division for custom branding options. As an additional tribute, limited edition collectible shopping bags with scenic watercolours of Canada’s landscapes are proving to be an in-store hit with customers.
Glossy coffee table books filled with stunning images of Canada’s diverse landscapes make for wonderful keeper gifts. Publisher HarperCollins Canada offers a terrific selection. Or take a culinary bent with cookbooks that explore Canada through its cuisine, such as True North or Anita Stewart’s Canada. For gifting novel, thematic fun, check out the publisher’s colouring and activity book series. There’s the Canada 150 Colouring Book filled with 150 Canuck-signature scenes that celebrate our home and native land, and Canada to Colour, and The Great Canadian Road Trip Puzzle Book . Don’t forget the pen and crayons!
An official licensee of Canada 150 products, Toronto-based Gary Gurmukh Sales is a commemorative goods specialist, having supplied Canada’s 125th anniversary, 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada’s 60th anniversary and other large events with brand-approved souvenir items. The collection features the country’s official 150th birthday logo, a colourful iconic maple leaf chosen in a nation-wide student-design contest, across a range of products, from apparel and totes to pins, keychains and other small accessories. Custom branding on soft goods is available.
The Royal Canadian Mint is always a reliable source for commemorative gifts. To help mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Mint is releasing over 40 collectibles as part of its Canada 150 collection. A special 12-coin collection, for instance, features both classic coinage from Canada’s past and five winning designs from its My Canada, My Inspiration contest including a glow-in-the-dark toonie. A Spirit of Canada coin captures the country’s iconic landscapes and images in a beautiful silver relief montage. There’s also a subscription series of coloured coins inspired by Canadian Geographic photography. All coins and sets are presented in display-quality packaging.